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  • Friday
    MaxKodan's "Dappled Shores" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story warns about the hidden dangers of "shows, don't tell".


    Dappled Shores
    [Romance] [Comedy] [Drama] [Equestria Girls] [Slice of Life] • 4,640 words

    Rarity and Sunset are having their third weekly Dappled Shores marathon.

    And then Sunset ruins everything.

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    6 comments · 837 views
  • 1 week
    WishyWish's "Sugarcube in the Corner" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    An unlikely crossover source mashes up with pony in today's story.


    Sugarcube in the Corner
    [Drama] [Sad] [Slice of Life] [Tragedy] • 8,069 words

    Enter Painless — a young resident physician at Manehattan East Side Memorial Hospital who drew the short lot, and ended up working through Hearth's Warming. With the city caught in the grips of a blizzard that weatherponies are still trying to get under control, the night is boring, the decorations contrived, and the coffee is as bitter as his sensibilities.

    Tonight, Painless has a single, pointless task assigned to him — to keep the company of a lonesome, unconscious stallion who is essentially already dead. In so doing, a young doctor will learn that medicine is about more than scalpels and technique.

    It's also about mending broken hearts.

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    4 comments · 2,276 views
  • 3 weeks
    The Albinocorn's "Firebird Dahlia" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    An explosive sibling rivalry is at the center of today's story.


    Firebird Dahlia
    [Drama] [Slice of Life] • 48,819 words

    Life is looking up for Sunset Shimmer.

    With her grandstanding at the Battle of the Bands, Canterlot High has taken a new approach to her. Amends have been made, friendships have been restored, and Sunset is on the fast track to becoming a better person.

    But even now, there are still apologies that have to be said.

    For her Spring Break, Sunset returns to Equestria to make up with her estranged family: the parents that raised and provided for her, and the sister she left behind. But a lot has changed since then, and some wounds won't heal by just saying 'I'm sorry.'

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    11 comments · 2,988 views
  • 4 weeks
    forbloodysummer's "Why Are You Here, Your Majesty?" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is here for a very good reason.


    Why Are You Here, Your Majesty?
    [Drama] • 8,405 words

    Immortals are few and far between in Equestria, and they are all known to each other. Two of them are about to get to know each other a little better. Because one has just turned up uninvited in another’s private chambers. Maybe it’s time they had a chat?

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    8 comments · 3,396 views
  • 5 weeks
    Rocket Lawn Chair's "Star-Crossed" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a tale of love written in the sky.


    Star-Crossed
    [Romance] [Slice of Life] • 2,968 words

    A thousand years ago he was turning Equestria into a hotbed of mayhem.
    Five years ago he was growing moss and lichen on his shoulders.
    Today he's asking Celestia out on a date.

    Celestia didn't know such a creature as Discord would be able to change so radically without it being part of some elaborate prank. But what's more unsettling, she didn't know she'd be able to change just as drastically. As she finds new feelings for the Master of Chaos, she begins to have doubts toward the integrity of her desires, and suspicions of her sister's possible involvement.

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    0 comments · 3,076 views
  • 7 weeks
    Fiddlebottoms' "Discord's Ant Farm" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    In today's story, take a trip into the future with one of My Little Pony's ant-agonists.


    Discord's Ant Farm
    [Sad] • 2,619 words

    That wacky Spirit of Chaos is at it again...

    Except, there's no ponies in the audience.

    There's nothing, really. Just an empty, post-apocalyptic expanse.

    Nothing, and some ants.

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    21 comments · 3,718 views
  • 8 weeks
    FrontSevens' "Fun in the Summit" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a foray into diplomatic impunity.


    Fun in the Summit
    [Comedy] [Slice of Life] • 7,774 words

    Trade negotiations. Board meetings. Formal garden parties. Not the definition of a fun weekend for Princess Celestia at all.

