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  • E The Proper Care and Feeding of Monsters

    Fluttershy discovers the limits of compassion.
    6,561 words · 4,556 views  ·  384  ·  3
  • T Naked Singularity

    Twilight attempts to write a sensual romance novel.
    10,524 words · 48,410 views  ·  2,402  ·  41 · sex
  • E Lost Cities

    North of Canterlot, in the far marches of the Equestrian lands near the border with the Griffon tribes, there is a mountain that flies.
    9,913 words · 4,532 views  ·  680  ·  8
  • E I'm Afraid of Changeling (and other short stories)

    Short sketches about being human. Except, you know, with ponies.
    25,512 words · 2,540 views  ·  377  ·  3
  • T For Whom We Are Hungry

    You didn't want to come here, but fate cares nothing for insects. The story of a changeling in Ponyville.
    14,935 words · 2,426 views  ·  617  ·  7
  • E Maiden Flight

    The ever-humble Rainbow Dash has selflessly agreed to give Scootaloo a wing-up on Flight School
    3,959 words · 4,358 views  ·  365  ·  3
  • E The Trouble with Phoenixes

    Phoenixes are like a three-legged kitten: adorable in small numbers.
    7,219 words · 5,369 views  ·  755  ·  10
  • E The Glass Blower

    A young artist in love will do whatever it takes to satisfy his heart.
    10,489 words · 11,512 views  ·  909  ·  15

Blog Posts73

  • Sunday
    Interview! Dramatic Reading! Exclamation Points!

    Hey folks,

    I was going to wait til I had a new chapter ready to post, but this weekend two community members finished up some projects that I was fortunate enough to help with, and I wanted to pitch their great work.


    FIMFiction Interviews: Cold in Gardez

    Nekonyancer has done interviews with several other authors on this site, including Eakin, Pascoite and Horizon, so I was pretty thrilled when he asked me -- waaay back before I deployed -- if I would like a turn. Obviously it had to wait until I returned from Afghanistan, but we managed to reconnect and the result was this interview. Here's a table of contents:

    1:00 - What kind of stuff did you write before you joined the fandom?

    2:05 - What particular works opened your eyes to what the fandom is capable of?

    4:07 - How do you go about developing your writing skill?

    5:37 - What books in particular would you recommend for learning how to write better?

    6:47 - How does experimentation play into improving your writing skill?

    8:47 - Which of your old stories are you especially proud of?

    9:55 - Don't you like your comedies?

    10:49 - How do you nail those character personalities so well?

    13:17 - Do you have an OC?

    13:40 - Where'd you get the ideas for your worldbuilding regarding the pegasi?

    17:14 - Where do you get your inspiration in general?

    18:27 - Sample of The Glass Blower original writing style

    19:35 - What did your reviewers say about that attempt at Victorian, purple writing?

    21:17 - In Victorian literature, characters talk too poetically. Their dialogue never feels real. Do you see that as a flaw in the style?

    22:29 - Was "The First Light of Dawn" your first time ever writing a long story?

    23:10 - How did you find the experience of writing a long story for the first time?

    24:02 - What kind of problems did you face that you don't have to deal with when writing short stories?

    25:47 - Seems like the writing for "The Wind Thief" went smoothly.

    27:02 - Did everything become easier as you wrote your second novel?

    27:31 - It's been two years since you posted the first chapter of Salvation, and it's still not done...

    29:31 - When you started your project of expanding Salvation, how long did you see it becoming?

    30:10 - On using editors to chop your writing down to size.

    32:11 - Was Salvation your first time writing something so structurally loose?

    34:05 - Was it difficult to write something that focused so heavily on characters instead of action?

    35:00 - Will we be seeing more stuff in the vein of Salvation?

    35:32 - Will we ever get the sequel to "The First Light of Dawn"?

    36:23 - What about the sequel to "The Wind Thief"?

    37:32 - Is there anything you want to say to your fans?

    Give it a listen!


    Second, one of the fandom's best voice actors, Illya Leonov, saw that I updated Lost Cities with two new chapters, and he went ahead and updated his dramatic readings to include them. I'm proud to present them here:

    Lost Cities: The Ice and What it Holds

    Lost Cities: The Driftwood Emperor


    So, work was a bit of a pain this week. Fortunately that's over with, and I get get back to my most enjoyable pastime -- writing! As noted earlier, I'm working on finishing Forever Summer, the next chapter of Salvation, and a new adventure story. And, yes, The Wind Thief sequel is in there somewhere too.

    6 comments · 306 views
  • 1w, 5d
    Some art, new short, and some updates

    22 comments · 492 views
  • 5w, 1d
    Walking through a large department store after spending seven months in Afghanistan

    When you first get back to America after a long time spent elsewhere, everything feels a bit surreal.

