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  • 91w, 1d
    Sequel is Up!

    The (hopefully) much-awaited sequel to Smoke and Mirrors has arrived! The prologue of The Troubles of Changing Times is now up, and more will be coming! Unfortunately, I'm not sure when, since a combination of school and motivation issues means updates will be sporadic at best. Even so, if you enjoy the first chapter, look forward to them!

    As a side note, I will continue to update Through Changeling Eyes alongside The Troubles of Changing Times. While this means slower updates on both, I do not intend to abandon either of them, so I will continue to work on them both when I have the time. Sorry for the wait, I'll try to work more on them now.

    4 comments · 422 views
  • 98w, 2d
    Smoke and Mirrors Side-Stories and Sequel

    Now that Through Changeling Eyes has been published as its own story, I may just decide to publish the sequel to Smoke and Mirrors alongside TCE instead of waiting until it's finished before posting. The first chapter of the sequel story, called The Trouble of Changing Times, is halfway completed, and it won't take long to finish and get it up.

    The main issue, however, is cover art. I have a relatively simple idea in mind for it, but I'd need someone to draw it, since my own artistic abilities are lacking in regards to digital art. Obviously, free art is preferable, but if payment is necessary, then I'll see if I can find a way to do it. So, would anyone be willing to draw some cover art for the sequel? Please?

    EDIT: Amethyst Hope is making a cover for me. Thank you!

    7 comments · 418 views
  • 98w, 3d
    Smoke and Mirrors Side Stories

    Alright, after getting some feedback from some comments on the most recent chapter of Smoke and Mirrors, I've decided that it may be for the best to delete the chapter, tweak a few things, and post it as it's own story. This way, it doesn't feel as tacked on to the end, yet we'll still get to see the story from multiple points of view.

    When the edited story is completed, I'll publish it and use the deleted chapter as a link.

    10 comments · 376 views
  • 107w, 1d
    The Royal Road AU

    Now just in case you don't know, one of the reasons for the slow updates to Smoke and Mirrors is because I've been working on a collaboration with several other writers called The Royal Road. It's essentially a project focused on an AU Equestria based around the third crusades, so war and religion are both prominent themes in it. The main story is that the three lands of Harmonia, Solaris, and Nocturne, each founded on the beliefs of the two Royal Pony Sisters, live in relative peace with each other despite religious divisions. Said peace is broken when Discord, who's seal is normally maintained by an ancient ritual involving the Elements of Harmony, escapes from his stone prison to wreak havoc across the lands.

    In the collab itself, there are eleven stories, each following the adventures and experiences of two characters during this time that frequently intersect with each other to form a bigger picture and world than what just one story can show. So far, only one other story besides mine is uploaded, but the rest will be coming up within the next few months.

    If this sounds interesting, and you want to know more, then check out the group for the full details. I'm having fun with it, so I'll be putting a lot of time and effort into my own story, and I'd like for more people to become aware of this collab. Arrivederci!

    8 comments · 157 views
  • 129w, 6h
    I have been tagged...Darn.

    Alright, so I got tagged by two people, but this was the first one I got, so this is the one I'll be answering. Yeah...


    1. You must post the rules.

    2. Each person must post 5 things about themselves in their journal

    3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and create eleven new questions for the people you tag to answer.

    4. You have to choose 11 people to tag and post their icons on your journal.

    5. Go to their page and tell them you have tagged them.

    6. No tag backs

    7. No stuff in the tagging section about "you're tagged if you're reading this". You legitimately have to tag 11 people

    One down, six to go!

    Things About Me:

    1. I have severe anxiety disorder and almost no friends outside the internet. I open up easily to friends and people who are genuinely nice to me, though.

    2. I'm smart, but I have very little common sense. Expect me to ask a lot of questions about things I don't know.

    3. I liked the Gen 1 ponies. I never watched the series, but I liked the ponies. My favorites are Twilight from Rescue to Midnight Castle and Wind Whistler.

    4. I'm a total schedule freak. I always carry my watch around with me everywhere I go so I always know the time, I get nervous when it looks like I'll run out of time on something, and I hate being late.

    5. I like spending all my time on the internet because it lets me get away from the outside world for a while. It's my own personal escapist realm.

