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  • E Princess Celestia Hates Tea

    Seriously, a lot.
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  • E Sun Princess

    In the final days of her life, an exceptionally faithful student muses on the subject of her perfect and immortal mentor Applejack.
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  • E Martial Bliss

    Shining Armor learns the most important tactical lesson of his life.
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  • E Derplicity

    Derpy Hooves is secretly a changeling. Nopony particularly notices, or cares.
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  • T Shipping Sickness

    Twilight Sparkle and her bedside table: like two 'ships that pass in the night.
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  • E Infernal Machines

    The touching tale of a pony and her pet mechanical salamander.
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  • E Lady Prismia and the Princess-Goddess

    Filly Cadence turns her first heart.
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  • E In the Bleak Midwinter

    In which Cadance I of the Restored Empire is given a very unusual Hearth's Warming gift.
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  • Wednesday
    Feeling Bad About Feeling Good

    (Sorry about the doublepost.  Accidentally published too early, and I didn't want comments coming in on the incomplete version before I had a chance to explain myself...)

    So.  Just watched "Rainbow Rocks" again.

    I actually really like this movie, and it makes me sad, because I keep on imagining what Ms. Faust must think of it, and what she would think of me, by proxy.

    This is nothing new to me, of course, speaking as a Cadance fan.  It's well-known public record by now that the show's original developer never wanted more than two alicorns, and yet, here I am, devoting most of my creative energies in this fandom to the once-controversial third alicorn.  (Is Cadance drama even a thing anymore?)  When pressed on this topic, I will always fall back on the following conclusion:  Cadance is a Bad Thing, and we are making the most of it.

    If I am being brutally honest with myself, however, I realize that I am saying this because I have the specter of a disapproving Lauren Faust watching me over my shoulder.  I like alicorns.  I like to have a selection of alicorns.  I like that there's a younger alicorn.  I like that I do not have to choose between "godlike, regal, and canon-perfect" and "struggles with inner darkness."  I like everything about the fact of Cadance...

    ...except for the fact that I feel like I'm stepping on someone's childhood imaginings by doing so.  Pity the professional artist, who frequently has to sell control of her childhood friends to a corporation who never knew them, and who will take them places you never wanted them to go.  Craig McCracken, Ms. Faust's husband, as much as confirmed that "Equestria Girls" was contrary to her original vision.  And I can see why, of course.

    The original Equestria Girls was very much an honest "making the most of a Bad Thing" period for me.  That movie was a bit of a mess; I enjoyed bits of it and did not criticize it too harshly.  The fans and creators were both dealt a bad hand by management, and I liked the idea of us all sort of enduring it together.  But now we have a sequel, and while rough edges still exist, on the whole, it's a much more satisfying film experience.

    Nothing about it being a satisfying film experience changes the fact that it's never going to be the direction this show, this franchise, was intended to go.

    My entirely non-scientific surveys of the Ponynet suggest that people are generally pleased with "Rainbow Rocks."  I am... disheartened by the people who are unquenchably angry about the whole thing, the ones that point and say, functionally, Skywriter, you are the problem.  That you continue to consume this media spits on the thing Lauren Faust was trying to do with this show.  You, Skywriter, have participated in muddying this from something great into something merely okay.  One in particular has exhorted the general public as follows:  "Don't you dare forget what could have been!"

    I wonder what this hypothetical show looks like in that fan's imaginings.

    I wonder if I would like it as much as I like the show I'm currently watching.

    I wonder if I am a worse person for liking what "could have been" greater.

    I wonder if it's even true that it "could have been" greater at all.

    I wonder what Lauren Faust thinks of me.

    Ms. Faust, there is no chance that you are reading this, so I say this purely for myself:  I actually like what they did with the characters you thought of first this time, and I'm sorry if anything has been diminished because of what I do or don't like.

    It's the best I can do.

    Final non sequitur:  Why haven't I seen any crackfic stories where Cadance is actually the fourth siren of the coven, the only one redeemable by Star Swirl?  Get on it, fandom!

    59 comments · 531 views
  • 4w, 3d
    "Rainbow Rocks" (flagrant, persistent spoilers throughout, obvs.)

    Welcome to another edition of "Because You All Perforce Must Care What I Think."  Let's make this short and sweet, shall we, getting the unpleasant bits out of the way first.

