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  • Friday
    Beige Monkfish's "A Tale of a Mountain Clan" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a cold fable with a warm heart.

    A Tale of a Mountain Clan
    [Drama] • 2,472 words

    This is a tale passed down for generations, a tale of an age before there was peace between the Griffons and the Equestrians.

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    1 comments · 835 views
  • 2 weeks
    Darkstarling's "Tartarus Island" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Break out from the ordinary with today's story.

    Tartarus Island
    [Equestria Girls] • 2,904 words

    Once the heir to a Mafia family, now imprisoned for the murder of his brother, Tirek is held on Tartarus Island: the most secure prison in the world. He isn't concerned. Soon he will escape, and nothing will stand in his way.

    FROM THE CURATORS: "One of my favorite moments in fanfiction," AugieDog said as we discussed this story, "is when I see a story description, smack myself in the forehead, and say, 'Of course!' And when the writer turns that terrific idea into a good story, it's an even better moment."

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    4 comments · 1,314 views
  • 3 weeks
    "Ponyfic: There Can Be Only One" winner: Monochromatic's "The Enchanted Library" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    You won't want to leave today's story.

    The Enchanted Library
    [Romance] [Adventure] [Alt. Universe] • 339,524 words

    Everypony enjoys myths and ponytales, even if they know such things aren't real. Alicorns fighting against a spirit of chaos? An ancient princess trapped in a library under a tree, waiting to be found? Quite enchanting and fantastic tales yes, but nonetheless as fictional as Daring Do and other such stories. At least, that's what Rarity used to think.

    She doesn't anymore.

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    45 comments · 3,104 views
  • 4 weeks
    scifipony's "To Bring Light to Eternal Darkness" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story will offer a little "light" reading.

    To Bring Light to Eternal Darkness
    [Adventure] [Drama] • 34,992 words

    In the days before Equestria was even a dream and mares are second-class citizens, a pony with a solar cutie mark, Sunny Daze, decides to help her brother become a mage. She doesn't realize that she and the sun have an appointment with destiny.

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    2 comments · 2,034 views
  • 7 weeks
    Eakin's "The Mare Behind The Mare" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    There's some impressive work behind today's story.

    The Mare Behind the Mare
    [Slice of Life] • 9,688 words

    What sort of mare would turn down the chance to help a friend? Twilight's been there for me so many times in the past, but now she's a princess with all the new obligations and duties that come with that. The transition... hasn't been an entirely smooth one. Who better to lend her a helping hoof and show her how one deals with nobles, courts, and politics than moi?

    I only hope it doesn't end up costing one of us our sanity along the way.

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    5 comments · 2,290 views
  • 9 weeks
    Vivid Syntax's "Not In Bluff Nor Bravado Nor Loneliness" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    (RCL NOTE: We’re attempting the hopeless task of choosing the fandom’s Single Best Story™ at a special panel at Bronycon.  Help us pick the competitors!  Details here.  Get your FINAL VOTES in, voting closes July 13!)

    If your reading is stale, TRY TODAY'S TALE!

    Not In Bluff Nor Bravado Nor Loneliness
    [Slice of Life] • 7,389 words

    Ponies? Yeah, you hear a lot about them growing up in the minotaur homelands, and it isn't all positive. Actually, almost none of it is positive. They're different. They've got those weird pictures on their flanks and those little prayers they mumble to their princesses. Ponies are gentle, passive. They're not like us.

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    8 comments · 2,835 views
  • 10 weeks
    Thanqol's "Do Not Serve These Ponies" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    (RCL NOTE: We’re attempting the hopeless task of choosing the fandom’s Single Best Story™ at a special panel at Bronycon.  Help us pick the competitors!  Details here.  Voting is open until July 13.)

    Do not skip today's story.

    Do Not Serve These Ponies
    [Comedy] • 21,083 words

    Lyra knows the truth. Lyra knows that a shadowy conspiracy dating back to the very dawn of Equestria is responsible for manipulating every major event for the past two thousand years. And Lyra does not care how many museums she has to destroy or how many transdimensional rifts she has to open in her quest to inform the public.

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    16 comments · 3,614 views
  • 11 weeks
    JumpingShinyFrogs' "School Tour" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    (RCL NOTE: We're attempting the hopeless task of choosing the fandom's Single Best Story™ at a special panel at Bronycon.  Help us pick the competitors!  Details here.  Voting is open until July 13.)

