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Pen Stroke
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About Pen Stroke
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Raised in the rural community of Ten Bale, Pen Stroke spent most of his early years on his family’s farm. However, his true passion lied in reading and learning and he eventually earned his cutie mark when he discovered he had a natural talent for writing.

He eventually left for Canterlot for higher education and currently is employed as an assistant librarian for the Royal Library, his dream to one day become its head librarian. In the meantime, he works the late evening, early morning shifts while continuing his education.

Pen Stroke is very interested in science and magic, especially theoretical branches. Pen Stroke met Batty when the pegasus was checking out a book during the late hours and Pen Stroke overheard him talking about alternate dimensions, a topic that falls heavily in the theoretical. While he finds Batty’s eccentricities to be tiring at times, he has found a strong friend in the Tramplevanian pegasus, who can always be counted on to make a day more interesting.

While Pen Stroke is a very intelligent pony, he is somewhat shy and has trouble with small talk. As to why he has books on his head, the earth pony finds it a more convenient way to carry books when at work, since he lacks magic and doesn’t like wearing saddlebags all day. Though, since he’s gotten so good at it, there are times Pen Stroke will walk around with books on his head for hours, having simply forgotten that they were there.

(In reality, Pen Stroke is a Wyoming native who is currently studying Computer Science in L.A. California, though he really did grow up on a farm. He and Batty Gloom were already online writing buddies for several years before Pen Stroke found out about Friendship Is Magic from some teammates on a class programming project. He gave it a shot, but was not a true brony until he and Batty Gloom ran into each other again thanks to Equestria Daily. Now, thanks to Batty, Pen Stroke is neck deep in the fandom and loving it.)

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Where to find my stories
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Most of my work first gets featured on Equestria Daily, so head over there for the latest and greatest.

You can also find my work here, after a delay, as well as on the Friendship is Magic Fanfiction Archive, which has a wonderful stealth mode for those reading in more public places.

Current Residence: Los Angeles
Favourite genre of music: Country, Show Tunes
Favourite style of art: Cartoon
Operating System: Windows
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Personal Quote: Creativity is a flower best left to grow wild
Interests
~~ This is a copy/paste from my Fimfiction.net blog. Sorry, I'd usually adjust it more for DA, but I don't have the energy right now.

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his post may be long overdue, but I was going to let sleeping dogs lie until, today, I got both a note on my DA page as well as an e-mail speaking of this issue.

To give the short version for those who don't know what I'm talking about, there is a Facebook role play page that associates itself, at least partially, with Nyx. This role play page has been the source of a lot of drama regarding little Nyx for well over a year now. From accusations that the owner of the page was hacking other accounts to the two messages I received today, which described the pornographic nature of the role plays the page owner uses Nyx to participate in.

It's something bad that's been going on for a long time, so long in fact some people hate Nyx because of that facebook page and the person running it.

And it is something I wish I could stop, but I can also see it's a battle I cannot win. So I'm just making this post to accomplish a few things. The first of which is to offer the sincerest apology I can for the actions of this other person that are beyond my control.

The second point I'd like to tread on is one of clarification. There are only four places I have accounts associated with my author persona of Pen Stroke. One is here, another is on DA, another is on YouTube, and another is a g-mail account. They are all basically called "Pen Stroke" or "Pen Stroke Pony" and the other three accounts can actually be reached from links from my Fimfiction profile page.

Those four locations are all I got for my pony related writing and actions in the community. So any time you find Nyx on a tumblr or on Facebook, that's something controlled by someone else. And for the most part, those people do well by the character and do work that I'm happy to promote. Perhaps the stories they weave won't be considered canon to Past Sins, but that's just because I want to leave myself open to continuing the story line myself. But that doesn't mean these folks don't deserve attention. To rattle some links off right now, these are folks who respect Nyx as a character and do things that, I feel, are worth a look if you like Past Sins and/or Nyx.

nyx-contacts.tumblr.com
- - (Some great work with an older Nyx and 9th dimensional physics and an absolutely beautiful art style)
twixie-answers.tumblr.com
- - (Nyx is paired with Midnight of the "Out in the Cold" series as a pair of solid side-characters in this shippy but fun.)
Youngest Immortal by RussianKolz
- - (A well drawn comic of Nyx 100 years after the events of Past Sins that I myself am eager to see continue)
The two stand alone comics by DotRook
- - (Two of the first comics ever made around Past Sins. Batty and I even integrated one when adjusting Past Sins during it's original release)
Past Sins Soundtrack
- - (An astonishing undertaking by ForceDeModo to do a soundtrack for the story and one of Past Sins' longest running fan projects)
Past Sins PMV
- - (A PMV that is a full 4:41 of art drawn by one person to tell the story of Past Sins while pairing it with the song "You'll be in my heart")

And that really is only scratching the surface. There is a DA group devoted to Nyx at The Nyxian Alliance for art and there is a fair share of audio content on YouTube as well, and generally I can't offer enough thanks for the people who produce that fan-content of Past Sins, especially when they do it in such a way that respects the and the nature of the story she was written in.

But there are of course those who, as I would describe it, don't respect the character, who draw the inappropriate pictures and, in the case of the Facebook page, use Nyx as an RP character for their own perversions.

