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Rambling Writer

Our job is not to give readers what they want; our job is to show them things they never imagined. --Walt Williams


After the return of the Pillars of Equestria, A. K. Yearling gets a letter from Twilight: former villain Stygian is interested in writing. Not one to turn down a request from a princess and interested in learning from somepony who lived a millennium ago, Yearling sets up a meeting with him at a Canterlot donut shop. And so the two commence on Stygian's education of modern fiction.

Takes place not long after "Shadow Play". Written for the May 2020 Pairing Contest.

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Comments ( 25 )

Personally I would've loved to read what he ended up writing. He sounds like he'd make a good start as an amateur.

crossr #2 · 1 week ago · · ·

Good story, I really love how they are bonding over their love of literature and writing. And this is something I would like to see expanded upon. :twilightsmile::pinkiehappy:

Aww, short and sweet. I like how Daring forgets what questions she had for Stygian as she gets caught up helping him. I would like to see the story he's writing, it sounds interesting.

Yearling’s explanation of why we read fiction was brilliant.

The only pun-reference I didn’t get was Koboldlance.

redmar #5 · 1 week ago · · ·

This is a great story and I think that interactions between Daring and the Pillars should be used more since there are almost none. Stygian's off to good start as a writer too.

It's a reference to the Dragonlance D&D setting and novels.

This is a great dual character piece, right here. Both are incredibly well written, in character, and fun to bounce off each other. The inclusion of so many puns only makes it better!

My only complaint is that it ended so early, and abruptly. I’m not asking for a whole series on these two and their writing process, but I would love to see more.

Ri2 #8 · 1 week ago · · ·

So...does that mean Koboldlance is a series about ponies riding on top of kobolds? How are the kobolds not squished?

And who are the godsforsaken kender? Diamond dogs?

It's a pun based on the Dragonlance. A weapon specifically designed to kill dragons in the Dragonlance setting.

And Pinkie Pie is the only example of Kender, or close enough, in Equestria.


I thought lots of people with Dragonlances were also dragon riders?

Pinkie can't be a kender because everyone loves Pinkie and nobody likes kender. Out of universe. Does anyone in-universe like them?

A lot do. Heck that's what the lance was kinda designed to fit.

And it's Pinkie's mentality that is so much like a Kender's.


So are kobolds big enough to ride?

Pinkie isn't a relentless and unapologetic klepto, though.

Happy to see more Stygian focused works.

Two creatives walk into a bar. The bartender joins their party.

That was a really abrupt ending, not gonna lie. Would've at least liked some kind of update weeks down the road where Yearling checks in to find out how Stygian's work is coming along.

Quite good, I must say. Especially the brainstorming part was quite interesting. It's rare, that we get a view into the creation process. Even if it's a fictional one.

Goooooood, why does it have to be only one chapter </3

This was a really good one shot. Left me thirsty for more one-author-writing-as-two-drastically-different-authors action.

I'm very glad that she did not suggest time travel stories to Stygian. If you absolutely must use time travel, limit yourself to one cohesive party of time-travelers or else you will drive yourself mad, like a Lovecraft protagonist, endlessly drawing diagrams to ensure plot consistency.

If this continued, it could've been Stygian's rise as an author.

This was very nice. I resonate with Yearling here, cause while I enjoy writing and telling my own stories, I get a sick thrill helping brainstorm and aid others in theirs.

Something about helping build, inspire, and shape another's work into something they enjoy working on and can get excited for has been probably my favorite thing being involved on Fimmy Fic.

And I agree with others, this story holds so much potential to be more.

Really lovely story! Would love more, but it felt really good contained within this bit.

Well, it's good, and I wonder what is going to happen with both Daring and Stygian and the novel itself... Maybe in a future you could make a sequel or put the novel?

I loved this! I would love to see more.

I wonder how Stygian will react once he learns one of his descendants tried to destroy as many books as possible... out of shame for what he did.

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