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  • E Twice as Bright

    Celestia likes her routine. Tax reforms, grants, laws and construction projects are all a princess needs to be content. It's just her luck that for Pinkie Pie, "content" is not nearly enough.
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  • E No Recipe For Perfection

    Rarity struggles to overcome an art block. It takes a very special pony to show Rarity who she is.
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  • T Within and Without

    Luna takes the Elements of Harmony on a journey in more ways than one.
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  • E Building Bridges

    Action-and-confusion-filled fast-paced shipping, yay!
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  • E Lost and Found

    AJ and FS are lost, trying to get home. Meanwhile Dash struggles to understand what FS means to her.
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  • T Taken for Granite

    Ask Applejack, and she'll tell you Pinkie Pie can be a few apples short of a bushel. They've always been good friends, but what could they possibly have in common? Turns out there is an answer to that question.
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  • E Where Earth Meets Sky

    Rainbow Dash suspects Applejack is stealing her oldest friend from her. Is it really that simple?
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  • E Where Your Heart Is

    Rainbow Dash begins to question where she truly belongs.
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Blog Posts31

  • 58w, 6d
    Hiatus.

    First, I want to thank everyone who's contributed to, or read, Taken for Granite. The comments and the mails have been far in excess of what I expected from an ApplePie ship-fic not featured on EqD.

    I still wonder if I did the right thing in detailing in the authors' notes how hard writing that particular story was for me. Usually, I strive to minimize my own personality because I feel the stories are more important than the individuals who write them. That's the theory, at least, but I think I'm doing a worse job of it with each fic I write. Either way, talking about the process that led to a story is relevant and perhaps interesting to some individuals. Complaining about it being "hard" isn't. At best, it's begging for sympathy. At worst, it changes how people see the story, and that notion fills me with dread.

    Regardless, the story has been well enough received, and now that it's all over, I can say I'm glad to have written it. We're moving on.

    Those who read these blog posts will know I've had quite a few different stories and ideas I've been toying with. I'm really liking the idea of writing another grand adventure along the lines of Lost and Found and Within and Without. I have a temporarily shelved RariLuna political intrigue/adventure/peril/shipping fic, I have a FlutterDash longer-than-long romance that may become adventure-romance, and I have a number of other less-interesting stories that I want to get around to. Which is it then?

    None of the above. I'm going on hiatus for an undetermined period of time.

    A while back, I promised myself I would never give people estimates, and that I would never set deadlines for myself. They are sure-fire ways to kill my joy for writing, and this promise helped me recapture much of my love for putting pen to paper—or hoof to keyboard, as it were.

    I broke another barrier when I managed to let dead fics lie and kill my need to stick with a story until it was done. Being able to not pick back up the FlutterDashFire story I had, being able to shelve RariLuna for this recent ApplePie, those were all victories.

    It's not enough, though.

    My relationship with writing has been problematic for a very long time, and it's not getting better. Some people use ponyfic as therapy, as a means to cope, and as relaxation. AbsoluteAnonymous was very vocal about exactly this. Unless I misunderstood or misremember this, writing was a temporary hobby to her, a process of healing that led to her coming out on top. Me, I think I've written myself sick.

    Until I can figure this out, I'll be out. I'm sorry for not responding to comments in the foreseeable future, and I'm just as sorry that if I return, my OCD attitude to comments will result in a batch of week, month or year-old comments being replied to.

    Naturally, my promise not to set deadlines or give promises might work both ways. I may be writing again next week. I may be writing tomorrow and start posting chapters of some long adventure-fic, but I find it unlikely.

    I'm not saying goodbye forever, but right now, I need the peace that comes with a break.

    35 comments · 1,525 views
  • 62w, 3d
    Incoming Story: Taken for Granite

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  • 65w, 4d
    The Long Summer

    First, I apologize for the long silence. I don't expect people will really have noticed, because that implies people sit on edge waiting for something to happen, for me to do something. Instead, I am the one who gets stressed by inactivity. It goes without saying and without putting it into system that two months' hiatus is worth a lot of stress by that token.

    I'm also sorry for neglecting comments and notes. I'm working on that, and will try to catch up. I've done a terrible job at reading all the things I've said I would, too, for which I am also supremely sorry, but I don't know what more to add to that. I've no real excuse, and will get right back on it as soon as I can.

