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  • 1w, 8h
    There are always numbers

    So I tried out knighty's new stats suite, and I'm not sure which surprised me more: having had 21,750 chapter reads, or being in the top 3000 (barely) in follower count.  Neither of these is a world-beater, exactly, but I still suffer from How Can Anyone Bear To Read This Stuff? Syndrome.

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  • 1w, 4d
    The weather outside is frightful

    The major disadvantage of the lack of pegasi out here on the plain is that we're basically stuck with what the air masses in the sky end up doing, and what they're doing at the moment is giving me 50-mph winds and rain approximately the velocity of an automated car wash, albeit without any of that Anti-Spotting Rinse stuff.    (Well, that and the tragedy of leading a pony-less existence, as I did for the first 57 years of my life.)

    If you don't hear from me for a rather long while, assume I've been spun into orbit by the whirling winds.

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  • 2w, 4d

    So I'd come up with an oh-so-clever plot twist, so to speak, and started pouring it out onto the screen.

    If that's all I'd done, I might have gotten away with it.  But no, I had to go back and look it over just once more, and discovered it had more holes than the Albert Hall.

    If I seem quieter than usual, it's because I'm trying to find some way out of it without making it look like I had to find some way out of it.

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  • 4w, 1d
    In for a pound

    Actually, several pounds, based on the current exchange rate.

    I have reserved a seat for the one and only showing (in this gedunk town of, um, 1.3 million) of Rainbow Rocks.  The dollar off I get for being Incredibly Old exactly balances the convenience fee for ordering online.

    Of course, what I really want to know is whether they'll bring Flash Sentry back.

    Update, after the show:  Maybe a hair too much fanservice, but on the whole, a decided improvement over the first EqG film, and ample justification for continuing the series.  Empty seats were conspicuous by their absence.   I really don't think Harkins expected this thing to sell out.

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  • 6w, 8h
    This ought to be interesting

    About a year ago, I posted a note on Facebook that contained links to all my stories here.  It received one like, so I know at least one person saw it.

    I was in One Of Those Moods this evening, so for the sheer Tartarus of it I posted the first paragraph of The Sparkle Chronicles and sat back to see what would happen.  The likes rolled in, along with "When can I read the rest of it?"  We shall see what (if anything) comes of this.

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  • ...

He was a shy colt, and she was the first filly who ever looked his way; half a lifetime later, she still haunts his dreams.

(Cover art adapted from this screenshot.)

First Published
16th Nov 2012
Last Modified
1st Dec 2012
#1 · 100w, 6d ago · · · That was then ·

A nice start to the story. It will be good to see a bit more backstory for Twist, she's at least a decent character in the show.

#2 · 100w, 6d ago · · · That was then ·

Interesting. You've got my favourite and upvote. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.


#3 · 100w, 6d ago · · · That was then ·


This is actually the very first piece of literature I have read involving our favorite sweet-toothed lisping filly. Onward, my friend. :twistnerd:

#4 · 100w, 6d ago · · · That was then ·

I firmly believe you've struck literary gold with this one, Dusty. After the heartfelt prose and whimsy found in the various Sparkle Chronicles stories, it hardly strikes me as a surprise - you've definitely created something wonderful and deep, just as you have in the past.

I can’t wait to see where you take us next!

#5 · 100w, 6d ago · · · That was then ·

I know of one other recent Twist fic: A Wild Twist Appeared!   There may be others, but I haven't read them.

#6 · 100w, 4d ago · · · This is now ·

Even at this stage in the proceedings, the feels are starting to flutter. Not full, tear-jerking feels, but I have a feeling that they'll be getting there. Carry on, my friend.

#7 · 100w, 4d ago · · · This is now ·

The potential FEELS levels of this fic are enormous.  :heart:

#8 · 100w, 3d ago · · · This is now ·

I'm just hoping I don't wreck the whole thing in Chapter 3.

#9 · 100w, 15h ago · · · What has been ·

Incidentally, Hoopy McGee (in Project: Sunflower) originally conjured up that "Fetlock Express" bit; I hope I can be forgiven for this blatant expropriation.

#10 · 99w, 2d ago · · · What could be ·

I figure the last two detractors were wondering: "Does it really take two whole chapters to cover one simple date?"

#11 · 98w, 6d ago · · · What will be ·

Twist is my second favorite pony :3 now i must read

#12 · 98w, 6d ago · · · What will be ·

I love this story. Absolutely love it.

