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Level Dasher


Reader, Writer, and Grammar Na— I mean, Editor. :twilightblush:

AUTHOR BIO

As an Education-major-turned-English-major (beware—that teacher is still hiding in me somewhere) making the best of a crazy life, I peruse this site under the name of my first Original Character.
I honestly can't believe I got involved in this fandom to begin with, but I joined the herd in 2011, and I certainly don't regret it. The Bronies are a great community. I'm a reader, a writer, an editor, and a potential friend. I've made quite a few on this website over the past few years, and I'm always happy to make more.
I hope you all enjoy my various works, as well as the stories that I've tried to help others make the best they can be. If you like any of them enough to follow me, I thank you in advance, and if I follow you back, you're welcome in advance. Same thing with faves of my stories or yours—Thank you and You're welcome in advance (I'm personally not a fan of seeing "Thanks for ________! / You're welcome!" all over people's comment sections. I get that it's to show appreciation, but I work under the assumption that if you follow someone or 'favorite' their story, they are likely appreciative of it. As is the case with me).

The words I live by: "If you're going through Hell, keep going." —Winston Churchill.

Top banner by the awesome ElfieChan.
Middle banner by the astounding EZTP.
Icon by the amazing Ayemel. (I may add a hat every now and then for special occasions)

Find me on Discord! @2ndHrtdHer0#6688


What's Going On

Life (non-pony)

— Well, after a scan and a meeting with my oncologist, it's official: my stem cell transplant in December of 2014 was a success, and I am now cancer-free! That's pretty hard to follow, but I also haven't had any seizures since my brain surgery last June that I know of, and it's been just about a year, so the surgery seems to have been a success; the docs are now weaning me off some of my medication, too!
— Well, I'm finally done with college, so now I need to find a job... or volunteer work, but preferably something that pays. Either way, I need to spend time searching.

As usual, I'm not guaranteeing any particular update rate with stories, since practically everything I'm working on—writing and editing—is going at an indeterminate pace. I AM doing both, though, I promise.


Stories

A Daughter and Her Dragon

- I adopted this story from Crystal Moose. I've taken it off hiatus, as I am actually working on it, but there is no prepared update rate at the moment. Despite that, I promise I won't let the story die, even if there are years-long gaps in between groups of chapters.

— A one-shot or addition to a collab may pop up here and there.

- I'm not working on any at the moment, as I'm trying to focus on DaD, but who knows?

Editing Slots (In order of acceptance)

Topaz Moon: Protocol D
TheFaceofMercy: Me and My Daughters
Tactless Trix:
Anon Saves Equestria, er...
— This slot is reserved for my regulars, if they have anything they'd like me to look at.

Readings

*Note* These have been put on hold because my computer crashed and I had to get a new one. I am yet to find my audio files that started these, and they are likely gone. Until I've combed through ALL of my files (of which there are MANY), I won't be continuing with readings. All I can say is, thank God for Google Drive, or I would have lost EVERYTHING.

So You Want To Be A Draconequus by Akumokagetsu

- I'm not really sure how long this will take me, as it's the first story offered to me as opposed to my requesting one. I'm not sure how much detail I'll include.

— Character and Voice Reels

- I'm creating these for people's reference for the future, so they know the voices I am and am not really capable of. I'm going to do one for MLP characters, and another for other general voices in case I'm approached for something non-MLP-related. I don't know if I'll do these or the story first, to be honest. We'll see.

Derpy. 'Nuff Said.

Stories I Have Edited/Am Editing: Full List // Readings

This is the full list of the stories I've edited (or am still editing) in alphabetical order.
Stories with a * have made it to the popular box. Stories with a ** have been featured.

Editing Completed

A Good Girl Never... by Crystal Moose**

A Pony Named 'You' by Moowell*

A Roll in the Hay by Shahrazad (Featured on Equestria Daily!)*

Better Left Buried by Shahrazad

Big Mac in a Small Town by Crystal Moose (Featured on Equestria Daily's Super Happy Hearts and Hooves Lovefest!)*

Breath of Fire by Shahrazad

Catch Me if I Fall by Shahrazad

Coffee With A Pony Princess by Crystal Moose**

Copic Mechanisms by Crystal Moose**

Courage of Every Stripe by Shahrazad*

Cycling Pants Make Me Feel Very Uncomfortable by Crystal Moose*

Dark Magic by Crystal Moose*

The Double Entendre by Shahrazad*

Expecting by Shahrazad**

Floret by Crystal Moose (Sequel to What I Brought Back From Manehattan)**

The Great and Powerful... Twixie? by Dreams of Ponies**

Harsh Truth, or Kind Lies by Shahrazad

I Hate Apples by Shahrazad**

in tenebris by Crystal Moose*

Kindness in Bulk by Shahrazad*

Murder on the Friendship Express! by Shahrazad (Featured on Equestria Daily!)

