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Pending Projects

In approximate priority order.

LAST UPDATE: 2014/11/09

Hard Reset 2: Reset Harder [Dark] [Adventure] [AU] - Status: CHAPTER IN PROGRESS, ~4000 words written. (last written: 11/09)

"Title Drop" Writeoff Assn. story [???] - Status: DEADLINE 11/16.

The Case of the Cowled Changelings [Mystery] - 5800 words - Status: FINISHED, NEEDS FINAL EDITS. (last touched: 10/19)

Mark of Destiny [HiE] - 8000 words - Status: COMPLETE; EDITING MAYBE. (last touched: 9/20)

Thou Goddess annotations - Status: UNSTARTED.

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

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)

Anthologies Also Containing My Words

I Write Things

  • 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 · 329 views  ·  37  ·  4 · sex
  • T The Dragon's Riddle

    Long, long ago, when the Age of Dragons ended in fire and ruin, the greatest of the dragons challenged the races of Equestria to prove themselves worthy to rule the next age.  · horizon
    1,076 words · 757 views  ·  155  ·  3
  • T Daring Do and the Curse of Ahuizotl

    Another 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.  · horizon
    1,337 words · 507 views  ·  72  ·  2
  • T 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."  · horizon
    8,908 words · 1,373 views  ·  173  ·  4
  • T Never The Final Word

    An open anthology of brief continuations of other authors' stories.  · horizon
    8,004 words · 936 views  ·  108  ·  3
  • E 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?  · horizon
    5,174 words · 2,682 views  ·  441  ·  11
  • T Hard Reset 2: Reset Harder

    Twilight Sparkle is stuck in a time loop amid a changeling invasion. This time, she's not the only one whose day is repeating.  · horizon
    69,513 words · 5,774 views  ·  933  ·  30
  • T Horizontal Lines

    Stories and poems too short for individual publication (including some award-winning minifics).  · horizon
    9,044 words · 599 views  ·  79  ·  1
  • T Melt

    Long 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.")  · horizon
    1,173 words · 737 views  ·  69  ·  2
  • E 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.  · horizon
    7,097 words · 2,704 views  ·  353  ·  4
  • T My Harshwhinnial

    Medal 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 sports  · horizon
    12,608 words · 850 views  ·  69  ·  63 · sex
  • E The Lotus Eaters

    Ponies return from visits to a world without their greatest regret.  · horizon
    3,010 words · 1,448 views  ·  157  ·  2
  • T Princess Luna Picks Up Hitchhikers

    And learns important life lessons, somewhere in between everything going wrong.  · horizon
    15,254 words · 2,055 views  ·  261  ·  3
  • E No Regrets

    A story about two alicorn sisters who love each other, and the worst decision they never made.  · horizon
    6,929 words · 4,397 views  ·  302  ·  8

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

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


FURTHER PONY READING

I'm a regular participant in the Writeoff Association competitions, and you can often 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.


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 · 1,339 views · 63 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 · 2,044 views · 136 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 · 1,387 views · 81 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 · 1,683 views · 130 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 · 1,104 views · 156 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 · 909 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 · 1,095 views · 66 likes · 2 dislikes
Nov
10th
2014

The inestimable[1] Bradel  has just launched a new project: posting ponyfic reviews!  His first batch is impressive, both in the selection of stories covered (one of which is mine) and in the depth of discussion that he brings to the table.  Go check 'em out!

Unrelatedly (and the reason I'm tagging HR2 for this post):

I got about 1000 words added to my Hard Reset 2 draft doc this weekend, despite a general lack of time at home, and spending all night tonight at work for the last major chunk of our cloud server migrations.  Now that I've picked myself up from this wreck of a year, it's really time to push that story forward again.[2]  I'm gonna start tracking it in a writing log to keep myself honest about adding something to it every day, and every time I blog I'll drop a line of progress stats at the bottom.

I'd like to get a few chapters ahead so I can build up a backlog and start posting on a smooth schedule again, but my goal will be to have something (=at least one new chapter) posted by the end of November.

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[1] But certainly able to estimate, what with the statistics degree.

[2] The new laptop should help, too!  It's being delivered tomorrow. :rainbowkiss:

horizon · 183 views · Report · Story: Hard Reset 2: Reset Harder
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#149 · 15h, 43m ago · · ·

>>1527126

I deny all responsibility.  Unless they did something awesome.  :trixieshiftright:

#147 · 3d, 13h ago · · ·

>>1523046

That's the spirit!  Looking forward to competing alongside you.  :twilightsmile:

#146 · 3d, 14h ago · · ·

>>1522975

I've had a few interactions with Gardez, and he's a really great guy. Sure, I'm still intimidated by his popularity and skill level, but in the end, he's just a person like you and I. As for the word count, it seems low, but also a decent challenge, since one has to convey a great deal in such a short amount. Needless to say, I'm actually looking forward to the challenge, even if I fall flat on my face. This is merely a hobby for me, but I would still like to do the best I can.

#145 · 3d, 14h ago · · ·

>>1522748

Cool!  See you over at writeoff.me. :twilightsmile:

Don't worry about scores — the rankings are just there to give people something to aim for (better-voted stories get more points, but you always keep accumulating points as you keep submitting stories) and an incentive to stay active month after month.  There are some big-name authors that participate, but that just means that you get a high caliber of feedback!  

There's no shame in (for example) scoring lower than Cold in Gardez (as I can tell you from personal experience).  You win when you finish stories, submit them, and learn from them.

The next round is also a minific competition (400-750 words in 24 hours), so there's not a high barrier to entry.

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