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  • Friday
    Cloudy Skies' "To Perytonia" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is worth the journey.


    To Perytonia
    [Romance] [Adventure] • 554,079 words

    By royal request, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy and Rarity travel to far-off Perytonia to establish ties between Equestria and a strange new people.

    Plunged deep into an alien culture with its own history, understanding the native peryton is only part of the challenge. As Rainbow Dash discovers, navigating her own relationship with her oldest friend may be harder still.

    FROM THE CURATORS: The pressures of weekly deadlines can make us struggle to find the time to commit to longer pieces.  So when we spotlight something the size of Tolstoy's War and Peace — and longer than the sum of every other story we've featured this year — it's a sign that you can look forward to something unique and compelling.

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    16 comments · 996 views
  • 1 week
    The Cloptimist's "Dragon Lord Ember Skips Work for an Hour" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Don't skip out on today's story.


    Dragon Lord Ember Skips Work for an Hour
    [Romance] [Slice of Life] • 3,060 words

    The mighty Dragon Lord Ember slips away for an hour, to meet up with her secret mate.

    Contains: two newly-installed world leaders who don't really know what they're doing, and some wistful escapist cuddling.

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    5 comments · 1,606 views
  • 3 weeks
    Fallowsthorn's "Time" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    You'll find yourself making time for today's story.


    Time
    [Equestria Girls] [Slice of Life] • 6,635 words

    The whole school saw Sunset Shimmer's demonic form get hit by the Elements of Harmony, and half a second later she was in a smoking crater in the ground, sobbing and repentant. From Sunset's perspective, her change of heart took a bit more time.

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    4 comments · 1,563 views
  • 4 weeks
    AstralMouse's "Twenty-eight Boulders" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    There are any number of reasons to read today's story.


    Twenty-eight Boulders
    [Dark] [Drama] [Sad] • 2,038 words

    Queen Chrysalis has spent years in hiding. She has been very careful to avoid being caught, but her time spent alone and in constant fear has worn away her sanity.

    FROM THE CURATORS: One of the strengths of pony fanfic is the opportunity to read about characters far removed from ordinary life — so stories focusing on unusual viewpoints can be a treat to find.  And this tight, focused look at the far side of sanity hit all the right notes.  "I'm a sucker for a nicely done unreliable narrator, and this one pulled me right in with its harrowing, intense voice," AugieDog said in his nomination.  "We're locked with Chrysalis inside her head, and it's a place even she doesn't much want to be."

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    5 comments · 1,891 views
  • 5 weeks
    ChudoJogurt’s “Sunset Shimmer and the Last Trial of Daring Do” [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today’s story makes some daring choices.


    Sunset Shimmer and the Last Trial of Daring Do
    [Dark] [Adventure] [Alternate Universe] • 49,536 words

    [Note: This story contains sexual themes.]

    Trapped in the memories of her past adventures, bringing nightmares and dreams she does not want, she can’t stay home.

    There is only one creature in all of Equestria who can help her. Make her good and nice again, but how far will Sunset have to go to find her?

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    5 comments · 2,164 views
  • 6 weeks
    Lost + Found Features: "Good Thing I'm So Organized" / "The Season of Grace" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    From time to time, despite our best efforts, we don't have an interview 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 haven't responded to our contact attempts. We'd like to give these stories their time in the spotlight too, so here are two RCL-approved tales for your reading pleasure.

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    7 comments · 1,980 views
  • 7 weeks
    Novel-Idea's "Spectrum of Gray" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    We hope our appreciation for today's story colors your expectations.


    Spectrum of Gray
    [Romance] [Drama] • 17,470 words

    Rainbow Dash and Applejack have cherished the years gone by at one another’s side, but beneath the wear of time, the fuel that is love can turn to ash and smother the flames they hold dear.

    Beyond the smoke rising from the cinders, they face an uncertain future. Now, they must come to terms with the harsh truth that, sometimes, love alone isn't enough to keep a marriage burning bright.

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    4 comments · 2,155 views
  • 8 weeks
    Phoenix_Dragon's "Without a Hive" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story will sneak into your favorites.


    Without a Hive
    [Romance] [Dark] [Adventure] [Sad] • 180,748 words

    Young Nictis had one dream: to serve his hive by becoming an Infiltrator, the most vital and vaunted role a changeling could aspire to. To hide in plain sight among the other species, blending in, while gathering the vital emotional energies that fueled his people. Few were deemed worthy of the dangerous job. He was one of the few nymphs selected for training, in the hopes that one of them would develop the skills needed to be entrusted with such a treacherous task.

