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22 August 2013 @ 10:57 pm
Journal of Man of Letters - Live Journal Master Post  
Journal of a Man of Letters - Live Journal Master Post



Journal of a Man of Letters is a project I started on Tumblr in April 2013 (Gen - PG for language). It's a diary in first-person narrative written from Sam's point of view. Once a week, I post an art and a ficlet inspired by an episode or a scene. I'm following the show timeline as close as I can but I'm taking liberty with canon here and there.

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Acknowlements

This project would never be the same without the help of  becc_j, maichan and quickreaver who kindly, patiently, beta my English week after week. Basically, if Sam doesn't speak Frenglish, it's thanks to them! A big THANK YOU girls for you help and your enthusiasm!! In other words, if you think that my English in this post is a bit strange, don't worry, the ficlets below are very different.

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JOURNAL ENTRIES

Season 8
Entry #1 - Introducing The Band
Entry #2 - Crash, Boom, Bang
Entry #3 - Let There Be More Light
Entry #4 - A Day In The Life
Entry #5 - An Angel At My Table
Entry #6 - Bad Time
Entry #7 - Nine Hours
Entry #8 - Paperback Writer
Entry #9 - Another Brick In The Wall
Entry #10 - The Masterplan
Entry #11 - What Is And What Should Never Be
Entry #12 - Father and Son
Entry #13 - Patience
Entry #14 - Comfortably Numb
Entry #15 - Ain't No Good Life
Entry #16 - Don't Dream, It's Over
Entry #17 - Ramble On (Dean Winchester's Page)
Entry #18Keep the Faith
Entry #19 (8 x 23)- Nobody's Fault But Mine
Entry #20 (8 x 23)- Get In The Ring
Entry #20bis - 4000 Followers Thank You Post
Entry #21 (8 x 23)- Devil Woman
Entry #22 (8 x 23)- This Is Gonna Hurt
Entry #22bis (8 x 23)- Interlude
Entry #23 (8 x 23)- Brothers in Arms
Entry #24 (8 x 23)- High Hopes
Entry #25 (8 x 23)- Fire of Unknown Origin
Entry #26 (8 x 23)- Long Long Way from Home
Entry #27 (8 x 23)- It's the End of the World as we know it.

Season 9
Entry #27bis - Nine Lives (Are you ready for Season 9?)
Entry #28 (9 x 01)- Brilliant Disguise
Entry #29 (9 x 01)- Darkness on the Edge of Town
Entry #30 (9 x 02)- Good Times, Bad Times
Entry #31 (9 x 03)- The Times They Are A Changin'
Entry #32 (9 x 03)- Welcome to The Jungle (Dean Winchester's Page 2)
Entry #33 (9 x 04)- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Entry #34 (9 x 05)- Who Let The Dogs Out?
Entry #35 (9 x 06) - Speak to Me
Entry #35bis (9 x 06) - Is There Anybody Out There?
Entry #36 (9 x 07) - Walk Like A Man
Entry #37 (9 x 08) - Bad Company
Entry #38 (9 x 09) - Biding my Time
Entry #39 (9 x 09) - Dust and Bones
Entry #40 (9 x 09) - My City of Ruins
Entry #40bis - Christmas Time Again (10 000 followers thank you post)
Entry #41 (9 x 09) - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Entry #42 (9 x 09) - How Many More Times?
Entry #42bis (9 x 09) - Born to Run
Entry #43 (9 x 10) - My Cheatin' Ways
Entry #44 (9 x 10) - Laugh, I Nearly Died
Entry #45 (9 x 11) - Amazing Grace
Entry #46 (9 x 12) - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
Entry #46bis (9 x 12) - Old N°7
Entry #47 (9 x 13) - Tougher than the rest
Entry #47bis - My Bloody Valentine ("Happy Valentine to you all" post)
Entry #48 (9 x 13) - Baby Come On Home
Entry #49 (9 x 13) - Last of a Dyin' Breed
Entry #50 (9 x 14) - Lonely is the Night
Entry #51 (9 x 14) - Thank You For Loving Me
Entry #52 (9 x 15) - Rocking Chair
Entry #53 (9 x 15) - My Father's Eyes
Entry #54 (9 x 15) - No Quarter
Entry #55 (9 x 16) - You Could be Mine
Entry #56 (9 x 17) - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Entry #57 (9 x 17) - Land of Hope and Dreams
Entry #58 (9 x 17) - One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
Entry #59 (9 x 18) - Stories I tell
Entry #60 (9 x 19) - Estranged
Entry #61 (9 x 20) - Sweet Home Chicago
Entry #62 (9 x 21) - Blinded By The Light
Entry #63 (9 x 22) - Sense of Doubt
Entry #64 (9 x 22) - We Take Care of Our Own
Entry #65 (9 x 22) - The Riddle
Entry #66 (9 x 22) - Live and Let Die
Entry #67 (9 x 22) - Living on the Edge
Entry #68 (9 x 22) - Devil's Got a New Disguise
Entry #69 (9 x 23) - Under Pressure
Entry #70 (9 x 23) - Hunter of Invisible Game
Entry #71 (9 x 23) - Hey Hey What Can I Do?
Entry #72 (9 x 23) - All I can do is write about it
Entry #72bis (9 x 23) - Don't Fear the Reaper
Entry #73 (9 x 23) - Long Walk Home
Entry #74 (9 x 23) - Coma
Entry #75 (9 x 23) - Born to Raise Hell
Entry #76 (9 x 23) - Ace of Spades
Entry #77 (9 x 23) - (Ten Long Years) Are you ready for Season 10?

