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  • Friday
    Muramasa's "The Thief and the Princess" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Don't let today's story slip past you unnoticed.


    The Thief and the Princess
    [Slice of Life][Thriller] • 3,252 words

    In the dead of night, a thief breaks into the royal palace in Canterlot to steal Celestia's crown. She successfully sneaks through the palace and enters the room where this prize possession is kept, with not a soul the wiser.

    Well, save for a certain Princess.

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    1 comments · 624 views
  • 1 week
    Cherax's "Sundowner Season" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    It's always a good season to read today's story.


    Sundowner Season
    [Drama] [Sad] • 21,493 words

    With a heavy heart and an empty journal, Rarity heads north.

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    2 comments · 762 views
  • 2 weeks
    Summer Dancer's "Sandbox" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story doesn't play around when it comes to adorable-yet-poignant pony portrayals.


    Sandbox
    [Slice of Life] • 3,045 words

    When trying to focus on her studies, Sunset Shimmer is stuck watching an annoying little filly who just won't let her study.

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    10 comments · 1,560 views
  • 3 weeks
    Lost + Found Features: "Conversations with Eternity" / "Chuckling Over My Cheery-O's" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Occasionally, exemplary stories earn our approval for a feature — but the author opts out of our interview, or we're unable to complete the interview process despite repeated effort.  We'd like to see these great stories get their time in the spotlight too, so today we're presenting a pair of RCL-approved tales for your reading pleasure.


    Conversations with Eternity
    By Sunchaser
    [Adventure] [Alternate Universe] • 6,078 words

    Far off to the west of Equestria lay The Eternal Lands, an immense expanse of desert that holds at its heart a precious jewel: the city of Gallopfree, sprung up around a peculiar bit of water known as the Well of Eternity.

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    9 comments · 1,685 views
  • 4 weeks
    ChibiRenamon's "Conquering is Easy, Being Conquered is Hard" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Royal Canterlot Library

    It wasn't hard to let today's story conquer our hearts.


    Conquering is Easy, Being Conquered is Hard

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    Rarity has conquered Equestria, but she is unsure how to deal with a cult led by Fluttershy and the cult's second-in-command, Twilight Sparkle, who seems to have plans of her own...
    ChibiRenamon · 27k words  ·  244  16 · 1.8k views

    [Romance] [Comedy] [Drama] [Alternate Universe] • 26,653 words

    Rarity's quest for love led her from Tartarus to Canterlot. Now, wielding powers beyond comprehension, she rules over Equestria.

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    8 comments · 2,369 views
  • 5 weeks
    Coyote de La Mancha's "Twilight Sparkle Was Shot" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story starts with a bang.

    Twilight Sparkle Was Shot
    [Adventure] [Equestria Girls] [Alternate Universe] • 9,173 words

    After the reformation of Sunset Shimmer, the Mane Six united their powers against all manner of threats. Then, Twilight Sparkle joined their number, and over time the bonds between the Mane Seven have become stronger than ever.

    They have called upon their power to aid their friends, to protect the innocent, and even to defend their world.

    Never have they called upon their power out of anger, or to seek revenge.

    Until now.

    FROM THE CURATORS: Vengeance isn't a goal typically associated with a hero, especially a hero in the My Little Pony franchise. And yet in this week's feature, the drive for vengeance that binds together our protagonist and antagonist in a yin and yang of pain feels almost breathtakingly real.

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    12 comments · 2,070 views
  • 6 weeks
    Jack of a Few Trades' "Without Another Word" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    We'd like to give you a good word about today's story.


    Without Another Word
    [Drama] [Sad] • 11,912 words

    Seven years have passed since Grand Pear moved to Vanhoover, and time has dulled the pain of leaving Pear Butter behind. Though the scars remain, life for the Pear family has done its best to return to normal.

    But one day, a letter from Ponyville comes in the mail.

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    3 comments · 986 views
  • 7 weeks
    Flutterpriest's "Feathers" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Fall into today's story for some gripping drama.


    Feathers
    [Dark] [Drama] • 2,466 words

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    7 comments · 2,417 views
  • 8 weeks
    fourths' "You and Her" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story aches.


    You and Her
    [Romance] [Sad] • 7,335 words

    [Note: This story contains sexual themes.]

    You told me that a young designer from out of town would be coming to stay with us for a few days while she discussed business plans with you. I told you that would be fine, that I wouldn't mind.

    I lied.

