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  • 6 weeks
    MSPiper’s “Autumnfall Change” [Royal Canterlot Library]

    You might want to keep a whiteboard handy for today’s story.


    Autumnfall Change
    [Sci-Fi][Slice of Life][Human] • 8,419 words

    Magic and technology may have pierced the void and blazed a path between the realms, but that was the simple part. Adjusting to the changes that follow can be far more daunting.

    Yet despite the complexities involved even in basic communication, Serendipity has found friends to talk to among humankind who can cheer her up when she’s down. And occasionally inspire her to bursts of ingenuity unhindered by such trifles as foresight.

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    5 comments · 4,059 views
  • 21 weeks
    TCC56's "Glow In The Dark, Shine In The Sun" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    A villain might just have a bright future in today's story.


    Glow In The Dark, Shine In The Sun
    [Equestria Girls] [Drama] [Slice of Life] • 27,035 words

    Despite all attempts, Cozy Glow still hasn't been shown a path to friendship. No pony has been able to get through to her, and she's only gotten worse with each attempt.

    Reluctant to return the filly to stone again, Princess Twilight has one last option. One pony she hasn't tried. Or in this case? One person.

    Sunset Shimmer.

    Can Sunset do what no pony has been able to?

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    9 comments · 7,953 views
  • 23 weeks
    The Red Parade's "never forever" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story never says never.


    never forever
    [Sad] [Slice of Life] • 1,478 words

    Lightning Dust will never be a Wonderbolt. When she left the Academy, she swore she'd never look back. When the Washouts disbanded, she swore she'd forget about them.

    Yet after all these years, against all odds, she finds herself here. At a Wonderbolts show. Just on the wrong side of the glass.

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    19 comments · 6,729 views
  • 28 weeks
    Freglz's "Nothing Left to Lose" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Don't lose out on today's story.


    Nothing Left to Lose
    [Drama] [Sad] • 6,367 words

    Some things can't be changed.

    Starlight believes otherwise.

    FROM THE CURATORS: One might be forgiven for thinking that after nine years of MLP (and fanfic), there's nothing left to explore on such well-trodden ground as changeling redemption — but there are still stories on the topic which are worthy of turning heads.  "Though the show seems to have moved past it as a possibility, the question of whether and how Queen Chrysalis could be reformed alongside the other changelings still lingers in the fandom's consciousness," Present Perfect said in his nomination. "In comes Freglz, with a solidly reasoned story that combines the finales of seasons 5 and 6 and isn't afraid to let the question hang."

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    26 comments · 6,544 views
  • 30 weeks
    Somber's "Broken Record" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story puts all the pieces together.

    (Ed. note: Some content warnings apply to this interview, regarding current world circumstances and mentions of suicidal ideation.)


    Broken Record
    [Drama] [Slice of Life] • 7,970 words

    There has never been an athlete like Rainbow Dash. The sprints. The marathons. The land speed record. She held them all.

    Until she didn't.

    Until she had only one left... and met the pony that might take it from her...

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    11 comments · 4,315 views
  • 32 weeks
    jakkid166's "Detective jakkid166 in everything" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Missing out on today's story would be a crime.


    Detective jakkid166 in everything
    [Comedy] [Human] • 15,616 words

    "Every pony thing evre made would be better if it had me in it."
    - me

    I, Detective jakkid166, will be prepared to make every pony fanficion, video, and game better by me being in it. All you favorite pony content, except it has ME! And even I could be in some episodes of the show except cause the charaters are idiot I'm good at my job.

    The ultimate Detective jakkid166 adventures collection, as he goes into EVERYTHING to make it good.

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    171 comments · 8,365 views
  • 34 weeks
    Mannulus' "Sassy Saddles Meets Sasquatch" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a rare find.


    Sassy Saddles Meets Sasquatch
    [Comedy] [Random] • 5,886 words

    The legend is known throughout Equestria, but there are few who believe. Those who claim to have seen the beast are dismissed as crackpots and madponies. Those who bring evidence before the world are dismissed as histrionic deceivers. There are those who have seen, however -- those who know -- and they will forever cry out their warning from the back seats of filthy, old train cars, even to those who dismiss them, who revile them, who ignore their warnings unto their own mortal peril.

