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    Sequel to Newsworthy. Doctor Whooves saves Ink Well, showing him the wonders and perils of time.
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    A journalist's tale of intrigue around a certain six ponies and the Grand Galloping Gala.
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    Ink Well and Rose are invited on what was supposed to be a pleasant vacation cruise about the Princess's private yacht, but mystery surrounds Canterlot's Elite, and it's up to our heroes to discover the truth. A continuance of the News
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  • 3w, 2d
    For my long time readers...

    Apart from thank you for sticking with it for... geez, years now, I was going to ask you all a question. I suppose this is for short time readers too... or really any readers...

    You guys are all awesome and it is never said enough.

    But that isn't a question. The questions was: do you guys think my writing is better during action scenes or during character scenes? I seem to be a horrible judge of the quality of my own work, and I always thought that my action scenes were better because I could picture the whole thing in my head (The chases, the fights, the war scenes, the rescues, etc) but I have been complemented a lot on the character scenes, which are always hard for me since so many little subtleties go into dialogue that it is extremely hard to convey (the bandaging scene, the proposal, the monologues, the letters, the verbal fights...) since nobody is DOING anything, they're just talking. They always feel flat and it takes me a lot longer to wrap my head around them and get them to a point that I like.

    (And then I went and made my big finale to the Ink Well Saga be hundreds of pages long and primarily character scenes... apparently because I hate myself.)

    So I figured I would ask you guys your thoughts. I just write for the feedback and to know people like the story... Broke as I am, if I was doing it for the money, I'd have put up a donate button long ago... (though if I ever write a book, I do expect you guys to buy it.) So yeah, let me know what you think!

    Your faithful writer,


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  • 23w, 2d
    Delays and Bother

    Hello everypony! How have you all been?

    I'm doing alright, but I am sorry for the slowing of the update speed. I have started rehearsals for a show and continued job hunts are getting more intense, and then there's the fact that unemployment has led to playing League ranked because... I dunno, I'm insane, and the LCS is going on, and then I've got these weird OCD tendencies...

    Basically, life hasn't gotten any more difficult, there's just a lot MORE faff trying to occupy the same amount of space, and I can only multitask so hard. However, I promise, I haven't abandoned anybody, and, in fact, a piece of fanart given to me in person sort of inspired me to make sure that I keep the story coming out in a timely manner. So that was nice.

    Anyway, figured I'd update, get those poorly drawn pictures off the front page, all that jazz... Oh, and wish everyone luck in the World Cup games! (I don't have any of the required channels to watch them, but gooooooooo teams!)

    I hope you're all having a wonderful day, and I promise a new chapter will be out soon!

    Your faithful writer,


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  • 27w, 6d
    Just checking in

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  • 31w, 2d
    Birthday Wishes

    Hello friends and readers. I sit here in the last 15 minutes of my birthday, wishing I had a gift for you all beyond this: I am currently editing the next chapter, so hopefully it will be up within the week!

    Another year of ponies, another year of fun, another without the fear that nothing will be done.

    I'll see you all on the other side!

    Your faithful writer,


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  • 33w, 4d
    Quick Question

    To everyone reading this story (and you are all fantastic people for sticking around) I have a quick question: When you read Wind Key's name, do you hear it in your head as wahynd (as in what you do to a spring in a clock) or wind (as in air moving)?

    Just curious.

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  • ...

In Manehattan where dreams are born, two rivals reconnect and learn what being a showpony is all about.

First Published
27th Mar 2012
Last Modified
27th Mar 2012
#1 · 139w, 2d ago · · ·

D'aww. I've always thought these two were adorable. :rainbowkiss:

#2 · 139w, 2d ago · · ·

Read this over on EqD when it went up and found it really cute and touching. I couldn't help routing for both Twilight and Trixie and felt saddened when one of them had to lose. Still, it had a uplifting ending that goes well with the show's tone.

I found the competition part to be very well handled and exciting. Coming up with things on the fly really shows the pairs' strengths and weaknesses.

Great one shot! It's worth anyone's time to read!

#3 · 139w, 2d ago · · ·

Good story.

#4 · 139w, 2d ago · · ·

Wow. One of most level-headed fics about Twilight-Trixie confrontation and friendship. Good work, I applause you sir

#5 · 139w, 1d ago · · ·

Whoah. The similarities between this any my own head-canon is... eerie :applejackconfused:

Great story. The duel was very well done and I didn't feel that either of them were 'favored,' as it were. And it ultimately ended on a good note, a nice little friendshipping fic.

#6 · 138w, 5d ago · · ·

Read this a couple nights ago, forgot to look for it again.

Your writing is fantastic, along with this story. Twilight's final reaction from the audience is something I never saw coming, and I honestly got a newfound Trixie feel when she said how it was like that for her, but with a whole town. Good show, sir.

