Anthologies Also Containing My Words


Project List

In approximate priority order.

LAST UPDATE: 2015/07/19

Set up Mantis bugtracker for writing projects - Because my (lack of) editing strategy isn't working.

Post Writeoff minifics to shorts collection - Organized Chaos, Granny Knows Best

Mark of Destiny [HiE] - 8000 words - Status: POST-WRITEOFF EDITING. (last touched: 7/15)

A Butterfly, Dreaming [Slice of Life] - 5500 words - Status: NEEDS POST-WRITEOFF EDITING. (last touched: 6/27)

My Faithful Student [Tragedy] - 7000 words - Status: NEEDS POST-WRITEOFF EDITING. (last touched: 4/15)

The Case of the Cowled Changelings [Mystery] - 5800 words - Status: EDITING TARTARUS. (last touched: March)

Hard Reset 2: Reset Harder [Dark] [Adventure] [AU] - Status: CHAPTER IN PROGRESS, ~4000 words written. (last written: November)

Thou Goddess annotations - Status: UNSTARTED.

The Sun Birds [Adventure] - 750 words written - Status: NEEDS MAJOR EXPANSION. (last written: 6/2014)

Hitchhikers Chapter 7 - 1.5k words written - Status: BACKBURNERED (last written: 8/2013)

Haylander: The Longest Night [Adventure] [Crossover] - 20k words - Status: BACKBURNERED (last written: 8/2013)

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

Starting Points

  • Thou Goddess Scansion 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? by horizon 5,174 words · 4,073 views · 550 likes · 13 dislikes
  • The 18th Brewmare of Bluey Napoleon In his influential analysis of the coup d'etat that would become known as the Rutting Revolution, Curly Marks wrote that history repeats itself — "the first time as tragedy, the second time as Prince Blueblood." by horizon 8,908 words · 2,366 views · 248 likes · 4 dislikes
  • Quiet Boy and Moon Horse A young man falls in love with the beautiful dark alicorn who moves the moon. But she's a fictional character … isn't she? by horizon 6,000 words · 4,060 views · 544 likes · 23 dislikes
  • The Iridescent Iron Rat Equestria's golden age of Harmony has virtually eliminated crime, but one of the few "rats" who can still slip through the cracks is planning a billion-bit heist. If only he hadn't made the mistake of stealing from a dragon … by horizon 9,423 words · 1,889 views · 336 likes · 6 dislikes
  • Fugue State When 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. by horizon 7,097 words · 3,839 views · 450 likes · 4 dislikes

Recent Stories

  • E You Are What You Wheat

    Why does Equestria have a National Strategic Wheatgrass Reserve? There are some things ponies weren't meant to know.  · horizon
    3,478 words · 535 views  ·  82  ·  5

    There are a lot of things about Cadance and Shining Armor that don't quite add up. Twilight Sparkle is in on the conspiracy ... and she's not happy about it.  · horizon
    1,768 words · 3,275 views  ·  568  ·  14
  • T Quiet Boy and Moon Horse

    A young man falls in love with the beautiful dark alicorn who moves the moon. But she's a fictional character … isn't she?  · horizon
    6,000 words · 4,060 views  ·  544  ·  23
  • T This Is Not An Adventure Clyde Adventure: A Story About Twilight Sparkle

    Spike writes disturbing stories about an alicorn stalker. Twilight Sparkle's cheeks occasionally burst into flames.  · horizon
    4,164 words · 582 views  ·  85  ·  6
  • T The Last Dreams of Pony Island

    The colony of Myinnkyun is tearing itself apart after the suspicious death of an old merchant. Piece together its final days from the dreams of its inhabitants.  · horizon
    4,753 words · 972 views  ·  138  ·  7 · sex
  • E If You Can't Beat 'Em…

    Twilight has important friendship problems to solve. However, that's hard to do with a "reformed" villain following you around all day.  · horizon
    1,190 words · 3,075 views  ·  379  ·  6
  • E The Kindest Silence

    What if Rainbow Dash never existed to shape six lives with her Sonic Rainboom?  · horizon
    7,099 words · 1,308 views  ·  135  ·  4
  • T Verse Averse: Tales of the Versebreakers

    When musical mayhem threatens Equestria, the brave and misunderstood ponies of the Versebreakers are on the job. Ten music-themed stories by eight talented authors.  · horizon
    24,898 words · 1,100 views  ·  159  ·  1
  • E The Iridescent Iron Rat

    Equestria's golden age of Harmony has virtually eliminated crime, but one of the few "rats" who can still slip through the cracks is planning a billion-bit heist. If only he hadn't made the mistake of stealing from a dragon …  · horizon
    9,423 words · 1,889 views  ·  336  ·  6

More About Me

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

        Has never embedded hidden messages in white-on-white text.

