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  • E The Contest

    Fluttershy returns to defend her title as Quiet Game world champion.
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  • E The Proper Care and Feeding of Monsters

    Fluttershy discovers the limits of compassion.
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  • T Naked Singularity

    Twilight attempts to write a sensual romance novel.
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  • E Lost Cities

    North of Canterlot, in the far marches of the Equestrian lands near the border with the Griffon tribes, there is a mountain that flies.
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  • T For Whom We Are Hungry

    You didn't want to come here, but fate cares nothing for insects. The story of a changeling in Ponyville.
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  • E I'm Afraid of Changeling (and other short stories)

    Short sketches about being human. Except, you know, with ponies.
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  • E The Trouble with Phoenixes

    Phoenixes are like a three-legged kitten: adorable in small numbers.
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  • E The Glass Blower

    A young artist in love will do whatever it takes to satisfy his heart.
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  • 6d, 10h
    Some art, new short, and some updates

    22 comments · 467 views
  • 4w, 2d
    Walking through a large department store after spending seven months in Afghanistan

    When you first get back to America after a long time spent elsewhere, everything feels a bit surreal.

    You walk through the mall, recognizing everything. You don't stand there, gaping at the shelves like you've never seen them; you aren't overwhelmed by the choices or surplus. You remember, somewhere in the back of your mind, that this is normal. This is what life was always like before you left. The strange, indescribable feeling hiding just behind your eyes, that none of this is real, is like a veil upon your thoughts, shrouding them, but even through it you still see. Seven months was not enough time to forget what walking through a department store is like, or how it should feel.

    While you were gone you made a list of all the things you wanted to do, to see and to buy when you got back. You may have kept a word document on your desktop with all these things, or just emailed them to your personal account so you would have them ready when you got home. The list was like a talisman back when you were in country and the days seemed endless. If you had time, you could open it up and imagine each one come to life, or dream of something new to add. The mere imagination of them helped banish the tedium of deployed life.

    But now you walk through the department store, and you can't remember half the list. You found one item, a favorite drink or snack, and you carry it with you through the store as you try to remember the rest, as you try to remember what was so important that you had to come home. You turn down the next aisle, scanning the shelves, wondering if this is where you will find it, though you cannot recall what it is. You turn the corner and look, and turn the corner and look, and again and again.

    At some point, as with all the previous deployments, you'll realize that it wasn't the list or the stores or your favorite drink that brought you home. It was your friends, and they never really left you. They were just harder to talk to while you were gone.

    I'll be getting home tomorrow, and as such this will be my last 'deployed' blog post. Thank you to everyone who wrote or watched or even just read something I made over the past seven months. You guys are great, and there's rarely a day that goes by that I don't think about how lucky I am to be part of this fandom.

    Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

    38 comments · 506 views
  • 4w, 3d
    At the Doha Hamad international airport

    Hey folks.

    I'm typing this on my Samsung Galaxy, so forgive my brevity and typos. It's the first time I've turned this phone on in seven months, and I'm having to learn hour to use it all over again.

    We landed earlier this morning in Qatar after a six hour flight in a C-130, which is about the least comfortable aircraft ever designed. Also, I get air sick easily, so today has been a particularly uncomfortable experience. I've been awake for 36 hours now.

    But, of course, it's worth it. When it's time to come home from a deployment you just accept that there will be discomfort, but the alternative is never leaving Afghanistan. For some reason I've never understood, the flight home is always worse than the flight there. But the reward at the end will be better.

    In a few hours, I'll be getting on a 15-hour flight back to the states. I'll hate it, and it's possible I'll be sick many times before we land, but I still can't wait.

    Talk to you guys again in a day or so. If you see me in a bar, first round's on me.

    Edit: I guess I can link a story to this post. Go read Forever Summer!

    29 comments · 344 views
  • 7w, 2d
    Outside Insight Wrap-Up

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The ever-humble Rainbow Dash has selflessly agreed to give Scootaloo a wing-up on Flight School with a few lessons. Twilight Sparkle, however, has her doubts...

First Published
22nd Sep 2011
Last Modified
22nd Sep 2011
#1 · 161w, 3d ago · · · Execution ·

this was nice :pinkiehappy:

#2 · 161w, 3d ago · · · Execution ·

Scootalove always makes my day. This was beautiful. :twilightsmile:

#3 · 161w, 2d ago · · · Vision ·

Yes. This is one of my favorite stories ever.

#4 · 161w, 2d ago · · · Execution ·

Wonderful story.

#5 · 159w, 2d ago · 1 · · Vision ·

“Riiight,” Twilight Sparkle said, her eyes narrowed. “Tell me, why do you need three separate first aid kits?”

“Well, each kit only comes with two splints and two tourniquets,” Dash answered. “So you need three kits to have enough for all your limbs!” She paused a moment, then added, “They really should make special kits for new fliers, come to think of it.”

Hee!

:rainbowlaugh:

This story is both funny and touching.  Great writing, great humor -- you did well!

#6 · 159w, 2d ago · · · Execution ·

*wild applause*

And yes... flying IS awesome!

#7 · 158w, 4d ago · 1 · · Execution ·

Another big win.  Are you a professional writer?  These stories are really extremely good.

#8 · 158w, 4d ago · · · Execution ·

>>11473

I'm a professional communicator, though not a fiction writer. This is strictly a hobby.

It used to annoy me that I didn't have much artistic skill; I couldn't draw or play an instrument, and my attempts at learning either always came up short. I didn't realize that my writing was as much an art form as other people's own skills.

