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AlexUk


Amateur writer and critic.

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There is a world where Life and Death govern all imaginable realms. A world where Watchers guard over their planets and the creatures that roam them. In this world, a young soul goes on a journey to a place he never thought existed, after cutting an untold deal with Death.

Equestria, a place of magical creatures and mysteries, offers him a new chance at life. A chance he will have to pay dearly for. This is the written story of his adventures, some of the sorrows and victories of his life as he goes through great challenges and fights his inner darkness.

At the end of this journey, one begs the question: What is better? To be born good, or to overcome your evil side through great effort and sacrifice?

Tagged with Human for the prologue.

Follows show's cannon up until end of Season 2.

Now a published book!
And it's own TvTopes page!

First chapter published January 2012
Marked as Complete on 31st August 2014
Published (printed) on 25th November 2014

PM me for the full digital version of the now-printed book! (includes text PDF, full cover and fan art)

Chapters (37)
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Comments ( 1701 )

Notes:
First MLP fic.
Prologue is 99% . . . human so to speak. Keep reading though, it's the only chapter like this.
I will try to update it as often as I can. It will be a big fic and I will try to maintain as much show fidelity as I can. Expect a chapter a week.
It will have a lot of adventure, romance, drama and some sadness. I hope it will be an epic story as I pictured it will be.
Suggestions are welcomed as well as constructive criticism !
English is not my first language, so please don't flame me too much about the mistakes you might find.


ARTWORK (Spoilers)

Thanks Silverwolf for this portrait of Blink :)
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Blink's cutie mark
i.imgur.com/4rG3iCs.png

Thanks Firenze (ask-firenze.tumblr.com) for the drawing ! :D
i.imgur.com/G9T8rEe.png

Thanks FrozenTear7 for this!
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Source: http://frozentear7.deviantart.com/art/Stairway-to-Equestria-Midnight-Blink-602009204?ga_submit_new=10%253A1460225063

And art contest winners for the book-launch:

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I like the story so far. The first chapter didn't really captivate me, to be honest, but the second chapter left me wanting more. If English isn't your first language, you might want to consider getting a friend to edit this for you. Though you might want to be more detailed about the surroundings and environment, to help the readers feel as if they're there.

woo, I'm wanting more of this :)

Feedback is welcomed? Very well then!

So first I'd like to say that this is a very interesting story so far. It's written pretty well (except for some errors but I'll get on that later), you've given the character a real sense of...err...character, and have tried to make it as believeable as possible while still being in the magical land of Equestria. The premise is interesting and by chapter two you've captured the reader's attention. That was actually a really smart move on your part, I probably would not have tracked this if it had not been for the second chapter.

However, you seem to have an issue with phrasing. Sometimes a sentence came off as wonky (or didn't make sense) and that's something you could definitely aim to improve on. As far as spelling errors, you're pretty solid, it's mostly grammatical errors.

Another thing that I would like to add is that you probably should change chapter one's title into a prologue and change chapter two (obviously) into chapter one, because that's when the story really begins.

All in all, for a first fanfiction, this is great. It's clear you've put in a lot of effort and it shows. You may want to seek out someone who is more familiar with english and have them help you spruce up the story just a bit. Keep it up, you've got my track.

106111 Thanks ! I will work more on that !

106129 106136
I am glad to hear that. As long as I have even one person interested in this, I will keep writing on it.
So excited about this, hopefully everything turns out as I imagined it !

106143 Thanks for reading and also for the feedback !
I am aware of the phrasing issues and will get around fixing them as soon as I have the opportunity !
Strangely, I messed up my sleep cycle during this holiday to the extend that I ended up writing these 2 chapters in 2 different mornings (4-5 AM)

Loved it! You're getting tracked by me!:raritywink:

Good, I like it

its the most
wierd
depressing-
-LY AWESOME STORY EVAH!:scootangel:

You might have seen this somewhere, but oh well. MOOOAAARR! !!!!!!!:flutterrage:

Interesting, and quite catching. Some mistakes:trollestia:, but it's good

Also, Alex/Twilight shipping?

