Giant Hawk’s Adventures: The Final Update

Greetings Hawk-tropicans! This is Giant Hawk speaking, and personally, I’d say that there is no better way to start off this post than with a metaphor. I think it’ll explain everything I’ll be saying its own way. Here it is:

Life is, in a way, like a book. You start it having no idea where it will carry you. Like any good book should, it’ll lead through good times and bad, and by the end, you hopefully won’t want to put it down. But once in a while, that book will start a new chapter. Said chapter will run its course, and when it’s done, the following chapter will never be the same. And regardless of how much you may want to go back, you cannot relive that previous chapter the same way again. You can remain in the past, halting your storyline’s progression, or you can continue reading, page by page, awaiting something, whenever it comes, that is just as new and exciting.

Does that make sense? Hopefully, it will in time. For now, I won’t beat around the bush anymore. Let’s get straight into my announcements.

GHArtSketchFromMasterPinpey

Thanks to Master Pinpey for this sketch.

First off, the Giant Hawk Adventures will not be continuing. I know that a lot of you are hyped for it, and I do feel sorry for having to break the news, but I just can’t write the stories properly anymore.

Why, you may ask? The main reason is time. Yes, I understand in my mind what a lot of the events in the GHA would have been. But it takes a lot of time to go through making multiple drafts of these stories, and honestly, they are long. That’s why I originally decided to split them into around six to twelve chapters per book. But even then, these chapters would be very lengthy on their own.

GHArtInTheParkSketchByCrafty

Thanks to Crafty Poptropiqueen for this sketch.

Simply put, I wouldn’t be able to sit down for long periods of time and write them. Between high school, friends and family, my role in local theater, and my personal writing career, I can no longer find the time.

So, for that, I apologize deeply to all of you. I made the decision to create a full-pledged series without fully comprehending what the effects, time-wise, would be in my life.

GHArtGiantHawkByAirRaptor

Thanks to air-raptor for this drawing.

There is a consolation to all of this, though. If you don’t remember, the GHA was going to be linked continuity-wise to the up and coming role playing game Orb Legend, a project headed by the PHB’s own Andrew Wiles aka HPuterpop.

Because of this, the stories of the two have become intertwined in ways that Andrew and I are still surprised by. That is why I will not be leaving my role as story developerfor the production of Orb Legend, and in fact, I will be carrying many important GHA plotlines to the foreground of the game.

GHArtReVeampedProfilePictureByCrafty

Thanks to Crafty Poptropiqueen for this drawing.

I don’t want to spoil too much, but you will actually be able to play the story of what the GHA’s finale would have been in the game itself! Best yet, you’ll do so not as Meridian Sinker, HPuterpop’s character, but as Gryffin Hawke himself! If you haven’t yet, check out Gryff’s sprite for the game, as shown below.

GHArtSpriteForOrbLegend

Thanks to HPuterpop for this sprite.

Now, there is one more piece of news I have to share with you all before I end this post. This may seem sudden, but I have been contemplating this for quite a while. And after making my decision and discussing it with the rest of the PHB staff, I have chosen that it is time that I formally retire my position as author on the Poptropica Help Blog.

As I mentioned previously, I have become increasing busy in terms of my offline life this year. School, family matters, friends, and a hopefully budding career. Simply put, I no longer have the proper time to dedicate to this amazing blog and the community around it.

Fishy-GHandMeriwether

Thanks to Slanted Fish for this drawing.

Now, I must clarify something quickly. I have discussed my decision to leave personally with my brother Paul, aka Ultimate iPad Expert, and he has confirmed that he will not be leaving the blog. He will continue to stay with you all, hopefully for years to come; a choice I am completely fine with. He has made a connection with this community that I cannot properly make anymore, so I wish him the best of luck in the future.

Of course, the hardest part of this decision is regarding the people here I have grown to respect, care for, and admire. I most certainly have met a great number of amazing people during my stay here. People with great imagination and a lot of talent. People like the entirety of the authors on the Poptropica Help Blog, CraftyPoptropiqueen, DJ-Rosietta, Cyber-Girl920, Popular Wolf, Dangerous Eye, Tall Cactus, Anne14tco, TechnoBunny16, MasterPinpey, Air-Raptor… The list is truly endless. I wish you all great luck in the days ahead.

