And the Winners of #PonyFest14 are….

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! As the title promises, today is the reveal day for the winners of PonyFest14! You’ve spent the past two weeks visiting the blogs and voting for your favorite designs, and if you’ve seen the voting post anytime after the poll closed you already know who won the popular vote.

Air Elemental started out with a strong lead before Pestas pulled ahead early in the voting and held on to the number one spot for almost the entire race. Kasmira was right behind him for much of the time, often tied, but on the final day Hunger surged ahead in a last-minute sprint…that unfortunately winded her before she reached the finish line. Kasmira saved her energy until just before the midnight mark and pulled out a last-second win, much like Marce did in PonyFest12!

Congratulations Kasmira and Bethany!

Congratulations Kasmira and Bethany!

That fierce little pony wins a pile of books and a Mane Six character of her choice!

But that wasn’t the only vote this year, and although I’ve known who won the judge panel vote for the past several days, I’ve been sitting on that information like Smaug on a pile of gold. And it was SO HARD not to spill the beans before now, because I’m delighted! The winner of the panel vote has been playing PonyFest since it’s beginning in 2011, and I adore her writing. In fact, now that she’s won the judges vote, she’ll have an official custom to go with the poor excuse for a custom I made her last year ;)

That’s right, Cetus the SeaDragon is getting a friend!

Congratulations Air Elemental and Angela!

Congratulations Air Elemental and Angela!

This angel of a pony also wins a pile of books – and a custom pony based on this design! The judges panel has already gotten to work helping Kalavista to sculpt wings, and I can’t wait until I can show you guys the finished product – it’s going to be stunning!

So there you have it, Aledan Merfolk, the winners of PonyFest14!

To everyone who played, I want to give a huge THANK YOU! I can’t express how much this contest brightened my days as I clicked through to look at the ponies time and time again. You’re all very talented writers, and very talented pony designers. I can’t wait to have your books on my bookshelf!

And if you didn’t win, or didn’t know about the contest in time to enter: No worries! I run it every year in September/October (around my birthday, because who doesn’t want all that happiness on their blog for their birthday?!) And if you’re really itching for your own custom pony let me know – I’ll get you in contact with a customizer who can make it for you :)

 

 

I Have a Brain Cloud (and the final day to vote in #PonyFest14!)

Happy Friday Aledan Merfolk! I disappeared for most of the week because I caught the monster cold that’s been going around (apparently the whole country, because I had friends in Maryland and California and a cousin in Colorado with the exact same symptoms), so if you were wondering why your social media streams were suspiciously absent of PonyFest14 nonsense, you can blame my two-sizes-too-big head.

Speaking of PonyFest14 – today is the last day to vote! You have until midnight EST today (Friday) to chose your favorite design here! The winners will be announce Sunday, although I already know who won the Judges Panel vote >: )

And if you missed my post a week ago: I FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT OF SPEAK THE OCEAN!!!

Mermaid tail ring from Juliana <3

Mermaid tail ring from Juliana <3

The excessive celebration last weekend may be the reason my immune system was so compromised that I was able to catch such a nasty cold ;) But if that’s the case? Well worth it. Next week I’m going to re-write a couple chapters in the beginning that need work, and do a read-through for typos and easy-to-fix edits, then send it off to my lovely CPs to rip into shreds :) I do so love getting a shredded manuscript back!

And this is pretty much all that my brain-cloud can take right now. Time for some lunch and hot tea to sooth this throat. Don’t forget to vote!

Custom of the Week: Patronous

Happy Monday, Aledan Merfolk! I’m getting this post up a day late because I spent the weekend celebrating the end of the first draft of Speak the Ocean! I’ve been working on that monster since the end of January, so finally finishing it is a huge weight off my shoulders. It also means I get to reward myself with a custom Erie seapony ^_^

Speaking of custom ponies, PonyFest14 ends this week – you have until Friday to vote for your favorite design! This week’s custom is a stunning Harry Potter inspired custom by one of the PonyFest judges: Saja!

Patronus, by Saja

Patronous, by Saja

This custom looks so cool! Literally, like it’s made out of ice :)

If you have a pony that you would like featured as a Custom of the Week, please email me: rebeccaenzor@gmail.com

And don’t forget to vote in PonyFest14!

Speak the Ocean is DONE! (Well, the first draft is…)

Happy Friday night/nearly Saturday morning, Aledan MERFOLK! I’m happy to announce I just wrote the final scene in the first draft of SPEAK THE OCEAN! It took far longer than I ever expected to write this draft, but I’m hoping it’s stronger than most of my first drafts. I can see plenty of weak places already, and I’ve already been told I need to re-write Chapters 3 and 4, but if I don’t have to completely scrap it and re-write the whole thing four times like I did with NAMELESS I’ll call it a win :)

So have a song that always makes me think of my mermaid, Erie, to celebrate:

Welcome to #PonyFest14!

Surprise, Aledan Merfolk! PonyFest14 voting is starting one day early this year because it’s my birthday and that’s how I roll! It’s also Juliana’s birthday (you can see her ponies below) and the Warrior’s Ceremony for those of you from Fie Eoin ;) With all the celebrations going on today, how could I not open the voting round a day early?

Last year I showed you my lovely Erie merpony, so this year I’m bringing you Finn as a merpony. Want to make your own merpony? Check out the Merpony Creator.

FinnMerPony

Now on to the voting! Remember, click on all the pictures below – some entries have more than one pony on the blog!

In the order that they arrived on the announcement post, I give you the #PonyFest14 contenders:

Katherine, by Jessica

Katherine, by Jessica

Thor, by Amalia

Thor, by Amalia

Pestas, by Shauna

Pestas, by Shauna

Kasmira, by Bethany

Kasmira, by Bethany

Air Elemental, by Angela

Air Elemental, by Angela

Charlie, by Raquel

Charlie, by Raquel

Tommy, by Patricia

Tommy, by Patricia

Lyuba, by Carrie-Anne

Lyuba, by Carrie-Anne

Ayianna, by Jennette

Ayianna, by Jennette

Hunger, by Roselle

Hunger, by Roselle

Narlena, by Juliana

Narlena, by Juliana

There you have it, Aledan Merfolk – eleven beautiful entries for #PonyFest14! Now it’s your job to decide which one is your favorite. Remember: the winner of the popular vote gets a Mane Six pony and a pile of books! Choose wisely.

 

Custom of the Week: Mizuko

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! Today’s the last day to join PonyFest14 - so make sure you post your design and reply to this thread with the link before midnight! To celebrate, we have another custom by one of the judges of the panel portion of the vote: RevRuby! We’ve seen her customs before when I featured her Avatar Ponies, and I know you’ll love this one even more!

Mizuko, by RevRuby

Mizuko, by RevRuby

I love the blue and orange together! And the beautiful beaded hair.

Don’t forget to sign up for PonyFest14 if you haven’t yet!

Custom of the Week: Egyptian Tigersilk

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! If you stopped by last Sunday you know that #PonyFest14 has started, so my blog and social media accounts are all inundated with ponies right now. And you can’t really go wrong with that, can you? If you want a chance to win a custom pony (and books!) based on your novel, check out the rules for PonyFest here. And if you’re curious about the judges, I’m featuring their customs over the next couple months. Next up is Nichi Tsukinoko, who I haven’t featured before, but her designs are beautiful!

Egyptian Tigersilk, by Nichi Tsukinoko

Egyptian Tigersilk, by Nichi Tsukinoko

The detail is amazing on this one! I especially love the necklace.

If you’d like to join PonyFest14 for a chance to win a pony based on your book, go here!