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  • E No Recipe For Perfection

    Rarity struggles to overcome an art block. It takes a very special pony to show Rarity who she is.
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  • E Ode to Friendship

    Octavia feels trapped in the stage that is her world. Will a certain pink pony be able to help her?
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  • T Within and Without

    Luna takes the Elements of Harmony on a journey in more ways than one.
    154,174 words · 9,607 views  ·  1,083  ·  19
  • E Building Bridges

    Action-and-confusion-filled fast-paced shipping, yay!
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  • E Lost and Found

    AJ and FS are lost, trying to get home. Meanwhile Dash struggles to understand what FS means to her.
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  • T Taken for Granite

    Ask Applejack, and she'll tell you Pinkie Pie can be a few apples short of a bushel. They've always been good friends, but what could they possibly have in common? Turns out there is an answer to that question.
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  • E Where Earth Meets Sky

    Rainbow Dash suspects Applejack is stealing her oldest friend from her. Is it really that simple?
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  • E Where Your Heart Is

    Rainbow Dash begins to question where she truly belongs.
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Blog Posts31

  • 63w, 6d

    First, I want to thank everyone who's contributed to, or read, Taken for Granite. The comments and the mails have been far in excess of what I expected from an ApplePie ship-fic not featured on EqD.

    I still wonder if I did the right thing in detailing in the authors' notes how hard writing that particular story was for me. Usually, I strive to minimize my own personality because I feel the stories are more important than the individuals who write them. That's the theory, at least, but I think I'm doing a worse job of it with each fic I write. Either way, talking about the process that led to a story is relevant and perhaps interesting to some individuals. Complaining about it being "hard" isn't. At best, it's begging for sympathy. At worst, it changes how people see the story, and that notion fills me with dread.

    Regardless, the story has been well enough received, and now that it's all over, I can say I'm glad to have written it. We're moving on.

    Those who read these blog posts will know I've had quite a few different stories and ideas I've been toying with. I'm really liking the idea of writing another grand adventure along the lines of Lost and Found and Within and Without. I have a temporarily shelved RariLuna political intrigue/adventure/peril/shipping fic, I have a FlutterDash longer-than-long romance that may become adventure-romance, and I have a number of other less-interesting stories that I want to get around to. Which is it then?

    None of the above. I'm going on hiatus for an undetermined period of time.

    A while back, I promised myself I would never give people estimates, and that I would never set deadlines for myself. They are sure-fire ways to kill my joy for writing, and this promise helped me recapture much of my love for putting pen to paper—or hoof to keyboard, as it were.

    I broke another barrier when I managed to let dead fics lie and kill my need to stick with a story until it was done. Being able to not pick back up the FlutterDashFire story I had, being able to shelve RariLuna for this recent ApplePie, those were all victories.

    It's not enough, though.

    My relationship with writing has been problematic for a very long time, and it's not getting better. Some people use ponyfic as therapy, as a means to cope, and as relaxation. AbsoluteAnonymous was very vocal about exactly this. Unless I misunderstood or misremember this, writing was a temporary hobby to her, a process of healing that led to her coming out on top. Me, I think I've written myself sick.

    Until I can figure this out, I'll be out. I'm sorry for not responding to comments in the foreseeable future, and I'm just as sorry that if I return, my OCD attitude to comments will result in a batch of week, month or year-old comments being replied to.

    Naturally, my promise not to set deadlines or give promises might work both ways. I may be writing again next week. I may be writing tomorrow and start posting chapters of some long adventure-fic, but I find it unlikely.

    I'm not saying goodbye forever, but right now, I need the peace that comes with a break.

    36 comments · 1,569 views
  • 67w, 4d
    Incoming Story: Taken for Granite

    27 comments · 552 views
  • 70w, 4d
    The Long Summer

    First, I apologize for the long silence. I don't expect people will really have noticed, because that implies people sit on edge waiting for something to happen, for me to do something. Instead, I am the one who gets stressed by inactivity. It goes without saying and without putting it into system that two months' hiatus is worth a lot of stress by that token.

    I'm also sorry for neglecting comments and notes. I'm working on that, and will try to catch up. I've done a terrible job at reading all the things I've said I would, too, for which I am also supremely sorry, but I don't know what more to add to that. I've no real excuse, and will get right back on it as soon as I can.

    On my front of things, I've aborted work on one story, started work on another, and actually sort of almost completed it. It is currently mid-edit and pending cover art, and there is a chance it will be published in a week or two, or a month--thereabouts. Failing that, if I can't beat it into shape, I'll scrap it and start something else.

