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  • Friday
    OnionPie's "What is Left" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is an addicting read.

    What is Left
    [Dark] [Sad] [Thriller] [Tragedy] • 24,301 words

    Five years of cheap thrills in the big city have left Sweetie Belle in bad debt with dangerous ponies. Forced to pay up, she returns to Ponyville to seek money from an estranged sister she loathes with a passion.

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    9 comments · 1,025 views
  • 1 week
    AndrewRogue's "The Destiny Trap" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Enjoying today's story is in the cards.

    The Destiny Trap
    [Adventure] • 7,746 words

    Returning from a trip to Manehattan, Trixie has a brand new magic trick that she's all too eager to share with Starlight.

    Unfortunately, when things don't work quite as expected, Trixie and Starlight are forced to go on a journey across Equestria to find the pony that gave her the trick and make things right once more.

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    2 comments · 1,981 views
  • 2 weeks
    Norm De Plume's "As Horns and Halos Surround You" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    (Ed. Note: This week, we say farewell to Chris, who has been with the Royal Canterlot Library since its inception, and give a big hello to FanOfMostEverything, who has some formidable horseshoes to fill!)

    Give in to the temptation of reading today's story.

    As Horns and Halos Surround You
    [Slice of Life] • 4,809 words

    Rarity’s little Temptation ends up on pins and needles. Literally.

    With her shoulder-devil out of commission, other Temptations pop into her life to pick up the slack from their fallen sister.

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    10 comments · 2,602 views
  • 3 weeks
    Mitch H's "A Requiem For Lost Libraries" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's tale has its roots in an unusual ghost story.

    A Requiem For Lost Libraries
    [Mystery] • 2,655 words

    There is a ghost haunting the corridors of Ponyville's newest dwelling, the princess's Castle of Friendship. It is a ghost without voice, or hoof, or spectral limb to cast strange shadows upon crystalline walls.

    But it's not the ghost of a pony. It's not a person at all.

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    5 comments · 2,545 views
  • 5 weeks
    JoeShogun's "Nine Days Down" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a hell of a tale.

    Nine Days Down
    [Dark] [Adventure] • 136,069 words

    Sometimes it's fun to play the damsel in distress. Princess Celestia knows this better than most. Usually it works out fine. Really, she could have escaped at any time, but Twilight and her friends have been so effective in the past that this time, Celestia may have let things get out of hoof. It was all fun and games until she got unceremoniously tossed into Tartarus. Even then, it wouldn't have been so bad; she's a goddess, after all. But alas, Tartarus is not Equestria, and Celestia is not all she could be when trapped there. Even worse, it appears that she didn't get thrown into The Pit alone. 

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    11 comments · 3,118 views
  • 6 weeks
    Kkat's "Origin Story" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Explore today's story to find a hidden treasure.

    Origin Story
    [Adventure] • 24,563 words

    In the last months of the great war, Daring Do is called to once again brave the jungles of the Tenochtitlan Basin on a vital mission. While deep in enemy territory, she begins work on a final book: a prequel. A story that will never be completed.

    Here are the recovered fragments of that lost, unfinished Daring Do novel.

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    24 comments · 4,543 views
  • 7 weeks
    DwarvishPony's "Tracks in the Sand" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story examines a young woman hoping that someday her prints will come.

    Tracks in the Sand
    [Equestria Girls] [Drama] [Alternate Universe] • 9,590 words

    Scavenging isn't just a hobby, it's a means of survival in the ruins of the old world. When you go scavenging, though, you'll never know what you'll find.

    Pinkie Pie is about to find more than she bargained for.

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    4 comments · 3,275 views
  • 8 weeks
    Monochromatic's "The Choices We Make" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    You won't regret choosing today's story.

    The Choices We Make
    [Equestria Girls] • 5,146 words

    Every Friday, from five in the afternoon to eleven at night, Pinkie Pie does volunteer work. She doesn't have to do it, the world won't stop if she doesn't, but she chooses to do it anyway. Even if it's doing seemingly insignificant little things.

    After all, the best ways to help aren't always with grand gestures, but with the little things in life.

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    21 comments · 4,958 views
  • 9 weeks
    Ringcaat's "The Pony Who Lived Upstairs" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story brings a little magic home.

    The Pony Who Lived Upstairs
    [Drama] [Slice of Life] [Human] • 184,740 words

    [Note: This story contains sexual themes.]

    What would you do if a pony moved into the apartment upstairs? Would you make an effort to meet her? What would you talk about? And what kind of pony leaves Equestria for Earth in the first place?

    This is a series of slice-of-life episodes about a young man who meets a pony in New Jersey. Equestria has made contact with Earth; creations and creators have been sorting things out for a couple of years, and a smattering of ponies are gradually starting to move to Earth. Told though human eyes, here's the story of one of them.

