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  • Friday
    MagnetBolt's "The Doom that Came to Tambelon" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Seeing why today's story is great is child's play.

    The Doom that Came to Tambelon
    [Adventure] [Comedy] • 4,397 words

    Starlight Glimmer. Trixie Lulamoon. Tempest Shadow. Three ponies that are definitely really great with foals. But there's no way they'll mess this up, right? They just have to keep Flurry Heart out of trouble for one night — what could happen in a couple hours?

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    8 comments · 681 views
  • 1 week
    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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    10 comments · 1,131 views
  • 3 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 · 2,677 views
  • 4 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 · 2,574 views
  • 5 weeks
    Redric Carrun's "Sleeping Habits" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    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.

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    4 comments · 2,759 views
  • 6 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 · 3,147 views
  • 7 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 · 4,570 views
  • 8 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 · 3,283 views
  • 9 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 · 4,974 views
  • 10 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 · 3,995 views

Author Interview » AndrewRogue's "The Destiny Trap" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 3:04pm March 9th

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.

FROM THE CURATORS: We look far and wide for the best of MLP fanfiction, but sometimes great stories are right under our noses.  "As soon as I saw this nomination, I said to myself, 'A great story, sure, but of course we've already featured AndrewRogue.  Haven't we?'  Then I went and looked at our archive, and I can only say that my shock knew no bounds," AugieDog said.  The reason why is readily apparent from the fic.  "It is a perfectly executed show-tone adventure story, exciting in all the right ways, with some amazing characterization for Trixie and Starlight, and a villain which works perfectly as a foil to both," Soge said in his nomination, and it didn't take us long to agree: "Even with the time it took me to re-read this, it's going to go in our shortest-time-to-feature bin with a four-hour turnaround," Horizon noted.

Our praise was wide-ranging, but one of the repeated comments was how gracefully the story extended the show.  "This has got everything that makes recent seasons great, wrapped up in a tidy package with a bow on top," Horizon said.  "Which is to say, this is a Season 7 story with a Season 1 aesthetic, perfectly capturing the core friendship message of the show through a cast of redeemed villains who have learned those lessons the hard way."  And that cast hit all the right notes.  "The character work for all three characters is solid, from Blackstone's motivation to Trixie showing the true friend that lurks beneath her veneer of bluster and arrogance," Present Perfect said.  "I even appreciated how well the street magic patter was worked into the narrative; that's not something I've seen in prose before."

That wasn't the story's only claim to novelty.  "Given how standard the 'disappearing magic shop full of monkey's paws' setup is, I wasn't expecting to be surprised, yet I got surprises in spades," Present Perfect said, prompting Horizon to note: "Its Writeoff Association gold medal was a well-deserved win against tough competition."  There was so much to appreciate here, as Soge said, that "how it works in a very well-crafted thematic element surrounding Starlight's and Trixie's redemption is only icing on the cake."

Read on for our author interview, in which AndrewRogue discusses friendship mines, earthbound prompts, and Smackdown jams.

Give us the standard biography.

I am a human male. I possess average physical qualities. I attended school, where I learned to write. I like writing. I have other hobbies. There are many people who love me. I appreciate all the help and support they have provided.

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

Frankly, I barely remember anymore, what with the halcyon days of school being so far behind me. It has something to do with the fact that my name is Andrew and rogue was my favorite D&D class. Dunno how I jammed them together. It sounded good, I thought? I want to say I first used it on the create-a-wrestler mode in Smackdown for the PS1 and it just stuck.

Who's your favorite pony?

Well, I mean, if you know much about me, it is a very obvious tie between Vinyl and Octavia, because you can’t have the one without the other.

If you want me to stretch it to more major characters, I think the award goes to Glim Glam. Fight me.

What's your favorite episode?

The tough questions come early! Honestly, I really don’t have a true, decisive favorite. There are lots of episodes I like, but no particular one I point to and go “this is my favorite!” The Cutie Mark Chronicles, Lesson Zero, Magical Mystery Cure, Rarity Takes Manehattan, Slice of Life, No Second Prances, and All Bottled Up are pretty top-tier in their respective seasons though.

What do you get from the show?

The same sappy friendship-and-love-beats-everything-else messages that I get in from my shonen and my Persona. The world is a rough place. Positive, upbeat messages about triumph over adversity, the power of friendship, and being a good person will always remain welcome to me.

Also, the animation is pretty great. Pony has some excellent expressions.

What do you want from life?

To be happy.

Why do you write?

Because I like to. I got stories in my soul!

Seriously though, media is a powerful force for good and I like being part of that. Even pulp stuff inspires and lifts moods. In the same way that stuff I read (and still read) affects me, I want to do the same for others.

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

Get a good pre-reader/editor. Find someone whose opinions on writing you respect and trust and who isn’t afraid to be open, honest, and blunt with you. You don’t have to agree with everything they say or make all the changes they suggest, but having that sort of person around to challenge you and force you to reevaluate your own work is going to help you grow as a writer.

What inspired “The Destiny Trap”?

A completely different prompt than the one we ended up with.

I’d been about 90% sure we were going to end up with the prompt "Earthbound", so I’d gotten the idea of a story about Starlight getting turned into an earth pony in my head and was pretty excited to write it.

Unfortunately, that prompt wasn’t chosen, but I still liked the core idea (Starlight loses her magical ability — more than almost any other pony, she is defined by her magic and the fact that she stripped others of their special abilities, so losing hers was a pretty fun idea to me) enough to hang onto it.

How exactly I actually arrived at the idea of a magic trick that stole her magic and her cutie mark, though? That I totally can’t recall.

What is it about the sort of “odd couple” pairings — Vinyl & Octavia, Trixie & Starlight — that attracts you as a writer?

Contrast makes relationships interesting. People are obviously going to have things in common in a relationship, but the differences they have are what really makes it interesting. Where do their differences serve to buoy each other up? Where do they interfere in their relationship? How much can two very different people have in common? How can we celebrate each others’ differences?

Those are the sorts of questions I find compelling, and that make for interesting couples.

Where do you see Blackstone going from here?

She probably gets a pretty light sentence in the friendship mines, all things considered. From there I believe she returns to the Crystal Empire and works with Cadance and Shining Armor to help reintroduce crystal magic as well as reopen her magic shop.

Sans the Destiny Trap, of course.

I don’t think she really ever fully mends the bridge with Starlight and Trixie, but I think she comes away from their encounter with a grudging respect for the two of them.

You’re ranked in the top 5 for both the Pony and non-Pony story contests at  Do you find that format to be especially helpful to your writing?

Yes and no. The format presents a lot of advantages (perhaps most importantly, an excuse to sit down and put out some words — a real boon for someone externally motivated like me), but it also has a fair amount of disadvantages (limited time to write, no real revision practice).

Still, on the whole, I’d say the Writeoff has been a definite plus for me. Plus the people there can be a lot of fun.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Thanks for reading and enjoying!

You can read The Destiny Trap 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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