    "The sasquatch is real!" they will cry forevermore, even as nopony believes.

    But from this day forward, Sassy Saddles will believe.

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    16 comments · 5,200 views
  • 36 weeks
    SheetGhost’s “Moonlight Vigil” [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Take a closer look into tonight’s story.


    Moonlight Vigil
    [Tragedy] • 3,755 words

    Bitter from her defeat and exile, the Mare in the Moon watches Equestria move on without her.

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    1 comments · 4,232 views
  • 38 weeks
    Unwhole Hole's "The Murder of Elrod Jameson" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is some killer noir.

    [Adult story embed hidden]

    The Murder of Elrod Jameson
    [Dark] [Mystery] [Sci-Fi] [Human] • 234,343 words

    [Note: This story contains scenes of blood and gore, sexuality, and a depiction of rape.]

    Elrod Jameson: a resident of SteelPoint Level Six, Bridgeport, Connecticut. A minor, pointless, and irrelevant man... who witnessed something he was not supposed to.

    Narrowly avoiding his own murder, he desperately searches for help. When no living being will help him, he turns to the next best thing: a pony.

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    14 comments · 4,619 views
  • 40 weeks
    Grimm's "Don't Open the Door" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story lingers like the curling mist in a dark forest.


    Don't Open the Door
    [Dark][Horror] • 13,654 words

    After an expedition into the Everfree Forest ends in disaster, Applejack and Rainbow Dash take refuge in an abandoned cabin until morning.

    This is probably a poor decision, but it's only one night, after all. How bad could it be?

    FROM THE CURATORS: "I don't care much for horror stories," AugieDog mused. "But this one does so much right, I found myself really impressed." Present Perfect thought it was "simply one of the best horror stories I've ever read," and Soge agreed "one-hundred percent" that "this is pitch-perfect horror from beginning to end."

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    8 comments · 3,886 views
Sep
20th
2019

Author Interview » DungeonMiner's "A Little Chat" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 1:15pm Sep 20th, 2019

We'd just like to say a few words about today's story.


A Little Chat
[Slice of Life] • 2,008 words

Sunset was enjoying her day, going through school as she was expected to do, when she's suddenly called to the Principal's office.

Confused, but with little choice in the matter, she answers, heading to Celestia's office. There, she finds the Principal sitting, wanting to have a chat.

Sunset was not prepared for anything like this.

FROM THE CURATORS: "Stories about how various characters work things out after their respective redemptions are a staple of the fandom," AugieDog said in our discussion, and one nice thing about Equestria Girls is that it lets authors explore redemption from a different angle than the pony side of the show.  "With Sunset and Starlight," AugieDog continued, "I've always felt that Sunset is the more traditionally 'heroic' of the two … she's more self-reflective, more critical of herself, more likely to stop and weigh her present actions against what she did in the past, and that quality gives her overall struggle toward the light a very different feeling from Starlight's."  That was one of the factors drawing Present Perfect to the story, as he said in his nomination: "I'll never get tired of fics centered around her redemption, or the concept of self-forgiveness, and this hits all the right notes."

One of those was deft handling of a reveal that worked with or without the benefit of surprise.  "The twist is likely the kind of thing an experienced reader will see coming, but it isn't the point," Present Perfect said.  "The effect that reveal has on Sunset is what makes this story."  Soge agreed: "Predictable as it was, the execution of the reveal was great. It never leaned too heavily into it being this huge mystery, while not giving so many clues to give Sunset an idiot ball."  As FanOfMostEverything noted, that made the story all the more satisfying: "That reaction at the end is more than earned."

The story was rounded out by exemplary character work.  "I appreciate how it fleshes out Sunset's background in a believable way that the show can't really touch," FanOfMostEverything said.  "It also presents the sheer quantity of baggage she has regarding the princess in heart-rending detail."  And that offered plenty of food for thought, AugieDog said: "I also like how the story shifts the ground under Sunset's rationale for remaining in the human world. Before this, she's only stayed out of fear of returning to Equestria. After this, she needs to make a choice. That's always a nice place to leave a character."

