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  • 2w, 7h
    This has nothing to do with ponies at all

    but, I just... I can't not spread this. It would make me LESS ME.


    It's so beautiful. It's like being a Youtube hit a couple years back wasn't good enough for this song, and Goku beat it up a bunch, so it's activated its final form.

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  • 2w, 4d
    444 followers!

    It's not a milestone, it's just neat.

    1 comments · 32 views
  • 2w, 5d
    Goldenarbiter I'm calling you out

    10 comments · 119 views
  • 2w, 5d
    I hope that the rest of your seat is still okay

    BECAUSE YOU CAN FINALLY LEAVE THE EDGE

    THAT'S RIGHT

    IT'S HAPPENING

    Oh my god, is that

    IS THAT

    IT IS

    It's a HARPFLANK AND SWEETS UPDATE. Oh my goooooooood. DID I NOT SAY that I was still working on it, just very very very very very very slowly? I DO NOT LIE, MY FRIENDS. I AM NOT A LIAR.  OH MY GOD IT FEELS GOOD TO UPDATE YOU CANNOT EVEN BELIEVE.

    Anyway, I hope you enjoy it, though, I'll be honest, I'm a little out of practice. I'm happy to put it out there, I want people to see it, but I'm not sure it's as good as it could be if I was still putting words on a page regularly. Still, go read it, and I'll talk about it after the break.

    BREAK

    SO HOW ABOUT THAT LYRABON HUH

    HAD YOU GOING FOR A MINUTE THERE DIDN'T I

    The second thing is, wow, it kind of sucks. I don't mean, like, "bloo bloo I am so bad bloo bloo," but you can really see my lack of dedication seeping through the cracks. The finale is barely a finale and when you look at the episode as a whole very little actually HAPPENS. Also the emotional arc is like, an actually kind of important one but is over in about three seconds? It was originally intended as a kind of filler while I wrapped my mind around some other stuff but, well, we all saw how that turned out. Also, my increasing reliance on people having read all the companion stories is maybe starting to hurt the narrative maybe perhaps sort of definitely all the time. The whole LyraBon thing is based upon a bunch of emotional stuff that happens in OTHER STORIES, and on reading this back that was one of the things that struck me most.

    Also man I have to stop writing Harpflank and Sweets stories about disillusionment. OR SHOULD I, HE SAYS, SUDDENLY REALISING AS HE TYPES THIS THAT DISILLUSIONMENT IS LIKE THE CENTRAL THEME OF THE WHOLE THING

    OKAY NOW HERE'S THE BIG ONE. I mentioned other stories, and that brings me to the this-is-probably-going-to-be-hugely-misunderstood-by-people-who-don't-read-blog-posts part.

    HARPFLANK AND SWEETS IS NOW MARKED AS COMPLETE

    BUT

    IS

    NOT

    COMPLETE

    and I'ma tell you why. Harpflank and Sweets was never intended to be one story. "Harpflank and Sweets" was originally the first story, with the mega-cello and the fish and the constant stream of fandom references (IT WAS SEASON TWO OKAY CUT ME SOME SLACK WE WERE ALL DOING IT), but it grew into this whole thing because, man, I just really enjoy writing that stuff. I really really do. Every time I come back to it I'm all "OH YEAH I TOTALLY LOVE THIS WHY DID I EVER STOP" and then me being me gets in the way.

    Anyway, the point is, Harpflank and Sweets is not a story - it's a bunch of stories that, over time, happen to have developed an overarching narrative. I mean, that was always the WHOLE JOKE, that I was dipping in and out of a narrative that was much bigger than the snippets I was relaying. But over time all the stories being in one place, and that infernal "incomplete" tag, and, dear god, please don't take offence at this everyone who knows I'm talking about them, all these reviewers whom I wub and respect saying they "won't review it because it's not complete" started to twist that for me and it became something I had to finish rather than a fun place to play around in. So, as of now, I'm marking it as complete, because every "chapter" in that "story" IS complete - because they're EACH THEIR OWN STORY. When people talk about "Harpflank and Sweets" (har har like people talk about harpflank and sweets) I want them to be talking about the things that make up what it is, not the story that it isn't. Also I want people to review it COUGH COUGH

    "BUT," I hear you say, "YOU HAVE OTHER H+S STORIES THAT ARE SEPARATE." Okay, fair point. But the difference is that they are not Harpflank and Sweets The Thing. They are... asides, appendices, things that I thought up and wanted to write but didn't put in the main thing because they're not EPISODES. Everything in the story called "Harpflank and Sweets" is Harpflank and Sweets. Everything else is A Harpflank And Sweets Thing.

    So, yes. Mods, if this is ILLEGIT, then I'll change it back. But so far as I'm concerned, it's a collection of related things and if I don't mark it complete now, it never ever will be. And I think that would suck for me most of all.

