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  • E Trinkets

    In the aftermath of Past Sins, Twilight and Nyx go through the things from Nyx's castle bedchamber
    7,396 words · 28,026 views  ·  2,177  ·  28
  • T A Mug of Hard Cider

    Celestia's thirst for good alcohol leads her to a pair of new drinking buddies
    12,451 words · 17,482 views  ·  1,753  ·  22
  • T Drop of Moonshine

    A thousand years is a long time to go without a good, stiff drink
    10,347 words · 26,681 views  ·  2,867  ·  41
  • T Into The Depths

    Celestia must brave the depths of her old castle to save Twilight and Luna
    44,246 words · 14,042 views  ·  1,254  ·  19
  • E Better Living Through Science and Ponies

    Not all is well in Equestria when a failing portal gun brings Aperture Science to the land of ponies
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  • E Bureaucracy is Magic

    Can Ponyville survive when our favorite six mares have to fill in for the mayor?
    14,347 words · 5,386 views  ·  545  ·  8
  • E Creeping Darkness

    Alan Wake must write a story where Twilight faces the Darkness of his world to save Equestria
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  • E A Zebra in the Bed

    Applejack must give up her bed to an ill Zecora
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Blog Posts101

  • 1w, 5d
    Life Pulse & Nevermind

    12 comments · 455 views
  • 8w, 5h
    Ice Bucket Challenge & Game Project Plug

    So, I was challenge by BronyWriter last evening, and so I had to squeeze this fun little bit of brain freeze in during my morning routine as I got ready for work.

    To reiterate from my video, I challenge Blankedmind, Gremlin Grenade, JustAnotherTimeLord, The Illustrious Q.

    The challenge to Kkat has been retracted. She isn't in a position where she can perform the challenge due to a lack of equipment & funds as well as her personal preferences about the internet.

    Also, on  side note, a project I contributed to is back on Kickstarter. Scott Easley's 3x3 Wildstyle Basketball, a mobile street basketball game. If you supported it last time, please go do so again. If you haven't, please go check it out.

    28 comments · 710 views
  • 11w, 2d
    Bronycon Day 2 Plan * Identifying Attire

    Day one was awesome. Met too many people to list off in these few minutes I have to write this. Today looks to be more awesome and my busiest con day since I have all three of my panels today. I'm wearing an Applejack shirt today and blue jeans. Hope to see you around. Best time to catch me is after my panels.

    - Do's and Dont's of Fanfiction - Hall of the Sun - 10:00 to 11:00 AM

    - Worlds Beyond: Crossovers in Fanfiction - Hall of Stars - 1:45 to 2:45 PM

    - Quills and Sofas Hangout - 3:00 - 4:00 PM

    - Shattered Kingdom Game - Hall of Stars - 5:30 to 6:30 PM

    2 comments · 322 views
  • 11w, 3d
    Bronycon Day 1 Plan & Identifying Attire

    So, since there are folks wanting to meet up with me today, here is a rough idea of where I'll be and when. Also, such a late start today. I slept in, but I had a reason. Work made me stay up all night Wednesday to put out a last minute fire.

    0) 12:00 Float around the convention, likely checking out vendor hall

    1) 2:00 - Vendor Hall Shadow Box booth. Someone ordered something Past Sins related and they wanted me to sign it.

    2) 3:00 - 4:00 - I'll chill out at the Quill's and Sofa's room for an hour. Probably the easiest time you'll have finding me.

    If your looking for me today, I'm wearing a gray plaid long sleeve shirt and blue jeans.

    Hope everyone has a wonderful time at Bronycon today and I hope to see several of you around.

    4 comments · 343 views
  • 12w, 2d
    Bronycon, Shattered Kingdoms, & A Plug for a New Past Sins Movie Project

    Bronycon looms just next week, and I look forward to the fact I once again get to attend this year. So I hope to see lots of friends and to meet anyone new. One person asked in e-mail if I'd be willing to sign his/her copy of Past Sins while I'm there. I'm totally cool with doing that for anyone that asks, just be sure to have a pen since there is no guarantee I'll remember to have one.

    As to Bronycon itself, I get to be on three panels this year. The last one I'll speak about in greater length, but the first two are writing panels. I'll be returning properly to the panel I kind of snuck onto last year, the Do's and Don't of Fanfiction. I'll also be on the Worlds Beyond: Crossovers in Fanfiction panel, both on Saturday. In fact, all three of my panels are on Saturday this year it would seem. It makes for a very interesting day.

    Now, as for the last panel, it is for a project I've been contributing to as a partial-writer as well as a story adviser. That project is "Shattered Kingdoms" and I'll be on the panel with several other members of the development team. Shattered Kingdoms is a game project that has been going on for several months now. The team lead, Gremlin Grenade, has a blog post from Fiesta Equestria last year that tells a lot more about the project then I can really fit into such a multi-purpose blogpost.