    However, Celestia has a plan. Rarity’s going to join her this year, and by their gossiping powers combined, they may be able to turn this upcoming convention into something a little more unconventional.

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    6 comments · 3,148 views
  • 9 weeks
    cursedchords' "The Legend of the Scorpion Queen" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story about Equestrian harvest legends will grow on you.


    The Legend of the Scorpion Queen
    [Romance] [Sad] • 16,226 words

    On the eve of the Day of Reaping, the start of the Equestrian Harvest, it is traditional that a legend be told over supper: the legend of how the traditions surrounding the Day of Reaping came to be. It is a story of love, ambition, and vengeance.

    Long before Equestria, a grand Unicorn King maintains a splendid garden. On one of his travels he brings a scorpion back to live within it. That scorpion, resentful of being removed from her home, sets out to have her revenge.

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    6 comments · 5,104 views
  • 10 weeks
    Pen Stroke's "Morsel of Truth" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Sink your teeth into today's spooky story.


    Morsel of Truth
    [Slice of Life] • 4,349 words

    There is a bit of truth to every legend, though the ravages of time can bury it deeply. Myths and lore become twisted, melded, and torn the longer they are around. One of Equestria’s oldest legends is that of Nightmare Moon. It is the core of Nightmare Night and the excuse for children to go out asking for candy with a single, common rhyme.

    Nightmare Night, what a fright. Give me something sweet to bite.

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    5 comments · 5,528 views
  • 11 weeks
    Hap's "The Donutier" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story will éclair-ify what it means to truly have friends.


    The Donutier
    [Slice of Life] • 13,097 words

    My name is Twilight Sprinkle, and my passion is donuts—from the delicate morsels I serve at elegant cocktail parties to the hearty pastries enjoyed by hard-working ponies who get up early. I don’t have friends, I don’t have books, and I sure as the sun don’t have any wings. I don’t care whether you’re here for revenge, for romance, or for a favor. My name is Twilight Sprinkle and I’m not who you think I am, so either buy a donut or get the hay out of my store!

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    76 comments · 5,019 views
Feb
24th
2017

Author Interview » Majin Syeekoh's "Solving for Death" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 1:31pm February 24th

The quality of today's story will hit you right between the eyes.


Solving for Death
[Alternate Universe] [Comedy] [Dark] • 3,024 words

In a miscommunication gone awry, Starlight Glimmer has killed Twilight Sparkle with a fork.

Luckily for Twilight, Starlight's already acquired a resumé in doing the impossible.

She's totally got this.

FROM THE CURATORS: While the premise and the [Comedy] tag might suggest that this is a gimmicky crackfic, there's a lot more than that going on.  "This is a dark, dark comedy with a throbbing red heart of sincerity right at its core, and it's that juxtaposition that makes the story for me," AugieDog said in his nomination.  Soge agreed: "From its fairly absurd premise, it builds into a genuinely funny dark comedy, but without sacrificing its heart or forgetting about characterization."  And Present Perfect pointed out that "it's got enough polish to make it more accessible to people who aren't as big on weird-idea fics."

One of the elements drawing praise was the narrative voice.  "The writing style was worthy of note, with an off-kilter charm that really helped the tone of the story," Soge said.  That also won Horizon over: "The subtle humor of the narration seems like an odd choice for a comedy," he said, "but then it turns a corner into drama without shifting textual gears, and that slower pace seems brilliant in hindsight."  Meanwhile, Present Perfect enjoyed the prose.  "There's a real freewheeling spirit to the language here, with lines like 'Twilight remained combatively dead'," Present Perfect said.  "And the relish fork is an amazing running gag."

But the core strength here was the way it managed to reconcile some wildly different elements.  "Glimmer's blase-ness, Celestia using Twilight's death to teach a friendship lesson, and Spike being the only sane dragon are all fantastically played off against one another, and the result is that the story's various comic elements all enhance and reinforce each other," Chris said.  AugieDog summed it up: "It's a tightwire act of a story, and watching the author pull it off just left me grinning."

