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  • Friday
    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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    7 comments · 1,543 views
  • 1 week
    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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    10 comments · 1,199 views
  • 2 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 · 1,834 views
  • 3 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 · 1,596 views
  • 4 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 · 2,484 views
  • 5 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 · 1,127 views
  • 6 weeks
    Aldrigold's "The Quiescence of the Crystal Empire" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a blast from the past.


    The Quiescence of the Crystal Empire
    [Sad] • 2,569 words

    Before Twilight and her friends saved the Crystal Empire, its ruler had to watch it die. Long before she meets Shining Armor and Twilight, Cadence walks through her home for the last time.

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    1 comments · 1,287 views
  • 7 weeks
    alarajrogers' "Sleep While I Drive" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story drives its characters to extremes.


    Sleep While I Drive
    [Dark] [Adventure] [Sad] [Sci-Fi] • 12,791 words

    Celestia and Discord, as teens, flee their destroyed homeworld to a new world promised by a letter from Luna. But Discord can't escape his nature, nor Celestia her memories. Being a chaos mage on a starliner is a death sentence, and yet, Discord has to keep using his mind-control powers to take Celestia's emotions away, at her request, because otherwise she wants to die. And Gray Celestia, the discorded Celestia with no emotions but the drive to protect herself and Discord, will do anything that needs to be done to save them both.

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    15 comments · 1,951 views
  • 8 weeks
    R5h's "Partyquest" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    You don't have to travel to a magical land of ponies to see greatness in today's story.


    Partyquest
    [Adventure] [Comedy] • 11,594 words

    Pinkie has one month to throw a party that's out of this world. Which is exactly where she'll receive the training she needs.

    Can she brave the trials of artistic integrity, heavy rainfall, an actual literal gun, and thinking too hard about why she went to Equestria in the first place?

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    10 comments · 1,368 views
  • 9 weeks
    Dromicosuchus' "The Rise and Fall of the Dark Lord Sassaflash" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    There is much Love in the craft of today's story.


    The Rise and Fall of the Dark Lord Sassaflash
    [Dark] [Adventure] [Crossover] • 116,239 words

    Wanted: Porter, assistant, jack-of-all-trades, minion. Applicants should be strong, loyal, pain tolerant, cold tolerant, unambitious. Must be capable of following simple instructions. Ideal applicant should be of low to average intelligence and mildly deformed, but exceptions will be made for extraordinary candidates, with extraordinariness to be determined by employer. Must be willing to begin work immediately.

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    9 comments · 1,516 views
Mar
9th
2018

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 writeoff.me.  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 FIMFiction.net. Read more interviews right here at the Royal Canterlot Library, or suggest stories for us to feature at our Fimfiction group.

Comments ( 2 )

ANDY'S A HACK

HIS DAUGHTER WRITES ALL HIS STORIES FOR HIM

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Is this an inside joke or something?

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