    Now not only is the development team having a panel this year, but there will be a live demo of the game available to play. I believe it will be in the Baltimare Arcade room, since it's the only electronic game room I'm aware of, but I'm sure Gremline Grenade will post up a blog soon with more information on what the demo will contain and verify where it can be played.

    Also, the team is looking for more writers to fill out its ranks and to ensure the story is as polished and properly complex as possible. So if you have any interest, drop Gremlin Grenade or come see us at our panel. The time and place are below, along with the time and place of my other two panels.

    - Do's and Dont's of Fanfiction - Hall of the Sun - 10:00 to 11:00 AM

    - Worlds Beyond: Crossovers in Fanfiction - Hall of Stars - 1:45 to 2:45 PM

    - Shattered Kingdom Game - Hall of Stars - 5:30 to 6:30 PM

    Again, I hope to see a lot of you there, and I'll see if I can't do something to make myself easily identifiable. (Besides the fact I basically wear the same outfits to every convention :P. Saturday I'll be sure to save my Applejack shirt and red, plaid short-sleeve button-down shirt.)

    And to wrap up this blog post, a commenter on Past Sins point out a new animation project that is starting to get underway. Someone new has begun a project to make Past Sins into an animated feature. It takes a lot of effort for someone to get far enough to even have a teaser trailer for something like this, so go give these guys some love and get hyped. (Especially because their design for Night Stone Castle looks pretty amazing!)

    TLDR version:

    - Going to Bronycon

    - I'm on three panels (check the list above for times and locations)

    - I'm a member of the Shattered Kingdom's dev team

    - We're having a panel and live demos at Bronycon

    - We're looking for writers, contact Gremlin Grenade.

    - Watch the video above for a Past Sins Movie Teaser Trailer, and give the creators some love.

    EDIT: To clarify some misconceptions in the comments, I am not doing the movie. Just giving a plug to the guys/gals who are.

    26 comments · 1,339 views
  • ...

This story is a sequel to Past Sins

Hearth's Warming is a time for friends and family to come together, celebrate harmony, and welcome the new year. Nyx is looking forward to just this as she rides the train to Canterlot with Spike and Twilight. She's going to meet her extended family for the first time and wants nothing more than to make a good impression. Yet, the sheen of the holidays can't hide the trouble caused by meddling grandparents, relentless reporters, and a paranoid uncle.

First Published
23rd Dec 2012
Last Modified
17th May 2013
#1 · 95w, 1d ago · 15 · 13 · Home for the Holidays ·

Oh, heeeellllll yeah.

#2 · 95w, 1d ago · 35 · · Home for the Holidays ·

At first I thought the title was "Winter Balls."

#3 · 95w, 1d ago · 6 · 39 · Home for the Holidays ·

THIRD! Don't banish me to the moon.

Fvae before read. :pinkiehappy:

#4 · 95w, 1d ago · 4 · 3 · Home for the Holidays ·

I want to punch the downvoter. Like, not really, but still.

>>1844617 Dammit, one second before I loaded the page. :rainbowlaugh: You troll. :rainbowwild:

>>1844624 *Third.

#5 · 95w, 1d ago · 14 · · Home for the Holidays ·

Seven likes, one dislike, ten faves, five comments... and one view.

Look before you leap, people!

#7 · 95w, 1d ago · 1 · · Home for the Holidays ·

This be mighty kind of you, Pen. Thanks & Happy Holidays!

#8 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

>>1844621 Freudian slip?

#9 · 95w, 1d ago · 3 · · Home for the Holidays ·

... Crap, now I have to decide if I'll read it as it comes out, or wait for it to be done! Gah! I hate decisions!

*Wanders off to go flip a bit*

#10 · 95w, 1d ago · 3 · · Home for the Holidays ·

Ten likes, but one view? Do people even read anymore?

#11 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

Lol the Viewcounter is broken i already read it and it's still 1

#12 · 95w, 1d ago · 7 · 2 · Home for the Holidays ·

You guys are up voting before reading? For real? Is this what we do here on fimfiction now,rate a story before its read?

I mean this in no insult to pen but guys that's plain biased...

And that goes for any other author this happens to..

it feels like...

'Ah look! *insert author name here* has a new story! -insta fave and insta up vote- Ill read it later but I know it will deserve those!!'


Flames will follow, i'm positive of this and I could care less.

#15 · 95w, 1d ago · 4 · 1 · Home for the Holidays ·

And this is where Pen Stroke blows Nyx's Family completely out of any chance of being canon to Nyx's universe.  I'll just see it as two separate timelines or universes.