    Category A:  Things That There Was Never Any Hope For Improvement On

    1.  Human character designs still not doing it for me.  No amount of time and effort will make our girls not look like somewhat sexualized and rainbow-hued versions of Mr. ZIP what with the huge heads and stick bodies and all.

    2.  Still no substitute for actual pony film.  Actual pony screen-time even lower than last time around.

    3.  All protagonists are suddenly skilled musicians, when canonically only Pinkie, Fluttershy (maybe?) and A.J. have even been shown handling an instrument.  And Twilight is appropriately lampshaded in the narrative, so I guess I'm only questioning Dash and Rarity?  I dunno.  Let's move on.

    Category B:  Things Actually Worse Than Last Film

    1.  Vinyl Scratch.  I am absolutely great with fandom nods.  No allergy whatsoever to seeing Octavia, Snowflake Bulk Biceps, and lots and lots of Trixie.  Welcomed.  But basic storytelling dictates that you cannot have a functionally nameless character pull not one but two eleventh-hour saves without seeding the plot properly first.  Story structure demands that the protective qualities of her omnipresent headphones be hinted at before they are used to save our heroes' bacon (something so simple as including a version of the the disapproving Celestia / Vinyl interaction we saw in the "Music to My Ears" short would have been absolutely sufficient) and the Bass Cannon Sedan needs to have been at least established (if not fully revealed) prior to its use as a problem-solver.  When you count on an audience's in-joke knowledge and delight over a character to fill in the cracks of a story, that is when your fandom nod has crossed the line.  Furthermore, I can't tell if the creators are putting her forward as a strong-silent master of her craft or actually envision her as the same loudmouthed Bohemian that the fans see and are merely having her stay mute to appease the "Nowacking or Nothing" crowd.  I wish they would just pick one, because the more the plot actually hinges on her the more distracting her silence becomes.  Thank goodness they actually had Octavia speak a line.

    2.  No Candybutt, not even in cameo.  This is not a fault in the story as such, I'm just (predictably) disappointed and furthermore holistically trepid that my functional OC will continue to fade into the background as Twilight becomes more and more Cadanceified.  She's got wings now, is a princess, and lives in a crystal castle.  All she needs is a coat of pink paint and to get married, and the narrative will have no use for dear sweet Candybutt whatsoever.

    Category C:  Things Better Than Last Film

    1-n.  Virtually everything else.  The scene compositions were more visually adventurous and intriguing, the villains had a plot which made some damn sense this time, the songs are marginally superior, plot points are followed through on and not just mentioned and dropped, and the whole thing seems to have been stitched together with a lot of love and affection for the property.  And Sunset Shimmer is handled exactly the way I wanted her to be handled.  The scene where she once again attempts bad-girl intimidation in the darkened hallway only to have it fizzle this time is just splendid, and I for one gratefully welcome Sunny as the unexplained sixth peripheral star in "Magical Mystery Cure."

    That is all.  Thoughts?

    54 comments · 655 views
  • 5w, 6d
    "Cadance of Cloudsdale," the... official soundtrack?!

    I am... a tad gobsmacked but nonetheless unquestionably overjoyed to report that via the generosity and talent of esteemed pony musician Night Breeze/Wind Wolf and my good friend S.R. Foxley, "Cadance of Cloudsdale" has an upcoming song cycle dedicated to it!  So exite!  Very yes!

    Check out the first track, "Reduit," below.  Thanks, you two.  You helped make my day.

    21 comments · 314 views
  • 6w, 3d
    "Princess Celestia Hates Tea," thoughts on a sequel.

    No secret whatsoever:  the number one reason people hate this story is the flippin' ending.

    It's not the number one reason I hate this story, but it's certainly up there.  Those of you who have gone on to read "A Short Story by Twilight Sparkle" have doubtless perceived the autobiographical inspiration in Twilight's experience, particularly this part:

    ...the whole ending felt shockingly rushed and weak, because, frankly, I was so darn tired of writing it by that point I couldn't see straight. I had testily sworn to myself that I would not endure another morning with that stupid "Tea" story hanging over my head...

    ...which is, of course, all true of me.  That said, it's not like another day of writing it would have "fixed" the ending, either.  It's been like two years now (insert shocked-dismay emoticon) and I have yet to come up with a "better" ending that feels right.