GHArtChristmas2015ByDJRosietta

Thanks to DJ-Rosietta for including me in this drawing.

So as I go, I want to wish you all a very sincere thank you. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and for this blog. Without you, none of this would be possible, and I am nothing but proud of how this community has grown. And if you have anything you wish to say to me, or if you have a question, feel free to leave a comment below. Thank you all for your time, your friendship, and your loyalty.

GHArtBootsSketchByCrafty

Thanks to Crafty Poptropiqueen for this sketch.

Until we meet again…

— Giant Hawk

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108 thoughts on “Giant Hawk’s Adventures: The Final Update

  1. Tall Cactus says:

    NU JOSHUA!!! You were an amazing author, I remember your first post back in October. Good luck on your next chapter in life, I’m sure it will be great. We’ll miss you…
    -Tall Cactus

  2. Striped Lizard says:

    “It well may be that we will never meet again in this lifetime, so let me say before we part: so much of me is made of what I learned from you. You’ll be with me…like a handprint on my heart…
    And now whatever way our stories end, I know you have rewritten mine by being my friend…”
    -from “For Good” from Wicked
    I’m so sad right now. You will be missed by everyone in the community. You were a fantastic author. Here’s the link to the song I am living right now (For Good): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxIf2PV7yPI
    -SL ;(

    • Giant Hawk says:

      Oh wow, that’s a nice song. Props to you for showing it to me. And thank you for the beautiful words of farewell.

  3. Wild Shark the Superhero says:

    What, another PHB Author leaving?!!! Oh well, I’ll never forget you, Joshua, or the Giant Hawk Adventures.

  4. Mr. Skinny Ice says:

    WHAT, you’re leaving? Well, you have been a great author, and we’ll never forget you. Good luck on your life.

  5. Lucky Wing says:

    WHY THE FUDGING FUDGE IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME?!?!?
    Zeus is messing with my fate isn’t he.
    ok, I’m sorry that you’re leaving. (Must not cry) I was really pumped for the Giant Hawk Adventures, (Must not cry!) *sniff* but i get not having time. There’s a reason my fan-fics aren’t going to be graphic novels. But, man. *tears up* i’m ok, i’m ok. ALRIGHT IT’S A LIE!! *starts crying*

    I’m gonna go eat chocolate now.

  6. Marshmallow says:

    Must. Not. Cry. MUST. NOT. CRY. *Sniff*… *Snuffle*… OH I CAN’T TAKE IT! But I respect your decision. I’ve even made you a little goodbye gift,

    I hope I will see you soon. I wish you lots of luck in life (Or book, or whatever).

  7. SlantedFish says:

    Goodbye, Giant Hawk. It was great having you on this blog, and I know whatever you go on to do, you’ll do it well. Although GHA did not end up becoming the full written series we all hoped for, it was brimming with creativity that may hopefully take on a new form for us to enjoy. Thank you for your part in this community, Hawktropican! 🙂

  8. Tallmeloniscool says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GIANT HAWK IS GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Brave Tomato says:

    Hey-ya, GH. I swear I teared up a little when I read this. I’m really sad to see you go. I’m really gonna miss ya and your posts here. However, I do wish you luck on what the future holds for you and your writing and such. And since you said you’re still gonna be with OL, I’m looking forward to that too. ^_^ Take care! 😌

  10. Dangerous Eye says:

    *falls to the floor and gets run over by car*
    *dramatically flops dead*

    *hiccups*
    *bursts into tears*

    So what’s done is done and like even though you were my favourite author and things I know you’ll still be around and there’s Orb Legend and you’ll be VOICE ACTING I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU! Keep writing, living, schooling, theatre-ing, friend-ing, family-ing, whatever else you’ve gotta be doing because you’re great and deserve to rock this life! So yeah, thank you very muchly for joining this blog and brightening my days with your posts 😛 And thank you for noticing this random person—who neither blogs nor does anything—and calling me your friend :’)

    All the best!
    ~ Ray

    • Giant Hawk says:

      No problem Ray. 😀 I’m glad I got the chance to get to know you a bit. And hey, perhaps we can still chat on Discord on occasion.