    Today's story comes out of the dark into the spotlight.

    School Tour
    [Dark] [Human] • 6,481 words

    I was looking forward to the school tour for a really long time! We were going to the beach, and I love the beach. I love the bus trip as well, singing and talking with my friends. But then we drove into a tunnel. I've never really liked tunnels, but it's always been fine because my friends were there. We always try to hold our breath the whole way through the tunnel, which is a lot of fun.

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    3 comments · 1,807 views
  • 12 weeks
    miss-cyan's "Now Hiring" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    We're grateful our job brings us to gems like today's story.

    Now Hiring
    [Sad] • 3,602 words

    Pear Butter and Bright McIntosh have recently passed. What remains of the Apple Family find themselves in the care of their newest family member. But they can't do everything to provide for the new foal on their own.

    An ad is placed.

    A position is filled.

    But loss is a thing that affects each individual differently. And new faces can be both a curse and a blessing.

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    2 comments · 1,773 views
  • 13 weeks
    Alphacat's "Brothers and Sisters" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story shows us what happens when the day meets the night.

    Brothers and Sisters
    [Slice of Life] • 64,160 words

    When Princess Luna goes missing, Private Lucky Break knows there's more at work than a simple breach of court protocol.

    For most, Hearth's Warming is an occasion to celebrate family and friends, a time for reflection and goodwill to all of Equestria's residents. But for two ponies, their relationship with the holiday is much more complicated.

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    3 comments · 1,574 views

Author Interview » Cillerenda's "Relevé" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 12:50pm September 6th

Today's story is on point.

[Slice of Life] • 1,437 words

Relevé: position in which the dancer rises from any position to on one or both feet on at least demi-pointe, or possibly full pointe

She's done the simple Rainbooms choreo, the square dancing with her family, the silly free-styles with her friends. But today, Applejack wants to try something a bit different, something she'd never expected to be interested in.

You would think attending Canterlot High would teach her to expect the unexpected.

FROM THE CURATORS: "An important story," Present Perfect mused. "Not just a story about a tomboy trying to be feminine, this is about Applejack trying to break her own mold." Soge called it "a delightful tale of societal expectations—both internal and external" in his nomination, and FanOfMostEverything likewise appreciated choosing Applejack as the story's focal character, because "the fact that it's so unexpected for her only makes the concept work better."

"She's getting out of her comfort zone, doing something that no one would expect her to, because it mystifies, intrigues and delights her. Her own joy when she accomplishes just one tiny bit of what she set out to do is palpable," Present Perfect went on to say. And that joy, that excitement, is tempered by insecurity—Soge saw right away that "her passion for something which she thinks others will misjudge her for ... is instantly relatable for people in all walks of life."

FanOfMostEverything acknowledged how easy it would have been for this particular conceit to fail, pointing out how "stories that draw on the author's experiences can sometimes feel both invasive and false to the characters used to replicate those experiences," but he was happy to find that this work "avoids that entirely." AugieDog agreed that the author completely sold him on "how Applejack might actually find something in the artistry of ballet that speaks to her" and felt it succeeds as "a nice insight into the character ... I always enjoy it when authors have such a good feel for one of the show's characters that they can take that character to a place the show never would and still have it entirely work."

A classical ballet can mean hours of dancing, but "Relevé" economizes, distilling its story down into just one movement, and that was all it needed. Soge appreciated that "its core conflict is so well built, and the character work is so precise, that it feels much weightier than its paltry word count would suggest." FanOfMostEverything felt the same way: "It's brief, but uses what's there with incredible efficiency. This is a single dance, not a full recital, but the artistry involved is undeniable."

Read on for our author interview, in which Cillerenda discusses reading above your grade level, the freedom of artistry, and juxtaposition.

Give us the standard biography.

Aha, there isn’t much to say about me. My parents had me when they were older, almost into their forties. My mother never planned having kids and was a bit ill-prepared, so when I came along there wasn’t much to entertain me aside from toys she bought on-the-fly. My mother had shelves full of books full of names such as Stephen King and Dean Koontz that I would try to read the second I was able to. Needless to say, trying to bring books like those into my kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms didn’t go too well! But those books are what stirred me into becoming interested in writing.