Thanks everyone for the comments and tracks ! Now you made me stick to it ! I Promise I won't let you guys down !

106386
that sounds strange lol
Unfortunately I can not confirm or dismiss any rumors that might arise from this fic.
Everything related to "Stairway to Equestria" will only be found on this page. I will never reveal chapter/plot spoilers or fragments through any other source.

Nice :pinkiehappy: You've got a tracker! :moustache:
-Glassed

Please oh please tell me the next chapter will be released soon? I mean, I'm fine if I have to wait, but I'd really like to see where you going with this.

Have to say that I was a bit skeptical about the description - I don't normally like 'oh I'm a pony now' stories - but you've held my interest so far.

106452 I know how it feels. I felt the same pain (exponentially larger) for every "It takes a Village" chapter.
I though that if I had someone that wanted to read my silly story they won't have to wait that long... But I realized that if you want a decent story, it takes time. It's either 1 chapter every 2-3 days ( small, rushed and with with tons of mistakes or plot wholes) or one every 5-7 days, with some quality in it.
I am as eager as some of you and my head's been filled with scenes, plot twists and characters in the last 2 days but I can't lay it down as fast as I would like to. Again, English is not my first language and believe it or not, I am not a writer (as in not even amateur writer). My English literature reading is almost 0, I hate the ones in my own language so I don't even know how people consider something I write to be good... In the same time I am frighten by stupid mistakes I seem to make and no matter how much I re-read my chapters, I still can't find them all :((
But hopefully everything will turn out fine... With that in mind, expect a new chapter in 3-4 days, as I am still in my holiday break

Also I am looking for pre-readers and proofreaders ! (desperately)

106492

Despite the fact that english is not your first writer, you've surpassed a lot of stories on here, no foolin'. Also, don't get bummed out by mistakes and editing. My editor and I always find some new mistake we had missed, and no matter how many times we go over something, that's always the case. What happens is, you become familiarised with the story, so your brain tends to gloss over things you might not have noticed. It's best to write out a story, go back over and search for some errors, then wait a few days and come back to it. You'll be surprised with how much stuff you'll find. Reading a story out loud also helps.

Don't get yourself down, you're doing just fine, it's all a learning experience is it not?

106514
Despite the fact that english is not your first language...my bad...silly typos :pinkiecrazy:

I'd be willing to proofread, if you need someone. My mom's an English teacher and my whole family read a lot, so you might say I've picked up some skill with the language :trollestia:

Mmm... I guess it's interesting enough to keep reading. I'll wait to rate until later, kay? Kay. Thanks!

~ Moonstone, Minstrel of Equestria

Well, it's certainly interesting. Gonna track this, I think. (Just don't make the rookie mistake of making yourself OP or anything crazy like that. That's the fastest way to shoot yourself in the foot. Starting out sick is a good start, but there has to be more things you won't be able to do, ect. That's all I'll say for now! It helps that we, and he/you, to an extent, knows that it's a self-insert, so that should help a bit.)

~ Moonstone, Minstrel of Equestria

I like how this is going so far. I'll give it a track.

106512 Do you have any plans to have a section of a chapter that is dedicated to his real world funeral? I think it would be interesting to see how it plays out and who would actually attend, since he doesn't seem like he knew a lot of people outside his tight-knit group of friends and family.

107022 your comment made me realize how lonely I am in real life :pinkiecrazy:
As I previously said, I can't say anything about what is going to happen in the fic.
Thanks for reading !

107028 Also while reading this fanfic, and many others like it, the after life and you getting to chose your heaven, the only thing I can think of this The Five People you Meet in Heaven. It says that heaven isn't a place like most people think it is, above the ground with God and everything good, you get a choice when you die to choose where you want to spend eternity.

