Original Characters (And One Not Quite an OC)

Aspire by Painted Wave

Kind and understanding, but can have a bit of a temper when his friends tease him for his love of reading and want to teach. Like his sister, he can be rather touchy feely with his affections, and loves to give his friends nicknames or annoy them with bad puns and his ever-present smug smirk. When he grows up, he wants to be a teacher at the village school.

Esalen by Crecious

A changeling nymph born in the village of Respite, Esalen is still trying to figure out what she wants to make her lifelong trade, and feels a bit of jealousy toward her brother and pony friends since they already have a good idea of what they'd like to do. To her friends, she is playful, teasing, and can be rather touchy-feely; a trait shared with her brother.

Toola Roola by Rossby Waves

Toola is bubbly, giggly, bouncy, and flippy as all get out. Her special talent is gymnastics, and she just loves to show her stuff, often throwing in cartwheels as she walks alongside her friends, or quick flips and somersaults to avoid being caught in games like tag. Catching her is like trying to grab greased lightning! She likes to dance and do a bit of yoga with Nimble as well, both for fun and to stay limber. As a native of Respite, she’s grown up around changelings all her life, but is quite sympathetic to newcomers.

Fmr. Cadet Glimmering "Glimmer" Shard (Note: picture done with a bit of Dennyvixen's personal flare for crystal ponies)

All together everybody: Nice job breaking it, Glimmer! Glimmer often means well, but his nerves and clumsiness can get the best of him. Protecting and serving the Empire was his motivation for enlisting, but he worried that his shortcomings made him ill-suited to be a guard. To his friends, he can be a bit shy when pressed for details on his worries, but he is generally kind and happy, a pony who just needs a bit of a push to come out of his shell and share a joke with them.

Sure Stroke by Rossby Waves

Naturally curious but a bit shy, Sure Stroke moved to Respite from Cloudsdale after her parents took jobs in the mixed village. She seems a bit nervous, but that's nothing a pair of conniving little changeling siblings can't fix.

Queen Euphoria by Goshhhh

Pleasant and playful. Queen Euphoria rules over Respite with her husband, Cooling Breeze at her side. She typically helps those with bad anxiety or extremely low self-esteem, lovingly talking to her patients, offering her hoof in friendship, and giving them a shoulder to cry on and warm bed to sleep in should they be in need.


Ah, Patreon. The subject of some controversy in the fimfic community a while back. It's interesting seeing people's reasons for dissing the thing—some genuinely think it's wrong to get paid at all for fanfic, others view it more as a tip jar sort of thing. Hell, I've seen one person (who shall remain nameless to avoid sparking a dogpile) complain about other users starting a Patreon, then turn around and support another because "you certainly have built up the audience for it."

The funny part of that was that both individuals he was complaining about had more than three hundred followers than him at the time (which seemed to be his reasoning for supporting his friend), and have more than doubled that total now. Oh, and they're both genuinely great people who make the benefits for their patrons meaningful and show what the funding goes through in quarterly reports. If they're reading this, they know who they are and are not expected to identify themselves.

I sorta thought about doing one myself. Not for income, mind, but sorta like what another friend does with hers—lob a little money in for some fun art every chapter, and in exchange get to read chapters early and such. But I always feel awkward about that. Not because I think it's necessarily wrong (it isn't, she's not making a dime off of it), just because I'm weird about asking folks for money.

And, y'know, if I'm gonna have drama on my fics/page/blog, I'd rather it not be because random user #248304 couldn't read the line "I draw no money from this, it isn't pay to view—this is completely voluntary to donate toward art funds" on a line. Or just that whole morality of Patreon for fanfics vs people using it for fanart and such.

Idk, thanks for listening to that part of the ramble.

So! Due to unforeseen circumstances, I've written nothing for SPark's contest, so there's a swing and a miss. Sorry, SParksy, I dropped the ball on this one. I'll try to write this thing anyway and hope you'll enjoy it whenever. I've also done a bit of writing for a—ahem—new project, which will be published after I finish either TGN or TVCR. I don't want to spoil anything like I did with Glow this time, so I'll keep my mouth shut. Although, if you follow a certain artist, you'll have a pretty big hint.

I'm also chatting with another friend about self-publishing a fic. Not really for distribution, mind. Just ... for me to hold and commemorate the fun I had writing. And maybe for the folks who helped make sense of my ramblings and guided me along the brainstorming and writing process. If they'd like, anyway. I might do it for my other chaptered fics as well.

