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horizon


Not a changeling.

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LAST UPDATE: 2015/07/19

Set up Mantis bugtracker for writing projects - Because my (lack of) editing strategy isn't working.

Post Writeoff minifics to shorts collection - Organized Chaos, Granny Knows Best

Mark of Destiny [HiE] - 8000 words - Status: POST-WRITEOFF EDITING. (last touched: 7/15)

A Butterfly, Dreaming [Slice of Life] - 5500 words - Status: NEEDS POST-WRITEOFF EDITING. (last touched: 6/27)

My Faithful Student [Tragedy] - 7000 words - Status: NEEDS POST-WRITEOFF EDITING. (last touched: 4/15)

The Case of the Cowled Changelings [Mystery] - 5800 words - Status: EDITING TARTARUS. (last touched: March)

Hard Reset 2: Reset Harder [Dark] [Adventure] [AU] - Status: CHAPTER IN PROGRESS, ~4000 words written. (last written: November)

Thou Goddess annotations - Status: UNSTARTED.

The Sun Birds [Adventure] - 750 words written - Status: NEEDS MAJOR EXPANSION. (last written: 6/2014)

Hitchhikers Chapter 7 - 1.5k words written - Status: BACKBURNERED (last written: 8/2013)

Haylander: The Longest Night [Adventure] [Crossover] - 20k words - Status: BACKBURNERED (last written: 8/2013)

Haylander: Origins [Adventure] [Crossover] - 11k words - Status: ON HIATUS (waiting for H:TLN)

Starting Points

  • Thou Goddess Scansion wakes up to find beautiful poems he doesn't remember writing. Is the lonely goddess of the night reaching out to him in the only way she can, or is he chasing shadows? by horizon 5,174 words · 4,375 views · 561 likes · 14 dislikes
  • The 18th Brewmare of Bluey Napoleon In his influential analysis of the coup d'etat that would become known as the Rutting Revolution, Curly Marks wrote that history repeats itself — "the first time as tragedy, the second time as Prince Blueblood." by horizon 8,908 words · 2,628 views · 262 likes · 4 dislikes
  • Quiet Boy and Moon Horse A young man falls in love with the beautiful dark alicorn who moves the moon. But she's a fictional character … isn't she? by horizon 6,000 words · 4,636 views · 576 likes · 23 dislikes
  • The Iridescent Iron Rat Equestria's golden age of Harmony has virtually eliminated crime, but one of the few "rats" who can still slip through the cracks is planning a billion-bit heist. If only he hadn't made the mistake of stealing from a dragon … by horizon 9,423 words · 2,089 views · 361 likes · 6 dislikes
  • Fugue State When a barrage of musical numbers hits Ponyville, Lyra's fear of their mind-altering properties strains her relationship with Bon Bon to its breaking point. by horizon 7,097 words · 4,055 views · 465 likes · 5 dislikes

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More About Me

The fantastic colors of the liminal. The eternal dream of the elsewhere. A hoof ever in both worlds.
Has never embedded hidden messages in white-on-white text.
When not in Equestria, known as Baxil, suburban dragon.

I'm one of the curators of the Royal Canterlot Library, spotlighting the fandom's best stories. I'm also a regular medalist (and former champion) of the Writeoff Association competitions. I write in Scrivener and recommend it highly. If you've studied Anglo-Saxon I'd like your help.


WALL OF EGOBOO

"I made the mistake of reading Quiet Boy and Moon Horse in the corner of the cafe … then I had to leave, because tearing up in public is not exactly the image to project at snooty Southern Law School. Christ, I had forgotten your powers." –Cynewulf
"Winning writeoffs is kind of [horizon's] superpower." – Bookplayer
"In what world do I have more followers than you? … You are one of the 'holy crap I want to be that good someday' people." –SPark
"[Thou Goddess] is ultra-romantic writing at its finest, wickedly clever, perfectly written, with a beautiful measure of desperation." –Soge
"Note to self: Do not read really good ponyfic right before trying to post some of your own. Invariably crises of comparison will result." –Skywriter, on Hard Reset 2
"You're the best kind of bastard." – Eakin
"Horizon rewriting 'My Immortal' is, unironically, a better story than things appearing in the feature box." – Bradel
"[No Regrets] is incredibly well done." – Daetrin
"The first thing I thought upon reading Hitchhikers was that the gods of ponyfiction … had smiled upon me." – Ezn
"Horizon, like Ray Bradbury in 'The October Country,' has a knack for writing things that are sweet, funny, and creepy-sad at the same time." – Bad Horse


FURTHER PONY READING

Since I'm a regular participant in the monthly Writeoff Association competitions, you can read (early and rough versions of) my upcoming works there.

Back in 2012, most of my writing time went into Dark Side Of The Moon, a MLP/D&D forum-based game I ran to completion. It got literary.

My favorite moments players contributed to game: We learn how Daylight Savings Time nearly restarted the Celestial War … Luna goes undercover for a day (a major inspiration for Hitchhikers) … Gemini Star fights a dragon and her doubts … Luna has a breakdown … Flare Star quits the Guard to serve justice.


