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  • E Hiatus

    Redeemed, Luna finds she must spend a year in order to recover. But how will she pass the time?
    36,710 words · 23,861 views  ·  1,141  ·  28
  • T Unintended

    Applejack and Twilight discover that there's more to each other than what meets the eye.
    79,130 words · 7,291 views  ·  629  ·  21
  • T What Must Be Done

    Curiosity leads to a recruit asking and learning about the tragic history of the Night Guard.
    5,667 words · 5,310 views  ·  374  ·  11
  • T Forbidden Fruit

    After catching wind of a mystical tree of life, Applejack sets off in search of it.
    42,052 words · 12,325 views  ·  478  ·  21
  • T Triage

    The daily life of a simple nurse.
    10,986 words · 4,139 views  ·  259  ·  17
  • E A Midnight Stroll

    A bored Luna makes a brief visit to Ponyville, making friends and learning about herself.
    10,550 words · 3,572 views  ·  192  ·  13
  • T No Light

    A simple mistake leads to a guard learning much more than he ever wanted.
    31,622 words · 4,419 views  ·  132  ·  10
  • T Little White Lie

    So long as you're helping others, what's the harm in telling a lie?
    2,011 words · 1,624 views  ·  127  ·  22

Blog Posts289

  • 19w, 13h
    What Could Have Been

    Noctis?

    ...hm?

    Do you ever dream?

    But of course. 'tis a rather silly question to be asking of me, is it not?

    Well, you never know. Some do and some don't.

    You have a question related to the first, do you not?

    Eh, just curiosity, mostly. What kinds of things do you dream of?

    Being lorekeeper for the Vigil has exposed me to a wealth of knowledge. Such things have opened me to the infinite possibilities presented to one during each and every lifetime. I dream of what is, and what could have been, of threads of fate that shall never be realized -- the wheel from which they were spun has ceased to turn. I dream of what life may have been like had we embarked on some grand adventure, the likes of which had never been done before. Just you and I, traveling to places unvisited for centuries, as we raced against time to stop a traitor and monsters, and to save Lady Luna and her kingdom.

    That's... wow. More entertaining than my dreams, at least.

    What of yours then, Ferous?

    No real adventure like yours. Just peace and quiet. Lots of happy moments.

    Such as?

    Falling in love, buying a home, raising a family.

    Happy moments indeed. And who would such moments be shared with, hm?

    ...I think you know.

    Ah, but I do. And I shan't tell a soul.

    10 comments · 219 views
  • 30w, 2d
    Attending Trotcon

    I'm breaking the silence (and my self-imposed exile) to announce that I will be at Trotcon in Columbus, Ohio, between June 20th and June 22nd. This is mostly so I can see friends again and to spend time with them, and not necessarily because of the pony fandom. Sorry.

    I'll either be attending as a helper, as I have several friends vending, or as a panelist. That's still up in the air.

    2 comments · 147 views
  • 60w, 5d
    Fin

    As of today, I have decided to cease any and all work on any of my pony fics. Questions answered below:

    Why?

    -----

    Several reasons. I'm back in nursing school, struggling to figure out what I want to do with my life, I'm on the verge of moving (which is just next week), and there's a few other things. The biggest one, however, is this fandom and this site. This fandom is filled with some of the most ungrateful, misogynistic, and self-centered people I have ever encountered, and the fact that it continues (and will do so for quite a while) is equal parts sickening and depressing. Moreso, writing for the pony fandom is no longer enjoyable -- I can work on something, post it here, and it is instead drowned out by a plethora of poorly-written ship fics and crossovers, none of which have even the slightest bit of originality to them. The userbase on this site is immensely frustrating, tends to have very poor tastes in literature, and few of them have any understanding of storytelling mechanics. Unless something is explicitly explained to them, they simply won't get it, and having to explain myself repeatedly is aggravating.

    You don't really mean that, do you?

    -----

    I do. Every word of it. Don't get me wrong, I've made some amazing friends through the pony fandom, but by and large, it's filled with individuals I want nothing to do with. I'm done contributing when I'm not getting any satisfaction out of it. I'll still watch the show, still moderate the chatroom, and I'll still attend conventions (mostly because friends are vending and I'm there to support them), but no more writing. I have neither the time nor the energy for it.

    But I really liked your stories! Will you ever finish some of them?