  11. short feather says:

    i now make a multiverse phb funreal in his honor all invites exsepaple I don’t d care about grammar ritew now anybody tot ooot sad to usew garaamar sob

    • Giant Hawk says:

      I think that sounds about right…

      Well, I wish luck to whomever is chosen in the future to join the wonderful staff of this blog.

  12. Slippery Raptor says:

    Hey Joshua, I am terribly sad to see another PHB author leave the blog. Even though the series did not continue, I’m still excited to see its part in Orb Legend. I wish you the best of luck in the future, and I hope we’ll still stay in touch with Paul. May you continue your knack for writing and I hope we can see each other in the future. 🙂

    • Giant Hawk says:

      It’s the strangest thing, isn’t it? Goodbyes are always too sad…

      Nevertheless, thank you for popping in to say goodbye.

  13. Whovian-Pegasister says:

    My gosh …

    You were my favorite PHB author, Giant Hawk. I know I haven’t been commenting for very long, but I was always reading this blog, and I was there when you first joined. I always related to you and your writing, and I felt like I found a kindred spirit – I’m a writer as well.

    So here I am, finally having the chance to comment on one of your lovely posts, and you’re leaving.

    I’m going to miss you, GH. You and your writing. A lot. Goodbye.

    (I teared up when I read this post … ;-;)

    • Giant Hawk says:

      Well, Whovian-Pegasister, it’s a shame I couldn’t have first met you sometime earlier. You do indeed sound like a kindred spirit.
      Nevertheless, thank you for your kind words. Hopefully, you can continue in your writing. I’m sure you are very talented in that regard.

      • Whovian-Pegasister says:

        No, thank YOU for your kind words. That has to be the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me … gosh. I’ve never had anyone believe that much in my writing …

        You know, GH … well, actually, you don’t know … my weekend hasn’t been so great, so it was really sweet of you to comment back at all. Thank you.

        *eats chocolate that Lucky Wing gave me*

        I suddenly have an idea. Maybe I could start working on an MPIP and send it in? The real question is if anyone would bother to read it.

      • Giant Hawk says:

        Oh, well trust me, people will read it. I’d actually be curious to see it as well. I’m sure you’ve got an interesting history. 😀

      • Lucky Wing says:

        i would totally read it! I’ve actually been thinking of making one myself, because i realized my life here is really complicated. it ended up really loooooooong…..
        Anywho, enjoy the chocolate! I really can’t wait to read what YOU write. i write too, so this is sort of a blow. Ouch.

      • Whovian-Pegasister says:

        Oh, that’s really nice of you all! Thanks! I’ll just have to find a good time to write it.

  14. Mighty Heart says:

    Good luck with everything you want to achieve. I know what you mean. Life is life. You need time to find your thing. Best wishes man. We’ll miss you bunches, but I respect your decision. I know for a fact you will be awesome at whatever you want to do (let’s face it, your 100% beast- I saw that on a peers shirt, only saying “I’m 100% beast”). I know I don’t sound like it- but I’m holding back tears. Good luck GH. *Silently cries and tries to take one of Lucky Wing’s chocolates but Whovian-Pegasister slaps my hand and takes another*

  15. Mighty Heart says:

    I’m not the best at drawing boys, but I wanted to give it a try and it wasn’t half bad!
    file:///C:/Users/Nanchick/AppData/Local/Temp/File_000-1.jpeg

      • Giant Hawk says:

        I’m flattered you made something for me. Although, the link you used appears to be for your computer’s personal files. I can’t quite see where it leads. 😛

  16. Jasmine2016 says:

    In galactic hot dog island, when I was free princess dagger, the hawk broke the rock I was supposed jump off of before I could jump, what should I do?

  17. FairyTale says:

    I come back and see all this. T^T So sad to see you go. You were one of my favorite author. You were an amazing author. I’m not good with words and goodbyes sure are sad. But all the best. We will miss you.

      • FairyTale says:

        And just like Dangerous Eye said I’m happy that you will be voice acting in OL. 🙂 Can’t wait for it! I hope I will get to chat with you on Discord, even though I don’t get to chat with much with you due to different time zones. xD (Besides I’m NatureBeauty on Discord. I feel like I should change my username to NatureBeauty on here. xD )

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