    On my front of things, I've aborted work on one story, started work on another, and actually sort of almost completed it. It is currently mid-edit and pending cover art, and there is a chance it will be published in a week or two, or a month--thereabouts. Failing that, if I can't beat it into shape, I'll scrap it and start something else.

    I hope you all have had, and continue to have a very pleasant summer. If you're interested in listening to the Muffin Loving Productions guys host me as a guest on a podcast, you can do so here! It was fun, and proves that listening to your own voice later will never be cool.

    Also, I had a birthday somewhere along the line, which led to multiple awesome artpieces being made. Snowtrail and Kits for best pony.

    Back to edits and work.

    -CS

    13 comments · 376 views
  • 79w, 4d
    Next Story, Ideas and Between Fic, W&W/O eBook

    That's one more wrapped up! Thank you, everypony who took time to read Twice as Bright. It's been an absolute blast to write, but I definitively need to re-think and re-consolidate my writing/publishing strategy.

    By which I mean "Cloudy is a dummy who should've never broken his self-made promise not to publish during the writing process after Lost and Found nearly permanently killed his desire to write." The whole re-thinking line is a lot catchier, so we're rolling with that.

    Anyway! Point is, Twice as Bright is done! I am celebrating by staring at excellent, relevant artwork--holy butts that is beautiful and I almost embedded it but I don't know if that's a breach of etiquette--and by planning more stories.

    Breaks are for, um. Well. People who take breaks. I mean, I've had a two day break, I suppose, but you're not here to read about me drinking sugar, eating sugar, and eating things not made of sugar but still covered in or frosted with sugar. You're probably here for:

    More Ponies

    Whenever I finish a story, I like to cleanse my palate. That's a fancy word for scraping your tongue clean. When I first started writing ponyfic, I watched the entire show at least once between each fic. I find this very useful to re-center myself on canon. It probably sounds pretentious or ritualistic, but it's as simple as me valuing starting from scratch very highly.

    Lately, I haven't done this. In part because there are a lot more episodes, and not-writing hurts. In part because, without going into detail, there are elements of season 3 that I did not enjoy as much as I had hoped. Still, this time, I'm going to begin by re-watching the show. The last thing I want is to get mired in my own headcanon.

    It's been surprisingly long since last I watched season 1, and I absolutely cannot wait.

    Second? I plan to read. I plan to read fanfiction I promised I'd read, because I genuinely want to read more fanfic. I plan to read more fanfiction to make a dent in my Read Later list. I plan to read at least one non-pony thing--probably Daetrin's non-pony book, The Demon of Cliffside. I've been wanting to get at that thing for ages now. Before, during and after all this, I'm going to discuss all the ideas I have with my friends.

    And then?

    We write

    If I sound very, um, pompous here, it's probably for a reason. I'm the kind of pony who, in writing, makes faces. If I'm writing Pinkie making a grimace, I'm making the very same grimace. If Rarity looks arch and scoffs at something, I'm staring at my computer screen like its very presence offends me--you get the idea. That I'm writing a long piece on this is because it reflects what I want to write. I'm leaning towards something longer. Something grandiose.

    That's not to say I'm decided yet, and I've said time and again I hate making promises even to myself. I'm just thinking out loud, and all I know is this:

    *The next fic will feature two or more ponies.

    *At least one of these two or more ponies will think that one of the other two ponies is really, really cute/swell/nice.

    What I suspect is this:

    *It probably won't have the majority of its action in Ponyville or Canterlot.

    *It will probably involve perceived or very real peril.

    In short, I'm thinking another adventure along the lines of Within and Without or Lost and Found. When I say "along the lines of," I really only mean "long adventure," and even that's not set in stone, but I will say I'm looking towards W&W/O with fond memories.

    Add to list of things to do before writing: Re-read own adventure fics.

    I have no details, and I have tons of other ideas that may make it into fic. A lot of authors seem to do these compilation posts of ideas for fics and such, and I don't know how interesting it is to most, but if I can mention in no particular order:

    RariLuna slightly-dark/adventure/political/mystery.

    Those who read my earlier blogs will remember this one. It is one of three ideas I had in my mind a while back. Also, when I say "slightly dark," you have to keep in mind how incredibly resistant I am to darkfic and such. What I call "dark" when I write probably doesn't match others' definitions.