    I hope you all have had, and continue to have a very pleasant summer. If you're interested in listening to the Muffin Loving Productions guys host me as a guest on a podcast, you can do so here! It was fun, and proves that listening to your own voice later will never be cool.

    Also, I had a birthday somewhere along the line, which led to multiple awesome artpieces being made. Snowtrail and Kits for best pony.

    Back to edits and work.


    13 comments · 390 views
  • 84w, 4d
    Next Story, Ideas and Between Fic, W&W/O eBook

    That's one more wrapped up! Thank you, everypony who took time to read Twice as Bright. It's been an absolute blast to write, but I definitively need to re-think and re-consolidate my writing/publishing strategy.

    By which I mean "Cloudy is a dummy who should've never broken his self-made promise not to publish during the writing process after Lost and Found nearly permanently killed his desire to write." The whole re-thinking line is a lot catchier, so we're rolling with that.

    Anyway! Point is, Twice as Bright is done! I am celebrating by staring at excellent, relevant artwork--holy butts that is beautiful and I almost embedded it but I don't know if that's a breach of etiquette--and by planning more stories.

    Breaks are for, um. Well. People who take breaks. I mean, I've had a two day break, I suppose, but you're not here to read about me drinking sugar, eating sugar, and eating things not made of sugar but still covered in or frosted with sugar. You're probably here for:

    More Ponies

    Whenever I finish a story, I like to cleanse my palate. That's a fancy word for scraping your tongue clean. When I first started writing ponyfic, I watched the entire show at least once between each fic. I find this very useful to re-center myself on canon. It probably sounds pretentious or ritualistic, but it's as simple as me valuing starting from scratch very highly.

    Lately, I haven't done this. In part because there are a lot more episodes, and not-writing hurts. In part because, without going into detail, there are elements of season 3 that I did not enjoy as much as I had hoped. Still, this time, I'm going to begin by re-watching the show. The last thing I want is to get mired in my own headcanon.

    It's been surprisingly long since last I watched season 1, and I absolutely cannot wait.

    Second? I plan to read. I plan to read fanfiction I promised I'd read, because I genuinely want to read more fanfic. I plan to read more fanfiction to make a dent in my Read Later list. I plan to read at least one non-pony thing--probably Daetrin's non-pony book, The Demon of Cliffside. I've been wanting to get at that thing for ages now. Before, during and after all this, I'm going to discuss all the ideas I have with my friends.

    And then?

    We write

    If I sound very, um, pompous here, it's probably for a reason. I'm the kind of pony who, in writing, makes faces. If I'm writing Pinkie making a grimace, I'm making the very same grimace. If Rarity looks arch and scoffs at something, I'm staring at my computer screen like its very presence offends me--you get the idea. That I'm writing a long piece on this is because it reflects what I want to write. I'm leaning towards something longer. Something grandiose.

    That's not to say I'm decided yet, and I've said time and again I hate making promises even to myself. I'm just thinking out loud, and all I know is this:

    *The next fic will feature two or more ponies.

    *At least one of these two or more ponies will think that one of the other two ponies is really, really cute/swell/nice.

    What I suspect is this:

    *It probably won't have the majority of its action in Ponyville or Canterlot.

    *It will probably involve perceived or very real peril.

    In short, I'm thinking another adventure along the lines of Within and Without or Lost and Found. When I say "along the lines of," I really only mean "long adventure," and even that's not set in stone, but I will say I'm looking towards W&W/O with fond memories.

    Add to list of things to do before writing: Re-read own adventure fics.

    I have no details, and I have tons of other ideas that may make it into fic. A lot of authors seem to do these compilation posts of ideas for fics and such, and I don't know how interesting it is to most, but if I can mention in no particular order:

    RariLuna slightly-dark/adventure/political/mystery.

    Those who read my earlier blogs will remember this one. It is one of three ideas I had in my mind a while back. Also, when I say "slightly dark," you have to keep in mind how incredibly resistant I am to darkfic and such. What I call "dark" when I write probably doesn't match others' definitions.

    FlutterDash long ship.

    Lost and Found really made me want to explore FlutterDash on a deeper level. This is it. The problem is that I'm not sure I can write another non-adventure ship just yet. It'd be fairly intricate and emotional, but I've done a lot of those lately.

    Other ships/stories I want to do:

    TwiJack - I have an angle that could work. It's Ponyville-centric, so the problem is the same as with FlutterDash, but I really want to do this.

    RariLight - I have some very specific unicorn-centric ideas that could be good. May even be a friendship fic. (Cloudy writing non-ship? Ha!)

