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Blog Posts49

  • Tuesday
    A Prime Example of What Not to Do

    Good day, good day to all. It has been an interesting day and so, I thought I'd share a little story.

    This afternoon, I got an intriguing message from one reader named Smoker. Despite the fact that his by "no means its biggest fan - it has its share of flaws, no offense -" (direct quote, as is basically everything else), he wanted to write a sequel to The Journey of Graves. At the same time, I noticed that he'd left some comments on A Long, Winding Road. Naturally, I figured I'd give it a look and see what he had to say about the story.

    For ducks sake have these bitches heard of common sense.

    Hmm... interesting opening comment. But maybe his later comments get better.

    I have To say after last chapter, this one just seems like the author is desperately trying not to make graves seem over powered. And he falls miserably.

    Okay, so I'm a failure of a writer? Well that's... interesting. What else?

    This is quite possibly the most stupidly overpowered mary sue I have ever encountered in my entire life.

    ... Yeah, I'm not following anymore. But more there is.

    At the very least, there is a tiny little silver lining: Rarity actually grows a brain cell and decides NOT to go on her suicide mission to find him. Point to Rarity.


    Wait, no, just read the last bit of the story. She's fucking stupid as hell after all. Two points from Rarity house.

    Alright, now he's dissing the marshal's girl. That isn't gonna end well and indeed, it doesn't, for you see, his last comment was:

    Not - not even humoring us.

    fuck it. i'm done.

    Well, what to do, what to do? I'm usually pleased as punch about having a reader want to do work based on The Journey, but this? This was just not cool. Considering he doesn't even understand what I'm trying to write here, let alone appreciate it, meant that obviously, I had to deny his request in the absolute. His response?

    ...and developed characters i've seen more well developed characters on the back of a cereal box you think this is good writing this is just malignant tripe you send form letters to everyone who comments on your stories as an attempt to whore yourself out and get more followers what is this bullshit none of it makes sense.

    Ladies and gentlemen, as I have stated in the title, this is a prime example of what you don't want to do. First, don't ask to write a sequel after posting horrendously mean spirited remarks. Second, when you're predictably refused, don't throw a hissy fit. I mean, seriously, "malignant tripe?" And calling me a whore? Though I don't need to defend myself, I figure I should explain. Yes, I do sent out letters to commentors, favoriters, and the like because I happen to love people who read my stories. Also, I always figure that a personal invitation to join in is a nice little touch, especially since if it happens, people can keep up with my stories more easily and I can grow The Journey community a little more. Everybody wins! Why Smoker considers this "bullshit none of it makes sense" is truly beyond me.

    Now, some of you may be asking why I'm making a post about this. Because a gentleman always defends his honor and the honor of those in his care, wot wot! But really, I did it I want to make it clear that I will not stand for this sort of behavior. Am I salty about it? About as much as saltwater taffy, I suppose. These sorts of comments do irk me a bit (after all, nobody likes being called a whore), but on the bright side, they also makes me really grateful for the people who do understand.

    I may have to deal with hecklers like Smoker, but I've gotten to meet infinitely more wonderful people. There are the artists like The Reanimator (creator of Journey's End artwork) and Captain Pudge Muffin (creator of Untangling the Knot artwork), MrBackPack, the editor who helped me get my start, Intrapulation the YouTuber, the remaining anonymous reader who sent me The Definition of Worth letter, Valient Bug, the first person to ever follow me who is still following The Journey to this very day, and so many more. I could go on (and I will at a later date), but I just realized it's funny how a bad egg can make you count all the blessings you really have.

    So yeah, all in all, I guess that not even the greatest communities can keep out the trolls (reference intended), but it really doesn't matter. What's important is that I say thanks to all the readers who continue to enjoy The Journey. Hope you get a chuckle out of this message and know that I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Adieu!



    P.S. New chapter comes out tomorrow, 6:30 Eastern. I think that'll be the standard time for all posts unless people want a different time? Let me know!

    34 comments · 284 views
  • 2w, 22h
    And For the Piece de Resistance...