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

Oh gosh, here we go. The name “Cillerenda” is actually a reference to a funny moment in an old episode of Game Grumps, which is a popular gaming group on YouTube. It comes from Jon, in a rage, mispronouncing Cinderella’s name and it just always stuck with me.

Who's your favorite pony?

If it isn’t obvious in my writing, I’ll just say it: Applejack, 100%. I could go on for hours about why I love this character so much.

What's your favorite episode?

"The Mane Attraction." Not only because it’s one of the best AJ episodes ever, but its incredible music, and interesting new character, and it does what I’ve always wanted an AJ episode to do: to focus on her weakness as her strength, that weakness being her stubbornness. Silver Quill goes into it much more eloquently and thoroughly than I could in his review, but he hits every nail on the head.

What do you get from the show?

A sense of togetherness and friendship. Like I said, my parents had me rather late in life. Once I was born, the kids of her friends were already grown, so I was around adults until I finally went to school. I hated school with a passion and I had very few friends there as well. There’s something about MLP that makes me feel like I know what I missed.

What do you want from life?

I simply want a life that I’m happy with.

Why do you write?

That’s an interesting question, not one that I’ve thought about before. I’ve always envied people who can draw and paint; I was incredibly in awe at the fact that an artist needs only a pen, paper, and imagination to create something beautiful. If you think about it, it’s the same with writing. I can create worlds with my own rules, languages, and characters, and no one can tell me that it’s wrong. It’s freeing.

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

While I hardly think I am eligible to give advice, I do have something: just write it. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to make sense, just do it. Write whatever nonsense comes into your brain and clean it up later. If you spend time pondering over every tiny detail and loophole, you won’t make any progress. Just do something and then go back and give it a look.

What inspired “Relevé”?

I am a huge fan of juxtaposition. The shy character turning into a raging monster, the strong character showing weakness, etc. I actually got the idea from watching something silly: Bendy and the Ink Machine: The Musical. MatPat, well known for his work on Game Theory, voices the star of the musical and it amazed me that I’ve been watching his content for so long and had no clue he could sing so well. After watching that, I had a thought: what hidden talents or interests could I delve into?

Given that you write a lot about Applejack, why did you choose her as the main character for this particular story?

I touched on it in the notes of the story, but I always tend to put myself in Applejack’s shoes because I find her to be the most relatable of the bunch. I’m not exactly a size 0, but I joined a dance team in high school. Oh, I heard every insult from the rest of the school. I was too big and fat, I should quit, I shouldn’t be dancing, blah blah blah. But as the years went on, I got pretty damn good! I was even an officer during my senior year.

Anyway, it also plays into my love of juxtaposition. Why can’t the rugged, tomboyish farm girl have an interest for ballet?

What brought you back to writing Ponyfic after your time away?

I was going through some stuff. I won’t turn this into a sob story, but just know that it was bad. I wasn’t able to focus on writing as much I would have liked and the things I did write were very dark to match the place my head was in. It also happened during a show hiatus. Once the show started again, it refreshed me quite a bit and I was able to put the bad thoughts away long enough to produce "I Didn’t Sign Up For This," and I just kept writing from there.

Do you prefer planning a story out ahead of time, or would you rather let it grow during the typing process?

I’m an unorganized mess in everything I do, and writing is no different. I normally just type a bunch of trash and then run a broom through it later!

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to talk about myself and these stories. I’m no Stephen King, but I cannot express how validating it is that people would want to feature my work in one way or another!

You can read Relevé 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 ( 7 )
Author Interviewer

Everyone should be grateful I didn't do this writeup myself, or the tagline would have been "Today's story will be relevént to your interests."

Wonderful to see this story and the author get a spotlight here. :twilightsmile:

Ah...'scuse me! You realize there was a new episode today, right? Where the hell is the Episode Discussion for "Dragon Dropped?" Is knighty trying to revive that good ol' Seasons 1-3 Spike Hate?

Author Interviewer

Ask knighty. :B

Ooh, this was one of those times where the Canterlot Library feed was a huge boon. Finding this small, but lovely gem was the high point of my day.:twilightsmile:

Thank you for the feature! It's an honor to have participated in this! :ajsmug:

I’m glad you enjoyed it!! :heart:

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