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  • E The Words Won't Come

    Fluttershy has something very important to tell Applejack, if her traitorous voice will cooperate with her. Written for the MLPchan Thanksgiving Writeoff.
    2,629 words · 2,533 views  ·  233  ·  7
  • T Gone in 1800 Seconds

    Stories written for the Thirty Minute Ponies community on Tumblr. Final update: #572, Dear Mom and Dad. Twilight Sparkle writes home.
    24,526 words · 732 views  ·  54  ·  0
  • E Change For You

    Two months into Rarity's relationship with Spike, he's grown distant and unhappy. Fearing that he's no longer attracted to her, will she resort to drastic measures to become what he desires? And how will he react if she does?
    5,182 words · 4,095 views  ·  489  ·  24

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  • 40w, 1h
    New Comment Policy

    Just a quick heads-up: Starting today, I'm going to be deleting comments that either request or demand a story update. If you're thinking of posting a comment like this, try reading the following short FAQ first.

    Are you going to update Greenfire again?

    Yes.

    When?

    I don't know.

    Why not?

    Because I have a lot more in my life than just writing.

    But won't it help motivate you if I pester you with comments?

    No. No, it will not.

    I hope this doesn't sound rude or ungrateful. I absolutely love that you guys are so excited about reading more of my work! I just don't love the way a very small portion of you choose to express that excitement.

    Well, I'm heading back to my lunch break. Hope everyone has a great day.

    Seriously, of all the things to have to do on my birthday...

    9 comments · 249 views
  • 43w, 6d
    Change For You: Author's Notes

    Hey, everyone! Change For You has been out for a few weeks now, and I'd like to thank everyone who read, voted, favorited, and/or commented on it. I really appreciate all the compliments and criticism, and I'm so glad that so many of you enjoyed reading it. And it even popped up in the feature box and the popular stories box a couple times! (If briefly. Am I the only one here who doesn't have the slightest comprehension of how those things work?)

    The judges aren't finished picking the winners yet, and there's some very stiff competition. I'm not sure if I'll place, but I don't mind either way--I'm pretty happy with the story, and it's an honor to have it stand in such good company. I actually learned a bit about myself in writing it, so while the judges work their judging magic, I thought I might lay out some thoughts about this story and its writing process.

    [SPOILERS for Change For You below this line]

    Now, there's no shortage of stories and art featuring pony-Spike, and dragon-Rarity, while rarer, is not unheard of either. Change For You was my entry into both categories at once. I had the idea some time around August, if the Scrivener timestamp is accurate. I had in mind a sort of Gift of the Magi-esque storyline (or as fferror cleverly put it, "Gift of the Transformagi") in which Rarity and Spike both transformed themselves to fit what they thought the other wanted, only to find the other loved them best just the way they are. The idea that love and friendship transcend outer differences like race and (in fantasy, at least) species, and the idea that you shouldn't have to change who and what you are for true love, are both morals that I believe in wholeheartedly. (And they definitely pop up in my other works as well, both past and future.)

    Once I had the idea, I did what I usually do with new story ideas: I let it bounce around in my head for a while before doing anything concrete with it. Often it can be months or longer before I start putting words down. The time spent percolating tends to help me get a solid idea of where I want to go; good ideas stick around and bad ideas fall by the wayside. Time passed, and I thought about the story occasionally, but I didn't really consider digging it out to start writing... until the Sparity contest caught my eye.

    I didn't hear about the contest until it had already been going for a while, and initially I didn't think I'd have the time to enter. But then I thought I might enter a fanfic I'd just started (tentatively entitled "Carry You Home"). Problem with that was, about 1,600 words into it, I suddenly found myself struggling with where to go next. And then I suddenly remembered Change For You (which I hadn't titled yet), and suddenly wanted to finally get it written out. So I got started on it, with a week to go until the deadline for the contest.