    WHICH BRINGS ME TO THE NEXT BIG THING

    A million years ago, someone commented on Traditions (jesus can you believe that is the LAST STORY I PUBLISHED?). This is the comment, and I'ma address it now.

    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS HARPFLANK AND SWEETS CANON WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT

    Do what this guy did. Take what you like, and that's what's true. You see, for me, I just like writing about my versions of these characters. Yes, they're just basically OCs. Yes, Derpy is COMPLETELY CONTRARY TO ALL OTHER PORTRAYALS OF DERPY TO MY ETERNAL SHAME BUT SECRET PRIDE. Yes, they're NOT THAT GREAT AS CHARACTERS. But I just like using them! I liked writing about ponies because I had a world pre-made for me that I could just write stories in without having to think too hard. And then I made my own world using parts of that one, and I can write stories in it without having to think too hard. And that's all Traditions and Forced Introspection and all that other bollocks are. They are STORIES THAT ARE SET IN THE H+S WORLD, BUT NOT NECESSARILY H+S STORIES, EVEN WHEN THEY FEATURE H+S.

    BUT

    They do inform each other. Like I said before, the LyraBon stuff in S2E21 is even more awful and shoehorned if you haven't read Interval or Forced Introspection, where the depths and nature of Lyra and Bon-Bon's friendship has been explored a little. And, in my head, Vinyl and Tavi are definitely not boning on an annual basis and do not have a weird platonic passive-aggressive-not-love relationship because, well, that's dumb. But I wanted to write that story and Vinyl and Tavi, MY Vinyl and Tavi, were in the right place for that story to be about them. That's not really a story about what happens in the H+Sverse, it's a story about the Vinyl and Tavi from the H+Sverse. What I DO think about Vinyl and Tavi's relationship will have to wait until the Hearts and Hooves episode I swear I will write one day.

    Anyway, the point is, if you read an H+S story and you don't like it, throw it out! It didn't happen. Or, it did, but not the way I wrote it. BUT the stories I write about H+S come out of the characters I have in my head so they are generally pretty true representations of the characters AS PEOPLE so even if the stories may not actually be true, the characters probably are. Which is a bit confusing but WHATEVER. Like, using Traditions as an example again, even though I don't really think Vinyl and Tavi are doing what they do in Traditions, that story IS about my Vinyl and Tavi. Anyway, basically, nothing is canon, except for everything. JUST TO MAKE LIFE SIMPLE FOR YOU.

    Okay, I'll shut up now. Hope you enjoyed the story, and my blather. If you're still paying attention or, god bless you, still writing H+S stories after all this time, COME ON LET'S DANCE COME ON LET'S DANCE BABY


    EDIT: Harpflank and Sweets has been added to "i might read this later"

    Bookshelves are just the gift that keeps on giving, mirite?

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  • 2w, 5d
    Storybook Vision

    Watch your back. If you hand out anymore "Looks Fine", I think people might start coming for you. They know your name. YOU CAN NEVER ESCAPE.

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Twilight breaks her quill. She goes to Quills & Sofas to buy a new one.

Hyper-intelligent pandimensional beings beyond the feeble ken of conventional sentience may or may not also feature.

- Written for the SALT contest, with the prompt, "Twilight breaks her quill. She goes to Quills & Sofas to buy a new one."

Featured on EqD, rated Star-4.

Winner of the Storybook Vision Looks OK Award

First Published
17th May 2012
Last Modified
17th May 2012
Ezn
#1 · 131w, 6d ago · 2 · ·

become high

That was an experience.

#2 · 131w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Is the title....A 2001 REFERENCE?!?!? :D

#3 · 131w, 6d ago · 2 · ·

>>605441 A... good one?

>>605627 I nearly had Davenport say "I'm afraid I can't let you do that, Twilight," when she tried to get in.

#5 · 131w, 6d ago · · ·

This is the most baffling, inexplicable, and confounding fic that I've ever hit the "Like" button for...:raritywink:...

#6 · 131w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Eh... I guess I liked it. "Trippy" comes to mind.

This reminds me of a few stories I read from an author who loved messing with his readers' head. I never did completely understand them, but I got the impression that something profound was going on.

So, nice experiment!

#7 · 131w, 6d ago · · ·

Mmm, I love me some meta.

#8 · 131w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

>>605991 Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

>>606339 I was high on Douglas Adams.

Also which author was that? I love stories that play with the reader, though I always feel stupid for having been played with at the end.

>>606440 Do you know, I didn't even consider this as meta? But now I look at it, that's a whole new layer I could pretend I intended! Thanks!

