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Well, it's done.

After spending weeks upon weeks updating, tweaking, and changing every single piece of work I have made...

It is done. For the moment, Encyclopedia Wormwood is ready for print. I mean it. I have universalized and tweaked every single aspect of my reports to make them ready for publishing, and if I wanted to, I now could do so without having to touch them again...at least not until the next games come out.

Which now leaves me with an uncertain future...for more than a few reasons.

First, I have some bad news OOC. I've had to take a medical leave from Graduate School.

I don't take the time to say much about my life outside of DeviantArt, but I think an explanation is required for this. For those of you who do not know, I am technically still a Graduate Student in Paleontology on my first year...or at least was. The work was not so difficult to handle it; hell, I think I put up a pretty good face here, but it pales in comparison to what I do in my professional life. But there was a problem...

Grant writing.

For those of you who don't know (and to blatantly honest, that is probably most of you), getting funding for one's thesis work is not easy. Mine, after accounting for all expenses, would have required over $2,200, and I don't have that kind of pocket chance. So, in order to actually conduct my thesis, I have to apply for grants that can provide me money provided I demonstrate to them my skills as a professional scientist. Unfortunately, there is one particular grant, the Mark Diamond Research Fund, which could have provided up to $1,500 for my research, which is a lot more than any other...at the expense of a TON of paperwork. And I don't know about you, but I don't like paperwork. I like work...but not paperwork. You know what I mean.

During the course of trying to prepare all of the materials needed for this grant, I got bogged down with it and so much other university work that I just...well, I became utterly miserable and suffered a slight psychotic break.

So now, I've been spending the last few weeks at home, tirelessly working at my material here just to bury the feeling of utter failure on my medical leave...but now I am stuck with a conundrum because...well, as I said before, I am finished. There is nothing left for me to tweak or adjust.

So now, I pose to you, my friends and allies, a pondering question: Where do I go from here?

I am still going to complete Graduate School, one way or another...but I might have to go somewhere else to do it. I trusted some people at my university with some confidential information that I shared with them in my grief, hoping that they might be able to help me...and instead they betrayed me. I can't express how much that fills me with hate and loathing. I am not exactly the most trusting of individuals when it comes to my personal thoughts, but I thought at this level of education, I could trust another professional with information that I feel is inappropriate to discuss with a shrink (don't get me wrong; I great respect psychiatrists, but nor with really personal thoughts)...and now...

.......Sigh.......I won't say anything further; I don't need to bog you guys down with my problems. I guess I just needed to say that I have been having some problems lately and am trying to find ways of dealing with them...

So, to move on to more relevant topics of discussion here, where do I go with my work now? Right now, I have two main thoughts, but I'm not sure that I have the manpower, technology or funds for either one of them.

The first option is to create a digital copy of my work and maybe try to sell it as something like an e-book. I have been told by several people already that they would love to be able to have a print form of Encyclopedia Wormwood, which in the digital age, actually makes me feel a bit intrigued and proud of my work (and said friends, in the most pleasing way possible). This option sort of means that they would have to waste money to print it all out on their own, but from what I can discern, this has an advantage in that the material can be updated periodically as needed without having to print out another ENTIRE volume set (just the reports that are changed), which is what effectively killed the print version of the Encyclopedia Britannica. But I have no idea how to go about doing this, and would really need some personal help to do it right.

The other option...brace yourselves...is YouTube. I have already discussed this with at least one other person, and I know that it would really be hard to get myself established on YouTube, especially with so many other Pokemon-dedicated specialists out there (namely TamashiiHiroka and TheJWittz), but I think that it would be nice to be able to talk to people about the Pokemon world from the perspective of someone INSIDE of it, not on the outside in the real world. I haven't decided what kinds of things I would do, but right now my biggest ideas are discussing and talking about some of the more controversial topics in the Pokemon world, namely the abuse of Pokemon and extraterrestrial Pokemon (since anyone that has spend a lot of time around me knows I LOVE Kyurem). Unfortunately, while there are plenty of videos out there describing how to make YouTube videos, I really, REALLY do not have the money to afford expensive cameras and whatnot to record videos on. So if this becomes the path to take, it might be really hard for me to even get started...

So, those are the options I have right now. If you all have any other suggestions, I am open to them all.

Things have been depressing for me lately, but I am trying to hang in there; if it were not for everything here at DeviantArt, I don't think I would be able to keep myself together. I think I care too much about all the strife going on in the world, and it creates so much damaging background noise in addition to the stress I am always putting myself under...but at least I have all of you. I know I have said it many times before, but again, thank you all for supporting me all of these years.