    FlutterDash long ship.

    Lost and Found really made me want to explore FlutterDash on a deeper level. This is it. The problem is that I'm not sure I can write another non-adventure ship just yet. It'd be fairly intricate and emotional, but I've done a lot of those lately.

    Other ships/stories I want to do:

    TwiJack - I have an angle that could work. It's Ponyville-centric, so the problem is the same as with FlutterDash, but I really want to do this.

    RariLight - I have some very specific unicorn-centric ideas that could be good. May even be a friendship fic. (Cloudy writing non-ship? Ha!)

    FlutterDash - I have no less than three other ideas for this ship of varying length, though the goal is to use as much as possible for the fic above.

    PinkieShy - Of all the "pure" ships I want to write, this one is very high on the list. Again, same issue as above with it being a pure ship, but if I could make it part of an adventure, I'd be very happy.

    AppleDash - Problematic in that the ship's been done to death. That in and by itself isn't the issue, but that I don't know if I'm stepping on others' hooves is. I have two possible angles, one being rather different from the usual ship formula.

    ApplePie/RariPie - I have semi-similar ideas for these, but I've written so much heavy emotion Pinkie Pie that this will probably go on the back-burner. Also, it's actually the closest to sad that I'll ever want to go. I could write an ApplePie that I'm sure would be a decent read, yet I'd have no desire to read it myself. That is an odd position to be in.

    RariDash - Painful sweetness here, but it needs a framework I haven't worked with yet. One that is neither adventure nor simple long-ship. This will be a challenge, and I'm not convinced yet.

    That's basically what's in my head at the moment. The two ideas I had in the last ficwriting deadspace are still very strong, those being RariLuna and FlutterDash. The PinkieShy idea has basically taken the spot of CellyPie now that that's done. Still, I am almost positive that in reading, watching and talking in the coming weeks, I'll have far more ideas to choose from, and hopefully I'll land on one that convinces me fully from the get-go.

    If you've read this far, well, damn. I thought about cramming some images in here, but I have no idea what those would be. Sprucing it up with images just to make more people read it is silly anyway. I figure people will read if they're interested, and if they are--if you are--I'm flattered.

    In Other News

    There's a reason for that Within and Without tag other than "hey I may write something similar." If you've problems with the downloadable formats available through FiMFiction, there's an awesome guy by name of JeffersonPeters who took it upon himself to provide a superior alternative. Here is a downloadable ePub variant of W&W/O for all your reading pleasure! I don't have a fancy reading thingermabob, but I'm told it's quite good.

    It's worth noting that he used alternative cover art in the .epub file, and the artist hasn't yet responded to the request for permission to use it, but there should be a link with attribution and everything in there. The real problem, though, is that the artist's dA has been taken down since, and redirects. Still working on that.

    That's it! Thank you for your time. If you hate me for abusing your eyes for italics, well, at least I didn't use comic sans. I'm gonna get around to replying to comments on TaB as soon as I can, but know that I've read them all, and that I'm floored (and thankful!) for all the comments!

    53 comments · 731 views
  • 82w, 3d
    March Apologies, Twice as Bright

    I am just leaving a quick note here to say that I'm sorry for not responding to PM's, comments or mails for the moment. I've tried to keep on top of things, but it's just not working out. If you're just tuning in, or if you've recently left a comment or sent me a PM, I am very happy to make your acquaintance, please don't doubt that -- I can only apologize for the delayed response.

    I'm having a bad time of it, and I need to readjust. There's no drama, and everything that's failing is related to my lacking ability to deal with things that are beyond my control.

    Fic updates will go along as planned because quite frankly, I don't know how to stop. Twice as Bright will likely continue at one chapter per week unless something changes.

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Where the world was once her stage, the stage is now her world, and Octavia feels trapped. Will the appearance of a certain pink pony stop her descent, or will she get to mope in peace? Will Octavia get to eat her cucumber roll while she's at it?

The answer to the last question is probably "no".  

