Kids, man. Anyway, a few short reviews of stuff I've recently read, below the break.
An Earth Pony Thing, by Mudpony
Zero-ish spoiler summary: Alula is thrilled to be Diamond Tiara's girlfriend, but that relationship is threatened when she offends Diamond, and she doesn't even know what she did wrong.
A few thoughts: This story does a lot of things nicely. It doesn't overplay the puppy-love relationship between its two principal characters, it has an interesting idea about earth ponies at its core, and it doesn't overplay the drama in the story. The one area it falls flat in a little bit is point of view: Alula's views are mostly informed story elements, rather than a naturally introduced ones, and a lot of what she learns is introduced as narrative fact, rather than truly being through her perspective. Still, the views and lessons themselves are both interesting, and good fits for the story.
Recommendation: I'd recommend this to someone looking for something with a lot of light touches--there's some romance here, some worldbuilding, some slice-of-life, and some drama, but none in more than gentle doses.
Octavia Hates Her Toothpaste, by Cloud Hop
Zero-ish spoiler summary: Octavia has a breakdown over her toothpaste... or rather, with her toothpaste as the catalyst.
A few thoughts: There are a lot of stories that take this general approach to Octavia's character--that she's both repressed and depressed, as a result of her musical life choices (and pony reactions to them). What makes this stand out is the dramatic yet remarkably real way she handles those feelings here. There's no instant resolution, no two-minute pep-talk that solves everything, and the emotional climax is well set up. The biggest weakness is the writing, though that may be at least partially personal preference; Cloud Hop uses an effusive, purple-tinged, and frequently overwrought style, where I felt that a bit more starkness would have made Octavia's plight and actions stand out.
Recommendation: In the fourth paragraph, Octavia's toothbrush is unironically referred to as "her tooth-cleaning apparatus." I think a pretty good test of whether you'd enjoy this story or not is how you react to that kind of over-phrasing: if it doesn't bother you much, then you'll probably find this to be an unusually believable take on this interpretation of Octavia. If it does bother you, though, then this story is probably not for you.