Welcome to another chapter story, Scrapbook. The formatting for this story is a little bit different, along with the name.

It has to do with what the story is.

This story is the start of a great journey…

A relic from ancient past…

A set of writings that would eventually lead to countless others…

A work that would chronicle tales of many different lands, and with them, some of my own life…

This story is my blog.

Some readers may be familiar with this blog, having read about it on the top of my profile. This blog was started on July 26, 2017 in a website known as The Artist's Zone. On that site, the blog was known as Musings of the Wheels.

I started the blog is a bit of an experiment. I always wanted one, and was delighted that The Artist's Zone gave members the option of creating them. I decided I wanted to use my blog to write shorter, technical, and humorous works. It was mainly to see if I could do that, since this wasn't something that I had tried before.

Since I'm both a gamer and a writer, I decided that would write entries in my blog based on games I played and stories I've written was planning to write. I tried to write at least once every day, although sometimes I would write more than once. This led to a great many entries on The Artist's Zone.

Overall, the blog was a great success, as I enjoyed the style of writing I used there. It also got me into lighthearted and shorter content. However, as I became good at those styles, I started having less use for my blog. Eventually, the blog was more or less abandoned, although I did try to do a few other experiments, namely playing a game from start to finish on it.

All of this of eventually led to the decision to port it directly. I realized that over the many months I used it, I had collected around 200 entries. It was enough to create a story of its own. However, with the way the Artist's Zone works, very few people could see it. I decided I didn't that to be the case any longer, with such a large story waiting to be told. I also knew I wouldn't be using the blog any longer by the time I made the decision to port it, so I wouldn't have to worry about constant updates.

So I decided to bring that blog here.

A few notes about the blog, however.

It's formatted very differently from most of my other stories.

This blog was originally created for an audience already familiar with what I was blogging about. As a result, the writing is very technical, a lot less detailed than what is usually seen, doesn't have a lot of explanation, will not have chapter titles of the dates, and involves metafiction.

Entries are usually pretty short, even shorter than most of my short stories already posted to this account. However, the length of the entries is balanced out by the fact that there are a lot of them. Each entry is a separate chapter, so the work itself will be very long. Those who don't like works with a lot of chapters may want to give this one a pass.

Typically, I use a lot of authors note in my stories. Depending on what is being written about at the time, this may not always be the case. Most notes before the entries will be of normal length, aside from this one since it contains the explanation.

As I stated before, this blog is mostly lighthearted and humorous. Therefore, the darker themes that come up in most of my stories usually won't come up here. I will try to warn when an entry is a bit darker, but the entry should still be lighter than what I usually write.

Finally, there are spoilers for stories that I am considering writing, stories that I have written, and stories that I was thinking of writing about in the past, and may have still been on my account at one point. There's also spoilers for the many games the blog was written about. There's a lot of entries with countless different topics, so it's unfortunately not possible for me to give severed spoiler warnings for every single one. However, I will say that I do give hint at what I'm going to talk on the entry before I start. So if that hint involves something you'd rather not be spoiled about, skip the entry or part of it.

This blog's categorization is a bit different than most of my other stories as well. It's considered a crossover because of while a lot of my entries are about Pokémon, not all of them are. Unfortunately, there are far too many games talked about to simply put the blog into two categories. If I used all of the games that were on this blog, the categories would go on forever. So that's why it's in miscellaneous games as well.

With that out of the way, a huge thank you to the Artist's Zone for allowing its members to create blogs, and being some of the blog's first visitors. Furthermore, all characters and games mentioned in this story are property of their respective companies. Lastly, see the author's notes for details.

So begins the first entry…


Journeys of a Wheeling Gamer (July 26, 2017)

Playing Fantasy Life again. Currently on Chapter 4, fulfilling the Other Requests page in Al Majaak. Money is a bit low, because I just bought the Holiday Home. Currently a level 37 Hero Paladin, with Odin and Dragonslayer in my party.

Completed the Vitalweed quest in the desert town… That one was easy… The Sun Cluster quest on the other hand… At least the Golems that drop it aren't too tough, but it seems they never do…

Got another quest to kill a bunch of walking cacti with arms… May as well kill everything else in sight…

Oh look, I completed another quest... Apparently, I'm good at taking out bandits…

Hilarious thing happened while fighting a Golem… I was fighting when my allies got stuck behind a skeleton in the desert… They didn't figure their way out until I shifted slightly and they followed me… At least the golems are weak enough to defeat on my own…

Oh look, I just got another story idea off this… Well, it'll be nothing if not interesting…

Been getting a lot of money with the bounties… Still no luck with the Sun Clusters though… Maybe I will have better luck if I head somewhere else…

Also, I love the music in the game. The night themes are so pretty, and the desert theme is so fitting… I'll miss it when I'm done…

I was so busy finding a secret item in the desert that I nearly lost my bounty when enemies started attacking it… Thankfully, the Dragonslayer destroyed them… It was only a measly outlaw leader, but I will have to be more careful…

Also found a secret treasure chest in the desert… It had a Sack of Treasure within… All the money!

