Hello, you have reached the blog of Jay Petrequin, writer of Shattered Gemstones for The Pokemon Podcast and many things on Hey Poor Player, as well as actor in the youtube series The House that Built Itself. I am a writer who likes to analyze, snoop, and occasionally default to Wikipedia. This is a blog for updates about my writing, any other projects I might be involved with, and anything interesting that happens in my life.
You know, it’s funny. I decided to revive this blog for writing purposes, but then found myself at a loss as to what I should write about. Well, I think I have something to discuss.
Have you ever started a project, but then halfway along realized you have turned it into something you no longer like? Like you start work on a painting, but then mess up something severely enough that you want to discard the whole thing and start again? You might even start to come up with better versions of the thing you are working on. But you don’t want to just stop. You feel locked into what you’re already working on.
When I started Shattered Gemstones back in 2011, it was something of a reincarnation. I had had the idea in different forms for many years, all centering around the Pokemon world. However, in finally starting to write the narrative, I began to realize an inconvenient truth. It was becoming less and less about Pokemon. This would present no problem had the series not begun its publication online already, and been a season in to boot.
I guess what I’m saying here is that part of the reason Shattered Gemstones has been on a hiatus is not just because of my current preoccupations with school. Of course those preoccupations are certainly present, and I assure you I am only so predisposed out of neccesity. But even before the need for a break became apparent, I had begun having my doubts, and I honestly think this has impacted the quality of my work on the series for some time. Even since the beginning of season 2, perhaps.
I guess I’m really just using this journal to vent about my own creative frustrations. And really, it comes down to a question I would like to ask. Would you, the readers, really be all that devastated if Shattered Gemstones, as it currently is, were to come to an abrupt end? I have reason to believe its fanbase is somewhat small in comparison to that of the rest of The Pokemon Podcast’s material, and while popularity certainly isn’t my sole goal, it sometimes feels like I’m preaching to the choir with my writing. If you have an opinion, I would love to hear it. Make yourself heard, please!
Bringing this blog back as my outlet for all things relating to writing and any other projects I do. If you enjoy Shattered Gemstones, Concept Corner, or my various work on HeyPoorPlayer, follow this one. No swarms of Eva gifsets, I promise. :)
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In 2000 Funkghost released his debut LP “Ultra boogie highlife”. The LP was well received by critics  but failed commercially. Only 20,000 copies were circulated. Ultra-Boogie Highlife is now considered a hard to find Cult Classic. The Album Cover for Ultra-Boogie Highlife features a young and (at the time unknown) Real World alumna Melissa Howard. In early 2009 he formed his own independent imprint “Grand Extravagant Entertainment” and released the single and video “The Way I Rock My Clothes” in February 2009. The song was produced by Symbolyc One ”S1” of Strange Fruit Project Who a year later would go on to Co-Produce Kanye West’s 2010 Single “Power”. “The Way I Rock My Clothes” has been well received by critics and has since garnered mixshow airplay on FM stations across The United States. On July 1, 2009, Funkghost Released The Single and Video for “Vintage Futuristic”. The song was produced by Australian Hip Hop producer M-Phazes. ”Vintage Futuristic” spawned several remixes and again, was well received by critics. On April 19, 2010, Funkghost released the Single and Music Video for “I’m Your DJ”. The song was Produced, Written, Arranged and Performed by Funkghost. Albeit another critical success, ”I’m Your DJ” was not a commercial breakthrough. On Sept. 5, 2010, Funkghost teamed up with Music Video Director Jason Colvin ( who directed his “I’m Your DJ” Music Video) and released a short film to his song “As Long As You Rock”. The song “As Long As You Rock” again was Produced, Written, Arranged and Performed by Funkghost.
So Shattered Gemstones’ first “season” has come to a close, and now I find myself considering the big, obvious question that I’m sure all my readers are asking as well. What happens next?
Let me explain what I mean. Obviously, I have a plan of the overarching story, and (to an extent) have arcs of development for all the characters set up (most specifically in the cases of Damian and Ariana) to flow throughout season 2. However, I find myself in a very different position now than when I was planning out the specifics of season 1, in that this time there’s a lot more room to just have fun with the story.
Season 1 was all about establishment. Introducing our heroes, and giving them conflicts that gave them some more depth. Season 1 was focused on the characters, while season 2 will be largely focused on the new challenges they face as they enter the brave new world that stands before them. Therefore, there will be a lot more to do in season 2.
As things stand now, I easily see season 2 being the longest of my three planned seasons. There is so much world to explore, so many challenges to face, that it will definitely be far more enormous than season 1. What I think will be unique about season 2 is the potential for single-chapter “ministories”, which I guess could be classified as filler episodes. I’m really excited to start exploring how the region has been changed in the five years since it became devoid of all humans. I’m sure there will be many ideas I haven’t even thought of yet!
That’s not to say the characters will take a backseat to their surroundings, by any means. As you may imagine by some of the occurrences in the season 1 finale, some very interesting and, occasionally, explosive things are in store for our heroes as they move on, and many of those things stem from the characters themselves. While a couple characters won’t truly reach a peak until later on, I’m very excited to start writing for the character arcs in season 2, specifically Ariana’s.
On the subject of Ariana and Jacob, the most recent narrators. Ariana will be focused on far more in the early parts of season 2, while Jacob will become essential later on towards the end of the season. Both characters will get more development with their new found narration, of course, but Ariana’s has to come first. Ariana will be facing a lot of conflicts immediately into the beginning of season 2, while Jacob faces his own turning point later on. Besides that, Jacob’s group will be facing less conflict at the get-go than Ariana or Damian. Both characters will have plenty of time to shine, of course, and everyone else will still get plenty of focus as well.
So that pretty much covers it for now. I have a lot of planning to do, and I may try writing one or two unrelated one-shots before season 2 begins. But once Shattered Gemstones resumes, I know you’ll all like what you see, and hope for it to be leaps and bounds better than anything I have written thus far. If you still have yet to start reading Shattered Gemstones, now is a great time to jump in, and I would urge you to do so if you want to.
As always, thanks to all of you for reading. I know I say this a lot, but I still mean it. The fact that at least one person still reads and enjoys my work is all I will ever need to drive myself forward. Thank you, and stay tuned for more news, and see you next season in Shattered Gemstones!