The floor is open to discussion; let all suggestions flow freely, for there are no bad ideas here. Let's get started on something new, and who knows; maybe it will finally be my time...out time...to step in the spotlight of some other world and show the Pokemon fandom what we can create from inside the plastic bubble, if you get my drift. :)
  • Mood: Depressed
  • Listening to: Pokemon ORAS Soundtrack
  • Reading: Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
  • Watching: The Daily Show
  • Playing: Pokemon ORAS
  • Eating: The invigorating battlecry of literature
  • Drinking: Milk
Location Name: Secret Meadow
Region: Hoenn
Developed by Humans: No
Permanent Human Occupation: No
Notable Features: None
Special Moniker: None

The Secret Meadow is a small rocky body covered in grass and flowers located just off the edge of Hoenn Route 130 that is effectively isolated from the rest of the Hoenn region and is inaccessible without a Pokémon that can Dive underneath the waves to reach the sole underwater tunnel that connects it the ocean. There is little for most travelers to find here aside from some pretty flowers, but for those that are looking for a great spot for to build their Super Secret Base, there are several hollows in the rocky island that are spacious enough to make the perfect den to sit back and enjoy the breeze in, providing that they are all not occupied at the same time.

Pokémon found here: None

Professor Wormwood
Location Name: Secret Shore
Region: Hoenn
Developed by Humans: No
Permanent Human Occupation: No
Notable Features: None
Special Moniker: None

The Secret Shore is a small rocky body covered in sand and shallow water located just off the edge of Hoenn Route 129 that is effectively isolated from the rest of the Hoenn region and is inaccessible without a Pokémon that can Dive underneath the waves to reach the sole underwater tunnel that connects it the ocean. There is little for most travelers to find here aside from some sandy pits and water to splash around in, but for those that are looking for a great spot for to build their Super Secret Base, there are several hollows in the rocky island that are spacious enough to make the perfect den to sit back and enjoy the breeze in, providing that they are all not occupied at the same time.

Pokémon found here: None

Professor Wormwood
Location Name: Secret Islet
Region: Hoenn
Developed by Humans: No
Permanent Human Occupation: No
Notable Features: None
Special Moniker: None

The Secret Islet is a small sandbar located just off the edge of Hoenn Route 126 that is effectively isolated from the rest of the Hoenn region and is inaccessible without a Pokémon that can Dive underneath the waves to reach the sole underwater tunnel that connects it the ocean. There is little for most travelers to find here aside from a massive tree, but for those that are looking for a great spot for to build their Super Secret Base, the spacious interior of this tree can make it the perfect place to chill out and enjoy the weather, provided that someone else is not currently occupying it.

Pokémon found here: None

Professor Wormwood
I'm breaking character once again to talk about something...and unfortunately, I can't ask for much interactivity on this one (though you are welcome to try). This is a rant...but a deserved one. Some of the things I am going to say might offend some people who don't like to make waves...but if I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times...that sometimes what Game Freak tells us just isn't enough.

I just finished watching a video on the issues of multiple universes in the Pokemon world by The Game Theorists; please watch this before continuing on. If anyone here says anything, I give full rights to the producers of this video for anything and everything they want, and if I get in trouble for posting this without their permission, I sincerely apologize...but I am not a YouTube presence. If they are open to it, though, I  would love to discuss this further with these people...if anyone can get me connections to them. Thousands of people have visited me in my time here; somebody is bound to know somebody. Anyways, here it is:



Now that we have that out of the way, it's time for my rant.

I completely agree with everything in this video. I am not ashamed to say that; as a scientist, I can say that everything here is perfectly sound and does, in fact, pretty much explain everything. So my problem is not with The Game Theorists at all; hell, I respect them a great for what they do. It's comforting to have other scientists out there that are trying to apply real-world science to something that is otherwise not intended to be seen realistically.

What I have a problem with is that this viewpoint, just like many that I have seen, is looking at the Pokemon universe from one direction, namely from the outside in. But that's not what I do.

I look from the inside out. That's what makes my work different, and I really don't think that this side of the coin really gets looked at much at all by serious people.