Just a niggling matter:

Twist pondered for a moment.“I haven't have any problem adjusting to the absence of chaos.”

Oh Dusty, you are an exceptional quality that I have only ever hoped to witness. I'm so very glad you actually exist.

... unless I'm abusing my medication. Sigh! Although you've artfully thrown up the complete sign, I sort of selfishly wish this could continue to its rightful end - my headcanon insists Spoke and Twist become emotionally engaged.

:pinkiehappy: - JUST GO WITH IT!


Do everyone a favor - tell your legions of fans to read this beautiful story, would you? I wish I could exact that sort of justice. You can, KoS. Please?

#13 · 98w, 5d ago · · · What will be ·


There are times when one can't help but niggle.    :derpyderp2:

#14 · 98w, 5d ago · · · What will be ·

One inevitable question, I suppose: "How many rewrites did it take?"

My answer is always the same: "Not quite enough."

This was planned for 6000 words, three chapters.  You can see how well that worked out.

#15 · 98w, 5d ago · · · What will be ·

Worked for me! WOO!

#16 · 97w, 5d ago · · · What will be ·


#17 · 97w, 4d ago · · · What will be ·

Incidentally, according to the I Write Like site, this text (the first chapter, anyway) is vaguely reminiscent of Neil Gaiman.

#18 · 93w, 2d ago · · · What will be ·


Incidentally, Hoopy McGee (in Project: Sunflower) originally conjured up that "Fetlock Express" bit; I hope I can be forgiven for this blatant expropriation.

I don't mind at all :twilightsmile:

Also, this is a very sweet, well-written story, and it's got nowhere near the attention it deserves.

#19 · 90w, 2d ago · · · What will be ·

A good work on a short story, see you around!

#20 · 83w, 6d ago · · · That was then ·

I especially liked "a hundred words a minute with gusts up to one-forty" and "they conducted their business in the tall buildings that scowled down on the streets of Baltimare."

#21 · 83w, 6d ago · · · What will be ·


Thanks.  Once in a while I manage not to sound like everypony else.

#22 · 64w, 3d ago · · · What will be ·

I took the liberty of adding this story to a few groups I'm in. More people should read this.

#23 · 64w, 3d ago · · · What will be ·


Much appreciated.  (And I must admit, I admire the pseudonym.)

#24 · 64w, 3d ago · · · What will be ·


Thank you! That puts you into the very small group of people who actually get the reference.

#25 · 64w, 3d ago · · · What will be ·

Congratulations, this story has good enough grammar to be included in the Good Grammar Directory, a comprehensive list of grammatically-correct stories on Fimfiction.

#26 · 64w, 3d ago · · · What will be ·


Thanks.  I owe one to Twifight Sparkill for catching the most egregious error.

#27 · 61w, 5d ago · · · That was then ·

Still good, but on second reading of chpt 1, it worries me that a guy who did this in real life would be considered extremely creepy. :twilightoops:

#28 · 61w, 5d ago · · · This is now ·

Turn right behind Quills and Sofas,

Wait, what? Are you psychic? :applejackconfused:

Can you really go into a public library and get free stalking assistance? I'll have to try that.

#29 · 61w, 5d ago · · · What will be ·


It depends on how you phrase your requests, as I found out trying to find out what happened to a grade school that got turned into a strip mall.

#30 · 61w, 5d ago · · · What has been ·

Sorraia. Perfect. One of those out-of-the-way places where the lights are low and the prices are high and the staff deserves far more than the standard gratuity. ... once in a while somepony might be impressed by that sort of thing.

I sympathize with Broken, but most mares would think he sounds more and more like a lonely creepy douche.

"We believe that in thy heart of hearts, thou hast abandoned hope, and this adventure serves merely to push it farther from thy sight."

“If I’ve abandoned hope,” he shot back, “you’re not helping in the least.”

Oh, wow. Now that's a twist. This story suddenly got a lot more interesting.

#31 · 61w, 5d ago · · · What could be ·

>In his younger days, he’d say it was because they had fewer unicorns

I think this is the fourth racist statement he's made.  Not that I disapprove of them being there; just wondering if it's a theme or just a character trait.

I think Twist opened up a little too quickly. Why's her infodump in red?

Very confused as to how this is going to fit with the previous chapter.

#32 · 61w, 5d ago · · · What will be ·

I think the ending is the right ending, but you'd need another 2 or 3 chapters to really show what the difference is between Broken's attitude towards Twist at the start vs. the end, and in what way Luna's advice is true. Chapters to show him trying to date her while still under his illusion, and what goes wrong as a result. Perhaps with the Luna chapter after the first date.