My Wings Will Keep You Safe by Brony250**

Nightmare Moon On Oak Street by Shahrazad (M)

Nurse Discord to the Rescue by Shahrazad*

Pet Sitting a Little Angel by Shahrazad

Queen of the Night by Crystal Moose**

Shhhhhhhh by RarityEQM

"So Aria, How Are You Paying Our Bills?" by Reading is Magic**

So I Like Care Bears, Okay?! by RarityEQM

S.S.O.C. by Crystal Moose**

Sympathy for the Siren by Crystal Moose*

This Date is Going to be Perfect! by Crystal Moose**

This Date... Reprise by Crystal Moose**

'Til Sunday Do Us Part by BlazzingInferno (Featured on Equestria Daily!)*

The Trixiest Trick by Dreams of Ponies (sequel to The Great and Powerful... Twixie?)*

Twilight's Dusk by kcizsckiee

What I Brought Back From Manehattan by Crystal Moose*

Your Secret Mother by Crystal Moose**

Editing Still in Progress

Anon Saves Equestria, er... by Tactless Trix** (M for language)

- This is supposedly going to be somewhat short. There's only going to be three chapters, according to the author, but we'll see.

Me and My Daughters by TheFaceofMercy**

- Writing for this story goes at an undetermined pace, but we are editing what's already finished.

Protocol D by Topaz Moon**

- Topaz claims that the next chapter is being worked on, but exactly how long it'll take to finish is up in the air.

PS: If you read any of these stories and find any mistakes I may have missed, please do call me out on it. While I'm not a professional, I do the best I can. I recommend writers to accept constructive criticism, and I try to do the same as an editor.

Readings

This is new for me, and I'm looking for practice, so if you either are willing to let me read one of your stories, or would like me to read one of your stories, send me a PM and I'll let you know if I'm up for it! (shorter stories for now, please) Keep in mind, I will likely only be doing one reading at a time, and if I say I might do one of your stories, that doesn't necessarily mean I will.

Completed Readings:

A Pony Named 'You' by Moowell


Currently May Be Recording:

So You Want To Be A Draconequus by Akumokagetsu

- Gimme some time; this is my first requested reading and will probably take me a little while.

— Character and Voice Reels (for the future)

Readings are currently on hold. Possibly indefinitely (so much for that... :facehoof:).

Artist Corner

I've had the pleasure of commissioning a plethora of talented artists (or they've been commissioned on my behalf) for artwork, whether it's been for cover art, supplemental story art, or just art for my own sake of having it. If any of you would also like to have the opportunity to work with some of these artists, I'd like to give it to you! Some of them are active here on FimFic, others can be found elsewhere. In alphabetical order, here they are, linked where you can most likely find them:
 
AHorseForEverySeason
Ayemel
ElfieChan
EZTP
MelonDraws
Neko-me
Norm
Sanyo21
SaturnStar14
Tsitra360

Bucket List

Eh, why not? (Thanks, Ayemel!)

[✓] 1 Follower
[✓] 10 Followers
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[✓] 50 Followers
[✓] 100 Followers
[ ] 250 Followers
[ ] 500 Followers
[ ] 1,000 Followers

[✓] 50 total views
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[✓] 250 total views
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[✓] 1,000 total views
[✓] 2,500 total views
[✓] 5,000 total views
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[ ] 25,000 total views
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[ ] 100,000 total views

[✓] 50 views on a single story
[✓] 100 views on a single story
[✓] 250 views on a single story
[✓] 500 views on a single story
[✓] 1,000 views on a single story
[✓] 2,500 views on a single story
[✓] 5,000 views on a single story

[✓] Have a story make it into Twilight's Library
[✓] Have a story make it into The Royal Guard
[✓] Have a story make it into the Popular Box
[✓] Have a story make it into the Featured Box
[✓] Have a story featured on Equestria Daily