So now I practice writing, and I think I'm getting better at it. The more I write the more I realize how much better I have to be.

Thanks for the compliment, though :) It's nice to know my efforts are making someone happy.

#9 · 153w, 1h ago · · · Execution ·

Twilight "So, turning..."

awesome.  Also, first aid kits.

Incredibly cute story.

#10 · 136w, 3d ago · · · Execution ·

And I quote :unsuresweetie: : "Aww, that was such a sweet story."

Really cute and well-written. Congratulations, have a thumb. :twilightsmile:

#11 · 135w, 1d ago · · · Execution ·

Wonderful. Simply Wonderful. :pinkiesmile:

Also, I agree. There should be "First Fliers" Medical Kits.

#12 · 133w, 6d ago · · · Execution ·

:rainbowderp::rainbowdetermined2::ajsmug::twilightsmile:

I think that sums all. :)

#13 · 133w, 2d ago · · · Execution ·

I can't believe I had not previous commented on how awesome this story is.  It definitely gets a place on my wall of epic stories.:rainbowdetermined2:

#14 · 128w, 2d ago · · · Execution ·

Your background research into flying terminology and physics is much appreciated.

#15 · 122w, 20h ago · · · Execution ·

This looks like a perfect mlp episode. Everyone is ic, the story is awesome (like anything about dash is NOT awesome :rainbowlaugh:) and it's incredibly uplifting. You just made my day :raritywink:

#16 · 121w, 5d ago · · · Vision ·

Oh Twilight, don't you know how birds learn to fly?

#17 · 107w, 6d ago · · · Execution ·

That was sweet and simple and a fine read. Thank you for it.

#19 · 104w, 5d ago · · · Execution ·

So... what did happen when Rainbow Dash and the unnamed stallion jumped off that cloud?

J.

#20 · 104w, 3d ago · · · Vision ·

Silly Twilight... thinking Rainbow doesn't know literally everything about flight... although flight instruction may be a different matter

#21 · 100w, 4d ago · 2 · · Vision ·

Twilight Sparkle spent a silent moment in cognitive dissonance, torn between reassurance that Dash had actually planned ahead to have enough medical supplies, and deep unease that Dash, of all ponies, thought medical supplies might be necessary.
Gotta love cognitive dissonance. :twilightsmile:

:rainbowdetermined2:“Oh, I am such an awesome teacher!”
Yes, Dashie, you sure are...

Never one to let a chance to be passive-aggressive slip by, Twilight
Is this a jab at "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well"? If it is, I approve, heck I approve even if it isn't.

#22 · 100w, 4d ago · · · Execution ·

but it definitely beat running into the ground. Or trees. Or houses.
Or houses that ARE trees.

Twilight glanced up at the pith helmet she wore whenever spying on people, which was a surprising amount of her time. But then, Celestia had never told her how she was supposed to learn about friendship.
Yes! So good!

This was one of your first stories, yes? It is really quite good, I can only hope mine come out as well as this did.

#23 · 100w, 4d ago · · · Execution ·

>>1651316

It was my very first story, in fact :)

#24 · 100w, 4d ago · · · Execution ·

>>1651537

*Is jealous*

#25 · 90w, 2d ago · · · Execution ·

I just realized I didn't have this favorited.  Silly me.

#26 · 82w, 3d ago · 1 · · Execution ·

Nice piece -- a bit fluffy and lacking in any real conflict, but lots of enjoyable character moments.

#27 · 82w, 3d ago · · · Execution ·

>>2330801

I wrote this one waaaay back in July of 2011, just a few days after seeing the show. I'd stumbled across Equestria Daily, read a few of the stories featured there, and thought "You know, I bet I could write something that would get featured."

It wasn't as hard back then. Nowadays I doubt Maiden Flight would pass muster -- the standards are much much higher.

#28 · 82w, 3d ago · · · Execution ·

>>2330846

*nods* I've been significantly impressed by the depth of the other stories you've written that I've read so far -- Salvation and For the Love of Science -- so it was interesting to note how you've developed.  Your characterization has been consistently very strong, but between this one and the others you've certainly developed much more of a sense of plot.  I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your collection :twilightsmile:

#29 · 82w, 3d ago · · · Execution ·

>>2330903

If you get a chance, consider The Glass Blower. It was written about four months after Maiden Flight.

#30 · 67w, 4d ago · · · Execution ·

Awesome story! And really beautiful! It was a sweet little tale that really showed the characters interacting, nice job. :pinkiehappy:

#31 · 40w, 4d ago · · · Execution ·

Aww, what a sweet little story!:rainbowkiss:

I really like the part where Dashie convinced Scoots to jump! And now you got me curious on the story she told!:pinkiecrazy: Did you write about it in one of your other fanfictions already or are you still planning on ever writing it? 'Cause that would be SO! AWESOME!:pinkiehappy:

#32 · 36w, 5d ago · 1 · · Execution ·

I liked the story but I don't think it is really comedy :derpyderp1:

#33 · 34w, 1d ago · · · Execution ·

Very nice chapter, it's kind of freaky to hear Dash using so many technical terms and phrases. But I loved the flight over the lake, very nice and I can just imagine the look on Scootaloo's face as she finally flies under her own power. If you were going to give her a cutie mark, I think this would have been the perfect time to do it.

#34 · 16w, 5d ago · · · Execution ·

>>3923757

I agree, it's more a an adorable and many feels story.

#35 · 16w, 3d ago · · · Execution ·

>>4623759 thanks glad to know I wasn't the only one who felt that way

#36 · 7w, 3d ago · · · Execution ·

:eeyup:

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