It's been a good week for my writing, this has. First, I managed to snag a tie for first in the Writeoff--there were a lot of good stories in the mix, and I honestly didn't feel to positive about my entry, but as a policy I try to take all praise at face value. Those of you who like seeing me write stuff can look forward to (a fixed-up version of) The Sweetest Water being posted soon, by which I mean "hopefully in the next couple of weeks, we'll see how it goes."
Second, xjuggernaughtx pointed out to me a couple of days ago that my fanfic Going Up is currently on the first page of FiMFic's "Top - All Time" list! I'm not entirely sure how that list is calculated (only one other story in the top ten has less than 10,000 views), but that's pretty darn neat to me. So, thank you to all of you who continue to like it when I write things: you make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
But enough about me! Let's look at some of the fanfics I've recently read, below the break.
The Carrot Dog Fight, by xjuggernaughtx
Zero-ish spoiler summary: A pair of birds nab a carrot dog from a distracted purple dragon... but that dragon's not about to let it go without a fight, and he's not the only one who wants a meal.
A few thoughts: I think the best way to describe this story is "funny, but uneven." At times, it's almost Loony Tunes-ian in its wisecracking and slapstick; at others it's much more staid (though never particularly serious). The POV does hop around a bit, where I think I'd have preferred something more completely from the two birds' perspectives: their banter marks all of the comic highlights of the story, and while the ending is sweet, I don't think it would have lost anything by holding to their POV. But with that said, this was a pleasantly amusing bit of light reading.
Recommendation: Well, it's a pleasant bit of light reading; although it's, to borrow a description once used for one of my own stories, "at the shallow end of the slice-of-life pool," I'd recommend it to readers looking for something funny, fairly uncomplicated, and with a good mix of sweet and snarky.
The Legend of Falling Rocks, Buffalo Brave, by Titanium Dragon
Zero-ish spoiler summary: Three tales of the mythic hero of the buffalo people.
A few thoughts: Speaking of uneven stories, here we have three separate tales of the titular brave. The second is the clear highlight, a classic take on the Just-So Stories of peoples the world over. The first story also captures the essence of a piece of mythology, but its two primary elements (the plight of the buffalo and the animosity of the ponies towards each other) never tie cleanly together, and the effect is that the second element feels less like a part of the story than like a lengthy digression. And then the third story is a feghoot, of all things. All three are well-written, cohesiveness of the first one notwithstanding, but they don't really feel like part of a unified mythos.
Recommendation: Although I didn't feel they held together as a group all that well, the three parts are all individually very enjoyable, especially for folktale suckers like myself. I heartily recommend these as three separate stories which happen to share a character.
Twilight Sparkle Tries Napping in a Tree, by Lightning Bearer
Zero-ish spoiler summary: This would be a "it's right there in the title" situation, it seems to me.
A few thoughts: At first, there was some nice humor to this... but despite the stories short length, several jokes dragged on too long for my tastes, and the ending failed to make clear that Twilight hadn't just murdered a bunch of squirrels (it makes sense in context), which... I mean, I know the intent wasn't that she'd just murdered a bunch of squirrels, but when a character does something that could murder a bunch of squirrels, I think it behooves the author to make clear that no adorable rodents were harmed in the making of this story. There are also a fair number of spelling and basic editing errors here; this one's still pretty rough around the edges.
Recommendation: Well, ending notwithstanding, this story did have plenty of adorably evil squirrels, which is a big plus in my book. Maybe it is in yours, too! But if you're looking for strong technical elements or quick, consistent humor, this probably won't excite.