Speaking of outlaw leaders, got another quest involving them. Should be easy.

What's not easy is those Sun Clusters… Random drops is something I will not miss… I've heard you can buy them later on though, so I may just wait for that…

Lost a bounty right after I said that would be more careful... Placed it too close to an enemy and destroyed it myself… At least I completed the cactus quest, and leveled up…

Still hunting in the desert… I'll have to save for now though… I will continue after swimming and lunch…

Well, lunch was delicious and the pool was refreshing. Next task will be to switch games to my Pokémon Emerald Randomlocke. I am a bit behind, seeing as I lost two Pokémon to the fifth Gym Leader and one Pokémon (stupidly) to training…

First thing will be to hit the route north of Rustboro and get a catch… Then, off to finish up New Mauville... Actually, I'm at Mauville right now... I will do things in reverse order.

Ugh… Wild Furret are pretty fast… My Altaria is too slow to run from them and one just hit me five times with Fury Swipes… Maybe I should put someone else in the lead…

And I still can't escape, even with other Pokémon… I'll have to be careful… Not to mention I screwed up the puzzle and have to backtrack… To be honest, I was at first annoyed when they toned down this place in the remakes… But now I'm glad. It's pretty annoying…

Almost lost my only surfer to two forced encounters (Kabutops with Mud Shot and Barboach with Magnitude; my surfer is Relicanth). A couple of injured Pokémon later, I make it to the end. And the TM I get for my troubles is… Magnitude.

I'm closer to the desert, but I'm still going to head for the route north of Rustboro. It's no longer safe to travel with less than six Pokémon… I reach the route, easily surfing over to the grass. I had to fight a few Trainers first, though…

So I just faced a Smeargle who Sketched Pursuit... I stupidly try to switch out my Ghost type, only to get smacked with Pursuit on the switch… On top of that, it was a critical... Thankfully, Smeargle's stats are low…

Finally make it to the grass and my catch is Weepinbell. Not the best, but definitely worth using. I think it will be my next member.

And a nice easy catch… Tower is a fitting name… I think that's all for now, though. Perhaps I'll post again later on.


Author's notes:

-So there are two titles the blog mainly uses. The reason for this was because I wanted to separate my entries about gaming, and my entries about writing. The gaming ones were called Journeys of a Wheeling Gamer, which is why the title is used in this entry.

-As the entry stated, I was in the middle of playing Fantasy Life when I began the blog. I was also just starting to get into the fandom, so I was having a lot of story ideas. One story idea was someone fighting a bunch of tough enemies on the lonesome, because that situation is very likely to come up in the game. I figured it would be slightly based off of the situation I mentioned in this entry, but I've yet to actually write it.

-The Emerald Randomlocke comes from a real-life event I was participating in at the time. On the same site that I created this blog in, there was an event where a bunch of Pokémon players would come together and decide to do a challenge. That challenge was known as a Randomlocke. In this challenge, there were a few rules.

One of them was that all Pokémon were randomized. The others were that only the first Pokémon and each route could be caught, and if a player missed a catch, they couldn't try for another. The exception was for Pokémon that could use moves to get around the world map. In this case, those Pokémon could only use those moves, and could not be included as regular party members.

Every Pokémon in the challenge had to be nicknamed, and if the Pokémon fainted, it could not be used again. They did Pokémon either had to be completely released, or put in special boxes forever.

What made this one interesting was that there was also a chat room going on. Each Pokémon player would try to log in at the same time and would chat with each other while playing the game. Chats ranged from gaming updates, to try and help each other out, to even just things completely random. Only an hour could be played each day, with a few exceptions, and the chat room is also a way to monitor how often players were playing.

An element of speed was also present, because the first player to reach the end of the game would be declared the winner. However, the situation is only present if there were two or more players that were able to play. If any of the players lost all their Pokémon, they would be eliminated from the challenge. At that point, the last player left standing would be declared the winner, regardless of where they were. They could still continue to the end of the game, but it was entirely optional.

I ended up winning that challenge, both by being the last player left standing, and the only one to reach the end of the game. I am considering writing a fan fiction about the challenge, but it is not written yet.

And therefore are more entries than this one, with even more events to come…