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Joined 02-24-12, id: 3757709, Profile Updated: 06-19-16
Author has written 18 stories for Land Before Time, My Little Pony, and Ace Combat.

Wow.

So I rolled in here, looked at my profile, and noticed that it hadn't been updated since April 4, 2013.

I'm not great at math, but even I can tell that's about three years ago. Three years. Folks, three years is a long time. I've changed a lot since then. Since my last update, I've scrubbed two of my universes, rebooted one of them once and the other twice now, and I'm continuing on improving my writing style. Those old stories? The ones about Nimbus, Fyn, and the like? Those are gone. Well, not technically gone- they're still here, after all. But they are no longer current. There are no more stories to be told from their respective universes. That, of course, brings us to the present day. This is a profile, after all, not a collection of anecdotes. You want to hear about me (or why else would you look at this page?)

So let's not disappoint. Three years ago, I wiped this page clean and quit fanfiction.net after I was disenrolled from the Air Force Academy. It was a pretty dark time in my life, and I didn't think I'd ever return to writing. Yet writing, it seemed, found me anyway. I found developing characters and jotting down scenes was a great way to cope with the problems I was dealing with. That was around the time I got involved with (sucked into?) the MLP fandom. Oh yes. The Land Before Time writer you all used to read started writing about pastel ponies. And how could I not? Many of my friends were watching the show, and even I had to admit- it was chock full of interesting lore, some catchy tunes, and some very colorful characters, both literally and metaphorically. Around this time, I decided to give college another shot. I transferred up to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where I decided I would learn to fly a plane for a living.

Well, I learned to fly a plane, and I've gotta say it was simultaneously amazing and scary. The freedom that comes with that kind of responsibility is positively exhilarating. Nothing I've ever done compares. On the side, I was re-developing my MLP character, Nimbus, and sending him through some similar trials with a much "grittier" backstory. It was about this time that I started trying to really delve into character creation. Until this point, I hadn't been familiar with the terms "OC" and "Gary Stu," so as you can imagine, my characters fit well into those categories. Rehashed Nimbus was an attempt to make amends for one such Gary Stu, and for the most part, I was successful. However, there was still a great deal of work to be done. My stories were short; filler was so glossed over that they had a tendency to read like a cheesy Michael Bay film, one action sequence to another, and to make matters worse, I was discovering that Nimbus was starting to revert to his old Stuish ways. Something had to change.

I would tell you that I pressed on, that I learned my IFR procedures and am serving some little airline at the moment. I'd say that I'm currently flying planes from state to state, building hours for my transition to a bigger carrier, but I would be lying.

The truth is- on an IFR flight, I had a meltdown. For a long time, I'd been coping with the idea that other people's lives would be in my hands if I ever took flying as a career. I was forgetful, sometimes inattentive, and I had a tendency to tunnel vision and rely too heavily on my notes. When I tried to shoot an IFR approach "under the hood," I finally cracked. My instructor took the controls at my request, we returned to the airport, and I never took the Cessna up again.

The cat was out of the bag at that point. Once more my writing disappeared into the abyss while I started trying to sort my life out, figure out what I could possibly do instead of flying- something I'd built my entire life around one day doing. It wasn't easy, but I had friends to help me along. And boy, did they help. Talking to them made me realize that all my life, I'd spent so much time trying to be other people, to impress others, that I'd never once stopped to think about what I wanted to do. My Dad was a pilot in the Air Force. Naturally I'd tried to do the same, because it seemed the right thing to do. I'd never once considered that writing was one of my greatest passions until I stumbled upon that realization lying awake one night. Writing. The one thing I'd always enjoyed doing, no matter the subject, no matter the length.

I transferred to the English program the next semester.

And that's where I've been since that point. This year, I transferred to Minot State University, where my education continues, hopefully to conclude soon. After that, I'm looking at trying for an internship with the local paper, or staying in school to pursue teaching. It's going to be a decisive year, but I'm ready to tackle it head on.

On the story side of things, however, last year I returned to fanfiction.net to try and recover some of the writing flair I'd lost. I missed it greatly, and looking at the stories I'd been writing, most of them seemed dry in hindsight. So I turned my eyes back to The Land Before Time. I took my very first character, Fyn, and gave him a reimagining. Instead of relying on preformed lore, I decided to set my tale in the future, after the death of most of the Seven. I planned ahead, basing a universe around the asteroid that was meant to kill the dinosaurs, and tapped into some of the most mysterious aspects of the Land Before Time universe. I daresay it worked. To Tread Upon Fields Afar has over 150 thousand words now, and tells a story that I'm only beginning to unravel. Based on positive feedback, it's kept going this far, and I expect it'll be a story I'll always treasure. My MLP character, Nimbus, is also due to make a return sometime in the near future, rebooted yet again, though keeping a few elements from his second iteration, alongside yet another new character. Yes, it's been a long, tough road, but I've learned a lot walking it. Hopefully now that I'm back, I can share a bit of what I learned with you.