    FROM THE CURATORS: Relationships are rarely easy. Feelings wax and wane, ebb and flow, and even at their easiest and most effortless, relationships take effort. But maybe you don't want to put that effort in any more. Maybe it takes less effort to start something new than to maintain something you've had for years. Maybe your partner won't catch on. Maybe they will.

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    13 comments · 2,616 views
  • 9 weeks
    anonpencil's "Broken Bindings" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a real page-turner.


    Broken Bindings
    [Dark] [Horror] [Mystery] • 23,036 words

    Twilight has given you a new book to read. Well, she didn't exactly give it to you, you actually just found it in the back of the library. Behind a shelf. On the ground. It looks very old, downright ancient, and it smells like moss and rot. The binding is a little cracked, and there's no title on it. You can't help but wonder what might be inside, and the only way to find out is to keep reading.

    Just turn the page.

    You can do that much, can't you?

    Please?

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    22 comments · 2,815 views
Oct
30th
2015

Author Interview » Martian's "The Lost Place" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 1:03pm Oct 30th, 2015

Today's story offers a stellar glimpse inside the long road to lunar redemption.


The Lost Place
[Slice of Life] • 3,813 words

The most important day of her young life, the hardest challenge she'd have to face, and she failed... or had she? The thunderous sound, the dazzling light, the surge of magic... then she wakes up in a place bereft of all light and shape and sound, alone...

Sometimes, it just takes a spark to rekindle the light.

FROM THE CURATORS: Reading this story made us unanimously agree on two things: one, that we really dislike stories "starting with the protagonist blinking in confusion at a surrounding sea of featureless darkness," as AugieDog put it. "They make me purse my lips like I've just taken a bite out of a lemon."  And two, that The Lost Place solidly earned its feature nevertheless.  "It works here because of the context," AugieDog said, while Horizon's attention was captured by the sharp prose: "'If this earns my vote,' I said to myself while I was reading, 'it will be the line about setting herself on fire which pushed it over the edge.'  It did, and that was."

What happened to redeem the opening cliche?  "The author took two well-used tropes and set them together delicately to create something infinitely greater," Present Perfect said. "Twilight learning to believe in herself, coached by a still-banished Princess Luna? That's some really heavy, emotional stuff."  AugieDog also praised that characterization: "The story also gives us a filly Twilight who is definitely on her way to becoming the character we know from the show, and gives us a link between Twilight and Luna early on in Twilight's career."  Horizon thirded that: "The story's at its best when it's showcasing the interplay between the two characters."

We were also impressed that the story just kept serving up surprises.  "There was one sentence which brought tears to my eyes ... it turned the whole story on its head," Present Perfect said.  Horizon agreed, noting that "this is a story which rewards the reader's patience," and AugieDog summed it up: "It's a quiet story in which stuff nonetheless happens, and I always like it when authors can pull that off."

Read on for our author interview, in which Martian discusses amusing wrecks, stellar accomplices, and gas station haute cuisine.


Give us the standard biography.

Really, there’s not much to say; I read a lot as a kid and wanted to write stories since then. Sadly, my motivation levels are low due to crippling insecurity, so I never really get very far. My main hobby these days is building and crashing self-designed RC aircraft. Sometimes they even fly for awhile before crashing, which is especially fun, but a good wreck is amusing in itself.

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

It was pretty simple; I just had to consider the fact that I am outta this world.

Really though, I’m just a hobbyist space nerd and have always liked Mars. It was also helpful that the movie John Carter came out shortly before I made my account.

Who's your favorite pony?

That position has wandered around over the years I’ve been in the fandom, but it seems to have stabilized firmly on Pinkie Pie. She’s everything I could never be.

What's your favorite episode?

A big question, and I don’t really have an answer for you. I am easy to please when it comes to ponies, and so long as it has colourful horses doing fun and exciting things, preferably while singing at the same time, I am happy. I even liked Magical Mystery Cure, though this admission may cause me to be shunned.

I do have a small list of episodes I don’t like, but they are far outweighed by those I do.

What do you get from the show?

It’s a small dose of escapism for me. There may also be a touch of learning in there too, as I am not a particularly friendly or sociable person … but I was a much more awful person before the show got its hooks into me. Hell, even for my first year or so in the fandom I was a somewhat toxic individual, though I hope I’ve shed most of that behaviour from my life.

What do you want from life?

To be left alone, really. I’m a hermit and like quiet solitude far more than being around people. I’ve already got an area in mind to settle down in once I manage to secure my real job. It’s remote, in the way that requires a small amphibious aircraft to reach it.

