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Stories about ponies are stories about people.

Top Favourites

  • Contraptionology! When life gives you lemons, make robot monsters. by Skywriter 134,483 words · 13,083 views · 973 likes · 25 dislikes
  • Reading Rainbow When Twilight is admitted to the Ponyville hospital, Rainbow Dash is there for her. by Corejo 7,354 words · 49,304 views · 3,761 likes · 66 dislikes
  • Who We Are A chilling letter from Celestia throws the girls' world upsidedown by kits 18,828 words · 21,883 views · 1,685 likes · 37 dislikes
  • Siren Song Bioshock meets MLP in this psychological thriller, where Celestia's new faithful student, Siren Song, must discover the truth behind the city beneath the waves. Arriving in pursuit of Twilight, Siren finds herself trapped in a city of horrors. by GaPJaxie 197,538 words · 10,449 views · 579 likes · 15 dislikes

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  • Hard Reset Twilight gives her life to stop a changeling invasion. Repeatedly. by Eakin 37,399 words · 68,189 views · 6,682 likes · 106 dislikes
  • Through the Well of Pirene [Now EQD Featured!] A young girl must travel to Equestria to rescue her kid sister from the clutches of a terrible magician. by Ether Echoes 369,088 words · 18,962 views · 1,302 likes · 74 dislikes
  • Within and Without Luna takes the Elements of Harmony on a journey in more ways than one. by Cloudy Skies 154,174 words · 12,571 views · 1,267 likes · 22 dislikes
  • 413 Mulberry Lane : A Report (With Annotations by Twilight Sparkle) A student at Celestia's school encounters an entity that seeks to claim him. His only hope lies with Princess Celestia, and the truth hidden in the documents she holds. by Starsong 9,377 words · 5,685 views · 363 likes · 6 dislikes

Latest Stories

  • E I'm Afraid of Changeling (and other short stories)

    Short sketches about being human. Except, you know, with ponies.  · Cold in Gardez
    46,523 words · 5,273 views  ·  633  ·  11
  • T The Color of the Stars

    Starlight Glimmer and Twilight Sparkle follow a mysterious dream message in a quest to prevent their world from being undone.  · Cold in Gardez
    9,104 words · 1,113 views  ·  232  ·  6
  • T The Lamia

    There aren't many stallions in Ponyville. For most mares, this might be considered a problem. For a mare addicted to eating them, it's the perfect chance to detox.  · Cold in Gardez
    8,321 words · 5,027 views  ·  704  ·  37 · sex
  • E Childhood's End

    A young colt gets his cutie mark in a dream. If only he could remember what it was about.  · Cold in Gardez
    7,800 words · 1,441 views  ·  211  ·  8
  • T The Adventuring Type

    Rainbow Dash gets bored waiting for monster attacks in Ponyville, and decides to find some adventures of her own.  · Cold in Gardez
    40,265 words · 1,321 views  ·  185  ·  5
  • E The Riddle of the Sphinx

    Daring Do encounters a legendary monster, and a terrible test, deep beneath the earth.  · Cold in Gardez
    4,203 words · 3,373 views  ·  613  ·  6
  • E Completely Safe in the Reference Section

    Twilight Sparkle and her friends recover an ancient book of black magic. She does the obvious thing with it.  · Cold in Gardez
    8,098 words · 6,622 views  ·  969  ·  14
  • T The Instruments of Our Surrender

    Two ordinary ponies find the strength to fight back during Tirek's rampage across Equestria  · Cold in Gardez
    7,989 words · 1,466 views  ·  173  ·  6
  • E The Time of Their Lives

    Twilight Sparkle is arrested for the second time in her life. Rarity is attempting to put her business partner out of business. The undead have risen and walk Ponyville's streets. A normal day, in other words.  · Cold in Gardez
    6,988 words · 5,073 views  ·  834  ·  29
  • E Babel

    Ponies learn what really matters after a curse scrambles their languages.  · Cold in Gardez
    1,919 words · 2,986 views  ·  534  ·  8
  • E Lost Cities

    North of Canterlot, in the far marches of the Equestrian lands near the Griffon tribes, there is a mountain that flies.  · Cold in Gardez
    11,045 words · 8,086 views  ·  948  ·  14
  • T A Once and Future Darkness

    When Luna returned after a thousand years of exile, she brought something else back with her. Dreams – real dreams – are shaking the world, and Twilight Sparkle must stop them before they destroy it.  · Cold in Gardez
    9,555 words · 3,610 views  ·  432  ·  37 · sex
  • T Land of the Blind

    A prince and a young mare go in search of a legendary cure. Finding it is the least of their challenges.  · Cold in Gardez
    28,838 words · 817 views  ·  129  ·  1
  • T National Geographic Presents: Big Princess Week

    Twilight Sparkle notices some odd urges, now that she's suddenly become an alicorn.  · Cold in Gardez
    5,406 words · 8,754 views  ·  1,132  ·  41
  • T The Destruction of the Self

    Buckwheat would like to be a farmer. But what he wants isn't important, and that's alright with him.  · Cold in Gardez
    6,147 words · 2,783 views  ·  489  ·  13