Featured Stories

  • A Daughter and her Dragon Spike longed for years to have a family of his own. With Twilight's help, he applies for adoption. by Level Dasher 86,413 words · 7,256 views · 955 likes · 25 dislikes
  • The Rainbow Pony In Equestria, legend tells of a pony, all the colors of the rainbow, who will grant the wish of a pony whose heart is true. But tread lightly—the Rainbow Pony will grant a wish only if the wisher completes a unique task. by Level Dasher 2,346 words · 1,955 views · 147 likes · 16 dislikes

The Crimson-verse

  • The Right Place and the Right Rhyme Zecora recounts a tale of her past to her granddaughter… in the only way she knows how. by Level Dasher 2,079 words · 427 views · 21 likes · 0 dislikes
  • Like Father, Like Son "Must you plant your face in front of a screen?" This is a common phrase heard in Crimson Star's household. "But" is also a common response, but who does that "but" come from? Crimson, or his father? by Level Dasher 2,222 words · 348 views · 8 likes · 2 dislikes
  • Through Crimson Eyes What happens when a life-changing event occurs that shapes your whole life? What if that event occurs when life has barely begun? If a kid has dealt with more issues in six years than most can handle in a lifetime, how do you think they'd feel? by Level Dasher 108,424 words · 850 views · 51 likes · 5 dislikes
  • Hidden Lily Crimson Star is introduced to a new pony when he gets lost in the Everfree Forest one day. What kind of stories does this new friend have to share? by Level Dasher 5,473 words · 158 views

My Stories

Pieces I've Written as Part of Collaborations

Editing/Proofreading

As you can see in the box on the right margin of my page, I've edited a plethora of stories by a variety of writers over the course of my time here on FimFic. Every story I've worked on has helped my ever-improving skills as an editor.

Now that I've finally finished school, I have some time to edit other stories, but I'm also on the hunt for a job, so I'd prefer to keep this availability to completed one-shots (or multi-chapter stories shorter than 5000 words). My schedule may randomly shift, though, and if at some point I need to rescind this offer, don't be surprised. For now, though, if you're looking for an editor/proofreader, you can give me a buzz if you want, and I'll let you know if I'm up for the job. I tend to do multiple projects at a time, editing and writing included, so don't be too surprised if I have too much on my plate and have to say no.

If you do want to ask for my help editing a story, please take a look at my terms and conditions before doing so.


BONUS: Help with Homo-phones/nyms/graphs

Some of you may have seen it when it first appeared, but for anyone that wants a little help with homophones, homonyms, and/or homographs, head over to the forum thread that I created.

Edited— Featured Authors: Crystal Moose & Shahrazad

Edited: Other Authors

  • A Pony Named 'You' A short story in which You helps Twilight lose her ever-grammatical mind. by Moowell 1,468 words · 2,445 views · 258 likes · 6 dislikes
  • The Great And Powerful... Twixie? Trixie takes a trip to Sugar Cube Corner and everything spirals wildly out of control, thanks to a certain perpetually pink pony. by Dreams of Ponies 2,206 words · 407 views · 33 likes · 4 dislikes
  • Shhhhhhhh Saving the world takes a lot out of our heroes, but luckily, there's always time for a little nap by RarityEQM 1,035 words · 2,043 views · 159 likes · 2 dislikes
  • "So Aria, How Are You Paying Our Bills?" Sonata Dusk tries to learn what Aria has been doing to earn money. by reading is magic 6,354 words · 2,498 views · 192 likes · 5 dislikes
  • ‘Til Sunday Do Us Part Rarity has an awful idea: marry Spike for the weekend to gain entrance into an ultra-exclusive club for socialite couples. Spike has a brilliant idea: go along with it. by BlazzingInferno 19,075 words · 3,507 views · 387 likes · 15 dislikes

Currently Editing

  • Protocol D After LT. Campbell crash-lands on an unknown world, she must search for her fellow crewmembers and decipher an unfamiliar directive. Can she find common ground with the local population and acquire their assistance to succeed in her mission? by Topaz Moon 104,821 words · 5,364 views · 338 likes · 28 dislikes
  • Me and My Daughters Celestia had always cared for Luna and Twilight as if they were her own daughters, but what happens when they become her daughters for real? by TheFaceofMercy 24,603 words · 7,838 views · 486 likes · 20 dislikes
Jul
6th
2017

I REALLY Didn't Want To Do This, But— · 3:05pm July 6th

—I'm putting DaD back on hiatus.