Read on for our author interview, in which Majin Syeekoh discusses tensile linguistics, quintuple Zs, and automobile muses.


Give us the standard biography.

Bleh, I hate introductions. They’re always so awkward. Well, whatever.

I’m a 29-year-old male born in California, raised in New Jersey where I live to this day… with a two-year stint in Florida.

That should tell you everything you need to know about me.

Oh, wait. I’m also a Gemini, ladies. :raritywink:

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

Oh, man, this is a fun one.

So one time I was a teenager in middle school, and I had a reputation of being mentally unstable. Mostly because I was. So, being who I am, I embraced it wholeheartedly to the point of identifying with that online, attempting to call myself ‘Psycho’.

To my disappointment, it turns out that Psycho was taken and I wanted a handle without any numbers. So I started playing around with letter formations until I came across something that approximated psycho close enough for my tastes, which was Syeekoh. And then when I got into Skype calls after joining the site, it was decided by committee that the proper pronunciation of the handle I had come up with was not psycho, but Seeko.

And who am I to argue with the crowd?

The Majin part came later, after a fun RP session where I pretended to be Majin Buu and it was all sorts of fun (which I just said, apparently). I decided to append the Majin onto my handle because it kind of reflected how I felt that I was somehow hypnotizing people into reading my stories as opposed to them possessing any inherent quality of their own.

And that’s how you have fun with Impostor Syndrome.

Who's your favorite pony?

:yay:, do I have to choose a pony? More importantly, do I have to choose just one?

Okay, I guess I’ll choose one, but she isn’t a pony at all. She’s a siren whose name is Adagio Dazzle.

She has a certain something about her ― I guess you could call it an X-factor, really ― that makes her stand out. The way she moves, the way she talks … you know she’s probably going to kill you, but she’s very good at convincing you that today is a good day to die. At least that’s how I interpret her as a character.

Also, she has great hips.

What's your favorite episode?

This is a toughie. Blah … I don’t like these open-ended questions, I’m more of an A-B kind of guy, and this is an A to like quintuple Z question.

I’m going to have to go with the Season 5 finale, though. That interaction at the end with Twilight and Starlight makes me feel some kind of way, and it’s a good kind of way.

What do you get from the show?

Hope.

Friends.

Community.

Purpose.

And I guess this is an offshoot from the fandom, but sexy anthro art. Hell, I didn’t realize how much I liked it until I went into my Derpibooru faves one time and it was just swamped with sexy anthro art and then I just threw up my hands and went ‘well I guess I like anthro now’.

What do you want from life?

Right now, I’d like a witty answer to the question that doesn’t feel overdone.

For the future, I suppose stability and happiness would be a good start, no matter what form they take.

Why do you write?

Lots of reasons.

Sometimes I write for catharsis, so as to package up any negativity I feel and hope someone else finds it a positive experience.

Other times I write stuff on half-dares where it’s like ‘you don’t think [X] can be a thing? Well now here’s [X] as a thing! Are you happy with yourself!?’ and then people go like ‘oh god what’s wrong with you I didn’t mean actually write it’.

And then there are other times I write to try and push my limits, to see how much I can bend the English language and how a story is written and have it still be a legible, enjoyable story. It’s always nice to test the tensile strength of the medium every once in awhile.

But in the end I just write for attention because I desperately need people to notice me.

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

I’m pretty sure I’m not the right person to ask this question to, and I’m almost positive that there are people who will be chomping at the bit to confirm that. But since you asked, I suppose I’ll give it the old college try (or something approximating what could be conceived as fitting into the set of attempts classified as a ‘college try,’ seeing as how I dropped out of High School in Sophomore year, but that’s neither here nor there).

I guess I could start with making sure you don’t try to take on more than you’re reasonably comfortable with. I have several ideas languishing incomplete because I just lost steam after they started, and I probably should get to writing them, but I honestly just don’t really have the energy.

