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  • 48w, 6d
    Meyers Briggs Personality Type

    So I was going over my characterization notes and I found some interesting stuff I'd done based on personality type  testing.  I actually use the Meyers Briggs test to get a better feel on the kind of people I'm writing about.  Nothing set in stone mind you, people tend to be more complex than a personality test, but as a definite guideline.  

    For one thing, the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator is very useful for avoiding creating characters that are too much like yourself.  No author can avoid putting pieces of themselves into their characters, but the MBTI is useful for avoiding certain common pitfalls, AND for keeping your characters in character and consistent.

    So here are my questions:

    Using the Meyers Briggs Personality Test, what personality type is Marshall?

    What personality type is Twilight Sparkle?

    Bear in mind that I actually took a Meyers Briggs Personality Test for Marshall, answering as he would.  Twilight's MBTI has been debated considerably on MLP forums.  I know what Marshall's personality type is most likely according to my notes and gathered data, but I'm curious as to what you guys think.

    Here's a free MBTI test that I've found is relatively reliable.  MBTI

    For the record, my own MBTI result is INTJ.

    Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging


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  • 49w, 4d

    This apology/explanation is lifted pretty much verbatim from a comment about one of my comments in reply to a readers comment (wow, that's confusing) about the lyric removal from the story.  Since sometimes comment updates on certain chapters don't send out notifications, I am posting this in my blog in the hopes that the reader in question will see it.

    It can also serve as a general apology to anyone who's feathers have been ruffled over the lyric removal, my reasoning behind doing so, and my general stance on it.  I hope this clarifies my position somewhat.  The full conversation (which is only about three posts long) is the most current comments in the comments section.  For the record, I don't know if this hurt any feelings, but I realized after I posted it how it could have been taken, and I felt bad about that, so I'm apologizing preemptively for any terseness on my part.

    >>3619635 After reading my comment, I realized that it comes across as pretty cranky, and for that, I apologize.  It's difficult to remember sometimes that other people viewing the story don't have the same context that I do.  Every comment made, every change in status, I know about it, and I pay attention to it.  I'm kind of an attention whore that way.  You don't have that luxury and being short with you for mentioning what is a perfectly valid concern is not cool.

    So for that, I am sorry.

    However, I DO want to elaborate on my feelings here.  Quantum Castaways is a living document.  I am constantly making changes, revising, correcting, attempting to tighten it up.  Usually nothing more than correcting spelling errors, or grammar errors as they are pointed out to me, sometimes fixing awkward phrasing.  For the most part, a reader will never notice, as the story doesn't change appreciably from one version to the next.  

    The point I'm making here is that QC is alive to me.  It is more or less on my thoughts, at the very least at a low level, most of the day.  I'm always considering ways to make it a better story, or plotting out future material.  At the same time, is the host for this story, and by posting the story on their website, I tacitly and in some cases explicitly agreed to certain rules and regulations.  I am not sure if the lyric removal terms were added after I joined, or if I simply didn't read the terms and conditions well enough, but it simply doesn't matter.  One of the terms and conditions is that those terms and conditions can change without even a by your leave from me.  In any case, Quantum Castaways was directly in violation of those terms and conditions which I agreed to when I posted the story to the website.  

    So... I had no choice.  I HAD to remove them, or the administrators would have been perfectly within their rights to delete my content and or ban me from using the website.  I am not saying they threatened this, or even that it would have happened.  I acted proactively when I became aware that I was in violation of site rules, because I AGREED to those rules, end of story.  My only recourse would have been to remove all of my content from the website altogether.  I considered this, but ultimately decided that the only people that would really hurt or affect would be the fans of the story, and I'm not out to punish anyone, or protest anything.

    That being said, on the other hand, no, I am NOT happy about it.  Remember what I said about QC being a living document?  Well to my eyes, what I did was tantamount to an amputation.  In effect, I removed a (to my eyes) vital part of the story in order to save the story from any repercussions under the current site rules.  What other people do with their stories is their business.  Whether this rule is being strictly enforced is immaterial.  The rule COULD be enforced, and I would be in the wrong in such a situation.  That's how rules work.

    But I am NOT happy about it.  I know that the lyrics in the story thing are a mixed bag for my readers.  Some people are indifferent, some people hated them, absolutely detested that I did that with the story, and are glad they are gone.  Some people are sad to see them go, felt that they really added to the experience.

    As previously stated, I fall into the sad category.  This also came at a particularly bad time for me, in terms of personal hardship.  Looking for work, dealing with unemployment, with the holidays coming up making ALL of that harder, and then having to deal with THIS?  I'm not a happy camper.

    So I hope this explains a bit of my attitude about it.  Again, I am sorry if I snapped at you.  You didn't deserve it, and I apologize.

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  • 55w, 13h
    Terms and Conditions: Lyrics Removal

    Well, after looking over the site rules, and the recent posts by the mods, I've decided, with very heavy heart, to remove the lyrics where they appear in the story.  The mods decision is... well, I don't agree with it, but I agreed to follow their terms and conditions when I signed up for this site, so I have moved to comply.  I want to stress that at no point has a moderator told me to remove the copyrighted song lyric material from the story... this was a move I made so that no warning or action is necessary on the mods when they enforce this rule.  