And I do apologize if I come off at all high and mighty. I'm not trying to. I just wish that the content didn't exist, that this problem didn't exist, but it is an unfortunate side effect of even gaining a small amount of notoriety in our modern world. My Little Pony is, itself, a perfect example of this. Because of the popularity MLP gained, it has spread to become a subculture of its own on the internet... and this comes with good and bad.

As I recall from a DA post Lauren Faust made a long while back, she herself would rather not even know that the Rule 34 content exists.

I'm okay with people using Nyx in stories, in art, in music, or in whatever they produce. All I ask is that try to show a little respect and common decency. I've even spoken on this at length in a blog I wrote last March.

I also know that the NSFW stuff is going to exist. I know that everything is subject to the 34th rule of the internet. I'm not so ignorant to think that I can stop all that just because I don't like it.  Everyone has a right to freedom of speech. Everyone has a write to talk and post about things they like, dislike, and what have you, just as I have a right to not like some of the ways Nyx is portrayed.

In the end, I guess I just really want to apologize for those who see those things like that. I also just wanted to get this off my chest. As I mention before, this isn't the first time I've been told about the behavior of this particular Nyx Facebook Roleplay and I doubt it will be the last.

Now, if you read this far, thanks for listening. If you just skipped here to the end; Sorry, I'm not doing a TL;DR version of this post. Have a good night, good weekend, and I'll be making a post on Monday about my Bronycon plans.

Thank you,
Pen Stroke

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DNLnamek01 Featured By Owner 23 hours ago
Hello Pen Stroke. Love your work and wanted to share a bit of fan art I did of your work. Particularly something I'm surprised no one's done before, I wanted to share a piece I did of your OC Lumber Jack>MLP_The Voodspony by DNLnamek01
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naivejohn Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  New Deviant
Hey Pen stroke.I‘m a brony from China.I really enjoy your novel "into the depth" and I'd like to translate it into chinese.Do you allow me to do this?please please please!
ps:I should have asked you this question on fimfiction,unfortunately,I cannot log in and I don't know what went wrong.
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Zahnny Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016
I wondered recently, what would Nyx look like in your opinion if they disguised her as a pegasus instead of a unicorn? I know story-wise it wouldn't make sense for Twi to have a pegasus cousin but I just thought it'd be neat.

If anyone has already done that concept could you link me?
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PenStrokePony Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
Hmmmm, I can't think of anyone that has done the concept. As to what it might look like, I can only offer a few musings that come to mind as I write this.

Of course the vest would be gone. The glasses... perhaps replaced or complemented by a pair of racing goggles. The real sticker is the horn. Nyx would either need to wear a hat of some sort, like... a spiked bike helmet or something where her horn hides in one of the spikes. If not that, her mane would have to do the work of hiding the horn, and the only way I see that happening is if Nyx were to wear a mohawk.
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LittleSlimy Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Heya Penstroke. Some times ago, I asked, "can I use Nyx into my headcanon?" And like you replied like a thousand times, I bet, you linked me the "you can, you can not" fimfiction's link you did. Well, things is, I kept thinking about the plot of this headcanon of mine, and, I hate the fact that I have to say these words, but the more it goes, the more the second arc of my headcanon become an Alternate version of Past Sins, the plot isn't the same as yours story, but if I write/draw this arc, people will say "this is Past Sins". So here is my question. Should I rethink it, or are you okay with headcanon of your story?
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ApalrieusCentauri Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Student General Artist
 Hi Penstroke,

 I just finished reading THE MOST MAGNIFICENT FANFICTION IN EXISTENCE Past Sins, which seriously for many nights had me up past reasonable bedtime, and I just wanted to ask who did the chapter heading artwork at the beginning of each chapter? That art made the story feel a whole lot more immersive and it was something I looked forward to with each new chapter. 
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PenStrokePony Featured By Owner May 18, 2016
The art was done by a combination of two artists. CiscoQL & CatbeeCache if I am remembering correctly.
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ApalrieusCentauri Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Student General Artist
 AH, thank you!! <3
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Vasillium Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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Zahnny Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
I've been trying to stop myself from asking this for a long time but I've finally broke.

Why is it that you don't want to request or ask people to use Nyx? Not to mock you by quoting your story or anything but, you could use your rank as the fanfic writer to get someone or some people to do an animation or something.

I understand that you wouldn't want to because you're polite and respectful and everything, in any other case I'd probabily be the same but well...Nyx is kind of dying. It hurts me saying so but it's true. Not many people remember her. In the early fandom it was almost a given to know who she was, now. I doubt it's even 1% that remembers. Forgive me if it sounds cheesy, but just like Twilight I've really grown to care for Nyx, for the character you made. It just seems like a shame to see her just disappear. It's why I was concerned for her when Flurry Heart was announced, she felt like the essence that made Nyx special and with Flurry being canon and official anyone new that comes across this story would just overlook her because they'd see her as a clone. I doubt many would do their homework to check that Nyx came first either.

To me, Nyx is more than just a character in one persons story. She feels almost like a physical embodiment of the early fandom put into a character and I don't want that to go away. Many other things have and that's not what Nyx deserves. Heck, when I was really early, back in season 1 before S2 came out I thought Nyx was an official character based on the amount of buzz about her, wheither that was good or bad it really made me believe. I got through Season 1 and only later did I think "Where was Nyx?". It's actually a memory I hold dear to me now that I think about it.

I'm not expecting you to just suddenly start making a bunch of dumb requests, but I do hope. Please, for her sake and not my desire.
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