Author has written 8 stories for Uncharted series, Elder Scroll series, Angel Beats!/エンジェルビーツ, Sly Cooper, and Fallout.
Name: John Froehlich
Hobbies: reading, writing, playing video games, watching tv, whatever i feel like doing, pretty much a nerd.
Birthday: May 17th. Yeah that's right I'm a Taurus.
About me: I generally don't talk about myself much. I have been writing since I was little, and I take it seriously. I only help those who share my interest, if one does not show dedication and effort to their work I usually won't acknowledge them. I'm far from perfect, and I suffer from ADHD so its difficult for me to concentrate on writing, but I manage. What I usually write about is anime and video games. I like writing about and developing good villains and anti heroes, mostly because an interesting and understandable villain is the best kind and makes the story interesting. Not that Lord of the Rings wasn't a masterpiece and all, it definitely was, but let's face it, in that world there was good and evil, no real in-between. Sauron, the supposed main villain, just wanted to take over the world, and that's it. All his minions, were evil, sometimes literally soulless creatures. Absolutely nothing you could get attached to. I tend to write long stories, but I do have a few one shots.
Being a fan of both Elder Scrolls and Fallout, a big question in both of those is "Who do you side with in your playthroughs?"
For Skyrim, I back the Stormcloaks.
For Fallout, I back the Legion.
If you wish to know my reasons, feel free to ask, but the reasons are too long to put on this page unless someone really wanted to read it.
I also want to make something very clear, any artwork or pictures I use in my stories are never made by me. Usually I just find them randomly on Google Images. So no, none of the stuff is mine and I do not claim ownership for any of it.
I get much of my inspiration from music, and I generally relate many of my stories to songs and what they mean, as well as characters and the relationships of characters. To some people this may seem weird but it works for me. Music has not only done this but it also has kept me going. Whenever I feel troubled music that relates to my situation helps me get through it. The top four bands that have given me the most inspiration are as follows.
Rise Against: A punk rock band who is not satisfied with the way the world is today and seeks to improve it. They address issues like rights of refugees, homosexual rights, the flaws in government, and the horrors of war.
Most Inspirational Songs to me and most meaningful verses:
Savior-It Kills me not to know this but I've all but just Forgotten, what the Color of her Eyes were, or her Scars and how she got Them
The Good Left Undone-All because of you, I believe in Angels, not the kind with Wings, no not the kind with Halos. The Kind that bring you home, when home becomes a strange place, I'll follow your voice, all you have to do is shout it out!
Paper Wings-Is this the Life that We Lead, or the Life that's Led for us?
ReEducation-White Needles Buried in the Red, the Engine Roars and then it gives, but never Dies, because we don't live we just survive, on the Scraps that you throw away.
Prayer of the Refugee-Open your Eyes Child let's be on our way, Broken Windows and Ashes are leading the way. Keep Quiet no longer we'll Sing through the Day, of the Lives that we've Lost, and the Lives we've Reclaimed.
Entertainment: This is more than entertainment, in a world so sick with pain, this is the only thing that's real or true.
Hollywood Undead: A rap rock group that generally talks about how fucked up the world is, but also make a lot of songs about partying. Not for the weak of heart or the optimistic. If anyone wants to know I like both Deuce and Danny but I think Deuce is pretty pretentious.
Johnny Three Tears AKA J3T
Charlie Scene (Not Sheen)
Most Inspirational songs to me and their most meaningful verses.
Young- I see the Love I see the Hate I see this world that we can make
City-Take the Pill, In God We Trust, Go and Kill, God Loves Us, As in Life, As in Death, Breathing till there is no breath
Pour me-What's Life inside a Bottle if its Gone?
Sell Your Soul-Sentencing ceased, Sentence deceased and watch them Bask in the Glory of their Holy Disease
Paradise Lost-We're the Hearts for the Heartless, the Thoughts for the Thoughtless, the Lies for the Honest, We're the Gods of the Godless
Hear Me Now-So scared to Dream in a World with no Sunlight, when you wake up you know its Darker than Last Night
We Are-I watch em all come, gotta watch the rest go, I'm married to the Devil in the city of Angels! So come all the wicked to the world of the empty, I know I need it all so baby don't tempt me. Just knockin' on your door, nope, nobody sent me, just checking all you bitches like I'm checking this check sheet. So put your hats on, Lohner don't get soft, you can see God when I take my mask off!
