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  • Friday
    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 · 929 views
  • 2 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 · 3,498 views
  • 7 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 · 5,118 views
  • 9 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 · 2,961 views
  • 11 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 · 6,625 views
  • 15 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 · 3,394 views
  • 17 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 · 3,794 views
  • 19 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 · 3,745 views
  • 21 weeks
    TwilightFlopple's "The Celestial Mechanics in Midsummer" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    It's always the season for a fic as great as today's story.


    The Celestial Mechanics in Midsummer
    [Slice of Life] • 8,716 words

    "My dear Twilight Sparkle,

    Thank you for your recent letters. And I must apologize to you first and foremost that I have not responded back in kind to each and every one. I imagine has this concerned you, but please don't worry. Things have been very unsettled here in the castle as of late. Princess Luna has been researching Equestrian history, and I find myself in a strange kind of mood..."

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    9 comments · 4,856 views
  • 23 weeks
    Chiko's "She Kills Monsters" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story will leave a monster of an impression.


    She Kills Monsters
    [Adventure] [Drama] [Equestria Girls] • 15,000 words

    After losing her sister, Rarity buries herself in her work.

    Just as lost, Apple Bloom and Scootaloo, armed with a personal Ogres & Oubliettes module, try to help the seamstress open more than just her boutique.

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    9 comments · 3,732 views
Apr
3rd
2020

Author Interview » Mannulus' "Sassy Saddles Meets Sasquatch" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 1:14pm April 3rd

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.

FROM THE CURATORS: While many of our features trend toward the emotionally weighty, sometimes you just want a good laugh as a palate cleanser.  And this one was quite a find.  "I've not read a comedy like this in quite some time," Present Perfect said in his nomination. "The jokes are lightning-fast and begin as soon as the story does. This is nothing but wacky pony hijinks and cutting dialogue."  AugieDog quickly agreed while assigning it a top score: "Oh, my goodness, yes." And Soge was similarly delighted: "I was in the mood for comedy, and this delivers in spades.  Whenever a joke fails to land, it is quickly followed up by ten more that do."

However, what AugieDog found most impressive was the balancing act the story required.  "Real, honest-to-goodness goofiness, I continue to hold, is about the hardest sort of writing to do well," he said.  "You need a story that can hold up as an actual story while being bent out of shape and knocked askew from every possible direction. The characters have to do things that make sense in context even though they're completely absurd. And the dialogue has to sparkle with wit one sentence, stumble into stupidity the next.  This story delivers on all possible fronts, from how foundational Sassy's sassiness is to her entire self-image to the footnote in the middle of the saga of the two rat kings."

That was enriched by consistent writing, Present Perfect said: "Sassy Saddles is hilariously stubborn in her dedication to sass, in the same way the story is hilariously dedicated to its own ridiculous premise."  And, as Soge said, that made it a solid choice: "Coupled with the pitch-perfect absurd logic with which the story operates, and a colorful cast of supporting characters, it makes for a sure-fire nomination."

Read on for our author interview, in which Mannulus discusses brony rarity, Rarity beatdowns, and big-box luthiers.


Give us the standard biography.

I’m kind of an odd story within the fandom; a Brony from Mississippi who had been through a divorce only a few years prior when he became a Brony back around 2011 or so.  Both of those facts, being from that state and being divorced, were highly unusual for Bronies at the time, according to the sociologists who were studying the fandom back then.  I know because they did an entire presentation on the fandom at about the second or third BronyCon, and one of them told me that I was statistically the “rarest Brony” she’d ever encountered. 

Otherwise, my background in general was probably fairly similar to some of us; music, theatre, etc. Obviously, I was also a writer. Like a lot of artistically motivated people, though, I didn’t feel like I fit in most places, and Bronies were an inclusive enough group that they made me feel at ease.

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

I have a minor in Latin, and mannulus is quite literally “little pony” in that language.

Who's your favorite pony?

Rarity.  Her neurosis always amuses me, and I love how she turns perceptions of what it means to be a “girly girl” on their ear.  She can whip between being way too concerned over a stain on a dress and ready to give someone a well-deserved beatdown in a moment.  That’s endearing to me for some reason.

What's your favorite episode?

“Castle Mania” always jumps to mind as one that’s fun to watch just about any time, but it’s tough to pick any single episode.  I like Rarity, as I said, but the show is empty without the whole formula, and you need to watch a lot of episodes to wrap your mind around all the characters and their dynamics.

What do you get from the show?

From the beginning, for me, it has been this thing that can pull me back from bleak, empty places that I tend to go and linger, often for too long.  There’s a lot of ugliness in the world, and occasionally I need some happy, idealistic spot in my existence to focus my vision for awhile, and let it clear.  Everything about ponies was that; the message, the art style, and the fandom itself.

What do you want from life?

I hope it won’t seem like too much of a self-plug, but I guess I’m safe here given that I don’t really write ponyfic anymore.  In short: I hope I one day become as self-actualized as my version of Derpy Hooves is by the end of the “Misadventures” series I wrote based around her. (SPOILERS)  That Derpy is really the epitome of what I think a “good person” is: She’s this self-acknowledged failure who isn’t even sure she’s living up to her own potential, and thinks she might be just a little bit selfish.  She keeps making the “right” or “heroic” decisions because she’s always questioning her own motives and has an almost pathological inability to willfully do evil or even to just be cowardly when choosing the easy way out would keep her safe.  Then she comes to this day where she looks at herself reflected as something more perfect than she could ever be in and of herself, and that makes her see the value in being what she already is.