    Questions I Have to Answer:

    1. How, when, and where did you become a brony?

    -This is a bit of a weird one. I first became aware of the show through some deviantart pictures from a user named Platina-Jolteon. After that, I found it on TVtropes and decided to give it a look, then I watched the first episodes a while later when no one was home. I became a brony (or is it pegasister? I'm a girl, I don't know) pretty quickly after that.

    2. What Are your plans for the impending zombie apocalypse?

    -Shoot myself in the head as soon as one of those things pops up. I am not dealing with a zombie apocalypse!

    3. You find yourself trappen on a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean without any means of food, aside from your companion Luna. Would you kill and eat luna in order to survive, or would you rather survive long enough to watch HER starve to death (assuming she does not have the capabilities to teleport or fly you both to safety)

    -Personally, I think she has a better chance of killing and eating me before I could do the same to her. Plus, I think I'd starve to death first if that came up.

    4. Holly shit! WHAT IS THAT THING BEHIND YOU?!

    -Nothing. What are you talking about? There's nothing there~

    5. Where do fillies come from in your opinion?

    -From a stork that carries eggs down from a mountain after the parents perform a romance dance, of course!

    ...No, wait, that's pinatas. I don't know, then.

    6. How do Kit Kat bars retain their amazing taste, no matter how much you eat them?

    -Because they have chocolate and chocolate is amazing!

    7. Why is Ditzy Doo's cutie mark a stream of bubbles?

    -Because bubble wrap. Bubble wrap is the answer to everything!

    8. Celestial empire, or New Lunar Republic?

    -Neither! Discordant Anarchy FTW!

    Seriously, though, the Celestial Empire. I like Celestia better than Luna (yes, I said it!)

    9. Do you think crossing over MLP with South Park is a good idea, or a bad one? (for the characters, i mean)

    -That's probably a bad idea. I don't like death with my friendship.

    10. Have you seen all of the asdfMovies?

    (if not then you need to. Like, NOW.)

    -I'm sorry, what?



    Questions Other People Have to Answer!

    1. Who is best pony?!

    2. Which was better: Return of Harmony or A Canterlot Wedding?

    3. Would you let Pinkie Pie throw you a party?

    4. What do you want to see My Little Pony crossed over with?

    5. What is your favorite candy?

    6. Is the cake a lie?

    7. What was your favorite MLP episode?

    8. Did you ever watch Gen 1?

    9. If so, how was it?

    10. If you could be a pony, which race would you be?

    11. Do you have a life?

    People I Have Now Chosen to Tag:


    2.-Shadowed Rainbow

    3.-Starwind Dood




    7.-Gancolt the Grey

    8.-THE party cannon



    11.-Puck the Faerie

    Ugh, finally done! I just chose random people that I either spoke with or have posted on my user page. Kind of fun, kind of not. Whatever.

    31 comments · 349 views
  • ...

After the disastrous invasion of Canterlot, an injured changeling wakes up near a small cottage and is quickly discovered by two of the last ponies she ever wanted to see. Now, with the help of her new "friends," she has to remain undetected in a town high on changeling hysteria that would not hesitate to throw her in the Canterlot dungeons should her true nature be revealed.

Simple, right?

Too bad she couldn't have picked a worse form to stay inconspicuous...

Many thanks to ZuTheSkunk for the cover image!

First Published
28th Apr 2012
Last Modified
2nd Jan 2013

Interesting idea, decent execution (writing/plot) so far, good spelling and grammar (nothing obviously wrong/jarring)...

Tracking! :twilightsmile:

Showing the POV of a changling, it's new and I like it. And I'm guessing the changling disguise herself as Daring Do.

that poor changeling....

OH COME ON!! I was getting that title! lol

Facetreed. Whoops.

Well, lets see where we'll go from here.

Oh! Interesting. Please, continue :pinkiehappy:

Dat disguise... [img]/Users/mtraeger/Desktop/;3[/img]

Poor poor Changeling, beaten, battered, insulted and cover in cake. She was right to escape when she did pitty she didn't make it very far.

Good job, I'm looking forward to how this turns out.

:heart: your story.

Please continue as fast as possible :raritystarry:

interesting... I shall track and look for more updates :twilightsmile:

I had this exact idea.

And I mean EXACT.

I even used that same changeling, except male.


Nice concept gonna track this puppy and see where she goes.



Then I guess that would make this story a....  doppelgänger?    :pinkiegasp:

>>512011 No, just two bronies who like the same changeling.


