Cloudy Skies

Joined January 2012

Cloudy writes stories. Cloudy likes it when ponies like each other maybe a little too much and sometimes end up in love. Cloudy writes stories about these things, often.

Stories (13)

  • Twice as Bright
    Celestia likes her routine. Tax reforms, grants, laws and construction projects are all a princess needs to be content. It's just her luck that for Pinkie Pie, "content" is not nearly enough.

    52,160 words · 10,374 views · 1,239 likes · 18 dislikes
  • No Recipe For Perfection
    Rarity struggles to overcome an art block. It takes a very special pony to show Rarity who she is.
    22,156 words · 4,892 views · 614 likes · 7 dislikes
  • Ode to Friendship
    Octavia feels trapped in the stage that is her world. Will a certain pink pony be able to help her?
    13,885 words · 2,351 views · 215 likes · 1 dislikes
  • Within and Without
    Luna takes the Elements of Harmony on a journey in more ways than one.
    154,174 words · 9,364 views · 1,069 likes · 19 dislikes
  • Building Bridges
    16,016 words · 26,248 views · 1,646 likes · 35 dislikes
  • Lost and Found
    168,377 words · 7,325 views · 747 likes · 14 dislikes
  • Taken for Granite
    61,172 words · 5,227 views · 666 likes · 12 dislikes
  • Where Earth Meets Sky
    40,301 words · 10,763 views · 756 likes · 16 dislikes
  • Where Your Heart Is
    32,160 words · 7,559 views · 655 likes · 14 dislikes
  • Rainbow Dash's Best Plan Ever
    10,204 words · 9,665 views · 578 likes · 13 dislikes

Blog Posts (31)


It's one thing to wake up on the wrong side of the bed. It's something quite different to worry that it doesn't have a right side anymore. Stuck in an artistic rut, Rarity has to rely on an unlikely friend to understand who she is, and in doing so, discovers that what we want may not always be obvious, even to oneself.

There may or may not be an excess of hats involved, and fabulosity is guaranteed.

First Published
29th Oct 2012
Last Modified
31st Oct 2012

Comments ( 196 )

#1 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·

Commence Read.

#2 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·


Nah, 10 bits says it's a Twi-Spike:trollestia:

#3 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·

I approve

#4 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·

Man, I wish I had someone doing cover art for me :|

Also, Raripie. Not enough of that in this fandom, certainly.

#5 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·


I could do some. As long as you're not expecting reacord breacing art and they have up to 4 ponies only.

#6 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·

Sweet, I've really been looking forward to this. I'll read it first chance I get tomorrow.

#7 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·

That notification noise always scares me when I have headphones in.

When it's for a story by Cloudy? Totally worth it

I'll edit this after I read.

Edit: What I really love about your style of writing, Cloudy, is that you never fail to make the characters come across as believable. To me, that is one of the biggest achievements any author of fiction can accomplish.

In particular, Pinkie's defense to how difficult it is to plan and brainstorm in her line of work really hit home. Nothing gets under my skin more than when authors fall back on the already-overdone shtick that Pinkie's a fourth wall breaker and lunatic on a constant sugar rush; it seems so forced and a terrible waste of a character's potential.

You, on the other hand, manage to emphasize that underlying focus and pride that she takes in baking and party-planning. It was a fairly unkind thing of Rarity to claim, even if she didn't mean it; how would she feel if somebody else came by and casually mentioned how simple it was to look beautiful all the time?

Rarity's losing her creative muse? Scandalous! A bit of an overdone topic in that regard but that is probably my only complaint about the chapter. Rarity more than makes up for it by embarrassing herself with a fruit bowl fez! The fact of the matter is that it can be very hard to acknowledge that someone else had a great idea in a field that you consider yourself to be an expert and even more difficult when that idea turns out to work. Her willingness to at least take Pinkie's suggestion to heart puts a bold face on that humility and willingness to adapt.