    You walk through the mall, recognizing everything. You don't stand there, gaping at the shelves like you've never seen them; you aren't overwhelmed by the choices or surplus. You remember, somewhere in the back of your mind, that this is normal. This is what life was always like before you left. The strange, indescribable feeling hiding just behind your eyes, that none of this is real, is like a veil upon your thoughts, shrouding them, but even through it you still see. Seven months was not enough time to forget what walking through a department store is like, or how it should feel.

    While you were gone you made a list of all the things you wanted to do, to see and to buy when you got back. You may have kept a word document on your desktop with all these things, or just emailed them to your personal account so you would have them ready when you got home. The list was like a talisman back when you were in country and the days seemed endless. If you had time, you could open it up and imagine each one come to life, or dream of something new to add. The mere imagination of them helped banish the tedium of deployed life.

    But now you walk through the department store, and you can't remember half the list. You found one item, a favorite drink or snack, and you carry it with you through the store as you try to remember the rest, as you try to remember what was so important that you had to come home. You turn down the next aisle, scanning the shelves, wondering if this is where you will find it, though you cannot recall what it is. You turn the corner and look, and turn the corner and look, and again and again.

    At some point, as with all the previous deployments, you'll realize that it wasn't the list or the stores or your favorite drink that brought you home. It was your friends, and they never really left you. They were just harder to talk to while you were gone.

    I'll be getting home tomorrow, and as such this will be my last 'deployed' blog post. Thank you to everyone who wrote or watched or even just read something I made over the past seven months. You guys are great, and there's rarely a day that goes by that I don't think about how lucky I am to be part of this fandom.

    Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

    38 comments · 520 views
  • 5w, 2d
    At the Doha Hamad international airport

    Hey folks.

    I'm typing this on my Samsung Galaxy, so forgive my brevity and typos. It's the first time I've turned this phone on in seven months, and I'm having to learn hour to use it all over again.

    We landed earlier this morning in Qatar after a six hour flight in a C-130, which is about the least comfortable aircraft ever designed. Also, I get air sick easily, so today has been a particularly uncomfortable experience. I've been awake for 36 hours now.

    But, of course, it's worth it. When it's time to come home from a deployment you just accept that there will be discomfort, but the alternative is never leaving Afghanistan. For some reason I've never understood, the flight home is always worse than the flight there. But the reward at the end will be better.

    In a few hours, I'll be getting on a 15-hour flight back to the states. I'll hate it, and it's possible I'll be sick many times before we land, but I still can't wait.

    Talk to you guys again in a day or so. If you see me in a bar, first round's on me.

    Edit: I guess I can link a story to this post. Go read Forever Summer!

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"It's called 'Shh'," said Fluttershy. "It's a game about who can be quiet the longest. Sound fun? I'm the world champion."

Fluttershy is not a pony who makes things up. She really is the world champion of "Shh," or The Quiet Game. And now it's time for her to defend her crown, with Twilight Sparkle and Rarity along for the ride.

First Published
6th Nov 2011
Last Modified
31st Oct 2011
#1 · 156w, 4d ago · 7 · ·

This is perfect on so many levels.

#2 · 156w, 4d ago · 5 · ·

Six thousand words for being quiet? COOLIO

#3 · 156w, 4d ago · 4 · 1 ·

This is what is called god in a nutshell

#4 · 156w, 4d ago · 3 · ·

Amazing.

Shh, the game, brought to life.

Damn, now I want to see a videogame of this.

#5 · 156w, 4d ago · 2 · ·

that was amazing, you caught the spirit the the show and its world perfectly.i could honestly see that almost word for word as a real episode. it just has this weird insanity to it, its just perfect.

#6 · 156w, 4d ago · · ·

The question I have to ask, when was the church mouse disqualified? :pinkiehappy:

#7 · 156w, 4d ago · · ·

Hi! Love it! 5/5 yays :yay::yay::yay::yay::yay:

#8 · 156w, 4d ago · · ·

#9 · 156w, 4d ago · · ·

:yay:Shhhhh...your all being to lound with your comments.

#11 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

I was hoping for some weird friendship report at the end but other than that it was awesome.

#12 · 156w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

I'll keep it brief. It was... nice.

#13 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

This is Prachett levels of awesome and snark.  I loved it.

#14 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

This is hilarious. I swear it took far longer than it should have to get through it because I was laughing waaaaaaaay too hard for my own good...

In short, I lost the (quiet) game...

:yay: All my stars!

#15 · 156w, 3d ago · 2 · ·

I loved the announcers, mostly because I imagined them with stereotypical golfcaster voices.

#16 · 156w, 3d ago · 2 · ·

Loved it.  Especially Shy Sparrow.  That was a stroke of genius.