Season 10
Entry #78 (10 x 1) - Back in Black
Entry #79 (10 x 2) - The Harder They Fall
Entry #80 (10 x 3) - Hallelujah
Entry #81 (10 x 4)
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Journal of a Man of Letters F.A.Q


Where do you post?
On Tumblr. I created a blog especially for this project. Don't expect a great layout and sassy gifs, the design is rather minimalistic. I'm not very fond of layouts that sparkle like a Christmas Tree.

When do you post?
I'm trying to post one entry a week, usually on Monday night at around 11:00 pm (Paris - France time)

I don't want to read this on Tumblr, it's not very pleasant. What can I do?
You can download the entries in the form of a custom PDF on Mediafire
- Entries 1 to 10 HERE.
- Entries 11 to 20 HERE
- Entries 21 to 30 HERE
- Entries 31 to 40 HERE
- Entries 41 to 50 HERE
- Entries 51 to 60 HERE

Will you post on Live Journal?
No, but this Master Post will be updated with links to new entries every week.

Will you write some Wincest or Destiel in your Man of Letters Journal?
Nope! My Sam’s Journal is and will remain 100% gen. I really want it to stay close to the show mythology even if I’m taking some liberty with canon here and there. I have nothing against slash (look at my art ) but I know I would suck at writing it and I don’t feel the need too. I prefer exploring Sam’s mind regarding family relationships, hunting and death.

Will you do the same thing for Dean?
No, this project is very time consuming. If I do the same thing for Dean, I would have to leave my job and hire an assistant. ^^;;

I want to start my own Sam's Journal, can I?
I often have this question on Tumblr and the answer is "Yes, absolutely!". I don't have the monopole of the concept or the character and there's never enough Sam (or Dean) 's diaries out there!

What softwares do you use for the art?
Photoshop CS6 and Painter 12

I went to check out the Tumblr page for your Sam's Journal. Why is Entry #18 posted above Entry #19?
Because Tumblr fucked up. I posted the two entries the same day, Entry #18 THEN Entry #19. Everything was fine until I edited Entry #18 to change a word. Now Entry #18 is above Entry #19, in spite of all my efforts. Tumblr...Don't ever change.
 
