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  • Friday
    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 · 761 views
  • 1 week
    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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    34 comments · 1,734 views
  • 3 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 · 1,154 views
  • 4 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 · 1,811 views
  • 5 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 · 1,273 views
  • 6 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 · 1,450 views
  • 7 weeks
    Bookish Delight's "Being Juniper Montage" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story will really get into your head.


    Being Juniper Montage
    [Equestria Girls] [Drama] [Slice of Life] • 42,118 words

    Mere weeks ago, Juniper Montage was a spiteful girl, a thief, and even—for a short time—a magical menace. However, Starlight Glimmer and the Rainbooms managed to reach her, and extend the hands of forgiveness and friendship. Juniper has been grateful for the second chance ever since, and eager to show that she can be a good friend herself.

    While touring Canterlot High School with Twilight Sparkle, she comes across two girls in dire cinematic straits. Juniper knows she can help, so she decides to step in. However, in the midst of her attempt, her past—all of her past—returns to haunt her, and her self-esteem pays the price.

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    23 comments · 1,660 views
  • 8 weeks
    Timaeus' "Coming in From the Cold" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Settle in and warm up with today's story.


    Coming in From the Cold
    [Romance] [Slice of Life] • 11,961 words

    Starting over is never an easy thing to do. Lost, alone, and cold, sometimes a friendly smile and mug of cocoa are all that's needed to warm the heart.

    And right now, Bon Bon is very cold.

    FROM THE CURATORS: With winter and spring currently engaged in their annual slippery baton pass, here's a story, as AugieDog put it, "where the cold and the warm are practically characters." But the main focus lies squarely on Lyra and the mare now known as Bon Bon, newly arrived in Ponyville after the dismantling of her previous life and full of uncertainty.

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    5 comments · 1,308 views
  • 9 weeks
    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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    9 comments · 1,718 views
  • 10 weeks
    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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    11 comments · 1,678 views
May
11th
2018

Author Interview » Cyrano's "Suns and Roses" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 12:23pm May 11th

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.

FROM THE CURATORS: The My Little Pony fandom sometimes seems dedicated to proving that ponies can cross over with any genre — and often, as with this tale, the result elevates both sources.  "This is a high-speed fic about falling in love, seeking freedom, and getting into way too much trouble," Present Perfect said in his nomination.  "You've got bank robberies, tommy guns, gas that cost twenty cents a gallon, and going out in a hail of gunfire when the odds are stacked against you. Suffice to say, this story is entirely my aesthetic and I unabashedly love it."  He wasn't the only one: "I am a tremendous sucker for period pieces," FanOfMostEverything said.  "And apparently for lesbian Bonnie & Clyde stories set in the Roaring Twenties. And brief interludes with human Twilight working at a patent office. Sorry, bank. I meant bank."

And while its pitch-perfect genre elements endeared us to the story, those weren't the only things it got right.  "It's a gripping roller coaster of a story," FanOfMostEverything said, while Soge praised the characters: "Sunset and Roseluck worked out perfectly as a romantic pairing, with the kind of chemistry that would make me less harsh towards shipfics. The setting also works wonders in favor of the story, serving as a perfect way of framing this type of story as a pony fic."  Horizon appreciated the framing as well: "This melds its pony elements into its 1920s framework subtly and smoothly, and uses them to make the gut punch at the ending all the more poignant."

While this was breezing to an easy feature, at times our discussion sounded more like a book club than a literary critique.  "This was a fantastic tale of following a road paved with good intentions to its inevitable end," FanOfMostEverything said, causing Soge to respond: "I will certainly disagree with the idea that this is about a road paved with good intentions, given their impressive (and seemingly dispassionate) body count.  And I say that because it was probably my favourite aspect of this fic — the inherent tragedy to it all, of two teenagers broken by life finding their only escape to be through love, yes, but also murder. It feels very significant that, at the end of the day, they only lose when they take a more empathetic path."

Read on for our author interview, in which Cyrano discusses boardwalk empires, spring semesters, and a little more panache.


Give us the standard biography.

I’m very boring, really. I was a teenager when I joined the fandom, and now I’m not. I got a degree in doing computer things and I’m planning to attend law school this year. Oh, and I’m Canadian, so there’s that. Go Canada!

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

I think I might have the most boring answer to this question ever, but I unashamedly stole it from the titular character of Cyrano de Bergerac. He’s larger than life: a poet, a warrior, a person unafraid to stand up for their ideals; but despite all of that he’s hopelessly hamstrung by his perception of other people seeing him as ugly. I feel like we could all use a little more panache in our lives (especially my life), so when it came to picking an alias, the choice practically made itself.

Who's your favorite pony?