#17 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

:yay:I liked it.

#18 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

Absolutely hilarious! Excellent story!

#19 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

THIS WAS AWESOME.

#20 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

(mumbling) Incredible. She actually managed to beat a dried skeleton at being quiet & still. That alone is probably enough to get her in the record books.

#21 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

:twilightsmile: Great job, as always Cold!

#22 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

Wow, this was an incredibly story. Absolutely hilarious from start to finish.

#23 · 156w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

She beat ... a skeleton. I'll restate that - she beat the inanimate remains of a pony. At being quiet. And then she beat Angel Bunny - the ninja rabbit. Actually, no, there are ninja that make more noise than that rabbit (admittedly, she did make use of his achilles heel, but my point still stands).

More importantly, though - you wrote a fic based on a contest about being quiet. And you wrote it well.

I am impressed.

#24 · 156w, 3d ago · 1 · 1 ·

#25 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

Lucky it was Angel Bunny at the end..had it been an animal from the Grand Galloping Gala, poor Fluttershy would have lost :flutterrage:"YOU WILL LOVE ME!"

#26 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

"Nightmare Moon"... I mean, seriously ?

#27 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

Loved it! :pinkiehappy:

On a humorous semi-related note: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjmUduvaRx0&feature=related [Staring Tournament]

#28 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

Oh well, yes, alright, forget me :D

#29 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

Someone actually wrote my idea? lol.

#30 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

>>22605 lawl, by the way, you should totally do some kind of secret pony level in Diablo 3.

#31 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

Holy hell! You wrote the Cutie Mark Conspiracy! aww man, no wonder I loved this story so damn much. It is so weirdly engaging.

Much like the show itself, I can't quite explain just why I like it, just that its really, really good! This could be an episode. A really good episode. I'm just imagining the visuals and they lend themselves well to comedy.

Awesome work CIG, just funny and giggle inducing. (it was really hard to explain to my dad sitting next to me on the couch why I couldn't stop laughing when I started reading the skeleton scene. that was so perfectly written, so clever... just... god was that funny)

#32 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

Holy hell! You wrote the Cutie Mark Conspiracy! aww man, no wonder I loved this story so damn much. It is so weirdly engaging.

Much like the show itself, I can't quite explain just why I like it, just that its really, really good! This could be an episode. A really good episode. I'm just imagining the visuals and they lend themselves well to comedy.

Awesome work CIG, just funny and giggle inducing. (it was really hard to explain to my dad sitting next to me on the couch why I couldn't stop laughing when I started reading the skeleton scene. that was so perfectly written, so clever... just... god was that funny)

#33 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

That was hilarious.  And Shy Sparrow . . . Oh my God, how I laughed.

Can't help but feel bad for Rarity, though.  Poor girl.

Altogether, it was awesome.

#34 · 156w, 2d ago · · ·

This is just amazing.  I love the idea of the quiet game being a contact sport.  Way to take a line and make it even more epic than it was originally.  I was actually waiting for Big Macintosh to show up, he's so quiet as well.  

I loved the writing in this and it was very enjoyable!  Thank you for writing it.

#35 · 156w, 2d ago · · ·

This deserves to be animated, post haste!

#36 · 156w, 2d ago · · ·

You are a writing genius.

Hilarious.  And perfectly in-character for the show.

Extremely well-done.

:yay:

#37 · 156w, 2d ago · · ·

I'm more or less how twilight was thinking this is kind of pointless.

#38 · 156w, 2d ago · · ·

A very enjoyable story. But I think the skeleton part, as hilarious as it was, felt off If you aimed for the style of the show (black humor, duh).

#39 · 156w, 2d ago · · ·

I almost wanted to die when they brought out the skeleton, I still can't believe that Fluttershy won.

#41 · 156w, 2d ago · · ·

genius in the form of words...

#42 · 156w, 2d ago · · ·

So perfectly executed in the simplicity of its idea. Well doe, CiG! Have all my yays :yay:

#44 · 156w, 2d ago · · ·

>>22595 Well, it was Luna's strategy, and it might have worked on a lesser pony.

Over all, I give this story a :yay:

#45 · 156w, 2d ago · · ·

My gut hurts.

#46 · 156w, 2d ago · · ·

Absolutely loved it.

#47 · 156w, 2d ago · · ·

:flutterrage:HHHHHHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHH

:flutterrage:


yay

#48 · 156w, 1d ago · · ·

Loved it. I wish there were more fics like this one. Everyone just keeps making crossovers and weird romances.

#49 · 155w, 4d ago · · ·

This was so funny, i loved it! Its amazing that you took the quiet game and turned it into a story, with tension. That, my friend, is talent.

#50 · 155w, 4d ago · · ·

yay... if that's ok with you... :fluttershyouch:

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