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  • Friday
    NaiadSagaIotaOar's "Who We Are in the Dark" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story, unlike its protagonist, doesn't have to cheat to win your heart.

    Who We Are in the Dark
    [Equestria Girls] [Romance] [Tragedy] • 11,505 words

    [Note: This story contains sexual themes.]

    Adagio, who everyone knows is an immortal sex goddess, is determined to give her girlfriend a perfect eighteenth birthday. If only she weren't secretly a virgin, it would be easy.

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    16 comments · 1,186 views
  • 1 week
    Mr V's "Sweet Little Lovely: A Gothic Romance" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story ticks along to a sweetly chilling conclusion.

    Sweet Little Lovely: A Gothic Romance
    [Romance] [Dark] • 14,993 words

    [Note: This story contains scenes of blood and gore.]

    Everyone in their sleepy little town knows that Marvelous, the clockmaker, has eyes for only one mare - the beautiful Little Lovely. Despite her mysterious illness and his amusingly obsessive nature, there's no question that they make a perfect couple.

    But when the truth of Little Lovely's affliction comes to light, Marvelous begins to realize that her true beauty is ... on the inside.

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    3 comments · 1,227 views
  • 2 weeks
    Chris' "Wyrmlysan" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    As the Royal Canterlot Library says farewell to Chris, we welcome RBDash47, creator of the original Pony Fiction Vault, to our fold!

    You're destined to like tonight's story.

    [Tragedy] • 3,322 words

    Prophecy is a dangerous game; meanings which are obvious can become obscure in an instant, and fates are laid bare only in hindsight.

    After the fall of Discord but before the rise of Nightmare Moon, a dragon breaks the peace between its race and ponykind, and Princess Luna flies to mete out justice.

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    8 comments · 1,559 views
  • 3 weeks
    Einhander's "Royals" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a rarity: a rich romance between an unexpected pair.

    [Romance] [Sad] [Slice of Life] • 14,210 words

    Rarity always wanted to be Lady Rarity. Over time, it became more clear it was not meant to be. But she's fine, she's got a successful business in Ponyville, her fashion line showing in Manehattan and she has her friends, even if most of them are moving on with their lives. A prince sweeping her off her hooves was just not meant to be.

    So how in Equestria did she end up on a date with the richest pony in town?

    Confusion, feelings and wine mix for a potentially explosive, heartwarming (or rending?) evening, along with a pinch of generosity.

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    4 comments · 1,769 views
  • 4 weeks
    brokenimage321's "Celestia XVII" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    The crowning achievement of today's story is a look at some royal growing pains.

    Celestia XVII
    [Drama] [Slice of Life] [Alternate Universe] • 56,413 words

    Being seventeen is hard — especially if you happen to be a Princess.

    I'm Princess Celestia, but everyone calls me Cece. My life has been crazier than normal lately — my big brother Blueblood is a selfish jerk, my best friend Twilight just moved away to Ponyville, and, oh yeah — Nightmare Moon turned out to be my long-lost somethingth-Great Aunt, Princess Luna. No biggie.

    But, no matter how my life is going, I'm still Princess. I've gotta keep it together. Somehow. I can make it at least until the Grand Galloping Gala in a month-and-a-half ... right?

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    8 comments · 2,910 views
  • 5 weeks
    Metool Bard's "The Truth Hurts" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    With today's story, idol hooves are the devil's workshop.

    The Truth Hurts
    [Dark] [Sad] [Slice of Life] • 4,914 words

    Lightning Dust has been in a bit of a rut ever since getting kicked out of the Wonderbolt Academy. Day after day, she's been sticking to a strict exercise regimen under the guidance of Cloudsdale's premier personal trainer, Haymaker. Her hope is that she'll unlock her true potential and show Haymaker how awesome she is, thus prompting him to use his connections to get her back into the Wonderbolts. No matter how many times Haymaker tells her it's impossible, Lightning simply refuses to listen.

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    11 comments · 1,987 views
  • 6 weeks
    Phaoray's "Complex Apartments" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story drives home the difficulties of odd roommate choices.

    Complex Apartments
    [Equestria Girls] [Drama] [Romance] [Sad] • 9,829 words

    Choosing an apartment to live in is important and requires good planning. Location, needs, cost, a lot must be taken into account when looking.