When we look at video game series like Pokemon, we are tempted to look at things from the outside; we try to take what worlds are given to us and we apply science to them as onlookers from above. These worlds are for us to explore and connect with our own world, and in doing so, we see both of these worlds in a different light. And, as shocking as it might be to some, that's how I originally looked at the Pokemon world when I started writing reports here. For the few that are still here that know me from when I first started, I sucked. My stuff was crap. It's amazing what five years of writing, rewriting, reformatting and revising can do for one's work quality.

I honestly think, though, that my viewpoint switched the moment I started writing my analyses on the 18 Pokemon types. Sure, talking about the Fire-type or the Ice-type is pretty easy for many...but the Ghost-type? The Dark-type? The fricken' Dragon-type!? Do you have any idea how ridiculous those types seem in the context of the real world? Actually, I retract that statement, because if you are a true fan, you know EXACTLY what I am talking about. I had to think differently. I had to think what they could possibly be defined by in a way that seemed realistic but nonetheless fitting for the Pokemon universe. And that's when it happened. I stopped applying science to Pokemon to explain them; I started making them real, and THEN I applied the science to them. I stopped working and thinking in terms of the real world: I started thinking as if I was a part of the actual Pokemon universe...or multiverse, as the case now seems to be.

Anyone that has read my reports on Criminal Organizations also knows this, especially in my recent work on Teams Aqua and Magma. Sure, we could have different universes where one team was the threat and not the other...but then how to explain the opposite scenario? Looking from the outside in, we simply assume that they are different universes and leave it at that. But looking from the inside out...no, that just couldn't work. Even if you knew you were in a parallel universe, you couldn't really know the events that transpired in another universe without going there...and I'll leave it at that. So what did I do? I did the unthinkable: I created a composite universe, an original canon, that includes part of each 'official' canon in order to make one universe out of two. Sure, that seems like it's too easy of a choice, but it's the fairest when you look at both sides of the situation and I think that it preserves the integrity of all stories equally.

So yes, I am sort of denying what Zinnia herself said...and yet I am not. It wasn't until I saw this video that I realized that I have done something more than just bring fair realism to the Pokemon world...I, intentionally or not, created my own canon. One that seems now to be completely broken off of the super-canon that Game Freak is piloting these days. I never sought out this goal. I wanted to do something different here and put my love of Pokemon towards something novel so I could make a few friends. Instead of remaining a hobby, it has snowballed into a career that dominates just as much time in my life as my real career as a graduate student in paleontology...and perhaps even more. I did something, and you all liked it. You kept criticizing and complimenting me on my work, and it drove me to keep on working...and it still very much does. I am thankful for all of you, because...well, you guys have made me someone special. I have never had any close friends, and for the most part, people don't really talk to me about anything other than my school work. But for the last five years, I have had all of you. You guys and girls have made my life feel like it matters outside of my work. Because of you, I have become more than just a fan. I am more than just a writer.

I am Professor Patrick Ray Wormwood, an Official Professor of Pokemon. I even have the business cards to prove it.

And for that reason, I can also say that there is probably no chance of me ever getting my work realistically published. Clearly, my canon and attempts to understands the concrete nature of the Pokemon multiverse are contradictory to those of Game Freak, and the two don't seem all that compatible. But you know what? I don't care. I'm going to keep writing and revising (just as I right now, in fact), and I'm not going to stop until the series is dead or I kick the bucket...whichever comes first. This my my...no, that's not right...

This is OUR canon. Game Freak can say what it wants, and so can everyone else, but there is another side to the Pokemon community. There is a side that doesn't just try to be a part of it; we ARE a part of it. We ARE Pokemon Trainers, Scientists, Athletes, Pokemon Rangers, Professors...this is WHO we are. And regardless of what they say, we can't just give this up when the time comes. We can't grow up. It's too late for us. Our story needs to be heard.

Hmm......well, this didn't turn out to be quite the rant I thought it would. Then again, I guess it's a good thing when an angry rant ends on a more positive note. I can't find anyone outside of here to have a serious conversation with on this subject, so I guess this is the best I can do.

While it might be a but pessimistic, I think that Game Freak is doing all of this because we asked too many questions. We demanded an answer, and they gave us one...

But for some of us, it isn't enough. So we make out own canon, create our own worlds, and do with them as we see fit. That is the ultimate power of the fan, and I hope that never dies. And I hope even more that maybe, someday, if we ever get the chance, we'll get those in power to listen to our side of the story and maybe give us a chance to prove that there is more than one way to live in this world...

