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Crystal Wishes

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  • Tuesday
    Q&B Contest Reminder

    A reminder that the Q&B contest closes on September 1. There are, at present, only two entries... so you're currently guaranteed to win if you submit! Here is an overview of the contest:

    • 3,000 words or less
    • Six prompts to choose from
    • Write about a Q&B character OR your own original character OR a canon character!
    • It doesn't have to be compliant with Q&B canon or even about our AU at all.
    • Deadline is September 1
    • Submissions are anonymous

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  • 1 week
    Fancrochet Surprise

    Just came home to find this in my DA notifications :heart:

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  • 3 weeks
    BronyCon Panel at Hall of Stars

    Oh btw

    I forgot to remind any BronyCon folks

    We have a panel starting in ~30 minutes at the Hall of Stars

    Hope to see someone there!!

    5 comments · 79 views
  • 4 weeks
    dear diary

    Today was going to be a great day. I was going to have lunch with the wonderful and darling Tori. We were going to kvetch about my work bestie, Marcus, because he bailed on our lunch get-together.

    Well, now he's un-bailing.

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  • 6 weeks
    First ever Q&B writing contest!

    So, because I made a joke, Anzel and I are now hosting a writing contest for Q&B fans. (and, well, non-fans as well! anyone can participate!) A quick overview of the contest:

    • 3,000 words or less
    • Six prompts to choose from
    • Write about a Q&B character OR your own original character!
    • Deadline is September 1
    • Submissions are anonymous

    Read More

    5 comments · 170 views

No one is you and that is your power.

Hello! My pseudonym is Crystal Wishes and, yes—I have an OC by the same name. I am the Quill of Quill & Blade, a universe I write in with my husband, Anzel. Together, we have written over 1.5 million words across almost 20 stories that all feature a diverse and vibrant cast of original characters set in an alternate universe of Equestria.



Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical.
Don't edit your own soul according to the fashion.
Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

Writing original characters is a tricky business. Folks seek fanfiction because they want to see their favorite characters in situations that the show they love doesn't provide. Original characters don't always have the best reputation, but this is what Anzel and I enjoy writing.

I mainly write slice of life and/or "drama" stories involving original characters from the Quill & Blade universe. While Anzel focuses on the Royal Guard, I tend to stick to the "mundane" ponies.



People who uplift you are the best kind of people.
You don't simply keep them. You have to treasure them.

While Anzel and I do have a Patreon for those who like our work that much, the existence of it will not affect any of our stories by introducing gated or pay-to-view chapters in any way. Whether you support or not, you will have access to all the same stories and chapters as everyone else.


Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.

I am always happy to chat, but please understand that the following things:
I work a standard 40 hours a week. I also have to eat, sleep, and spend quality time with Anzel. Whatever time is left is spent on personal hobbies, such as writing the stories you're likely following me for.

I am forgetful! If you send me a message and I'm in the middle of something, I am very likely to forget to respond later. It's not personal!

As much as I adore you all, there are a lot of you. This isn't ego, this is fact. There are a lot of people who want my attention.

So, if you want to talk to me, do so!! I don't mind. I just may not start conversations because, frankly, I'd have no time if I started conversations with everyone who wants me to.


Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

When I'm not writing ponies, I'm likely programming—either for my job or for my hobbies. I maintain a bot for Anzel and my's Discord server, as well as our website, QuillnBlade.com, where you can find extra information and backup copies of our stories.

Quotes to Write & Live By

Anyone and everyone taking a writing class knows that the secret of good writing is to cut it back, pare it down, winnow, chop, hack, prune, and trim, remove every superfluous word, compress, compress, compress...

Actually, when you think about it, not many novels in the Spare tradition are terribly cheerful. Jokes you can usually pluck out whole, by the roots, so if you're doing some heavy-duty prose-weeding, they're the first to go.

And there's some stuff about the whole winnowing process I just don't get. Why does it always stop when the work in question has been reduced to sixty or seventy thousand words--entirely coincidentally, I'm sure, the minimum length for a publishable novel? I'm sure you could get it down to twenty or thirty if you tried hard enough.

In fact, why stop at twenty or thirty? Why write at all? Why not just jot the plot and a couple of themes down on the back of an envelope and leave it at that?

The truth is, there's nothing very utilitarian about fiction or its creation, and I suspect that people are desperate to make it sound manly, back-breaking labor because it's such a wussy thing to do in the first place. The obsession with austerity is an attempt to compensate, to make writing resemble a real job, like farming, or logging. (It's also why people who work in advertising put in twenty-hour days.)

Go on, young writers--treat yourself to a joke, or an adverb! Spoil yourself! Readers won't mind!

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