    One girl looks to her animals and peace, hoping to have a quiet, fun time with her friends as she goes through high school. For her, the apartment is cheap, comfortable, allows pets, and is close to school. Perfect!

    The other is looking to take over a high school, enslave everyone inside, and bring war to another dimension all in the name of proving her mentor wrong. A small, cheap apartment near the school to plan in is all she needs.

    Fluttershy really should have met the neighbors before signing her lease...

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    4 comments · 2,111 views
  • 7 weeks
    Minds Eye's "Extra Sprinkles" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Donut skip today's story.

    Extra Sprinkles
    [Slice of Life] • 2,801 words

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    4 comments · 1,795 views
  • 8 weeks
    AdmiralTigerclaw's "Arrow 18 Mission Logs: Lone Ranger" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story arrives from the past to look at the future.

    Arrow 18 Mission Logs: Lone Ranger
    [Adventure] [Sci-Fi] [Human] • 66,605 words

    The star system Omega Centauri was just another oddity on a map to scientists in the not too distant future. However when they found the star was orbiting an earth-sized, earth-like planet instead of a black hole as its motion had suggested, a mission was scrambled to investigate this most unusual of celestial behaviors.

    Hamstrung by politics, and nearly crippled before it began, the 'Lone Ranger' mission was reduced to just one crew member and left to his own devices.

    These are the logs of Arrow 18 and its lone commander. This information is classified TOP SECRET by the Global Space Agency.

    Do NOT tell the princess.

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    35 comments · 2,671 views
  • 9 weeks
    Cyrano's "Suns and Roses" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Put your hands in the air for today's story.

    Suns and Roses
    [Equestria Girls] [Romance] [Dark] [Tragedy] [Alternate Universe] • 10,907 words

    The Crystal Mirror brought Sunset Shimmer not to the steps of Canterlot High, but to another world all together. She meets Roseluck, a prisoner in her own home trapped beneath the authoritarian rule of her father, and the two embark on a journey of love and bank robbing as they search for somewhere they can truly be free.

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    8 comments · 1,299 views

Author Interview » Casca's "Pipsqueak the Valiant's Adventure Journal!" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 1:04pm Nov 27th, 2015

In today's story, chart a course for Epic Island as you sail through the Adorable Archipelago.

Pipsqueak the Valiant's Adventure Journal!
[Slice of Life] • 38,554 words

Pirates, swordfighting, buried treasure and hidden treachery — you don't need these to live the adventurous life.

FROM THE CURATORS: The story's description plays a bit coy: you certainly don't need world-spanning travels and high-seas swashbuckling for the adventurous life, but this delivers on them regardless.  "I want to tell you a story: I had to set PtVAJ! aside when I was only four chapters into it," Horizon said.  "When I returned to my RCL reading and realized that I had more Pipsqueak ahead, my face immediately brightened, and I clicked through to the next chapter like greeting an old friend.  It immediately rewarded me with not only a pitch-perfect scene of the trials of Ponyville bureaucracy, but then a scene of Twilight Sparkle, Princess Luna, and epic badass Mayor Mare launching a frontal assault on a pirate ship, and escalated further from there."

But even when the events of the story are lower-key, there's a lot to appreciate here.  "I love the early chapters for the narrative voice and the succession of foals doing adorable things," Present Perfect said.  "Mayor Mare's backstory is fascinating, Pip's voicing is perfect, and the fact that he's able to convey so much through a child's POV is what put Casca on my radar."  Horizon also appreciated the voicing: "Pipsqueak has that perfect Dickensian edge of rapier-sharp authorial satire underlaying adorable childish innocence."  And AugieDog praised the way that the story unfolded: "Of the many fine things on display here, what's impressing me the most is the structure of the thing — the way that little details in the first chapters, details that seem to exist only to add color to a scene, slowly develop into major plot points."

It was that slow unfolding which sealed the deal of the story's feature.  "It really morphs as the story goes along, but the narrative straying from Pip himself is more than made up for by the fact that Mayor Mare is an equally marvelous protagonist, and walking through their various encounters in overseas Maretopia is like rounding random corners in a goblin market and glancing through the stalls," Horizon said.  "This story is about adventure, about striking off into the unknown with no idea what you're going to find, and its core is that joy and surprise of discovery."  Present Perfect summarized in glowing terms: "It's brilliantly told.  This has always been one of my absolute favorite stories in the fandom, hands down."

