I just realized that two days ago was the fifth anniversary of my Homestuck blog post series. I’m not surprised I missed the date this year, because I haven’t been thinking about Homestuck much as of late. Instead, I’ve been working hard on making SRB2 8-bit covers, binge watching through Phineas and Ferb which I forgot for something like five years how much I liked, and doing a semester of almost entirely online classes (as in, one of the classes has in-person exams but that’s it) while I go to campus for work.
As important as Homestuck is to me, I don’t really feel like doing a heartfelt speech about it today. Instead, I’ll say that my Homestuck post series will resume when that fan project I’ve mentioned before of a definitive way to read Homestuck as originally intended is released. I was just talking about that project with the person running it today, which reminded me I had missed the post series’ fifth anniversary. Technically speaking, it is the fifth anniversary of the release of the series’ first post, but I consider the post series’ anniversary to be the release of the introduction post two days before that. Although I really don’t care for Homestuck^2 or whatever other Homestuck media is being made, I am greatly looking forward to this new way to read Homestuck as originally intended.
It’s a little awkward that my post series is on hiatus right before the last post before the Gigapause, but I guess that’s just how it is. My personal Gigapause with those posts was the one from February 2017 to December 2018 anyway and it’s highly unlikely I’ll have another pause anywhere near that big before I finish my Homestuck posts.
It’s been over a month since my last Homestuck post, so I figured it was a good idea to post an update on those posts while I’m on a week-long trip to Vermont, a state I’m legally allowed to stay in during this bizarre as hell year. I’ll keep things simple and to the point: I will release one more Homestuck post during or shortly after this vacation (the final part of A6A6I2 before Homestuck started the year-long Gigapause), and then put my Homestuck post series on an indefinite hiatus. It’s thematically fitting to do a pause corresponding with one of Homestuck’s pauses, and I’ll be as transparent as possible about why I’ve chosen to do this hiatus.1
DISCLAIMER: I do not have any insider knowledge about Homestuck media whatsoever, unless you count some fan music. When I say “as transparent as possible”, I simply mean that I don’t normally like publicly talking about Homestuck fandom drama.
A few weeks ago (I think it was?), a series of email exchanges between Andrew Hussie, an anonymous figure who I think was one of Hussie’s friends, and two staff members of the controversial Homestuck Unofficial Discord Server (which I’ve been a longtime on-and-off member of) was publicly posted and led to a lot of discourse. Those were the email exchanges that led ownership of the Discord server and corresponding subreddit to be transferred from a controversial figure (Makin) to a less controversial one (Drew Linky), and featured heavy discussion of a controversial figure who was heavily involved in Homestuck’s recent media named Kate Mitchell.
I won’t beat around the bush here: reading what Hussie had to say in those email exchanges downright sickened me. Although I respect the end result of that discussion (Drew becoming the new owner of the Discord server and a “peace pledge” of sorts), it still was a rough experience reading the conversations that led to that result. If you want to see what he had to say, you can probably easily find it yourself, but be warned: it’s extremely draining. Shortly after reading some of those email exchanges, I left the server out of disgust with Homestuck’s current state, not because I think Hussie’s group of friends was in the right or anything (though there is no denying that other sides of the Homestuck community have also made mistakes), but just because I don’t want to hear about this drama anymore. I love Homestuck to death, but I think I’ve finally reached my breaking point regarding caring about its current franchise and I don’t want my perception of this wonderful work of media tarnished any longer—not for a long time, at least.
The only reason I’m not putting my Homestuck post series on hiatus right now instead of later is because it would be so thematically fitting for me to do a hiatus corresponding with Homestuck’s Gigapause. For now, I’ll try to keep this blog updated with posts about other topics, if those come to mind. Maybe I could post about music more often?
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 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.
Post 82 is already done! It covers UU and uu’s chess game and the alpha kids’ subsequent character select screen. I’ll publish it tomorrow morning, as I look at it with fresh eyes, so get hyped.
While we’re at it, I have an actual plan for the next few Act 6 Act 3 posts! That plan is to divide Act 6 Act 3 into 11 (heh, 11/11/11) parts total, which means four left for the act; three before the special 4/13 post. There’s a chance I’ll change my mind and do 10 if one of the parts turns out not to have much material (maybe Calliope’s introduction pages), but my current setup is 11.
As I said on my Twitter, I’ll try to finish as much of A6A3 as I can before I go on vacation on the 19th, then if there’s anything left I’ll do the rest at whatever pace I feel like doing. Once I reach the second-last part of this act, I’ll go back on hiatus. I’m saving the post covering the final part of A6A3, which includes the Unite Synchronization flashes and [S] Caliborn: Enter, for 4/13, the tenth anniversary (holy shit) of Homestuck.
ENORMOUS EDIT: I look at my plan for A6A3 and was I drunk when I made it? Dividing Act 6 Act 3 into 11 posts makes no sense, 10 is so much better. Guess that all works in my favor, not that it matters much; either way, I’m easily on the right track for figuring things out. Who knows if I change my mind again later anyway? It could still be 11 parts.
So as you all know, Act 1 of Hiveswap finally came out. Having first read Homestuck in 2014 and then slowly starting to follow anything related to it closely, I never knew it as a thing to get hyped about or wait for. It was just sort of a background event for me, even as it kept getting delayed and was the only real official Homestuck related thing that could be followed. I’ve still been wrapped up in all that fanmusic stuff I’ve been doing—two old songs of mine were re-released last week on Land of Fans and Music 4, a compilation album that you should really listen to right now. But now that Act 1 of the game is there and right in front of my eyes for me to play, it really does feel surreal. Then today it occurred to me that I could dump more of my dumb rambling about the game on this blog, even if I know probably nobody will read it.
I’ll probably post a review of Hiveswap here when I’ve finished playing through Act 1. I’ve already gone through quite a bit of the lore and connections to Homestuck’s plot, which really brings me back to the days when I actively updated this blog.
Speaking of which, the Homestuck commentary post series is still kind of a hanging idea in my head. It’s one I don’t actively take the time to think about, but when I do, I briefly get an urge to work on it before I forget about it again. I like to imagine that someday I’ll get to work on the abridged commentary, which more and more I feel I would do from scratch. Maybe when the fabled epilogue rolls around, I’ll finally regain all my old motivation??? I honestly don’t know at this point. I do look forward to seeing how the rest of Hiveswap rolls out.
EDIT (9/18/2017): I finished the game yesterday but I’m still working on the post.