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  • 5w, 7h
    Consider, If You Will...

    H'okay folks, here's a question for ya.

    So reader Coolbauch sends me a message with two very interesting things. One, that the Rarity Graves pairing, in traditional portmanteu methodology, should thus be known as "Gravity." I personally think that's just the bee's knees and wanted to see what you all thought of it.

    Second, he made a rather interesting proposition. What if, and I do stress IF, Graves and Rarity weren't the couple? What if Graves were wooed by some other lucky lady instead? I have to say, I really like this idea, not because Gravity isn't the best pairing in the universe because it is, but because it sounds fun. As such, I was considering writing a one shot about a potential, budding romance between Graves and another.

    And thus, dear readers, I turn to you. Which pairing do you like the best? This can be Mane 6 OR ANOTHER PONY! GASP! SUCH VARIETY! Also, what sort of situation might emerge? At what point in the series would this alternative dimension occur?  In this message, the wonderful Coolbauch also included examples of various likely scenarios, but I would also like your opinions on the subject. Thus, if you would oblige me by sending in your preferences below, I might just have a nifty little side project to start.

    As always, thanks for reading and hope to hear all sorts of scandalous suggestions soon!



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  • 12w, 1d
    "I HAVE RETURNED," quoth the Protoss Dragoon

    Ladies and Gentlemen!

    "Finally, after an eternity away from you all, [GentlemanJ] is back!"

                                            -Jack of Blades, Fable

    What can I say? I was working, I was international, I was dealing with enough unexpected drama to make Calculon cry foul. But after a whole lot of writing, rewriting, revisions and additions, I am finally ready to get back to posting. Probably.

    So here's the deal. School starts next week and since I don't foresee it being a major issue, I will in all likelihood be able to start posting by week's end. That's Saturday, September 6 at the usual 6-7 PM Eastern time slot I usually do, for all ye who are less than temporally inclined. However, it may end up that I will have to postpone one week to make sure that my posts are up to the quality you all deserve. After all, I figure that since I've been so egregiously delayed, what's one more week in the grand scheme of things?


                                            -Billy Mays

    Now, a lot of you are no doubt wondering why I've taken so long off. Well, dear readers, that's because I have been working on a narrative of grand and epic proportions. Of course, it's easy to say that when I'm judging my own works, so what does that mean for you? Since I am kind and merciful, I will tell you:

    Over. Forty. Complete. Chapters.

    That's right. You thought A Long, Winding Road was intense? I'm about to lay down the hammer on you suckers! This is going to be by far the longest, most ambitious arc I've ever done and once I start posting, there will literally be one week of hiatus at most in that gigantic deluge of adventure smacks you upside the face like a blue fin tuna in class five hurricane! I know it's been a long time in coming, but it's been necessary in order to give you my greatest and most complext work to date.

    To those who've been patiently waiting, I ask for you patience for just a week or so longer. Go back and reread the series. Freshen up on your Journey lore because I promise you, once this train leaves the station, there will be no more stops.


                                            -King Leonidas, 300

    Sincerely, and at most 2 weeks away,


    P.S. More readings by Intrapulation available here. Or at least a dramatic interlude. Close enough.

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  • 22w, 3d
    Art, Audio, and Au Revoirs

    1 comments · 368 views
  • ...

This story is a sequel to When the Man Comes Around

The fourth story in The Journey of Graves.

After their little trolling adventure, Sweetie Belle has decided that Graves would make a great big brother. Of course adoption's out of the question (after all, parents always say no), so that just means the Cutie Mark Crusaders will have to get creative.

Meanwhile, Rarity has taken an interest in Graves for completely different reasons. Just what does the prettiest girl in Ponyville see in the gruff, stern faced soldier? He has no idea and frankly, isn't sure he wants to find out.

First Published
26th Mar 2012
Last Modified
7th Apr 2012
#1 · 138w, 6d ago · 4 · · Chapter 1 ·

I don't know how you do it, but you continue to draw me into this world, this version of Equestria that you've created, forcing me to read perfectly created characters that are completely believable and relatable.

I f-ing love this series.  