#16 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

Nyx going out to help select wood for the traditional Hearth's Warming fire.  Hm.  Call the fire department now, it will save time  :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:

#17 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

OMFG!!!! NOT A ONE SHOT????? AWESOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOME!!!!!!!!!!! :rainbowkiss::rainbowkiss::rainbowkiss::rainbowkiss:

#18 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

Yes yes yes yes more Nyx!

#19 · 95w, 1d ago · 1 · · Home for the Holidays ·

YesYesYes. New Nyx story. :pinkiehappy:  (instant fave and upvote because I know this is gonna be good)

:yay: *yay*

#20 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

Yay, new official Nyx story.  Still, gonna be sad that this'll probably invalidate at least part of 'Nyx's Family.'  

#21 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

Oh, look. Another Nyx story by Pen Stroke. Who'da thunk it?

#22 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

Yes! This is perfect and one of the Nyx stories I have been waiting to be written.

Now I wait for next Chapter.

#23 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

It's still way too early for Christmas presents.:heart:

#24 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

Ya just couldn't stay away from Nyx, could ya Pen Stroke?

#25 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

>>1844703 Well it is tagged as an Alternate Universe, so yeah, I see it like you do, too.

#26 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·


Canon story will be way better than that, even if Nyx' Family started good. Doesn't mean I won't stop reading it, but Pen Stroke knows everything about Nyx' character, as opposed to RealityCheck :twilightblush:

#27 · 95w, 1d ago · 1 · · Home for the Holidays ·

Epic cliff hanger.

hmm... I couldn't help but notice that this story was kinda similar to one I read from an independent author a while ago, he even had the part where Nyx brainwashed Shinning armor.

#28 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

A Nyx Christmas. Now this is something worthy of being read.

#29 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

Spike took Night LIght’s hoof in his claw and gave it a shake, laughing as he said, “more than you know.”

* Light's

Twilight had a gut feeling that the something was wrong. I

*that  I think you meant to say that.

#30 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

More. Now. These feels are addictive.

#31 · 95w, 1d ago · 8 · · Home for the Holidays ·

Shining: Mom, you're oddly accepting of Twilight adopting the boogeymare.

Velvet: Well I don't see you pumping us out grandchildren, now do I?

#32 · 95w, 1d ago · 1 · · Home for the Holidays ·

Another Nyx multi-chapter story by you? SWEET! :yay:

#33 · 95w, 1d ago · 1 · 1 · Home for the Holidays ·

All my yes, moar please!:pinkiehappy:

#34 · 95w, 1d ago · 2 · · Home for the Holidays ·

She just wanted them all to be able to share a Happy Hearth’s Warming.

Things are going to go horribly wrong aren't they?

#36 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

>>1844879  Strangly enough I can see that exchange.  Also Can't wait to see more Pen Stroke.  

#37 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

Cliff hangers... you mother fu- *DEAD*

#38 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

I had a feeling you were going to do a hearth warming story with Nyx.

Some things I noticed were some grammar mistakes, might want to go over it one more time, easy stuff to fix.

Loved the chapter and love me some more Nyx. anxiously awaiting the next chapter. :twilightsmile::twilightsmile:

#39 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·


#40 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

More nyx from the actual actor? And multiable chapters? That is awesome. Anyway, merry Christmas. And happy new year.

#41 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

I saw a Night Life in there somewhere...

#43 · 95w, 1d ago · 1 · · Home for the Holidays ·

Liking it so far.

Incidentally, the title makes me think of Carol of the Bells. This chapter requires accompanying Christmas music!

#44 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

A chaptered past sins side story?

Also, braytish accent? I don't get it. I've googled it and it's not a horse pun, so what is it? Is it a misspelling?

I hope there will be more side stories like this in the far future! I also always smile when i read these, don't know why.

#45 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

thank you for this Christmas present, I hope the second chapter is soon.

#46 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

Ohmigosh a Hearth's Warming story with Nyx! :pinkiehappy:

Well, So far everything looks more or less fine, although i wonder if those reporters are gonna come back eventually; they don't seem like the type to just give up a major story.

Also, I'm glad that Nyx's Grandparents don't seem too suspicious of her, even If they'd rather have Twilight get someone else to raise her :facehoof:

And I really hope that Shining will learn to love (or at least tolerate) his new niece. :fluttershysad:

#47 · 95w, 1d ago · 2 · · Home for the Holidays ·


#48 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

>>1845237Braying is a sound donkeys make

#49 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·



't be a donkey pun.

Donkeys don't be getting enough love in this here fandom i tells ye!

Also yayy, more adorable alicorn filly!:twilightsmile:

#50 · 95w, 1d ago · · · Home for the Holidays ·

>>1844724 well she IS CMC:twilightoops: so thats probably not that bad of a idea

also kinda interesting that the only real misgivings that Twilights parents have about Twilight raising Nyx is the single mother aspect

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