Alright, I've yakked for long enough. Shout out to The Game Theorists: keep on trucking scientists, you're making life easier every day for those of us embedded in more than one reality. I will continue to update my material when possible, though school starts in a few days, so I can't promise a ton of activity. Hopefully I've made a point somewhere in here and have not just written a lot of gobbledygook as a tired man dying to get some sleep.

This is Professor Wormwood, signing out and wishing you a good day.
  • Mood: Noble
  • Listening to: Pokemon ORAS Soundtrack
  • Reading: Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
  • Watching: The Daily Show
  • Playing: Pokemon ORAS
  • Eating: The invigorating battlecry of literature
  • Drinking: Milk
Well, it's done.

After spending weeks upon weeks updating, tweaking, and changing every single piece of work I have made...

It is done. For the moment, Encyclopedia Wormwood is ready for print. I mean it. I have universalized and tweaked every single aspect of my reports to make them ready for publishing, and if I wanted to, I now could do so without having to touch them again...at least not until the next games come out.

Which now leaves me with an uncertain future...for more than a few reasons.

First, I have some bad news OOC. I've had to take a medical leave from Graduate School.

I don't take the time to say much about my life outside of DeviantArt, but I think an explanation is required for this. For those of you who do not know, I am technically still a Graduate Student in Paleontology on my first year...or at least was. The work was not so difficult to handle it; hell, I think I put up a pretty good face here, but it pales in comparison to what I do in my professional life. But there was a problem...

Grant writing.

For those of you who don't know (and to blatantly honest, that is probably most of you), getting funding for one's thesis work is not easy. Mine, after accounting for all expenses, would have required over $2,200, and I don't have that kind of pocket chance. So, in order to actually conduct my thesis, I have to apply for grants that can provide me money provided I demonstrate to them my skills as a professional scientist. Unfortunately, there is one particular grant, the Mark Diamond Research Fund, which could have provided up to $1,500 for my research, which is a lot more than any other...at the expense of a TON of paperwork. And I don't know about you, but I don't like paperwork. I like work...but not paperwork. You know what I mean.

During the course of trying to prepare all of the materials needed for this grant, I got bogged down with it and so much other university work that I just...well, I became utterly miserable and suffered a slight psychotic break.

So now, I've been spending the last few weeks at home, tirelessly working at my material here just to bury the feeling of utter failure on my medical leave...but now I am stuck with a conundrum because...well, as I said before, I am finished. There is nothing left for me to tweak or adjust.

So now, I pose to you, my friends and allies, a pondering question: Where do I go from here?

I am still going to complete Graduate School, one way or another...but I might have to go somewhere else to do it. I trusted some people at my university with some confidential information that I shared with them in my grief, hoping that they might be able to help me...and instead they betrayed me. I can't express how much that fills me with hate and loathing. I am not exactly the most trusting of individuals when it comes to my personal thoughts, but I thought at this level of education, I could trust another professional with information that I feel is inappropriate to discuss with a shrink (don't get me wrong; I great respect psychiatrists, but nor with really personal thoughts)...and now...

.......Sigh.......I won't say anything further; I don't need to bog you guys down with my problems. I guess I just needed to say that I have been having some problems lately and am trying to find ways of dealing with them...

So, to move on to more relevant topics of discussion here, where do I go with my work now? Right now, I have two main thoughts, but I'm not sure that I have the manpower, technology or funds for either one of them.

The first option is to create a digital copy of my work and maybe try to sell it as something like an e-book. I have been told by several people already that they would love to be able to have a print form of Encyclopedia Wormwood, which in the digital age, actually makes me feel a bit intrigued and proud of my work (and said friends, in the most pleasing way possible). This option sort of means that they would have to waste money to print it all out on their own, but from what I can discern, this has an advantage in that the material can be updated periodically as needed without having to print out another ENTIRE volume set (just the reports that are changed), which is what effectively killed the print version of the Encyclopedia Britannica. But I have no idea how to go about doing this, and would really need some personal help to do it right.

The other option...brace yourselves...is YouTube. I have already discussed this with at least one other person, and I know that it would really be hard to get myself established on YouTube, especially with so many other Pokemon-dedicated specialists out there (namely TamashiiHiroka and TheJWittz), but I think that it would be nice to be able to talk to people about the Pokemon world from the perspective of someone INSIDE of it, not on the outside in the real world. I haven't decided what kinds of things I would do, but right now my biggest ideas are discussing and talking about some of the more controversial topics in the Pokemon world, namely the abuse of Pokemon and extraterrestrial Pokemon (since anyone that has spend a lot of time around me knows I LOVE Kyurem). Unfortunately, while there are plenty of videos out there describing how to make YouTube videos, I really, REALLY do not have the money to afford expensive cameras and whatnot to record videos on. So if this becomes the path to take, it might be really hard for me to even get started...

