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  • 90w, 3d
    FAQ: Dash's Secret

    Hi, everypony! In response to all of the wonderful feedback and support I’ve been getting about Dash’s Secret, I thought I would write a few words answering some of the most commonly asked questions about the story.

    Where did you get the idea for this story? Why Rainbow Dash in particular?

    Because she has a squeaky voice that makes her sound like a boy.

    Seriously, that’s it. When I listen to Rainbow Dash’s voice, I don’t hear a teenage girl or a young woman, I hear a nine-year-old boy. This is interesting, and a sign of Ashleigh Ball’s great vocal range, since I find Applejack (her other character) to have the most identifiably feminine voice among the mane cast, even more than Rarity or Fluttershy. Eventually I started thinking about what might be behind Rainbow’s voice, and the rest all sort of followed on from there.

    Wait, I’m confused. What exactly is Rainbow Dash’s deal?

    I’m not really in a position to teach Gender Identity 101 here. If anyone has a useful website they’d like to recommend, I’ll put a link to it here.

    In short, and this is very much oversimplifying how things work for humans in the real world, Rainbow Dash is a transmare. That means that she is a mare in all emotional and psychological senses, and identifies as one socially, but has a Y chromosome, and the anatomy more commonly associated with stallions. This is a problem, because it means other ponies are inclined to treat her as a stallion because of how she looks.

    I should note that Rainbow Dash being a lesbian is more or less independent of her gender identity. I really only made that decision because I wanted her to have been in a relationship with Gilda. That will be coming up next chapter, by the way.

    So is Rainbow Dash meant to be the only transmare in Equestria?

    I wouldn’t think so, no. It’s true that none of Rainbow Dash’s friends have ever heard of a pony with gender identity issues. In fact, neither has she, which is a big part of her problem – she doesn’t have the ability to look at her own situation and say, “Oh, hey, turns out I’m trans, I guess that explains everything.” The reasons for this are twofold.

    Firstly, Equestria lacks the mass media that we take for granted. It doesn’t seem to have radio, let alone television or the Internet. All it has is newspapers and magazines. In that regime, it’s hard for any small group of ponies to make their existence known to each other, especially when they really don’t want to make themselves known to the general public.

    Secondly, I believe that Equestria has a less strongly gendered culture than most Earth cultures. Ponies usually don’t wear clothes, and there seems to be very little connection between gender and profession. Observe how none of the mane cast have ever been told that their careers and behaviours are inappropriate for a mare. One transmare who doesn’t experience body dysphoria might live her whole life without feeling the need to do anything about the fact that ponies think of her as a stallion. Another might find that it’s a big problem, of course. In general, though, I suspect that the fraction of ponies actually attempting a social transition is lower than it is in the real world.

    The real reason, of course, is that that’s the story I want to tell. I wanted most of the problems she encounters with other ponies to be based in ignorance rather than actual prejudice, and I wanted her to need to discover her identity by herself – with the help of her friends, of course.

    How does Rainbow Dash disguise her body? Surely other ponies would notice.

    Beats me.

    The thing is, the ponies don’t have visible genitalia on the show, what with it being a kids’ show and all. Because of that, the question of how Rainbow Dash disguises her genitals isn’t really one I can answer. For all we know, ponies don’t actually have visible genitals most of the time. Maybe they actually wear some kind of underwear. Maybe their coats are thicker in that area, so that it’s not so obvious. Maybe, as one commenter has suggested, they actually have magical retracting genitals that disappear when not in use. We just don’t know. Without knowing what the ponies actually look like in-universe, I can’t say what they would do in-universe to change their appearances.

    That being said, I do have some ideas. Obviously, when “Sonic” first established herself as “Firefly”, she was wearing dresses that Fluttershy made for her. After that, Fluttershy used her freaky knowledge of sewing to make something out of the same material that aerial teams like the Wonderbolts use for their flight suits, in a colour matching her coat. The idea is that this could sit over her croup and crotch in such a way that it removed the outline of her genitals. I think makeup is enough to soften the lines in her face, and there is actually a fair bit of variance in the facial structures of mares and stallions on the show anyway.

    Ultimately, I don’t know how a pony would pass herself off as a different sex. I believe, however, that a sufficiently ingenious and motivated pony would find a way, just as humans have.

    Is Twilight going to be able to find a spell to give Rainbow the right body?

    Spoilers! But suffice it to say that such a spell will be the focus of the upcoming chapters set in the present.