#33 · 61w, 5d ago · · · What will be ·

I admit to letting the middle of this get slightly out of hoof.  As for Spoke's resentment of unicorns, it's a manifestation -- and a fairly unpleasant one -- of my particular headcanon, which holds that relationships among the three tribes aren't always the most harmonious.

That pretty much had to be the ending, though.

#34 · 60w, 4d ago · · · What will be ·

Finally managing to get my backlog read, I've had this on my list forever.  I really liked this story, you did an excellent job with it!  Really liked the overall portrayals and characterization and I think it was very well written.

#35 · 60w, 4d ago · · · What will be ·


Thanks.  Given its slightly improbable premise -- hey, it's forty years, get over it already -- it worked out fairly well.

#36 · 52w, 3d ago · 1 · · What will be ·

This is still one of the best Twist stories I've ever read, so i was happy to welcome it to the new Twist group.

#37 · 52w, 3d ago · · · What will be ·


Thanks.  Oddly, I didn't originally envision this as a Twist story, but it worked out really well once I started thinking of it as such.  (Which was right at the beginning of the flashback in Chapter 1.  Who's a memorable filly?  Twist is a memorable filly.)

#38 · 51w, 1d ago · · · What will be ·

Wow I just felt really great while reading this. I can't really explain it. Truthfully I never payed twist much attention, but this fic has definitely leaned my thought towards more fics of the filly. I'm very glad I gave this a chance. 7/7


“Nopony can keep up with everything. It all happens too fast. I could swear I was thirty last year, or maybe the year before. Now look at me.”

He looked at her. “You don’t have to tell me twice.”

That was smooth. Favorite lines of the story :)

#39 · 51w, 1d ago · · · What will be ·


I can't claim to have launched a whole flotilla of Twist fics, but there weren't a lot of them when I started this thing, and there are now.  She has her advantages as a character: she's not an OC or even a blank flank, but she's been given so little time in the show that you can run just as semi-wild with her.  And once I decided that she would be the object of my protagonist's affections -- well, you saw the results.  Heck, were I a pony, I'd date a mare like that.  (Assuming she were interested, which is probably more than I should assume.)

#40 · 51w, 1d ago · · · What will be ·


Well from the small personality we do know, she'd give you a chance. She seems to be one to make friends and have the urge to want to be noticed. :)

#41 · 29w, 6d ago · · · What will be ·

Oh, please. We all know that Twist's type all end up popping out, like, 12 babies once they hit puberty, at least one of which is pre-18. :raritywink:

This is one of the greatest things I've ever read. Perfect tempo the entire way; it caused me to be 30 minutes late on a notification for work because I was so enraptured with the story. For someone who's very sensitive to just about all of the elements of a good story, this hit all of them phenomenally.

I wish I had a childhood crush like this, but I must confess that any idea I may have had of finding someone that had impressed upon me the hope of a future in the way that Twist did in this story after such a short encounter died quite a while back when I realized that no one feels romanticism in quite the same way as we like to think it feels. Either that, or everyone thinks that romanticism applies to every bad decision they've ever made to date someone. :pinkiesick:

I don't know if almost half of my current life is long enough to wait before hoping a girl I had a crush on as a young adolescent boy will find the same esteemed values in me now that she did then, or, dare I hope, find more to appreciate about me, but I'm rolling the dice with the only sister of a very good friend of mine. My only hope is that she doesn't have a distorted view of who I am; she's had about 10 years to figure it out, and I sincerely hope that she's not just interested in me because she needs to date someone incessantly.

In short, I hope that my story ends as positively as this one, albeit half a lifetime earlier.

#42 · 29w, 6d ago · 1 · · What will be ·


"Rolling the dice" seems appropriate: it's always the chance you have to take.  (If you don't, you'll berate yourself for what seems like an eternity.)   This isn't my life story, exactly, though someone who knows me read this and said "Yeah, you'd do something like that."

Spiritual guidance, though no actual story guidance, was provided by Jackie DeShannon, right about here.  When that came out I was ten, and, as the phrase goes, Highly Impressionable.

#43 · 11w, 4d ago · · · What will be ·


I'm rolling the dice with the only sister of a very good friend of mine.

That wouldn't happen to be a certain someone who just set up an account here, would it? :ajsmug:

#44 · 11w, 4d ago · · · What will be ·


Ah, but it would. :twilightsmile:

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