 
 
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: Sam Dean Summerquickreaver on August 22nd, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
\0/!!!! (I think that says it all... :D)
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 22nd, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
And all this thanks to you ^o^
Thank you so much for the squee and for patiently betaing my work week after week \o/
counteragent: shoecounteragent on August 22nd, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
*CRIES WITH HAPPINESS*

Somehow I always miss the posts on tumblr even though I am following you, so THANK YOU for also updating a master list here. Can't wait to look at all the pieces.
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 22nd, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
I've just uploaded the second PDF so it will maybe be easier for you to read:
- PDF1
- PDF2

Following on Tumblr isn't very easy :/
I hope you will enjoy this diary!
Thanks a lot ♥
chemm80: metallicarchemm80 on August 22nd, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
That's an absolutely gorgeous cover.
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 22nd, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
I'm very happy you liked it!
Thank you very much ♥
(no subject) - chemm80 on August 22nd, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - petite_madame on August 22nd, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Kate: <chibi sam & dean>equally_dour on August 22nd, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
I love eveything about this! <333
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 22nd, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
And this is just the beginning ^^
Thank you so much for your kind words about my Sam's Journal ♥
monicawoe: 622hellsoulmonicawoe on August 22nd, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
These are absolutely beautiful and heart-wrenching. Thank you, mas always, for sharing!
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 22nd, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
Thank YOU for your interest in my Sam's Journal!
I hope you will enjoy this diary ♥
The saddest entries hasn't been posted yet. It's entries 23 and 24 ^^;;
cassiopeia7: &hearts!cassiopeia7 on August 22nd, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. WOW. I've only gotten through the first three and I'm already knocked out by all the gorgeous. Can't WAIT to see the rest!

. . . but when do you sleep, bb?
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 22nd, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! ♥
I hope you will enjoy the entries. They are short at the beginning but they get longer and longer at the end ><

I don't really sleep, to be honest ^^;;
Hermine Kurotowa: Bunnyherminekurotowa on August 22nd, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
Why did I check your entry? Now I need to look at your posts because. Your. Art. Is. So. Beautiful.

(I already downloaded and am happy. :D)
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 22nd, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
I hope you will enjoy this diary. :D
I've just uploaded the second PDF if you want. It's easier to read that way.

Thanks a lot for the great feedback about my art too ♥
Rince1wind: discworldrince1wind on August 22nd, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
I just love this.
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 22nd, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
I'm very happy you did!
Thank you very much ^o^
Icarus was a test pilot: Library Samgalwithglasses on August 22nd, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
I've been following this on tumblr and just wanted to comment that I really like the dragonfly imagery that carries through in some of the journal entries. The art has all been beautiful, especially paired with the story. ETA, I love the rock song titles.

Edited at 2013-08-22 10:09 pm (UTC)
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 22nd, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
OoOOoOoh! You have no idea how happy you're making me just by mentioning the dragonflies! ^o^

I found it a bit boring to have Entry #1, #2, #3 like on Tumblr so I decided to give each entry the name of a rock song in the pure Supernatural tradition.

Thank you for enjoying the art and the ficlet so much ^^

Edited at 2013-08-22 10:34 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - galwithglasses on August 23rd, 2013 12:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
gunznammo2: SamDeangunznammo2 on August 22nd, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
These are beautiful. I can't navigate Tumblr so Thank You, Merci. This makes me happy!
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 22nd, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
That's why I'm posting this master post on LJ: navigating on Tumblr isn't easy for everybody depending on your computer, smartphone, etc

If you are interested, I've just uploaded the second PDF so it will maybe be easier for you to read:
- PDF1
- PDF2

Thanks a lot ♥

     Mandy: Eleven - Doctor Whoa_phoenixdragon on August 23rd, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
WOW...i just...WOW!!

