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  • 77w, 4d

    I'm sure a great many of you are purveyors of the fine arts. Writing, drawing, painting, singing, making music, whatever your flavour, I want to talk to you. People are going to tell you to study things that will get you a decent job, even if those things aren't in the direction you want to go. People will tell you that having dreams is nice and all, but you need to take the path of least resistance and get a nine-to-five. People will tell you that in the real world, having passion for a craft is not enough, and that everyone needs to face reality and join the daily grind sooner or later.

    Those people are wrong.

    Notice that the most they give you to hope for is a comfortable life. The vast majority of people aren't wealthy, after all, so the best an average person can strive for is an average life. You can be one of the millions of average folk out there who work all day and watch TV in the evening before bed. Lucky you!

    But personally, I would rather take my chances. I would rather study the things that interest me so that when I'm an old man I won't think "Well my accounting degree got me an okay job..." and instead think "Oh man, my days in uni studying lit and writing and meeting other writers and forming my own style and embracing the things I love most were amazing!"

    I want to know, when I'm looking at a mirror as I lay on my deathbed, that the person looking back at me didn't waste their younger years doing things they hated and working at unsatisfying jobs. I want to see some old twat writer grinning like an idiot, ideas still churning behind crazy eyes, knowing not a single second was wasted.

    So I'd like to ask you something. What kind of person do you want to be? Do you want to be an average person who lived an average life and left an average gravestone? Or do you want to be the artist with the crazy eyes, that weird kid who strayed from the path and found something beautiful?

    It isn't about being remembered. It isn't about leaving a legacy. It's not even about the chance of becoming successful because of your art. It's about realising you only have one life and you don't have nearly enough time to waste living it 'normally'.

    89 comments · 1,788 views
  • 81w, 4d
    Good lord!

    That's a lot of followers!

    In celebration of this crazy occasion, I'd like to ask for your opinions on something. A lot of people come to me for writing advice, and while I don't claim to be the most skilful writer, I do know some useful bits of general knowledge. Would anyone be interested in occasional blog posts where I address the most common problems budding writers encounter?

    Love, Dawn

    50 comments · 755 views
  • 97w, 3d
    Where is the next chapter?

    I'm not dead, nor have I been incapacitated. Every time I set a schedule, life makes it abundantly clear that it disapproves.

    My apologies for the lack of updates. I've been so frustrated with having no time or energy to write that I cut myself off from a few things, this site being one of them.

    The chapter is coming, but I'm not going to be so foolish as to estimate when. I ask for your patience and understanding.

    On that note, I'd like to make a note here about some rather mean PMs and comments I've received. I'm happy you're enjoying the story so much that the absence of new chapters really agitates you, but come on. I write this for fun, this is not my day job, nor is it a legally binding contract. I can't put this above the rest of my life. I know most of you are very cool about it, but the mean ones really get to me.

    Anyway, love you all and hope to give you something soon <3

    59 comments · 2,003 views
  • 101w, 6d
    University Days next chapter RESULTS

    The poll results are in and out of the 2,000+ readers, almost 300 voted. It's cool, I ignore blog posts too.

    Anyway, the decision has been made and the next chapter will cover the day before Octavia's birthday (AKA awkward snowy cuteness).

    Now, I noticed something about those who voted for the other option. They seem to be under the impression that this will just be a fluffy, pointless chapter that is basically fan service. If it's my fault you think that, I apologise, for I have misled you. The chapter will develop Octavia and Vinyl's relationship in a very special way, one that I've been waiting to get to for some time. After some careful thinking, I believe the time is right. Here's hoping it gives them strength to stand against the mother, eh?

    27 comments · 1,020 views
  • 102w, 3d
    University Days next chapter - YOU decide

    So, I'm at a bit of an impasse.

    You see, I mentioned a while ago that I have an adorable Hearth's Warming Eve chapter planned. I originally intended to do Octavia's birthday (and consequently her mother's) arc before Christmas arrived in the real world. What I failed to anticipate was just how slowly the next chapters would come along. You all know the reasons, university etc. but that doesn't change the fact that I'm a little behind where I thought I would be.