    So.  Message received, from like hundreds of you.  You hate the ending.  I get it.  I hate it too.  It's too late to edit the original story, but if it had a sequel, what do you most want to see in it?  What, specifically, chafes your gizzard about how this story closes?  The general lack of all-around happy?  That Twilight doesn't get her just desserts for an entire evening of torturing Celestia with the memory spell?  That, in a world where you can literally turn birds into oranges, that some kind of solution wasn't forced using unicorn magic?  What?

    Please note that the characters will remain kind of panicky and stupid, so if the fact that the characters are panicky and stupid is your major beef, I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to accommodate a fix of that nature.

    103 comments · 811 views
  • 8w, 8h
    "Cadance of Cloudsdale" gets another addition...

    In a short story done for a fic competition!  It was written by Eakin, a master of arts; his story "Hard Reset" is top of the charts.  This one is does not deal with time loops and despair, but rather a fortress and the Sisterhood there.  I'm so glad to see another tale told of our Pretty Pink Princess when she was just a foal.  It's really good work--if I haven't been clear--and I recommend checking it out over here.

    (If you are concerned why I'm talking this way, it's apparently "Type Like Zecora Day."  I find my Zecora-style writing quite dismal on account of my rhymes being hella abysmal.)

    18 comments · 364 views
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Three missing pieces, two loving alicorns, and a single stupid decision that will set young Princess Cadence on a fresh new course.  Story One of the "Cadance of Cloudsdale" cycle.

First Published
27th Dec 2012
Last Modified
27th Dec 2012
#1 · 96w, 1h ago · · ·

Oooh, this looks rather snazzy. And of course, new skywriter fic!

#2 · 96w, 1h ago · · ·

That was a good read. It adds some sort of 'background' to the crystal empire. [More than was given in the episode, anyway]. And I feel you really captured twilight's personality as a filly. good job!

#3 · 96w, 1h ago · 3 · ·

This was...a beautiful story. D:

That said, Twilight very nearly stole the show, and I don't regret that at all!

#4 · 96w, 55m ago · · ·

Love your writing, Skywriter.  Thanks for posting this.  Really impressed how you managed to bring the three strands together.

#5 · 96w, 37m ago · · ·

The only word I can come up with to describe this is "wonderful". Cadence and Celestia's characters, their tense relationship, the hidden hurts she accidentally pokes at, Celestia's hopes and dreams and plans for her, the hyper-erudite little Twilight and her family... Wonderful, all of it.

#6 · 96w, 36m ago · · ·

Tooth Flutterpony?

I would have gone with the "Breezies", myself. I mean, they are already (sorta) canon, being from a previous generation, and they could probably be easily molded into various fae archetypes. Just my thought on it.

Great story. This is the Cadence fic I've been waiting for, and your style does not disappoint. The feels inherent in this were almost too much for a man of my caliber.

Looking forward to the next.

#7 · 96w, 33m ago · · ·

Well, this is fantastic.  I really don't have any more to say; the characterization was wonderful, the narrative style flowed excellently, and the story itself slots neatly into both canon and my own personal headcanon!

#8 · 96w, 25m ago · · ·

:derpyderp1: Somepony call the other universes, they need to read this.

#9 · 96w, 15m ago · 6 · ·

Good stories are enjoyed

Great stories suck you in

Truely Great stories yank you into another world, spin you up in the air, and drop you on a concrete floor when you're done reading them, making you beg to return.

This is truely great.  More please.

#10 · 96w, 2m ago · 5 · ·

I've already PM'd you quite a few thoughts about the tale, but let me just register the crux of my opinion in a word: Magnificent.

And to you, potential reader, if the [sad] tag upsets you, know that the story isn't a random tugging on heartstrings, it's sad with a purpose. Read it. You won't be sorry. Promise.

#11 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

o.o

Too many feels, and I cannot find the right emoticon. So have a twisty moustache.

:twistnerd::moustache:

#12 · 95w, 6d ago · 1 · 1 ·

This story was equal parts heart warming and dramatic. It's impossible to not smile at little Twi. D'awww.

Interesting to see the return of ex-Warrior Queen Celestia. I've now read quite a bit of your fics that feature her, and she's an interesting character, who has actually managed to grow on me over time. I guess the nature of many of your fics as one-shots means we'll never quite see her issues getting resolved, although "Beloved" ended hopefully.