#7 · 138w, 5d ago · · ·

>>386694 Or madam. I'm not sure which, and I don't want to offend.

#8 · 138w, 5d ago · · ·

>>386698 Thank you very much. And it is sir, you guessed right.

#9 · 136w, 6d ago · · ·

A very nice story, though I've never really been a Trixie fan.

An upvote and a favourite for you!



#10 · 134w, 1h ago · · ·

A very nice, enjoyable fic. Felt like it flowed more naturally than most Twilight-Trixie fics.

#11 · 124w, 7h ago · · ·

After reading this again, and as much as I really LOVE:heart: your Ink Well stories, I think this might be the best thing you've written.  It's feels so natural and real.  It's more like an episode put into story form. And it doesn't immediately try to force Trixie and Twilight in to a relationship.  I really do love this story! :trixieshiftright::twilightsmile:

#12 · 122w, 2d ago · · ·

Twilight and Trixie.  Two sides of the same coin.  Both powerful in their own craft.  I knew Trixie would win, but I am so glad they both could still be friends after all was said and done.

#14 · 104w, 6d ago · · ·

Instafave. Now write more, I demand more.

#15 · 102w, 1h ago · 1 · ·

Alright! Finally finished. As I stated, I'd leave a comment review for you so here you go!

First of all, absolutely excellent imagery in the story. It was very easy to picture everything in my mind as I read it, including the specific magic tricks that both Twi and Trixie performed. Everything was very vivid and clear without too much attention focused on actually writing every little detail out. Things like "Her cape and hat were the most decorative things in the room," give us plenty of detail without the need of unnecessary elaboration and clutter. It really helped keep a good flow of the story and I never really lost interest.

The plot itself was strong and perfect for this sort of one-act style. It could almost be used in an episode, which I think says a great deal about how strong the writing was for it. There are several lessons to be learned, there is plenty of conflict and resolution, and the characters themselves are very much written to their personalities in the show. The whole "Showmanship vs Talent" is a very compelling argument, and definitely shows the inherent difference between Twilight and Trixie.

Speaking of these characters, this is where the story really shined. For a while there, I must say I was a bit aggravated at Trixie. You definitely portrayed her arrogance very well and did a good job at showing her overall vanity. At first, however, I found myself wondering where you were going to take Trixie. It wasn't until the later part of the magic show that we get a glimpse of Trixie's mentality changing. Before that point, it was like reading a story about a bully trying to embarrass someone else and I was finding it hard to like Trixie. In fact, it was getting to a point where I disliked her even more than when she was first introduced in the show. Though she has a right to be bitter, it's clear that she is biased in her views concerning the events in Ponyville (considering Twilight did everything she could to try and NOT show Trixie up, only stepping in to save the town). Knowing this as an unbiased observer, I couldn't help but roll my eyes when Trixie began to complain about her lot in life after Ponyville.

However, the true magic of the story is how you were able to turn this around very quickly, yet seamlessly. It was during the part where Trixie realized that she had gone too far and she had essentially embarrassed Twilight for no other reason than her own ego and vanity that we start to see behind the mask that Trixie nearly constantly wears. It was with this epiphany, the moment she realized just how much her ego had corrupted her, that we started to see some redemption in her character. The talk between her and Twilight afterwards goes further with it, showing a mare who has truly learned that there are things more important that fame.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story. Though I complain about Trixie's "biased memory" when it comes to Ponyville, that is more of a problem with her character than the writing, as in I believe that is how the character in the show was meant to be portrayed and you simply captured it very well. However, you kept me hooked despite not liking the character and, at the end, you gave me new respect for her and helped put a smile on my face. I wouldn't mind seeing this Trixie in future stories!

Well done! I really enjoyed it and I look forward to reading your other works!

#16 · 102w, 1h ago · · ·

>>1792896 Quite the comment, glad you liked it! And don't worry. Trixie shall return.

#17 · 84w, 20h ago · · ·

Very nicely written. A nice way to resolve the conflict between the two, and show the differences. Showmanship isn't just about power, its about the presentation.

#18 · 43w, 5d ago · · ·

This was beautifully done. Well-written and well in-character for both of them. You've really captured the defining differences between them - Trixie may be weaker, but she is an accomplished performer. That said, Twilight has potential to dazzle the crowd with sheer power, so I expected the duel to be neck-to-neck. I think both of them came across as interesting and respectable in their own right.

And the ending was sweet. Oh Twilight, you really thought defeating Trixie would have won her over? Of course, I'm glad she didn't go the other way either and try to give Trixie an easy win to placate her with, because that would just have been insulting. Instead there's a bit of understanding and some final closure. Very good indeed.

You get a single upvote, but think of it as five or so, okay?

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