FURTHER NON-PONY READING

If you can't wait for me to scribble more ponyfic, I've written several hundred thousand words (in short stories and novellas) set in The Tomorrowlands Universe, an alternate Earth in which the sudden (re)appearance of mythical creatures and magic sent history into a screaming left turn ca. 1996. Start with:

Dangerous Waters [Slice-of-Life] (7,375 words) - In search of a therianthrope homeland that doesn't exist, the New Atlantis Project has decided to take the next logical step: Make one. This article follows the crew of the MV Discovery on one of their expeditions to test the feasibility of raising a new island in the South Pacific.
Change Of Mind [Tragedy] (7,600 words) - An idealistic and driven mage, Alethea, has just hit the jackpot: a spell that lets people consciously modify the behaviors that are causing problems in their life. But once those problems start to follow her home, she has to figure out if she's really prepared to accept the price she's paying to change the world for the better.
Dinosaur Gods [Slice-of-Life] (5,600 words) - It's just another day at work for a tour guide at New Atlantis' foremost museum — until one of his guests starts smiling at the 65-million-year-old statue known as the Atacama Dragon. Nobody smiles at the Atacama — adults go silent at its aura of ineffable importance, and kids find it a boring hunk of rock …


New usericon: horizon art by Onnanoko, recolored and modified by Arcum42. (Thanks also to Southpaw.)

Stories You Haven't Read But Should (Short Form)

  • To Endure Every immortal has her first love. And every immortal has her first loss. by Shamus_Aran 7,351 words · 2,165 views · 70 likes · 1 dislikes
  • "Teach Me Goodness" (July 2016 Writeoff Association Winner!) Cheerilee bids farewell to her friends and students before going back to school in Fillydelphia. by Posh 22,160 words · 1,425 views · 218 likes · 1 dislikes
  • The Equestrian Spring Nine months was all it took for one earth pony to put Princess Celestia on the defensive. by Chocolate Milk 25,005 words · 1,697 views · 81 likes · 5 dislikes
  • What If Socks Didn't Work Orally? Twilight Sparkle forgets to take her medicine one day and pursues a hazardous quest of holistic introspection. Milk, socks, griffin cuisine and toilet humor are contemplated. by Fiddlebottoms 4,591 words · 2,646 views · 172 likes · 5 dislikes
  • Erase and Rewind Two ponies, equally but uniquely flawed, must decide if they have enough wits between them to cobble together a stable family. A story about trust, loss, severe neurological disorder, and ice cream. by DuncanR 11,118 words · 1,644 views · 219 likes · 3 dislikes

Stories You Haven't Read But Should (Long Form)

  • These City Walls A series of mysterious circumstances leads the Canterlot Police to discover a plot as old as time. by KitsuneRisu 137,257 words · 1,254 views · 49 likes · 2 dislikes
  • fyre-flye The crew of Sereinity travels the fringes of the 'verse, salvaging and trying to avoid feds. by uhrora 55,057 words · 1,461 views · 67 likes · 2 dislikes
  • The Mare in the High Castle Under the eternal moonlight, a hoofful of strangers cross paths on the streets of Canterlot, capital of the Empire of the Moon, over the course of one eventful day. by ponichaeism 161,695 words · 2,238 views · 142 likes · 13 dislikes
Jun
27th
2017

Amnesty · 8:16am Yesterday

For a few weeks now I've been staring at a red three-digit number in the "Feed" section of my notifications. "Yeah," I kept thinking, "I should catch up on FIMFiction. But that's work at this point."

It recently has grown closer to four digits than to three and I realized I've been actively avoiding the site so as to not feel guilted by it.

So I'm cutting the Gordian knot. I officially have not read anything on FIMFic (except RCL candidates) for, like, a month, but I just clicked my Feed and closed the window to nuke the backlog. If anyone's been saying or posting anything that I ought to be interested in, this is the place to tell me about it: otherwise I'll never know.

... And um apparently FIMFiction Gold is an actual thing now? :applejackconfused:

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No problem. What’s neat is it gives you a live wordcount when you are on the chapter editing window, too.

Of course, this might mean that I no longer have a reason to write the story I was thinking of doing with as many quotes and dashes as possible to see how much higher then the actual wordcount I could go on a short story.

Oh well. All I had so far on it was the title “Flash Sentry and the Chanting Cultists”, and the following:

"Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn! Ph'nglui mglw'nfah Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!" The cultists enthusiastically chanted, not for the first time.

Flash Sentry lay his head on the-bar-table-that-should-not-be-named and moaned. How had he ever gotten himself into this? Well, all right, he did know that, he supposed. It had started with a mare. A mare and an investigation...

Oh, you can’t open other people’s unpublished stories unless you have a password now, too. So I went ahead and published “Cutie Mark Crusaders Game Inspectors” as a canceled story, because I still want it to be readable...

--Sweetie Belle

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Thanks for the heads-up! If the wordcount thing was fixed, my test story may not be particularly relevant any more, but I’ll have to see at some point.

Just thought I’d mention that word count has changed with the site update, but you have to go individually into each chapter and hit edit, then save for that chapters word count to update. Thought you might want to do that on your test story...

Also, I sort of published a collection of short stories! Short as in usually around 150 words each...

--Sweetie Belle

I'm guessing I've probably brought this to your attention before—but on the off chance I haven't (or for some just general nostalgic goodness)...

(The best bit, IMO, starts at timecode 4:35)

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…Where's the perfectly normal pony? All I see is a somewhat misshapen mustachioed minotaur. :rainbowhuh:

Oh! The cyan one in the background! Sorry, took me a minute because he was so perfectly ordinary and ignorable.

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Thank you! :pinkiehappy: Theater was quite a change of pace.

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