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Crystal Wishes

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Main Quill Stories

  • Crystal's Wishes As a filly, Crystal Wishes was content just writing about ponies falling in love. While her career takes off, her love life is somewhat... lacking. Can she be happy living vicariously through her stories or will she find her own happily ever after? by Crystal Wishes 418,025 words · 10,439 views · 1,351 likes · 31 dislikes
  • Crystal's Hopes Crystal Wishes finally found her happily ever after, but she never thought about what came next. The life of a military wife is not as easy as she hoped it would be. by Crystal Wishes 192,400 words · 3,571 views · 639 likes · 18 dislikes

Main Blade Stories

  • Memoirs of a Royal Guard Silent Knight assumed his story would be complete once he achieved his dream of joining the Royal Guard. To his surprise, it was only just the beginning. by Anzel 151,648 words · 11,353 views · 1,644 likes · 36 dislikes
  • Secrets of a Royal Guard Silent Knight returns to take command of Luna's House Guard but that role isn't the only one he's assumed. He'll have to balance being an agent, avenger, and stallionfriend as he takes on his first command. by Anzel 212,444 words · 5,895 views · 1,160 likes · 22 dislikes
  • Trials of a Royal Guard Duty, honor, and loyalty above all else. That was what Silent Knight had been told ever since he was a colt. They had guided him all his life and he was more than ready to follow in his father’s hoofsteps by dedicating himself to the Royal Guard. by Anzel 244,708 words · 4,034 views · 737 likes · 23 dislikes

Side Quill Stories

  • The Velveteen Mask Everypony knows her as a cute, bubbly mare with a penchant for playful mischief, but is that just a mask she wears? Who really is Velvet Step? by Crystal Wishes 128,000 words · 2,532 views · 465 likes · 27 dislikes
  • The Princess in the Mirror Struggling with low self-esteem and parents that care more about themselves than their daughter, High Horse wonders if there's another place out there where she's meant to be. by Crystal Wishes 6,700 words · 904 views · 240 likes · 9 dislikes
  • Lovey Dovey and the Business Pony Lovey Dovey is a professional matchmaker tasked with finding a special somepony for Magnate, a hard-working stallion who doesn't believe in love. Has Lovey finally met her match? by Crystal Wishes 10,000 words · 2,797 views · 381 likes · 13 dislikes
  • Lovey Dovey and the Uncertain Stallion Lovey Dovey knows that she's destined to be with Magnate. But is he so certain? by Crystal Wishes 35,500 words · 1,597 views · 276 likes · 12 dislikes
  • All That Glitters Who is the mare behind the glittering facade known as Au? by Crystal Wishes 6,000 words · 793 views · 164 likes · 7 dislikes

Silly Quill Stories

When I first joined the site, I was semi-closeted; my friends knew I liked My Little Pony, but I wasn't quite ready to admit I liked its fanfiction, as well. Thus, I didn't want to use my normal pseudonyms lest I be discovered, so on a whim I put my name into a "what is your pony name" generator and it gave me Crystal Wishes. The name seemed pretty, so I rolled with it.

Some time later, my husband expressed an interest in writing together, and I meekly suggested ponies. He started work on a story and when it came time to pick an OC for me to write about, I decided to use the Crystal Wishes name for her. There was a period of time where the stigma of OC = Account Name bothered me, but now, I'm grateful for it!

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.

I mainly write slice of life and/or drama stories involving original characters set in the Quill & Blade universe, which my husband Anzel and I work on together. While he focuses on the Royal Guard and the military aspects of the universe, I tend to stick to the "mundane" ponies and their lives.

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.

Crystal Wishes

Daughter of Upper Crust and Jet Set, Crystal Wishes is a hopeless romantic. She's been obsessed with foal tales ever since she was a filly and has never grown out of her desire to find her one true love. Though she was raised to be a proper Canterlot lady, she's grown to loathe the elite society her parents pushed her into.

Stars In: Crystal's Wishes and Crystal's Hopes

Velvet Step

Velvet Step moved to Canterlot from Manehattan as a filly to escape bullying over her blank flank, where she met and befriended Crystal Wishes. Bubbly and ever the optimist, Velvet often uses humor to lighten a heavy situation, even sometimes to her own detriment.

Stars In: The Velveteen Mask

High Horse "Horsey"

High Horse always wanted to make her father, Hoity Toity, proud, but her insecurity and low self-esteem regarding her weight brought her nothing but his disdain. She fell into a friendship of sorts with Golden Pants and became the second meanest pony in school, even if that isn't who she really wants to be.

Stars In: The Princess in the Mirror

Lovey Dovey

Lovey Dovey is known to some as one of Equestria's finest matchmakers; to others, she is the pink nightmare that lurks just around the corner, ready to smother you in babble about love lines. She is always overflowing with joy and happiness at the prospect of finding somepony's soulmate... but sometimes she comes on a little too strong.

Stars In: Lovey Dovey and the Business Pony and Lovey Dovey and the Uncertain Stallion

Golden Pants

Every school has their bully, and at Canterlot Elementary, it's Golden Pants... which is a bit ironic, given that her father, Fancy Pants, is one of the nicest social elites around. She is afforded every luxury she wants and has no qualms lording this over the less fortunate. Her mane and tail are naturally blue like her eyes, but when she's older, she dyes them blonde to match her model name: Au.

Stars In: All That Glitters

"You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence." - Octavia Butler

"Congratulations! You're not perfect! It's ridiculous to want to be perfect anyway. But then, everybody's ridiculous sometimes, except perfect people. You know what perfect is? Perfect is not eating or drinking or talking or moving a muscle or making even the teensiest mistake. Perfect is never doing anything wrong – which means never doing anything at all." - Stephen Mane

"If proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can't allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative." - Elmore Leonard

"I find that most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one." - Flannery O'Connor

"There is no secret to success except hard work and getting something indefinable which we call 'the breaks.' In order for a writer to succeed, I suggest three things - read and write - and wait." - Countee Cullen

"To avoid criticism: say nothing, do nothing, be nothing." - Aristotle

"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." - Franz Kafka

"A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault." - John Henry Newman

"Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for." - Ray Bradbury

"Love is the answer to everything. It's the only reason to do anything. If you don't write stories you love, you'll never make it. If you don't write stories that other people love, you'll never make it." - Ray Bradbury

"I never do a full outline, and if I did, I would not feel bound to it, because the view from inside a scene can be different from the view outside it. But neither do I just start writing and see what happens; I am far more disciplined than that." - Piers Anthony

"One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or ten pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off." - Lawrence Block

"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!" - Nick Hornby