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    6 comments · 3,986 views
  • 10 weeks
    Thornquill's "Carousel" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story will haunt you.

    [Dark] [Drama] [Horror] • 69,824 words

    The Millennial Summer Sun Celebration is only a few years away, but Rarity’s fashion career seems to be ending before she can begin it. Now, she has one last chance to find a place for her talent.

    But as she works to create the boutique of her dreams, a forgotten piece of Ponyville’s past is waking up. Secret memories lie forgotten in dusty basements, unrighted wrongs scratch at locked doors, and Rarity finds herself caught up in a history that may be doomed to repeat itself.

    For although she is the first to set hoof in the Old Town Hall in thirty years, she can’t help but feel that something inside was waiting for her.

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    8 comments · 3,960 views

Author Interview » Redric Carrun's "Sleeping Habits" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 2:11pm February 16th

If you're procrastinating on reading today's story: You snooze, you lose.

Sleeping Habits
[Slice of Life] • 8,504 words

Rainbow Dash has rather a poor reputation when it comes to her workload. Everypony always thinks of her as the pony who takes three naps during daylight hours, and four on weekends, and always seems to be looking for something to do to pass the time. All of this is true, of course. But ponies seem to think this means that she must not ever get very much work done.

Can the weather captain for all of Ponyville really be as lazy as she seems? Is that the only explanation for Rainbow Dash's free time and constant napping?

The weather is a full-time job. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. And the worst weather happens at night.

So weather ponies have strange sleeping habits.

FROM THE CURATORS: We've read (and featured) stories with exotic approaches in a wide range of crossovers and AUs, which makes it all the more awesome to find a fic which can impress with nothing more than a low-key look at the day in the life of a weatherpony.  "This story might — as the chapter title says — cover just over twelve hours, but it packs a lot in," AugieDog said, while Chris' nomination focused on one of the elements we found immediately endearing: "By cracky, it's just a pitch-perfect take on the classic 'job that looks easy from the outside'. I can appreciate Dash and co.'s quiet exasperation over the Mayor making their jobs that extra bit harder for unrelated bureaucratic reasons, or their frustrated-yet-tolerant attitude towards the Apples' ridiculous list of demands."

A large part of our appreciation was the life that it breathed into that job.  "Every time it talks about weather, it's fascinating," Chris said, and Horizon agreed: "The loving detail the story gives to the weather work is a joy to read, both as stellar worldbuilding and as a way to round out the core characters' lives.  And all this from a story about her naps. This fills in the gaps in canon so smoothly, you could drive an egg truck through at full speed."  He wasn't the only one commenting on the synergy with the show.  "One of the things that struck me while watching the first two episodes all those years ago was the way our heroines had jobs that they enjoyed and that they were good at," AugieDog said.  "This story gets that aspect of Dash's character absolutely right. At this point in her life, she has her sights set on becoming a Wonderbolt, sure, but she still has a job to do in Ponyville, and she's going to do it as awesomely as she knows how."

We also repeatedly commented on how the strong and memorable cast rounded out the story.  "Raindrops was a definite highlight; it's rare to see friends or coworkers bantering like this, written so naturally," Present Perfect said.  Chris appreciated the protagonist work: "It's a nice character study of pre-show Dash, which shows and tells her mix of cockiness and insecurity without resorting to grand gestures."  And Horizon liked them all.  "The character work is uniformly stellar," he said.  "The dialogue is consistently excellent, and grounds Dash's character nicely, as well as all the ponies around her.  That helps shines a light on Dash from an angle I've never quite seen, and does a fantastic job of illuminating her with it."

Read on for our author interview, in which Redric Carrun discusses neglected Mario, recolor beginnings, and parental praise.

Give us the standard biography.

I'm an American author who has trouble finishing what he writes. In fact, the only stories I've ever finished are the three that I have posted up on FimFiction.

I drew comics as a kid with pencils on sheets of printer paper, and they were exactly the quality you'd expect from a kid, and I loved them. My first real foray into storytelling was with sprite comics, in the line of Bob and George and Neglected Mario Characters, which I enjoyed reading and were a big inspiration.

Fast forward a number of years, and the sprite comics have run their course. I'm away from my home and family, and desperately in need of a hobby. I had been watching MLP:FiM for some time, as well as reading the fanfiction, and I had even written some snippets of my own. Now, I decided to post some.

That was the start of two of my works, one of which would become the first story I ever finished, and the other of which languishes in hiatus until I finally get around to finishing it. Since then, I have posted two other shorter-scope stories, one of which is Sleeping Habits.