*hugs you happily*
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 23rd, 2013 08:08 am (UTC)
Hello Doctor :D
Thank you very much ^^
*hugs you too!*

(I can't wait for the 50th year anniversary special episode ♥ )
(no subject) - a_phoenixdragon on August 23rd, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - petite_madame on August 23rd, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
siriala: Sam by mummy_daydreamsiriala on August 23rd, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
Je lis assez peu de gen mais je me suis dit que j'allais juste regarder les images... et me voilà très tard dans la nuit à te dire de te presser de poster le reste ! :) J'ai aimé toutes tes illustrations, je ne saurais te dire laquelle j'ai préféré mais j'ai vraiment apprécié de voir même des personnages moins importants que les frères Winchester. L'image très sombre de Crowley et Sam pendant le dernier Trial avec juste un peu de lumière bleutée et les veines rouges qui ressortent est d'une grande beauté. Et je crois que celle qui m'a le plus marquée est la libellule écrasée. Je ne m'y attendais vraiment pas. Pour résumer, superbe boulot, comme d'habitude. (et merci pour les pdf plus facile à télécharger et à lire !)
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 23rd, 2013 08:20 am (UTC)
merci pour les pdf plus facile à télécharger et à lire
Pas de quoi, j'essaye de faciliter un peu la vie aux gens, je sais que la navigation sur Tumblr n'est pas toujours évidente. Un format PDF est vraiment plus pratique, surtout pour ceux qui ont une tablette :)

j'ai vraiment apprécié de voir même des personnages moins importants que les frères Winchester.
En fait, je dessine ce que Sam "voit" donc il est normal de voir des personnages tels que Crowley ou Kevin. La semaine prochaine, c'est Abaddon, un sacré petit bout de femme on va dire...Ça va dépoter..

La libellule, c'est un plaisir coupable et gratuit, j'adore dessiner les insectes ^^

Merci beaucoup pour ton commentaire très sympa et détaillé sur mon Journal de Sam ♥
cillab42: pic#121364626cillab42 on August 23rd, 2013 01:52 am (UTC)
I love this, and I have to tell you that entry #11, both the entry and the art broke my heart.
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 23rd, 2013 08:10 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your great feedback about my Man of Letters Journal and for telling me what was your favorite entry! It's always interesting to know what people preferred ♥
borgmama1of5borgmama1of5 on August 23rd, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
Running off to download!
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 23rd, 2013 08:10 am (UTC)
I hope you will enjoy the PDFs.
Thank you very much ♥
eviljellybean88: pic#103668325eviljellybean88 on August 23rd, 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
ooooooo, i can't wait to read all of those! :D
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 23rd, 2013 08:08 am (UTC)
Thank you so much ♥
I hope you'll enjoy the read :)
becc_j: dean winchesterbecc_j on August 23rd, 2013 09:40 am (UTC)
Great!! I was wondering when this next pdf would be out :D Just reading the titles for the upcoming artworks makes me really curious too, even though you are following the show roughly, it's still exciting to see each entry, you really add so much story each time. It makes me want to watch the last episodes again. <3
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 23rd, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
Great!! I was wondering when this next pdf would be out :D
I post one every ten entries. I remember I spent a lot of time on the first one but now that I have a template with all the pages and textures, it's easier! ^^

the upcoming artworks makes me really curious too
The "big entries" are 22bis, 23 and 24. They are gonna be posted the same day. They work almost like a story board. Thank god I speed painted because there are about 7 or 8 illustrations ><

Thank you so much for your great feedback about my Man of Letters Journal and for patiently betaing the text week after week. ♥
Blackrabbit42: crowbarblackrabbit42 on August 23rd, 2013 11:46 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. I need to find some way to remind myself to check this post every week. Simply amazing. Some of the things you wrote about the bunker gave me thoughts..... And it all gave me feelings.

