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    Scootaloo finds a new lease on a life she's struggling to survive.
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    Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon are inseperable. They haven't always been, though. Friendships strong as theirs must be forged in the fiercest of fires.
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  • T Rocks and Other Breakable Things

    Pinkie writes poetry about her childhood. It turns out her life before Ponyville was a world best left in her past.
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  • 1w, 1d
    A note concerning a recurring debate

    So there have been several people now who have taken umbrage with my use of the word "y'all" in a singular sense.  I'm going to address it now and put the issue to rest, because I'm tired of seeing it rehashed in the comments section every time I post a chapter.

    The argument goes that "y'all" is a contraction of "you" and "all".  This is true.  

    It does not, however, specify whether that "you" is singular or plural itself.  The "all" might suggest plurality, or it could simply imply a certain strength of intent.  It could also just be a caricature of the southern archetype.  This last potentiality is why I use it.

    In my stories, the Apple family will speak with a thick, heavy, deeply southern accent.  This will, by it's very nature, include words like 'mite', 'heap', and 'hootenanny', because those are not words that one typically sees outside of parts of the country where the uninitiated needs a translator.  It will also, from time to time, mean that Apples will use the word "y'all" to speak to just one person.  

    I'm sorry if that bothers you, I really am.  It's a stylistic choice I make consciously, and it's not something I'm going to change.  If that genuinely makes it impossible for you to keep reading, then that's just how it'll have to be.  However, I'm tired of seeing comments about it in my comments section, so from now on, any comment that references it will be deleted.  I put too much effort into word choice and sentence construction to have people nitpick a stylistic choice.  I'm sorry, but I'm sick of the debate.

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  • 5w, 1d
    New Chapters and Unrelated Canon Musings

    So The Most Unlikely Places has been updated, but there are two separate chapters.  The first is very expository, and doesn't really flow well with the second, so I decided to break them up into separate chapters and just post them both at the same time.

    The second chapter is cloppy, so keep that in mind when you go to read it.


    And now for some off-hand musings on developing new canon from random minute pony puns expressed by the characters in the show.

    So in Suited for Success, Twilight closes her letter to Celestia by saying "You shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth."  This is a supremely odd adage for a society of what are, after all, just small, sentient horses.  They make horse puns all the time, but this one seems out of place purely by the implications it expresses.  It suggests that it is possible to 'give' a horse as a gift, and that--true to the original intent of the adage--it's possible for some horses to make better gifts than others.

    To whit, I propose this small segment of as-yet-not-official canon to consider.

    In addition to the sentient society of small horses who make up the population of Equestria, there exists a race of 'normal' sized horses who are equally intelligent, but lack the magical powers of their Equestrian analogues.  Like cows and sheep, both species who have proven to possess sentient intelligence but are still 'owned' and farmed by ponies, these horses must exist in large numbers, and are 'owned' by Equestrians to do odd jobs and such, specifically by unicorns, who are ill-equipped to the grueling task of plowing, hauling, and general physical labor.  Obviously where there exist earth ponies, horses aren't necessary, so in an earth pony settlement like Ponyville, you won't see any.  Appleloosa is another earth pony town, and also doesn't need horses.  Canterlot is on a mountainside, and doesn't do much farming, and Manehattan is obviously a metropolis, where horses wouldn't exactly fit in.  This explains why we don't see any horses in the show itself.  I suspect there would be smaller unicorn settlements elsewhere that would do their own farming, and would need horses for that.  The song "Hearts Strong as Horses" relays the implication that horses are unusually strong by pony standards (with the possible exception of earth ponies, whose strength is magical in origin), further supporting the theory.  