I was so certain that I would be able to quickly pick up where Crystal Moose and I left off after our brainstorm session, but I just haven't been feeling the spark that I expected to come. Like I said last time, I have a better idea of what's coming now, but the intense drive that I thought would come just... isn't.

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Favorite Stories

  • The Bun, The Oven and The Muffin Man Spike had always wondered: just who were his real parents? To properly answer that, he needs someone sincere, someone sympathetic. What he gets is Discord. by Crosis 6,588 words · 8,700 views · 821 likes · 32 dislikes
  • Letters From A Disgruntled Friendship Student Twilight Sparkle is being sent to Ponyville to learn about friendship. She's not happy about it. by milesprower06 88,227 words · 38,579 views · 4,752 likes · 452 dislikes
  • On a Cross and Arrow Twilight and her five friends are transported across dimensions to... Ponyville, Equestria? But not the same one they knew. by Conner Cogwork 86,362 words · 54,209 views · 4,188 likes · 91 dislikes
  • Raven Anyone who has sought counsel from Princess Celestia has met Raven, her most faithful aide. She has been a veritable second shadow to the princess for as long as the castle staff can remember... longer than they can remember, in fact. Much longer. by SaintChoc 6,033 words · 5,476 views · 890 likes · 8 dislikes
  • The Time We Have Time... It truly does fly. You don't realize you're out of it until the clock's about to ring. by Sorren 5,005 words · 5,902 views · 277 likes · 16 dislikes

PSA: Downvotes

So this is really more of a personal opinion than a PSA, but I'm putting it in its own box instead of making a blog post about it because I want it to be consistently on my page so it can be visible without using up my blog module. I'm hoping that enough people will see it, and hopefully agree with me. I actually thought about writing a story with all of these opinions embedded in it, but it probably would have bordered on metafiction, and that's not really allowed.
It's not that I think there shouldn't be downvotes. I'll admit that I don't like it when I get a downvote on one of my stories—I'm sure nobody here does—but they can be helpful. However, what I'm PARTICULARLY not a fan of is getting a downvote with NO FEEDBACK. If someone gave me a downvote along with a reason why, I'd frankly be grateful. Embracing criticism allows me to improve as a writer. Unfortunately, I find that there are very few people who will actually provide that feedback with their downvote. I know that readers aren't obligated to do it, but I think most authors would appreciate knowing WHY their story is getting a negative reaction.
That being said, next time you're about to hit that red button, I strongly urge you to give the author your reason for doing so. If your reason is something along the lines of 'I don't like that ship,' or 'that idea is stupid,' or 'that fanon is so overplayed,' I suggest you either keep that to yourself, or just write a comment instead of downvoting. If you think the writing is expressed poorly, and/or you have some constructive criticism to provide along with the downvote, I hesitantly say to proceed. Personally, I avoid that button and just write comments, but that's just me.
While I actually tend to keep the filter on, I want to emphasize this idea for mature-rated stories, especially ones that have the sex tag. Not every mature story with that tag is going to be a clopfic—it may just have some innuendos or implications—so if you're one of those people that downvotes a story with that rating and tag because it either isn't clop and you wanted it to be (especially if it explicitly says in the description that it's not clop), or you think clop is disgusting and therefore deserves a downvote right away just because you think it does, I beg of you, DON'T DO THAT. It's not fair to the author. I'm not a fan of clopfics either, but I don't go around the site downvoting every one that I see. There's a reason that filter is there.
One more thing I want to include here is the downvoting of newer stories that don't have all of the applied tags with their first chapter(s). This generally tends to apply to mature-rated stories most of the time, but I've seen it with others as well. If the sex tag (or any other applicable tag) is there, there's a reason. If there's no material that relates to that tag in the first chapter, then it's coming later. Be patient.
Alright, I'll get off my soapbox now.

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Thanks for the favorite!

Thank you for the watch. Have a follow in return! :twilightsmile:

2431992

What become of those stories that you when you were young (as well as your older poetry)?