-Miles

Current Stories: To Tread Upon Fields Afar

To Tread Upon Fields Afar: brother and sister Fyn and Zaura, two Amargasaurs living near the Big Water journey into the Mysterious Beyond following an age-old trail left by their father- a trail that supposedly leads to the mythical Great Valley, where dinosaurs once lived in harmony. Their trek takes them through the very heart of the Beyond, where forces beyond their understanding have been at work for years. Together with Sol the lone Longclaw, left to fend for himself at an early age, and Rear the dishonored Fast Biter clinging onto the last shred of her honor, they must unravel the dark secrets plaguing the Beyond, and work to finish what their father started when he ventured to the Great Valley so many years ago.

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The one in which Redclaw gets laid, Petrie grows up, and Tria faints by The Rhombus reviews
Alternate title: Noisy two-footers, unfriendly fastbiters, and some other things that aren't as scary, maybe, depending on how you feel about premature adulthood, sharptooth courtship, arcane flyer religions, incompetent parents, a two-footer named Ysa, and seven dinosaurs that aren't ready for the talk. By Rhombus and Fyn. A crack fic for the June/July Prompt challenge.
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 19,992 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Published: 8/20 - Chomper, Red Claw, Screech, Thud - Complete
This Is Growing Up by The Wasp1995 reviews
Even in the land of dinosaurs, nothing stays the same. Littlefoot and his friends start to feel the effects of 'The Time of the Great Change'. As they struggle to cope with the signs of coming adulthood, certain feelings start to come to the surface, some that break the laws of nature itself. And the Great Valley will never quite be the same. T rating for adult themes.
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 13 - Words: 47,077 - Reviews: 80 - Favs: 41 - Follows: 39 - Updated: 8/12 - Published: 8/15/2016 - [Littlefoot, Cera] Red Claw
Past and Future by Blackwolf6249 reviews
Waiting for your children to hatch is tough. Remembering all the things that led up to this moment is bittersweet. However, the promise of the future also brings despair. Response to prompt challenge on GoF.
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,906 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Published: 7/27 - [Chomper, OC] - Complete
A Wish Granted: Tears of a Sharptooth by The Wasp1995 reviews
Do we truly know our friends unless we walk in their footsteps? What happens when Littlefoot and the gang are forced into a life that threatens to eliminate their sanity, and yet must walk in until they know what it means to be what they fear? A riveting tale full of adventure, danger, heartbreak, and friendship. Rated T for now, but may move to M later on.
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 6 - Words: 21,366 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 7/24 - Published: 3/12 - Littlefoot, Cera, Chomper, Red Claw
The Swimmer Trials by Beaucephalis reviews
I have decided to post my fan fiction here. The story is like The Day of the Flyers except for Swimmers, the story goes that Ducky is chosen for a certain trial that no one has ever survived and is about what happens in the lead up and on the day of this big event and the aftermath.
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 61 - Words: 287,940 - Reviews: 64 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 6/29 - Published: 4/9/2015 - Littlefoot, Ducky, Mama Swimmer
Mender's Tale by The Rhombus reviews
Based upon a roleplay with Historian1912 and set in the Seven Hunters continuity. Mender has the reputation as being the best healer in the Mysterious Beyond, helping all who require it, but that was not always the case. Follow Mender as she recalls how a lowly fastbiter eventually found her place in life once she met a most unusual pack. This is Mender's Tale.
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 23 - Words: 258,920 - Reviews: 100 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 6/28 - Published: 5/25/2016 - Littlefoot, Cera, Ducky, OC
The Eighth Hunter by JulianR94 reviews
Seven Hunters continuity / A forced wish twists a human's life around, and he finds himself not only altered but in a whole new world now. Or rather, an old world. Torn between two lives, even the legendary pack around Seeker (Littlefoot) unable to ease his concerns, this new hunter sets out on a mission. A mission that should have immense consequences, change the future of all.
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 32 - Words: 274,856 - Reviews: 113 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 22 - Updated: 5/2 - Published: 8/3/2015 - Littlefoot, Ruby, Sharptooth, OC
Perspectives: Littlefoot by The Rhombus reviews
[Special prompt response] Perspectives are funny things. Often even common experiences are colored by our own biases and personal experiences. So are our common experiences even truly common? With that in mind, what were Littlefoot's thoughts after his first aborted meeting with Cera? And what if the two had another meeting prior to their fateful adventure that night?
Land Before Time - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,559 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 2 - Published: 4/22 - Grandpa & Grandma Longneck, Littlefoot, Cera, Littlefoot's Mother - Complete
Tiny Biters by The Rhombus reviews
Parenting is always an adventure. But it is especially so when you are a young couple raising triplets in the mysterious beyond. Follow Cera (Stern Claw) and Taunt as they struggle with the challenges that come with raising a young family. A stand-alone story from The Seven Hunters continuity - Response to the March 2017 Gang of Five prompt challenge.
