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 · 3,824 views · 533 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 · 2,137 views · 225 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 · 3,371 views · 480 likes · 21 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 · 1,688 views · 313 likes · 5 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 · 3,615 views · 440 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 · 3,371 views  ·  480  ·  21
  • 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 · 441 views  ·  77  ·  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 · 849 views  ·  131  ·  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 · 2,573 views  ·  348  ·  6
  • E The Kindest Silence

    What if Rainbow Dash never existed to shape six lives with her Sonic Rainboom?  · horizon
    7,099 words · 1,045 views  ·  122  ·  5
  • 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 · 956 views  ·  143  ·  2
  • 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 · 1,688 views  ·  313  ·  5
  • 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 · 1,329 views  ·  207  ·  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 · 1,515 views  ·  78  ·  7 · sex

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'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.  


WALL OF EGOBOO

"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


FURTHER PONY READING

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.


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 …


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 · 1,916 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 · 2,856 views · 149 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 · 1,599 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 · 2,338 views · 159 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 · 1,461 views · 200 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 · 1,128 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 · 1,347 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 · 1,898 views · 131 likes · 13 dislikes
Apr
27th
2016

Fellow bronies: Brace yourself for incoming fandom drama.

And here's the weird part — this time, it's not actually our fault.

For the second year in a row, the Science Fiction and Fantasy (SFF) literary fandom is going into a mass meltdown over the long-running and prestigious Hugo Awards.  The finalists were just announced, after thousands of readers cast thousands of ballots for things they thought were the best SFF of the year.  Over the award's 60-year history, this has been an organic, chaotic process, in which everyone agitates for their personal favorites and the top five vote-getters float to the top of each category — but the past few years have seen organized voting campaigns whose participants were encouraged (blatantly, or nod-nod-wink-wink-ly) to fill out ballots with a "slate" of the same five nominations to fill up each given category.  There was enough of a critical mass of slate voters — about 10% to 15% of the electorate — that this became a numerically dominant strategy.  The end result was that, for many categories, the preferences of good-faith voters picking their personal favorites did not appear on the final ballot, only the five items chosen by the slate organizer.

To make things worse, one of the groups that offered a slate did so with the explicit aim of vandalism — their leader saying "I wanted to leave a big, smoking hole where the Hugo Awards were. All this has ever been is a giant ‘f*ck you’." [1]

As it turns out, the Hugo Awards have a category for "Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form" — which includes television episodes, or media presentations up to 60 minutes in length — and this year there's a nominee on it that might be familiar to all y'all:

Here's where we become a football in someone else's game: That My Little Pony episode almost certainly became a finalist because it was listed on the slate of the vandals.

It is ambiguous whether the nomination was serious and ideological (the episode in question is about Starlight Glimmer's "equality cult", making it a potential political statement), or whether it was a "joke" nomination in the same vein as short-story finalist Space Raptor Butt Invasion, but in either case it was pretty transparently proposed as a slap in the face to Hugo voters.

If you don't give a crap about SFF or American culture wars, that should be all the context you need to understand what has other people upset, and help you avoid falling into the drama if you stumble into someone slamming MLP.  This goes, however, much deeper.  It gets long and messy below the break.

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#239 · 6h, 21m ago · · ·

One has to wonder how many other times you've pulled this off, only for no one to  notice or realize, leaving you to contemplate your little inside joke that only you are cognizant of.

#238 · 2d, 9h ago · · ·

>>2188489

Glad you appreciated Iridescent Iron Rat!  It was a lot of fun to write.  :twilightsmile:  I'll try to keep up the quality!

#237 · 2d, 13h ago · · 1 ·

Just to mention, if you look at the front page of the Rage Reviews group, there are four authors there that it says can't be reviewed without admin approval.

You've gotta figure there's a lotta drama in getting on that list...

--Sweetie Belle

#236 · 2d, 14h ago · · ·

I don't normally comment on people user-pages :rainbowwild: but your story Iridescent Iron Rat Is in my opinion one of most amazing stories on fimfiction. I am biased of course. You are combining 2 universes i love into one amazing crossover. And let's be honest here. I am in love with said crossover universe shown in the story.

So may your muse be evergiving and your words everflowing. For a mind is a volcano of ideas and yours are something amazing to see, read and experience. Cheers!

#235 · 6w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

Hello, thanks for your comment on my user page! I do a lot of commenting, particularly on less-popular stories, and thanks to that in lieu of keeping a 'favorites' bookshelf I instead keep them separated by how many comments I leave on them: fully commented, partly and one-shots

As for a story of my own I'd recommend: I tend to write towards three types of stories. The first is standard adventure or slice-of-life fare, Dust in the Wind being the most succinct of those. The second is insane comedy that sometimes only hangs together on me upstaging myself with every subsequent scene and one-liners (The Maudyssey). The third is thoughtful, sometimes unsettling fics of various genre that play off an element of the series (Duality) or of fandom tendencies (The End of Cutie Marks).

I link to multiple fics not asking you to look at them all, just giving you a separation of what I write so you can look at whichever type of story tickles your fancy. Thanks again!

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