Another thing I could bring up is make sure you take care of your body as well as your mind. I often find it hard to write after I’ve let my hygiene and food consumption slip for a few days, so yeah, keep on top of that.

Finally, ideas can come from anywhere. Literally anywhere. Keep your mind open for new story ideas no matter where you are, because you may be walking down the street and BAM! story idea in the face.

Although you should probably check to see if you were hit by a story idea or a car first. I have it on good authority that those two phenomena are difficult to distinguish from one another.

What inspired “Solving for Death”?

The main thing that influenced the story was “What if Twilight wasn’t fast enough to dodge the silverware at the beginning of No Second Prances?” so I trial-ballooned that question in a Discord chat and people found it amusing, so I filed it away for later.

What actually pushed me to write the story was when I confronted someone for commenting on my first published story on FimFiction. I was like “oh my god why would you read that I’m physically cringing so hard my bones might shatter from the amount of cringe I am cringing right now” and they were like “nah man it was funny plus your headcanon was really inventive”.

So that inspired me to take the end of one fic idea I had and Frankenstein it onto this story.

Writing is hard and often pieces from other fic ideas find better use in other settings.

… Guess I should have put that under the last question. :twilightblush:

Somebody trying to be funny once said that nothing improves humor like analyzing it.  So talk a little about your approach to writing comedy.

This is a wonderful question because I have a wonderful answer to this question that you have asked.

The wonderful answer to this wonderful question that you have asked me, because I specialize in absurdist humor is: I don’t, really.

I write logical renderings of extremely illogical scenarios that people find funny, and that’s an interesting balancing act all on its own because you’re dealing with characters that view reality in extraordinarily different ways clashing with each other and seeing where the dice fall.

You’ll notice that this is actually how most authors create conflict in stories, having characters with different interpretations of reality clash. I just happen to enjoy writing about that happen in an absurdly humorous manner, which I guess nullifies my previous statement where I said I don’t write comedy.

I guess it doesn’t feel funny to me because I’m too busy attempting to draw out a logical chain of events from a profoundly illogical scenario that I don’t really find it funny anymore.

I suppose what I’m trying to say is that writing comedy is really like any other story, except it depends on what variables you decide to focus on. For a thought exercise, try to imagine what Solving for Death would look like from Celestia’s perspective, having to interact with the insane mare that has such a cavalier attitude to killing the Princess’s prized former student. Or god forbid Spike’s perspective where he’s just not having a good day at all.

It’d be super easy to imagine it from Twilight’s perspective, though.

Because she’s dead. Aggressively dead.

Was the terrific tonal shift in the middle of the story something you planned, or did it just seem the right way to go as the story developed?

I didn’t really see it as a tone shift when I wrote it, really. Like I said before, I don’t really focus on tone or how funny something is when I write. It felt more like a natural outgrowth of Starlight’s character to me when (SPOILERS) Celestia (had to raise the sun because the night had ended) and then Starlight said (no **** you the sun will not rise because I’m not done here). Because I had a unique look into the Starlight of this story’s perspective, I knew she was 100% serious and she was acting cavalier because she had 100% faith in her success, so it didn’t really feel… shift-y, I guess?

Looking back on it, I guess I could see how it could be seen as a huge twist for the audience in retrospect, and several people had commented on uneven tone in the draft I submitted to the Writeoff and when they made those comments I was just thinking NO SCREW YOU THIS STORY IS A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER THAT’S TOO GOOD FOR YOUR SINFUL EYES, then I came to a certain realization:

If multiple people are complaining about the same problem in your story, your story probably has that problem.

I probably should have put that in the author advice section as well.