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'm also a regular medalist (and former champion) of the Writeoff Association competitions.  I write in Scrivener and recommend it highly.  If you've studied Anglo-Saxon I'd like your help.  


"I made the mistake of reading Quiet Boy and Moon Horse in the corner of the cafe … then I had to leave, because tearing up in public is not exactly the image to project at snooty Southern Law School. Christ, I had forgotten your powers." –Cynewulf

"Winning writeoffs is kind of [horizon's] superpower." – Bookplayer

"In what world do I have more followers than you?  … You are one of the 'holy crap I want to be that good someday' people." –SPark

"[Thou Goddess] is ultra-romantic writing at its finest, wickedly clever, perfectly written, with a beautiful measure of desperation." –Soge

"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

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

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

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

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

"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


Since I'm a regular participant in the monthly Writeoff Association competitions, you can read (early and rough versions of) my upcoming works there.

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.


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 …

New usericon: horizon art by Onnanoko, recolored and modified by Arcum42. (Thanks also to Southpaw.)

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 · 2,032 views · 67 likes · 1 dislikes
  • "Teach Me Goodness" (July 2016 Writeoff Association Winner!) Cheerilee bids farewell to her friends and students before going back to school in Fillydelphia. by Posh 22,160 words · 639 views · 129 likes · 1 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 · 1,644 views · 81 likes · 5 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 · 2,502 views · 170 likes · 5 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 · 1,572 views · 212 likes · 3 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 · 1,197 views · 49 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 · 1,412 views · 67 likes · 2 dislikes
  • The Mare in the High Castle Under the eternal moonlight, a hoofful of strangers cross paths on the streets of Canterlot, capital of the Empire of the Moon, over the course of one eventful day. by ponichaeism 161,695 words · 2,035 views · 135 likes · 13 dislikes

I'm travelling to Las Vegas today for a work conference, so I get to wait a little bit longer to see the season finale, but I did want to commandeer an Internet connection long enough to share some awesome news.

Y'all remember my Writeoff-winning Cloverlestia historical romance Time Enough For Love?  Or do you remember a month or two back when I teased that I'd gotten some gorgeous cover art commissioned for it?  Well, Nadnerb just posted the finished art to DA, and I just completed the new scenes and edits for Chapter 2 (out of a planned four), so it's time to start dropping some honest-to-goodness story teasers around here!

(Click for DA original)

Time Enough For Love

[Adventure] [Romance] [Teen] [Sex]

Clover the Clever never asked for his life to get so complicated.  It was bad enough tricking Imperatrix Celestia, war-goddess of the Three Tribes, out of her drunken coup against Queen Platinum.  But now Celestia's come back and traded her claim on the sun for a chance to woo him.

On top of that, Star Swirl's saddled him with a mysterious magical necklace and a uniquely bleak and pointless prophecy: If he's brave enough, and if he's clever enough, he just might survive Celestia's attentions for long enough to break her heart.

My work and weekend schedules are both insane until mid-November, but I'm excited at the editing progress, and with art this gorgeous there's just no way I can let the story languish.  As soon as this conference is over, I'm gonna pin down a publication date and get a pre-reader or two to double-check the new material.

Speaking of TEFL and Writeoffs, if you've been keeping up on the site you might have noticed a suspiciously familiar name in this month's medalists.  Yep -- CoffeeMinion's "Time Enough For Wub" is something of an homage to my time-travel romance, and while it doesn't share the same continuity or structure, it's still a fun read about a lovingly cracked ship (namely, the S.S. ScratchSwirl, which has now permanently sailed into my headcanon fleet).  I am given to understand that's also in editing, and I'll be sure to let you all know when it makes the jump to FIMFic.  

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#265 · 3w, 2d ago · · ·



Just to mention, though, it's $4.99 by itself, but it's also in the "Big Platformer Bundle", which shows as $1.53 right now.

And the whole game looks like it's hand drawn in crayon, and drawn pretty well in crayon.

Dragon is pretty cool. I like his little glasses, and how he starts whistling when you are just standing around, say, in the middle of a boss fight. The story is pretty silly, too...

--Sweetie Belle

#264 · 3w, 3d ago · · ·


Certainly looks interesting!  October's gonna be crazy for me and I don't need more distractions to add in, but I'll drop it on my wishlist.

#262 · 6w, 2d ago · · ·


A reply to your retrospective.

Also, you have my blessing to post this story, in case you were wondering.

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