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  • Friday
    Piccolo Sky's "The Sweet Spot" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story will hit the spot for fans of the MLP movie.

    The Sweet Spot
    [Drama] • 15,679 words

    The Cutie Mark Crusaders have dealt with all kinds of ponies having trouble finding their true calling in life, but none can compare to the special request they receive from Princess Twilight Sparkle herself, or the shock they receive on discovering who it is: Fizzlepop Berrytwist, possibly the most hated and feared pony in generations. Can a pony who's spent most of her life rejecting her true calling possibly find it now? Can the Cutie Mark Crusaders help a pony who almost everypony else in Equestria has rejected?

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    4 comments · 891 views
  • 1 week
    PapierSam's "We Are Forever" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    We are impressed with today's story.

    We Are Forever
    [Equestria Girls] [Comedy] [Slice of Life] • 9,973 words

    The pilot episode of the Rainbooms' reality television show, in which the band breaks up.

    As expected, mild drama, washout humour, awkward pop culture references, and character bending to breaking point ensues.

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    4 comments · 1,245 views
  • 2 weeks
    Poptard's "A Familiar Feeling" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    I've got a feeling that you'll appreciate today's story.

    A Familiar Feeling
    [Romance] [Sad] [Slice of Life] • 11,142 words

    After months of pleasant dating, it's time for the inevitable meeting of the family. For Sugar Belle, it should be easy as cake. She's already met three of the Apple Family members, after all. She only has one more to win over.

    It's more complicated than that, she finds.

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    5 comments · 1,282 views
  • 3 weeks
    Undome Tinwe's "And the Serpent Said Unto the Princess" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story was too tempting for us to pass up.

    And the Serpent Said Unto the Princess
    [Dark] [Romance] • 2,785 words

    In the beginning, there was Harmony. Then Discord stole Fire from the Alicorns.

    FROM THE CURATORS: "Who doesn't like a good creation myth?" RBDash47 said in his nomination — and judging by our unaminous approval, this fic blew past "good" with room to spare.  Along the way, it picked up both top scores and praise like Soge's: "Oh boy, is this fic special in a way few fics are.  The multi-layered narrative, the allusions to all kinds of human myths, and most importantly, the twist at the end that brings everything into sharp focus. Everything works in synchrony to deliver the author's grand vision."

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    9 comments · 1,103 views
  • 4 weeks
    Celefin's "Track Switch - Steel Dreams" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is engineered to be quite a moving tale.

    Track Switch - Steel Dreams
    [Slice of Life] [Human] • 12,434 words

    Modern just in time supply chains require arcane logistics. The people I work for specialise in that special kind of magic. Me? I just make sure stuff gets from A to B. And I'm good at it. All over western Europe. Always at night. Always alone — just the way I like it.

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    6 comments · 1,172 views
  • 5 weeks
    Revenant Wings' "Reconstruction" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story assembles a unique look at Starlight's aftereffects.

    [Drama] [Sad] [Slice of Life] • 6,378 words

    The former equalized ponies struggle to reconstruct their town after Starlight Glimmer's defeat, and Double Diamond struggles to reconstruct his own identity after being freed from Starlight's equalization brainwashing.

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    2 comments · 2,175 views
  • 6 weeks
    Lost + Found Features: "Decisions" / "The Unicorn and the Crow" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    From time to time, despite our best efforts, we don't have a feature ready to post come Friday—but that doesn't mean we can't recommend some reading material! We keep track of the stories which passed our approval process but whose authors have proven impossible to contact. We'd like to give these stories their time in the spotlight too, so read on for two RCL-approved tales for your reading pleasure.

    By hester1
    [Sad][Slice of Life] • 2,818 words

    A server waits on six ponies in a restaurant. The diners have drinking contests and discuss social responsibility. The clock ticks ever on and on.

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    0 comments · 1,979 views
  • 7 weeks
    California's Camp Fire [Royal Canterlot Library special interview]

    Today's feature asks us to put the brakes on for just a minute.

    With the arrival of Thanksgiving here in the U.S., we hit the downhill portion of the holiday season: a month of rushing around that will see us all careening out the other side smack dab into the new year. We often take holidays off to encourage our readers to catch up (with friends and families, and on features from our archives), but this year, instead we would like to bring the focus on people who could use some help — those who found themselves in the path of the Camp Fire, which recently swept through the foothills of northern California.

    Horizon, who I'm guessing needs no introduction around here, works with a Search & Rescue unit in the Sierra Nevada mountains near the fire, and was called in to the town of Paradise to help comb through the rubble.  We've asked him to discuss his experiences, as well as ways to help those affected by the fire.  Read on for his photos and commentary.

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    36 comments · 3,091 views
  • 8 weeks
    Starscribe's "The Last Pony on Earth" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    The last stop for today's story is the RCL spotlight.

    The Last Pony on Earth
    [Adventure] [Mystery] [Human] • 102,429 words

    Until yesterday, my life was no different than anybody's. Go to work, pay the bills, sleep. Today, I woke up to a world without humans. The streets are empty, the power grid is running down, and not another soul is in sight. That might not be the worst thing, if I wasn't also a pony.

    Where is everyone? Why is this happening to me?

    Will l stay sane long enough to starve?

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    15 comments · 2,939 views
  • 9 weeks
    Tangerine Blast's "Under Layers of Dirt and Worry" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story worries.

    Under Layers of Dirt and Worry
    [Drama][Slice of Life] • 3,598 words

    It had been a long day of saving the world, and the usually perky pony wanted nothing more than to collapse into bed.

    Unfortunately, somepony's waiting at Sugarcube Corner.