    Now, why would ponies 'enslave' a race so similar to themselves?  Well, for the same reason they might 'enslave' cows and sheep.  In a world full of magical threats--timber wolves, changelings, and various magical villains--a non-magical creature is bound to be enslaved or slain by something.  It's a dangerous world, and ponies are the only species with the magical power to resist it.  We've seen over the course of four seasons that crazy things happen all the time in Equestria.  If horses, sheep, cattle, or even bison are to survive the random whims of a magically unstable world, they need someone to protect them.  Enter ponies, who--at least in the unicorns' case--possess exactly that kind of power and ability, but are exceptionally fragile and weak and exhaust easily.  As a result, somewhere along the line ponies made a pact with horses like they made with cattle, sheep, and all the other creatures they care for: trade your freedom for security.

    So, ponies own horses, they can trade, sell, or gift them as needed (hence Twilight's quip about 'gift horses'), and these horses are enormous and powerful, at least by pony standards, hence the Crusaders' adoration of them.  And, based on the shadow the Crusaders cast, horses must look a lot like ponies.

    Food for thought.

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  • 7w, 2d
    Things that will make my heart explode.

    SorcerusHorserus's webcomic Dash Academy is goddamn adorable, and a couple days ago the most recent strip literally made me saw "Awww!" out loud at work, in front of coworkers and customers alike.  I'm not a particularly emotional person, so stories and such don't usually hit me very hard, but this artist has something unbelievable in place.  I've already updated my user page to reflect it, but consider Dash Academy canon for all NLL stories.

    Below this line, there be spoilers, so don't look if you haven't read Dash Academy, Simply Rarity, Ask Glittershell, or any of my own stories from the beginning.


    Right.

    So, I have a habit of glomming on to fun canons to include in my continuities.  I love all kinds of strange, fascinating new takes on the MLP universe, and inserting them where I can is fantastically amusing to me.  For example, Simply Rarity's canon that Rarity's parents are not actually her parents, that she had a younger sister who died, and was adopted as an orphan by her now parents (this canon being somewhat altered to make it fit the current show canon), or the Ask Glittershell tumblr, which paints Snails as--at the very least--a confused, cross-dressing young stallion and possibly gay transmare.  I love it.  I love these incredibly deep, occasionally shocking sub-stories that give the largely undeveloped world behind the animation life.  As an author, I like to create those stories myself, but finding a way to weave my favorite of other artists into my own worldcanon is an intoxicating experiment all its own.  

    The upshot of this is that it might seem sometimes that I'm trying to shoehorn strange elements into my stories where they don't belong.  That is occasionally true, but the larger picture is that my worldcanon molds to my headcanon, and my stories are crafted in that canon, whether it seems plausible or not.  So when I say Rainbow Dash once dated Firefly (which isn't so hard to accept) or that Snails is a transmare with a secret crush on Rumble (which is), it's not really up for debate.  The impact or the implication can be, but not the overall concept.  These things are true within the framework I'm crafting, and I do my best to make them make sense within that same concept.

    On an unrelated note, someone once expressed concern that I was going to fall into the trap of making all my characters gay for the sake of my own fascination with the idea.  While it absolutely seems that way (given that roughly 90-95% of all characters with a speaking role, and at least half of those without one who have been mentioned in passing ARE at least bisexual) I promise it's not the case.  I already explained my take on pony sexuality, and that still holds true.  The difference in this case is that because male/female pairings are pretty common--Ponyville being an Earth pony settlement, after all--they usually aren't worth mentioning in the story itself.  If there is an earth pony who hasn't already expressed an interest in the same sex (and hasn't been vaguely foreshadowed as having one...::cough cough::), assume they're straight.  It's a pretty safe assumption, and it holds true for all three species.  Assume unicorns are gay until otherwise explicitly stated, and assume a pegasus has no preference either way.

    Anyway, the original point.  I don't make bizarre changes to canon without precedent, or for kicks.  There is a broad, broad variety of unique personalities in MLP and in this worldcanon, and you're going to see a lot of them, from trans-species romance between Spike and Rarity, to a transgendered Snails, to a strange and long-standing affection between mares of vastly different ages, to outright incest (as yet an angle unexplored).  So don't be surprised to find odd things cropping up from time to time.  I mean, be surprised because that's sort of the point, but don't be displeased.  I promise I won't just do strange things to do strange things.  No "futa-Twist-lestia" or anything like that.

