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Blog Posts49

  • 1w, 10h
    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!

    Sincerely,

    GentlemanJ

    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 · 291 views
  • 2w, 2d
    And For the Piece de Resistance...

    6 comments · 165 views
  • 5w, 1d
    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!

    Sincerely,

    GentlemanJ

    32 comments · 296 views
  • 12w, 3d
    "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?

    "BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!"

                                            -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.

    "[DEAR READERS]! PREPARE FOR GLORY!"

                                            -King Leonidas, 300

    Sincerely, and at most 2 weeks away,

    GentlemanJ

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

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  • 22w, 4d
    Art, Audio, and Au Revoirs

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This story is a sequel to When the Man Comes Around

The fifth story in The Journey of Graves.

A week has passed since the ill-fated events in Rarity's boutique. The encounter has left a deep impression on Graves as he grows colder and more distant than ever before. Rarity, feeling responsible, wants desperately to make amends, but the multitude of fears and worries plaguing her have made this next to impossible. Even with the help of their friends, it's going to take a miracle to untangle this knot.

First Published
13th Apr 2012
Last Modified
6th May 2012
#1 · 136w, 4d ago · 2 · · Chapter 1 ·

I love this series:yay:

#2 · 136w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

#3 · 136w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Wait.....fifth? I MISSED THE FORTH?!

*Passed out*

My good sir, have a gif.

#4 · 136w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Nice..I can't wait for more!!!!!

#5 · 136w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Short but as usual it is excellent!

#6 · 136w, 4d ago · 1 · · Chapter 1 ·

It's 11:30 at night here, I hope you realize I almost woke up my dad when I saw that the next portion of this series had been posted. I can honestly say that... I fucking LOVE this series!

#7 · 136w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Ha! I'm liking these a fair bit... Though the name, his appearance/mental image 'I get anyway' I can't help but be reminded of the hero Graves, from League of Legends...

Anyway prolly overthinking things, or really out of it, damn ponies drive me to insomnia.... Really loving the series though either way.

#8 · 136w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Saw this and decided to read the whole series.

Extremely well done. I can't wait for the next chapter!

Good job by the way.

:moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache: (well deserved mustaches)

#9 · 136w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

This...This was created by GOD :raritystarry:

:heart: LOVE THIS :heart:

#10 · 136w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

>>450820>>450646>>450628>>450272>>450063>>450003>>450001>>449406>>449397

(Hope this works...)

Thought it'd be tacky to have 9 comments from myself in a row, so I'mma just do this and let you know that I love you all. Thanks for all the gifs, moustaches, hearts, and encouragements, and of course, unintelligible yelling (I'm looking at you, grey conscience :rainbowlaugh:). You guys (and girls) rock! Thanks!

#11 · 136w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

>>450628

Actually got a good bit of inspiration from him (good eye!). Think that, de-age him about 20 years, and it should actually be pretty close.

#12 · 136w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

>>451985 Not a problem in the slightest my friend, only reason I didn't finish the first 4 in one night was cause I was up till 3 a.m. reading em. :rainbowkiss:

#13 · 136w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Aaaaand now I'm call caught up.

Alas, Graves comes face to face with the veteran's challenge = Being with normal people.

#14 · 136w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

>>451985 By Celestia's mane, if any of us here make it big, we are all gonna MAKE them read your stories! :pinkiecrazy: ( Btw, New account, past one was EmeraldBlaze...oh well, one extra watching.:ajsmug: )

#15 · 136w, 2d ago · 1 · 4 · Chapter 1 ·

Ah another example of the stereotypical masculine behavior, not deal with ones emotions. Honestly he is keeping it all in, as society dictates a mascuine male should do with his emotions other then anger or such, and now he is only causing himself more pain. Honestly if he would just be more open with his feelings and talk about things he would come to realize that it is not as bad as it seems.

*shrugs with a sigh* Honestly, and one wonders why most crimes are caused by men. Its because they were raised in a society that made them think that aggression and domanince over everything is the only way to be masculine and also made them emotionally repressed. Really when you think about it most male crimes are the product of society's stereotypical view on things.

#16 · 136w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

Good, good, shorter the the others but still good

For your hard work, you deserve a Derpy so here you go :derpytongue2:

#17 · 136w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

All good so far!

keep up the good work my dear sir! :moustache:

#18 · 136w, 14h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

:derpytongue2: CAMIO :derpytongue2: I FREAKING LOVE THIS :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: FIVE OUT FIVE LIKE ALLWAYS :heart:

#19 · 136w, 14h ago · 1 · · Chapter 3 ·

Please don't tell me I'm the only one here who wanted to see those annoying diamond dogs jet shot between the eyes and knocked out for a couple of hours!

If it is just me I'll.....well........ enjoy my own little violent imagination and extra scene for this story :pinkiecrazy:

#20 · 136w, 13h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

Any good writing software you guys use to write these storys? Got a plan but not good writing tools. Any suggestions?

#21 · 136w, 13h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>465761

I just use Microsoft Word. Set to no spacing with a left indent and just learn to use type brackets for bold, centering, italics, etc. Works for me.

#22 · 136w, 12h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>465893 Thanks! now I only need to get it

#23 · 136w, 12h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

Damnit Twilight! & yeah >>465633 I definitely want to see that as well, so whatever!

Looking forward to next update!

#24 · 136w, 12h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

.....ooooooh boy.....Twilight.....you really need to plan for weather....but then again maybe bad weather will help.....maybe.....

