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.