Believe-Don't you know, little boy, the land of the waste man, little do they know every song is a lifespan. Haven't taken one by I'm taking my last chance, to hold all we know and let go with both hands.
Breaking Benjamin A hard rock group that really focuses on the hardships of life. Ben Burnley fired two of his members so this band is currently not in action.
Aaron Fink (fired)
Mark Klepaski (fired)
Most Inspirational Songs to Me and most meaningful verses:
Evil Angel-Fly over me Evil Angel, Why Can't I Breathe Evil Angel?
Anthem of the Angels-I keep holding on to you, but I can't bring you back to life. Sing the Anthem of the Angels and say your Last Goodbye
Dance With The Devil-Easy to find what's Wrong, harder to find what's Right
I Will Not Bow-I don't want to Change the World, I just want to leave it Colder. Light the Fuse and Burn it up
Rain-Is it you I want? Or just a Notion of a Heart to Wrap around so I can find my Way Around
Markus "Captain" Kaarlonen
Most Inspirational songs and meaningful verses:
Dreaming Wide Awake-Deflate the mystery of living, in the most heartless fashion I could ever imagine, no pretense or decor.
Late Goodbye- The Devil grins from ear to ear when he sees the hand he's dealt us, points at your flaming hair and we're playing hide and seek, I can't breathe easy here less our trail's gone cold behind us, 'till in the John Mirror you stare at yourself grown old and weak.
Diamonds for Tears-In the light of recent findings, there's no greater taint than grace, but to relinquish all our bindings, always finds us out of place.
War-With no one wearing their true face, it's a whiteout of emotion, and I've only got my brittle bones to break the fall. When the love in letters fade, it's like we're moving in slow motion, and we're already too late if we arrive at all. And then we're caught up in the arms race, an involuntary addiction, and we're shedding every value our mothers taught. So will you please show me your real face? Draw the line in the horizon, cause I only need your name to call the reasons why I fought.
Carnival of Rust-It's all a game, avoiding failure, when true colors will bleed, all in the name of misbehavior, and the things we don't need. I lust for after no disaster can touch, touch us anymore. And more than ever I hope to never fall, where enough is not the same it was before.
Miss Impossible-She can really be a handful like the brownies that she bakes you, it can be a tad hysterical but never quite the breakthrough. She's some kind of an epitome, the sea of intranquility.
Maybe Tomorrow-I can pray and trick with a double tongue, but the only fool here's me. I choose the way to go, but the road won't set me free.
There are other bands that have given me inspiration but none as large as these four. Others include:
Three Days Grace
Three Doors Down
Nickelback (Only their earlier stuff, now they're just kinda lame. Every now and then there's a new song I kinda like but for the most part I've really stopped being a fan of this band)
Kid Rock (Late Kid Rock, not the earlier rap stuff)
fun. (The name still annoys the hell out of me though)
The Pretty Reckless
AFI (A Fire Inside)
Red Hot Chili Peppers
If you don't really understand what I mean by this, let me give you an example. The song "Savior" by Rise Against, see if you can connect song to a relation ship between two characters. I find this particular song works best for Zoro and Kuina from One Piece, but it can go with a huge amount. One of my personal favorites is taking the entire group of the Oracion Seis, and connecting it with the Hollywood Undead Song Paradise Lost. If this works for you great, if you find it weird, then find your own way to gain inspiration. Don't expect it to just be served to you on a silver platter though.
Inspirational Icons of mine (Could be anything from my favorite director to a person who legitimately played a large role in my life)
There was this man who was a friend of my family, he passed a couple years ago now, but he was the kind of person you could talk to about literally anything. I called him Uncle Otto, and although he wasn't an actual relative of mine, he was closer to me then any of my actual uncles were and still are. Otto was undoubtedly the most interesting person I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, there was so much he was knowledgeable about, and so much that he understood. He got along with almost everyone, and right as I was getting to know him, he passed away from cancer. I legitimately feel robbed of his presence now that I'm mature enough to speak with him intelligently but cannot, and I know I'll never meet another person like him. He just had so much passion for anything and everything he did, and now that he's gone the world really feels less bright. And if you thought this sounded cheesy, I was on the verge of tears while writing this.
