Dusty Sage

Joined June 2012
6,188 story views
13h, 16m 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 · 2,352 views · 86 likes · 6 dislikes
  • Second Act To be a Very Special Somepony, first you must be a pony. by Dusty Sage 12,307 words · 1,184 views · 46 likes · 8 dislikes
  • Somepony New New home, new life, new species. Now things start to get complicated. by Dusty Sage 9,156 words · 841 views · 48 likes · 2 dislikes
  • The Life That Late He Led The continuing adventures of Twilight Sparkle and Desert Brush. by Dusty Sage 19,101 words · 320 views · 22 likes · 4 dislikes

Latest Stories

  • The Life That Late He LedThe continuing adventures of Twilight Sparkle and Desert Brush.19,101 words ·320 views ·22 likes ·4 dislikes
  • The way she used to beYou never forget your first crush.10,527 words ·689 views ·47 likes ·0 dislikes
  • Second ActTo be a Very Special Somepony, first you must be a pony.12,307 words ·1,184 views ·46 likes ·8 dislikes
  • Somepony NewNew home, new life, new species. Now things start to get complicated.9,156 words ·841 views ·48 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 ·802 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 ·2,352 views ·86 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 · 19,200 views · 911 likes · 25 dislikes
  • Grief When something goes terribly wrong, Twilight begins to blame herself. by LunaUsesCaps 6,465 words · 5,485 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 · 7,311 views · 336 likes · 32 dislikes
  • Tinkermane Twilight discovers true love in the heart of a steam engineer. by Razorbeam 130,524 words · 5,099 views · 517 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 · 60,280 views · 4,861 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 236,206 words · 14,372 views · 985 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 · 1,393 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 · 4,504 views · 694 likes · 30 dislikes
  • Anthropology Lyra is determined to find out the truth behind the mysterious legends of humans. by JasonTheHuman 130,415 words · 106,657 views · 6,666 likes · 142 dislikes
  • Her Own Pony All of Pinkie's clones are gone. All but one. by Jorofrarie 55,102 words · 10,064 views · 1,312 likes · 33 dislikes

Inspirations III

  • Austraeoh Rainbow Dash flies east. by Imploding Colon 212,744 words · 14,371 views · 1,237 likes · 43 dislikes
  • Melodious Desideratum You dread the spotlight, but when opportunity arrises, you'll make an exception . . . for her. by Desideratium 55,674 words · 5,760 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 · 12,288 views · 1,241 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 · 5,442 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 · 1,128 views · 182 likes · 5 dislikes

Explaining myself · 3:16am

Over on Quora, someone wanted to know "how come bronies exist?"  The site's magical algorithm sent me an invitation to answer, and I did so thusly:

We exist -- I say "we" because I embrace the community despite being way outside its primary demographic -- because we find something deeply satisfying in the ponyverse.  It's far more extensive than most people think: in four seasons we've only scratched the surface, only begun to get a handle on its history and its ways.  While there are occasional villains to deal with, most of the episodes are about conflicts among friends -- just like Real Life as we know it.  And while Lauren Faust drew upon fairly standard tropes to develop her characters, she made a point of giving them major personality flaws -- again, just like Real Life as we know it, none of us being anywhere near perfect.

Yes, it's a show for young girls: at least, that's what it says in the Hasbro annual report.  But just as I wouldn't discourage a girl from engaging in allegedly male pursuits -- my daughter used to drive a forklift -- I have no problems with watching this series, and no patience for those whose self-professed masculinity is offended thereby.

I figure that there, just like here, I can wait for the downvotes to accumulate, and then ignore them.

Dusty Sage · 11 views · Report

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.


#1357999 · 1w, 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 · 1w, 2d 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 · 1w, 2d 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 · 1w, 2d 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.

#1240279 · 9w, 2d ago · · ·

Thanks for the fav on Sleepless :twilightsmile:

5 37917
Login or register to comment


70 members follow Dusty Sage

Dusty Sage follows 65 members

Recently Favourited

  • Mother Moon, Daughter SnowOrphaned as an infant, Snowdrop is adopted by Princess Luna. However, being a member of the royal family comes with great challenges- some of which could spell doom for the entire kingdom. · keaton-furman-prower4,300 words ·343 views ·39 likes ·0 dislikes
  • To Think Is To DieI am a minority in this place. I, unlike my sheep brethren, think for myself. But for this, I will die. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not for years to come. But one day, I will die for my thoughts. · The Zealot1,204 words ·92 views ·10 likes ·14 dislikes
  • An Academy RecordSpitfire trains cadets and trains them hard... but she never expected one of them to break the Academy Death Record. · Darksonickiller4,960 words ·1,474 views ·216 likes ·17 dislikes
  • GazeboSo a changeling and a unicorn walk into a gazebo... · NotARealPonydotcom6,380 words ·1,959 views ·413 likes ·7 dislikes
  • Party's OverThe party is over, and everypony is going their separate ways. Pinkie at first falls into a deep depression, but through the help of the Cake family, gains a new perspective about the true meaning of friendship · Zyrian3,783 words ·599 views ·46 likes ·0 dislikes
  • Feathers, beaks, and the sick laughter of MurphyA human wakes up to find Gilda in his bed. Hilarity ensues. · Maromar4,565 words ·2,618 views ·375 likes ·16 dislikes
  • The Alicorn SolutionEarth ponies, pegasi, unicorns... but what is an alicorn? Is it all three races? Or a separate creature altogether? · Scootareader4,363 words ·103 views ·17 likes ·2 dislikes
  • "I'll Take That One."While looking for the perfect student, Princess Luna finds Quizzical Greystone. This is the prequel to Quizzical. · JMac3,003 words ·323 views ·76 likes ·2 dislikes
  • Princess Twilight Sparkle™ Action FiguresThe newly coronated Princess Twilight Sparkle discovers that the only reason she became royality was so that Princess Celestia could do merchandise of her. · Enigma Machine1,017 words ·755 views ·116 likes ·6 dislikes
  • Why You CriedRainbow visits Twilight because Twilight forgot something at her place. · elPossenreisser3,300 words ·1,133 views ·154 likes ·5 dislikes
  • North by NorthwestTwenty years after the bearers of the Elements of Harmony are defeated, six ponies trying to survive in Equestria find friendship in one another. · Scootareader18,156 words ·51 views ·6 likes ·4 dislikes
  • Sympathy For The DevilWhile locked away in Tartarus, Lord Tirek finds that his ultimate desire has been fulfilled. · Bad_Seed_723,000 words ·926 views ·165 likes ·5 dislikes