    Here we come to the big lesson I learned about myself from writing this: Deadlines, for me, are both a blessing and a curse. This is something I already sort of knew from doing Thirty Minute Ponies prompts, but the Change For You process made me really realize it. The week's deadline definitely motivated me to write, even on days when I didn't feel especially inspired. I've never written 5,000 words of anything that fast, much less pulled it together into a complete work. But in the end, a lot of readers thought the final story felt rushed, which I totally agree with. There were bits of conversation between Spike and Rarity that ended up on the cutting block because I didn't have time to work them in, and that wasn't all that got left out. It's a good story, and I'm pleased with it, but I don't think it's my best work.

    So maybe what I need is a compromise, between the set deadline that lights a fire under me and the freeform writing that gives me all the time I need to revise. How I'm going to do that... is... a very good question. And one that I'm sure I'll answer... eventually.

    1 comments · 204 views
  • 47w, 2d
    Change in Plans

    > Work on a one-shot fanfic, with the intent to enter it in a contest

    > Announce said intent in a blog post

    > Lose all inspiration for fanfic within a few days

    > Suddenly gain inspiration for a different fanfic, one you've had the idea for since August but never started

    > Write a little under 5,200 words in a week

    So yeah, that sure is a thing that happened. o_O

    I've just completed the rough draft of my Sparity contest entry! I'm letting it sit for now, and tomorrow during/after work I'll look over it and make sure there's nothing I want to change before I hit Submit. The title is "Change For You", and here's the summary:

    Rarity never thought she'd fall for a dragon, much less be blissfully happy dating one, but ever since Spike grew into a sweet and handsome young drake, she's been completely and helplessly besotted. Recently, though, he's seemed distant, uncomfortable around her--or worse, unhappy with her. With the prospect of losing the love of her life hanging over Rarity's head, will she resort to drastic measures to become what he desires? And how will her darling dragon react if she does?

    I'm also hoping I'll have time to draw the cover art for it before I submit it, but if push comes to shove I'll add that in later. It's not vital, after all.

    2014's almost here, huh? I have a feeling it's going to be a good year, creatively. I'm gonna make it so, in fact. Have a happy new year, everyone, and good luck to my fellow contest competitors!

    2 comments · 183 views
  • 48w, 6d
    Status of the Author

    Well, since this is the longest Greenfire has sat un-updated since I started, I think I should at least toss a quick heads-up here and let you all know what's going on with me. Plus this will be a nice first test of the newly reborn blog-tagging system.

    It's simple enough, really. Life has just been extremely stressful lately. Not to go into too much detail, but my girlfriend's been sick on and off a lot, and bills have been coming in faster than we could handle them. I'm grateful to have a job at all in this economy, but the job I do have is low-paying and draining. A lot of nights I don't have the wherewithal to write anything by the time I get home.

    Things are starting to look up, though. A couple kind Christmas gifts from family members have made the money problem a bit less of a problem. And in the past few days I've actually been working on a little Sparity one-shot, inspired by this recent drawing by Carnifex. Yeah, I know, it's not Greenfire, but at least it's proof my creative drive isn't completely dead. (I might see if I can enter it in that contest the Sparity group is having... but that would require finishing by the first, and who knows if that will happen.)

    And more Greenfire will come, eventually. Inspiration has deserted me on this next chapter (I thought it would be easy—talk about tempting fate), but I'll get there. And with chapter 9, things will start getting really interesting. Questions readers have had since the beginning will start to find answers... and entirely new questions will start to be raised. It may take me a long time, but I promise I'll see this story through to the end.

    In other news, I've just updated Gone in 1800 Seconds with the two most recent TMP fills I've written, and gotten the author's notes all filled in too. So there's something new to read on my account, even if it isn't what I know most of you are here for. Still, if you're desperate for more Spark-fic (not that I'm arrogant enough to assume anyone is), and you haven't read it already, it might just be worth a glance.