I've been a fan of director Quentin Tarantino ever since I saw Inglorious Basterds. I then later saw Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and his latest movie Django Unchained. Jackie Brown is next on my list, but I am unsure when I will find the time to watch the Kill Bill movies. Tarantino is what I like to call the King of Unconventional Writing. After seeing Django Unchained, I remember saying to my dad, "Everytime I come out of seeing a Quentin Tarantino film I feel that I'm looking through life in a different lens." You don't know what's going to happen, but you know whatever it is, you're not going to see it coming. I admire that he breaks away from what is commonly expected, and always brings something new to the table. He is one of those people that fits under the saying "Just when you think he's gonna turn right, he turns left." Although in Tarantino's case I think it would be more appropriate to say he goes neither way and instead creates his own damn path. I could go on, but I think you get the idea.
I'm also a fan of the Coen Brothers, for reasons similar to that of Quentin Tarantino but to a lesser extent. Movies like the comedy The Big Lebowski and the western remake True Grit, are just two examples of their unconventional writing. While there's not anything that's especially twisted like there always is in Quentin Tarantino movies, the Coen Brothers just do things differently from others, and you always find yourself thinking about the movie after you've seen it. I remember that at first, I didn't like True Grit after I saw it. At some point later, I started to realize that I thought that the film was bad simply because it wasn't what I expected. I said to myself "No, this is not the formula, this is wrong!" Now, I see the truth of things. I'll go into this later when I'm discussing my beliefs on writing as a whole.
The first book series I really got into was a series known as Pendragon, written by D.J. Machale. It was a multiverse story, and a shapeshifting mastermind was intent on destroying each and every universe to rebuild everything in his own design, and only the Travelers, sort of guardians of each realm, could stop him. Looking back on it now, I would be lying if I said it wasn't flawed, for example the main characters' two best friends were boring and bland when compared to the other interesting characters of these separate universes, and every time the story began following those two you'd wish it would go back to the action. There were plenty of things I liked about the story, but what I enjoyed most was how interesting the villain was, Saint Dane. He was this immortal entity, able to take any form and was able to seemingly change reality at times. But for what reason? Sure he had this grand plan, but throughout the series he makes it clear he enjoyed what he did. He finds great satisfaction in manipulating people, and by Christ does he manipulate people in this series. Every time he wins he creates a feeling of hopelessness for our heroes, and even when he doesn't win he definitely knows how to ruin the victory for the protagonists. Oh and that's another thing about this this villain, he actually beats the main characters on multiple occasions, and I don't mean like the heroes come back later to defeat him and win the day, no they lost that world and it's now under Saint Dane's control. He was so mysterious, Saint Dane could be anyone, and Machale made sure that you knew that. Hell he could be acting as the heros' companion for most of the current quest. While they think what they're doing is going to save that world, or territory, as Machale calls them, Saint Dane would suddenly reveal himself in the most humiliating and demoralizing way, knowing it was already too late to stop him and that the heroes just realized that they helped him in achieving his goal all along. Could he have done it without manipulating them to do his bidding for him? Of course, and would it have been less complicated and easier to do it on his own? Probably. So why did he do it? Simple, because he wanted do. Yeah, he's that kind of guy. There are definitely some things I don't like about Machale's writing, but he makes a damn good villain, of that there is no doubt. He makes Voldemort look like fucking Captain Hook.
I've been on this site for a while now, over two years, and I have encountered a few types of people on this site. And if you're new, most reviewers/readers and writers fit into these categories.
One Worders: This is not a universal term, its just my name for them if you have a different one by all means use it. Basically these are people who look at your work, and leave a review that only says something like "luv it," Or "epik," or "Awesum update ASAP," These kinds of people aren't very helpful. Its heartwarming to know people like your stories but this doesn't help you at all. They should learn to take it more seriously
Up and Coming Writers: These people are generally new to Fanfiction, I would probably still fit into this category but I feel like I am slowly growing out of it. These are people who are great if you're new and you want someone to look at your stories and have them give you constructive criticism, and vice versa.
Experienced Writers: People who have been doing this for a while, and by a while I mean a few years not a few months. They don't tend to waste their time with people they don't feel are worth it. If a story doesn't interest them, they'll skip it and look for one that does. This is not true for all of them, but just don't expect to find a review on your doorstep from one of these people if you're new. And if you do, value it and listen to it. Cause its fucking Christmas.
