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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 · 24,933 views · 2,706 likes · 38 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 · 15,211 views · 1,204 likes · 15 dislikes
  • Princess Celestia Hates Tea Seriously, a lot. by Skywriter 8,536 words · 43,138 views · 3,960 likes · 59 dislikes
  • Infernal Machines The touching tale of a pony and her pet mechanical salamander. by Skywriter 8,113 words · 8,129 views · 621 likes · 6 dislikes
  • Shipping Sickness Twilight Sparkle and her bedside table: like two 'ships that pass in the night. by Skywriter 2,286 words · 20,682 views · 2,110 likes · 28 dislikes

Latest Stories

  • E Wassail, Wassail!

    A holiday tale in which Cheerilee learns the true meaning of the word "wassail"; Granny Smith fails to learn the true meaning of the word "polymath"; and somehow, amidst it all, three flowers finally begin to put down roots.  · Skywriter
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  • E Heart is Where the Home is

    It's hard saying goodbye to your home of many years.  · Skywriter
    1,068 words · 3,563 views  ·  528  ·  12
  • E Philomeanie

    Luna and Philomena: a hate affair for the ages.  · Skywriter
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  • E In the Bleak Midwinter

    In which Cadance I of the Restored Empire is given a very unusual Hearth's Warming gift.  · Skywriter
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2015 find a perfect picture to cover an upcoming fanfic only to discover the artist's DA has been nuked without trace, so you can't actually ask permission to use it.

Curse my possibly-hidebound sense of image-use ethics and my total lack of drawing skills!

UPDATE:  User xoid has correctly advised me that instead of just kvetching I should actually take a shot at, y'know, solving the problem.  So, looking for "awsdeMLP".  I don't even know how to pronounce that.

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#245 · 1w, 1d ago · · ·


Well, y'know, since I'm here and all, I could take a glance at it if you were interested in my opinion.  Just shoot me a link in PM and let me know what level of critique you're looking for (in a range from proofreading only to detailed deconstruction).

#244 · 1w, 1d ago · · ·


Well, never say never. As it happened, due to the unforseen circumstances of me having to go and feed my sisters' cat, I had an hour or so to kill and actually put finger to keyboard. And, once started (and having little else to do), I have gotten something approaching a chapter written up at the expense of Getting Nothing Else Done Today...!

I will probably actually have to find a proper pre-reader/editor though, (last time, my local ponythread was a bit more populated) as this is... thus far... probably the longest story I have written (which considering is only under 6000 words, you may legitimately have a quick snicker over...!) I feel I ought to have a second pair of eyes on it before I actually attempt to publish it. (If you happen to be able to point me in the right approximate direction to find one, that would be great.)

Indrik is not totally unfamilar to me, as actually when creating my 144th scale 3D printe sci-soviet army, I called the T-150 "Indrik." Though the monster itself was a little too big for my purposes. (In the end, after much debate, I opted to use "Alphyn" as said mythical creature (not one I'd heard from until today myself), which is a sort of vaguley lion-y, eagle/dragon-y sort of heraldic creature, which also gave me some extra room to play with, was similar enough to gryphons to satisfy my initial idea, while being different enough to be Not Gryphons Again.

Right, now I shall actually go watch the latest pony episode and hope that it does not somehow completely blow everything I've just done out of the water or something...!

#243 · 1w, 2d ago · · ·


Yes!  I've speculated quite a bit on why exactly the mirror was shunted off to the Empire, but having Cady as Super Love Paladin Guardian of Equestria would be a really quick and eminently sensible explanation for a plot point we otherwise would have to spend some time questioning.  Your position grows more and more supportable, especially considering Cadance's signature enemies have fared worse than the other Princesses' (Chryssy smacked in the face and blasted to the horizon, Sombra outright obliterated).

Anyhow, any day I can help inspire and encourage people to create--by whatever means I accomplish that thing--is a good day, so I'm pleased as punch to hear that.

If you want obscure and proud ungulate mythological beasts, have you considered the little-known Indrik of Russian folklore?

#242 · 1w, 2d ago · · ·

So, Skywriter, if you recall our brief conversation on TD's page the other day with regards to Cadance... As I am working through my pony DVDs, I got to the point to re-watch Equestria Girls. As it started, I'd forgotten the framing segment was in the Crystal Empire and I was "so, why was the mirror there? Surely it can't have been there all along...? Plothole?" No, because Celestia (or Luna, I forget which) actually outright state the magic mirror was brought to the Crystal Empire recently specifically to be guarded by Cadance. Where it apparently considered to be safer than in Celestia's throne room...

Rather adds another string to the whole "Cadance is not Princess of Love so much as love-fuelled Paladin Princess" thing, fascinatingly, does it not?

As to the priorly mention story idea in that regard... Your watch has made me give it some more serious consideration, since unlike many of my other ideas, the main one to do with Cadance I have might be compact enough for me to realistically attempt. As I said to my local ponythread, no promises (got a fair bit of stuff on my plate at the moment, between a (text-and-screenshot) Let's (re)play of TIE Fighter on the Giant in teh Playground forums and a considerable amouint of work quest writing); but I am at least, giving it enough serious consideration that it is possible. (To the point I am seriously considering what sort of mythical creature would be a replacement for what in my initial idea would have been the tired rehash of the gryphons (or minotaurs) in the "proud/arrogant warrior race" mould (that has to be of roughly the same size as ponies, which is why dragons are also out!) Perytons are currently potentially the winners, but I'm still open to suggestions.)

#241 · 2w, 2h ago · · ·


Heh.  You embarrass me in saying so, but thank you.

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