#9 · 131w, 6d ago · · ·

Now that I have read it, I can say this is more confusing than the ending of the 2001: A Space Odyssey movie's ending. :rainbowlaugh:

Because the book makes a ton of sense. :P

#10 · 131w, 6d ago · · ·

>>607615

Michael Crichton's "Sphere" comes to mind, but the author I was thinking of was Durandall and one of his stories, "I am Become" is just full of WTF. In fact, Durandall has a lot of stories that just makes your head spin. Many times in a good way.

#11 · 131w, 6d ago · · ·

>>608003 THERE'S A STAAAR CHIIILD WAITING IN THE SKY, HE'D LIKE TO COME AND MEET US BUT HE THINKS HE'LL BLOW OUR MINDS

Also I really didn't think people would be so confused by it. I think there's some crucial sentence somewhere I thought I'd put in that I haven't. I was sure I'd made it all connect together.

>>608065 Ooh, Sphere was fun. Are they hallucinations? Are they crazy magic science? BOTH *dramatic chord*

#12 · 131w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

I think I have a good name for Everything. Muse sounds about right. This story also seems similar to how I spend my days having conversations with my brain. Not exactly the same but similar.

#13 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

>>605639 You should have :D prepare for inundation, btw. thoroughly enjoyed it.

#14 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

>>614792 Should have... what? Thought people would be confused by it? Sorry, I'm tired and can't follow the comment train =p

EDIT: Oh, and thanks for letting it through. I was a little worried it would get sent to the moon for various reasons.

#15 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

>>615158 Sneaking in that "I can't let you do that, Twilight" would have been funny... and it's getting posted. sshh, don't tell anyone yet :heart:

#16 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

>>615189 Oh I seeeeee. You should maybe have a read of the Davenport conversation again. ¬_¬

Also yeah, I was sitting there going "inundated what on earth is he talking abou-OH IT'S MIDNIGHT SHADOW"

#17 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

I'm the one who gave Davenport his name.

Every time someone uses the name, they're dong it because of me.

My character name is fanon.

Do you any concept on how cool that is?

#18 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

Congrats on EQD!

#19 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

dafuq did i just read

I'm going to have to give this another look when I'm not busy; I pretty much rushed through this and that was a big mistake. You lost me within the VOID.

#20 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

And so the invasion begins!

#22 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

:derpyderp2: What did I just read?

Now that I've expressed my confusion, it's time for some real commentary. I...liked it. I like confusing stories--Evangelion being one of them. Problem is, it was TOO confusing. It's one thing to read a story that's not entirely clear, but it's another thing to finish reading something and wonder what the point of it was.

I suppose Twilight Sparkle saw the author, and the entire creative force of artists (all of which are human, presumably--I think that was the revelation that TS almost reached). But what was the point? Why was the author contacting Twilight? To make her into a writer? Because a writer could just MAKE her do that, couldn't they? And what was with the shadowy doom-thing consuming worlds (gave me A Wrinkle In Time vibes, actually). Was it something real, like a cosmic horror? Or metaphorical? Or...some combination of them?

You probably want this to be a standalone, but I still wish there was more to it.

#23 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

AAAAAHHH higher planes of existence!?! Completely, understandably incomprehensible. Yet it makes an odd sort of sense. Thanks for blowing my mind. :derpyderp2:

Wait... Was this Luna trying to give Twilight a quill? :pinkiegasp:

#24 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

>>608123

OH MY GOD

YES

I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS THIS

Also, I got the feeling that "A new everything" was G5.

#25 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

>>606020

Pretty much this...

#26 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

God damnit. I had to write an application for section leader of my local youth symphony. Part of it was about the role of section leaders.

Instead of writing something real, I wrote... this. And it's all because of your story.

"As long as orchestras have had sections, there have been principals. A principal's job is singular, yet multi-faceted, being split up into so many parts that it's almost impossible to wrap one's mind around the job as a whole."

God damnit. :pinkiecrazy:

#27 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

I'm so meta, even this acronym?

#28 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

Cute. :derpytongue2:

#29 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

strange but makes sense

#30 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

I wonder if Pinkie Pie experiences this all the time :pinkiehappy:

Seriously though, awesome fic.

#31 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

I think my brain just left crying due to it's on stupidity. I am so full of joy and mindfuck at this.. what have you done to me!

Although. Still an awesome story.

#32 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

Ah...a short glimpse of the entire multi-verse. :pinkiesmile:

I think Pinkie Pie can partially see it as well.

#33 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

BRAIN.EXE has stopped responding. [Resume] [End Task] [Restart] [Transcend to Higher Plane of Consciousness] :twilightoops:

#34 · 131w, 4d ago · · ·

>>616450 ...wait so...that would mean....that maybe that voice...was laren faust....and she gave twilight in a werid way the inspiration t iwrute the next gen or "tale" of mlp....ummm....my brain hurts...kthax:derpyderp2:

#35 · 131w, 3d ago · · ·

There's something wrong at the end, there. The chapter ran out of words.