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

“Redric Carrun” is the name of one of my oldest childhood characters. He started out as just being a recolor called “Red.” Then I wanted to make that his nickname instead, so I came up with a real-sounding name for him. Since then, the character has changed a lot to make him more my own work, but he's still one of my favorites. I use Redric as my alias for a number of things.

Who's your favorite pony?

It's between Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash. They're the cheerful ones.

What's your favorite episode?

"Pinkie Pride". I also like "The One Where Pinkie Knows".

What do you get from the show?

I enjoy watching it. It's well animated, and the characters are very likable. It also provides unique opportunities for worldbuilding, with its magic and its many different interacting species, most of which are non-humanoid. Not something that's easy to find elsewhere, or that is easy to make from scratch. That makes it ideal fanfic material.

What do you want from life?

Being able to make a living telling stories would be great. We'll see how that goes. Life is pretty great so far, though.

Why do you write?

I enjoy stories. They allow us to experience things we would otherwise never get the chance to do. By writing my own stories, I can make them just how I want them to be; and sharing my ideas with other people is fun, too.

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

The first step is to write something. Anything. Think of a story that interests you, and put words on paper.

Once you have something, take some time off, and then come back and look at it. You can catch a lot of mistakes just by coming back and rereading what you wrote. Do that several times, especially if you don't have an editor.

What inspired “Sleeping Habits”?

I had another story (one I didn't finish or post) with a scene where Rainbow Dash did some weather work. I thought the way it explored the mechanics of pegasus magic was interesting, so I made that idea into its own story.

The idea that weather management was a job that went on 24 hours a day made sense to me. I think I read a fanfic by someone else that used that idea, but I can't remember what story that was. This provided a reason for Rainbow's napping aside from just being lazy. An all-day job gives Rainbow an unusual sleep schedule, which means someone we think just naps a lot could actually be an incredibly hard worker. That's a twist that can make a story.

The difference between this new interpretation of Rainbow's job and how the other characters perceived her behavior provided a source of conflict strong enough to make a story out of. So I decided to write a day in the life of Rainbow Dash, telling the story of how she was not as much of a layabout as she appeared.

Why make the story a prequel to the show?

The most important thing about the setting was that Rainbow Dash had to be dealing with her weather job, and it had to be a big part of her life, the bigger the better. That means it had to be early on — later in the show, as Rainbow Dash works towards her dream of becoming a Wonderbolt, any influence her job as a weather pony has on her is going to be reduced. In addition, the earlier in time the story is set, the fewer achievements Rainbow has under her belt, and thus the more vulnerable she is in terms of confidence. I wanted to explore that vulnerability, compared to her ego and her considerable physical capabilities.

The first big accomplishment Rainbow Dash has in the show is winning the Young Fliers Competition by pulling off her second Sonic Rainboom. This happens very early in the series. I wanted the story to take place before that, meaning that there were basically two choices: the story happens right after Nightmare Moon, or it happens before the show. Because I didn't need Twilight or Spike as characters, and I wasn't going to examine Rainbow's relationship with any of the Mane Six, I had the opportunity to make the story a prequel. This had the benefit of meaning that I didn't have to specify which events came before or after my story. It's also not a time frame I've seen much done in, making it interesting to set a story in.

Do you subscribe to the notion that Rainbow’s job as a weather wrangler is just something she did to pass the time while working toward her dream of becoming a Wonderbolt?

I imagine she gets paid for it. The job is something Rainbow can do with her skills, and provides her with flight experience, time outdoors, and a steady income, and she excels at it. However, I don't think that Rainbow looks at being a weather pony as anything she wants to base her life around — her goal is, and has always been, the Wonderbolts.

Aside from her napping habits, what other facets of Rainbow Dash's personality strike you as fertile ground for exploration?

I'd like to explore the effect that the constant praise from Rainbow's parents has had on her. She clearly dislikes it, given how completely she cut them out of her life over it. She didn't even want them to share in her celebrations over achieving her childhood dream.

A story could be made exploring how their behavior contributed to both the size of Rainbow's ego, with them telling her how amazing she is at literally everything she does, and also the fragility of said ego, as she questions the sincerity of their praise when it's given out for trivialities just as much as for her great successes.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I'm glad so many people have enjoyed my work. It's a pretty great feeling, and it's also nice to see how well received a pure Slice of Life story like this one can be. Simple things can become really interesting when there are people involved.

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

Comments ( 4 )

I remember when this popped up in the feature box. I'm glad you guys loved it as much as I did. :)

This one is going straight on the RiL list! Looks like just my cup of tea. :twilightsmile:

Yeah, I agree, this one is definitely worth an RCL feature.

Ah yes, I liked this one. I bestowed upon it a Sacred Like.

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