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  • 28w, 6d
    Hey Rusty, What Have You Been Up To?

    Well, for one thing, I've been spending a large amount of time working on THIS with the great Wanderer D. It's a collaboration we've had in the works for a while now, and it's really cool to see part one of it up. I know it's not an update, but it's pretty close since the events in the story are canon to the BTtM universe, taking place in the large chunk of time where the castle was being worked on.

    Now, as to the updates for BTtM directly, most of that time has been going into looking for a job. To say it's slim pickings is to put it lightly, especially with an art degree and no experience. I confess, I sank into a slump of depression for over three months and didn't work on any projects at all, just worked on finding a job, to no avail. Now, however (partially because of the collaboration I was involved in) I've sort of gotten back into the rhythm of writing, and I might actually get a job editing (of all things). So, given that, I should be working on updates more soonishly.

    ALSO, I went to BABScon most recently, and had the joy of meeting and getting a shirt signed by Tara Strong. I also met Pen Stroke in line, by chance, and I completely refrained (I think) from mentioning that Past Sins (which he was holding a hardcover of) was one of the stories that started me writing pony fan-fiction. I heard there was a lot of drama around BABScon, but honestly I had a wonderful time and none of it managed to find me, not even in the room parties with open bars. It really helped me reconnect with the community, which was something I was really lacking, living as far out from civilization (relatively speaking) as I do. Sadly, I didn't get much time to draw or write, as the whole con was pretty crammed together, timing wise, but I really enjoyed myself all the same.

    But now that I'm back, I'm getting back into the swing of updates, working on stuff, gettin' applications out, and other such things. Definitely check out the collaboration, Wanderer D and I spent a lot of time on it, along with all the editors and proofreaders that helped keep things beautifully consistent.

    Oh yeah, side-note: I'm actually in the footage of the Read it and Weep panel from BABScon, at the 1:17:03 mark, but the whole thing's really cool and a lot of fun. And yes, as you may have guessed from my wobbling I might have been drinking a bit, and the sound quality is kind of poor due to the chest-vibrating bass rumbling from the dance across the hall.

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  • 54w, 4d
    So about them updates...

    No, I'm not dead, and neither is Backwards Through the Mirror. However, some very troubling things have happened of late, and I've had little time or energy to work on writing.

    Most notably, my fiancee's grandfather died. He was 91, a WW2 veteran and Pearl Harbor Survivor, but he was still important to her life and I've taken some time off to make sure she was alright. He was a good man, and it's been a week or so since the funeral, but shortly after he died, my cat was diagnosed with cancer.

    Yes, cancer. More particularly a Spindle Cell Tumor, which sends insidious, invisible roots out into surrounding cells to convert them quietly to its deadly cause. It tends to cause an infected lesion over the tumor site, and it's also very resilient against drugs and radiation, so the only answer, sadly, is amputation. Fortunately cats adapt well to being a tripod, but making sure she eats and drinks and is as happy as she can be with a Cone of Shame about her head is taking up all of my time.

    Still, later today she'll be a leg short, and it's been very hard all around as everyone in my house deals with the reality of the situation. So I apologize for being late on updates, but it's been a dark, trying time, and I beg your patience as I work on updating and beginning the descent into the final arc of the story.

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  • 77w, 5d

    As of May 25th, 2013, I have officially graduated with my BA: Art, Concentration in Studio Practice, Preparation for Teaching. It's been seven years in the making, and a great deal has altered in my life since I first arrived on my campus. I met my first boyfriend there, my first girlfriend, established an unsavory reputation and then rose above it. I met the girl I'm going to marry there, and friends I will have for a lifetime, but most importantly I discovered my love for teaching in my time at the university. That love, along with the love of my beautiful fiancée and my love of creation, has become my driving force, and they will continue to propel me onward in life, well beyond college and into the so-called 'real world'.

    Given that it's Sunday at the moment, I have only just stopped partying, and I shall be working on updating as soon as possible now that finals are a non-issue. I want to thank everypony who's been so patient with Backwards Through the Mirror, and I want to tell you all that not only will I continue writing updates and new stories, but I intend to start on a novel at some point in the future, and who knows! I might even be published!

    Whee! Graduation!

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  • 94w, 1h
    Guess who's a silly pony.

    I am!

    So you know that next chapter of BTtM I kept promising? Well, I went and convinced myself I'd posted it five days ago, and I was all bummed that no one was commenting. Then I went and looked at my page, to poke at it and check for any comments I may have missed, or stray up-votes... And lo and behold, I went and forgot to post the silly thing!