    It... really hurts to do it though.  Lyrics to start a chapter have been a tradition for me since I started writing fanfiction, waaay back in 2001.  

    So as a compromise of sorts, I have left links to offsite music videos on youtube, since there doesn't appear to be any rule against that.  Further, in some places, parts of the lyrics absolutely couldn't be removed and maintain the integrity of the story, but I cut it down to the bare minimum.  I believe a line or two in this behemoth of a story isn't beyond the pale, but if I am told to take them all out by a mod, I will comply.

    I just... well... I'm not happy, but rules are rules.

    27 comments · 507 views
  • 55w, 21h
    Quantum State: A Letter of Appreciation

    Several of you, mere hours from the post of my blog about the state of Dusttraveller land, offered sympathies and even offerings of donations.  I am deeply touched at the gesture, folks.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you all very much.  However, ethically speaking, I can't accept donations from you.  As a writer of fanfiction, it would be immoral of me to profit off of someone else's intellectual property.  Writing fanfiction for no profit skirts the edge of the moral conundrum enough as it is.

    I want to stress that I deeply appreciate the offers, I really do.  I'm not going to stop writing QC, I just need to get off my ass and do it.  It isn't just looking for a job, it's... also the depression and stress that comes from HAVING to look for work, you know?  A donation like this would certainly help my current situation, but it doesn't alleviate the long term issue.  So accepting money from you all wouldn't be right.

    But again, thank you so much.  Really.  I choked up a little bit from the offers.  You are the best fans... friends, that anyone could ask for.

    20 comments · 405 views
  • 55w, 23h
    Quantum State

    I've gotten numerous requests for updates as to the state of the story, enough so that I decided it was time to give you my reasoning for the silence.  Folks, I'm unemployed, living hand to mouth and looking for a job.  What little free time I have, I split between friends, hobbies, and some small amount of writing when I have time.

    I do not have any plans to leave the story unfinished, I AM writing the next chapter, but I don't have enough at the moment to report any progress, nor do have any set release date planned, so my silence was more a matter of, I'll let you know when I have something to report, not I'm done with this story.

    So.... I'm not dead, and I haven't abandoned the story?

    That probably isn't the update you're looking for, but... well, unless you've got a significant source of income for me, updates are gonna be kinda slow, folks.  I got's bills to pay.

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  • ...

Twilight Sparkle wakes up one morning to a harsh dose of unreality.  She is stranded, without her friends, on an island which matches no known locale on Equestria.   Surrounded and harried on all sides by the alien and the dangerous, she will find her mettle sorely tested, and find perhaps that the best friends you will ever have in your life are the ones you make when your back is to the wall...

Thanks to CedricBale and noobie56xx for tracking down the name of the artist so I could give them credit.

First Published
22nd May 2012
Last Modified
15th Jun 2013

Good Start, Looking forward to more!

Well written. No mistakes jumped out at me, and it drew me in pretty well. Can't wait to see more of this. I'll be watching this. :twilightsmile:

An excellent start to a fanfic.  Can't really think of much else to say at this point.  :pinkiehappy:

Favorited, liked, and everything else. Great start, great world building, great reactions, great characterization, great OC, great grammar, great vocabulary, great setting, and a great need to read more of this. I require more of it. Immediately.

This was, truly, brilliant.  I look forward to reading more!

This is looking great. Definitely tracking. This human you've introduced seems pretty interesting. Two things that bugged me, though. For one, I don't like how you took 2 paragraphs to explain what was going through Twilight's mind between "The realization struck just a tad too late" and then the description of what actually happened. Felt sloppy to break up the action like that. Also, if this is being told in Twilight's perspective, I don't like real world comparisons being thrown in (like when you compared her panicking to the Incredible Hulk). It just feels out of place.

Nice, It's pretty well done. I especially like how you added in a sort of calm/analytical narrative, like me. Or Twilight, in this case.

>>628935 Heh, yeah, I kinda agree with you there.  I agonized about both points internally to a great degree actually, it's gratifying that I didn't do so needlessly.  I also feel that the action of the trap is broken up a bit, but I didn't want it to come across as too trite, if that makes sense?  I was trying to show that smart people do dumb crap from time to time, so people didn't get the impression that Twilight was just, "la da da da da da da oopsie!  Tee Hee!"

But I suppose it comes across as needlessly apologetic.  I'll ponder it a bit, see if there's a better way to handle it.  

As for the Incredible Hulk reference, it's not... actually from Twilight's perspective.  The narrative type is third person omniscient, which means the "narrator" in this case is an outside party privy to all the thoughts and feelings of the characters of the story.  I DO tend to try and avoid breaking character when a character is directly thinking about a situation, but in this case Twi is doing an action (going bugfuck) and the omniscient narrator is describing it in what I had hoped was a humorous fashion, so I figured it was ok.  

I do generally try to keep the narrative voice "in canon" so to speak, but will always err on the side of what I think is funny.  I'm sorry it didn't go over well.