#37 · 131w, 3d ago · · ·

>>615922 It's a good name! It's so classy. ALSO TETSUJIN 28 OMG HAMMAAA PAAANCHI

>>615980 *mysterious 50s sci-fi whooshing noises*

>>616325 I could PM you an explanation of what I had in mind if you were interested? I'd say it here but I'm kind of enjoying seeing the different interpretations are coming up with x) And, actually, I wanted to expand it, but thought I'd made everything too clear to do so. Guess I was wrong there ¬_¬

>>616614 I'm... sorry? =p I like that little bit, though. Did you get the role?

>>617675 Pinkie Pie sees this but in felt.

>>618375 [Transcend to Higher Plane of Consciousness] uses too much runtime, you have to shut down after a few minutes or your processor overheats.

>>619758 This is easily the best moar comment I have ever seen.

Thanks for the comments, everyone!

#38 · 131w, 3d ago · · ·

Reading the other comments, a lot of people seem to think the story was being meta, having the author contact Twilight or some such. That isn't the the feeling I got from this at all. It seemed obvious to me that the light and dark things radiating motherlyness over the entire metaphysical structure of 'tales telling tales telling tales' was either A: Celestia and Luna, or B:  Harmony and Chaos. I can't see Chaos giving a motherly feeling though, and I'm pretty sure the greedy thing trying to infect/destroy/consume/whatever the metaphysical structure was Chaos, so it was probably Celestia and Luna, and the motherlyness itself being Harmony. The only part I didn't really get, not well enough to develop any sort of theory for, was what the entity speaking to Twilight was. It claimed it was Everything, but why did it need things to happen a certain way? What was so wrong with Twilight not writing that report? It asked Twilight to become Higher before the next time it encountered her, which presumably might not have happened otherwise, and still might not, and it seems okay with that potential deviation it's encounter with her might cause... meaning there's a limit to what it needs to happen certain ways. And we never get any kind of an explanation for that. It just leaves me intensely curious and wanting more.

#39 · 131w, 3d ago · · ·

>>620213 I just did a blog post explaining what I had in mind, so that's probably worth a read. I am thinking of expanding it now, though, so... it's your call!

Also I think you're the first person to hit on a literal interpretation?

#41 · 131w, 2d ago · · ·

Finally got around to reading this, and...just...wow. :derpyderp2:

I love a story that suggests enlightenment but doesn't club you over the head with it. Profound, but subtle. That's not easy to do.

I didn't really form any solid conclusions on what the everything was, since I tend to like to leave such specifics rest and enjoy the mystery of it all. Though I will say I was picturing life brought into being by imagination or creativity or such while I read the universe scene, like the universe was brought into being by creativity, with the quill as a metaphor for that creativity through writing. Not sure if that's what you had in mind, nor does it really matter - what the author intends and what the reader interprets are often at odds with each other, and in the end you just have to accept that.

#42 · 131w, 2d ago · · ·

>>625895 I got really really confused because SeventhAgent up there has the same avatar as you. I reread both comments I don't know how many times trying to work out why you were saying what you said in the second when you'd already said what you said in the first.

Also, good old Death Of The Author. I just wish I didn't detest Barthes SO MUCH, because I could get behind that essay more.

#43 · 131w, 2d ago · · ·

>>626031 Fixed; actually, I've been thinking I should change my avatar in case this ever happens. Now seems as good a time as any. :derpytongue2:

#44 · 131w, 2d ago · · ·

Interesting story, i think all resumes to the quill itself as the powerfull thing that tells the tale how to tells itself.

And the quill from the end was it Luna's present or something , because everything related to night nowadays is Luna's.

:trollestia:

#45 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

Not a concept I haven't seen before. I used to read about 4000 pages of Science Fiction a week for several years. Quite nostalgic. Good job. I love the concept of concepts themselves conceptualizing conception of concepts. Reality expanding and contracting with the breath of imagination. I'm guessing the caretakers are manifest from their own tales. Or manifestations of their tales' authors.

#46 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

>>620111 Dunno yet. I sent in the application, but I still have to do an audition. :ajbemused:

The point was, though, that the application was a little bit... philosophical. I'm pretty sure they expect me to explain things in more concrete terms. :trixieshiftleft:

#47 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

>>642237 Oh, I understood the issue, it's why I was so intrigued as to whether you succeeded!

And I don't know, sometimes a little florid can go a long way. If you hit the right balance, it shows you care enough to put that much thought into the wording.

Good luck!

#48 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

>>642388 Well, it mostly comes down to how well I play at the audition -- but thanks!

#49 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

>>639586  Concept-ception!  :trollestia:

#50 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

>>642388  " The tendrils of a malice beyond imagining grasped at the great work, hungrily reaching for the lexicon of worlds and probing the defenses of its caretakers with tireless patience."

Ah yes, trolls and Grammar Nazis.  :trollestia:

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