    FlutterDash - I have no less than three other ideas for this ship of varying length, though the goal is to use as much as possible for the fic above.

    PinkieShy - Of all the "pure" ships I want to write, this one is very high on the list. Again, same issue as above with it being a pure ship, but if I could make it part of an adventure, I'd be very happy.

    AppleDash - Problematic in that the ship's been done to death. That in and by itself isn't the issue, but that I don't know if I'm stepping on others' hooves is. I have two possible angles, one being rather different from the usual ship formula.

    ApplePie/RariPie - I have semi-similar ideas for these, but I've written so much heavy emotion Pinkie Pie that this will probably go on the back-burner. Also, it's actually the closest to sad that I'll ever want to go. I could write an ApplePie that I'm sure would be a decent read, yet I'd have no desire to read it myself. That is an odd position to be in.

    RariDash - Painful sweetness here, but it needs a framework I haven't worked with yet. One that is neither adventure nor simple long-ship. This will be a challenge, and I'm not convinced yet.

    That's basically what's in my head at the moment. The two ideas I had in the last ficwriting deadspace are still very strong, those being RariLuna and FlutterDash. The PinkieShy idea has basically taken the spot of CellyPie now that that's done. Still, I am almost positive that in reading, watching and talking in the coming weeks, I'll have far more ideas to choose from, and hopefully I'll land on one that convinces me fully from the get-go.

    If you've read this far, well, damn. I thought about cramming some images in here, but I have no idea what those would be. Sprucing it up with images just to make more people read it is silly anyway. I figure people will read if they're interested, and if they are--if you are--I'm flattered.

    In Other News

    There's a reason for that Within and Without tag other than "hey I may write something similar." If you've problems with the downloadable formats available through FiMFiction, there's an awesome guy by name of JeffersonPeters who took it upon himself to provide a superior alternative. Here is a downloadable ePub variant of W&W/O for all your reading pleasure! I don't have a fancy reading thingermabob, but I'm told it's quite good.

    It's worth noting that he used alternative cover art in the .epub file, and the artist hasn't yet responded to the request for permission to use it, but there should be a link with attribution and everything in there. The real problem, though, is that the artist's dA has been taken down since, and redirects. Still working on that.

    That's it! Thank you for your time. If you hate me for abusing your eyes for italics, well, at least I didn't use comic sans. I'm gonna get around to replying to comments on TaB as soon as I can, but know that I've read them all, and that I'm floored (and thankful!) for all the comments!

    53 comments · 762 views
  • 87w, 3d
    March Apologies, Twice as Bright

    I am just leaving a quick note here to say that I'm sorry for not responding to PM's, comments or mails for the moment. I've tried to keep on top of things, but it's just not working out. If you're just tuning in, or if you've recently left a comment or sent me a PM, I am very happy to make your acquaintance, please don't doubt that -- I can only apologize for the delayed response.

    I'm having a bad time of it, and I need to readjust. There's no drama, and everything that's failing is related to my lacking ability to deal with things that are beyond my control.

    Fic updates will go along as planned because quite frankly, I don't know how to stop. Twice as Bright will likely continue at one chapter per week unless something changes.

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  • ...

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.

First Published
19th Feb 2013
Last Modified
8th Apr 2013

Commence read.

Celestia and Pinkie Pie. Hm.

Already at about 20k words. This should prove interesting.

Chapter 1:

Twilight should have a spell for ink. That would save her money and practice her magic. Plus she wouldn't use up an entire town's reserve.

“Okie-dokie! Naptime!” she declared, headbutting her pillow and consigning herself to a nap.

The Pinkie way of taking a nap? I do this as well, from time to time.

Chapter 2:

If I were a guard, I would play cards with Pinkie. Though it looks like slacking off, I am detaining her from causing any other political mishaps.  

Pinklestia? Without it being that horrible off-color toy? Good Heavens!

And marked for reading very soon!

:pinkiegasp: It's here! I've been strangely excited about reading this since it was announced. I bet there's going to be balloons, and streamers... :pinkiehappy:

Good first chapter, though clearly it's just scene setting so far.

I've been oddly reluctant to read anything by you since finishing Within and Without. I guess there was a little worry "what if it wasn't as good as Within and Without?" Then there was the even more illogical, "what if it was, or better?" I guess I never claimed to always make sense. But, I don't know, for some reason I'm not reticent about read this at all. It's probably because it has Pinkie in it.

Question... How the hell is this featured? Not saying it's bad, because it isn't, but... Just look for a moment.