    So, are you…

    Nope. As far as I can tell, I’ve never experienced any gender dysphoria or other problems with my identity as a man. I didn’t really know what I was doing when I started writing this story. That said, both of my girlfriends do identify as genderqueer, and they have been exceptionally helpful in guiding me through the issues involved in writing such a story. I’ve also learned quite a lot in the process of doing research for the story and in talking to my readers, and I’m very grateful for that opportunity.

    Why so long between updates?

    Believe me, I would love to update more often! I’m treating Dash’s Secret as my most significant story, so I don’t want to rush it. It’s also not really flowing as easily as some of my other stories have, probably because I have some very firm ideas of where I want it to go, but I’m not so sure of how to get there. I also have several other fanfics in the works, and, of course, my responsibilities to my job and my girlfriends take up most of the time I’d like to use for writing. I will keep trying, though, and will get the next chapter out as soon as I am able.

    Thank you so much for writing this! It means so much to me! How can I ever repay you?

    You just did.

    I’ve had so many messages thanking me for writing this story, and I treasure every one of them. I never thought that I could make a difference to so many people, for doing something that I enjoy doing anyway. Just knowing that my work has been helpful is something that really helps me keep working on it. If you really enjoyed it, tell your friends about it!

    Another thing I’ve learned while writing this story is that there simply isn’t enough transgender-related fanfic out there, for this or any other fandom. There are a few others in the LGBT Group here on FimFiction, which is great. It would be great to see more, though, so if you feel up to it, give it a try!

    Once more, thank you to all of my loyal readers. I’ve had a great time writing this, and am looking forward to writing and publishing the next chapter!

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  • 106w, 2d
    All There Is To Know About Dash's Secret

    Hey everypony! I've got a bit of a conundrum, and I was hoping my readers could offer me some advice.

    So, as you know, I've just uploaded the third chapter of "Dash's Secret", bringing the story so far to a total of about 20,000 words.

    (If you're reading this but haven't yet read "Dash's Secret", then be warned that there are spoilers en route.)

    When I first wrote "Dash's Secret", it was intended as a one-shot story, a single chapter of about 10k words. The big reveal happens 4k words into the story, so there's a fair portion of the story which can leave the reader trying to figure out just what Dash's secret actually is. That's a decent ratio for stories where mystery is part of the attraction.

    Now, however, the "reveal" happens 4k words into a 20k word story. My current estimate is that the final story will be closer to 40k words when it's finished. At that point, the "mystery" part of the story would be a mere 10% of the entire content. At that point, it's not really a mystery, it's just a social exploration work. Thus, is there any point keeping the central premise of the story as a spoiler?

    Some of you may be familiar with the trope All There Is To Know About The Crying Game. It means that the "plot twist" or "surprising reveal" of a story is the main thing that would induce a reader to read the story in the first place, which makes it hard to get new people to read it without saying what it's about. I've noticed that the summary of "Dash's Secret" is a bit bland right now - there's nothing which distinguishes it from the dozens of other "pony X has a mysterious secret" stories out there. On the other hand, I've heard of a lot of people recommending it as one of the few transgender pony fics out there. (There need to be more, by the way, in this and every other fandom, I just don't understand why there aren't.) I can't help but feel that keeping the plot secret is doing more harm than good.

    So, I'm thinking that I might just make the plot more explicit in the summary, rather than keeping it as a mystery. Thoughts, anypony?

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  • 141w, 3d
    Apple Bloom's story continues!

    At least, one of them does. I've been wanting to begin the sequels to "Apple Bloom's Family" for ages now - in fact, since before I finished the original story. I've been overwhelmed by the lovely feedback I've received for the story so far, and I'm very sorry to have kept my readers waiting so long for the continuation.

    As a reminder - "The Crusaders Take Manehattan" is one sequel to "Apple Bloom's Family", following Sweetie Belle's story of Apple Bloom's parents being Applejack and Orange Counter. I will be writing a second story following Scootaloo's version of events, which I will probably begin after "The Crusaders Take Manehattan" is finished, though possibly sooner.

    I hope you all find this continuation satisfying, and that you will enjoy Apple Bloom's journey towards finding her place in the world! Thank you again for reading my work! It means a great deal to me.

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On Hearts and Hooves Day, Sweetie Belle decides that she should be Miss Cheerilee's new very special somepony. Anonymous cards, out-of-control rumours and failed attempts to "help" things along create havoc among Cheerilee's friends.

A story for the Lunaverse Hearts and Hooves Day 2013 event. Now part of the Lunaverse canon!

First Published
14th Feb 2013
Last Modified
14th Feb 2013
#1 · 89w, 1h ago · · ·

This...this was awesome! I loved the domino effect! I think this may be my favorite of the H&H stories so far (sorry, everyone else!)

