horizon

Joined February 2012
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Not a changeling.

Upcoming Stories

LAST UPDATE: 2014/03/18

Hard Reset 2: Reset Harder [Dark] [Adventure] [AU] - Status: BEING POSTED.  Buffer size: 2 chapters (8k words). (last written: 3/18)

Hitchhikers Chapter 7 - 1.5k words written - Status: IN PROGRESS (last written: 8/30)

Sequelitis! Auction Commission (WYCI sequel) - 2600 words written - Status: STALLED (last written: 4/16)

Haylander: The Longest Night [Adventure] [Crossover] - 20k words - Status: BACKBURNERED (last written: 3/4)

Haylander: Origins [Adventure] [Crossover] - 11k words - Status: ON HIATUS (waiting for H:TLN)

Anthologies Also Containing My Words

I Write Things

  • Never The Final WordAn open anthology of brief continuations of other authors' stories.5,964 words ·426 views ·73 likes ·1 dislikes
  • Thou GoddessScansion wakes up to find beautiful poems he doesn't remember writing. Is the lonely goddess of the night reaching out to him in the only way she can, or is he chasing shadows?5,172 words ·2,287 views ·412 likes ·11 dislikes
  • Hard Reset 2: Reset HarderTwilight Sparkle is stuck in a time loop amid a changeling invasion. This time, she's not the only one whose day is repeating.69,515 words ·4,692 views ·885 likes ·28 dislikes
  • Horizontal LinesStories and poems too short for individual publication.7,615 words ·408 views ·60 likes ·0 dislikes
  • MeltLong ago, at the top of the world, Love ruled a magnificent frozen empire. Then the sun rose, and darkness fell. (Based on T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.")1,173 words ·617 views ·59 likes ·2 dislikes
  • Fugue StateWhen a barrage of musical numbers hits Ponyville, Lyra's fear of their mind-altering properties strains her relationship with Bon Bon to its breaking point.7,097 words ·2,473 views ·328 likes ·4 dislikes
  • My HarshwhinnialMedal Pector'al Biathlon Lula Whinny is an ALICORN, not a troll, ok? So this is an ALICORN fic like "My Immortal" but less goffik. also sports12,608 words ·762 views ·64 likes ·59 dislikes
  • The Lotus EatersPonies return from visits to a world without their greatest regret.3,010 words ·1,093 views ·109 likes ·1 dislikes
  • Princess Luna Picks Up HitchhikersAnd learns important life lessons, somewhere in between everything going wrong.15,254 words ·1,906 views ·253 likes ·3 dislikes
  • No RegretsA story about two alicorn sisters who love each other, and the worst decision they never made.6,929 words ·3,985 views ·268 likes ·8 dislikes

More About Me

The fantastic colors of the liminal.  The eternal dream of the elsewhere.  A hoof ever in both worlds.

When not in Equestria, known as Baxil, suburban dragon.

I'm one of the curators of the Royal Canterlot Library, spotlighting the fandom's best stories.  I write in Scrivener and recommend it highly.  If you've studied Anglo-Saxon I'd like your help.  


WALL OF EGOBOO

"Horizon, like Ray Bradbury in 'The October Country,' has a knack for writing things that are sweet, funny, and creepy-sad at the same time." – Bad Horse

"The first thing I thought upon reading Hitchhikers was that the gods of ponyfiction … had smiled upon me." – Ezn

"[No Regrets] is incredibly well done." – Daetrin

"Horizon rewriting 'My Immortal' is, unironically, a better story than things appearing in the feature box." – Bradel

"You're the best kind of bastard." – Eakin

"Note to self:  Do not read really good ponyfic right before trying to post some of your own.  Invariably crises of comparison will result." –Skywriter, on Hard Reset 2


FURTHER PONY READING

Back in 2012, most of my writing time went into Dark Side Of The Moon, a MLP/D&D forum-based game I ran to completion.  It got literary.  

My favorite moments players contributed to game: We learn how Daylight Savings Time nearly restarted the Celestial War … Luna goes undercover for a day (a major inspiration for Hitchhikers) … Gemini Star fights a dragon and her doubts … Luna has a breakdown … Flare Star quits the Guard to serve justice.


