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GaryOak

Joined March 2012
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Writing student who loves cartoon horses and all manner of silly things. Occasionally writes serious stories. A divine Swedish woman drew this avatar.

Stories (7)

  • Twilight Sparkle's Not-So-Secret Shipfic Folder
    Twilight has been keeping Spike up at night with obsessive writing. One night, Spike's curiosity gets the best of him, and he discovers Twilight has been writing bad shipfiction about herself and her friends. He decides to teach her a lesson.

    1,976 words · 3,377 views · 428 likes · 32 dislikes
  • A Feather In Her Cap
    By Scootaloo's age, Rainbow Dash had won many competitions. As Ponyville's Annual Bounceball Competition approaches, Scootaloo dreams of following in her hoofsteps. With her drive, she knows nothing will stop her... except, perhaps, herself
    6,550 words · 1,297 views · 81 likes · 3 dislikes
  • Sweetie Belle Discovers Scissoring
    When Sweetie Belle overhears Rarity asking Twilight Sparkle if she wants to scissor, her curiosity is piqued. Why is scissoring such a hot topic among the mares? What exactly is scissoring, anyway? Sweetie goes forth on a quest to find out.
    2,755 words · 2,885 views · 212 likes · 14 dislikes
  • The Sundering
    Once upon a time, in the magical land of Equestria, there were two regal sisters who ruled together and created harmony for all the land...
    4,108 words · 1,054 views · 102 likes · 7 dislikes
  • Repercussions
    150,997 words · 1,643 views · 105 likes · 16 dislikes
  • The Barn
    7,479 words · 1,067 views · 65 likes · 11 dislikes
  • Miasma
    1,800 words · 558 views · 45 likes · 12 dislikes

Blog Posts (72)

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By Scootaloo's age, Rainbow Dash had won countless competitions. As Ponyville's Annual Bounceball Competition approaches, Scootaloo dreams of following in her hoofsteps. Equipped with unquenchable determination and drive, she knows nothing will stop her... except, perhaps, herself.

Edited by Horse Voice.

Thanks to R5h and Prak for helping with the revisions.

This story has been read and approved by Maddy "Scootaloo" Peters.

First Published
31st Jul 2013
Last Modified
31st Jul 2013

Comments ( 24 )

#1 · 51w, 5d ago · · ·

I'm always quite pleased to read your stories.  I'll be looking forward to giving this one a read.  

#2 · 51w, 5d ago · · ·

>>2968762

Thank you! I do hope you like it.

#3 · 51w, 5d ago · · ·

Not bad, man.  Not bad at all.

I quite enjoyed it.

~Skeeter The Lurker

#4 · 51w, 3d ago · · ·

While the formatting could use work, spacing wise. The rest is quiet well done and I can not resist a good Scootadash moment, especially one that could work in the show.

Though I have to ask, why didn't the doc use an anthestic spell for the op?

#5 · 51w, 3d ago · · ·

I love the doc's accent.

#6 · 51w, 2d ago · · ·

Isn't how he's using his magic to make it go all spirally and so neat?

Missing a word, methinks.

I liked the CMC shenanigans in the beginning.

The added depth for the contest is a major improvement in my opinion.

Only skimmed through the doctor section. It didn't hold my interest very well.

Still, better than I remember, iirc.

#7 · 51w, 17h ago · · ·

Fun! :D

#8 · 51w, 6h ago · · ·

I have a small announcement regarding this story that I will be covering in depth when I return home on Wednesday. I had the audacity to print out a hard copy along with a personal cover letter to Maddy Peters and deliver it to her at Bronycon. Not only was she excited to receive a gift, despite it being a fanfiction, but she actually read it on Saturday night of the con. It took a lot of effort, but I managed to run into her on the Sunday after her press conference with Michelle Creber. She pulled me aside as her and the Crebers were returning to their hotel room. She told me she really enjoyed this story, and got really into it as she was reading it. She went on to say that she wanted to see me in print, and that I have a lot of writing talent. She then proceeded to thank me and hug me. It was one of the best experiences I've ever had as a writer. It's been nearly a day and I'm still almost speechless about this. I still can't believe I actually gave this story to Scootaloo's VA, and she really really liked it.

>>2968856

Thank you!

>>2977931

I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Scootadash is too cute to pass up; it's one of my favourite things in MLP for sure. Regarding anesthetic, you don't really get much in real operations. Remember, Panacea is an earth pony, so magic isn't an option here. Perhaps they have it in Canterlot, but not Ponyville, which is mostly an earth pony village. I asked my surgeon friend (who Panacea is based on) if the operation is roughly correct, and she said yes, right down to the treat being given to the child afterward. As for formatting, it's actually how you properly format a story. You either use extra spaces or indents to indicate new paragraphs. Most published books use the same formatting I do.