So, those are the options I have right now. If you all have any other suggestions, I am open to them all.

Things have been depressing for me lately, but I am trying to hang in there; if it were not for everything here at DeviantArt, I don't think I would be able to keep myself together. I think I care too much about all the strife going on in the world, and it creates so much damaging background noise in addition to the stress I am always putting myself under...but at least I have all of you. I know I have said it many times before, but again, thank you all for supporting me all of these years.

The floor is open to discussion; let all suggestions flow freely, for there are no bad ideas here. Let's get started on something new, and who knows; maybe it will finally be my time...out time...to step in the spotlight of some other world and show the Pokemon fandom what we can create from inside the plastic bubble, if you get my drift. :)
  • Mood: Depressed
  • Listening to: Pokemon ORAS Soundtrack
  • Reading: Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
  • Watching: The Daily Show
  • Playing: Pokemon ORAS
  • Eating: The invigorating battlecry of literature
  • Drinking: Milk

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Mutitus
Patrick R. Nolan
Artist | Professional | Literature
United States
Hello; my name is Professor Wormwood, otherwise known as Mutitus.

My tale is both short and long, but I won't bore you with all the details. I originally became interested in deviantART through a chance encounter with some art that I found quite pleasing. From there, I began my journey through this marvelous place, taking on various guises and images until I finally came upon my current position, the Official Professor of Pokemon for the U.S. State of Pennsylvania.

Here, I dedicate my life to showing the world just how real Pokemon are and how fundamental they are to understanding both how the real world works and how thin the boundary between fantasy and reality truly is. I have been an active part of the Pokémon universe ever since I was a child, and it has opened my eyes to the greater laws that govern the universe and in turn where I stand as an individual in the sea of life that exists on this tiny little planet in an otherwise unexciting corner of space. I owe my incredible writing abilities and imagination to this world, and the best way I can repay my debt, as far as I figure, is to bring reality to a world where it is commonly rejected and in turn help even casual players of the series interact with their games in a way that is otherwise beyond what the creators of the series are willing to go.

Outside of here, I am attending Graduate School at SUNY UB; my specialty training is in geology and invertebrate paleontology, particularly in regards to Late Silurian plants, algae and fungi, and right now I am working to further specialize in Mid Ordovician graptolites. I am exceptionally skilled at mathematics and all sciences in general, though I am particularly knowledgeable in the fields of geology, paleontology, astronomy and theoretical physics. I do not know if there is more to life than what we live through on the Earth we know and love, but knowing that ghosts are real, I can only hope that there is at least some sort of existence beyond life.

For now, this is all that needs to be said; if I feel like opening up, though, perhaps I will reveal more of my secrets to the world. Regardless, I will continue to serve my friends and colleagues as a vigilant nobleman and protector of the truth...now, and for all eternity.

Current Residence: Pennsylvania, USA
Favorite genre of music: All but Rap and Country music
Favorite style of art: Anthro
Operating System: Galaxy
Favorite cartoon character: Sonic the Hedgehog
Favorite/Patron Villain: Rez, Lord of the Media Dimension
Personal Quote: Look beyond The Facade, and see the truth that lies before you.
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:iconstevieg213:
StevieG213 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  New member
Thank you for the watch your reports are very detailed and it gives lots of useful information.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Writer
you are quite welcome; I am here to provide what information on the world of Pokemon that the Pokedex alone cannot provide.
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Papermachei Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  New member Student
Hey, thanks for the watch! I remember reading your reports years ago, and just found you again, so I had to watch ya'!
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Writer
I remember; it has been quite a while. :)

And you are quite welcome; anyone kind enough to watch me deserves the same in return. :)
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MasterMitosi Featured By Owner Edited Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thou hast been tagged!

mastermitosi.deviantart.com/jo…

(I was randomly picking deiviants and your url popped up! ^^;)
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Professional Writer
I see.......

Well, I would love to assist you in this tagging ritual...but unfortunately, I sort of have to keep my page clear of such things. For professional reasons, of course, you understand. Sorry. :(
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MasterMitosi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i understand.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Writer
Thank you.
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MaxineZoruaLuna Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the watch!
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Professional Writer
No problem; anyone kind enough to watch me deserves the same in return.
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