horizon

Joined February 2012
532 followers
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7m, 35s ago

Not a changeling.

Upcoming Projects

In approximate priority order.

LAST UPDATE: 2014/08/08

Hard Reset 2: Reset Harder [Dark] [Adventure] [AU] - Status: CHAPTER IN PROGRESS, 2000 words written. (last written: 8/4)

The Case of the Cowled Changelings [Mystery] - 5800 words written - Status: EDITING. (last written: 7/1)

Thou Goddess annotations - Status: UNSTARTED.

The Sun Birds [Adventure] - 750 words written - Status: NEEDS MAJOR EXPANSION. (last written: 6/22)

Haylander: The Longest Night [Adventure] [Crossover] - 20k words - Status: BACKBURNERED? (last written: 8/7)

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

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

Anthologies Also Containing My Words

I Write Things

  • Daring Do and the Curse of AhuizotlAnother subterranean temple. Another priceless magical artifact. Daring has fought Ahuizotl for the fate of the world before … but this time, she's learned who killed her father, and only one of them is going to walk away.1,337 words ·313 views ·61 likes ·2 dislikes
  • The 18th Brewmare of Bluey NapoleonIn 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."8,913 words ·1,123 views ·158 likes ·4 dislikes
  • Never The Final WordAn open anthology of brief continuations of other authors' stories.5,964 words ·465 views ·75 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 ·2,458 views ·423 likes ·12 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 ·4,954 views ·900 likes ·28 dislikes
  • Horizontal LinesStories and poems too short for individual publication.7,615 words ·448 views ·66 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 ·665 views ·62 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 ·2,531 views ·333 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 ·784 views ·66 likes ·60 dislikes
  • The Lotus EatersPonies return from visits to a world without their greatest regret.3,010 words ·1,256 views ·137 likes ·1 dislikes
  • Princess Luna Picks Up HitchhikersAnd learns important life lessons, somewhere in between everything going wrong.15,254 words ·1,974 views ·258 likes ·3 dislikes
  • No RegretsA story about two alicorn sisters who love each other, and the worst decision they never made.6,929 words ·4,122 views ·282 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 · 1,258 views · 62 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 · 1,952 views · 135 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 · 1,333 views · 80 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 · 1,516 views · 113 likes · 4 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 · 1,049 views · 152 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 · 882 views · 62 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 · 1,061 views · 65 likes · 2 dislikes
Aug
29th
2014

Ice is nice · 11:56pm

So:  Apparently Xepher — who has been fooled by my clever lifelong identity as a totally normal pony who is not secretly infiltrating anything — has challenged me to join him in one of those rituals that normal ponies, like me, often perform.  Apparently what is involved is to overturn a bucket of ice water upon one's head and thorax, in order to cool one's fuzzy, pliable exoskeleton-cover.  The next step — and apparently this is crucial to the process — is to pretend to dislike the experience, despite the momentary relief it brings from the brutal seasonal assault of Celestia's daystar.

There are two problems with this challenge, and neither one of them involves the false and laughable notion that sudden temperature shocks can disrupt morphological control.

The first is that Californeigha is in the middle of the worst drought of my lifetime.  Reservoirs look more like puddles.  Local water agencies (including mine) have put voluntary water use reduction guidelines in effect, and are preparing for mandatory conservation measures.  I don't want to contribute to one problem in the name of solving another.

The second is that my application for promotion within the Evil League of Evil has stalled out twice in a row, and I'm getting strong hints that I'm never going to make Evil Middle Management if I can't make proper use of minions.  That's where you come in!

If someone out there — who's not in a drought-afflicted area, so no fellow Golden Staters please — wishes to deal with this meddlesome do-gooder on my behalf, then please mimic the ice-water ritual seen here, complete with videographic or photographic documentation (cleverness optional but appreciated).  Be certain to mention my name in your documentation so that I, Horizon, may gloat in my your moment of penultimate triumph.  

In exchange, the first person to ice-water themselves may give me a 3-to-5 word prompt, and I'll take some time out this weekend from writing Hard Reset 2 to produce a 400-750 word minific based on it.  

Be courteous to your fellow FIMFic readers: if you plan to do this, post in comments to call dibs.  (We don't want to start a race, and end up with an army of wet and disgruntled minions.  The employee handbook clearly states that wet and disgruntled minions may pose a hazard to organizational control.)  If you call dibs, you are totally on the hook to do it, and if you don't then we'll get together around the water cooler and laugh at you behind your back.

We have 24 hours to rebuff this would-be hero.  Go! :trixieshiftright:

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EDITED TO ADD:

yamgoth has leapt in front of this particular bullet.  The rest of us may breathe a sigh of relief while I update the "Days Since A Hero-Caused Workplace Fatality" board.

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Thanks for faving The Great Equestrian Novel!

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>>1334568 :pinkiegasp:  BATPONY!!!!!

#1334227 · 2w, 6d ago · · ·

Are you a changeling?

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