… until I finish my Homestuck posts. I only have 11 Homestuck posts left, and I should be able to finish them well within the end of this year. Once I finish those posts, a huge weight will be lifted off my back, and I can move on to other insanely ambitious projects that no normal person would ever think of doing!
My classic Homestuck blog post series, the one I’ve been writing on and off since 2015, is on the verge of completion. I have only 14 posts left (start of A6A6I5 to the Snapchat credits), which is maybe more like the verge of the verge of completion, but it still truly feels like the final stretch! I’m greatly looking forward to the day I finish my Homestuck post series and the triumphant feeling of completion that it will surely bring… but what does that mean for my rewritten posts?
I had originally planned to end my rewritten Homestuck posts with the end of Act 5 Act 1 (the trolls’ arc), but I decided a few days ago that it would be better to finish those with the end of Act 4 instead. I’ve chosen this earlier cutoff point because I’m not motivated enough to finish my rewritten posts all the way up to Act 5 Act 1, but I still want to finish those at a natural cutoff point. I’ve been sitting on my next rewritten post (Act 4, part 2 of 6) since early March, and I’d love to finish rewriting my Act 4 posts before I’m finished with my Homestuck post series as a whole. Four and a half rewritten posts doesn’t seem like a tall order alongside the fourteen classic posts I’ve yet to write (after I write my Psycholonials review post, I have only one chapter before I’ve finished playing/reading it).
I had long wanted my rewritten posts to effectively supersede my original Homestuck posts, but now I think that if someone were to subject themselves to reading my Homestuck posts in comic order, it would be most interesting to start with the original posts and see my writing style and opinions on Homestuck evolve over time. As such, I’m not as fond of the idea of rewriting my Homestuck posts as I used to be, but I still want to give them a proper cutoff point rather than abruptly ending partway through Act 4.
For real, though, I want to finish my Homestuck post series as soon as I can so that I never have to think about Homestuck again! Even though I know deep down that I’ll never truly be free from Homestuck, it will be very liberating when I’m done with this ambitious project that I’ve willfully subjected myself to and could cancel at any time but have merely chosen not to. I can finish my Homestuck posts, and I will finish my Homestuck posts, much unlike what I thought during my nearly two years of hiatus through most of 2017 and 2018.
WordPress is still dreadfully buggy and annoying to use
This semester is still an insane workload and I’ve dedicated my remaining creative energy to music stuff
Homestuck^2 so far is absolute garbage and I hate even acknowledging that it exists
Sonic Robo Blast 2 v2.2 is the actual best thing ever and if you haven’t played it yet you’re really missing out
Also, I’ve been sitting on my next mainline Homestuck post (part 103) which has been unfinished for over a month now. I doubt I’ll get this post series back into the swing of things until May at the very earliest, unfortunately. Know that despite this current burnout, I probably always will love Homestuck to death.
In the mean time, I’ll go ahead and post an underappreciated track (click the link) made for the SiIvaGunner: King for Another Day Tournament, a giant musical project that was arguably the most fun I had doing anything ever.
Trust me, I won’t let my promise of having a faster Homestuck post schedule in 2020 go unfulfilled. I really should have mentioned sooner on this blog that my laptop hasn’t been in good condition since last September, which is a big part of why my posts were released so slowly in the last few months of the year. Now I’ve finally gotten around to ordering a new laptop, which should arrive a few days from now. My posts will most definitely be faster, for real, and I mean it this time, when the new computer happens.
I’m on a trip to California right now until the 31st (immediately followed by MAGFest 2020 as I’ve mentioned before), and though I don’t normally write blog posts while on vacation, I was already over halfway through my 101st Homestuck post so I’ve decided I will finish that post during vacation. Right now I only have a few pages left to cover so you should expect that post to come at most a few days from now! It’ll probably be my last Homestuck post of 2019.
I’m afraid Cookie Fonster Dissects Homestuck Part 100, my post series’ fabled (under a very broad definition of “fabled”) entry into the triple digits, will have to wait a bit longer than I initially thought—probably not until mid-December or so. There’s two reasons for that:
(1) Finals are approaching which is always very busy, but usually not busy enough to pause blog posts were it not for:
(2) The SiIvaGunner: King for Another Day Tournament, which I will be putting most of my creative energy into making music for over the next few weeks. Regardless of your opinion on a YouTube channel best known for putting memes into video game music, I highly recommend taking the time to check out some of the musical arrangements that are being posted to the channel as we speak!!! There’s been some incredibly killer tunes so far and there will be MANY more to come.
There will be a rather short window of time in December when I’m likely to have the energy to make blog posts: roughly from 12/10 to 12/17, where I’ll probably fine myself bored one day and crank out a lot of blog posts just like my Homestuck post series’ grand resurrection last year. I will be going on vacation from 12/18 to 12/31, then to MAGFest 2020 from 1/1 to 1/5. After that, I suppose we’ll see what happens.
Reformatting old blog posts is harder than it sounds. So much stuff got totally messed up and it’s led to quite a bit of busywork and a bunch of clumsy going through everything and fixing dead links, image size, post date/time listed, pesterlog text formatting, fancy fonts… a whole bunch of bullshit that I’ve started to sort of fall off the wagon of. And it’s caused my third case this year of, let’s call it “blog burnout”. A burnout that causes me to just sort of keep forgetting my Homestuck post series exists. I estimate this burnout will end in November or December and I’ll resume my Homestuck posts with my fabled (by me) trickster arc post.
I’ve also been working on a non-Homestuck blog post I need to finish: a post reviewing K-ON! which is arguably the best work of media I’ve ever consumed, like seriously it’s so fucking good you need to watch it to believe it. I’ve been hyping up that post on Twitter a lot and I really need to get around to finishing it instead of being affected by blog burnout.
I won’t be posting to this blog for much longer, because last week I purchased the web domain cookiefonster.com! I’d wanted to do so for years and I’m glad I finally did it. The domain is hosted via WordPress, which is much more customizable and viable as a real website than Blogger.
I’ve imported all posts from this blog to my new domain, which I haven’t launched yet. I had planned to launch the domain on October 1, but the date may be delayed as late as October 4. The reason for the delay is because when I imported the posts to WordPress, a lot of the formatting came out wrong and there’s a HUGE amount that needs to be manually fixed. As I’ve been going through the posts in chronological order to fix them up, I’ve also taken the opportunity to make some revisions to my old Homestuck posts—specifically from post 36 onwards, because everything before that is unsalvageable without being completely rewritten.
I will launch my new domain when I’m done fixing up my old posts! I’ve had a lot of fun going back through my old blog posts and I’m very excited for the launch.
Four years ago today, on September 18, 2015, I launched an ambitious project that slow grew to an absolutely unprecedented scale. This project is my Homestuck blog post series, which is still going on to this day (mostly because it was on hiatus for almost two years straight). Today, I take a moment during a short schoolwork-related hiatus to commemorate the fourth anniversary of this monstrosity of a project! It feels more like the second anniversary though, because of the aforementioned hiatus. Writing all these blog posts taught me an insane amount about writing, gaining appreciation of literature, and understanding the complex indescribable nature of Homestuck. I owe a lot to this comic—it’s what taught me to READ instead of read, just as the epilogues are what taught me to WRITE instead of write. Next post, covering the trickster arc, is coming in October after I move this site to a new web domain. It’ll be this post series’ effective fourth anniversary special, why not.