Side note - ever watched Cardcaptor Sakura? The original, that is, not the dub. Cheerilee's talk with Sweetie Bell kind of reminded me of a similar talk that Yukito gave Sakura.

#2 · 89w, 14m ago · · ·

:rainbowlaugh: That was hilarious, I loved practically everything, I did fee bad for Sweetie but this was all great, Scoots zany scheme, Dinkie helping out Cheerilee's speech the constant misunderstanding, and Trixie at the end I feel awful for her but it's just so funny! :rainbowlaugh:

#3 · 88w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Thoroughly enjoyable.  I love how everything escalated in small logical steps, unless Scoots was coming up with a Zany Scheme(tm).

Monsieur Bourbon will not abandon you, Trixie!  Never forget that!

#4 · 88w, 6d ago · · ·

Oh dear sweet Luna, this is hilarious! You win the internet. I love this SO much that I can't find the proper words to describe how mich I love it.

:pinkiehappy:

#5 · 88w, 6d ago · · ·

Oh, Sweetie Belle.:facehoof: Oh, Ditzy.:facehoof: Oh, Lyra.:facehoof: Oh, everypony. :facehoof::facehoof:

#6 · 88w, 6d ago · · ·

That ending.   What.  :facehoof:

#7 · 88w, 6d ago · · ·

Brilliant story! I'm still smiling. :pinkiehappy:

#8 · 88w, 6d ago · · ·

“Feelings are icky.”

Thats so Trixie.

oh no. Not him too! Why did I have to be so magnificent? It’s a curse!

Why do I have to fix everything I touch? :raritycry:

“I’m not attracted to Luna!” shrieked Trixie. “I don’t know why she thinks I am! Just because she’s amazingly powerful and wise and beautiful and kind and patient and always listens to me and takes me seriously doesn’t mean I’m in love with her!”

“Of course not, Trixie,” said Cheerilee. “You know, I still have that copy of Shoot for the Moon if you want to borrow it. Look, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

“But it’s not true!” Trixie wailed. “I don’t have a crush on her, I just want her to be proud of me and tell me what a good student I am, and spend time with me and show me all of her magic and… and…”

Trixie blinked in horror.

“I have a crush on Princess Luna.”

Sounds more like you want her to be your parents really.

#9 · 88w, 6d ago · · ·

Wow, thanks, guys! I had no idea this story would turn out so well! Thank you for all the lovely comments!

>>2121252 Gosh, thank you! In all fairness, this is also the longest entry to the H&HD event, so I have a little bit of an advantage there. But thank you!

>>2121696 I think that pretty much sums it up. :facehoof:

>>2122690

“Feelings are icky.”

Thats so Trixie.

It really is. I'm actually not sure how Trixie feels about romance, as such, rather than sex. She probably conflates the two enough that they both freak her out, but I've always favoured a sort of platonic or chaste marriage between Trixie and Ditzy as my primary ship for the Lunaverse.

“I have a crush on Princess Luna.”

Sounds more like you want her to be your parents really.

Well, that's the thing. Children (and emotionally immature adults like Trixiethe entire population of Equestria) can have trouble distinguishing between the different types of love. The way I understand it, a student notices all these feelings of wanting her teacher's approval, discovering how amazingly learned and brilliant and hard-working she is, realises how much she enjoys spending time with the teacher, and comes to the conclusion: "This must be what being in love feels like!" The actual emotions don't change much as you grow older (I'm a 31-year-old engineer, and I still squeal quietly when my manager praises my work), but your ability to distinguish the different kinds of love improves. A young student can easily have both "I wish you were my dad" and "I wish you were my boyfriend" as two simultaneous attempts at trying to understand "I find our mentor-student relationship very fulfilling".

#10 · 88w, 5d ago · · ·

>>2125110

"Feelings are icky.”

Thats so Trixie.

It really is. I'm actually not sure how Trixie feels about romance, as such, rather than sex. She probably conflates the two enough that they both freak her out, but I've always favoured a sort of platonic or chaste marriage between Trixie and Ditzy as my primary ship for the Lunaverse.

I've been thinking the same thing but with Trixie and Pokey, I think it would be rather a deep and probably difficult subject to write about in a realistic (rather than overly romantic style), there would probably be quite a bit of frustration on the sexual partners side and possibly jelousy from the asexual partners side of those who could deal with their partners physical needs (not quite worded right really more a fear of loosing the sexual partner because they want something you can't give). I could see an interesting scene where Trixie is willing to give her self up as a virgin sacrifice (literally) to Pokey to show how much she loves him dispite how much it creeps her out and him not going through with it because it would feel like rape.