A fantastic start to what I'm sure is going to be a fantastic RariPie fic. Keep up the good work and take care!

#8 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·


You do art though :|

Not that i'd say no to someone doing my art for me. Art takes forever :V

#9 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·

omg Cloudy wrote PinkiexRarity.


EDIT: And... it's not a oneshot?


#10 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·

I like this. I like this alot. It's so rare to see Rarity and Pinkie Pie in fics together, but this works so awesomely.

#11 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·

Oh hello there new Cloudy Skies story.

#12 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·



*begins praying*


F***it. I'm reading this.

#13 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·



#14 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·

Cloudy fic. Commence favorite, like, and read. Huzzah!

#15 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·

Aw man.. and I'd just worked through my backlog enough to start reading Lost and Found.  My mouth is already locked in a rictus of AWESOMEFACE from reading that...

She canna taek mewch mewre, Cap'n!  :rainbowderp:

#16 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·
#17 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·

Liking it so far. Will this story have a schedule like your last one?

#18 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·

I don’t know where those go, but they don’t go to your flanks, I’ll tell you that!


It's been too long since you wrote a story that featured Pinkie. Actually, it's only been a couple months. But still, you write her so well, you should be writing her all the time.

#19 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·

and wow, I don’t know where those go, but they don’t go to your flanks, I’ll tell you that!

Oh Pinkie, you're a marvel.

#20 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 1d ago · · ·


He really does. I love his Pinkie Pie so much.

Clearly, Rarity is meant for Pinkie. Neither one can resist fudge.

#21 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 23h ago · · ·

Mmm. Fudge. This is clearly a fudgetastic fic. Continue! :pinkiehappy::raritystarry:

#22 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 22h ago · · ·

>>1524436 Kits is a gem like that. I can't thank him enough, but I will try.

>>1524479 No sir! It's not terribly long, but it's got s'more chapters!

>>1524522 Thank you - they're definitively among the rarest in the bunch!

>>1524760 Hopefully in reverse order, hah. No, honestly, I appreciate the faith, and hope it's to your tastes!

>>1525234 Valve is wise.

Oh, you mean that was a critique of Valve's hat-obsession? Silly!

>>1525540 I'm not sure about a set schedule, likely one chapter per two days or so? I kind of want to see what EqD says before I release the first chapter since it's a bit awkward to send an update before it's accepted. Then again, I may cave in and just do 1 chapter a day and burst this out. It's all finished anyway.

>>1525859 >>1526553 It's been far too long since I've had the pleasure of writing Pinkie, so!

>>1526819 >>1527276 But then she gets a pudge, and then she can't budge!

>>1524527 >>1524601 Oh goodness. No pressure, right? Will be over here trying to control breathing.

#23 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 22h ago · · ·


I'm sure there's a few readers willing to help with mouth to mouth if necessary~

#24 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 22h ago · · ·

>>1524459 I'm really glad to hear this! I mean, if the characterization worked for you, that's pretty much the biggest point of praise imaginable considering that I find it both the hardest and most rewarding aspect of this all. I share your thoughts on Pinkie here: She does break the fourth wall and generally acts a menace in the show, but it's not all she is. There's a real pony underneath. I think Swarm of the Century is the best example of both these aspects of her; she acts "silly" and out of touch, but there's a method to it, and there're very real feelings there too.

The setup of the fic probably isn't a huge upset, but I hope (and perhaps even have to believe) that the fic has enough unique traits going forwards. Here's hoping!

>Her willingness to at least take Pinkie's suggestion to heart puts a bold face on that humility and willingness to adapt.

And this; I'm sure I could've played up the opposite approach here and made it a point of drama, but it really isn't the focus of the fic, and since this is very much a post-S2 fic (what else?) I like poking at friendships that are advanced by now. They know how to work together even if they don't see 100% eye to eye all the time.

Thank you for your thoughts so far!

#25 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 22h ago · · ·


Pinkie? Trapped? Unable to escape?