First Published
22nd Feb 2012
Last Modified
22nd Feb 2012
#1 · 138w, 5d ago · · ·

I love this story! I already read it on EQD and now I can confirm its good for you FIMF readers! :pinkiehappy:

Pinkie Pie is watching for the grumpie ponies! FOREEEEEEVER! :pinkiecrazy:

#2 · 138w, 5d ago · · ·

Fantastic read. A perfect example of how friendshipping fics should be. Frankly, we don't see enough and Cloudy has proven that he can do one to a very high standard.

Keep up the great work, Cloudy! I can't wait for your future works!

#3 · 138w, 5d ago · · ·

I love how the last ep basically supports this fic 100%. Cloudy's Pinkie is the best in the fandom. His Dash is too. Never stop writing.

#4 · 138w, 5d ago · · ·

A good read. Oh, wait, it's from Cloudy. That explains it.

Loved Building Bridges to bits, you know. :heart:

#5 · 138w, 5d ago · · ·

Spectacular. I'd love more Rarity, but given that "you can't always get what you want," this is perfect. You are an excellent writer, and this fandom is lucky to have you. :raritystarry:

#6 · 138w, 4d ago · · ·

Pinkie CAN be awesome without being serious! She IS awesome, both without being serious and while being serious!

I loved your take on both Pinkie and Octavia. The use of repetition in Octavia's thoughts was very well done--it really added to the feeling that she was being worn down, slowly, day by day, by her ennui. And your characterization of Pinkie was just perfect and lovely.

Thank you for writing and sharing this story. I concur with Ponydora Prancypants completely--the fandom is very lucky to have you.

#7 · 137w, 4d ago · · ·

Yeeow, am I glad I finally discovered this ambitious and entirely too charming story? Yes, yes I am.

#8 · 134w, 1d ago · · ·

Thank you for the kind comments, everypony!

#9 · 129w, 3d ago · · ·

Woohoo! Another awesome fic from Cloudy Skies! Your stories make me feel like a shark. If I stop reading, I'd probably explode! Er, wait... Like, if reading is a metaphor for swimming... Cause sharks... Your stories are great and I love them!

#10 · 129w, 3d ago · · ·

There is only one word:

Beautiful.

:twilightsmile:

#11 · 129w, 2d ago · · ·

>>504954 >>505732 Thank you both for your comments! I am so very happy whenever I see somepony favorite or comment on Ode, because despite its apparent lack of faves, it has a special place in my heart. I'm very glad if you like!

#12 · 128w, 6d ago · · ·

That was wonderful. Fantastic writing, emotion and characters. I have to admit some small amount of disappointment when Pinkie's intervention turned out to not be of her own initiative, but overall brilliant stuff and definitely one of the best fics I've read.

#13 · 128w, 6d ago · · ·

>>524366 Thank you, truly! I can't recall the exact words I used, but the intervention could of course not have happened without Pinkie - I just felt like highlighting the others' role because she was meant to be the merrymaking catalyst. Perhaps I overdid it?

I'll certainly think on it when I re-read this myself, but thank you for reading, and thank you for the comment!

#14 · 128w, 5d ago · · ·

For extra effect, I strongly recommend having this in the background while Octavia plays by the castle wall.

#15 · 128w, 5d ago · · ·

>>529095 That was a pretty good listen, dang - I keep forgetting how much awesome vidja' game music there is out there. Thanks for giving me a short break from my otherwise constant trance-fest!

#16 · 128w, 5d ago · · ·

>>529355 Such an awesome story about a sad cello required awesome sad cello music. And if you're not crying yet, try listening to it in the rain.

#17 · 125w, 6d ago · · ·

Finally got the time to slam my way through this fic thanks to Kits' journal. I remember being so critical of Octavia's characterization in the beginning, and I'm glad to see you stuck by your guns and left her (in my memory) unchanged. I'm surprised 13,000 words flew by this quickly. I could hear the Ode to Friendship developing in my head as I kept reading -- though I would've left out the part where Octavia names the song. She still could've told Fancypants the name -- just off-camera. Only a small nitpick, though, and I'm sure others will argue for its inclusion.

Also -- Pinkie, Pinkie, Pinkie. I really enjoyed our last discussion concerning how we write her and everything, and I'll have you know I think crafting a believable Pinkie, as you've done to marvelous effect in this fic, is worth deviating some from her admittedly scattered show personality. It was also nice seeing some backstory to Octavia's other quartet members -- I think I'll be very surprised if they show up in the show again and are given voices, since you beat the writers to the punch in informing my headcanon.

