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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 · 359 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 · 770 views  ·  157  ·  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 · 521 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 · 1,379 views  ·  174  ·  4
  • T Never The Final Word

    An open anthology of brief continuations of other authors' stories.  · horizon
    8,004 words · 966 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 · 2,704 views  ·  442  ·  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 · 5,861 views  ·  936  ·  30
  • T Horizontal Lines

    Stories and poems too short for individual publication (including some award-winning minifics).  · horizon
    9,044 words · 606 views  ·  80  ·  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 · 738 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 · 2,718 views  ·  355  ·  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 · 857 views  ·  69  ·  63 · sex
  • E The Lotus Eaters

    Ponies return from visits to a world without their greatest regret.  · horizon
    3,010 words · 1,454 views  ·  157  ·  2
  • T Princess Luna Picks Up Hitchhikers

    And learns important life lessons, somewhere in between everything going wrong.  · horizon
    15,254 words · 2,059 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 · 4,409 views  ·  303  ·  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 · 1,351 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 · 2,050 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 · 1,392 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 · 1,693 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 · 1,109 views · 157 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 · 1,099 views · 66 likes · 2 dislikes
Nov
27th
2014

Baal Bunny's "Collaborators" won second place in this month's Writeoff Association contest (topping a crowded field and only barely losing to Cold in Gardez), and the dark lapine lord has been hard at work over the past week making the story even better based on feedback from a dozen other top authors.  It was posted to FIMFiction today, and given that the author is barely in double-digit followers, this both needs and deserves the extra attention to push it into the featurebox.  Having read the new version myself, I'm awed at how rich and smooth the finished product is.

It's a story of Ahuizotl striking at Daring Do in a way she never expected: through A.K. Yearling.  Except his motives aren't quite what they seem … and maybe, as circumstances push them into working together on the next Daring Do book, she'll find that neither are hers.

I should note that there's no Romance tag, but there are some shipping overtones[1].  There's also some gripping tension, marvelous introspection, and in general just stop what you're doing and click, this is good stuff.

Collaborators

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[1] According to Google's thesaurus, "overtone" and "undercurrent" are synonyms.  Huh.  I wasn't expecting that.

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I'm keeping myself more honest about writing regularly by tracking how much I get done each night.  See my recent writing progress.

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#149 · 1w, 4h ago · · ·

>>1527126

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

#147 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1523046

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

#146 · 1w, 3d 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 · 1w, 3d 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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