A couple years ago I would have said Applejack and that would have been that. These days it’s more difficult. I want to say Starlight, because I typically enjoy her episodes, especially those that deal with her friendship with Trixie, but it’s a hard choice.

What's your favorite episode?

That answer has changed a lot (and will almost certainly continue to change), but right now I’ll go with The Perfect Pear. What’s not to like? It’s got romance, forbidden love, heartbreak, redemption, and pear puns! Plus William Shatner as Grand Pear (also a pun)!

But seriously, The Perfect Pear is exactly the kind of heartwarming story that that I adore. It doesn’t prop itself up on characters acting silly or unfortunate misunderstandings — it’s a love story that fleshes out characters we’ve wondered about since season one. I hope we get more episodes like this in the future.

What do you get from the show?

It makes me happy and it sparks my imagination. There’s a lot of grim in the world these days, so it’s nice to imagine a world where good guys win not by beating their opposition into a pulp, but by confronting their own flaw and letting their virtues shine through.

What do you want from life?

Happiness and stability. I have no idea where I’ll end up or what I’ll be doing, but who does?

Why do you write?

I wish I could say that I write because it’s something I’m compelled to do, or that there are stories in my head that I can’t help but release through my keyboard, but that’s not true. In reality, writing is hard, and that’s part of why I do it. There are stories in my head, but rather than building up until I’m bursting at the seams with them, eventually an idea that isn’t written down simply fades away.

I enjoy telling stories, and even though it’s hard sometimes, I want to do it. That’s why I write.

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

Don’t be intimidated by the success of other authors. It’s so easy to pick up a book or look at a featured story and feel tiny. Sometimes I read a passage and I can’t help but despair, because I think how impossible it is for my awkward fingers to write something that moving. But you’ve got to keep writing. Someone else’s success is not your failure.

What inspired “Suns and Roses”?

I wrote "Suns and Roses" for Oroboro’s Sunset Shipping Contest. I threw around a bunch of bad ideas (Roseluck herself was a holdover from one of these), until I eventually decided upon a Bonnie-and-Clyde-style crime story. This may also have been a bad idea, but I was watching a lot of Boardwalk Empire at the time and was hooked on the era.

Why the 1930s style gangster setting?

Because it’s awesome! I love gangster movies, and the style of the ’30s is just so cool. It’s a setting I’d like to see more of in pretty much all media. It was also interesting to think about the reactions people of the time would have to a pair of young girls going on a crime spree across the country.

Do you find the “Equestria Girls” universe more inspiring than the regular MLP universe?

I suppose I do. Other than the obvious fact that Equestria Girls characters are human (which certainly makes things easier), I feel like there’s a lot of unexplored territory in the Equestria Girls universe that makes it interesting to think about. This whole story is essentially a ‘what if’ centered around the portal to Equestria leading to a different place and a different time! Plus high-school drama is always fun to write about — other fandoms have to create their own high-school Alternate Universes, and ours is built in!

Or maybe it’s just easier for me to relate to pastel people than pastel ponies.

Do you see Twilight keeping the money?

I’m tempted not to answer this question, but I suppose Death of the Author means that my response has no more weight to it than whatever the reader has already come up with, so what’s the harm? Obvious spoiler warning for those (like me, I’ll admit it) who sometimes read the whole interview before the story.

The theme of the Sunset Shipping Contest was “Changing Seasons”. What I’d attempted to do with the story was have Sunset and Roseluck’s story follow the arc of the seasons: they met in spring, fell in love and began their crime spree in summer, had things begin to fall apart in autumn, and winter... well, you know how that went. Anyway, the way I see it, Twilight’s story started in winter, and mentioning the possibility of her attending the spring semester was entirely deliberate. I hope that answers the question.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

This was a super fun story to write, and I’m glad to hear there are people out there who enjoyed reading it. Getting a story featured by the Royal Canterlot Library is a huge honor, and honestly something I never thought would happen to me. Thank you so, so much.

You can read Suns and Roses 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 ( 8 )

Bah! You guys beat me to this one by about a month. I shake my fist at you!

But seriously, the story certainly deserves the attention.

R5h
R5h #2 · 2 weeks ago · · ·

Congrats, Cyrano! You definitely earned this.

equestria girls: mafia edition

:facehoof: congrats and all, but how do I stop get these news blogs? I'm not in to these type of fan ficts.

PresentPerfect
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If ignoring blog posts is more difficult than appreciating the time and effort that goes into both crafting and featuring high-quality fanfics, then just follow these easy steps!

1) Go to your feed, the place where new blog posts show up
2) Hit "Options"
3) Hit the selector for "Social Site Posts" so that it turns red. You will still receive important news related to the site, but your life will forever be free of recommendations for excellent fanfiction! :)

Why does sunset look so much like Izuru Kamakura in this picture XD

My personal pick for best story of the contest

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