Well that's certainly darkened the mood.  

#11 · 88w, 5d ago · · ·

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, thanks for uploading this story..:yay:

#12 · 88w, 5d ago · · ·

Oh man that was incredible! I totally knew where it was going by the time Lyra said she would solve everything... :rainbowlaugh: What an hilarious mess! I can't help but imagine the whole thing still has a domino effect all over Equestria :derpytongue2:

#13 · 88w, 3d ago · · ·

Oh, this was a cavalcade of comedy of Rube Goldbergian proportions! :rainbowlaugh: Perfect domino setup and tumbling, here. Loved it. :pinkiehappy:

#14 · 88w, 3d ago · · ·

Well that chain of misunderstandings managed to run its course and fall apart without resulting in tragedy. Also the characters for all there faults and differences all seemed believable as people and seemed to be fore the most part grounded save for Sweetie Belle's disconnect with reality that set this whole thing in motion.

#15 · 88w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

This is briliant. A hilliarious escalation that still made perfect sense and was still sensitive to the feelings of all the characters.

#16 · 88w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

Brought here by IAH's review post.

Zany schemes are always the correct answer! For shame, Dinky!

Dinky chewed awkwardly on her lower lip for a few moments before she managed to meet her mother’s gaze. “Well, she’s… kind of… an adult. Um… her teacher.”

The temperature in the room seemed to drop sharply, and the conversation suddenly stopped being at all cute.

Mama bear mode engaged.

And there goes the window! :rainbowlaugh:

It's always time for bourbon! It'll especially be time for it once Lyra tells the Princess you have feelings for her...

No flies on Ditzy I see.

Excellent story!

Comment posted by Walabio deleted at 8:14am on the 26th of February, 2013
#18 · 84w, 23h ago · 4 · ·

“I have a crush on Princess Luna.”

"Dear Princess Luna,

Apparently, I have a crush on you.  How do I kill it?

TGaP Trixie"

:trixieshiftright:

#19 · 83w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

So cute and funny! And all the characters react believably to their different situations. There were plenty of situations where a lesser writer would have made the characters dumber and thus extend the misunderstandings even further, but nopony likes dumbed-down characters who can't see through situations at all. Still, the driving force of it all is their jumping to conclusions, but I think that's nicely executed; I can easily see myself drawing the same conclusion Lyra did about Trixie. On that note, I loved the little twist at the end, and how you thus avoided a predictable status quo re-establishment for everypony.

#20 · 83w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

It's not just a romance train wreck, it's a train that derailed onto the interstate, caused a pileup and launched another car into a different train. Truly a thing of beauty in organized chaos

Discord would be pleased

+1 and faved well done

#21 · 74w, 2d ago · · ·

I feel the train could have wrecked a little more spectacularly, though it is pretty funny.

Also, is it me, or is there something in the water in Ponyville?

Of the characters featured in the Lunaverse thus far...

Lyra, Bon Bon, and Rarity all have interest in other mares. Cheerilee is heavily bisexual. Diamond Tiara is a prepubescent foal, but expresses strong early tendencies in that direction. Though also prepubescent, Sweetie Belle has crushed pretty strongly. Trixie seems to believe she now has a crush on Luna, though that's probably just her panicking as usual. Lyra is cited as having two dads.

Scootaloo is up in the air, since she's prepubescent and is, really, as liable to be just an object of DT's affection as anything else. She's not expressed any interest in others at all at this point, so no telling.

Nothing wrong with any of that, per se, but I'm starting to wonder if there's a sampling error, when the proportions are this heavily weighted. :pinkiehappy:

#22 · 73w, 3d ago · · ·

Oh, it’s nothing. This repair will fill out my rewards card anyway, so my next repair is free.

lol i love the running gag

#23 · 72w, 6d ago · · ·

And that was a masterwork of a kerflufel! Bravo! Discord gives it two thumbs intersecting on the V-axis plane!

#24 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

So does this story take place at the same time as "of hearts and Hooves", because that doesn't make much sense . . . wouldn't Lyra and Trixie be doing the dinner at bon-bon's like she was in "of hearts and Hooves". I really enjoyed it, but am just confused on how it fits into the cannon :pinkiehappy:

>>2121252

It is like Cardcaptor sakura!!! :pinkiegasp:

Also, does anyone know when "Secret of Andalantis" will be finished???

#25 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

>>2736310

Well, "Of Hearts and Hooves" just takes place on Hearts & Hooves day, while this takes place over the course of a few days, I think. So I think the two can overlap safely.