:)
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 23rd, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
I need to find some way to remind myself to check this post every week.
I don't know if there is a tracking system on LJ that let you know when the post is updated. Otherwise, you'll have a PDF version available every 10 entries to help you catch up if you miss some entries. ^^

Thank you for enjoying the art and the ficlets so much ♥

firesign10firesign10 on August 23rd, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
This is so fabulous!!! Wow!!! The art is so beautiful, really stunning. The poignancy of the art and story both - aaaaaaaaahhhhh, the feels!!! :-D The entries feel spot on, with the wondering and the tryig to figure things out and face what's coming - marvelous. I'm not on tumblr so I'm going to track this for new posts. Many kudos!!
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 23rd, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for enjoying the art and the ficlets so much ^^
I try to add some elements here and there compared to the show mythology (and not to repeat myself because after 27 entries, it's not easy)

Yes, not everybody has a Tumblr and I thought it would be easier to create a LJ Master Post so that people can easily follow the links and read when they have the time. You also have the PDF versions if you are interested ♥
It goes ding when there's stuff: [spn] sam needs pettinscleflink on August 23rd, 2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, these are gorgeous! As always, your ability to capture expressions just blows me away and I want to gather Sam up and give him cuddles (and about a year in bed so he stops looking less like he's about to DIE). Poor Sammy!

The variety in styles and subject matter makes for a really dynamic series. I'm also really impressed with the way you've paired the art and text to give us a sharp, vivid look into Sam's head. There are too many to list all the things that are awesome about all of them - consider this a blanket 'you are, and shall forever be, absolutely magnificent' statement of love for the entire journal. ^_^
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 28th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
and about a year in bed so he stops looking less like he's about to DIE
It's only the beginning of the "sad entries" so Sam is gonna look even more like a real mess in entries 23-24-25. But, hey, you know me now, I love angsty stuff ^^ The main problem was to find good reference photos because 90% of the last ep. of S8 is shot in the dark :/

I'm also really impressed with the way you've paired the art and text to give us a sharp
Thank you! ♥ I'm doing this like a movie storyboard somehow, so some entries are almost like a movie seen frame by frame :)

Thank you so much for your kind words about my art and my ficlets.
Coming from a real author, it means a lot ♥
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petite_madamepetite_madame on August 28th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
HOLY SHIT, the amount of work you must be putting into this project
You have no idea. -___- As usual with me, it's getting completely out of hand. I mean, look at the first entry: it's just a simple portrait with a 5 line text. And now? I'm closer to story boarding sometimes. And you haven't seen the "big entries" yet, that is to say #23 and #24 that will be posted the same day! ><

Thank you so much for your kind words about my art and my ficlets.
Coming from a real author, it means a lot ♥
cellia: heecellia on August 24th, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
Wow! These images are amazing all on their own (your art just gets better and better, which seems impossible!), but the story of Sam's journal along with them makes the whole thing doubly amazing! Just... wow!
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 28th, 2013 03:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm very happy you liked these journal entries so much ♥
I hope you won't be disappointed by the ones that follow, there are 6 more entries before the end of the Hellatus.
Amber: coyoteamberdreams on August 28th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Oh this is great, a masterpost! I too keep missing the posts on Tumblr so now I can get sorted and read them all properly... Awesomesauce!
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 29th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC)
Thank you ^o^
I post once a week, on Thursday so I'll update this post every Thursday night.
Yes, you are right, keeping up with everything that is posted on Tumblr is a bit hard :/
Kat: Sadkatwoman76 on August 28th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
I just love love love all your paintings, not just for this, but all the others I saw as well.
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 29th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your great feedback about my art! ^^
It's very kind of you <3
cordelia_gray: Brotherscordelia_gray on August 28th, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
Yay! So glad there is an LJ post now - I don't do tumblr, so I only see these sometimes, and I can't comment there. I love this series - you capture Sam very well, I think.
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 29th, 2013 10:42 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your kind words ^^
That's the reason why I created this post. Not everybody is on Tumblr and thanks to this master post, it's easier to know what entries have been posted so far! :)
Nina: SPNsiberian_angel on August 29th, 2013 09:57 am (UTC)
I am not on tumblr, so a great many thanks for making a master post here!!! I absolutely adore your insanely beautiful art pieces and downloaded both pfd's - THANK YOU!
petite_madamepetite_madame on August 29th, 2013 10:43 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your kind words ^^
That's the reason why I created this post. Not everybody is on Tumblr and thanks to this master post, it's easier to know what entries have been posted so far! :)