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  • Friday
    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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    5 comments · 640 views
  • 1 week
    Revenant Wings' "Reconstruction" [Royal Canterlot Library]

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


    Reconstruction
    [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 · 1,798 views
  • 3 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 · 2,814 views
  • 4 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 · 2,658 views
  • 5 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 · 1,906 views
  • 6 weeks
    Antiquarian's "The Tab" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    We hope you plan to pick up today's story.


    The Tab
    [Comedy] [Sad] [Slice of Life] [Alternate Universe] • 4,092 words

    Years have passed since the Crystal War ended. Twilight Sparkle visits an old haunt to spend some time catching up with her friends. Then comes the question of who picks up the tab.

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    3 comments · 1,928 views
  • 7 weeks
    alt-tap's "An Ordinary Day" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is no ordinary tale.


    An Ordinary Day
    [Slice of Life] • 5,436 words

    Fluttershy lives a happy life. Every day is special. All of her friends are lovely ponies.

    Today is a day just like any other; she wakes in the morning, does her chores, sees her friends, takes a nap and sees more of her friends before an evening of relaxation.

    Just an ordinary, wonderful day.

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    4 comments · 2,341 views
  • 8 weeks
    Muramasa's "The Thief and the Princess" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    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.

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    2 comments · 2,135 views
  • 9 weeks
    Cherax's "Sundowner Season" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    It's always a good season to read today's story.


    Sundowner Season
    [Drama] [Sad] • 21,493 words

    With a heavy heart and an empty journal, Rarity heads north.

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    2 comments · 1,510 views
  • 10 weeks
    Summer Dancer's "Sandbox" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story doesn't play around when it comes to adorable-yet-poignant pony portrayals.


    Sandbox
    [Slice of Life] • 3,045 words

    When trying to focus on her studies, Sunset Shimmer is stuck watching an annoying little filly who just won't let her study.

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    10 comments · 2,293 views
Nov
30th
2018

Author Interview » Lost + Found Features: "Decisions" / "The Unicorn and the Crow" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 1:26pm November 30th

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.


Decisions
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.

FROM THE CURATORS: Everyone appreciated this story's attention to detail and excellent use of "show-don't-tell." "The more I think about this one, as more pieces fall together inside my head, the more I appreciate the subtlety and power hidden inside what's apparently a little Slice of Life piece about an evening in a restaurant," said Horizon. "Piecing together the situation from the details draws you into the story, letting you explore a second layer to the conversation that works more richly as subtext than it would out in the open."

RBDash47 seconded the nomination: "It's definitely a fantastic example of show-don't-tell, and it's a bonus to me that it's done in first person; using the waiter's POV to bounce us between the three tables is a nice framing element." Present Perfect called it "a masterwork in subtlety and how to tell a story with a scattered focus" and Soge said "it is in looking at how everything suddenly fits together that this becomes something special." FanOfMostEverything applauded how the story asked "fascinating questions about responsibility and duty that settings other than Equestria can't pull off nearly as effectively."



The Unicorn and the Crow
By Foxmane Vulpequus
[Drama][Mystery] • 128,032 words

Madeleine Crumpet: A world-trotting jeweler with an eye for gems… and pleasant company. Of the stallion persuasion.

Rubyk of Trotheim: A cold noble of the forbidden Equestrian North.

What cause could bring these two unlikely figures together?

FROM THE CURATORS: In his nomination, Horizon felt this story was shockingly underappreciated; at the time, it hadn't received enough votes to have its ratio displayed, "which is startling, because having read through it this is some pretty high-level stuff ... it definitely deserves more attention than it's getting." He went on to compliment the story's style, "languid and stately and modestly archaic ... but that style works in synergy both with the fantastic character work and the foreign feel of the setting." Chris agreed that "it's not going to be for everyone, but I found it very effective for what it was. It's the kind of prose that encourages slow reading, but doesn't demand an unattainable attention to detail -- perfect for reading by the fire while sipping at a glass of scotch. And the setting is clever and original, without abandoning the feeling of being an MLP fic."

Present Perfect loved the character work: "few fanfic authors strive to be this deliberate with their words. By the second chapter (not part), I was hooked, and never failed to be impressed by a character." Horizon felt the same way, and noted that "as the story goes on, Frost Pane begins stealing every scene she's in, turning that larger-than-life bombast into a positive, and Madeleine's inner narration is consistently engaging. The supporting cast is almost uniformly vibrant, and are written sharply enough that I found myself analyzing them in the same way the protagonists did."

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