#25 · 136w, 10h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

"He’s won’t be a bother, will he Rarity?”

I believe he's should be a he.

On another note, SH*T IS GOING DOWN NEXT CHAPTER!!

Can't wait.

#26 · 136w, 9h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>466448

Duly noted and adjusted: much appreciated! :twilightsmile:

#27 · 136w, 8h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

a storm be brewin'... literally

#28 · 136w, 8h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>465893

If you ever lose Microsoft Words

Get this ---> Openoffice, free and like million times better than MS heh. Good chapter by the way.

#29 · 136w, 6h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>466930

Thanks! Was it good enough to get you to watch me? (I'm shameless when it comes to that):pinkiehappy:

#30 · 135w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

Shits about to go down.

#31 · 135w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>466877

Why didn't I think of that...?

#32 · 135w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>471230 because I said that in a different story

#33 · 135w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

I can't belive it, Your series is the best one i've read and still you don't get the good attention you deserves, Those how havn't read this is missing out on some damn good fiction. :derpytongue2: Always five out of five :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: and five out of five :moustache: :moustache: :moustache: :moustache:  :moustache:

#34 · 135w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

>>475640

And as always, your words fill my heart with sunshine all the while. :pinkiehappy: You sir, are a true gentleman, and I tip my hat to you.:moustache:

#35 · 135w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

I love this fic. :pinkiehappy:

Okay, there are humans. Okay, the protagonist is a little stereotyped.

This is a simple story, there aren't vulgarities, useless violence and logical mistakes.

So... I love this fic. :moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache:

(Sorry for my poor english :derpyderp1:)

#36 · 135w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

>>475710

Hey man, it's all good, and glad you're enjoying it! Have you started from the beginning of the series?

#37 · 135w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

>>475829

Yes... I read all :scootangel:

My favorites are Trouble Meets Disaster and Two Kinds of Complications :moustache:

#38 · 135w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

>>475944

Nice! If you have any feedback, comments, or suggestions on what you liked, how I could improve, and so on, please send me a message. Thanks!

#39 · 135w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

Think you can give us a picture of what these things look like? Be nice.

#40 · 135w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

>>476302

All in due time, my friend. All in due time. :raritywink:

#41 · 135w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

I've gotta admit, I usualy utterly dispise humanised fics "HIE aside" but I do really like this series, I was just wondering earlyer today when this was gonna update again & another good chapter. Though what the hay is a Skullpion?

#42 · 135w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

This story is great but its really sad to see It go without recognition but I hope you continue this story as many of these ideas are inspired. I especially love the spell guns does that mean in the normal universe he's a unicorn? Anyway great story great writing and a awesome writer good job

#43 · 135w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

>>476513

I usually update every two to three days so I have time to work on new installments. Just posted one today, and I'm hoping to post again Sunday. As for skullpions, they'll be revealed in the next chapter. :raritywink:

Oh yeah. Thanks for giving my stories a chance! I know a lot of people don't like humanized fics, which may be why my story is fairly low profile. I was wondering: what don't you like about them in general, and what makes mine different? Any feedback is greatly appreciated. :twilightsmile:

#44 · 135w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

>>476558 Yup. Graves would be a unicorn. Actually one of the reasons why I humanized it: really wanted the spell gun idea, and it just didn't seem to work as ponies, among other things (like the necessity for clothes, for example).

And not gonna lie, low views make me sad, but people like you make me very, very happy indeed. I still have plenty of ideas, and I intend to put them all down in print: thanks for the support and hope you keep enjoying! :twilightsmile:

#45 · 135w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

>>477548 Ah but of cource, I mean absolutely no disrespect. But sometimes authors will do totaly random things making the charactors act crazy "Which I'm guilty of, not very good writer" but the reason I don't usualy like it is because it's usualy like "Okay! This is a MLP fic everyone still has their names but Twilight is a pegasus & Fluttershy is now assertive & Rarity is now a hobo" Becomes something totally different then what it is based off of.

Though I really did/do like this story '& the series' after I read it. Though I'm curious what he would look like as a pony, are there any sketches or anything of him? Human or otherwise, cause I cant stop picturing him like the "Graves" from League of legends... Sorry! I tend to go on.

#46 · 135w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

>>477580 No disrespect taken! :rainbowlaugh: True, people have bashed my stories for being humanized, but I appreciate your comment. The only reason I did it was because there were a few elements I really wanted to put in (like the spell gun, flexibility with clothing, etc.), that just didn't work as ponies. I try to stay true to the characters, so the only real difference it makes in my writing is saying "person" instead of "pony", "hands" instead of "hooves," and so on.

Actually, Graves from LoL isn't a bad comparison: I actually based the marshal's uniform off of his (though this Graves never wears it). De-age him to his early 20's, give him grey eyes, and it's a pretty fair comparison. As for pics, I'm a horrible, horrible artist, so I can't draw them myself. If I can find a good artist, hopefully I can commission some work. Keeping my fingers crossed! :twilightsmile:

#47 · 135w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

>>477602

The humanization is probably one of the main reasons I like it. Personality is the most important aspect anyway and humanizing does make the story flow easier.

#48 · 135w, 3d ago · 1 · · Chapter 4 ·

Awesome chapter, and don't worry about the views you're giving the people who read it a wonderful story. :pinkiehappy:

#49 · 135w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 5 ·

what kind of chimera?

#50 · 135w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 5 ·

So that was what he fought in the beginning of the story. Clever J, clever. :derpytongue2:

Can't wait for more :heart:

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