    Unless someone writes it, and it catches my attention, and it's good...

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  • 8w, 12h
    Because I couldn't leave well enough alone.

    So yeah, No Longer Lost has a new, second epilogue chapter.  I'm aware the story is marked "Completed", and I'm aware it was a perfectly complete story without the follow-up, but I couldn't resist.  The idea got to me, so I made it happen.  I regret nothing.

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  • 19w, 3d
    You like sneak peeks, don't you?

    Of course you do, foal.  Why wouldn't you?  Everyone does.

    Well you are in luck.  Recently someone with a fantastic sense of literature and a solid command of grammar and spelling messaged me with an offer to be a pre-reader for The Most Unlikely Places, and I naturally jumped on the opportunity, because I freaking love pre-readers.  They're one of my favorite things ever, and I know you want to be one, too.  If that's the case (and I know it is), send me a PM and I'll get back to you about what I'm looking for in a pre-reader (although generally speaking it isn't a lot more strict than having decent spelling, grammar, and some idea of how to read).  The only real compensation for the post is that you'll get to read every chapter before it's released to the site proper, and even get to see it in progress, if that's your thing.  Also, I'll consider keeping a list of readers and editors and sticking it in the description, if there's any interest in that.

    For the record, the next chapter is currently 11,000 words strong, and not even close to finished, so it'll be some time before I post it (although pre-readers will, of course, get to read every awesome word AS IT COMES INTO EXISTENCE.  Can you beat that?).

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How do you cope when all your friends are dying of old age around you, but you seem not to be growing older at all?  Twilight Sparkle tackles this problem for herself the only way she's ever known how: research, and then contacting Princess Celestia for advice. The explanation she gets is nothing like what she could have expected, and it will change Twilight's life forever.

First Published
13th Feb 2012
Last Modified
4th Apr 2012

I'll be watching this story closely, well written and enough to get me immersed, my only concern is for length but future installments will satisfy my urge for more I am sure.

You managed to get me invested in the sorrows of someone outliving all their closest of friends and for that I applaud you.

Moar or i will eat your fucking soul :flutterrage:

I say, quite an interesting chapter you made there lad :moustache:

No what am I saying? MOAR!!!!!!!!!11!!!:flutterrage:

“Now let’s say I didn’t personally draw the pictures."

Lost me for a bit after this line right here. Had to reread it a few times to get it. Quite an interesting story and I would submit a request for more.:twilightblush:

>>228277

Thanks for the pointer.  This fic is coming largely straight from my fingers to the site, so it's bound to be a little rough at spots.  I'll see if I can reword that to make it clearer. :twilightsmile:

#6 · 141w, 3h ago · · · Foundations ·

>>228429

Nah, you got the complicated explanation there and it becomes easier to understand after thinking about it for a sec, Just recomment that people either read Tsubabsa reservoir chronicles or play Achron... Now those are confusing.

sweet story, very worth a track.

That's a pretty good way to explain backstory actually. Almost seems canon.

Its like reading a history book, but it turns out that this one is actually enjoyable to read. I commend you for your creative imagination.

Wath.... CherriApple...?  That's new to me.

Anyways, great chapter.

>>255449

Yeah, I was trying to find a ship for AJ, because, well, shipping's my thing, but I'd already paired the rest of the mane6.  Then I remembered another fic I'd read that made Cheerijack seem plausible, and it stuck.  I hope to write a fic in the future to help flesh the relationship out and make it more believable.:ajsmug:

I feel like I'm reading a story, just without the story. While the first chapter was interesting, It just doesn't feel like the fic is going in any particular direction. Back-story is great, and when done well can literally bring your characters to life, but a story needs a story to be a story.

Just some input from a different perspective: There is a such thing as too much back-story. The things to consider keeping are the things the characters find meaningful, or have direct importance to the events of the story.