    And here lies our problem.

    In the story, it is the middle of the year. Hearth's Warming, like Christmas, happens at the end of the year amongst the snow and merriment. Having a random Hearth's Warming chapter out of nowhere would be a little silly because nothing has been leading up to it.

    Thankfully, I was about to introduce snow anyway, so at least we have that part covered. I also think Octavia's mother could be en-route during the next chapter, which means I have one chapter before the birthday and her arrival.

    So my question to you is this: What would you prefer I do?

    1. Do a lovely snowy chapter about the day before Octavia's birthday (basically a holiday special without explicitly saying it's a holiday special)


    2. Skip straight to the birthday and ignore the holiday season entirely.

    I like involving you guys because you've all been so good to me, so I leave it up to you. Option 1 will give you a cute chapter at the cost of delaying the birthday for a chapter, while option 2 will make the Hearth's Warming chapter happen when it reaches that stage in-universe at the cost of being completely unrelatable.

    We've had a lot of conflict-free chapters lately, so I'll understand if you want me to get straight into the next arc.

    Vote for your choice here.

    68 comments · 680 views
  • ...

Applejack recounts the events surrounding her cousin's death to an interested stranger over a bottle of hard cider.

A short tale of unspoken retribution, wild-west style.

First Published
19th Jun 2012
Last Modified
19th Jun 2012
#1 · 126w, 5d ago · · ·

Never forget the red rule.... :ajsmug:

#3 · 126w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

Wow. Just. Wow. I can honestly imagine this happening, wonderful job!

#4 · 126w, 5d ago · · ·

Yup, green thumbed. This story seems so cannon it hurts. Great job!

#5 · 126w, 5d ago · · ·

Whoa.  Badass Applejack :ajsmug:

#6 · 126w, 5d ago · · ·

Dayuuuuuum.  Nice story, Dawn!

#7 · 126w, 5d ago · · ·



#8 · 126w, 5d ago · · ·

Good story! Needs lasers though.


#10 · 125w, 1d ago · · ·

Daymn, son.  Apples don't play.

#11 · 125w, 1d ago · · ·

Tears were shed from sheer badflankery.:ajbemused:

#12 · 125w, 1d ago · · ·

'grats on EQD!

Beautiful. That Red Rule really made the story xD And that was sad too. Honestly sad and beautiful, but so canon it hurts.

#13 · 125w, 1d ago · · ·

Damn, the Apple's don't take shit from no pony. :ajbemused:

#14 · 125w, 1d ago · · ·

I can so see this happening. Well done. :):ajsmug:

#15 · 125w, 1d ago · · ·

:eeyup:eeyup I could actually see this happening

#16 · 125w, 1d ago · · ·





#17 · 125w, 1d ago · · ·

Oooof, never piss off an Apple 's all I'm saying.

#19 · 125w, 1d ago · · ·

All my apples.  This was magnificent.

#20 · 125w, 1d ago · · ·

This has made me have a whole new level of respect for Applejack. You have done an amazing feat my friend. An amazing feat. :ajsmug:

#21 · 125w, 1d ago · · ·

Wow, this is one awesome story. Makes me wish I could write.

#22 · 125w, 1d ago · · ·

Did Granny Smith join in with a plinker, or was it a wheelchair-mounted minigun?

Seriously, though, great story. Few Appleoosa stories capture the Old West romanticism this well.

#23 · 125w, 1d ago · · ·

I really hope that Braeburn received a decent burial and that that scumbag didn't do anything to his body :twilightangry2:

#24 · 125w, 1d ago · · ·

'The Red Rule.' Hmmm.

I has a headcanon. :twilightsmile:

#25 · 125w, 16h ago · · ·

...well. Lesson learned. You fuck with an Apple, you run. You never stop. You just run and hope to whatever gods you believe in that it never takes through a town with an Apple.

