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If Starswirl the Bearded mentored Clover the Clever sometime before the events of "Hearth's Warming Eve" and mentored the Royal Pony Sisters sometime after, where was he during the coming together of the tribes and the founding of Equestria?

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Ooooo, that was great. It ties a number of things together very nicely.


One of my favorite things:

About my brain is the way it just spits this random stuff out sometimes. :pinkiehappy:


Heh, I was on a reddit thread a little while ago where I kvetched about the atrocity that is the MLP timeline and used Starswirl as one of my points of contention. This does a fair job of rationalizing some of it.


One of my favorite things:

About fanfiction is the way it lets us all get into the act of trying to patch the parts of the continuity that need a little patching. :twilightsheepish:


Oh, nice! That does fit well.



I probably could've done a little more with it, but I was determined to stick to a 24-hour writing time. :eeyup:


I wrote a review of this story. It can be found here.


This was originally:

Gonna be a blog post just presenting the problem that'd been bothering me for the past two or three years and then stating this possible solution. But as I was writing that, I started seeing the scene, started imagining dialogue and staging and all that sorta stuff. So I figured I'd just do it as a minific in a blog post--"There's no way," I told myself confidently, "that I can do more than a thousand words on this."

But that first scene went 790 words, and I realized that I wanted to do a second scene to show why Starswirl had developed the curiously-specific spell that Twilight uses in "It's About Time." So I resigned myself, set a 24 hour time limit--including the time I'd already spent--and this is what came out. If anyone wants to do anything more with the idea, feel free, but I've got magical squirrels calling me! :twilightsmile:


Ah, magical squirrels, the bane of writers everywhere.


I quite:

Enjoy mine, but then I've been writing about her for a baker's dozen years at this point, so it's probably a good thing that we get along. :scootangel:

Mike Again

With a bit of the mind-flip
You're into the time-slip...:pinkiecrazy:


When I was in junior high and high school:

We had a little local movie theater that showed "Rocky Horror" every Friday and Saturday at midnight. So when my friends and I would go to the theater to see Marx Brothers' movies and things like that, we would inevitably see the trailer for "Rocky Horror." And my friend Steve and I vowed solemnly never to see that film because we thought it was too terrible a pun when Bradford Dillman shouted "Great Scott!" after the trailer introduced the character of Dr. Scott.

That was 40 years ago, and I continue holding true to my vow. I have, however, seen "Shock Treatment," the sequel to "Rocky Horror." A friend of mine's wife has it on VHS, and she forced several of us to watch it one afternoon.... :twilightsheepish:


Well, that makes... an awful lot of sense.

Then again, making a frightening amount of sense is kind of what you do. :raritywink:


Well, you know what they say:

Take care of the sense, and the dollars will take care of themselves.

Or no. Wait. That's not quite right, is it? :rainbowderp:


We're talking 'bout, dollars and cents/
Dollars and cents!/
Them greenback bills with the pictures of the presidents~


When I was still:

Doing my radio show at 6AM on Saturdays, I used to open with Dave Frishberg's song "Zs." I'd completely forgotten he'd worked with Bob Dorough and the rest of these folks on the "Schoolhouse Rock" series! :pinkiehappy:


Finally got around to this, and I'm so glad I did!

To be honest, the problem with Starswirl doesn't bother me, because I'm able to pass it off as a poor continuity error. But there are other errors I can't let go as easily, so I totally understand your frustration with it. I like your answer to it. It makes the pieces fit well together. I think my favorite bit was his line about how we travel forward through time every day, and "going to the future" is simply speeding that process up. Don't think I've ever looked at it that way. I also particularly liked that you squeezed a nice amount of heart into it, with him telling Clover he was proud of her, because he obviously got the chance to learn about all the good she did, despite him not showing her too much appreciation when he was with her.



A fair percentage of fanfiction, seems to me, begins with either the phrase "Here's why that happened" or the phrase "Here's something that should happened." This is one of my "why" stories. :pinkiehappy:


Yeah, exactly. Especially if you expand "should" into "should/could/would". And we can't forget that great stirrer of the imagination, "What if".

This is brilliant and it needs more views.

Hmm. This had an interesting setup, and the question was (largely) answered, but it didn't quite stick in my mind. The writing itself was a pleasure to read, but... I suppose I'd have liked a bit more to have happened. Which would have made it a rather different story, I know, but still. At any rate, still well worth a like.

An impressive piece of work.

It's definitely a possibility!


And the rest:

As they say, is history! :eeyup:


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