>>256442

Thanks for the input!  I originally intended for a much swifter progression through the backstory and into the plot, but as often happens, the backstory just fleshed itself out on its own.  Someday I will probably rewrite this to rearrange the backstory and the eventual plot so they mesh more cleanly, but as for right now, I'm just working on getting the whole thing out first.

More for the love of god! :pinkiehappy:

I agree with he wonderfully written review above me, This story is well written and quite frankly deserves more attention than it has been getting, the update schedule is a bit slow but it is worth it for the quality that we get. You have managed toi catch my imagination and write a very compelling story, even if it is just a recap segment at the moment.

:moustache: A moustache fir you and seeing as I have a new IP another thumb.

I just found this story today and I can't believe such a gem has eluded me for so long.  Normally stories that delve into the past tend to bore me but this wonderful work has only enticed me into knowing more.  I have read a lot of stories good, bad, and crazy but this one has been a absolute joy.  Tracked and Faved.:twilightsmile:

>>329755

Thank you for the words of encouragement!

I'll be totally honest; this was never intended to be as long as it's become.  I originally meant to write a brief little story the basic plot of which cropped up in a discussion with some friends.  Once I started, though, the backstory started writing itself, and before I knew it, I had four chapters of backstory and no plot.  It's a little embarrassing, but I've decided to push through until the backstory I originally intended to create is completed, and go from there.  I think there's an actual plot somewhere in there, but it'll take some time to really flesh it out properly.

In the meanwhile, knowing there are people who really want to see this story expanded gives me a reason to keep working on a plot I had never intended to get much further than a touch of history.

#20 · 136w, 1d ago · · · Revelation ·

It seems we're done with the backstory and moving into the main plot... Interesting. :twilightsmile:

One possible error I noticed:

> It is most certainly the heart of all magic here in Ponyville,

I think you mean Canterlot there.

#21 · 136w, 1d ago · · · Revelation ·

keep up the good work! :twilightsmile:

#22 · 136w, 1d ago · · · Revelation ·

And we have actual plot! And I might say a very nice plot at that. I am certainly happy to see where this is going, of course I am ludicrously easy to please.

#23 · 136w, 1d ago · · · Revelation ·

>>352814

Ah, good catch.  Actually, it's supposed to be "Equestria," and I've fixed it.  Thanks for the heads up :)

#24 · 136w, 1d ago · · · Revelation ·

>>255776 I'm curious, who did Rarity and Fluttershy end up with? If that would contain spoils you don't have to say, but I am just curious...

>>353633

Nah, I don't think it would be spoilery.  I don't usually concern myself too much with spoiling my own stories.  I figure if a plot is good enough, it doesn't need mystery to keep people interested (not that there's anything wrong with a good mystery!).  For the most part, my headcanon is largely based on a slightly altered version of SleeplessBrony's fanon, and as such, I usually ship Rarity and Spike, and Fluttershy and Big Mac.  Someday I'll probably write my own versions of how those ships got started :raritywink:

>>356037 I still question FlutterMac (if the Mane 6 are straight I see TwiMac more likely)

I am still kinda waiting on some character interaction between Fluttershy and Big Mac, since we actually have that with Twilight and Big Mac, currently TwiMac > FlutterMac until some interaction happens at least, but you would need something that shows romantic involvement at this point...

>>356078

Hehe, I can only write so many fics at once :eeyup:

>>356111 the one fic I want by the end of the year but will never have, Twilight becames an Alicorn through getting a Wingboner :rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh: preferably TwiDash

as for this fic, I am enjoying it a lot, keep up the good work :yay::yay:

#29 · 136w, 6h ago · · · Revelation ·

This just keeps getting better and better! :twilightsmile:

#30 · 135w, 1d ago · · · Infinity ·

Past is the past Twilight, gotta keep moving forward imo.

#31 · 135w, 1d ago · · · Infinity ·

This is an AMAZING story!

#32 · 135w, 1d ago · · · Infinity ·

Nice Cliffhanger! :flutterrage:

Re-writing your own history sounds like a pretty damn scary option to me... Brrr... No thanks.

