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Crystal Wishes


"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do." - Benjamin Franklin | "I only kid because I love you." - King of Beggars | The Quill


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Blog Posts

  • 4 weeks
    September Live Event Today!

    Hey folks!

    I apologize for being slack on the Live Event advertisement cause guess what, IT'S TODAY! :o

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  • 5 weeks
    Share a Smile

    Let's start the week off with something fun, friendly, and positive. :twilightsmile:

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    6 comments · 700 views
  • 6 weeks
    "Beyond the Veil" Launches Tomorrow

    For over a year, Anzel and I have been talking about a story set in Saddle Arabia. Unfortunately, neither of us were as ready as we thought we were to take on the massive project that Beyond the Veil has become. I hope y'all enjoy it nonetheless! There are a few things I'd like to cover before it goes live tomorrow to make an attempt at heading off questions preemptively.

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    15 comments · 378 views
  • 6 weeks
    Surprise Barcast!

    We're playing Cards Against Equestria with the Barcast crew.

    http://twich.tv/mikesnipe

    fun times ahead!

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  • 7 weeks
    Writing vs. Storytelling

    There is something that has bothered me for quite a while, and I finally—at 2:30am last night—realized exactly the reality of the situation with evidence to back up my words beyond just being a biased wife.

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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.

Crystal's Tales

  • 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 417,191 words · 11,172 views · 1,390 likes · 33 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 201,200 words · 3,827 views · 662 likes · 19 dislikes

The Royal Guard Trilogy

  • 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 · 12,187 views · 1,703 likes · 37 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 · 6,311 views · 1,195 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 261,283 words · 4,603 views · 809 likes · 24 dislikes

Beyond the Veil

  • Beyond the Veil Saddle Arabia is a land of shifting sands and ancient mysteries, where Aisha bint Sahar must learn to face the consequences of her actions and step beyond the veil of her ignorance. by Crystal Wishes 27,609 words · 1,115 views · 153 likes · 9 dislikes

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!