Hey there, everypony!
I've been working on the Epilogue of To Be a Better Stallion for a while, but lately I've been pretty badly struck by the writer's block, and so I've decided to take a little break.
I've begun work on a quick one-shot to clear my mind and shake off the funk, and I figured I'd give you guys a little sneak peak of what I've got cookiing...
"Long before the coming of the Princesses and the Modern Age, long before the coming of Discord and the Chaotic Age, and long even before the three breeds moved apart, the Age of Separation, there was the first age, the Age of Grazing."
"Their flanks were universally devoid of cutie marks, for the ponies of the Grazing Age did not know of such things as ambition and aspirations other than finding food and a safe home. They ran from place to place, fled from or fought off predators, and lived their days one at a time. They were what their herd needed them to be, and had neither the time nor the inclination for individuality. These ponies lived as parts of a whole rather than individuals, and each of them strived to care for its herd; in return, the herd cared for them all the same."
"On the ground in front of him, at the foot of the rock, there was something he could only identify as a puddle of sun. It shone brightly through the night, its light dancing amongst the field. It reached for the grass around it with small tendrils, dancing erratically in the wind. Much like the large mass of it in the sky, the puddle of sun was accompanied by clouds, though its clouds quickly rose back up to the sky in thin strings. Perhaps they were eager to give the land more rain.
The puddle of sun crackled soothingly as it grazed upon the herb beneath it. The stallion brought his muzzle close, feeling its comforting warmth. He attentively took in its scent. The odor was unlike anything he had ever smelled, exotic and alive. It reminded him of galloping through dry lands and the thick clouds of dust that followed the herd as it did, though at the same time, it felt... alive."
Keep your eyes peeled open for it!