*clicks The Red Rule in to headcanon*

#26 · 125w, 5h ago · · ·

Oh my god. The last line.

That made the entire story...god. I can't even.

"Don't fuck with the Apple family." Just...oh my god.


I've read quite a few good fics, and Applejack isn't my favorite pony, but..

This is my favorite fic now. Of all time.

#27 · 124w, 5d ago · · ·

Can't say I agree with it, honestly.

But that's just me. Good thing she didn't tell me; I probably wouldn't let it go...

#28 · 124w, 4d ago · · ·

...aaaaaand now I'm scared of the Apples. Very gripping, awesome story! :pinkiehappy:

#29 · 124w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

Yeesh... that last line. My spine tinkled there for a second.

Very amazing short story. Nothing else to be said.

#30 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

A moment of silence for the fallen Braeburn..........

Well done Apple family, well done.:moustache:

#31 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

Applebloom is guard dog.

#32 · 118w, 1d ago · · ·

Okay with a title like that I was kind of expecting a reference to Assass of Jesse James; but got none. I'm saying that cuz its one of my favorite movies and I see it as a seriously missed opportunity..

But its an awesome fic nonetheless.

I love the mental image of Applejack shooting a guys ear off with Big Macintosh blowing off his shins Red Dead Redemption style.

Ill tell ya, I'm gonna sleeep easy tonight

And the Red Rule should always be remembered.

#33 · 118w, 1d ago · · ·


The title itself was the reference, I didn't want to pollute the story with anything too overt. It was just a quick nod in that direction before I began my own western-themed story.

Regardless, glad you liked it :)

#34 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·

Dang, didn't know AJ could be such a badass...

Flim and Flam better be thankful that they lost!

#35 · 106w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

This is so badass it should be canon xD

The Red Rule must never be broken :pinkiecrazy:

#36 · 90w, 20h ago · 1 · ·

Remind me never to F with Applejack. Or any of the Apples. The Red Rule must never be forgotten... :ajbemused:

#37 · 82w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

Gah, once again I'm amazed at how vibrant the character interaction is.  The atmosphere set by the characters mannerisms and the way its intertwined with the dialogue creates the setting better than the use of long winded detailed descriptions. You dont have to paint the scenery because the atmosphere you create invokes the readers imagination to do it automatically.  I have scene it done before, but never this sophisticated.  *Squee* YAY!! I learned something, onto the next one. XD

#38 · 74w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

This is like a hard ass spaghetti western, this needs to be animated :rainbowdetermined2:

Loved every minute reading this :D

#39 · 71w, 6d ago · · ·

Short, sad, serious. Simply super.

Love it. :pinkiehappy:

#40 · 67w, 6d ago · · ·

Holy mother of FUCK THIS IS GOOD SHIT (so sorry for the cursing) :twilightangry2::twilightsmile::scootangel::duck::fluttershysad::flutterrage:

#41 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

You did a good job on this story :derpytongue2:! I loved it!

#42 · 57w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

This is simply amazing! :twilightsmile:

#43 · 52w, 2d ago · · ·

This is some damn good writing.

#44 · 45w, 6d ago · · ·

My mind just put Granny Smith in one of the windows with an old hoof crank Gatling gun.

Either way, bravo, my friend. Bravo.

#45 · 44w, 4d ago · · ·

Oh hell yes. Dawn, please do us all a favor and write more westerns like this. :pinkiehappy:

#46 · 37w, 4d ago · · ·

Rest in peace Braeburn. Now NOPONY will breaking the red rule

#47 · 23w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

Hi! I just wanted to let you know I produced a dramatic reading of this story. Thank you for writing such an awesome story! :twilightsmile:

#48 · 23w, 11h ago · · ·


Hey this is awesome, thanks for this!

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#49 · 21w, 4d ago · · ·

Well that was a lot of fun. :D I do love me a good Western.

#50 · 19w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

The scary part is I can really see the apple family being like this.:ajsmug:

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