107062 Thanks for reading !
As you can see though in the first chapter, my approach is a little bit different.

I also received some PMs asking me about this whole death/life thing.To clarify, this will be a long fic, and I will make sure that by the time the story ends, all questions shall be answered, in the chapters and nowhere else :twilightsheepish:

That was...wow...that was moving :fluttershysad:
Manly tears here, friend. Very manly

T4

mmkay i havent read this but if it follows that old "turnd-into-a-pony" trope, im not reading past the first chapter

I must sir, this is quite the captivating fic. I really look forward to reading more!

107078 I am liking this story you've got going. But there is one thing I would like to ask. Will you be keeping the mystery as to how and why he is in Equestria? I'm liking the air of mystery around his near-death or fatal experience. Intersting :trixieshiftright:

107241 Thanks for reading !
I said it but I will say it again (as people don't read all the comments so its fine, I am still sane :pinkiecrazy:)
Unfortunately I can not confirm or dismiss any rumors that might arise from this fic.
Everything related to "Stairway to Equestria" will only be found on this page. I will never reveal chapter/plot spoilers or fragments through any other source.
Rest assured, this will be a long fic, and I will make sure that by the time the story ends, all questions shall be answered, in the chapters and nowhere else.

T4

ok, usually i hate it when they get turned into ponies, but this im ok with, I'm tracking, you're winning

107278
Wow, thanks ! I thought I lost you there :pinkiehappy:
You won't be disappointed !

i actually like stories where people turn into ponies :twilightsmile: fav and tracking keep it up :rainbowdetermined2:

Interesting thing with the whole standing on the bed thing. Also that vioce, I wonder what it could be from.

-66

Love it! Totally tracking:coolphoto:

Wow!! I'm really liking this so far. Keep up the good work.

I must mirror CosmicAfro's praise, you write very well compared to other stories I have seen here (from people who I think call English their first language). Though, one thing did irk me. The RMI machine would be called an MRI machine, Magnetic Resonance Imager versus a Resonance Magnetic Imager (stupid English and its backward ways).

I like you story and if you want, I could be a proofreader for you. I read it and tell you the mistakes I see. Also I suggest what other people do which is get more proofreaders for better results.

I really want to know what Alex's cutie mark is going to be, what is he going to do now that he is homeless and jobless since he is a new world. Good luck,

-66

When I first read this I thought "Potential. People are going to like this in a chapter or two."

Hoooooooooly crap. You didn't need that extra chapter.

106512 I'd be willing to help if you need it. I'm pretty good at finding errors and whatnot.
I like this story and I'd like to see where it's heading. You know, strangely enough I've thought of the fact that since ghosts are dead and don't really need oxygen to breathe, couldn't they travel the whole universe?:applejackconfused:

I am very seriously considering reading this based on the title alone.

And since I'm sick and can't do anything but read, and I am soon out of fics... :pinkiehappy:

Sweet. New fic to track. Don't know why some people hate "humans in Equestria" fics. I personally like them. Always fun to see how people depict humans interacting with ponies, whether it is the "Hey, I've gone insane.......Oh well, might as well have fun" approach, the "How the hell did I get here and do I get back" approach, or most humorously "What was in that taco last night?!" Or "I only had 2 beers!"

Good story so far.
The cutie mark is probably an old fashioned game controller..
No job, no home. That's a hell of a heaven!
Maybe he could 'invent' the role playing card game.

Hm!
Yesterday, I read another HiE fic with essentially the exact same prologue as this.
Except, this one is infinitely better written. I hope the rest will be following suit =D

Lovely second chapter, that's for sure!
Everything seems to be of excellent quality, except for one thing; please make his thought be in cursive or something? It gets slightly confusing when he thinks and someone else speaks right afterwards/forwards, etc. It hasn't created any particular problems yet, but I'm willing to bet that it will.

Also, damn you cliffhangers; I want to know his cutie mark!

Oh, and lastly; I presume ponies speak english in this fic. Does that mean they will be curious when the "I-person" in the fic is capable of speaking romanian?

Anyhow, I hope this fic updates regurarely ^^

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