So I looked back at the story, and I came to the conclusion that I hadn’t primed the audience at all for that sort of event to take place in the framework I had provided, so I smoothed out some stuff and displayed that Starlight cared about things and others’ feelings before this pivotal moment that you’re calling ‘terrific’ ― which I’m sure several people will lambast you for associating anything I write with the word ‘terrific’ ― and now I guess it looks like a terrific mood shift as opposed to a HOLY MOLEY WHERE DID THAT COME FROM moment.

This is the 88th story you’ve posted to FimFiction.  Are you this prolific in other creative areas, or is there something specific about My Little Pony that gets to you?

It’s funny you ask this, actually, because I was going to say no until I remembered that I have a healthy repository of poetry under another username on another website, and there was a man there on that website. He is an Australian named Stu Hatton, and I feel comfortable using that name because he signed all of his poetry posts with that name and has also released a lovely book of poetry which I own a signed copy of.

If that man hadn’t encouraged me to keep writing poetry, I wouldn’t have had the confidence (bullheadedness) to publish my first story on this site, nor the other 87.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

My back hurts. I’m tired. I have anger issues.

And I just want to thank every single person I’ve interacted with on and off this website, for better or worse, for making me a better person.

I’d like to thank everyone who lauded my stories and continues to laud my stories, because positive feedback is my lifeblood as indicated earlier, so keep it coming.

I’d also like to thank the lovely people who excoriated my work, whether by request or volunteering their own time, to inform me just how poor of a job I did when writing the stories in question, because I’d like to think they did it from a place of wanting me to improve rather than from a position of smug superiority (one can hope, at least).

I thank the people who I get along with and get to call friends because hey friends are awesome who doesn’t like friends amirite.

I’d also like to thank the people I don’t get along with or infuriate me on occasion because I get to practice the lesson that my father (may he rest in peace) taught me: that it is of utmost importance to learn how to civilly interact with people who you hate down to your very core, because you don’t get to choose who you have to deal with in life sometimes, and I’ve found it increasingly important as I grow older.

I’d also like to thank the Royal Canterlot Library for inducting a story with a pretty high “Goddamnit Syeekoh” density in the comments section. That tickles me pink. :ajsmug:

I’m also eternally grateful that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic exists because us, the fans, have produced several decades’ worth of creative content that I enjoy consuming on a regular basis.

But most importantly, I’d like to thank the guys and girls that draw sexy anthro art because it’s super hot.

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

Comments ( 31 )

Majin Syeekoh is one of those people you talk to and go "Aye, I'd grab a beer with this guy". Only you shouldn't, because if you do that, then he'll walk you home and shit, for a laugh, really, night is young and so are we, and then he'll say oh this is a nice house you've got going in here, and then he'll walk in the kitchen and raise an eyebrow at your mom. Who just happens to be there for some fucking reason.

Then he'll look at you and he'll say hey I didn't know you had a sister, and your mom will laugh and say oh you rascal. And then they start having a pleasant conversation, and you had a little too much to drink, so you fall asleep on the sofa, and then your mom mentions that why, yes, she is divorced, how did you know, and Majin goes oh well Aragon likes to talk a lot about his family and...

Look, long story short? Don't grab a beer with Majin Syeekoh.

Also, I'm not calling you Dad. You motherfucker.

Majin Syeekoh
Story Approver

4434708 I have been known to engage in parental fornication after self-inducing inebriation.:ajsmug:

That moment when an idea comes at you out of thin air I like to call "Being mugged by a muse" because it has much the same impact, as well as taking a good slice out of your free time for a while. The forms are a lot more fun to fill out, though.

because I’d like to think they did it from a place of wanting me to improve rather than from a position of smug superiority (one can hope, at least).

I think I should let you know, it's not always smug superiority. Sometimes, it's pain, agony and hatred that fuel this comments. Just believe me on this one:trollestia:

Majin Syeekoh
Story Approver

4434741 Oh yeah, it’s loads of fun.

I’ll sit there asking for ideas and then all of a sudden a random idea comes out of nowhere and people just internet-glare at me after I publish.


4434745 …would you happen to have the source for your avatar image?