I'm weird like that, shut up.

In writing news, I've been rather productive on all fronts (save the aforementioned contest). I'm a bit nervous about writing the last few chapters for Respite and TGN, but I'll be happy to finish them off after all this time. I'll be honest, it was a major relief to see people enjoyed the horror aspect in the latest chapter of TGN. I was worried it would fall flat, as I'd never really done something like that before. As for Respite, yes, there is a second book/story coming along, so don't fret about that. Some plotlines from this fic will carry over, because series 'n stuff.

There also may possibly, likely, probably be a side fic on the way. Timaeus and Rossby know the one. The former has lobbied for another involving a certain hive, but I'm a lazy sod, so nyeh, you only get one. Punk.

In con going news, I am going to try and see if I can swing BronyCon. Would like to hang out with friends like Anzel, Crystal Wishes, Rossby Waves, Swan Song, Timaeus, and others I haven't named but may be going. No guarantees yet, but I'mma try. If so, look for the short ginger guy who isn't wearing pony merch (unless Timaeus and Rossby bully me into it, they just might). Or listen out for the vaguely Canadian accent muttering expletives while the taller guys he's with snicker and goad him. If it helps, I always look tired because I've got some major racoon eyes going on. Woohoo.

Thanks all for now! Thanks for reading my senseless ramble! Have a good night, y'all!

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Chaptered Fics

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  • Glow When passions flare and new relationships are begun, it can be difficult to sort things out through the warmth and glow of young, budding love. by Carapace 125,034 words · 3,193 views · 463 likes · 23 dislikes
  • Dancing With Silver Scootaloo wasn't quite sure what she expected when she found a letter from her "secret admirer" asking to meet her after school, but it wasn't an invitation to the school dance. Nor was it spending Hearts and Hooves Day with Silver Spoon. by Carapace 16,970 words · 3,590 views · 452 likes · 19 dislikes
  • Dear Small Pony Book Princess Cadence and Prince-Captain Shining Armor have given Thorax a journal to document his days in the Crystal Empire so they can help him learn from his experiences. This can only go well. by Carapace 19,402 words · 2,745 views · 347 likes · 13 dislikes
  • The Village Called Respite There is a hidden village deep within the untamed forest surrounding Neighagara Falls. Should one ever journey to this village, the changelings who live there will welcome them for a simple price: love. by Carapace 222,609 words · 7,815 views · 649 likes · 21 dislikes

One Shots (Shipping)

  • At Her Beck and Cello On their last night together before they head to their concerts in Canterlot and Manehattan, Vinyl comes home to a lovely dinner to celebrate a special night that slipped her mind. by Carapace 8,203 words · 1,570 views · 160 likes · 12 dislikes
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  • How to Confess to Your Mare-in-Waiting Princess Twilight Sparkle listened to the lectures of her senior princesses and has lived the life of Canterlot's high society since the day she ascended as a young filly. Unfortunately, she skipped Cadence's lessons on love. by Carapace 9,908 words · 1,372 views · 180 likes · 14 dislikes

One Shots (Non-Shipping)

  • Tea Withdrawal Princess Celestia is many things. A creature of habit is most definitely one of them. by Carapace 4,089 words · 1,574 views · 166 likes · 6 dislikes
  • Dear Small Pony Book Princess Cadence and Prince-Captain Shining Armor have given Thorax a journal to document his days in the Crystal Empire so they can help him learn from his experiences. This can only go well. by Carapace 19,402 words · 2,745 views · 347 likes · 13 dislikes
  • The Face I'll Wear Now that he's been granted permission to live in the Crystal Empire, Thorax must decide how he wishes to present himself to its inhabitants. by Carapace 3,577 words · 2,530 views · 311 likes · 7 dislikes
  • A Husband's Intervention Sometimes a husband has to bite the bullet and insist that his wife take a break, especially one as busy as Cadence. by Carapace 5,016 words · 1,081 views · 138 likes · 7 dislikes
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#288 · 3d, 5h ago · · ·

I reviewed this story here.

Please let me know what you think.

#287 · 1w, 5d ago · · ·

The Gastly and Popplio art is perfect. As a Pokemon fan, I applaud thee.

#286 · 2w, 5d ago · · ·

>>2424701 Because why draw out the vitriole when I could just get it over with

#285 · 2w, 5d ago · · ·

What are you doing, Carapace?! Five updates for Glow?!

And that title for 16?!:raritycry:

Well, I'd best get to reading. But, dang it, why'd you have to update so many chapters?

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