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    10 comments · 2,596 views
  • 9 weeks
    J Carp's "It Turns Out They're Windmills" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Turn to today's story for some cross-dimensional drama with heart.


    It Turns Out They're Windmills
    [Equestria Girls] [Romance] [Comedy] [Drama] • 64,228 words

    As Fluttershy's birthday approaches, she learns two jarring things: not all of her friends are as fine with her new relationship as she had previously thought, and her human counterpart is extremely closeted.

    This is a story about queerness, friendship, bunnies, humans who think they're bunnies, magic explosions, and extremely terrible flirting.

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    13 comments · 2,365 views
  • 10 weeks
    Krickis' "Each Small Step" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story looks at some big problems.


    Each Small Step
    [Equestria Girls] [Romance] [Drama] [Slice of Life] • 13,137 words

    [Note: This story contains themes of sexuality and self-harm.]

    It’s been a long time since the Battle of the Bands, and a lot has changed for Aria. One of the bigger changes has been Sunset Shimmer. The two of them were never supposed to happen, but they somehow still did.

    Not that it matters. Nothing good ever lasts, not for Aria Blaze.

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    9 comments · 1,965 views
Apr
5th
2019

Author Interview » Wallflower Blush's "How To Dominate Your Neighbor's Lawn" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 12:50pm April 5th

Today's story will grow on you.


How To Dominate Your Neighbor's Lawn
[Comedy] [Random] • 2,241 words

Even when faced with the rise of Tirek and the loss of her own cutie mark, Roseluck never fails to tend her lawn.

FROM THE CURATORS: The wordplay flew like grass clippings as we discussed this tale.  (For example, AugieDog quipped, "Monomania is often a rich and fragrant source of humor, and this one's got that in spades.")  But even though the fic started out as an entry to the Comedy (Is Serious Business) contest, it turned our head with some serious writing skills.  "What strikes me about the excellent writing is the strong character voicing," Present Perfect said in his nomination.  "Roseluck is not exactly a normal pony, but she's very sure about what it is she wants in life."  RBDash47 agreed: "I think it's a great example of how someone can take a background character with no real established characterization and run with it. It was a short fic but I feel like I have a perfect understanding of who Roseluck is and what she stands for."

We found that drawing us into the story.  "I love that this is told in the first person," AugieDog said.  "My favorite sort of craziness is the kind that's presented as not just an everyday occurrence but as an integral part of a narrator's life. By throwing us into it headfirst, the author just envelops us in the crunchy green madness."  And that led to a satisfying payoff.  "This was definitely a lot of fun, especially Roseluck's comeuppance, which is either a fantastic coincidence or laser-guided karma," FanOfMostEverything said.  "The fact that life goes on Ponyville in the midst of Tirek's rampage says a lot about the town and its citizens, and the interplay between Roseluck and Lyra establishes the characters both thoroughly and efficiently."

Some of the story's technology provoked conversation, too.  "I was impressed at how gas-powered lawnmowers are eased into Equestria by virtue of them being eldritch sources of dark power," Present Perfect said, while RBDash47 countered: "I don't know that I love gas-powered lawnmowers existing in Equestria, but otherwise I am pleasantly surprised."  That caused FanOfMostEverything to note: "You feed it the rendered blood of monstrosities long past and it then eviscerates anything that crosses its path. I'm pretty sure a gas-powered lawnmower qualifies as an eldritch artifact in our universe."

Read on for our author interview, in which Wallflower Blush discusses eating candy, inflated guts, and satiated hunger.


Give us the standard biography.

I’m a naked, hairless monkey glued to a chair behind a computer desk with one hand on the keyboard and a banana shake in the other. My favorite soda is anything that comes mixed with whiskey in a solo cup and I like watching sweaty men in tights wrestle over an inflated pig’s gut. Not much else to say.

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

It’s a memorable name of a fan favorite character. The fact that some other poor sob won’t be able to use it when I hardly ever log on leaves me with a deep sense of satisfaction.

Who's your favorite pony?

Whoa Nelly from Canterlot Boutique. Somehow, in a vegan world of herbivorous ponies, one of the herd managed to attain critical mass off of a steady diet of salads and hayfry burgers. How does that even work?

