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Lucky Dreams

I didn't choose the skux life, the skux life chose me. (Can also be found at luckydreamsart.tumblr.com!)


"Dear Santa Hooves. My name is Apple Bloom, and I don't want presents for Hearth's Warming this year. I just want my cutie mark..."

Featured on Equestria Daily -- January 18th 2013
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Comments ( 182 )

Oh my god this was the most heart-wrenchingly adorable thing I've ever read.

Oh dear, it's full of d'awws!
(And absolutely made me go read "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" because gah was that an awesome use of editorial)
Rather liked that you actually hand-wrote and scanned in all of these letters complete with spelling errors, doodles and glitter... oh so much glitter. I think the internet might be clogged with it now.

So long and thanks for all the 'dorbs, Lucky

Man, I know it would be totally out of place, but I can't help but feel like this needs a 'stinger' somehow. Like a form letter response from Celestia, or a bill from Ponyville Hospital for treating Sweetie's Glitter Overdose, or something.

Oh, darn. That was simply delightful!

1966798 Glad you think so :yay:

1967585 That editorial is one of my favourite pieces of writing ever. I wish I had a time machine so I could go back and shake the guy's hand!

1969069 "Our top story tonight, school age filly caught doing lines of glitter off Miss Cheerilee's desk!" :pinkiegasp:

1969176 :pinkiehappy:

For a story so short and simple to be so heart warming and convey so much feelings... I would expect nothing less of you! :pinkiehappy:

I'm beyond amazed, however, at the presentation of the story. Never before have I read something like this, and I truly believe it shows your great commitment and dedication. :twilightsmile:

Also, aside from different styles, you never forgot (even for a second) about characterization. I cannot even express how appropriate and in-character every single letter felt (episode writers should definitely follow your example instead of shattering ponies' personalities like in the last few eps :facehoof:). Everything from Applebloom's plain and practical writing, Scootaloo's sharp letters as if she was struggling out each and every one of them (with her mouth too! :raritywink:), Sweetie's much more curved and aspiring-to-be-elegant style (can she use magic already or has Rarity trained her in writing with her mouth? :raritystarry:), Applejack's imperfect and practical words that cut the chase and hit the nail in the head, to Twilight apologizing for using a pencil is just perfect.

Also, you added those perfect little trademark touches of each pony! Like Applebloom's sad filly face, Sweetie's decorations all over her letter, Scootaloo painting Rainbow's cutie mark instead of the T letter in her name, Applejack signing hers letter with an apple... It just blows my poor mind. :pinkiesad2:

I'm so sorry I'm orgasming :yay: about each and every one of your stories so much, but it just so happens that you blow me away with each one. :pinkiesad2: I mean, it's not my fault, right? It has to be yours! :twilightsheepish:
Anyway, whether it's just a short tale of growing up, or an amazingly crafted OC kiddo who wants nothing more than to meet his mom one last time, or this simple story when presentation is everything, your commitment and skills shine like a diamond the size of Tom the Boulder (at least! :rainbowlaugh:).

Eh, let me calm down a little...
Whew. All good now.

I honestly think the presentation of this story has a tremendous role of carrying the reader along. If anyone decided to read the text-only version they would miss so friggin' much. Honestly, I don't think you should have uploaded the text version. *hint, hint* :raritywink:

Before I go, awestruck and smothered by your skills (like after reading every one of your stories :twilightblush:) I have to ask one thing: is this all your handhoofwriting? You sport so many writing styles, if that's the case! :pinkiegasp:

There's this feeling in my chest. I'm not sure what it is. I think it might be... happiness?

Or possibly lung cancer. Can't tell. Either way, good story. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

1969940 Don't apologise! You always leave the best comments. You have a real knack of noticing all the things that I really want people to notice :pinkiesmile:

With Sweetie's writing, I was working on the assumption that Rarity's writing is absolutely impeccable (or that, at the very least, she likes to cultivate that impression), and that Sweetie is trying her level best to make her hoofwriting at least as good. She's still got a loooong way to, but it means that out of all the crusaders, she has the nicest writing.