Harsh Critics: These people are similar to experienced writers, but they tend to come across as a bit snobbish and can be hard to please. They may mean well but their information can be hurtful to those who are not prepared. They are generally blunt, and will not pull punches in terms of criticism. Generally these people don't go around reviewing work unless they find it to be very interesting. Many believe that Fanfiction is 90% crap, and although I don't think agree the percentage is THAT overwhelming, plenty of it is crap. If you seek a person out and ask for a review, be careful what you wish for. If you are given a negative review, do not reply back angrily saying "No one has a problem with that except for you," and "Well this person said something different," or the classic "My friends think its good," (What do you want a cookie?) because it makes you look like a child and they're not going to take you seriously. I know this from personal experience. So these people can do you a lot of good in the long run, just make sure you are prepared for complete and brutal honesty on all accounts. They can help you and your writing a lot, but it may not be a very pleasant experience.
Pretentious Pricks: Not to be confused with Harsh Critics. Sure some Harsh Critics can act like snobs and may seem overbearing, but these people are on another level entirely. Critics often want to help you, not these people. These people want to make you feel bad, like they get some sick pleasure out of it. They either think very highly of themselves, are insecure and just want to make you feel bad, and sometimes, are just random trolls who love to piss people off. Best thing to do if you're encountered by one of these people, block'em. Do not reply unless you feel it is absolutely necessary, sometimes it can be fun to see how stupid they are but most times it's best not to feed the troll. That's the best advice I can give anyone on that.
After being around her for nearly 3 years at the time of writing this, May 22 2013, my writing has gone through a vast amount of development and change. I've firmly created my writing style to a point that I feel is identifiable, and I've grown more secure about my writing. I remember 3 years ago how unsure I was about posting something on this site, and it took me a long time to get going. I went through three failed stories before I finally made something I am still legitimately happy with. But I'm here now, and after taking a lot criticism on my writing and meeting numerous amounts of people, these are my beliefs that I feel accurately represent my feelings on fanfiction, and writing in general.
In my opinion, in order to write good fanfiction you have to take it seriously. I can understand if you don't want to, but it will never be as good as it can be because of it.
And if there's one thing I've learned from Fanfiction is you cannot please everyone. Everyone has their own little set of bullshit rules that makes them think they know what "good" fanfiction is, and if you don't follow those rules it's crap. Most of them don't even understand what writing is about. I'm not saying I despise them, but I feel that these rules get in the way of really trying to experience something new, and it's not something I agree with.
Writing doesn't have rules, and if it does, they should be broken.
You ignore those people, if they have some civil and interesting to say, then take what you want from it. But if it's just someone who's complaining because they don't like the way you portrayed a character or something, then to hell with them.
I also don't believe in story writing formulas, because, put simply, formulas are boring. I'm not saying that all stories that follow a formula are bad, but I feel they are less interesting because of it. As I've mentioned, I am a fan of directors Quentin Tarantino and The Coen brothers, and with their works, the entire point is to shock you, to make you feel uncomfortable, unnerved, and at some points, disgusted. They do this because what you register as unusual makes much more of an impact on you, and I feel that's the point of writing: To make an impact. They don't stick to what they know what will work, because what's the point in being creative if you're creating something that's really already been created? That's not to say I believe you should be unconventional just for the sake of being unconventional, and granted sometimes I believe Quentin Tarantino does do that sometimes, but do things people wouldn't expect.
I'm also not saying you should make an "M Night twist" that he is so known for that completely changes the entire program. What I mean is, create something unique that you feel really stands out, and my advice is to stay away from formulas, because they just end up bringing a story down and making it tedious. Prime example: I used to follow this series called the Bloody Jack series, but I got tired of it because basically the same thing just seems to happen every book, just with a different setting. Nothing felt new after a while, everything that happened felt like it had already happened previously, and because of that, it lost my interest. You would have to read the books to fully understand what I mean, but if you do and you're anything like me, you'd see where I was coming from.
The Illusion of Death: Angel Beats Fanfic, AS OF 12/3, I'm still doing this even though I haven't updated in nearly 6 months. I have been distracted and I've had the next chapter in my mind for quite some time, but have not yet acted on it.
Theme Songs: Paradise by Coldplay, and Dreaming Wide Awake by Poets of the Fall.
On The Rise: Elder Scrolls Fic about a young and upcoming assassin the Dark Brotherhood.
Theme Songs: My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark by Fallout Boy, and The Night by Disturbed.
To Find Peace: Sly Cooper fanfic about Penelope forgiving herself after her betrayal of the Cooper Gang.
Theme Song: What I've Done by Linkin Park
Journey To Redemption: Sly Cooper fanfic, Penelope tries to make amends for her betrayal through the ultimate act of redemption, fixing the mess she created.
Theme Song: Whereabouts Unknown by Rise Against
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