I haven't made it perfectly clear that it's that specific one,

so maybe we could have the characters meet?

Would be cool.:pinkiehappy:

Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System  Pony Core adding artificial thumbs up. Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System Pony Core tracking story. Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System Pony Core requesting more chapters.

Did she turn into daring do? Lol dashie will love that

Instantly tracked.

>>511886 I checked your fic, and honestly, apart from meeting Pinkie face to face, the stories seem very different.

Still faved it.


Just so we're clear, if you end the chapter like that, you're obligated to write more. It's kind of a shame her Daring Do disguise fell away. Still, it's probably for the best - Rainbow Dash would've exploded, then exploded again.


This is a really good idea, please go on and write more!

I cringe whenever fics include horn / wing removal :fluttershbad:

An OC fic that I might not hate.

Please, continue.

I actually felt sorry for the changeling when I read he lost his horn. :fluttershysad: Nopony deserves to lose their wings or horn.

Poor dear Matchie.

And I'm betting Pinkie is excited because it's a nice changeling and not a "Meanie McMeaniepants" changeling.

I'm such a derp(y).  I read this, I liked it, and I forgot to track it.  Luckily for me, it got featured, so yay for me AND you!:yay:

Yay! A story about a random changeling, rather than Chrysalis! I've been waiting for one of these.

wat Guise? LOL u need 2 fix dat

Let me guess... Daring Do?

Oh, I'm REALLY liking this. I can't believe the idea of a story focusing on a single changeling never presented itself in my mind as a thing that could end up happening, but there you go.

Thank god Rainbow Dash wasn't one of the ones who ran into Mirror Match first. She'd have noticed that she was disguising herself as Daring Do. And I wouldn't put it against Twilight to have picked up on that too. As is, she seems to be in the hands of the two most accepting ponies of the bunch. Which isn't to say there won't be beautiful shenanigans later on...

Lol, I've been thinking of the extact same thing!!!! :pinkiegasp:

I keep on thinking about it and then this pops up, there is a god! THIS IS SO COOL!!!

:yay: Yay :yay:

Mirror Match? Seems legit... :eeyup:

NOOOOOO, another story to track, I have too many as is!!!   :raritydespair:  Though I do get much enjoyment out of this, screw social norms, I read about ponies and I don't give a buck what you think.  :twilightsmile:

>>512569 How so? Same reasons, same background story.

Was she Daring Do? Nice! :rainbowlaugh: Although technically she's a mustard yellow, not tan. Sorry, just had to point that out.

Tracking this...

Been avoiding most changeling stories, but I'll give this one a shot. Looking forward to more. owo

Funny, I had a similar idea - except the changeling came to collect food for the little ones, now that everychangeling was starving. I wasn't planning on writing anything, though - I have enough on my plate writing-wise as-is!

Well, I'll admit.  It's different from the other two changeling focused stories I'm reading.

I'll keep an eye on this one.

This looks interesting. I'm gonna watch this to see where it goes. I do like how your not going the "sympathetic misunderstood villain" route. You set forwards from the start what changelings are and found a way to make a single one (thankfully not Queen Chrystalis) separate from the swarm and portray her cause sympathetically without degrading the characterization into cliche.

Dam it, I was doing to do this.

PINKIE PIE........


All the changeling stories I've read so far either have them stay hidden the whole time or reveal themselves just at the end, and they're almost always about Crysalis. I love how this one is doing it different, not to mention well. Tracking. ♥

dear prinses celestia i learnend to day that a black pony is evil pony...

...discrimination is a form of friendship that you would like to evoid att all cost

<.< *seeing avatar* ow yeah... i just burned my self...nice >.>


I know how you feel, bro.

I had a similar idea of a changeling that was broken from the hive mind by breaking it horn.

Too slow I guess.

>>513088 Well...

1) Your changeling was able to recover from the pulse in a few minutes while here it's implied the changeling was out for a while.

2) Here the changeling has lost it's means of offence and defence via magic.

3) In your story the changeling was able to blend in with the pony society pretty fast while here it's attempt has failed due to it's face having an early appointment with that tree.

4)Your changeling still has been lucky not to encounter the mane six while here it met two already, and exposed it's true nature to them too.

I just feel like the two stories are different, ya know? And I like them both because they are so different.

>>513453 Technicly speaking, they look more like insects rather then ponies...


But mine does go differently so...

It can still be saved!

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