I mean, it's not as if she'd get more time with her friends, she'd just lose what she had to get something else. Besides, what about Celestia and Luna? This is their last chance to get someone they won't have to lose...

#33 · 135w, 1d ago · · · Infinity ·

One word: Wow!

#34 · 135w, 1d ago · · · Infinity ·

First off I hate this cliffhanger more than anything even the end of Inception didn't hurt this much.  Now that this out of the way.  I love this story.  I like seeing different takes on the royal sisters back story.  Each author that has done this has come up with pretty believable tales.  The idea of gods above them is marvelous.  Now my opinion on what Twilight should do is to become a alicorn.  This way she can continue to help make Equestria a better nation.  I also don't want her to leave Spike he is like her son or brother not to mention her first friend.  For me having to relive the loss of my friends even if I won't remember the first time kind of sucks.  I just wouldn't want to put myself through that again even with a different ending.  With god himself saying the world would benefit with her there makes it a no brainer for me.

#35 · 134w, 2d ago · · · Twilight ·

Wow! that was just great! The part about the headstones and gems made me choke up a bit. You did a great jod depicting the history of all this. Thanks for such a great story!:pinkiehappy::fluttercry:

#36 · 134w, 2d ago · · · Twilight ·

I thought that she had made the opposite decision at first and got switched around on the first clue otherwise (I read a sentence too fast and missed a key word).

#37 · 134w, 2d ago · · · Twilight ·

So in the end, she chose to bear some daughters with her mate. Then turning into Alicorn afterwards?

Very interesting, good end to this story unique as well.

#38 · 134w, 2d ago · · · Twilight ·

>>406356

Technically Sunspot and Moonbeam were born long before this story started.  They were one of the things Spike was trying to use to convince Twilight she should stay in Ponyville in chapter 1.

#39 · 134w, 2d ago · · · Twilight ·

Being immortal is hard to for me to wrap my head around, I mean if you were someone that was truly alone from beginning then you wouldn't know the pain of losing people around you while you don't wither and die.

#40 · 134w, 2d ago · · · Twilight ·

>>406361

I somehow missed that (I must have been tired when I read it). I guess that just shows how much pain she was in at the time.

#41 · 134w, 2d ago · · · Twilight ·

Awww. We don't get to see the reaction from Celestia/Luna? I was hoping to see their version of Twilight's YESYESYESYES dance... :twilightblush:

#42 · 134w, 2d ago · · · Twilight ·

>>406504

Maybe someday... :raritywink:

#43 · 134w, 2d ago · 1 · · Twilight ·

>>406515

Having Celestia and Luna bounce in a circle around Twilight chanting "Yes! Yes! Yes!" would be the most adorable thing in the universe. Especially if Cosmos was watching them do it. :twilightoops:

Search your feelings. You know it to be true. :twilightsmile:

#44 · 134w, 2d ago · · · Twilight ·

The story was great. Really touching but... well... I would make a different decision in Twi's place. And I am great fan of stories with alternative endings... just sayin'...

#46 · 134w, 2d ago · · · Twilight ·

>>406825

It would sure be a tough decision and either choice has its merits. I honestly don't know for sure which choice I would make. I have always considered my mortality to be a gift but that immortality would be a gift too, just as both are curses.

#47 · 134w, 1d ago · · · Twilight ·

Hmm...I actually did not expect that ending. Both choices were good though. Great story.

Man, were these chapters packed with backstory.

#48 · 134w, 1d ago · · · Twilight ·

>>412147

The backstory was definitely one of the best parts. I really like Cosmos's personality.

#49 · 134w, 1d ago · · · Twilight ·

>>414446

I didn't think I'd have as much fun writing him as I did.  Some characters just really stand out to me.

#50 · 134w, 1d ago · · · Twilight ·

I think the most characterizing parts of him are his "Perhaps" response to Twilight's question about how she would die and how he gives Twilight a choice even though he could use her.

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