>>2978448

Thanks! The OC's owner, Miss v-invidia, talks like that on Skype most of the time.

>>2983391

I don't think so? I'll have to look at it again when I'm less sleepy. From here I believe it makes sense. "All spirally" and "so neat" are two items in a list.

>>2993671

Bronycon has ruined that word for me.

#9 · 51w, 6h ago · · ·

>>2995242

First *slow clap to a huge amount of clapping* AWESOME and congratulations on getting it read.

Second, I get where you are coming from now. I am just used to having anthestic being used I thought it would  be. used here. I have had plenty of ear troubles in the past (though not as bad as Scoots) so I thought it would be.  I also see the point about the formatting as well.

Great work all the same and congrats.

#10 · 50w, 6d ago · · ·

>>2995242

Ho. Lee. Smoke. :rainbowderp:

Try and remember what she said, because I'm sure I'm not the only one who is curious about her exact words.

A while back, just for fun, I made a list of different ponyfic Achievements. (Ex. "Published Author" - Get on Equestria Daily.) I never added "Have your story read by someone on the staff," because almost no one would get it.

And you just did.

I know we've been pals for a year, but when you get back, can I have your autograph? :raritywink:

#11 · 50w, 6d ago · · ·

Holy cow, congrats on getting Maddy Peters  to read and enjoy your story! Huge props for having the guts to give it to her!

Also, great story, I also enjoyed it quite a bit :P

#12 · 48w, 3d ago · · ·

>>2999876>>2997286>>2995324

*bows*

Thank you! I still think it's my greatest moment as a writer. I have also revised the story, trimming about 1,500 words from it. Normally, this stuff happens completely behind the scenes, but I find myself a slave under the Pre-readers' yoke.

#14 · 41w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

Wow, you wrote an amazing story, and if i had to write a slice of life fic i think i would have a better idea of how to write it.

This story also reminded me of the mistakes I've had in my life because i wanted to impress someone even over my own health, but have come to realize that it wasn't worth it in the end.

I thank you for writing such a great story for not only was it a great read for the sake of MLP, but it has also taught and reminded me of a lesson i should never forget.

I'm gonna read this story ten times to grasp everything this story could offer.

#15 · 41w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3335428

Thanks very much for the nice praise. I'm glad this story struck such a chord with you. I tried to make the life lesson something both adults and children could learn from. :twilightsmile:

#16 · 41w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

“Are you all right, kid? Now that I think about it, you do sound a little hoarse...”

Bad pun... :facehoof:

Excellent story though. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It read like it could have been an actual episode even.

And having Scootaloo's voice actor herself read this... OMFG!!! EPIC!!! :pinkiehappy:

#17 · 41w, 1d ago · · ·

>>3340297

Not gonna lie, I squirmed with glee when I wrote that. I'm really glad you liked the story! I couldn't believe it when Maddy not only agreed to read it when I gave it to her at Bronycon, but finding out she did read it on the Saturday night and loved it. I still can't really believe it happened. Thanks for reading!

#18 · 40w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

Ah. That was an extremely satisfying read, Gary. I'm always incredulous that your stories don't get more views, considering how well written they are. Oh well. To me, at least, you are an inspiration. :twilightsmile:

#19 · 40w, 3d ago · · ·

>>3363962

Thanks very much! You are so very kind. I'm quite glad you enjoyed the story. :twilightblush:

#20 · 39w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

I know it's been pointed out already but the 'little hoarse' pun...  So bad but I couldn't stop laughing.  Still am a bit...  Anywho, I absolutely loved the story.  Very well written, and it felt very in character.  AB scolding sweetie belle about oranges was another exceptionally funny little but for me.  Thank you for this great story!  

#21 · 39w, 6d ago · · ·

>>3383155

Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed the read. I've actually spoken with the CMC at various conventions this year regarding that oranges line, and all three loved it, and said it was something Apple Bloom might say. I really appreciate your comment and your readership. :scootangel:

#22 · 33w, 6d ago · · ·

Very nicely done!

This is a cute story with excellent characterization. Everypony acted and reacted pretty much how one might expect, and that's a good thing. I particularly liked Twilight's internal aside about how Celestia sometimes let her learn things on her own.

All that and a good moral, too!

Light and laughter,

SongCoyote

#23 · 33w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

>>3574337

Thanks so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story.

#24 · 14w, 6d ago · 3 · ·

awesome :twilightsmile::twilightsmile::twilightsmile:

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