Friday, May 25, 2012

Vacation & A Call to Arms

Hello, dear readers!

I regret that I don't have a new story for you today, and I blame the fact that I'm writing this on my phone at 36,000 feet. I took off about 15 minutes ago for a 10-day vacation with my family. The last week or two has been something of a mad dash to get ready, at work and at home, and this is the first time I've had to myself free of planning concerns in a while.

However, I did want to take this chance to call your attention to an unfortunate circumstance surrounding one of our fandom's ponyfic authors. Josh Meihaus is looking for your signature to help stop a fraudulent lawsuit against his mother's small business, which has the potential to bankrupt them. For more info, check out his petition at Change.org: http://www.change.org/petitions/abuse-of-the-americans-with-disabilities-act

I'm afraid that's all I have for you for now. Keep reading, my friends!

Friday, May 18, 2012

SleeplessBrony's Romance Reports

Yes, you read that right. Today we welcome the Vault's first explicit story. I usually use this space to give a brief glimpse into why I might have selected any given story for inclusion here, but in this case I had a little more to say, so I said it over here. If you're confused about the appearance of a clopfic in the Vault, please mosey on over to that previous blog post, and do check out the interview below as well.

[Shipping] • 138,800 words
Twilight Sparkle has a crush on Luna, but the Princess insists that Twilight learn some things about love and romance before they can make a date.

Hit the break for a very lengthy, very enjoyable interview with SleeplessBrony, and links to Romance Reports at FIMFic and the PFA. As always, carefully hand-crafted ebooks can be found at the Downloads page!

(ETA: If you've read Romance Reports in the past and have been thinking about a re-read, now's the time! SleeplessBrony has just completed a thorough overhaul/polish, and the ebooks here and web version at the PFA is completely up-to-date, with a FIMFic update forthcoming over the weekend.)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

On the Subject of Clop

The more astute of you might have noticed that for the last week or two, there's been a clopfic in the "Coming Attractions" queue over on the right sidebar. Some of you may be shocked and outraged, and I hope you read the rest of this post before storming off to less controversial areas of the Internet; others of you may breathe a sigh of relief, and can finally stop haranguing me to get it included in the Vault.

I worried for a little bit about the best way to include Romance Reports here. Should I do it on a Monday, with a 'regular' fic on the same Friday? But I didn't like that; I felt it devalued RR, and RR is not a fic to be taken lightly for any reason.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Violet CLM's Home Is Where the Hearts Are

I've always thought that this sort of thing would have to be pretty common in a place like Equestria, if sentiments like "everypony equal, everypony loved" are the true motto of the land. Doesn't mean it all goes perfectly right away, of course...

[Shipping] • 27,700 words
“Polyamory.”
Rainbow Dash blinked at Rarity. “Come again?”
“Polyamory. What you’re trying to build with Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy is called a polyamorous relationship."
“Okay,” said Rainbow Dash, “fine. So I know what it’s called. But what I really need to know is how I’m going to make it work!”

Hit the break for an interview with Violet CLM, and links to Home Is Where the Hearts Are around the ponynet. Don't forget to grab a copy from the Downloads page, if you're into that sort of thing!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Chromosome's White Box

Memory - or the lack thereof - is a powerful thing. But then again, so is imagination.

[Tragedy] • 8,300 words
My name is Canvas. I remember because I wrote it in the corner of the white box. It takes twelve steps to get from the cot to the wall. And the lights hurt my eyes.

Hit the break for a few pretentious words from our pretentious author, and links to White Box on the ponynet. There's always ebooks on the Downloads page if your reading tends toward the offline side of things, too!

A note about special formatting: if possible, read White Box in the original Google Docs version; failing that, use one of the ebooks here in the Vault; failing that, FIMFiction. Color plays a special role, and not all hosting locations support the originally intended formatting of the work. Now get to reading!