Read on for our author interview, in which Casca discusses mayoral juxtaposition, Cadence coincidences, and the repainting of mental walls.

Give us the standard biography.

Hi there! I’m Casca, a 20-ish fresh graduate with a chemical engineering degree. I’ve worn a number of ponyfic hats, ranging from /fic/ reviewer, EqD prereader, and most recently Seattle’s Angels member, but nowadays I just log in and read blogposts.

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

Originally on, I was Cascadence, an amalgam of “Cascading Cadence”, since I was really into piano at the time. On the forums, I would introduce myself as Casca for short. When I came over, it seemed good to keep it that way. I’ve never read Berzerk; that’s a complete coincidence.

Who's your favorite pony?

Fluttershy is moe, but a close second is Rarity because she got some good episodes lately and her voice adds just a bit more colour to the show. Discord’s not a pony and I’m totally not cheating by mentioning him here.

What's your favorite episode?

Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000. This and The Return of Harmony introduced powerful elements that, as a writer, I couldn’t wait to play with.

What do you get from the show?

It’s a fun way to spend a little under half an hour. What really makes the show valuable to me is that it’s the gateway that brought me to /fic/ and the ponyfic community at large.

What do you want from life?

A job in this economic climate would be a great start. ;_; The absolute ideal would be to save enough to live off investments, and spend the rest of my days writing and working with charities, but if were that easy everybody would be doing it.

Why do you write?

This is a tough question.

I started “writing” when I was a kid to emulate the feeling of Playstation games. Then it was to engage fantasies and ideas — it was my secret-no-so-secret thing that only I did amongst my peers. Then it was to change the world — that if I could just somehow impact enough people, there would be a shift of some sort ... Now, it’s because of some misplaced pride, that the ideas in my pile are worth manifesting, and that it’d be a shame if I didn’t.

Writing has always been about being someone more, extending my identity, and it’s always had a small element of hubris at its core. It’s not really a noble answer, but it’s mine.

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

I’ll try and keep it to two hopefully useful points.

1) Writing descriptions is overrated. You’ve probably come across adages like “Avoid talking heads syndrome”, “Show, don’t tell”, which spread during the glory days of the Equestria Daily editorial, and I admit with full apologies that my solution to this — and advice to others I edited for — was “describe more”. “Paint a picture,” I’d say, “show me more of this world because there’s space. Squeeze more out of your words and captivate me!”

But I wasn’t captivated by lengthy passages of scenery, and after analyzing stories I enjoyed, I realized that it’s precisely space that does the captivating.

If I mention a warehouse, you likely already have a vision pop up in your head. Sure, your warehouse isn’t my warehouse, but it doesn’t need to be — all I need is that you’re thinking about a warehouse. You’re already invested and now all I have to do is move your mental camera around to where the good stuff is happening. But if I start ordering repaints of the walls, and for props to be moved around, you lose focus of the action, and, more detrimentally, the atmosphere.

Descriptions can be used very effectively to show aspects other than scenery — PtVAJ! is a working exercise in it — but scenes in standard work, sans gimmick, don’t usually require more than light touches, and a bit of faith. As always, the caveat is moderation in all, and execution is king, but this doesn’t mean anything substantial.

2) Editors, ideally, show you how your work looks like to everyone other than you. This means if they say, “I don’t like this”, or “I don’t understand”, explaining it in a reply PM isn’t the correct action. You cannot do that to every reader who doesn’t understand that Mr. OC Mysterio is worth keeping for the later payoff, because they’d just leave without even saying anything. At least the editor will show you symptoms, which you must then cure in the story body itself. I mention this because I’ve been on both sides, and it’s always a bit awkward to tell the aspiring author: your justification is cool and all, but if there’s not enough to invest my confidence in, I don’t care.

Similarly, all advice is worth mulling over, especially the ones that sting. Even the facetious stuff, if not simply to consider that it takes all kinds... For example, InquisitorM left some excellent comments on a different story of mine, which I admit, I didn’t think too deeply on — 90 weeks later, here I am saying to you essentially what he said to me. I managed to come around to his philosophy by myself, but if I had been more open-minded, the stuff I wrote since then wouldn’t have the same awkward flaws.