#2 · 138w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

:yay: I love your stories.

#3 · 138w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·


And I love you! :raritywink: Seriously, with comments like that, even if you were the only person reading, I'd still keep writing. Thanks so much! :twilightblush:

#4 · 138w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·


And you are spectacular: thanks for all the love and being so awesome! :rainbowkiss:

#5 · 138w, 6d ago · 1 · · Chapter 1 ·

Shame this isn't a more popular series. I guess people can't get past the fact that they are humans rather than ponies but you still get their personality down pretty well. Fun to read. Keep up the great work.

#6 · 138w, 6d ago · 1 · · Chapter 1 ·

You are a writing god...

#7 · 138w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·


Ee-yup. One person downvoted my story just because I humanized them (I don't know if he actually read the whole story):fluttershyouch:

Still, as long as people like you enjoy it, I'mma keep it up. Thanks!:scootangel:

#8 · 138w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·


Aw, shuck, I ain't that special. Just a brony who likes him a good ol' fashioned story. Ee-yup.:eeyup:

Thanks for the love: hope you enjoy the rest!

#9 · 138w, 5d ago · 1 · · Chapter 1 ·

I've read all of your series of "The Journey of Graves" in one hole day and I must say... IM IN LOVE WITH THIS SERIES, keep the chapters roling

#10 · 138w, 5d ago · 3 · · Chapter 2 ·

This series, not matter what, makes me smile whenever I read it...

... or re-read it

#11 · 138w, 5d ago · 1 · · Chapter 2 ·

Keep it coming, mate! This series is gold!

#12 · 138w, 5d ago · 1 · · Chapter 2 ·


In that case, I'll keep mining. Lolz! :rainbowlaugh:

#13 · 138w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·


In that case, just call me Pinkie Pie. :pinkiehappy:

#14 · 138w, 5d ago · 1 · · Chapter 2 ·

Words can not express my love for this

Dont stop Believin me friend

#15 · 138w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·


Don't worry: I'll hold on to that feelin' :rainbowkiss:

#16 · 138w, 4d ago · 1 · · Chapter 2 ·


Keep dat flow goin'. :rainbowdetermined2:

#17 · 138w, 4d ago · 1 · · Chapter 1 ·

oh god sweetie bell...

#18 · 138w, 4d ago · 1 · · Chapter 2 ·

read all the other 3 storys in one go, am really liking it.

#19 · 138w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·


This pleases me. This pleases me greatly. :rainbowkiss:

#20 · 138w, 4d ago · 1 · · Chapter 2 ·


Isn't it the worst and best feeling being caught up with a great fanfic?

On one hand, yay, you're reading a great work of writing, enjoying your time with it, and everything. Then, on the other hand, you have to wait for the author to write the next bit and you feel like you're missing something if you aren't reading it.

I heap praise on certain fics every now and then, but I really can't get over how much I've fallen in love with this series, nor can I recommend it enough.

#21 · 138w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·


I know the feel, bro. And oddly enough, it feels the same on the other side.

Hearing people say they like my stories and are waiting for the next chapter makes me just want to say, "screw this, let's post the next one!" Except if I do, not only might they not be as good, I'll quickly run out of stored material which makes later waits even longer. So sad!

But you're a huge encouragement, and as long as I got these hands of mine, rest assured that I'll write as fast as Rainbow Dash flies. Thanks!

#22 · 138w, 4d ago · 1 · · Chapter 2 ·

3 words: Best. Series. Ever.

#23 · 138w, 4d ago · 1 · · Chapter 2 ·


I know, right?

#24 · 138w, 4d ago · 1 · · Chapter 2 ·


Divines Smile on this author.

#25 · 138w, 4d ago · 1 · · Chapter 2 ·

This fic needs MOAR attention. Wont you agree?

#26 · 138w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·


That would be wonderful. If only I could figure out how...

#27 · 138w, 3d ago · 1 · · Chapter 2 ·


I'm advertising this series every time someone asks for a good, light-hearted fic to read.

BTW: Don't change whatever it is that you do for your writing process, its working.

