I hate doing this - hate, hate, hate - but I just didn't have time to get everything together for a Vault post this week. I'm writing this about two hours before I get into the car and drive 10 hours to OH, where I will promptly collapse for not nearly enough sleep before the con starts. I've spent the last few days getting everything ready for the con, in terms of my personal life, and as a con attendee, and as a panel moderator, and I've hit the wall and just had to call it.
I'm sorry; regular Vault posts will resume next week. Sunday morning Monday afternoon, there will be is another CG post, containing the panel materials my lovely panelists have put together for you.
Again, if you see me at the con, feel free to say hi!
If anyone's going to Canterlot Gardens this weekend, you just might see me there! Especially if you come by the fanfiction panel on Sunday, which I have the distinct pleasure of running with panelists Donny's Boy, HiddenBrony, Patchwork Poltergeist, ROBCakeran53, Saddlesoap Opera, and SleeplessBrony, who will be discussing how to write great pony fanfiction. If you can't attend, you'll still be able to get your own copy of some special downloadable content we've put together for the panel, such that you might be able to internalize their deep wisdom remotely.
I love every story included here at the Vault - obviously, that's kind of the point - but today's story might be my all-time favorite. Wonderful imagery, characterization, character development... this is one of the stories that I originally created the Vault for, to ensure it's never lost. It was also the story that convinced my girlfriend that pony fanfic was more that just silly wastes of time - no mean feat!
[Adventure] • 143,000 words When an accident leaves Twilight Sparkle seriously ill, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity must undertake a perilous journey to find her a cure. What adventures await them beyond Equestria's borders?
Hit the break for a chat with Jetfire, and links to Dangerous Business online. Don't forget to grab your own copy in your favorite ebook format over at the Downloads page! (And if you've read it before, you might want to revisit it at either the PFA or via an ebook - it's been through a fairly major edit since getting posted at EqD, and the individual chapter links there are out of date!)
There's a lot of pressure on a young person (or foal, as the case may be) - societal pressure, family pressure, peer pressure - but things generally work out in the end.
[Slice-of-Life] • 2,700 words Apple Bloom had always dreamed of the day. She just never dreamed that it would be a nightmare.
Hit the break for a chat with RazedRainbow (boy, I hope that handle doesn't mean what I think it means...) and links to The Mill all over the ponynet. If you ask very nicely, there just might be an ebook waiting for you over at the Downloads page as well.
Following a theme from last week's Vault entry, today we take a unique look at what it must be like for a nigh-immortal being to live through innumerable sunsets.
[Tragedy] • 3,900 words After a very stressful day visiting her prized student in Ponyville, Princess Celestia is left alone to contemplate and watch the sunset. From an outsider's perspective, she has everything she could ever want. But has she ever really had anything at all?
Hit the break for a chat with TheBandBrony, and links to Moments Worth Sharing out on the ponynet - and don't forget to grab your very own ebook over at the Downloads page!