FURTHER NON-PONY READING

If you can't wait for me to scribble more ponyfic, I've written several hundred thousand words (in short stories and novellas) set in The Tomorrowlands Universe, an alternate Earth in which the sudden (re)appearance of mythical creatures and magic sent history into a screaming left turn ca. 1996.  Start with:

Dangerous Waters [Slice-of-Life] (7,375 words) - In search of a therianthrope homeland that doesn't exist, the New Atlantis Project has decided to take the next logical step: Make one. This article follows the crew of the MV Discovery on one of their expeditions to test the feasibility of raising a new island in the South Pacific.

Change Of Mind [Tragedy] (7,600 words) -  An idealistic and driven mage, Alethea, has just hit the jackpot: a spell that lets people consciously modify the behaviors that are causing problems in their life. But once those problems start to follow her home, she has to figure out if she's really prepared to accept the price she's paying to change the world for the better.

Dinosaur Gods [Slice-of-Life] (5,600 words) - It's just another day at work for a tour guide at New Atlantis' foremost museum — until one of his guests starts smiling at the 65-million-year-old statue known as the Atacama Dragon. Nobody smiles at the Atacama — adults go silent at its aura of ineffable importance, and kids find it a boring hunk of rock …

Stories You Haven't Read But Should (Short Form)

  • To Endure Every immortal has her first love. And every immortal has her first loss. by Shamus_Aran 7,351 words · 1,189 views · 61 likes · 1 dislikes
  • The Canterlot Embassy An eccentric team of political operatives must race to prevent a war between technology and magic. by Guesswork 16,183 words · 1,897 views · 134 likes · 8 dislikes
  • The Equestrian Spring Nine months was all it took for one earth pony to put Princess Celestia on the defensive. by Chocolate Milk 25,005 words · 1,311 views · 79 likes · 4 dislikes
  • What If Socks Didn't Work Orally? Twilight Sparkle forgets to take her medicine one day and pursues a hazardous quest of holistic introspection. Milk, socks, griffin cuisine and toilet humor are contemplated. by Fiddlebottoms 4,591 words · 1,457 views · 109 likes · 3 dislikes
  • Erase and Rewind Two ponies, equally but uniquely flawed, must decide if they have enough wits between them to cobble together a stable family. A story about trust, loss, severe neurological disorder, and ice cream. by DuncanR 11,118 words · 1,008 views · 150 likes · 2 dislikes

Stories You Haven't Read But Should (Long Form)

  • These City Walls A series of mysterious circumstances leads the Canterlot Police to discover a plot as old as time. by KitsuneRisu 137,257 words · 870 views · 61 likes · 2 dislikes
  • fyre-flye The crew of Sereinity travels the fringes of the 'verse, salvaging and trying to avoid feds. by uhrora 55,057 words · 1,031 views · 63 likes · 2 dislikes
Jul
20th
2014

Sorry I've been distant the last month or two — there's been a lot going on.  First, there was the runup to Everfree Northwest, and then the convention itself (which was cool but busy, since I was running several of the writing panels plus the Iron Author competition).  After which I was in Seattle for a week on vacation — I thought I'd have more computer time than I did, but it ended up being mostly recuperation and socialization with friends I hadn't seen in a while.

After that, I came home and almost immediately had to take a few more days off work to go visit my mother in the hospital.  She got surgery on her neck to alleviate some damage caused by bone growth pressing in on the nerves.  Fortunately, the surgery was free of complications and she's now home.

And today I turned 37, which statistically speaking, makes me approximately double your age.*

I thought about taking the day off for a birthday hike, as I've done a number of times in the past, but A) the weather's a bit meh and B) I'm halfway through a story for this weekend's writeoff, and even though I'm not really happy with it I'd like to finish it.  I've gotten jack-all done for writing this last month and I need to get back on the wagon.  

Hopefully I can carry that momentum forward into editing and posting Cowled Changelings and then more Hard Reset 2.  And expanding Sun Birds from its contest state into a more proper length.  And coordinating with the really cool dude who wants to do a reading of one of my stories, and the annotations for Thou Goddess, and returning to Hitchhikers, and picking Haylander back up and aiiiigggghh so many projects

… Can I have an extra year as a birthday present?

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* You hush.  You're an outlier.  :twilightsheepish:

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Comments

#1270101 · 1w, 1d ago · · ·

Thank you for the watch! :ajsmug::rainbowwild:

#1266356 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1265461

As a perfectly normal and unexceptional pony, I can state with confidence that vanilla is a superior flavor, because research has shown that that is what average ponies enjoy.

#1265461 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1264692

Cake then?

okay, chocolate or vanilla?

#1264692 · 1w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1262534

Is "pie" an unusual euphemism for "death"? I prefer cake to death.

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