#28 · 138w, 3d ago · 1 · · Chapter 2 ·


#29 · 138w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·


*brohoof* it man. :moustache:

#30 · 138w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

good, good, shorter then the other chapters but hay, anything works for me

#31 · 138w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

well, whatever the CMC plan its gona become a diaster.

#32 · 138w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·


Eeyup it pretty much does


#33 · 138w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

Short but entertaining.

#34 · 138w, 23h ago · 2 · · Chapter 4 ·

"...tie them up, and if need be… give them a bath.”

I like where this is going.

#35 · 138w, 22h ago · 1 · · Chapter 4 ·

I love this, keep it up

#36 · 138w, 22h ago · 1 · · Chapter 4 ·

I'm sensing somthing bad happened to his other 4 compadres

#37 · 138w, 20h ago · · · Chapter 4 ·


The force is strong in this one. Perhaps I'll even tell that story one day. :raritywink:

#38 · 138w, 18h ago · 1 · · Chapter 4 ·

I'm going to comment more heavily on this in the big batch of notes that I'll compile for you in a couple of days, but I wanted to mention this: You have an excellent talent for world building. Not only have you sucked in several loyal readers, but you have built and altered Equestria in such a way that it still feels very true to the show while still making it very much yours.

Personally I want to know more about Grave's medals than anything, you've foreshadowed that Grave's companions were killed or put out of action just by the little you have of them here and I don't think that you really need to elaborate on that further until/unless a deeper relationship forms between Graves and Rarity, or any of the 'Mane 6.'

As always, can't wait for more.

#39 · 138w, 17h ago · 1 · · Chapter 4 ·


Hoo, lordy, I'm glad you caught onto that! :pinkiehappy: I don't want to say too much and spoil the surprise, but let's just say that all the thinks you want to find out about will come back at some point later on.

Also, I'm really glad that you like the world. It's taken me a lot of time to establish it because I want it to be a foundation for everything that grows from it, especially the relationships. I've been taking those really slow because I want to properly nurture them, let them take root and really blossom. But then again, I guess it's good because that means I'll have to write more, eh? :twilightsmile:

As always, thanks for the support and the feedback: you rock socks off!

#40 · 137w, 6d ago · 1 · · Chapter 5 ·

His pride is no dead, R.I.P Grave's manhood

#41 · 137w, 5d ago · 1 · · Chapter 5 ·

Wow... That's a lot of world building that you have going on here.

I really hope that you're going to put Rarity and Graves together, in someway, they're such an interesting couple.

I working on that batch of notes for you, is there anything in particular that you want me to look at?

#42 · 137w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 5 · donut  part

#43 · 137w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 5 ·


A good relationship's like fine wine: there has to be good base ingredients that are aged properly in order to bring out a rich, complex bouquet. As for what happens to Rarity and Graves, well... let's just wait and see. :twilightsmile:

Nothing specific. Just anything you liked that I should keep doing, flaws I could fix, and suggestions on what could be different. Any kind of constructive criticism is appreciated. :pinkiehappy:

#44 · 137w, 5d ago · 1 · · Chapter 5 ·

Poor bastard.

But I guess Rarity has been taking tips from Celestia. :trollestia:

#45 · 137w, 5d ago · 5 · · Chapter 5 ·

Graves Y U NO secure with masculinity?

#46 · 137w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 5 ·


For any little gramatical or wording errors that I find, I'm going to comment on the specific chapter and keep the minor things out of the notes.

#47 · 137w, 4d ago · 1 · · Chapter 6 ·

I LOVE IT!!!! Next chapter will get funnier i guess. Keep on rolling my friend

#48 · 137w, 4d ago · 5 · · Chapter 6 ·

and then they found out Tom had a son

#49 · 137w, 4d ago · 1 · · Chapter 6 ·

rock turtles!?:pinkiegasp: I must have one.

#50 · 137w, 3d ago · 1 · · Chapter 6 ·


The rock turtle: illegitimate child of Tom and his mistress, Senora Shells. Theirs was a love that simply could not be.

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