#18 · 124w, 5d ago · · ·

I really enjoyed this one. It's always a good change of pace to read a story where a good quarter of it has almost no dialogue, and yet the internal monologue and character motivations are enough to keep my crisp attention to what I'm reading.

#19 · 124w, 5d ago · · ·

>>626537 L-l-l-legendary late reply! Again!

No really though, thank you for your comment and your kind words; I must admit I don't recall exactly what we discussed regarding Octavia. What I do recall is that I suffered a huge crisis of faith regarding mood progression, and you (and the other pre-readers) helped me through that. I'm very thankful for that. Were we discussing the severity of her depression?

I like what you suggest though - omitting the song name as it's in the title? That would have been clever, and I'm realizing I'm not a very clever pony. Darnit. A bit of an opportunity missed. Heck, omit it there, mention it in epilogue perhaps? Could have been really good.

On Pinkie, I don't know what more to say except that having the word "believable" in there is all I need to sleep the sweetest sleep at night. Thank you. As you hint to, and as we discussed, I still firmly believe "my" Pinkie Pie isn't quite as canon as some - but "believable" is all one can hope for when the episodes already vary a character's behaviour so much.

>>667378 Thank you! I find that as much as I enjoy writing dialogue, it's harder for me than internal monologues by far. I think the start of Where Earth Meets Sky is my "element", much like bits of this fic., as far as preference goes. When it comes to effect, results - how "good" it is - I can't pretend to comment, but I know these are the things I enjoy writing the most.

#20 · 124w, 3d ago · · ·

Brilliant. I really liked how well you portrayed Octavia's listlessness --- it wasn't said, it was felt, and it really came through in your writing. And I think Pinkie's focus is a welcome change to the more spontaneous versions seen elsewhere, because it really shows how well she is matched to her Element. "Coolest heroine ever" indeed. :pinkiehappy:

#21 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

>>674475 Thank you for reading, and for the comment 'ere! I think hearing that the fic had the intended effect - Octavia's emotions, I mean - is among my favorite things to hear. Basically, "it worked?" Awesome!

No really, thanks - I'm glad! I sometimes wish I could write the "more spontaneous" Pinkie, hah. It's not just a conscious decision to show a different side of her, here. I'm fairly bad at over the top Pinkie. Kits writes a far more show-appropriate Pinkie than I, I think.

#22 · 122w, 2d ago · · ·

Very good story, it was a nice view of Octavia, I haven't seen much of her aside from some Vinyl things, so seeing her like this was an interesting treat.

#23 · 121w, 3d ago · · ·

>>754304 Oh, yay! I'm happy to hear it, so thank you for that, and for reading! I haven't read too much Octavia-focused fics except VsT, and I tried to create my own little cellist/bassist/doghouse bassist/double bassist, I guess, and if that worked for some, I'm very, very glad!

#24 · 120w, 5d ago · · ·

Wow, that was pretty amazing! I don't know much about Octavia but this story gave me great insight into her psyche and why she behaves the way she does in the show.

Excellent friendshipping, and your characterizations, emotional backdrop, and scene-building is top notch as always! :pinkiehappy:

Silver: "Wait, we still captured this territory, right?" :rainbowhuh:

Me: "Yeah, but we lost half our assault force..." :applejackunsure:

Silver: "This is why I HATE attacking writers like Cloudy Skies! Their defenses are WAY too intricate!" :twilightangry2:

Me: "I agree. But I'd like to point out that conquering high-caliber writers is our thing. Our troops are extremely tough and well-trained. Besides, how else are we going to build a powerful empire?" :pinkiecrazy:

Silver out!

#25 · 120w, 1d ago · · ·

Since you asked for a review, I thought I'd come back and have another read of this one.

I have done my best to nitpick, and here's what I've got: "tranquil,insistent"  -  paragraph 28, you missed the space after the comma.

Erm... sorry I can't be more critical? You just have such a way of writing for Pinkie Pie that I can't fault you. Pinkie and I share the same character traits, down to the smallest details, so I have a great empathy for her (Smile Smile Smile pretty much summed me up). Then there was what you did with Octy, you managed beautifully to compress just enough of her character and backstory into the space to make the reader really feel for her, without making it seem rushed.