What's your favorite episode?

The Best Night Ever, hands down. Watching a group of neurotic ponies flub the biggest social event of the year while their nation’s head of state sits back and laughs leaves a big smile on my face. It also helps that I have a long-running headcanon that the seeds for Discord’s return were sown by that event.

What do you get from the show?

It’s a show about cute, fluffy animals doing cute, fluffy things. You may as well try to explain the purpose of eating candy. It’s fun to watch and I get warm fuzzies every time it comes on.

What do you want from life?

To take over the world, overthrowing every established political system in favor of a feudal empire with me at its head. You know, the little things.

Why do you write?

I can’t draw.

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

No one believes that they can master the piano by reading a book on it without ever touching the keys, so why do you think that you can write like John Steinbeck without ever putting a pen to paper? The first step to becoming a good writer is actually writing something.

As for writing in a technical sense, I have a few tips for you.

  • Get rid of your passive voice. Nothing grates on the ear quite like hearing ‘The door was closed by John’ when ‘John closed the door’ works so much better.
  • Stop using so many adverbs. ‘John forcefully closed the door’ says less with more words than ‘John slammed the door’. Try sticking with the latter.
  • I’m well aware that Rainbow Dash is a cyan mare. You don’t need to remind me every time you write a dialogue attribution. ‘“Awesome!” Rainbow Dash said’ gets the point across just as well as ‘“Awesome!” the cyan pegasus said’ with far less redundancy.
  • Try trimming your prose a bit. You’ll find your story flows more naturally when it isn’t lugging around a hundred thousand words of baggage.
  • Subtext is your friend. So much can be said by a character’s actions or dialogue that isn’t expressed directly to the reader. Believe it or not, your reader has a brain and enjoys puzzling out the things you imply rather than being spoon-fed the answers.
  • Over-description is an epidemic on FIMFiction. Try keeping your descriptions shorter and more poignant rather than detailing every scratch and dent on the third button on some officer’s dress uniform.

I know that about half of those problems stem from trying to get a high enough word count to hit the feature box, so you should stop caring about that damn box. Hardly anyone looks at it anyways, and you’re ruining your story just to meet some arbitrary word count. Stop it.

What inspired “How To Dominate Your Neighbor’s Lawn”?

Ever been part of a homeowners’ association? I’ve never met a chairman of one who wasn’t a stick-in-the-mud about keeping property values up, and that often means having them come by your property at least once a week to make sure that you aren’t becoming the neighborhood eyesore.

Some of the ponies carry this attitude in their own way, and I thought it’d be fun to dial that neuroticism up to eleven and see where it leads. The lawnmower being sentient in Roseluck’s mind was just a bonus.

Was Golem 069 destroyed at the end, or is it still wandering Equestria in search of vengeance?

Rumor has it that it’s still roaming the world, searching for novice writers who rely on passive voice and adverbial phrases to satiate its hunger.

Do you usually enjoy writing this sort of random humor, or was this more of an anomaly?

For every joke that lands, I’ll have a hundred duds that sit in my drawer, growing mildewy among the dust bunnies. As much as I’d love to dig a few of them up and dump them on FIMFiction, my better devils won’t allow it. Instead, I’ve always relied more on absurdist humor to make up for the lack of snappy one-liners and sharp wit.

As for what I’d like to write, I’m a sucker for stories about good characters hitting hard times, almost managing to pull themselves through it, then failing because of a character flaw or some mistake they made earlier in the story. Sadly, enjoying something and being good at it aren’t mutually inclusive, and I can’t write something serious to save my life.

Is this the one Pony story you had inside you, or might there be more lurking about?

I have a million pony stories inside of me. Sadly, I’d first have to unplug the ethernet cable, open up Scrivener, and write them without getting distracted. There’ll probably be a few more, but they’ll come sporadically at best.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Sure. Don’t do drugs, kids.

You can read How To Dominate Your Neighbor's Lawn at FIMFiction.net. 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 ( 4 )

It's got Roseluck in it, so that's the only reason I'll be looking at it :p

This is a great story, and I’m glad it’s getting featured. Wallflower Blush, I hope you write more in the future!

Today's story will grow on you.

I’m surprised I was the first one to catch this. A plant joke in the very first sentence about a story dealing with plants.
Well played.

1. Congrats to the author! Very happy for you!

2. A Roseluck fic in the RCL? Even more awesome!! :D

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