    -----

    Maybe. Maybe not. That's for me to decide, and constantly harassing and begging me to come back will very likely do the opposite. Please respect my decision.

    Where will you be at?

    -----

    Around. I still mod the chatroom, and all my contact info is still in my bio.

    None of my fics will be deleted, including those that are incomplete.

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

    -Vargras

    38 comments · 759 views
  • 63w, 6d
    Oh

    14 comments · 399 views
  • 66w, 4d
    Back

    I've actually been back from Bronycon, but I haven't been on the site much, mostly because my Ponyfiction Vault interview went up and all the comments were about the state I was from and not the actual story itself. SLIGHTLY DISAPPOINTED THERE, FIMFIC.

    Also hi new watchers, I'll do more stuff eventually.

    3 comments · 211 views
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A sequel to 'Hiatus' - Spurred on by her sister, Luna decides to open a summer camp dedicated to the arts and sciences in an attempt to become further involved with the daily lives of Equestria's citizens, hopefully improving her reputation in the process. The campers that sign up prove to be more than what the Princess of the Night was expecting, however. 'Camp Counselor' certainly wasn't supposed to be part of the royal duties.

The Cycle of Days (Luna's Lullaby) - Written by Ariamaki

Featured on Equestria Daily! Thanks to everyone who has read, reviewed, and commented!

First Published
25th Dec 2011
Last Modified
4th Mar 2012

Note: This story will contain references to 'Hiatus'. Reading 'Hiatus' beforehand is recommended, but not necessarily required.

Enjoy!

YES!!! A SEQUEL!!!:pinkiehappy::raritystarry::yay::rainbowkiss::heart:

Hurrah.:moustache:

Yes, finally!

You have a better grip on Luna and Celestia, with only demi-canon personalities, than established characters. And this is why Hiatus was superior to your other fic

I know this is going to be good, and I hope you will sucseed with a (presumably) larger cast.

Good luck!

Looks like the ratebombers are out and about today.

Hurr.

This sounds interesting.....

And now Celestia sends out the prototype flyer in an attempt to be 'helpful'. :trollestia:

Awesome A SEQUAL YAAAAAAAAY :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::twilightsmile::twilightsmile::twilightsmile::ajsmug::ajsmug::ajsmug::pinkiesmile::pinkiesmile:

I don't know if I can wait until next christmas to get a #1 Co-Princess mug of my own.

Sir, this story is tracked! :pinkiehappy:

>>87632

I'll admit, I had first written that scene with the mug saying "#1 Princess", but I remembered that wasn't exactly fair to Luna. It became "#1 Co-Princess" in the end.

I have to say that I didn't expect this direction to be taken with a continuation of Hiatus, but I'm pumped to see where it goes!

This ought to be interesting! The perfect material for me to read while suffering from a temporal case of insomnia xD

Well, this is quite an interesting direction to take this story.  

It's unexpected to say the least, but it shows promise.  

It will be fun to see how you have the whole thing play out.

I am a bit worried about Luna's donut intake though.

Is it a possible addiction, just what do they put in those things anyway? :rainbowhuh:

>>88187

Well, Pony Joe is a unicorn, so... magic, I guess?

And yes, I know it's an unexpected direction to take the story, but I have things planned out.

Luna picks up a new hobby. Time to play the guessing game and see if you folks can figure it out before the next chapter goes up (which is also the first time it's mentioned).

This ought to be interesting!

Waiting patiently for new chapter :3 xD

Incoming Derpy appearance.

Though I personally refer to her as 'Derpy', she'll always be 'Ditzy Doo' whenever she shows up in my fics. 'Derpy' seems more like one of those mean nicknames you use to mock someone, rather than an actual name.

Axz

I know this one was going to be good based on you previous work especially sens it being an sequel to Hiatus (best fanfic ever)

and the first chapter did not disappoint me at all, just as expected it was relay!!!! good

I want just want to add that i like the way you portray Luna and Celestia in Hiatus (and this story so far).

relay like you´r interpretation of there personalty´s in making both a bit of a prankster just having fun with each other. but still keep them serious and not completely random, and i like the over all building on Luna´s character, loves studying reading painting etc. its good to see that you take initiative to build on the characters. and last i like the Luna camp idea, first time i ever come across that concept before and im sure its going to be a blast reading it

>>89214

i agree whit you Axz, i like to way Luna and Celestia (especially Luna) was in Hiatus and in this one.