    So it's gotten a bit longer, and I've reworked it a fair bit, but the new chapter should be posted sometime this weekend. And it should have slightly better grammar as a result of my ridiculousness.

    Probably not Saturday though, since it's my birthday today, and I should have a party this weekend. :3

    Oh and for those of you who kept up with this before: My mother's brain surgery went very well. She's sporting the 'stapled skull' look, but is cheerful in between headaches. Gods willing, she'll have it properly calibrated next week and her Parkinson's Disease will be well under control for a few years.

    4 comments · 286 views
  • 97w, 8h
    So I just noticed...

    The bulk of the referrals for BTtM (thank you whoever started using that acronym), come from facebook, but I've got no idea why. I don't have a facebook page, so it's next to impossible for me to figure out which page they came from, but like over 100 of them are from some facebook page.

    I don't mind of course, but I'm maddeningly curious as to who was so successfully plugging my story over facebook. The other referrals, of course, are Google and Yahoo, but it's been bothering my curiosity.

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Wow.  I was impressed.  Continue.

Three stars...All this mega awesome story gets is THREEE STTAARRSS :flutterrage:.

But no worries I shall fix that :ajsmug:.

Seriously though. SOOO COOOL :rainbowkiss:. I can't wait to see what happens. I can already tell it's going to be epic :rainbowdetermined2:

#3 · 158w, 6d ago · · · Harmony ·


This story gets better with each chapter.

You're a VERY creative writer!  You've created an interesting, alternate Equestria; you've given just enough back-story that asks more questions than answers.

The main weakness that I see is how the townspeople and guards react.  Stick-Twilight assaulted the palace, killed seventy-two guards, tried to kill Celestia, and yet seemed to escape.  On the third anniversary of her escape, Twilight is seen by a guard.

1. I'm shocked that the guard had enough self-control to only throw her in jail.

2. Why would people put up posters of someone who tried -- very recently -- to kill their leader?  It would be less likely than putting up posters of Osama bin Laden across the United States!

Your story has a feeling of dream-logic and high fantasy.  An endlessly-burning library, with a harsh taskmaster of a Librarian.  Escaping through a pool of dark water.

You have a lovely imagination!


Hmm, you're right...

Revisions incoming as to the explanation of the guards' behavior.

As to the pictures, the day is a day of mourning as decreed by Celestia herself for the loss of her most faithful student to what she saw as overzealousness on the part of her sister. The pictures are part of the decorations for the day, which I should probably have described in greater detail.

Yeah, revisions incoming, after I finish editing the next chapter.

#7 · 158w, 5d ago · · · Harmony ·

I agree with Brony Tom.  Creepy Twilight is very creepy.  Well done!

I like how you reveal the history backwards.  The story is stretching out, both forwards and backwards in time.  Well done.

You really do love us, don't you. :rainbowkiss:

Keep updating this often!  Please!

This story is wonderfully creeeeeeeeeepy.  A place where dead books go to die.

Thank you so much for writing it.

i cant wait for the next chapter:rainbowkiss:

this is a good one, *adds to track list*

Angry Twilight is Angry.  Do not torture other ponies in front of Twilight.  :twilightangry2:

Sweet Celestia, Twi.  What did that thing do to you?  :twilightoops:

Unless otherwise noted, assume that I am praising each new chapter.

I'm really loving this characterization of Twilight that you've got going.  She's a complete badass, as she should be.  :heart:

I'm liking this story so far.

keep up ze good work

Twilight appeared as a dark unicorn of purple, orange, shadows and grinning teeth, like Nightmare Moon but with dusk, full of the terrible potential at the end of the day.

I'm glad that I'm not the only one.  The time when it's light's... out!  :twilightangry2:

(Well-written, and terribly creepy.)

One should not eat or drink anything found within the land of the Fey, I can only wonder what the effects shall be :P

the tags say romance, so what is the pairing? Or will find out as the story goes along?


As the story continues... All shall be revealed!

's gonna be a little weird though, as if the rest of the story wasn't weird enough.

This story is very, very dark... but well-written.  And imaginative.

In memory of Scum.

now I wish i had a team of animators at my disposal... this would make an epic anime XD

I'm curious whether the ghosts knew Applejack's, Rainbow Dash's, and Rarity's personalities... or whether they were completely created by this Twilight.  

And... by the way... that scene was delicious!


Much, much better reaction on the part of the guard.  I highly approve!


A wonderfully twisted world you have created. I eagerly await the next chapter.