And yes, all the handwriting is my own (as a point of compassion, my normal handwriting is like a barely legible version of the note written by Gloomy Skies). It's also the reason why, even though it's a really short story, it still took a frankly embarrassing amount of time to do. I had to figure out what everyone's writing looked like and then I had to practice it -- every letter was done at least twice. And oddly enough, even though Santa's was the most time-consuming, it was actually Scootaloo's writing that was the hardest to get right. It had to be bloody horrible, but at the same time it had to be understandable as well :fluttershyouch:

Then again, if your comment is anything to go by, then it was all worth it :yay:

1977100 Good grief, I hope it's not cancer! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the lovely comment :pinkiehappy:

You just reminded me that Regarding The Fountain is a book that exists and was one of my favorite reads growing up in the 90's. I'm curious as to whether or not you drew some inspiration from that spring. :)

At any rate, this was a lovely read through and through, if a bit short, but obviously we're not getting paid by the word here. And it's nice to be able to sit down for only ten minutes and come away having finished a full story. Great work with all the different types of stationary and the characters they represent!

Absolutely beautiful and heart-touching, and at the same time, exactly what I would expect from you. The hand-written letters really, really make this something special, and give a whole new level of uniqueness to the characters. Excellent work.

Aw... so heart warming indeed! Where was this on the eve of Christmas? :ajbemused:

Twilight WOULD have her own personalized stationary... or rather she would carry it around everywhere.

1978549 I've honestly never heard of that, although I'm very tempted to check it out now. I was actually inspired by The Jolly Christmas Postman, which someone got for me when I was four or something, and it was such an awesome book that I never forgot about it. So yeah, similar sort of thing :pinkiesmile:

1978703 Thanks Alex! :heart:

1978784 Sitting half finished on a desk whilst me and a few others made our way through a bottle of whisky, playing Super Smash Bros and hurling abuse at Pikichu. It was a good night. And I'm glad you enjoyed the story! :yay:

1979385 And she has 52 different varieties of quill, 35 different types of pencil, and 76 pots of ink, each one a sliiightly different shade of black. And when giving new ponies a grand tour of the library, she always insists on showing off every single one. Individually. :twilightblush:

a real knack of noticing all the things

Years Months of practice on a plethora of fics, both good and bad. :rainbowlaugh: But I thank you for your kind comment, I'm glad I hit the proverbial nail on the head and not made a fool of myself. :pinkiehappy: Again... :facehoof:

it was all worth it

Rest assured, it most definitely was. :twilightsmile:

I love the how you managed to capture each pony's personality with each letter. Setting traps around the fireplace is completely in character for Scootaloo and it makes me laugh every time I read it. Very heart-warming indeed.

Awww yeah. Now that is a beautifully done thing right here. I had to pause everything and read it. The letters go a great long way at setting up the emotional charge and showing the characters involved without using any description at all. The way you actually wrote/printed them is great. The doodles in the CMC ones are priceless, too. Once again, the letters are just exuding character, in a great way, and the fact that they tell a heartwarming story makes it so much better. Lovely thing, this. Thank you! :twilightsmile:

Marvelously executed. While I think the character voice for Twilight was off a smidge, everyone else was well realized, and very true to the spirit of the show. I read the scanned in version at the suggestion of the other PRs, and I'm glad I did. It really added another dimension to the piece, and I'm happy that you took the time to craft it that way.

Okay, this is great. I love that you really made the most of the format to include the pictures; it just wouldn't be the same without them. You captures the characters amazingly well, not only in terms of voice, but the hand(hoof?)writing and doodles are dead on. It makes it feel much more real than something that's just text. This is an amazing story.:pinkiehappy:

It was very good. I do think that the spelling errors were a little overdone. Dealing with kids all the time, I thought it was a bit much. But that's a minor complain, very cute story.

God that was amazing. I loved how you did every letter to match the personalities and ages of every pony. How did you did all of this? It's really amazingly done.

Also, the story is quite excellent.

This goes straight to my favorites.

Hey there! Not often I read other people's fanfics (due to lack of time and I'm writing my own stuff) but I got to say this was definitely worth it! Read on EQD that the 'scanned' version was way better so I went in to see and I got to say, great work with the stationery for the personalities of the writers! Very nice work there!

Okay good story time for a short critique.

Positives - This story is well written and has great pacing and stays true to the character. I especially like the format you presented it in with the scans (Hey if it is not a bother could you please show me or give me some of that Twilight Paper, Thanks.)

Negatives - I am not entirely sure that Apple Bloom would make as many spelling mistakes as depicted, same goes for Applejack.

Over all great fanfic and is one of the pony christmas stories I have ever read.