To characterizing Luna as a studious bookworm ho struggles a bit whit social interaction skills and her appearance to the people seams to correspond very well whit her appearance in Luna Eclipsed, and i do like seeing Luna that way, i think it somehow fits her quite well.

Btw Vargras i like the idea of making Luna interesting in painting, i think it goes very well in hand whit the way the fan community sees her (and my personal opinion), so thumps up on that one.

I was a bit unsure aboute the hole camp idea first when i read the description, but my fears are long forgotten this chapter was epic cant wait for more keep  the awesome chapters coming :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:

great you've opened the door, now to walk through it... is that me in a door frame?

:rainbowkiss:

Haven't read it (or the comments) yet, but after Hiatus, this was an insta-follow. :yay:

...And now I've read it. In-story, I'd recommend Luna change "Reading" to "Literature", if I were engaged in a conversation over the flyer with her. :pinkiesmile: However, the word "Reading" fits her personality, so I'm not actually suggesting you change it :facehoof:; I love the story just the way it is. :yay: I'm just saying I can follow the organic feel of this story very well. :eeyup:

>>90320

No one ever said that social interaction was Luna's forte. :twilightsheepish:

#26 · 151w, 1d ago · 1 · · The List ·

I actually held a pen in my mouth and talked to myself, just so I could get Celestia's speech right in this one.

Now to see if anyone misinterprets that comment before reading.

#27 · 151w, 1d ago · · · The List ·

>>91463 so your saying you had a dick in your mouth to get Celestia's speach right? :rainbowhuh:

#28 · 151w, 1d ago · · · The List ·

>>91491

A pen. PEN. :twilightangry2:

#29 · 151w, 1d ago · · · The List ·

>>91491  Must be a really small private eye if he can hold it in his mouth. :moustache:

#30 · 151w, 1d ago · · · The List ·

I've said it before and I'll say it again:

thanks for writing a story that's good, funny and doesn't involve the possible end of equestria :twilightsmile:

If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either.~Dick Cavett

#31 · 151w, 1d ago · · · The List ·

hard to image the allmighty fuhrer of equestria doing something mundane as painting

(yes i know she isnt a "tyrant" but i felt like saying it!"

i'd laugh if she turned out painting the next monet or picasso or something

#32 · 151w, 1d ago · · · The List ·

>>91492 regarding the post you :twilightangry2:'d at, that was such a :trollestia: post it hurt.

Anyway, I liked Hiatus, and find it pleasing that you continued in that universe. :pinkiehappy: Please continue.

#33 · 151w, 19h ago · · · The List ·

great

#34 · 151w, 15h ago · · · The List ·

Next chapter will delve a bit into Celestia.

Ice
#35 · 151w, 7h ago · · · The List ·

Nice one I loved the prequel and I'm loving this kinda weird how nobody else signed up I mean at least some other random campers

#36 · 151w, 3h ago · · · The List ·

>>94544

I wouldn't expect many kids to sign up for a camp that has nothing but astronomy, reading, drawing, and painting.

Ice
#37 · 150w, 6d ago · · · The List ·

>>94748 I would sign up because of the astronomy and reading art not so much cause I love astronomy and reading and gaming (I'm a nerd deal with it)

#38 · 150w, 6d ago · · · The List ·

>>95292

You've also got to take into account the fact that Ponyville isn't all that big a town, I'd view it more as a glorified village than anything else.  

Also, sad to say, but seeing as the radio and the telephone were only created last year, I highly doubt they have any form of game station.  Us nerds are left out in that aspect I guess... ;-;

(By the way, if anyone reads that and catches the reference, then you get brownie points :pinkiesmile: )

>>94060

Now, onto the matter at hand:

Why in the world have I not commented on this?  

Well, for starters, I can't see why I'm surprised about Luna's new 'hobby'.  It only makes sense, I mean, she is pretty much the goddess of the night.  Yet, I wouldn't really call it a hobby, because that makes it sound tedious and unimportant.  She is making stars, which in essence are giant, molten balls of assorted substances and elements.  Along with stars comes red giants, super novas and the occasional black hole - I would classify it more along the lines of an extreme sport.  Think of the fics and what happens when Twilight looses focus and screws up a spell, now think about what could happen if Luna does that exact same thing.  The consequences would be much greater, I can assure you that.

