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 · 3,946 views · 538 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 · 2,273 views · 242 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 · 3,682 views · 502 likes · 22 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 · 1,798 views · 327 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 · 3,701 views · 443 likes · 4 dislikes

Recent Stories

  • 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 · 3,682 views  ·  502  ·  22
  • 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 · 509 views  ·  81  ·  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 · 923 views  ·  133  ·  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 · 2,800 views  ·  362  ·  5
  • E The Kindest Silence

    What if Rainbow Dash never existed to shape six lives with her Sonic Rainboom?  · horizon
    7,099 words · 1,144 views  ·  128  ·  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 · 1,022 views  ·  149  ·  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 · 1,798 views  ·  327  ·  6
  • T Hearth Swarming Eve

    When a changeling army arrives amid preparations for the Hearth's Warming pageant, it's up to Rarity to match wits with Queen Chrysalis and save the holiday.  · horizon
    15,059 words · 1,365 views  ·  216  ·  5
  • T Report 34

    When they discover that the Elements of Harmony have created involuntary emotional cross-contamination inside Princess Twilight, two changelings hatch a ticklish plot to force the truth out of her.  · horizon
    4,105 words · 1,661 views  ·  81  ·  7 · sex

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 · 1,976 views · 67 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 · 2,913 views · 151 likes · 10 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 · 1,627 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 · 2,430 views · 163 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 · 1,504 views · 203 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 · 1,156 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 · 1,379 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 · 1,967 views · 133 likes · 13 dislikes

Only one more year until I officially hit Over The Hill, and it's no longer socially acceptable to celebrate birthdays as an affirmation of my advancement rather than a marker of my slow decline.  So: Hurrah!  I'm not old yet! [1]  I've got another full year to make an original fiction sale before I stop being A Potential Up-And-Coming Author and start being That Old Guy Who's Still Trying To Break Into The Market!  OH GODS PANIC

It would have been cool to release a new story on my birthday, but the Writeoff cycle wasn't obliging: I was scrambling to write a new thing all weekend which I have to remain anonymous on for another 8 days.  But the good news is I like what I wrote, and hope to drop it on Fimfic as soon as the timer's up.  (Assuming that I can get my Hugo reading done, and more importantly, my 80 Days reading/signal boosting, which is already overdue.  Augh augh I'm sorry everyone.  You've been so patient.  I'm going to claim a birthday mulligan but that is my very next task.)

The good news is that I did get something written and posted after Bronycon, and if you feel up to a story which will make you do this:

Pictured: The actual reaction of a badfic connoisseur

... then go check out the latest chapter of my lord master badfic, which seems to have somehow crept up to a positive upvote/downvote ratio (a situation I keep trying to remedy by posting new content to it).  

I might maybe have accidentally crossed the streams, getting some Eye of Argon into My Immortal.  I blame the manual typewriter in Bronycon's Quills & Sofas lounge.  

Seriously though, if you've ever tried to create content on a manual typewriter, you'll have a lot more sympathy for poor old Jim Theis.  The way he managed to keep his work full of interesting typos rather than letter salad is downright inspirational.


[1] Even though I've been untrustworthy for nine years.  Which has absolutely nothing to do with every human on Earth getting stuffed into a sac and replaced with a changeling on their 30th birthday.  WHY WOULD YOU EVEN THINK THAT?  THAT'S TRANSPARENTLY SILLY.

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#247 · 2w, 1d ago · · ·


Thank you for the pointer!  It's not as big as the Poetry group, but does seem more active.


Don't worry, I'm not offended by your determination to call me a changeling.  That just makes you part of the cover-up for the actual conspiracy.  :scootangel:

Good eye on the eyes, though!  *grumble* I'm gonna have to remember my colored contacts next time I take a glamour shot.

#246 · 2w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

Met this creature at BronyCon. Can confirm is a changeling, but that's obvious; look at his avatar! It has the a teal slit-eye! Apparently no one had ever mentioned having noticed it to Horizon before! 0/10 would not trust FIMFiction for avatar feedback again.

WOULD accompany Horizon to random nonsensical meetups again, however.

#245 · 2w, 5d ago · · ·

Just thought I'd point this group out to you, since it seems the type of thing you'd be interested in...


You do remember that Spike was the one that pointed out that Twilight hadn't been a very good friend to Moondancer and the rest in Amending Fences, right? Dragons can know plenty about friendship.

--Sweetie Belle

#244 · 12w, 1d ago · · ·

[1] "The Aleph in the Mirror" was pretty cool. Also, hey, headnotes!>>2190658

Oooh, is that the game? Huh. I dunno, I usually find hidden messages pretty passe—except for that one time.

This is a link. Too bad you won't be able to click on it.

Well... And maybe that other time, too.[1]

#243 · 12w, 1d ago · · ·


Pulled what off?  Inside joke?  What?

                                    hidden text


I'm beginning to suspect that maybe horizon and Super Trampoline use the dark-on-light FIMFiction theme and think they're being clever.

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