Egad my throbbing heart!
This was adorable!
SO CUTE :rainbowkiss: :heart: :yay:


This right here....

This is how you tell a fucking story...

*stands up and applause* Dear sir or madam... I'll be keeping a close eye on you.

I'll be right back. I'm busy dying of cute. Actually, this reminds me a bit of Tolkein's Father Christmas letters, with all the calligraphy. Anyway, this is gorgeous!

Daw's, launched by Flawless Presentation Cannon, straight through the heart.

Really, this story is too nonstandard for me to try to leave some sort of elaborate seriousface comment, but what I will say is that I thoroughly enjoyed it, and that I hope you had as much fun writing this as the results suggest. Loved it.

I love this! It's absolutely endearing and clever. I really enjoyed the little doodles from the CMC and the childish writing -- And AJ's spelling errors.

Not going to lie. I teared up. This is gold. Truly gold standard writing. So much is said in such a short length. I envy you for those skills. My writing is terrible compared to this. Thank you for writing this, as it brightened up a pretty lousy day for me.

Impressive. The letters are all really well done, and true to each character. I toast you as an artist.

I think a reply from Princess Celestia would be nice, too. I'd like to see what her stationery looks like!

This brings back so many memories of writing to Santa. I got a response letter on special green paper, all neat and typed out, and I felt so thrilled to get something back from the big guy himself. Those were the days.

Happy Hearth's Warming, everypony! :heart:

The sheer amount of creativity that went into this is staggering. Not to mention the beautiful story it told. Holy smokes, I have no words. 11/10.

Corporate bull-ding is no match for the power of friends and family!
This warmed my heart like a pie in the oven. The authenticity of the scanned version was just too precious. =)

sweetie belles letters were too adorable :D

"Glitter: Not Even Once." :ajbemused:

Trixie would say she loved this, but honestly I feel that way about all your work. (Honest, not just because you wrote it either.)

Though that said, the characterization that went into the letters, writing style, even the papers, all felt incredibly authentic. (Though Santa's personal letters were kind of a pain to read, but that is truly my only complaint.) So, kudos for that.
Though on the flipside, it looks like something like this would of been really fun to write... Was it?

The story's timing is about a month late, but I don't care! It's just so adorable and sweet. Creative use of scanned letters to tell the story, too. Nice work. :twilightsmile:

Absolutely amazing and completely original.
This was very much how I'd picture it being in the show.
The hand-written letters and different styles of handwriting, as well as the simple, yet captivating plot, make this one of the best reads on this site.
You made the hoof-writing match each pony, too.
Brilliant. Awesome. Amazing. Sweet. Heart-warming. Interesting. Original.
11/10 :heart:

I agree with just about all of the positive comments above, especially Karach's, but let me pile on a new one: it's not often that I read a piece of fanfiction that makes me wish there was more and more and more to read, and while you probably did choose an appropriate place to stop I would have been happy reading these charmingly in-character pieces of correspondence for another 2000 words or more! Bravo~ :pinkiehappy:

Oh, sure. Tear my heart asunder with d'awwws, why don't you? It's not like I was using it or anything. :fluttercry:

I...I cried, I cried so much:raritycry: but they were good tears:twilightsmile:

This was very great. The way it was depicted through letters, I still can hear the character's voices in these letters and their emotions. It was a very heart-warming story, suitable for the holiday it was surrounding.

This was absolutely amazing. The hoof-written letters set the tone perfectly.

I was particularly moved by Scootaloo's letters; apparently she takes after Dash in more than just her love for speed.:scootangel:


This isn't short, do you know how long it would take to make each picture? Don't complain about it being short, it's plenty long and you should be glad for what you got. Anyway, making it any longer would just be dragging it on.

Only negative thing I can even think of is that I imagine Twilight would have flawless hand (hoof?) writting.

Other than that it perfectly captures every character. From the CMC's overly artistic letters to AJ's typos and corrections, even her no-nonsense very squared penmanship style just perfect.

Holy crap the amount of work that went into this is just...oh I god I can't even-:raritydespair: This is just amazing!:pinkiehappy:

Seriously this made my day...it was pretty crappy, but reading this made it all better, thanks dood!:pinkiesad2:

Beautiful. Just beautiful. :raritycry:

Gotta be "that guy in the comments", though: You misspelled "quitting" as "quiting."

Still, the feels were instilled and shall stay. Great fic! :twilightsmile:

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