Also thank you very much for your constructive criticism!  

Trackin' and looking forward to more.

>>628935 AHHH I see what the problem is.  

Ok, it does come across as third person limited in this chapter... because I was trying to keep Marshall as alien as possible by not immediately showing his viewpoint...

In that case, my bad?  Still, I stand by my comment.  I will generally try to error on the side of comedy.


Daaaaaaaang, you know Cosmic Castaway? Did you just listen to the song and liked it, or did you watch Titan AE too?

And this is why you dont give Pinkie Pie alcohol. The dimensional barrier will never be the same.

This is amazing:rainbowlaugh:. When he talked about a "crazy island", I instantly thought of Improbable Island.

look it up, it's crazy

Awesome story! Hope there's more soon.

>>629378 Over 30 Sci-Fi nerd, bro.  Titan A.E.?  Naturally.  

Wanna really take a trip back?  How about Explorers?



Unfortunately, I'm not as old as you, heh.

Titan A.E. was one of the earliest movies I watched, so that's probably the furthest extent I have with sci-fi. :ajsleepy:

>>629528 Check out Explorers bro ham.  It's like Goonies in space.

I will be eagerly awaiting more.:scootangel:

One of the best new stories I have read.

Can't wait for more.

Love it so far, i am truley looking foward for the comming chapters.

This... is... AWESOME! That's... really all I have to say; I can't think of anything that looked like it needed criticizing. I really like that you used "sussurus." It's one of my favorite words.

"tree-cum-library" :rainbowhuh:


You're so cute.

Cum = latin for "with"

For instance, if you graduated summa-cum-laude, you graduated "with the highest praise"

Ergo, read as tree-with-library (also tree-which-is-a-library)

Or don't, because in a way that makes it kinda hilarious in it's own right, I suppose.

Well it's a library that comes from a tree, and the books within it are made out of paper (I hope) which is made from trees... so you could say the library is ejaculated from the tree.

>>633170 Sure, that analogy works, if when you experience orgasm pulped pieces of  your insides come out your....

You know what, I'm just gonna stop there.  Ew.

Now THIS is a fascinating concept. Excellent opening, good humor without washing out the scenes with it. Great character building and interaction. Ok I'm on board.

This is shockingly good for a first HiE fic...there's gotta be a catch somewhere. We're going to have to wait forever for the next chapter? Author is an insufferable egotistical ass? Downside of being an editor you get jaded :rainbowlaugh:. Seriously though continue this!


Ok, you got me... um... the catch is... I get really bad gas when I eat mexican food?  I mean, clear a room, dogs whining, gnashing of teeth bad.

Sorry if that ruins your reading experience.  


Didn't ruin the story! I'll get back to you about my lunch though :pinkiesick:.


An Interesting concept, and a very well writen one too boot. Not so much HiE as Human/Equestrian interaction. Reminds me alot of the show Dual Survival, or Lost. I look forward to more. :moustache:

Very good writing, original, good detail and good sized chapter. You sir, are some kind of genius on brain steroids.

Your story promises a lot. I quite enjoy your writing style; you narrate the perfect mix of involvement and disconnect. It'll be quite interesting to see where this goes.

My only regret was that, while I was reading this, I was also going through a bunch of other fics on here; ones that had upwards of five or six chapters. The knowledge of more chapters concerning the other ones blended with my expectations for this one, and by the end I was ready to open the other five chapters of this fic and save them for reading material later at work.

Imagine my surprise.

Well folks, I hope this is clear of errors, because I'm dog tired.  I couldn't seem to let it sit, though.

Hope you enjoy.

I was just rereading chapter one, wishing you would update.  Went to search for stories again, and here is chapter two...

This is beyond strange...

*backs away slowly*


Well, not an unpleasant surprise at least!


Yes that's right Random.  I'm watching you.  I know where you browse the internets and you should be ashamed.

TWILIGHT'S GONE LOCO! :twilightangry2::twilightoops::twilightsmile:


*DustTraveller uses humiliation against RandomEncounter.*



*It's super effective!*

*RandomEncounter faints.*

*DustTraveller gains 491 experience points.*

Titan A.E ! Loved the song.


And this is why is awesome.


By extension, does that mean I am awesome?  :pinkiecrazy:


Yes, Random, it means that very thing.

Cool, I hope you can update it soon enough.

Didn't see anyone else mention it yet, so cover image source:

CosmicUnicorn (previously CrappyUnicorn) is one of my favorite artists on DA. :P

This story is awesome and you should feel awesome!

This is fantastic.:twilightsmile:

heh murder turkey:rainbowlaugh:

can't wait for next chapter

Certainly an intriguing concept. I can't wait to see what happens when the next day dawns.

Write more, and do it  quickly lest I grow bored!

Nicely done. I've seen more than a few human soldier meets ponies and of them all, I'd have to say I like Marshall the best. So many of the others are just assholes, but despite the fact he isn't sure he sane Marshall still acts like a decent human being. Very entertaining story, I'm looking forward to future chapters.

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