Read on for our author interview, in which DungeonMiner discusses publisher hoops, spy keys, and winning overlords.


Give us the standard biography.

I grew up overseas, and was constantly inspired by the old castles that I grew up around. I found pony in my early twenties, and I soon start writing fanfiction so that I could better explore character development. 

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

It’s actually my Minecraft username, funnily enough. I never really had a decent gamertag until I finally decided to consolidate under DungeonMiner, which has done me well, since I have a very substantial interest in RPGs, specifically D&D, so being DM works on so many levels.

Who's your favorite pony?

They all have a special place in my heart, but if I had to choose, it would be Twilight. I relate to the slightly socially awkward book nerd, to the surprise of no one who knows me personally. Still, I do see and enjoy the inherent differences in the mane 6, that’s what makes them so enjoyable.

What's your favorite episode?

"The Return to Harmony," parts 1 and 2. Mostly because Discord does the job right. He recognizes the one thing that can take him out, and does his best to neutralize it. It’s almost like he read the 101 rules for evil overlords. He loses anyways, but for a good ten minutes there, he has won.

It also helps that it was the first episode that I sat all the way through and watched after I heard about these weird adult men that watched My Little Pony.

What do you get from the show?

Mainly it was a nice breath of fresh air. When I found it, I was shocked that there were well-rounded characters (Rarity in particular impressed me greatly, as I thought she was just another popular girl trope) in a small girl’s show that then taught actual morals, something I felt that shows have been missing out on for years. 

What do you want from life?

Now that’s a question that I wasn’t quite prepared for. Life? Mostly to have a successful, fulfilling life. The fulfilling part has been mostly achieved by my teaching career, where I help at-risk girls who shouldn’t be in a normal school. The successful part has been a little difficult, though, as my original work was published by a less-than-trustworthy publisher, so I have to jump through some more hoops to try and get myself re-published, but I’m working on it.

Why do you write?

Because I love to tell stories. I always have. Back when I was six or seven years old I was drawing comics in the back of the car on long road trips, telling the story of a spy that needed to steal back the Key to the City. I then made a strange little story about some archeologists hunting down the relics of Lewis and Clark. This is simply the logical conclusion.

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

The best advice I have for authors out there is to sit down and keep writing. Write even if it’s hard, write even if it doesn’t flow, write even when you don’t want to. Do that, and you will improve and you will tell your stories.

What inspired A Little Chat?

A Little Chat was simply what I imagined Celestia would do. That’s the fun thing about the story — it’s more Celestia’s story than Sunset’s even though it comes from Sunset’s point of view. This is Celestia’s chance to make peace with the situation. I couldn’t imagine her just letting it go.

What is it that attracts you more to big adventure stories than to short, slice-of-life pieces like this?

The short answer to this is that I simply like to tell big stories. I love tales of thieves, heroes, wars, sieges, castles, gods, and cataclysms. I watched The Lord of the Rings as an eight-year-old, and I was blown away by that story, and as a result, Tolkien’s own writings have inspired me.  He didn’t write small things, because even the small things connect to the larger picture.

How do you find writing your own original fiction to differ from writing fanfiction?

The main difference I find is that there is more work to do, typically. I need to work on every page to try and solidify a character; I need to carve them carefully into the marble of the story. Meanwhile, everyone knows what Rarity will and will not do. This is the challenge I have been facing since I started writing this fanfiction, and is what I hope to improve before too long.

Do you prefer outlining a story ahead of time or letting it grow during the typing process?

Yes. I give a basic outline of thirty-or-so chapters, but then let each chapter come into its own. If you have the planner and the gardener, then I have a planned-out garden. This allows me to have a good sense of direction of where the story needs to go, without locking me out of new thoughts or ideas that I might have later on. 

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Nope.

You can read A Little Chat 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 )

Wonderful pick to see featured in the RCL. :twilightsmile:

Ha. I actually ran into this story door the first time literally last night. I saw that cover art with Celestia and thought "hey... Wait a minute..." Odd coincidence.

Such a good short story... it offers nice depth of character, gets you invested in the situation, raises the drama of an already interesting premise with the twist, and leaves you imagining where things will go from here.

I remember this one. This would have been clever in the canon series, but such is life.

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