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The pretty good ones

Dramas and the like

  • A Once and Future Darkness When Luna returned after a thousand years of exile, she brought something else back with her. Dreams – real dreams – are shaking the world, and Twilight Sparkle must stop them before they destroy it. by Cold in Gardez 9,555 words · 3,610 views · 432 likes · 37 dislikes
  • The Last Trumpet's Call A gryphon survives a battle in the north. His friend does not. He wonders, sometimes, who really won. by Cold in Gardez 14,587 words · 2,306 views · 357 likes · 3 dislikes
  • The Carnivore's Prayer It is their nature by Cold in Gardez 9,679 words · 6,379 views · 671 likes · 12 dislikes
  • The Glass Blower A young artist in love will do whatever it takes to satisfy his heart. by Cold in Gardez 10,489 words · 14,774 views · 1,052 likes · 23 dislikes
  • Small-town Charm Twilight has seen some odd things in Ponyville. by Cold in Gardez 3,958 words · 8,830 views · 1,007 likes · 33 dislikes

Adventures! Others!

The Comedies

  • Naked Singularity Twilight attempts to write a sensual romance novel. by Cold in Gardez 10,524 words · 59,794 views · 2,874 likes · 53 dislikes
  • The Contest Fluttershy returns to defend her title as Quiet Game world champion. by Cold in Gardez 6,714 words · 36,484 views · 1,791 likes · 25 dislikes
  • The Lamia There aren't many stallions in Ponyville. For most mares, this might be considered a problem. For a mare addicted to eating them, it's the perfect chance to detox. by Cold in Gardez 8,321 words · 5,027 views · 704 likes · 37 dislikes
  • National Geographic Presents: Big Princess Week Twilight Sparkle notices some odd urges, now that she's suddenly become an alicorn. by Cold in Gardez 5,406 words · 8,754 views · 1,132 likes · 41 dislikes
  • The Time of Their Lives Twilight Sparkle is arrested for the second time in her life. Rarity is attempting to put her business partner out of business. The undead have risen and walk Ponyville's streets. A normal day, in other words. by Cold in Gardez 6,988 words · 5,073 views · 834 likes · 29 dislikes

Stuff that's just for fun

And maybe fun to read, too! Updated surprisingly often.

The Adventuring Type

Air icebergs! They're a totally real thing. Terrors of the sky.

It takes a brave pony to tackle these monsters. A pony willing to risk her life for fame, glory and the admiration of foals everywhere. A pony who doesn't know the meaning of the word surrender.

Rainbow Dash might not know much about flying icebergs or airships or basic safety protocols, but that's fine. Rules are for boring ponies, and if there's one thing Rainbow Dash has never been accused of, it's being boring. So lookout, everypony! There's a new iceberg wrangler in town, and the skies are never going to be the same.

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Apr
20th
2017

So, some of you probably know that I'm currently living in Japan, stationed in Tokyo with the U.S. military. I'm studying Japanese, and you may have seen me post some of my digital paintings here in this blog. Well, last year I started studying a new hobby that combined my love of art with my love of writing with my love of Japanese: Shodo, aka Japanese Calligraphy!

So, here's something that has nothing to do with ponies: three works of mine from a recent shodo exhibit at our base.

1. 足るを知る (taru wo shiru), "To know being satisfied."

This Zen Buddhist saying, rendered as 知足, describes the joy of simple satisfaction with one's life. The red seal is my name, stamped with a hanko.

2. 桃花春に咲く (touka haru ni saku), "The peach blossom flowers in spring."

Another Buddhist saying, rendered here as 桃花咲春. Many Japanese phrases focus on nature and the turning of seasons. I didn't get a chance to stamp this one before they had to frame it, unfortunately.

3. 恕 (jo)、"Compassion."

This is a common Chinese character that rarely appears in Japanese (my Japanese girlfriend had never seen it before). It is, by pure coincidence, the first character of my name (John) when rendered in kanji. Compassion is considered the most important human attribute in Confucianism.


Expect a new story out in a week or so.

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#178 · 1w, 2d ago · · ·

Well, look what just came in the mail!

I saw your name on the list, and wanted to personally thank you.  It's a gorgeous plushie, and I hope that knowing you were part of making my day/week/month/forever puts a smile on your face even a fraction as large as the one on mine.

#177 · 1w, 5d ago · · ·

Stories about ponies are stories about people.

But are stories about people stories about ponies?:trixieshiftright:

#176 · 2w, 1d ago · · ·

Stories about ponies are stories about people.

deep..

#175 · 2w, 5d ago · · ·

>>2426215

As part of my resolution to 'relax' and not be so focused on data and records, I've abandoned the old systems so that I can just follow authors as I feel is appropriate. Buuut, since you asked... the (now defunct) rules can be found here.

The new scoring system will rank authors by 'coolness' in a similar fashion. It's no longer a prerequisite for following, but a simple (if not easy) achievement to be attained. I aim to blog about the changes before too long.

#174 · 2w, 5d ago · · ·

>>2426211

Out of curiosity, what's the criteria for being followed?

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