The possibilities...

Dash could tickle her. Oh my.

I need a minute. Is it getting warm in here?

#26 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 21h ago · · ·


no that is not a critique of valve; I am comparing their wiseness to you for having hats in your story

#27 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 21h ago · · ·


Aaaand your avatar perfectly frames this post's frame of mind :rainbowlaugh:

#28 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 19h ago · · ·


And your avatar is butts!

#29 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 19h ago · · ·


Yes, I need a new one! :raritycry:

#30 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 17h ago · · ·

Rarity and Pinkie eh.......You have caught my interest as well come on it like mixing strawberries with green grapes you don't think they would go together too well but actually they are not that bad at all when mixed.

Keep up the work as I want to read more......that and I love Pinkie with a passion, she makes me so happy at times ^^

#31 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 17h ago · · ·

First fanfic i have read in quite some time, Honestly this wait for season 3 took it's toll on my interest in such fan thing's. I got to say though this was really cute and a lot of fun looking forward to more :pinkiehappy::heart:

#32 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 17h ago · · ·


You're very welcome! And don't worry about the setup; to be honest I needed at least something to critique lightly because I saw no grammar/spelling errors at all! Nice job on that :twilightsmile:

#33 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 16h ago · · ·

RariPie? You madman, you'll kill us all!

#34 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 13h ago · · ·

interesting hope there will be more romance in the other chapter's :pinkiehappy: :raritywink:

#35 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 12h ago · · ·

You had me at

"I don’t use wax, and I don’t even own a weather-vane.”

#36 · Chapter 2 · 100w, 12h ago · · ·

aww yiss

#37 · Chapter 2 · 100w, 12h ago · · ·

Oof. That last part was a doozy. Everything said was a symbol, a medaphore, of something else, and all the while the scene played out. Masterful work Cloudy. Love it! :D

#38 · Chapter 2 · 100w, 12h ago · · ·

Hmm, that was interesting.

#39 · Chapter 1 · 100w, 12h ago · · ·

Before I go to the next chapter, I'm just gonna say I'm surprised that people keep calling Raripie rarewhen I've stumbled across at least three of them over the last few weeks.

#40 · Chapter 2 · 100w, 11h ago · · ·

Aww, that bit at the end really warmed my heart :twilightsmile:

#41 · Chapter 2 · 100w, 11h ago · · ·

Do I see Rarity falling in love? It just feels that way to me

#42 · Chapter 2 · 100w, 11h ago · · ·

The song says "It's a long way to the top," but what about when the jurny is over and there is nothing left of the road? What do you do then?

You find a good friend and tell them about just how long the way was.

And maybe, just maybe, a new road will open itself up to you. One full of great times with somepony you love.

#43 · Chapter 2 · 100w, 11h ago · · ·

This story gives me the Warms in my soul :D Can't wait for the next chapter, the story just feels so... graceful. Raripie FTW!

#44 · Chapter 2 · 100w, 10h ago · · ·


This is an interesting story, truely. I look forward to seeing what comes of this.

...this is still incomplete, right? It feels like it could be complete, but it also feels like there's much more to be told.

#45 · Chapter 2 · 100w, 10h ago · · ·

I am loving this! :rainbowkiss:

#46 · Chapter 2 · 100w, 10h ago · · ·


#47 · Chapter 2 · 100w, 9h ago · · ·

....this is adorable.

#48 · Chapter 2 · 100w, 8h ago · · ·

Very interesting. There's such an odd dynamic between the two, though it's more like it's odd that Rarity had lost her touch. But I really like the premise of it, and the friendly, doting touches that Rarity has with her friends. That last one might have been more friendly than I think though :rainbowkiss:

#49 · Chapter 2 · 100w, 8h ago · · ·

This is very nice :heart: i hope there is more to come :raritystarry:

#50 · Chapter 2 · 100w, 6h ago · · ·

I really should learn not to check this site before bed.  I'll do that later though for now reading.

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