    5 comments · 240 views
  • 62w, 2d
    Greenfire Thoughts and Thanks

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On one of her regular hunts for gemstones, Rarity discovers a treasure trove beyond her wildest dreams... and the lavender-scaled dragon who collected it. Despite a rocky first meeting, Rarity and Greenfire soon find themselves drawn to each other more and more. But the question remains: How did a young dragon end up in the Everfree Forest all alone?

An alternate universe story that puts our favorite purple dragon and his beloved fashionista into a slightly different situation. Art used with permission from the wonderful ArtisteFish!

Now with a TV Tropes page! Thanks go out to Poptard and whoever else might feel like editing it.

Fan Works

Climbing the Cliff by Pia-chan (from chapter 5)

Such a Pleasant Chat by Fukaï

Some Form of Tea by Pia-chan (from chapter 4)

Promo Animation by CMagic (mild chapter 6 spoilers)

First Published
12th Oct 2012
Last Modified
17th Sep 2013

interesting concept. normaly I don't fav a story with only two chapter so far. but this is promising.

would be nice to know if Spike aka greenfire hatched earlier then in the normal universe.

some hints of time line compare to the normal universe would be good at all and what happend to the others, without spike.

Don't normally like stories barely starting off but I think this one would be worth it. Please don't disappoint :ajsmug:

#3 · 110w, 6d ago · 1 · 1 · 1. First Glance ·

So Greenfire is Spike's AU name? Not bad.:moustache:

Could you make the chapters longer? It makes for a more entertaining experience.

Very good, very good indeed. I especially liked how i could read the movements of Greenfire and imagine him like he was right in front of me. You've earned my respect, not many authors can do that. :moustache:

Dude, this is the best Sike-uh, I mean, Greenfire story I've read that isn't immediate romance. You've obviously put a lot of effort into each chapter of this story, and you have my gratitude. :twilightsmile:

I have some interesting ideas for future chapters if you're willing to listen. Y'know, if that's OK with you...

You deserve like and fav, I hope you're not one of these guys who throws few good chapters and leaving story to gather dust and unsatisfied readers:) Better don't dissapoint me. Here take moustache:moustache:

Spike is one of my favorite characters to have as the main character and this just hits all the right nuances. Good work.

-Sturrn

So does he replace malachite (The dragon in Owls Well That Ends Well)?.............

:pinkiegasp:

Oh my god.

What if Malachite and Spike switched...

OMG.

That seems about right.

Man, this is one twisted tale.  I also wonder if little Sweetie Belle's going to make an appearance in this story ?:unsuresweetie:

Please do keep up the good work on such a great idea.:moustache:

Max

You got my attention! Tracking :pinkiehappy:

I Like it, fav it, and a thumbs up... I can see myself tracking this future chapters pending

So is this going to be a he ran away from canterlot at an early age or just born and grown in the area?

>>1433393 actually i think his cave is in the area near the diamond dogs territory, Malachite (or Razorfang or whatever) is deeper in the everfree closer to the mountains the red dragon was napping... I don't know we need a map of Ponyville and surrounding areas :trixieshiftright:

I'm digging this story! :yay:

>>1450016

But that wouldnt be as cool....

>>1451300 are you kidding it could be cooler, maybe an eventual Greenfire vs Other dragon. although i think you're right, it looks like Spike is the only  Dragon there... otherwise they'd notice each other but with 2 chapters its hard to say

>>1451782

And

Twilight: MALACHITE!

Thanks for the kind comments, everyone! (Not to mention all the thumbs-ups and subscriptions! :raritystarry:) Thought I’d address a couple things here:

- I can’t guarantee updates will come quickly — I’ve got lots of stuff on my plate, including RL and other fanfic ideas — but I promise I won’t abandon it. I want to tell this story, after all! I’ve got a rough map for it all, and even some ideas for a sequel.

- The differences in this AU will eventually be made clear in-story, so I don’t want to spoil it just yet. (There is a tiny timeline hint in the first chapter, though, if you want to go searching for it.) I will say that the rest of the Mane Six are going to appear, but it won’t be for a while. The main focus of this story is on Rarity and Greenfire.

