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About the Author

Skywriter is for all practical purposes Jeffrey Channing Wells, best known in Internet circles as the co-creator of the award-winning daily webcomic "Skin Horse," whose coincidentally equine name is just that.  He also writes non-pony fiction, which you should totally check out over at  He quite sensibly views winged ponies as having the best of both worlds, a point which is totally indisputable so don't even try.  To sum, up, Ms. Lovingcup Harshwhinny is best pony.  Thank you.

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  • Derplicity Derpy Hooves is secretly a changeling. Nopony particularly notices, or cares. by Skywriter 7,984 words · 30,989 views · 3,068 likes · 43 dislikes
  • How to Remove a Unicorn Tooth Three missing pieces, two loving alicorns, and a single stupid decision that will set young Princess Cadence on a fresh new course. by Skywriter 11,618 words · 18,355 views · 1,339 likes · 17 dislikes
  • Princess Celestia Hates Tea Seriously, a lot. by Skywriter 8,536 words · 48,088 views · 4,283 likes · 70 dislikes
  • Infernal Machines The touching tale of a pony and her pet mechanical salamander. by Skywriter 8,113 words · 10,398 views · 723 likes · 8 dislikes
  • Shipping Sickness Twilight Sparkle and her bedside table: like two 'ships that pass in the night. by Skywriter 2,286 words · 24,278 views · 2,337 likes · 32 dislikes

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  • T Becoming Aunty Celestia

    It is a well-known fact that motherhood changes a mare. In Cadance's case, it seems to be changing her into Princess Celestia.  · Skywriter
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  • E Beyond the Curtain

    Rarity will totally chew you out for not using conditioner. Just see if she won't.  · Skywriter
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  • T Spa and Order

    Princess Cadance's first diplomatic post to the City-State of Cloudsdale gets off to a rocky start.  · Skywriter
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  • T Mare of Many Hats

    Applejack mourns the loss of one of the last 67,986 links she had to her dead father.  · Skywriter
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"Parties... are a terrible thing.

"Before you say anything—I grew up is Las Pegasus.  I know my way around a party.  It's not like I've only been to terrible parties before this, and so have this... crazy, mixed-up view of what parties are.  I know full well they're supposed to be fun. I've had a hoof in making them fun, for thousands of ponies. When you're in the balloon-animal game, there's no shortage of work in Pegas, right?

"But... the City of Flights changes things.  Nopony doesn't have fun in Pegas.  So when ponies show up at your parties, and they are delighted by the balloon hat, or the balloon spear, or the balloon replica of Princess Celestia... sure, it makes you feel good.  But then the worm creeps in.

"The worm?  Um.

"I guess... it's the feeling that ponies enjoying themselves isn't good enough. You want to be epic. You want to be this amazing presence who commands respect wherever he goes.  You don't want to produce parties, you want to be known as the pony who produces parties.  To hang out with the high rollers, the Objectively Better Ponies, at the VIP lounge at Gladmane's.

"And that's the thing that eats you up.  Once you don't let your parties be about themselves, once you start seeing them as needing to uphold this brand, this reputation of quality you have going on, once you stop celebrating the fact that ponies are having fun and start worrying that the next mistake will be the one that exposes you as the rank amateur you know you are inside... well.

"You're never going to always be the best.  Not even if you try your hardest.  And it gets harder and harder to try your best as you hate your parties more and more by seeing only what they are not.

"That... darn Cheese pony.

"That's a pony who knows what's going on.  He pulls fun out of midair, like a magician pulling doves out of his sleeve.  That's when it really went wrong.  To see him at work, headlining the greatest bashes in Pegas... to see him do everything you dream of doing, without even breaking a sweat... that's the hardest thing to take.

"It makes you hate your stupid balloon animals.  Never mind how happy they've made the little fillies and colts over the years.  All you can see, every time you work, is that you will never be Cheese Sandwich, no matter how hard you try.  It's at that point you become an adhered-point balloon—

"Sorry, professional reference.  You're a balloon who's lost a little section of its protective cornstarch.  It doesn't slide any more.  It sticks.  And once it starts sticking, it starts rubbing. And the latex gets thinner and thinner.  You look fine on the outside, but you're secretly ready to burst.  All it takes is one little rub—the pony might not even mean it to hurt!—one little rub to say that maybe you're past your prime, or have been coasting on reputation, or are fine for what you are but are certainly no Cheese Sandwich—and pop!

"You stop asking for advice, stop talking with your friends.  Any work that you do is done in the course of a minute or two, slapdash. You lie to yourself and say that these are just spontaneous little exercises to keep your creativity working.  Truth is, they're all you can even do.  If you even stop to work carefully for a second, stop to consider what you're doing in the interest of putting out good product, the sheer ugly monstrousness of your project overwhelms you and you just... give up.

"And so you get worse and worse because you can't stand to do the thing you thought you loved for more than a few seconds at a time, and because you get worse and worse you hate what you do more and more and it never gets better."

A silent moment.

"There are ponies who would you should keep trying," she says.  "Keep throwing yourself against that wall.  Celebrate your failures as elements in the great cycle of always getting better, always learning anew."

"Ponies have said that exact thing to me," I admit.  "I didn't listen."

"Good," she purrs.  "They're wrong, you know.  They don't know the truth that I know, and that you suspect.  You waste yourself by playing a broken game.  You'd be like... like that cartoon pony trying to kick the hoofball that the girl pony just always pulls away.  Is that still a thing?  I have to admit I've been away for a while."

"It is still a thing," I confirm.

"You're in a great deal of pain."

My lip quivers.  "It's terrible to have a purpose in life and to hate it," I say.

She raises her staff.

"I can help," she says.

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#384 · 5w, 4d ago · · ·


Perversion is a powerful muse, sometimes.  :twilightblush:

#383 · 5w, 4d ago · · ·


Of course there's disappointment. I have to say that Monster Musume seemed to have at least potential. Its sort of a similar setting to Skin Horse: Hey, monsters are real, people are like "hey, neat" and the ever knowing all seeing eye we call government sets up monsters with human and human families to assimilate them into society. The perfect set up for maybe a MIB or crime drama, or misadventures of Skin Horse shenanigans calibur?

No, its about a spider lady, a snake lady, a harpy, and a big knockered centaur mare trying to frog their caretaker silly:facehoof:

NOT COOL CREAT0R PERSON! He, I assume its a he given the premise, had a great setting in his hot little hands, and being a pervert is first on the agenda?

#382 · 5w, 4d ago · · ·


I was just under the impression that sometimes they do a brief anime-style video for some manga properties without doing a full anime.  That's all I was asking!

And yeah, there's some good cartooning going on lately!

#381 · 5w, 4d ago · · ·


Um... if I understand you correctly, yes they did. I wasn't to sure if you meant did they make a full anime, do a opening to promote the comic, or did the whole cartoon in the intros style...

Boy, there sure has been a lot of good stuff lately. Steven Universe, MLP, My Hero Academia (which is kind of a X Men reverse: a young boy with no powers in a world of mutants trying to find his place as a Hero) even One Punch has its oddly deep moments. Hell, even that snore fest DBZ has begun to up its game

#380 · 5w, 4d ago · · ·


Cool, is this an anime-style opening or did they do a full-on anime of it?

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