Next is the Ditzy Doo thing, and I have to say that that was pretty heart warming,  I'm not sure how other authors write Derpy - I tend to stay away from stories focusing on her - but I enjoy the way you do it.  She is just your normal average mare, with the exception of a lazy eye of course, no mental disability to be heard of.  Now you set her up as having a relationship with Luna, who then goes and gives her the money to pay for eye surgery, or something of the like?  Well that is extremely kind of Luna, and if it wasn't shown already, it really adds to her personality you've built.  Especially to people who haven't read Hiatus, shows she's compassionate and caring and the like.

And now you have Celestia coming up in the next chapter?  Hmm... We have seen little bits and pieces of her in your writing so far, but mainly in Luna's perspective.  From what you've shown so far, she seems like quite the tease, but it will be nice to see how you flesh out her character and build on what you already have.

I eagerly await the next chapter :pinkiesmile:

#39 · 150w, 6d ago · · · The List ·

>>95612

Okay, so it's not really a 'hobby'. It's still tedious, considering she can really only make one per night, but it's still important work. And though Twilight may be powerful, I'm pretty sure she can't make stars from scratch. As for the Ditzy Doo thing, my own headcanon has her as simply having an eye disorder, which also affects her depth perception and coordination. Leads to the 'Ditzy' part of her name. Other than that, she's completely normal. In regards to her relationship with Luna, she was gone for a thousand years. She doesn't really have any ties of her own, and the ones she does have are probably exceptionally strong.

And yep, more Celestia! I will say that it's a teensy bit darker (akin to the lucid dreaming about Luna's childhood during the Hearth's Warming Eve bonus chapter), but nothing too serious. While Hiatus itself was definitely all about Luna, I'm trying to spread it out more with this fic. Might even throw in an interlude later on that's about Celestia, and no one else.

#40 · 150w, 6d ago · · · The List ·

I think you said in your blog here that people are saying this story isn't living up to Hiatus because, well... Let's face it, it's a different story. Sure, they are related, but the concept is entirely different despite being in the same continuity.

Regardless, I'm enjoying it (particularly those bits with Celly and Luna talking and overall just being your average sisters) for what it is, and hope to see more of this soon. =3

#41 · 150w, 6d ago · · · The List ·

>>95980

Nah, I never said that. All I said was that the success Hiatus had was a complete and total fluke, and I doubt I'll be able to ever recreate that.

At the very least, it's built me up a nice little base of readers - namely, you guys. :twilightsmile:

#42 · 150w, 6d ago · · · The List ·

>>95982

Oh, I wouldn't call it a fluke. Sure, it might have been at a good time, but it became popular because it was good, it was quite entertaining, to say the least.

And I'm sure you can recreate it. Maybe not this story (but I hope you do, and even better), maybe not the next (assuming there's one, please do one next too), but it'll happen. :twilightsmile:

#43 · 150w, 6d ago · · · The List ·

>>95994

Nah, a lot of it was due to the old fimfiction layout. Any time a story was updated, it was reposted on the front page for everyone to see. If your story got featured, any updates put it right back up in the featured box again. Those two contributed a lot to how many views I've gotten.

#44 · 150w, 6d ago · · · The List ·

Will write more tomorrow, and maybe get this chapter out as well. Dunno yet.

Ice
#45 · 150w, 6d ago · · · The List ·

>>95612 gimmie the brownies I got it

Ice
#46 · 150w, 6d ago · · · The List ·

>>95982 I don't think it was a fluke I think it's just people understood it better because it had happend while this is an off topic subject and by that I mean hiatus used the first episode of the seaspn to make the story while this uses a refernce from one episode so I think hiatus was just better formed at the start is basiclay what I'm saying

#47 · 150w, 6d ago · · · The List ·

Hurrdidurr. I expected the CMC to pop up on that list too! xD

But yush, I get to read about Pip! I have read far too little fanfics about him. xD

#48 · 150w, 6d ago · · · Setting Up ·

Moar Celestia, and misinterpreting things! Wooooo!

Ice
#49 · 150w, 6d ago · · · Setting Up ·

Funnily enough I was just as confused as luna when I saw about the guard in the room and when he left I still had my suspicions I mean celestia s an all powerful bring,not hard to assume she could magic him and her outta bed instantly.

#50 · 150w, 6d ago · · · Setting Up ·

I c? Wut u did thar:rainbowlaugh:

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