-Nikola of Tesla

Head of Applied Magic, Canterlot Institute of Technology

This is the first pony fic I've read in a fair while that I would perhaps describe as delicious.  So far I have enjoyed it every step of the way.  Feels a bit like a cross between FiM, Alice: Madness Returns, and a Miyazaki film.  I very much look forward to reading more.  :twilightsmile:


I have full confidence in your abilities to pull this off, weird or not.

I can't help but think it's going to be Blackboard... :applejackunsure:  That would definitely be weird.  And awesome.

Can't wait!

#28 · 157w, 4d ago · · · The Beast ·

Oh, I see what you did there.

And I love it.

#29 · 157w, 4d ago · · · The Beast ·


This story operates purely on dream logic.... and I love it for that.

I'm enjoying it immensely.  Thank you!

#30 · 157w, 4d ago · · · The Beast ·

My god!!!  this is an awesome story!!! please type more:pinkiehappy:

#31 · 157w, 4d ago · · · The Beast ·


Actually, they're kinda both, since Twilight remembers their personalities and it's part of a psychoactive landscape effect.

#32 · 157w, 4d ago · · · The Beast ·

Gotta say, this is pretty awesome so far. A fay adventure story, weaving through otherworldly landscapes... tell me, what are your inspirations? I'd like to check them out. This is exactly the sort if story I want to write some day. Your prose is wonderful, your imagery lush (love Twilight's apperance and the latest dream world, it really is top notch) and I'm really sucked into this tale. Bravo!

One thing I will point out is Blackboard seemed more interesting as a fox rather than a pony, and I feel that having him act snarky tarnishes the reader's perception of the mysterious spirit helper like you set him up to be. Now, I'm sure you've thought about his character well, I'm just talking about my perception of him during that chapter. His dialogue seems at odds with the tone of the fic before and after.

Also, why haven't we heard more about Celestia? I may be wrong, but we only hear she's still injured after Octavia informs Twilight. Wouldn't Twilight have inquired Pinkie further about Celestia's condition, considering she was nearly killed? She is Twilight's beloved mentor, after all (I'm a huge Celestia fan, so don't take this as criticism, take this as me wondering what your angle is with her).

I'm looking forward to seeing how and if they escape, and also Twilight's ultimate meeting with the princesses, particularly Celestia.

#33 · 157w, 3d ago · · · The Beast ·


White Wolf's roleplaying game, Changeling: The Lost inspired vast portions of this, including most of the Hedge, and thank you, I've been getting tons of support for this story and it's quite touching, since this is the first story I've ever put up publicly.

Blackboard is more of a background character, he's a very old character of mine from an RPG I played once a long time ago, but I can see what you mean. The whole story will be undergoing revisions once this large section is done for grammar and some smoothing of scenes.

Also you haven't heard more about Celestia because nopony really knows anything beyond she was injured, Princess Luna tries to downplay her sister's injury to avoid panic, and won't even divulge the details to the Elements of Harmony. Once again, I'll probably make that clearer in the revisions.

Oh, please please please let there be one more apple in the basket...

(*grin*  A truly fantastic -- as in full of fantasy -- tale.)

Oh wow, each new chapter makes me wish I could give it a fresh 5 stars, I look forward to reading more, keep it up.  

Wow... just wow, never read anything quite like this and I absolutely love it. I'm not exactly sure what else to say.....

im loving this fic

Have you submitted this to EqD yet?

i love this story!!! please post another chapter soon!!! :twilightsmile:


Not yet, think I should? o.o


[sarcasm]No, absolutely not, never.[/sarcasm]


This is about as Grimdark as cupcakes.

Gah dammit! I never get the pictures to work... :fluttercry:


This isn't that bad, I've read some much darker fics.  This one is dark, but deliciously so.  

Again you justify my 5-star rating, excellent.  I look forward to your next chapter. :twilightsmile:


It's a very, very dark story -- but the difference between grimdark and this story is that in this story... there remains hope.

Comparing this story to Cupcakes is like comparing a Bach cantata to a six-year old playing Chopsticks.

This is a terrific story.  Yes, the subject matter is dark and includes violence, but it's not gratuitous or going for shock value like some stories.  The Hedge reminds me of some re-interpretations of Alice in Wonderland. Keep up the good work, bravo zulu.  

i like this, i'd say it's like alice in wonderland, but with death note's aura and more action.

im in love with this :rainbowkiss:

>>33031 ...

Hey, chopsticks can be very challenging. :trixieshiftright:


Yes, well put.  This story is deliciously dark.  

Plus, is that some Inception that I sense?  Dream-entering?  I see what you did there. :raritywink:

Or I could be completely wrong. :unsuresweetie:  

No matter, keep it up!

Wanderer D

Very, very nice! :twilightsmile:

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