#13 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

Very promising first story in a series. You've got mythbuilding, a really interesting take on Celestia, just the right amount of drama, and hands-down the most adorable filly Twilight scene I've ever read. I will certainly be reading further installments.

#14 · 95w, 6d ago · 7 · 1 ·

This was excellent. Great backstory for an otherwise boring and flat character, great characterization of an adorably precocious filly Twilight, and a fantastic job fitting snugly into established canon. "Teenage" Candence is a very interesting place to play, and I think you've done a good job of fleshing out those hallmarks of adolescence without hitting up the "woe is me" well too much; she borders on being grating but stays just shy of that line to garner empathy instead of ire.

Solid.

#15 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

Oh God, that was. I can't. That... ehnnnnnnngh.. to many feeeeeels.

#16 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

I saw the title, i thought comedy... i was wrong... so very wrong

#17 · 95w, 6d ago · 5 · ·

This is the best Cadance fic I have ever read.

I knew I was following you for a reason.

#18 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

Five Spikes out of five! :moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache:

#19 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

New Skywriter story? Who is that? Learn something new everyday. Well done; I particularly like the synopsis. A nice balance or hook and spoiler is hard to reach.

#21 · 95w, 6d ago · 2 · 2 ·

I'm going to declare this a case of "Great Minds Think Alike"  because I've been piecing together Equestria's history ever since I first saw Cadance, and what I've come up with already seems to line up heavily with what this story presents as well (Cadance really is the Crystal Princess, not just being mistaken as such)

However in my version, Cadance isn't an immortal. The reason why she's even alive at all is that Cadance was hit with Sombra's "cast forward in time" spell as the opening gambit to his taking over the crystal kingdom, which is why Cadance is still alive today, and why she appeared before the Crystal Kingdom did; she was hit earlier, hence her's wears off earlier.

God, I've got to get my stuff actually posted up soon. I have 3 or 4 stories bouncing around in my head, but they're all pretty heavily entrenched in the history of Equestria, and I'm a stickler for not specifically conflicting with canon, while at the same time I have to push in twists and weave things together in ways that I just KNOW Hasbro wont be making canon, so dancing around those issues has taken some major work.

#22 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

This is beautiful. The adorableness of Twilight, the way you delved into Cadance's feelings and your portrayel of Celesti were all very well done.

#23 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

Wonderful. :twilightsmile: Only the first part and it already seems to be promising a grand roller-coaster of an adventure for Cadence. I look forward to seeing more. :heart:

Just one question: will we get to see Cadence apologizing to Shining? I mean, she practically bit the poor guy's head off!

#24 · 95w, 6d ago · 3 · ·

Stop being such a good author - you're making the rest of us look bad.

#25 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

Holy... just... wow... goes from sad to adorable to what the heck, then sad again, then O MY GOSH. all in about *goes and checks* 11,550 words. Well played. Expected a cute twilight story, but love finding gems like this.

#26 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

I am speechless.....

#27 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

Unification. Such an excellent, distant term, used by both those good and evil. A word to describe the path they took to their new world, and how it was not entirely clear of horror. "Unification efforts" only makes it better. Love it.

Twilight is a-freakin-dorable, Cadence is showing some budding skill at scheming (the red of the strawberries never cross my mind), Cadence's flight home was a dawning realisation on the reader (or at least on me), and her almost connection between the heraldry and this 'adversary' was neat. The explanation for the single crystal shard was great too, filling a hole I had not noticed I was missing.

I really loved this one. Great job. Again.

#28 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

That was awesome. Here I thought Skywriter only writes comedy. But that was awesome. Did I mention how awesome this is?

#29 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

This was an amazing piece, epic of mind and heart. I eagerly await the continuation of this cycle!

#30 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

That, was, amazing!!!

#31 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

This is incredible... I read this and... wow. This ties in perfectly with established canon, is well written, and shows an intruiging side of Cadance. In fact, her depiction here reminds me somewhat of the title character from a book I borrowed from my sister a few years back and, until now, forgot about. I'll have to search around for that book for a bit now... But holy crap. Just... take my upvote and my follow.