Land Before Time - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,054 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Published: 3/26 - Cera, OC - Complete
Fateful Meetings by The Rhombus reviews
"Where does one draw the line in the sand? Often times good and bad are seen as mutually exclusive. But the gray clouds often blur those differences until one day you find yourself unable to tell whether or not you've stayed above the abyss, or already gone over it. And then it's too late." Response for the winner of the Jaunary 2017 Gang of Five prompt challenge.
Land Before Time - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,813 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 8 - Published: 2/20 - Chomper, Ruby - Complete
Songs of the Hunters by The Rhombus reviews
The Seven Hunters are back and this time they are relating their epic adventures to their children. What crises befell the pack after they left the Great Valley? How did they take back their territory? What happened to their friends and allies? And how did these wonderful children come about? Find out along with their kids as you listen to the songs of the hunters.
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Drama - Chapters: 27 - Words: 195,746 - Reviews: 185 - Favs: 46 - Follows: 32 - Updated: 4/10/2016 - Published: 1/12/2015 - [Littlefoot, Ruby] [Cera, OC] - Complete
The Seven Hunters by The Rhombus reviews
A fateful wish causes horrific changes to our favorite seven dinosaurs. What will they do when they are forced to leave all they know behind and live an alien lifestyle in the mysterious beyond? What will they do when the hunted become the hunters? Follow Littlefoot, Cera, Ducky, Petrie, Spike, Chomper, and Ruby in this dark story of death, revenge, redemption, and hope.
Land Before Time - Rated: M - English - Friendship/Horror - Chapters: 75 - Words: 557,268 - Reviews: 487 - Favs: 108 - Follows: 60 - Updated: 12/31/2014 - Published: 1/3/2014 - Littlefoot, Chomper, Ruby, Red Claw - Complete
Wickedly Sharp by jjhatter reviews
It all started from good intentions...but, you know what they say about those... A songfic based on Wicked's "No Good Deed." ...Trust me, it's much better than it sounds. Really. Please, Read and Review! P.S. Did I mention Chomper finally snaps?
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,518 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Published: 5/5/2013 - Littlefoot, Chomper - Complete
Greatest Sacrifice by Sleeping-force's-inside reviews
He lost her, just like his mother, her daughter... Or didn't he? Littlefoot saw his grandmother fall... R & E & R 17th Chapter online! Complete!
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 17 - Words: 16,687 - Reviews: 48 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 9/2/2012 - Published: 5/13/2012 - Grandpa & Grandma Longneck, Chomper's Mother - Complete
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Strength reviews
In the wake of a disaster, Littlefoot and Cera both come under consideration for a leadership role within the Great Valley. However, when the elders finally make their decision, Cera is devastated to learn that not everyone is accepting of their choice as she and her friends are.
Land Before Time - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 11,897 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/22
Twelve Remembrances reviews
At a turning point in his life, an old Shellback reflects on the events which led him to where he is today. Through twelve memories, twelve images, he revisits the past to make a decision that will heavily affect his future.
Land Before Time - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,951 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/8
To Tread Upon Fields Afar reviews
[New Fyn Continuity] When two siblings pick up a hint that their father, presumed dead, may still be alive, they set out on a journey which challenges their perception of their world. Meeting new friends and running across terrifying new enemies, they must work together to pick up a trail that went cold decades ago- their father's trail to a mythical place called the Great Valley.
Land Before Time - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 43 - Words: 358,056 - Reviews: 116 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 8/4 - Published: 5/11/2015
Perspectives: Cera reviews
[Special Prompt Response] A young Threehorn is faced with an important and harrowing lesson when a run-in with a strange Longneck forces her to accept a much more complex and humbling view of the world from the one she is used to.
Land Before Time - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,397 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Published: 4/22 - Complete
Guardian reviews
Sometimes the most courageous of us all are those whose deeds go forever unsung, forgotten by all but a select few. Our story begins in a cove, nestled on the farthest edge of the Mysterious Beyond; a save haven for some, home for another, and a place where even the most unlikely of friendships can bloom... [Rated T for mild language and a brief innuendo]
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 14,056 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/14 - Complete
The Path reviews
[Special Prompt Response] Eager to enter her first pack, a young female Austroraptor is met with the greatest challenge she has ever faced. Success will mean a new life, and a victory over the dark days of her past. But the demons of her childhood are not so easily forgotten, and even the smallest of nagging thoughts can turn a simple path through the forest into a nightmare.
Land Before Time - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,354 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Published: 3/9
The Line reviews
[Response to a prompt challenge]. Where do we draw our lines? What would you do to protect the ones you are responsible for? How far would you go to save your herd?