Why do you write?

Always wanted to since I was a kid. I used to read voraciously, and that habit usually rubs off as a need to emulate. Sadly, I don’t write much and certainly haven’t written anything recently due to combined pressures of trade school, crippling depression, and caustic self-doubt. I am feeling better these days, at least.

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

- Read more. In particular, read more of your most favourite authors and look at how they write — the technique and wordplay they use. Learn from them and try to work their techniques that you like into your own works.

- Write more. Like any other skill on the face of the planet, we are not born being amazing at something — you have to work at it. You are going to make mistakes, and that is how you learn.

- Take advice and critique graciously and with an open mind, but do not be scared to experiment. Some of the greatest works out there were experiments that have been poo-pooed and shamed by grammar nazis, simply because it did not hold up to their arbitrary literary standards. The English language is one of the most fluid and flexible in history; play with it to your heart’s content. It might not work most of the time, but when it does ...

What inspired “The Lost Place”?

The seed of it was planted with ‘The Stars Will Aid in Her Escape’ PMV by Mmmandarinorange, set to ‘Cosmic Love’ by Florence + The Machine.

If I were to sit down and actually write all the feels and thoughts I get while watching, this answer might go on for several pages. Suffice to say that the video and song put a lot of questions into my head, and I was lucky enough to find a story in the answers that my imagination produced.

Do you find that music helps your writing process?

Absolutely. In fact, several stories have been directly inspired by the music I was listening to. Brother came out of a talented double-bass player doing a cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dance is from a short Andy McKee tune, and Freeform is… from some song. I really wish I had written down which one.

The right kind of music lights a fire inside me, and it has got to find fuel to burn. Sometimes that fuel is words.

In the author’s note, you mention that it took you some time to finish the story. What difficulties did you encounter writing it, and what brought you back?

The muse is a fickle beast, and mine is a temperamental one to boot. In the first draft I simply could not get the imagery to flow correctly, the meeting with Luna was something completely different and much more hacked together in a ‘you are the chosen one’ way, and there was even to be a glimpse of the Nightmare wandering the plains.

It was going to be awful, so I abandoned it to my Drive and went on with my life.

Tried to get on with my life.

Thing is, the seed the song had planted in my head had sunk its roots deep, and I never really forgot about it. Every couple of weeks I came back and tried to fix it, but this always resulted in frustration, a fair amount of swearing, and a lot of self-loathing. The last third of the entire story was written and deleted roughly a dozen times during this cycle.

In the end, I linked friend and talented author KitsuneRisu to it and asked him to tell me if I could fix it, or if I should delete it and move on. Happily, he thought I could fix it and offered a few points of advice at critical points, and from there it became what you see. The way was made clear thanks to him.

Oh dear. Maybe there is something to this whole ‘friendship’ business after all.

The story’s opening paragraphs set a scene that seems to occur again and again in MLP fanfic. Did you deliberately set out to work with this image?

Yes and no. Twilight waking up in the dark place was a conscious decision — the PMV pretty much demanded that I start that way, but I did not go into it thinking ‘I am going to take this well-used trope and turn it into something glorious’.

It would be nice to think I was like those top chefs who can turn gas station food into haute cuisine, but I ain’t; I just had an excellent resource of visual and aural inspiration, and the help of a talented buddy.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I am humbled by the attention I’ve been getting. Certainly I appreciate the praise, and love that others are enjoying my feeble scratchings, but I’m just this guy, you know?

You can read The Lost Place at FIMFiction.net. Read more interviews right here at the Royal Canterlot Library, or suggest stories for us to feature at our Fimfiction group.

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Comments ( 8 )

Can I unsubscribe from getting these on my news feed...?

Ugh, now I feel guilty about releasing my review of this today. That's what I get for not checking my feed first.

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer

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Go to your feed page, hit Options and uncheck "Social Site Posts". You'll still get other posts pertaining to the site.

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Thank you!

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Whoa, I haven't seen you in forever!

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I know, right?

This is where I've been hiding.

Or, maybe just shouting loudly in the opposite direction.

I didn't even realize you had a FIMFiction account for some reason.

Martian is a lovely friend of mine. I remember the day we met, and since I've marvelled at his ability. I'm so glad he's again being awarded for his efforts.

I love the man. I hope you love his work, as I do.

:heart:

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Are you off your head?

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>Insert Navy Seal Copypasta here.

Bitch.

:pinkiehappy:

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