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 · 4,002 views · 540 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 · 2,301 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 · 3,792 views · 514 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 · 1,842 views · 328 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 · 3,763 views · 445 likes · 4 dislikes

Recent Stories


    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 · 2,137 views  ·  428  ·  6
  • 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 · 3,792 views  ·  514  ·  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 · 533 views  ·  82  ·  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 · 945 views  ·  134  ·  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 · 2,921 views  ·  368  ·  6
  • E The Kindest Silence

    What if Rainbow Dash never existed to shape six lives with her Sonic Rainboom?  · horizon
    7,099 words · 1,192 views  ·  130  ·  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 · 1,056 views  ·  150  ·  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 · 1,842 views  ·  328  ·  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 · 1,384 views  ·  220  ·  5

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 · 1,994 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 · 398 views · 76 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 · 1,632 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 · 2,463 views · 165 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 · 1,529 views · 208 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 · 1,171 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 · 1,389 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 · 1,995 views · 134 likes · 13 dislikes

(200th blog! :twilightsmile:)

It's been an exhausting couple of days.  On Thursday, I was recuperating from some stress-related health issues, while simultaneously scrambling (on an off day) to deal with my employer losing a vendor whose product covered a small but significant fraction of our customer base.  Today, I spent a few hours on the phone arranging a settlement for my ex-wife's student loan and renegotiating credit card stuff with my bank.  In short, I've been pulled away from ponyfic by Adulting.  The good news is that I can pat myself on the back about having Adulted.  The bad news is that Adulting -- no matter how many decades of practice I get at it -- remains hard.

But I have a happy announcement!  To distract myself from some important ponyfic commenting I meant to follow up on over in Bad Horse-land (well worth reading even if there are still things there with which I disagree), I finished editing a story which I am going to post on Sunday afternoon:


There's a lot of things about Cadance and Shining Armor that never quite made sense: their sudden appearance before the Royal Wedding; their suspiciously convenient suitability as rulers of the Crystal Empire; their oddly abbreviated pregnancy; and even their quick change of heart after Spike suggested that they forgive Thorax.

Twilight Sparkle knows exactly how deep that conspiracy goes — she was there in the beginning, when her hive's queen created Shining.  And she wasn't happy about it.

Some of you will recognize BBBCF from last year's Writeoffs, but it was last Saturday's changeling episode that finally brought the last piece of the story together, and I wanted to get it out while the iron was hot.

Next up is Time Enough For Love, because I've now spent over $400 on that story [1] and I damn well need to get some egoboo out of those sunk costs.  I'm going to shoot for early September, and I might be looking for another pair of eyes on the new content I'm editing in.


[1] About half of that I'm happy with: I commissioned some utterly gorgeous cover art from Nadnerb which I'll reveal in an upcoming post.  The other half vanished into thin air: I commissioned darf to write a Mature-tagged companion to the story, exploring the sexual side of Celestia and Clover's relationship, and then he ragequit ponies.  He says he'll refund me, but I know his financial situation (and his drug habits), and there's no way that's going to happen.

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#257 · 6d, 1h ago · · ·


Those three are, infact, among the selection of your works I've earmarked. I'm at work, presently, so I will get to them later. And, finally, thank you for returning the watch, but I'd rather you kept it, as a gift! (the symbol at the end of my initial post is meant to represent a timepiece)

#256 · 6d, 2h ago · 1 · ·


Small world!  :twilightsheepish:

And thank you in return for bringing a smile to my day.  It's good to meet you, and it's always cool to hear I've made a difference.  :twilightsmile:

If you're looking for a starting point in your horizon reading, Quiet Boy And Moon Horse is a particularly Otherkin kind of tragedy; it's informed heavily from some of my own experiences.  (Thou Goddess is a more directly pony take on a similar premise, with poetry and a happier ending.)  And it's hard to beat The Dragon's Riddle for sheer draconic awesome (plus it's super short).  The audio reading of it is marvelous.


My drinking time is mostly spoken for, but we do seem to attend a lot of the same cons, and that's where most of my alcoholism takes place.  Never say never!

#255 · 6d, 15h ago · · ·

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

This sentence is why I am breaking my two-fic-faved rule for following a  fimfic user. When I was growing up, my friends in middle school opened my horizons-(snerk), exposing me to the furry fandom, and my past-life dreams/remembrances were legitimized, instead of dismissed as the ravings of lunacy, by myself, mainly due to the recounting of your own "trips 'round the block." You are an inspiration to me, and I am ecstatic in the knowledge of your presence here, on this site! I now have seven of your various titles in my 'read later' bin, but due to the auspiciousness of yourself, you have easily, to the point of ludicrosity, earned this watch, by merit of your very existence, and that fact's impact on my own self-acceptance, and the subsequent betterment of my life.


#254 · 1w, 5d ago · · ·

When are we going to drunkwrite together?

#253 · 3w, 6d ago · · ·


*a new, heavily armed changeling appears on the other side of the door*

Changeling: Where do you think you're going?! :rainbowhuh:

Me: *gets up and put my glasses back on* Oh please, did you really think I would let you escape so easily...? :ajsmug:

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