    Pinkie was fine. She just needed to sleep.

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    8 comments · 2,031 views

Author Interview » Muramasa's "The Thief and the Princess" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 1:38pm Oct 19th, 2018

Don't let today's story slip past you unnoticed.

The Thief and the Princess
[Slice of Life][Thriller] • 3,252 words

In the dead of night, a thief breaks into the royal palace in Canterlot to steal Celestia's crown. She successfully sneaks through the palace and enters the room where this prize possession is kept, with not a soul the wiser.

Well, save for a certain Princess.

FROM THE CURATORS: "Amazing characterization," said Soge in his nomination. "It certainly impressed me ... casting Twilight in a typical Celestia role, and allowing her to shine in comparison to her mentor by having her take a decidedly Twilight approach to conflict solving." The other curators echoed his impressions. "The author said they were trying to give Twilight a more mature, serene portrayal and I think they nailed it," RBDash47 said, and AugieDog chimed in that he's "always glad to see Twilight acting in her capacity as princess."

The first character named in the title also drew praise. "A very compelling portrayal of its titular thief, of her craft and her approach to problem solving," said Soge. "I also love Cerise's motivation," Present Perfect agreed. "She wants to become a legend, a fairy tale, if only she can just pull off this heist, the theft of something so precious, most ponies don't know it exists." AugieDog appreciated the author "letting us get to know Cerise first, then slipping us over to see how Twilight deals with the situation Cerise has created."

But there's more here than deft character work. "What gets me about this one is the atmosphere. It's extremely well detailed, and palpably tense," Present Perfect said. "It manages to weave throughout the narrative the tried-and-true ponyfic theme of destiny, and how it can be challenged and re-interpreted," said Soge. RBDash47 loved "the idea of 'whatever you are, be a good one' subverted by an (apparently) negative destiny." Present Perfect summed things up nicely: "As short as this is, there's a lot packed into it."

Read on for our author interview, in which Muramasa discusses cursed blades, constructive criticism, and illegal cutie marks.

Give us the standard biography.

Hey, everyone! I’m Muramasa, and I’ve been writing stories on the site since 2015. I’ve published 12 stories on the site and I’m really honored to have one of my stories featured in the Royal Canterlot Library!

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

I’m a bit obsessed with Japanese culture and history, and Sengo Muramasa was a swordsmith who lived during the Muromachi period in Japan. He made excellent swords, but he got a little bit of a folklore reputation for making “cursed blades” or “demon swords”. That’s where the name comes from, and I usually switch up my profile picture to a random Samurai every once in a while!

Who's your favorite pony?

This seems really lame, but I’m a huge fan of Twilight Sparkle: I love the fact that she’s the incredible individual who has accomplished so much and risen such great heights, but yet is still often unsure of herself and prone to making mistakes. As anyone who’s read my other stuff knows, however, that I’m also very fond of writing Sunset Shimmer!

What's your favorite episode?

If you count two-parters, probably “The Cutie Map”. I really loved the unique brand of villainy Starlight Glimmer brought to the table, from her using of the Staff of Sameness to her final monologue to Twilight and her friends on the mountain pass, and I love the way they hid her throughout certain episodes during the remainder of the season and brought her back in a huge way!

What do you get from the show?

That it’s really good! I love the characters and stories it has to offer, and the little lessons it gives along the way are a bonus for me!

What do you want from life?

A transparent hole puncher. It’s 2018, people!

Why do you write?

I write because I really enjoy it! I love crafting stories, and I am very happy that people enjoy the ones I write. It’s a great way to pour out all those ideas you have in your head!

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

Get a pre reader! This was advice I had never followed until I turned this story in to EqD for the first time, where it needed a lot of work. Thanks to the amazing people over there, this story was really propelled to something amazing with all of the help and constructive criticism they gave me. It’s a bit too late for my ongoing stories, but the next time I publish something new I’m certainly going to get help first!

What inspired “The Thief and the Princess”?

I was listening to a song by one of my favorite artists, Shawn James, called “The Thief and the Moon”, where he tells the tale of a thief who wants to steal light from the moon itself. I came up with this concept of a thief stealing something from the castle in Canterlot, and I had always wanted to write Twilight as a wise Princess like I knew Celestia, Luna, and Cadance often could be. Thus, the story was born!

How often do you suppose difficult-to-deal-with cutie marks like Cerise’s turn up in Equestria?

Oh, I’m sure it’s very often! I know I’m not the first one to write about strange cutie marks, as they’re “special talents”: things the ponies of Equestria happen to be extremely good at. I’m certain there would be strange and illegal things this would entail, which is really the problem that Cerise has in “The Thief and the Princess”.

Where do you envision Cerise going from here?

While I can’t say too much, as I do want to continue Cerise’s story, I will say that the events of the story ensured that she wasn’t the same mare she was when she broke into the palace, and she has quite a lot of soul searching to do for herself as she debates how she can use her extraordinary talents for something good.

Do you see Twilight playing a role in Equestria’s criminal justice system?

I’m not certain she could prevent somepony like Cerise from going to jail--her profession is still illegal--but it does raise an interesting question for sure! Perhaps, after meeting Cerise, she could bring attention to cutie marks such as hers and change the way that crimes committed by ponies with illegal special talents are interpreted in the law!

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I’m really psyched that people have taken so well to this story, and I hope everyone reading this enjoys it as well: thanks so much for the honors!

You can read The Thief and the Princess 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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Comments ( 2 )

"I wouldn't steal that," came a calm and soothing voice.

Such a great entrance.

A transparent hole puncher.

Oh my God.

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