- I’m a little over 1,500 words into the third chapter at present, and it feels about halfway finished, so it should end up being longer than the first two. Beyond that, though, I can’t guarantee anything. It all depends on what each chapter requires!

Very excited to see where this goes.

Interesting concept. Consider this faved. :raritywink:

Remember. It's not somebody or someone, but 'somepony'.

Enjoying this one!  keep up the good work :D  :raritywink:

Interesting so far. I'm wondering where/what happened with Twilight without Spike's egg to hatch. What other changes and differences are there from the 'normal' Equestria we all know. Keeping an eye on this story for sure. :twilightsmile:

I love this idea, it will be interesting to see how his introduction to the rest of Ponyville and the Mane 6 goes.

Hmmm... on one hand, this is a very well done, well thought out story that beckons me to read more. On the other, considering this is your first fanfiction, I'm afraid that it will end up like a lot of others: unfinished.

I'll give this a chance, but don't you dare make me regret it :pinkiehappy:

Max

Congrats on getting on EQD! We also need a update :3

I like the way this is progressing, I won't say anything about the pacing so far(too late)  because we're only two chapters in, but if this keeps up, I easily see this going places.

Not bad, I will be watching for more of this.

i like the story so far. It's interesting, but I am not seeing much of spikes original personality in this version of spike. Just wanted to mention that

This story is very good so far. I can't wait to see how it developes later on!

You have an interesting concept here so far.  And I really like the character interaction and development between Rarity and Greenfire (what little of it there has been since there are only two chapters up).  If I had one critique so far, it would be to make the chapters a bit longer.  Not to say that you need to make them monster 15k+ words or anything, but hitting at least 2k is a good milestone to aim for.  

As others have already said, I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us in future chapters.

Hm.:trixieshiftleft:

I like it!:pinkiehappy: Lots of questions to be answered, an alternate universe, and Spike with a different name? What's not to love? Definitely tracking. :twilightsmile:

You know, this is the very first 'Spike' and Rarity fic I've ever genuinely enjoyed for what it is.

I am very much looking forward to the rest.:raritywink:

'Greenfire had never exactly envied unicorns ^ their magic, but ~'

^ there should be an 'or' In there

Well done storywise, youve earned yourself another follower! :moustache:

More please!

Will this continue?

ho shi--

Me likey very long time. Fav'd.

Moar moar moar

>>1466268

So I guess this is pre-pilot?

>>1596869

'envy unicorns their magic', meaning 'envy unicorns because of their magic'. It's a cromulent construction!

Please continue, this story is awesome :moustache::raritywink:

Aww no new chapters :fluttercry:

I'm running out of reading material:twilightoops:

I'm stacheY:moustache:

Alright! <3 Best surprise of the night, I'm really curious to see where this is going! :pinkiehappy:

Sending to my Kindle…

Finally an update I'm so happy today

I definitely approve of this chapter... with the exception of the short length, but I'll forgive you this time :rainbowwild:

My curiosity is running rampant on what turn of events happened differently so that Greenfire is a wild dragon here, and not Twilight's assistant. Did his egg not get gifted/stolen/whatever? Did Twilight not succeed her test? Was it a different egg that she had to hatch? Hmm...

Question though: Is Spike in this story the same age as Spike in the show, and is just larger because of the hoard, or is he just larger because he's older?

I would like to say yeah very heartwarming

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH need more updates for this...........please? :fluttershysad:

I thoroughly enjoy this story and getting to read an update for it has made my night. It's nice to see how living on his own with no one to true has affected Spike. His attitude is much darker, and that's very realistic to his life experience.

this gives me a small smile. Thank you:ajsmug:

I dunno. Spike's not my favorite purple dragon.

An update, yes!

Very good, please keep it up. I like how easily Rarity can read our favourite dragon. Then again, it's not like he has a lot of social experience, now, is it?

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