I think that for anyone anywhere, to be able to look at yourself without bravado or self-deception and to see that you have value — not merely because you exist, but because you have earned that evaluation of yourself by what you have done — may well be the best thing there is.

But that is so hard to do honestly, and it’s something you have to be very, very careful about telling yourself.

Why do you write?

That changes every time I sit down to do it, and I think that has something to do with why I do it at all, that I’m trying to understand myself and how I relate to the world around me.  I think I’m looking for some kind of a big picture or “grand unified theory” that may not even exist, but the point is less to find it than to look for it.

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

If you really want to write, learn to love written language.  It doesn’t have to be pompous or send the reader to a dictionary every three sentences, but there is a lilt and flow to the written word that needs to be present in order to make a reader want to slow down and dwell on it long enough to appreciate what you’ve made. 

That’s a tough thing to find, a tough skill to develop, but human beings are storytellers by nature. If you want it, I think you can find it.

What — in addition to the dare mentioned in the story notes — inspired “Sassy Saddles Meets Sasquatch”?

There is a largely forgotten episode of “Dexter’s Laboratory” where Dee Dee meets a sasquatch in the woods.  I just thought it would be amusing to have this garrulous, habitually alliterative character we knew almost nothing about meet essentially the same sasquatch and see how it played out.  I really did not intend for it to go as far as it did, but about two thousand words in, I knew it had gotten away from me, and I had no choice but to finish it.

Do you approach this sort of goofy comedy in a different way than your more character-based stories?

Overall, yes; it’s pretty necessary.  The issue with a story like this is that we don’t know much about Sassy.  She’s appeared in, I think, maybe three episodes, and had only been in one when this was written, if I recall.  We know she alliterates frequently, and we know she’s into fashion and has a fairly strong will. Compare that to Rarity, who is similar at least in the sense of being a fashionista, but has myriad other well-established characteristics, and we see an immediate problem:  Sassy Saddles is only just barely a character at all. In a way, this is more fun, because it means I get to decide who she is, but it’s also more challenging, because it limits what I can do with her before she becomes less a character and more a walking joke.

In the end, I had to latch onto her stubbornness and self-assured nature, and play up her quirk of alliterating frequently to create gags.  I was actually surprised at how sympathetic she ended up being.

Do you find that your music and acting background influences your writing?

Oh, definitely.  Music and its inherent lyricism teach you to make words flow in a succinct, meaningful way, and the whole art of acting comes down to understanding characters; why they do things and how.  There’s certainly more to writing than just those two aspects, but if you have them, you have a couple of very big pieces of the puzzle.

What’s been occupying your time in the years since your last Pony story?

I’ve done some original writing outside the fandom, and had some limited success selling electronic Amazon Kindle copies.  I hesitate to name the title I’ve published because, firstly, I want it to stand on its own merit; secondly, it is dark enough to be inappropriate for some members of this audience; and, thirdly, I’m a bit bogged down in getting the second installment out, and it’s a bit of a personal embarrassment.

I’ve also been in a couple of bands, and I worked at a big-box guitar store as a luthier for awhile.  Most importantly, I finally did find a good, stable relationship with a splendid woman whom I wouldn’t trade for anything or anyone else.  (For those who might wonder, yes, she likes ponies.)

I don’t know if I’ll ever write ponyfic again, but who knows?  As long as there’s a fandom, I might feel the need for that breath of fresh air one day, and sit down to either write something new or continue an old series.

For the moment, though, I don’t write much at all, which is part of why I’ve been so slow on producing the second volume of my original book series.  I’m currently in school to be an aircraft mechanic because I need a stable source of reliable income. Art, writing, and music are great, but they don’t always pay.  That’s just life, and things could be so much worse.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Just that I only even saw the invitation to fill out this interview because I randomly popped into my FimFiction account tonight to reread some of my old stories and really think about some of these exact questions.  So this was good for me; putting words down in print always helps me to understand my own thoughts. Thanks for the opportunity. It’s nice to know a few people are still reading these little stories I’ve left floating around in the collective consciousness of this fandom.

You can read Sassy Saddles Meets Sasquatch 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 ( 16 )

Think about this. Big Foot is a Wookie

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Actually, during the filming of Star Wars, they had to give Peter Mayhew security so people wouldn't think he was Bigfoot and try to shoot him.

5235002
Ha ha ha. Really?! That both funny and slightly conserning

I have you blocked, how are you bypassing that?

5235542
This is a site post, and also, why would you ever block PresentPerfect?

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer

5235542
Please go to your feed and turn off social posts if you do not wish to see these posts.

Of course, if you've blocked me, you probably can't see this post, so good luck.

5235905
Thank you for letting me know, I wasn’t aware that was a feature. In all my years on this site, I’d never knew about that.

5235867
I’m not blocking him because I don’t like them, I only just discovered “site posts” after all these years.

5235905
Blocks don't hide other people, just make it so they can't comment on your stuff. You can still interact elsewhere.

This was great, exactly the sort of overlooked gem I love the Royal Library for highlighting. I hope the author does come back one day. Thanks!

Hah, that was a fun read.

Is there a way to turn off site blogs from notifications?

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer

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You can turn off social site blogs in your feed, there's a setting right at the top under 'View'.

You cannot turn off blogs about important, site-related things, however, that people like knighty post.

Hang on a sec. This is the first time I've noticed this! Doesn't that sasquatch pic have a set of boobs? Did someone photo manip the original? :duck:

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer

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That's the original Bigfoot image.

5259450
Holy crap! The he was a she all along? Man boobs?

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