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,355 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 2 - Published: 2/9 - Littlefoot, OC - Complete
The Littlefrill and the Big Underground reviews
An alternate retelling of the events of "Visitor from the Mysterious Above." Lepto, the Leptoceratops in the episode, is an adult now with kids of his own. When his daughter ignores his instructions, almost costing her her life, Lepto sees an opportunity to recount his own past mistakes, as a lesson for a new generation.
Land Before Time - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,729 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/9 - OC
One Star Above reviews
A short, holiday-themed tale. When disaster strikes a traveling herd. two very different children are forced to work together to overcome their troubles, in a story of compassion, friendship, and family.
Land Before Time - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,757 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Published: 12/24/2016
Ace Combat: Forgotten Skies
Prior to the Ulysses landfall, the fascist country of Sotoa invades the neutral country of Verusa. Gabriel Becker, a civilian flight instructor, is soon caught up into the fray, and must choose to back down or fight to retake his homeland. Meanwhile, nations gather as the threat of Ulysses looms imminent.
Ace Combat - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 414 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Published: 9/13/2014
Spark
As an Aviator, Nimbus is tasked with assisting the 132nd Aviator Squadron in securing Equestria's east coast. When the Awakening finds a new leader and makes a bold move against Equestria, Nimbus is pulled into the action, and soon discovers that the former supporters of Nightmare Moon have turned to a new strategy- securing and uncovering a dark secret from Equestria's past.
My Little Pony - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 5,819 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 4/10/2014 - Published: 4/8/2014
Broken Sky reviews
Nimbus had everything he'd ever wanted- a position as a cadet in one of the finest flight schools in Equestria: The Wonderbolts Academy. One mistake, and his entire dream came crashing down. Looking for a new start as an Aviator- an elite aerial defender of Equestria- Nimbus must face new challenges at the Royal Equestrian College of the Air. Can he learn from past mistakes?
My Little Pony - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 18 - Words: 60,286 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 12/6/2013 - Published: 6/11/2013 - Complete
Let Your Heart Guide You reviews
Littlefoot and Fyn were always good friends, but what caused them to become best friends? When a meteor shower decimates the Great Valley, someone close to Fyn becomes a casualty. Now, with food running scarce and time short, Fyn must make a choice, which will impact both himself and Littlefoot in ways they cannot possibly imagine!
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Adventure - Chapters: 9 - Words: 39,859 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 9/20/2012 - Published: 6/26/2012 - Littlefoot
Among Friends reviews
When Farwalkers entering the Great Valley looking for help are turned away by Cera's father, it's up to Fyn and the gang, including Chomper and Ruby, to help the strangers. However, Fyn does not trust either Chomper or Ruby, and must learn to overcome their differences to work together. Unbeknownst to the gang, however, they are being followed by a mysterious dinosaur...
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 13 - Words: 28,806 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 6/23/2012 - Published: 6/13/2012 - Chomper, Littlefoot - Complete
To Walk Among Clouds reviews
Bron has arrived in the Great Valley, Fyn meets a new face during a rescue, and someone else catches Littlefoot's eye, as well. Could this be... love? This is a direct follow-up to "Where Paths Diverge." Read and enjoy! Reviews are welcome!
Land Before Time - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 9 - Words: 20,461 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 5/27/2012 - Published: 5/19/2012 - Complete
Where Paths Diverge reviews
An attack occurs which puts the Great Valley's residents on edge. Chomper is sent to deal with it, and the problem is solved quickly, but not everything is as it seems. Can a single event, one common to every Sharptooth that grows up, destroy the friendship that Littlefoot and his friends share? A tale of undying friendship and loyalty, for your consideration. Please review!
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Friendship - Chapters: 14 - Words: 30,239 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 5/17/2012 - Published: 5/5/2012 - Chomper, Littlefoot - Complete
The Lesson One Shot
This is a "one shot" that takes place shortly after the events of "The Land Before Time: Fyn." Labon sets out to teach Fyn how to defend himself against Sharptooth attacks, but at the end of the day, he ends up learning his own lesson, as well.
Land Before Time - Rated: K - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,307 - Favs: 2 - Published: 4/24/2012 - Complete
The Land Before Time: Fyn reviews
With the looming threat of an imminent Sharptooth raid, a herd of Fin-Necks must leave their home to find the Great Valley. What follows is an inspiring tale of family, courage, and determination, centered around our hero: an Amargasauruse, or Fin-Neck, named Fyn. Rated T for violence and emotional situations. Reviews welcome.
Land Before Time - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 27,370 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 5 - Updated: 4/15/2012 - Published: 4/10/2012 - Complete
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