I need it for research. Intense research.

Congrats man. :twilightsmile:

Majin Syeekoh
Story Approver

4434754 Oh man, these looks awesome.

Thanks brah.

And I guess this is an offshoot from the fandom, but sexy anthro art. Hell, I didn’t realize how much I liked it until I went into my Derpibooru faves one time and it was just swamped with sexy anthro art and then I just threw up my hands and went ‘well I guess I like anthro now’.

:rainbowlaugh:

I HAD A FEELING THIS WOULD HAPPEN.
A REALLY REALLY STRONG FEELING BUT HOLY FUCK I DIDN'T EXPECT IT WOULD BE SO SOON

Majin Syeekoh
Story Approver

4434811 I'm just as shocked as you are, to be honest.

Other times I write stuff on half-dares where it’s like ‘you don’t think [X] can be a thing? Well now here’s [X] as a thing! Are you happy with yourself!?’ and then people go like ‘oh god what’s wrong with you I didn’t mean actually write it’.

:rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh:

It was deceptively nice to meet you. :heart:

I have several ideas languishing incomplete because I just lost steam after they started, and I probably should get to writing them, but I honestly just don’t really have the energy.

Sadly, I know the feeling all too well. :ajbemused: What really irritates me is that its realization is so close, and yet its inspiration is so far, if only they bridged that last mile-long inch between them.

It's like having a rocket scientist for a parent, and then finding out they can't be bothered to help you with your algebra homework. It's only a few easy-peasy questions, for pity's sake. :raritydespair:

Majin Syeekoh
Story Approver

4434925 That's a good way to put it.

I think the actual worst part is that I have a rough outline of what I want to happen in my head but I literally can't summon the drive to actually write them, if you get what I'm saying.:raritycry:

4434930

Same here, but more usually I have certain scenes vividly portrayed like a film, even when I know I'm not likely to get them out. Sometimes, the private viewing theatre of the mind is both a blessing and a curse.

Worst is when I do get the drive and enthusiasm to write the thing... when I'm several miles away from my desk and in the middle of some other commitment. And then it crashes the instant I get home. And then it comes back the next day, as fresh and as confident and as impervious to experience as ever. :facehoof:

That's when I realize my life is a Wile E. Coyote cartoon. :applecry:

Tomorrow, however, is going to be different... :pinkiehappy:

Majin Syeekoh
Story Approver

4434949 Tomorrow is always a good thing to look forward to, yeah:twilightsmile:

Also, she has great hips.

Adagio Dazzle has the same character model as everyone else, and thus the same hips as everyone else.

You lie to yourself.

4434978

It's not about the hips in your body, man.

It's about the hips in your heart.

Majin Syeekoh
Story Approver

4434978 it's not about the size of the boat

IT'S ABOUT THE MOTION OF THE OCEAN

:raritywink::heart:

This was delightfully wacky. :D Congrats on the interview. Really made my afternoon.

Majin Syeekoh
Story Approver

4435076 I'm glad that this could improve your day. Makes me feel good.:pinkiehappy:

I'm gonna pee on your doorknob

Majin Syeekoh
Story Approver

4435722 You’d have to find my doorknob first.

And I hide my doorknobs very well.

4435806

How long has it been since you've seen your doorknob without use of a mirror?

Majin Syeekoh
Story Approver

4436030 I’m looking at it right now. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

4436032

I said without a mirror.

The way she moves, the way she talks … you know she’s probably going to kill you, but she’s very good at convincing you that today is a good day to die.*

She meets your gaze, and promises
To send you to the sky
When all the while behind that smile
She's wondering how you'll die,
That's why it's so delicious to be dominated by...

* "Gee, I wish I'D said that!" :moustache:
"You will, Spike, you will." :raritywink:
.

Majin Syeekoh
Story Approver

4436169 That was a great song.

Thanks for sharing that.:twilightsmile:

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