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 :)

 

 

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!

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!

Announcing #PonyFest14!

It’s finally here! PonyFest14! For those of you who’ve been hanging around the blog for the past couple years, you know what this means: my blog is being taken over by My Little Ponies for the next month. All the rules and prizes for the contest are below, but first we have a custom by the PonyFest customizer: Kalavista. And she’s for sale! $49 with free US shipping for all PonyFest14 participants – if you’d like to buy her, let me know and I’ll get in touch with Kal for you.

Heart's Blood, by Kalavista

Heart’s Blood, by Kalavista

She has tiny fangs and bat-wings! Kal has graciously agreed to customize this year’s winning pony as well. And based on her beautiful work, I think you’ll be happy with the results (click her name above to go to her website and see all of her beautiful customs).

And now for PonyFest14!

 The Rules:

-either draw your own pony or use the pony creator to make a pony based on your novel. Choose colors for the body, mane/tail, and eye color, as well as a symbol. Ponies can be earthers, unicorns or pegasi (no ponies with both a horn and wings please). No Twice As Fancy symbols (the symbol design can’t cover the whole body).

-all ponies must come from a full-length, original work (no fanfics). Unpublished novels are OK. Feel free to plug your published novel in the post!

-it can be a pony based on a character, setting, or theme from your novel. You can make more than one pony, but they must be voted on as a whole, from the same book, and only ONE of those ponies will be customized.

-write up a short description of your pony(s), and a one sentence tag-line for the book.

-post the pony(s) on your blog by Sunday September 28th and reply here with the link to that post.

-from October 5th through 17th visit the other blogs and vote for your favorite pony!

-winners will be announced on October 19th!

The Vote: This year there will be two votes: one popular, one panel. The panel vote is made up of pony customizers including Kalavista, LightningSilver-Mana, jupiternwndrlnd, RevRuby, Nichi Tsukinoko, TexasGal, and Saja, among others. The popular vote will be the same as in years past.

The Prizes: The winner of the panel vote will have their pony made into a real custom pony by Kalavista, plus receive a copy of her book, The Secret of Shadow! And this year the prize is even bigger, because the winner will also receive a copy of Spookygirl by Jill Baguchinsky, Angelfire by Courtney A Moulton, Postcards From Asgard by Amalia Dillin, Ink by Amanda Sun (the first PonyFest winner!), and Inspired by Danielle Shipley (last year’s PonyFest winner!).

The winner of the popular vote will receive their choice of Mane Six pony, plus a copy of The Secret of Shadow by Kalavista, SUPERPOWERED by Jamie Butterworth, The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter, Forged by Fate by Amalia Dillin, and I’d Rather Not Be Dead and Pride, Prejudice and Curling Rocks by Andy Brokaw.

Restrictions: The custom pony will not have clothes or accessories (no sculpty/clay will be used), so make a representation of the character, rather than a carbon-copy right down to their underwear. No Alicorns/Unipegs, Twice-As-Fancy symbols (symbols that cover the entire body) or sitting poses. Open to US/Canada residents only (you can still play, but only US/C residents can win the prize, sorry!).

Good luck everyone!

Custom of the Week: G1 Pinkie Pie

Happy Monday, Aledan Merfolk! In anticipation of PonyFest14 kicking off next weekend, I’ll be featuring customs from the panel of judges for the next couple of months. First up is Lightningsilver-Mana, who we’ve seen before with the Sailor Moon Scouts, Ganondorf, and Queen Regina. It’s a rainy, grey day here, so let’s brighten it up with some 80’s-rific Pinkie Pie!

Pinkie Pie, by Lightningsilver-Mana

Pinkie Pie, by Lightningsilver-Mana

So much pink! I can totally see Pinkie Pie looking like this as an 80’s girl.

Don’t forget to stop by next week for the kickoff of PonyFest14! All the rules and prizes will be listed :) And if you want to be part of the panel of judges there’s still time! Email me at rebeccaenzor@gmail.com