All in all, this receives my love, and earns a space in my favourites.

#26 · 119w, 5d ago · · ·

>>817761 I am, as always, late to the party. Glad to hear it if you liked it though, thank you very much!

I guess there's no real "Octavia" to know since she's entirely fanonized, though, so it's pretty much a tabula rasa.

>>836573 Oh my, haha. Seriously, I don't even know what to say to that. I'll grab my brush and fix that right now, thanks!

Really though, I am very glad if Pinkie translated. That's incredibly important to me. Thank you for reading!

#27 · 97w, 4d ago · · ·

Amazing. :heart::heart:

#28 · 97w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1746469 Thank you very much!

#29 · 92w, 1d ago · · ·

Hello again!

After realizing I liked all stories I read from you so far, I decided I should read everything you have ever written. (On ponies, I mean. Although I'd probably read your non-pony novels as well.)

Ode to Friendship did not disappoint me in the least. It is a great one-shot, where you portray the characters brilliantly, as usual. Octavia had always been my favorite background pony, and the events of this story will be added to my headcanon.

I only have a small complaint though, and that is that the ending is a bit abrupt. You use 11k words to display a setting, and proceed to finish it with a few sentences. I know endings are not your forté (you even stated in a blog post you hate them), but maybe this is something to improve upon?

All in all, I liked this fic very much. The good qualities of this fic heavily outweigh this small little quirk.

After this story, I will proceed to read No recipe for perfection, Bonds of Earth and Sky and Pinkie Pie's Hero. After that I will probably cry in a corner, waiting for your next creation.

#30 · 92w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1947732 Your words are far kinder than I think I strictly deserve, but I will thank you for them nevertheless! I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed Ode, and twice as happy you decided to leave a comment. Writing this story was rather special for me, and I always wondered why it's far and away the least read of my stories, but eh.

The end was a little short for two reasons. One is that I planned a sequel--one that I may yet do--starting practically where this one left off. That's not the full why of it, though; I simply couldn't think of what to add without having it feel tacked-on and separate or part of something else entirely. I'm usually a fan of epilogues; the comment about me not liking endings was mostly about me hating to say "it's over", not a statement about my perceived skill at ending stories. In this case, as was the case with Rainbow Dash's Best Plan Ever, any attempts at creating a meaningful epilogue simply fell flat, and I realize the story was Over(tm).

That said, what I could have done was make the little snippet of epilogue there is, be a little less rushed. I remember in writing it that I struggled to sneak in all the facts and details I wanted jammed in there, packing every paragraph and sentence with as many implications as possible. Maybe I'll have some ideas when and if I re-read it myself.

#31 · 90w, 13h ago · · ·

Of course I’d smile if I was happy, but that doesn’t mean I’m unhappy just because I’m not smiling-

In other words, "(happy implies smiling) does not imply (not smiling implies not happy)." 'Tavi, I can see you don't know much about formal logic. A statement always implies its contrapositive.

I'm saying this before the meeting at the castle, and I will refuse to edit it in the future: silly 'Tavi, just because Twilight pays you to bake in her kitchen doesn't mean you can only bake there. She only needs you for three hours a week, and you don't seem to be doing much with the other 165 (okay, you probably do need to allocate some of them to sleep, but that still leaves you at least 100). It's not that your job is keeping you out of your kitchen, it's that you don't know where your kitchen is.

Risked your reputation? What risk? Pinkie has got connections. You'd have to try to make it such a publicity disaster that Fancypants couldn't make most of the upper crust at least pretend to approve with a single sentence, and in that case Pinkie could just ask Celestia to drop a couple hints about hearing about the performance and approving of it. You could publicly murder orphans, and if Tia called it "a brave new frontier in performance art" and Fancypants applauded, the nobility would love it.

#32 · 90w, 7h ago · · ·

>>2031540 But if Pinkie Pie was upfront about her plans and the weight she wields (assuming for a second she is lucid enough to do that), no great lesson in friendship would be learned, and the end result wouldn't be nearly the same! Sometimes, you gotta toss the ingredients all around the kitchen and have a great big food fight to make the best muffins, you know? Besides, Pinkie doesn't cheat.