#32 · 95w, 6d ago · 3 · ·

Straight into my Favorites for this story. Excellently written, just the right length, no noticeable grammar errors (though I was too caught up in the story to seriously look for them), and a nicely deployed backstory for both Cadence and the Crystal Empire.

Also, the way you wrote filly Twilight nearly killed me with her adorableness. 6 out of 5 stars.

#33 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

Wow, just wow

#34 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1863636

Actually, my first impression on reading the title was that Cadence, in Cloudsdale surrounded by pegusi, would be confused about why she had a horn and try an remove it.

Guess I was thinking about it far too hard.

#35 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

:raritycry: why, why?

Why it had to be so wonderful....

#36 · 95w, 6d ago · · ·

There was essentially one thing that bugged me, and that was Celestia's characterization. I'm not sure I see her as the same proper being you might see her as, but contextually it works. (therefore don't mess with it)

I feel definite potential for elaboration and expansion on this story. Kudos to you, and I hope for more.

A little grammar question: what made you choose to spell out "to-night" as you did?

#37 · 95w, 5d ago · · ·

This was very interesting, love it! :pinkiehappy:

#38 · 95w, 5d ago · · ·

If I may ask, does "How To Remove..." happen in the same fanfiction-verse as "Indiscretions?"

Because, if so ...   :trollestia:

#39 · 95w, 5d ago · · 1 ·

>>1867780

Celestia is Olde Timey.  It's a speech pattern that began to become distinct in "Heretical Fictions" and "Beloved" and I kept it here because I like the hint of alien-ness it gives her, the tiny, almost imperceptible hitch in an otherwise normal word.  Cadence (soon to become Cadance) should spell it properly, both in narration and speech, and if I've done it inconsistently, this is an error.

>>1868244

I really do think the two stories are mutually exclusive.  "Indiscretions", if you're following my tortured head-canon, is one of the books on the shelf in "Heretical Fictions".  Inasmuch as one story is more "real" than the other, this is it, and the author of "Indiscretions" seems to be riffing a little and fictionalizing what he knows about the truth.  And then my head starts to hurt as I try to link everything together into a multiverse and I have to stop.

>>1865425

She may give him a token apology, yes, but only if she can squeeze one off before the next Serious Affront To Angsty Teenage Cadence happens.  Sad to say, and not to spoil over much, but Shiny is pretty much going to be Cadence's whipping-boy for a while.

#40 · 95w, 5d ago · · ·

How have I not read anything from you yet. I love how Celestia was portrayed in this, and Cadence actually looks like a genuine character to me now - also, filly Twilight :yay:

#41 · 95w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

Good to know that Cadance is in agreement with EVERYONE EVER.  Filly Twilight is heartrendingly adorable.  

"As you can see here, the tooth in question is presently being held in place only by a gross little string of what I call 'stuff'."  

And hilarious.  :rainbowkiss::rainbowkiss: :rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh:

This was wonderful.

#42 · 95w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

wow.

woah.

wow.

followin'

#43 · 95w, 5d ago · · ·

And I find this on the day my wisdom teeth are removed.:rainbowhuh:

Nice to see something that isn't grimderp or overdramatic. Well... perhaps a little, but in that understandable 'teenage angst' sort of way. I enjoyed it very much, and look forward to more in the future.

#44 · 95w, 5d ago · · ·

I love the Little Mad Scientist Twilight.

She solves practical problems. With SCIENCE *thundeclap*

#46 · 95w, 5d ago · · ·

Okay, this just rocketed Contraptionology and all your other stories straight to the top of my to-read list (in ten seconds flat :rainbowdetermined2:).

Every part of it was great, and it fit together so nicely.

#47 · 95w, 5d ago · 3 · ·

You may have single-handedly redeemed Cadence for me. I've never quite accepted the whole "additional alicorn out of nowhere" problem, but this, this perfectly captures all the issues I have and recasts them as a poignant tragedy inherent to Cadence's very being. Thank you.

Also, little Twilight is more adorkable than she has any right to be.

#48 · 95w, 5d ago · · 1 ·

I haven't read this yet, so someone please tell me if I'm right or wrong.

Does Cadence get pregnant in this fic?   :rainbowderp:

#49 · 95w, 5d ago · · ·

I'm gonna have to doom this in my "Read Later" list. Sorry, story. I'll be back someday.

#50 · 95w, 5d ago · · ·

My attention...you have earned it.

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