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“All plant seeds kind of look similar. They share many traits. You put them in the soil, water them, and provide sunlight. They grow, but they don’t always grow up to be the same. It could be just as well that when the seeds have sprouted, grown up to be six feet high, is when you realize that they’re completely different and share not even a single trait.”

The ember-red leaves of autumn burn slowly as the Equestrian nation make preparations for the coming winter. The farms and orchards are harvested a final time before they lay barren against the dwindling temperatures. Wood is stockpiled to keep the hearths alight and the sheep are sheared to keep everypony warm. Most importantly of all, the entire nation makes preparations for The Grand Galloping Gala; An annual royal ball held in Canterlot on the autumnal equinox.

As Rainbow Dash prepared to return home from the Wonderbolts on winter leave, she expects to attend the gala and spend the rest of the winter season relaxing with her friends. Instead she receives an urgent telegram summoning her to Ponyville where she is greeted by an angry mob and a shadow of her past.

When it starts to threaten her friendships, Rainbow Dash realizes just how dangerous the situation is, and is forced to confront the ghosts of her past and the life she left behind. Lest the one she built for herself crumbles in her hooves.

We all have days we feel we can’t survive. Sometimes our dreams are crushed. Sometimes our friendships fall apart. Sometimes the ones we love betray us. Sometimes sickness overtakes us and we may even lose the ponies we love.

One thing that is guaranteed is that we all have our day in disdain.

Author's Note:

Our Day in Disdain is a MLP fan-novel written by author Rainb0w Dashie. Conceived in June of 2011, inspired by the popularity of Pen Stroke’s Past Sins and Sargent Sprinkles Cupcakes, Our Day in Disdain was sidelined in pre-production for the next two years as Dashie worked on developing a synopsis and ironing out several plot-holes created from the first rendition of the story.

The story is considered to be Grimdark, Sad, and Tragedy according to the brony fandom’s jargon, but as any story it also has it’s fair share of cute, humorous, suspenseful, bittersweet, happy, and heartwarming moments. So the genre tags shouldn’t be what turns you away from the story.

For those curious readers, the actual genre of the story is Psychological Horror with a little Dark Romanticism and Gothic horror mixed in, and more information about these genres can be found below.

I hope you enjoy reading my story as much as I do writing it.

-Rainb0w Dashie

A Little information about Psychological Horror:

“Psychological horror is a subgenre of horror fiction that relies on characters’ fears and emotional instability to build tension. It typically plays on archetypal shadow characteristics embodied by the threat. The elements of psychological horror focuses on the inside of the character’s mind. This includes emotions, personality, mental attitude of individuals, where characters are in a perversive situation that includes high-level immorality, inhumane acts, and conspiracies.” For more information, click here.

A Little information about Dark Romanticism:

Dark Romanticism is a literary subgenre that presents individuals as prone to sin and self-destruction, not as inherently possessing divinity and wisdom. G. R. Thompson describes this disagreement, stating “the Dark Romantics adapted images of anthropomorphized evil in the form of Satan, devils, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, and ghouls.”. Finally, whereas Transcendentalists advocate social reform when appropriate, works of Dark Romanticism frequently show individuals failing in their attempts to make changes for the better. For more information, click here.

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Peace and Harmony have gone with the sudden disappearance of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna. What followed soon afterward was an internal struggle to fill the void left by the regal sisters... and a gradual decline that plunged Equestria into an evil era of hardship and uncertainty.

All that is left now is a land ruled everyday by violence and death... with six factions competing against each other for supremacy of the land... and the annihilation of all others.

This is...Equestria Divided.

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Book One in The Rainb0w Mythos

Rainbow Dash hasn't been sleeping well, in fact, she hasn't been sleeping well for the better half of a month now.  Tossing and turning at night, sleeping past her alarms, and often waking up exhausted, confused, and with her hooves outstretched as if to reach out for somepony. Thinking she's maybe just exercising too hard she tries to take it easy on herself, that is until a series of unpredictable nightmares bring Rainbow Dash back to a place long forgotten by Equestrian history.

Inspired by the music of Cult of Luna, A Pale Horse Named Death, and the author's own dreams; This is a story about the things we believe in, the things swept away by the passage of time, and the things left behind that are still there waiting for you.


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Chapter 3:
Made a derivative poem based on the public domain poem "The Night" by Hilaire Belloc
Directly referenced two paragraphs from the Daily Writing Tips article "Telling a good poem from a bad one" because I was having trouble paraphrasing it
Used a couple stanzas of 'Dead of Winter' by A Pale Horse Named Death
chapter 8:
used a quote by William R. Alger
chapter 9:
Sampled a passage from Ozymandias by Bysshe Shelly
Fimfiction Discord writing help:
Majin Syeekon, PocketHenry, figments - line brainstorming
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Symphonic sync, the chronicler, - put a conversation we had into chapter 9

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"The world is full of Kings and Queens,
Who'll blind your eyes and steal your dreams,
It's Heaven and Hell!"

Rarity writes about her first ever visit to Manehattan, A bustling community and a glorious metropolis of generosity, and recants a story of struggle, hardship, woe, and torment.

No matter what Rarity chose to do in life, the time she spent in Manehattan changed her, and she writes her experiences in her friends' friendship journal to server as a warning: No matter what your intentions or goals are, you should never trust Manehattan.

Story inspired by EQD's "Rarity takes Manehattan" writing prompt, System of a Down's Lost in Hollywood, and the Heaven and Hell song of the same name.

Parts of Rarity's monologue sampled from the description of the city of Tarbean in The Name of the Wind

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Book Two in The Rainb0w Mythos

Astral Projection is a forbidden magical subject available only to ascended Alicorns such as the Celestial Sisters. However, Twilight sparkle manages to find a book on the very subject while perusing a rather peculiar bookstore in Manehattan.

Being the curious intellectual she is, Twilight begins to experiment with this clandestine magic and ends up becoming separated from her body and must find a way to traverse the astral realms to find a way to return.


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Chapter 1:

Used excerpts from puzzuzzu.com

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