#33 · 89w, 5d ago · · ·

>>2033544 I was referring to Octavia's complaints after the performance. It's not cheating to call in some extra resources after the lesson has been learned; just because you display your cupcakes attractively doesn't mean you didn't bake them well enough to be worth buying.

#34 · 85w, 4d ago · · ·

Nicely done on this one.  It's always good to see a good pure Element of Laughter story, and while I'm fine with the whole Octavia / Vinyl Scratch duo, it's nice to see Tavi getting a little screen time on her own and away from the standard Odd Couple groove that TaviScratch stories always seem to slot into.

#35 · 85w, 4d ago · · ·

>>2187842 It's always dicey to try to use a BG pony who's been typecast by the fandom, but hey, one more person whose gag reflex wasn't triggered by my use of her is great!

And yes. Pinkie Pie.

#36 · 84w, 6d ago · · ·

I am too tired to nitpick or anything like that. Suffice to say this is well written, and characterizes both pinky and Octavia accurately in the former, and believably in the latter.

A few of my friends are close to being in Octavia's situation. It's not exactly the same, but decorum, etc, is ludicrously overemphasized in places and monotony is basically all a classical contrabass knows in concert (aside from the occasional concerto written specifically for the bass).

I am so glad chrome has a spell checker.

Good night!

#37 · 83w, 4d ago · · ·

>>2216604 I would leave this at appreciating your comment and thanking you for reading and all that jazz - and it would be sincere, make no mistake! I am really really thrilled when people read Ode in particular.

But no, that's not enough. You get cookies too. You get a whole freakin' heap of cookies for making the distinction between accuracy and believability in a canon character and a BG/fanon character. You just made my day. Thank you.

(Yes, I'm a little annoyed by even the thought of anyone getting flak for getting a BG character "wrong")

#38 · 82w, 3d ago · · ·

I remember reading this quite a while back.  Still good though.

#39 · 80w, 3d ago · · ·

>>2300514 I'm very glad you think so! I hope it doesn't cause uncontrollable vomiting when I decide to re-read it for myself. It happens sometimes when one views older works, I think.

#40 · 74w, 1d ago · · ·

I absolutely love this story.:heart: The portrayal of your Octavia's character and inner conflict was beautifully done and Pinkie's characterization and interaction with Octavia was exceptional. :twilightsmile:

Other than the exceptional writing, I have a selfish reason for loving this. It hit very close to home.:fluttercry: Like Octy, I found myself in doubt and frustration in where I was in my life. I became depressed, isolated myself, followed a lonely routine which wore me down. I began to accept this as my life but luckily my closest friends didn't give up on me and eventually I found my way back.:pinkiesad2:

Thank you for writing this story.:pinkiehappy: It was great to read and reminded me that you can find happiness and that there are people that are willing to lend a hand (hoof) when you're down. I wish you luck in your other writing endeavors. :twilightsmile:

#41 · 73w, 6d ago · · ·

Maybe someday I will read a Cloudy Skies fic that doesn't make me get misty-eyed.  I hope not, though :raritywink:  Excellent, as always.

#42 · 72w, 1d ago · · ·

Man, this is making me feel guilty for not being in better contact with my bassist friend. What the hell is wrong with me?

#43 · 64w, 1d ago · · ·

>>2598046 Pardon the ridiculously late reply, but thank you for your kind comment, and thank you for reading! It was really interesting to write something non-shippy for once.

Depression is an icky subject because it can be so very different for everyone. It was one of my greatest fears that I would offend someone in writing this, but I'm glad to see that it doesn't seem to be the case. I don't think Ode is suited to try to "handle" the subject, but I tried to make Octavia relatable in a number of ways. I'm very, very glad you found your way back!

>>2608518 I hope I deserve this faith, and to not disappoint; thank you for reading!

>>2660891 Cellist! Or wait, was it bassist? Now I forget.

Thank you for reading, thank you for commenting, and I hope all is well with you and your friend!

#44 · 55w, 19h ago · · ·

Loved it. I've said it before and I'll say it again, you write such an awesome Pinkie Pie.

#45 · 36w, 2d ago · · ·

This made me all fuzzy inside. I loved it. :pinkiehappy:

And the way you write Pinkie Pie is fantastic.

#46 · 23w, 4d ago · · ·

Very good story. Loved and favorited.

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