Dusty Sage

Joined June 2012
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2h, 31m ago

I've been writing online for nearly thirty years.  One of these days I might actually get good at it.

The TwiBrush Tales

  • The Sparkle Chronicles Okay, so the girl of your dreams turns out to be a pony. Now what? by Dusty Sage 18,479 words · 2,396 views · 87 likes · 6 dislikes
  • Second Act To be a Very Special Somepony, first you must be a pony. by Dusty Sage 12,307 words · 1,199 views · 47 likes · 8 dislikes
  • Somepony New New home, new life, new species. Now things start to get complicated. by Dusty Sage 9,156 words · 861 views · 49 likes · 2 dislikes
  • The Life That Late He Led The continuing adventures of Twilight Sparkle and Desert Brush. by Dusty Sage 20,751 words · 333 views · 22 likes · 4 dislikes

Latest Stories

  • The Life That Late He LedThe continuing adventures of Twilight Sparkle and Desert Brush.20,751 words ·333 views ·22 likes ·4 dislikes
  • The way she used to beYou never forget your first crush.10,527 words ·708 views ·47 likes ·0 dislikes
  • Second ActTo be a Very Special Somepony, first you must be a pony.12,307 words ·1,199 views ·47 likes ·8 dislikes
  • Somepony NewNew home, new life, new species. Now things start to get complicated.9,156 words ·861 views ·49 likes ·2 dislikes
  • Dead Pony FlyingRainbow Dash is scheduled for the Long Black Train, but first she has some flying to do.2,071 words ·811 views ·45 likes ·2 dislikes
  • The Sparkle ChroniclesOkay, so the girl of your dreams turns out to be a pony. Now what?18,479 words ·2,396 views ·87 likes ·6 dislikes

Inspirations I

  • Dreaming with Ponies They say you reap what you sow. As the world turns, one mare finally sees the reward of holding on. by ROBCakeran53 4,732 words · 19,360 views · 915 likes · 26 dislikes
  • Grief When something goes terribly wrong, Twilight begins to blame herself. by LunaUsesCaps 6,465 words · 5,521 views · 475 likes · 32 dislikes
  • For the Love of an Earth Pony You never dreamed of romance. That was until you met her. by AJ 30,214 words · 7,435 views · 337 likes · 32 dislikes
  • Tinkermane Twilight discovers true love in the heart of a steam engineer. by Razorbeam 130,524 words · 5,157 views · 519 likes · 15 dislikes
  • Background Pony "My name's Lyra Heartstrings, but you won't remember anything. Listen to my symphony, for it by shortskirtsandexplosions 432,377 words · 61,096 views · 4,911 likes · 161 dislikes

Inspirations II

  • A Twilight Landing A strange girl has shown up in another strange girl's garage. Together, can they figure out just what is going on? Will they be able to get the strange girl claiming to be Twilight Sparkle home? by MerlosTheMad 236,319 words · 16,434 views · 998 likes · 26 dislikes
  • Chaos Theory Those ponies are going to pay for what they've done, and Discord will be the one delivering the punishment by Harime Nui 4,753 words · 1,462 views · 450 likes · 35 dislikes
  • Colors of the Heart After an horrifically awful day, a young Manehattan painter somehow finds herself on the wrong end of the law. With no experience of life outside the big city and a secret she is ashamed of, she is forced to flee to a town completely foreign to her. by Azu 191,411 words · 4,561 views · 697 likes · 30 dislikes
  • Anthropology Lyra is determined to find out the truth behind the mysterious legends of humans. by JasonTheHuman 130,415 words · 107,263 views · 6,719 likes · 144 dislikes
  • Her Own Pony All of Pinkie's clones are gone. All but one. by Jorofrarie 55,102 words · 10,162 views · 1,318 likes · 33 dislikes

Inspirations III

  • Austraeoh Rainbow Dash flies east. by Imploding Colon 212,744 words · 14,849 views · 1,261 likes · 44 dislikes
  • Melodious Desideratum You dread the spotlight, but when opportunity arrises, you'll make an exception . . . for her. by Desideratium 55,674 words · 5,827 views · 454 likes · 11 dislikes
  • Inner Demons On her 21st birthday, Twilight reads a prophesy that starts a downward spiral into her own darkness. by SapphireLibra3 148,962 words · 12,385 views · 1,250 likes · 102 dislikes
  • I Would Give to You You move to Ponyville, and a certain mare catches your eye, but are you right for her? by Jet Howitzer 51,178 words · 5,478 views · 576 likes · 17 dislikes
  • Severed Roots Third and final installment in the "Tangled Roots" timeline. When our heroes of the West and our villains in the East clash at last, who will be left standing? by Bad_Seed_72 216,687 words · 1,136 views · 182 likes · 5 dislikes

About a year ago, I posted a note on Facebook that contained links to all my stories here.  It received one like, so I know at least one person saw it.

I was in One Of Those Moods this evening, so for the sheer Tartarus of it I posted the first paragraph of The Sparkle Chronicles and sat back to see what would happen.  The likes rolled in, along with "When can I read the rest of it?"  We shall see what (if anything) comes of this.

Dusty Sage · 32 views · Report · Story: The Sparkle Chronicles

I am the very model of a modern minor generalist

I've been writing online for half my life, taking time out for meals of course, and in all that time, it has never occurred to me that someone might actually want to read something I'd written.

My range of interests may be fairly characterized as a thousand miles wide and about three-eighths of an inch deep.  And if you ever thought it was tricky explaining your devotion to pony to family members -- well, imagine what it's like when all those family members are younger than you are.


#1381490 · 2w, 5d ago · · ·

Thanks for the fave! :pinkiehappy:

#1357999 · 4w, 2d ago · · ·


I assure you, anyone who can fix my car (an Infiniti sedan of, to me anyway, fiendish complexity) is not at all simple-minded.  In earlier times -- as one auto writer said, "after tires had been made fat enough to work, but before Star Wars ate the carburetor" -- I could actually fix some things under the hood.  Now I figure I'm doing well to refill the power-steering fluid reservoir.

And I assume by default that there are writers more proficient than I; when I got here, I assumed all of them were.  (This delusion lasted about a day.)   But I've survived the wrath of the cognoscenti.  The two worst story ideas, they say, are human-in-Equestria tales and Mane Six ships.  I've gotten three and a half stories out of a union of those putatively wretched premises, and while there are passages therein that probably should have been rethought, I'm fairly proud of the series.

#1357930 · 4w, 3d ago · · ·


I too, feel as though I'm not cool, even though I have a smattering (do people even use that word anymore?) of fans/followers. I'm jealous of the popular writers, and as such, the popular stories they create. I'm a simple-minded automotive mechanic who wishes he could understand the "deep" and "college-level" works that everyone on the site seems to fawn over.

Basically, I'm an amateur who aspires to be a professional, but I don't have the capacity to be one. Such is life, I suppose.

#1357901 · 4w, 3d ago · · ·


Truth be told, I wasn't even paying attention to the follower count; as with readers, I'm always surprised if I have any, though I admit to watching the view count like a griffon on dietary restrictions.

And even if I were plunged into the Frozen North in the dead of Sevenmonth (headcanon counts 13 moons between Summer Sun Celebrations), I would still not be cool.  Fortunately, I've learned to be okay with that.


#1357645 · 4w, 3d ago · · ·

You know, I hate to destroy that magic number of followers you have, but I'm going to do it anyway.

Oh, I haven't read any of your stories (yet), but you seem like a really cool person.

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