Oh man, I think those 'stories' are sitting somewhere in a folder at my grandmother's house. She saves everything. Even in her late 80's she doesn't forget about something I wrote back in elementary school. And if she doesn't have a copy of something, my mother probably does somewhere. When they've been taken out to be looked at, I read them and laugh my ass off. :rainbowlaugh:

Yes, I do have plans for writing. Not only am I looking for author recommendations, I'm also looking for advice from other authors, as well (Don't worry. I'm also consulting the writing guide, too).

Good, definitely consult the writing guide. Many of us still don't always follow it, as a lot of authors choose not to follow certain detailed aspects of writing for stylistic purposes, but it's absolutely a good starting point.
My best piece of advice (which I'm sure you already know) is definitely to get yourself a good editor. I'm an editor myself—I've gone through over 30 fics here—but even I have somebody look over my works before I publish. As a writer, you can see your own visions in your head and write down how you think they'll be seen, but it's imperative that you have at least one set of eyes—a good one—read your work so you know if an outside source is seeing your vision the same way.
This is probably more for newer writers, but either way, I would also say to make sure you're using proper words when you write—I'm referring to homographs, homonyms, and homophones. If you are having issues with them, I have a thread with some common ones here.
In terms of authors, aside from the two guys up above (though I edited a lot of their work, so I may be a bit biased with those) I would say take a look at (in no particular order, as I just went from the back of my 'Following' list forward and picked some of the ones I thought were good) Aragon, shortskirtsandexplosions, ocalhoun, RainbowBob, Pen Stroke, Georg, naturalbornderpy, Tatsurou, Masterweaver, and Rambling Writer, just to name a 'few.' They don't all necessarily have perfect writing, but in many of those cases, they have writing styles that really resonate with their audiences, whatever genre they're writing. There are plenty of other good authors, though. Some of the authors with a large number of followers that have stories in the Featured box deserve to be there, but also be wary about that—it's not always... well, right. Many times stories in the Popular box are also by very good authors, so keep an eye out for those, especially old stories in the Pop box. If those are in there, it usually means somebody wrote a sequel to something, and people are interested enough to go back and check out the originals (but again, be wary—sometimes they aren't always good).

I'm in the process of writing one story for this site and the rest of what I'm writing are potential scripts for a movie and some cartoon shorts.

Wow! Sounds like you've got a lot on your plate. Good luck! :twilightsmile:

I've shelved your stories so that I can read them for later.

Given that shelf was titled 'Read it Later,' I kind of figured. :derpytongue2: When you get to them, feel free to tell me what you think!

2431960 What become of those stories that you when you were young (as well as your older poetry)?

Also, in regards to this: "It seems you may have your own plans for writing. Are you looking for author recommendations to get an idea of how to go about your own style?"

Yes, I do have plans for writing. Not only am I looking for author recommendations, I'm also looking for advice from other authors, as well (Don't worry. I'm also consulting the writing guide, too).

In fact, I'm in the process of writing one story for this site and the rest of what I'm writing are potential scripts for a movie and some cartoon shorts.

In case you're wondering, I've shelved your stories so that I can read them for later.

2431937 You're perfectly welcome to ask. :twilightsmile:

Hm. My biggest inspiration for fanfiction... Well, since MLP:FIM stories are the only fanfics I write at the moment, I guess I would have to go with the person who got me started in the first place, Connor Cogwork. On A Cross and Arrow was the first MLP:FIM fanfiction (or any fanfiction, for that matter) I ever read. Even though, as an editor, I look back on that story and realize how many mistakes it had (mostly mechanical stuff, but in other ways as well), it's what inspired me to start writing my own stories. I wrote really short stuff when was little (like 8–10), so I've always kind of had the writing bug, but as I got older it stemmed more into infrequent poetry as opposed to stories. I do both now, though, which is why two of my stories on this site are in some kind of poem format.
So in terms of inspiration, CC gets a good amount of the credit, but there are also some other authors on this site that I really admire, a few of whom I've gotten to know personally (check my 'Edited—Featured Authors' box above for two). There are other authors in this fandom who have given me small bouts of inspiration as well, so for me, inspiration comes from many places, not just one.
It seems you may have your own plans for writing. Are you looking for author recommendations to get an idea of how to go about your own style? I see you just binge-shelved all of my stories (thank you!), so I hope you enjoy them. Keep in mind that my writing has improved and my style has somewhat changed over time, and that different stories address certain topics or characters differently, so I'm not exactly consistent. Just a warning. :twilightsheepish:

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