Oh Celestia, why would you update with nineteen thousand words? I got things I gotta do, man! :raritydespair:

I wish I had some awesome quote or something to go with this, Cloudy. You know my thoughts and stuff. All I can do is to reiterate what Cupcakes said: gimme rest of fic plz :pinkiehappy:

>>2147698 I've often wondered the same thing. Sometimes the oddest shit will pop up.

Pinkie held a half-dozen playing cards in her hooves, and a matching set of six lay face-down in front of one of the hapless guards.

“That’s okay, I’ll play for you!” Pinkie said. “Hm. And I think... you’re bluffing!”

You write Pinkie with just the right amount and shade of Pinkie-randomness. I'm impressed. Pinkie is a character I have no idea how to write.

>>2147800 Whatever. I'm just bitter that my story isn't featured. This story is better than mine though, so...

>>2147810 I know mines WAY better :yay: . Knighty just has it out for me

Bucking awesome. It's been forever since I've seen a good Pinkie/Celestia. And this one looks damn good. : ) Hope to see more updates as you can, really wanna see where this goes, especially with how confused Celestia seems with everything. This gives her personality, which is kinda rare for her to have in fics. : )

Vague ideas were like the cookie dough to the cookies of plans.

If I hadn't already been sold on this, by the time I read that line I just knew I'm gonna be tracking this story.


You came to a story, and said your story is better than this one. You also did so with some of the shittiest post-crafting I've seen this side of a leet-freak. Downvoting, because of stupid.

This is some golden shit over here. 10/10, would read again.

>>2147898 I'm sorry :raritydespair: I've shamed fimfiction and all who post stories on it. I shall hide in a cave for the rest of my of days :ajsleepy: ... May god have mercy on my pitiful soul. On the other hand, that was my worst comment to date! 5 downvotes is decent but I'll definitely need to work on that.

Edit v3: 15 Down votes!? DAMN! 15 is my goal ladies and gentlemen. Y'all have won my favor. Congratulations!

mein gott talk about an uncommon ship.

I think my eyebrows set an altitude record.

Aww, and here I thought I was the only one capable of shipping these two.

Well, this makes a change. Celestia doesn't seem to get as much varity in her ships as most, does she? So points for novelty, on top of a good story.

Nice work.

I had high expectations for this and, as per usual, you didn't disappoint. Have a Pinkie-smile; :pinkiehappy:

>>2147698 Uhh, perhaps because the author being Cloudy Skies is pretty much a guarantee that you're in for a good shipping story? Not that the name is necessarily the important bit because, as expected, this was indeed a pretty great shipping story. Don't leave this kind of comment on a perfectly good, well-over-average quality fic, just because you're butthurt you're not getting featured.

>>2148266 And you're just being a troll. Stop that, it isn't funny.

>>2148654 I'm Sorry It really is a good story. I could care less about the feature box. It's all bout those people who favorited. I can't help it if there is a perfect opportunity to troll begging to be taken advantage of!

I favorited this before reading cause I knew it was going to be amazing.

I was right. This is my new favorite ship.

Have a smile! :pinkiehappy:

The comment section on this chapter seemed lonely. So here's a comment.

Also, workaholic Celestia is now my headcanon.

Hmmm........ I'm enjoying this.

I like the way you explore the group dynamics in your ships. You write the characters very well, Pinkie particularly so, that's one of the many reasons I keep coming back to your fics.

>>2148677 There wasn't such an opportunity. First you showed a complete lack of respect of the author by essentially saying this should not be featured - without stating any reasons for this - and then, when someone showed their dislike of your attitude you attempted to ridicule both him and the situation. It isn't funny. Don't be a jerk to authors, and don't be a jerk to commentors.

Yay! Now I have something to read this weekend, since I'm not going to get to sit still until then. Thanks, Cloudy!

>>2148654 I didn't mean to come off as a jealous asshole, and I said this story was better than mine. In what way did I say this story was bad and mine was better? I think you have me confused with >>2147824 who is an asshole for coming to the story and saying his is better.

You clearly didn't read my next comment, and you misunderstood. I was asking how this was featured based on the low read count and like count, not the quality.

You had my curiosity. Now you have my attention.

And ohmigosh Celestia and Pinkie Pie hooking up with be so adorable.

>>2148746 Sir please don't start an argument without properly reading my comment.

I've often wondered the same thing. Sometimes the oddest shit will pop up.

Where in this comment did I mention the author or story? I didn't because I am honestly confused by the system Knighty uses to feature. I also never mentioned the target of my trolling. If anyone was offended by my ten word comment then I sincerely apologize, but I'm not going to beg for any forgiveness. I made the comments and they aren't going anywhere. I also never downvoted the authors story nor did I mention his name so I don't really see where someone could get insulted by that.