What inspired “Pipsqueak the Valiant’s Adventure Journal!”?

It was written for the first ever Writeoff, with the prompt of “One Way Ticket”. Originally the story was going to be about Pinkie leaving the rock farm to fill the world with parties. When I realized that I couldn’t write Pinkie well at all, I moved on to Ponyville’s newest arrival, Pipsqueak, and that’s how it started.

At the time, Australia was having a massive debate on what to do with refugees. I sympathized strongly with them, even if I had no idea what the optimum solution was; I think Pipsqueak’s circumstances took on some projection from that.

Additionally, I disliked the trend that pilot Pipfics were going — most of them were just dream sequencs of him playing make-believe, which I felt was very unsatisfying to read. So I decided to give him some real adventure, while keeping him as adorable as he is.

Did you plan from the beginning to include the Mayor as a second POV character, or did she come into the story more organically?

There was no reasonable way I could have Pipsqueak out and about in Maretopia without him getting killed. The only way to show the world — and that really is the heart of Volume 2 — while respecting fully the stakes at risk was by adding a more resilient viewpoint. So, yes — definitely organic. It worked out better than I had hoped!

The Mayor is largely a blank slate in the series.  What guided you in creating her character here?

For some reason, when I first saw MM in Winter Wrap-Up, the first thing I thought was that she was probably an alcoholic. Possibly because of the lidded eyes and huskier voice, and because when Ponyville breaks into its scheduled chaos, somepony has to handle the accounts ...

Juxtaposition was the principle in practice. If Pipsqueak was something, MM would be that thing realized with a horrible twist. Pipsqueak has but one dream and is absolutely unwavering about it; MM, on the other hand, has already fulfilled hers, yet she still clings on to elements of it. This unwillingness to let go, and resolution thereof, was drawn from personal feelings — during the writing her parts worried me the most, because what if my readers just couldn’t relate?

Honestly, it’s sort of a fluke. She grew on me more as I wrote her; a lot of the things she is serves either plot or underlying themes, and just happens to also be entertaining. She’s very efficient, and it’s nice when your character keeps your story alive on account of being streetwise.

The world outside Equestria as you depict it is a fascinating but scary place.  How did you go about putting together a dystopia that still feels like it could be a part of the Pony cosmos?

I’m glad to hear that it feels like it could still be part of Equestria - that’s very vital in what I tried to do.

I believe that the centre of Equestria is a truly happy place - that, aside from external forces like Chrysalis, there is no crime and conflicts are all low-stakes ... because of the alicorns. Cosmic beings whose alignments are as Lawful Good as you can get — there’s no way anything truly threatening could be allowed to exist, let alone tolerated.

What really makes MLP fun to write for me is the access to magic. When you have that much power in an otherwise uncontrolled system, whoever abuses it wins; how they abuse it, and the consequences, are my favourite thing to write. If that’s not the case, then either it’s not much power, or you’re not abusing it enough. It’s not like every pony suddenly becomes a monster without alicorn rule, but just that the few who are have won.

With this in mind, Maretopia [the second continent] is simply my idea of what Equestria would be without the alicorns. They share the same fundamentals, draw from the same pool of elements (no extra alicorns!), including behaviors and the power of friendship virtues. If a character won’t act Equestrian, having them acknowledge Equestrian behavior grounds it in an easier context. With the wealth of background characters and unexplored areas, it’s not too hard to weld ends together to build a coherent, as you put it, cosmos.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Fluttershy may be best pony, but Patchouli is best character.

Thank you for having me!

You can read Pipsqueak the Valiant's Adventure Journal! at 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 )

PT vaj? Seriously, PT vaj? :facehoof:

Is there any way to turn off Admin journals from showing up?

Feed > Options > Social Site Posts.

Hey when Sunset Shimmer kill the human version of herself since the one in Equestrians Girls is the pony version?

3571447 If it was a "g" at the end you might have something to :facehoof: about.

Funnily enough, this is the first time I've had someone mention this to me...

...though 3572602 is probably why :trollestia:

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