#26 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

>>2736463

Rarity herself was hard at work on the other side of the room, her mouth full of pins as she laboured over an elaborate dress that somepony needed for Hearts and Hooves Day, which was tomorrow.

The next morning, Ditzy Doo was grazing on a bowl of cereal as she scanned the Ponyville Express, in preparation for another day delivering mail

This only spans two days the eve of hearts and hooves, and the day itself. I think that it very clearly shows that the scene with Lyra and Trixie is during hearts and hooves day when you factor in these two quotes . . .

#27 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

>>2738833 The first scene you quoted is the night before Hearts and Hooves Day, when Sweetie Belle is working on her card and Rarity is making a dress. The next two scenes, the school day when Cheerilee gets the cards, and the evening of Rarity and Cheerilee's dinner and Sweetie Belle telling Dinky and Scootaloo about her problem, take place on Hearts and Hooves Day itself. When Dinky asks Ditzy for help, it's the morning after that, and the rest of the action takes place on that day.

Having said that, it wouldn't surprise me if there are any continuity problems, since the two stories were written simultaneously and independently, so thank you for paying attention!

#28 · 71w, 1d ago · · ·

>>2739929 Thanks, that actually makes a lot of sense!!! It would be cool if InsertAuthorHere added a line about Trixie's "crush" on Luna . . . Is Trixie just misinterpreting her understanding of wanting a parental kind of love for a romantic kind of love??? The things she wants just sound like recognition and filling the void of not actually having parents, even though she had her aunt and uncle it probably felt like Luna was a sort of mother to her. Or am I missing the point and Trixie does have feelings for Luna???

#29 · 71w, 6h ago · · ·

>>2741576 It is mostly Trixie misinterpreting her feelings for Luna, just as Sweetie Belle's crush on Cheerilee isn't really a romantic thing, it's her misinterpreting her admiration and respect for her teacher and saviour. As I discussed in >>2125110 this comment, Trixie may be an adult, but she's not very emotionally mature (rather like the mane cast in canon), and in particular is very awkward when it comes to thinking about romance. She has a very deep respect and reverence for Luna, and wants to make her proud of her. There is a certain kind of parental relationship going on there, although, as you say, Trixie still has plenty of actual family. Basically, Trixie is young and easily confused with her emotions, but ultimately, their relationship is that of student and mentor.

#30 · 70w, 2d ago · · ·

Aaaand you killed me. With laughter!:rainbowlaugh: Sweet :trollestia: that last part really hurt!

#31 · 70w, 8h ago · · ·

I had a lot of fun with this story. It's various elements of misunderstanding came together really well, and it gave me a good laugh. Nice, funny little short story.

#32 · 68w, 2d ago · · ·

>>2750054 just from the cover I know I'm gonna laugh my ass off!

#33 · 62w, 3d ago · · ·

Those last paraghaps .............. i almost choked myself to death by laughing XD

Just one thing and i hope someone can clar this to me

Did trixxio go to luna´s school in the lunaverse?, because there are some histies that say she was home (castle?) schooled by luna

#34 · 62w, 3d ago · · ·

>>3070260 I think Trixie was Luna's apprentice, but didn't actually go to her school. Trixie isn't very good at the academic side of magic, which is what sets her apart from ponies like Lyra and Twilight, who both attended the school.

#35 · 61w, 4d ago · · ·

>>3070260

No, Trixie didn't actually attend the academy; she was instead apprenticed to Luna.

TDR
#36 · 59w, 6h ago · · ·

Oh this is horrible and by that I mean horribly funny. But I think its cause I like seeing trixie freak out.

#37 · 57w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Oh god, the crack, the romance, the misunderstandings!

Makes me wish for more shippy fics featuring awkward situations. Much like RDD's In the Heat of the Moment fic. God I loved that fic so hard. Because I'm a sucker for sappy romances and honest feelings.

#38 · 41w, 6d ago · · ·

Looking at the stuff before I read it I was reminded of The Belle Tolls for Love. This turned out to be a more legal, family friendly fic. Very cute and I liked it.

#39 · 38w, 5d ago · · ·

LOL! I loved this, I'm not usually one for Valentine's Day fics, but this was pretty funny, I love how Ditzy misinterpreted the "I have a friend" thing for it being someone else when it really is someoneelse for once!

#40 · 23w, 6d ago · · ·

>>3762607

I thought of the same fic, although this one is infinitely better.  FimFiction authors should have their serious foalcon ship privileges revoked. :facehoof:

I enjoyed this one, though. Both cute and funny. +1 thumb

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