If you feel the need to discuss this issue any further I'll be happy to chat it up with PM's. Have a nice day sir :twilightsheepish:

This is all kinds of amazing.

>>2148802 Well, that was terribly hard to infer by your original comment. I suppose an apology for misunderstanding is in order, but be wary of how you phrase such things. You came off as terribly disrespectful and butthurt, wether you were or not.

>>2148853 You didn't mention the author or story in your comment, no. Neither did you mention that it was the system that had you confused though, and seeing as you were in the comment section for this story, the logical assumption would be that that what was you were refering to when not mentioning otherwise, would it not? And I am not suggesting you remove your comments, merely that you should show respect for others, authors in particular.

>>2148940 Yes, quite. I think it's the first Pink-lestia story I've read, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. It's a stupid ship and I wouldn't have thought it would be able to float, but it does. Very well in fact.

>>2148942 Does this really need to go on? I have a user page and you have access to PM's. If you still feel the need to drag this out than it's no skin off my nose. Otherwise, this was a nice chat and I apologize, once again, for the little misunderstanding. It's over now. Have a cinnamon roll :pinkiehappy:

>>2148945 i think cloudy is some form of word wizard, considering how everything he writes is brilliant.

>>2148942 I apologize for creating the situation of a misunderstanding.


you didn't fall for the standard and overused trap of taxes, and i thought for sure you were going to.

Bravo, I must say, Bravo.


The only other one of Pinklestia I know of is " And the Sun was going down...on Pinkie Pie". It had a clop and non-clop version and either way it was pretty good, if not long enough for my taste. I do like to see the originality in ship fics like this one, only other original one I know of is Trixlestia in "Royal Pleasures". Celestia and Luna don't really get much past the basic ships I think.

Dear Princess Celestia,

It has come to my attention that Pinkie Pie is attempting to make you happy against your will. Your resistance to this process is foolish, especially for one as experienced in the world as you are.

First, you are unwilling to find happiness, which is something of a paradox in itself, as successfully avoiding happiness would produce some degree of positive reaction, making the avoidance unsuccessful and removing the reason for the happiness thus found; considering that paradoxes and other such nonsense are quite firmly within my domain, as set out in our previous agreements, you should stop this at once. As the embodiment of Chaos, I am allowed to break those agreements if I desire, but you most certainly are not.

Second, the power within Pinkie Pie is of such magnitude that it doubtless easily dwarfs your own at this time. You were strong once, but the last thousand years have clearly diminished your strength. Why, even that upstart Chrysalis was able to overpower you with nothing but the strength of a single pony's love backing her up. Pinkie Pie, on the other hand, regularly warps reality itself with a degree of ease that impresses even me.

Third, Pinkie Pie has excellent taste, and you could really improve things around Equestria by imitating her. For example, she alone of a large number of ponies truly appreciated the wonders of cotton candy clouds and chocolate rain when exposed to them. Again, excellent taste.

With that said, it remains up to you to make your decision, but if you continue to ignore this opportunity, I will be most disappointed in you.

Your Garden Statuary,


Comment posted by Draven Eclipse deleted at 3:36am on the 20th of February, 2013

“Speaking of down with a good song,” Pinkie said, squinting at the open door that led to the kitchen. “Spike, what gives? Nothing?”


Oh, the laughing!  It hurts.  Making it hard to breathe.  Thank you.

Normally I field some overly long comment about various aspects of the story. The emotions it evokes, the way the characters are presented.

Yeah, nuts to that this time. But I can't resist a bit.

Your Pinkie is a proper mix of facepalmingly foalish, and utterly sweet. It, in turn, reminds me why I hate Pinkie, and why I adore Pinkie. In other words, just like canon!Pinkie does all the time. Nice.

Bureaucralestia is a very sad character indeed, even more horrifyingly repressed than most takes on her. So... perfect for this fic, in other words. It always amazes me how many varied yet believable takes one can have on a single character.

In brief conclusion, this crackship is hilarious and must be read. Thus I am forced (kicking and screaming no doubt) to Fav' this and enjoy every damn chapter to come.

I'm really enjoying this interpretation of Celestia; if I had to put a name to it I'd call her a rock farmer, except the rocks are ponies and the farm is Equestria. This of course makes Pinkie the perfect counterpart for her.

I am truly pleased that you went with Los Pegasus, rather than Las Pegasus. I remember there being some confusion over what was being reference when the episode aired, and Angeles over Vegas is clearly the correct answer.

Here's to looking forward, and watching this play out.

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