Homestuck post series 5th anniversary post

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.

Happy fourth birthday to my Homestuck post series

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.

Homestuck posts are on mini-hiatus

I’ll make it brief this time.

Schoolwork has been piling up lately will likely continue to do so as my fall semester progresses. Because of this, I’ve decided to pause my Homestuck blog post series for probably about a month or two (starting from 9/10, the day I released the last post). Amusingly enough, I put these posts on hiatus right before the trickster arc, which should be a fun and/or terrifying place to get back to. October 1 is still the day I plan to move this blog to a custom web domain and my posts definitely won’t resume until after that date.

As usual, these plans are subject to change.

My Homestuck post schedule for the next few months

For the first time in almost three years, I’ve been outputting a steady weekly-ish stream of new Homestuck blog posts! Posts that aren’t rewrites of old posts, that is. And I am extremely proud of myself for regaining that old motivation.

School is starting next week for me. It’s going to be my third and final year as an undergraduate student, after which I’ll probably get a full-time job (I have a part-time job on campus this fall semester and probably also spring). As I said in an earlier post, with school coming up I feel it’s a good time to bring back my schedule of new Homestuck posts every Friday morning (but probably earlier). I’m going to continue this schedule until the end of Act 6 Intermission 5, then probably put my Homestuck post series on a short hiatus just like Hussie did after he finished Act 6 Intermission 5. I already know exactly how I’ll divide my Homestuck posts for these next few acts and I have planned dates for each of those posts. My plans are as follows:

  • 08/16/2019 – Part 92 (A6A4 + A6I4) (done!)
  • 08/23/2019 – Part 93 (A6A5 part 1)
  • 08/19/2019 – Part 93 (A6A5 part 1) (released early!)
  • 08/23/2019 – Part 11 rewritten (Act 3 part 3)
  • 08/30/2019 – Part 94 (A6A5 part 2) (released two days early!)
  • 09/06/2019 – Part 95 (A6A5 part 3)
  • 09/13/2019 – Part 96 (A6A5 part 4)
  • 09/20/2019 – Part 97 (A6A5 part 5, the trickster section)
  • 09/27/2019 – Part 98 (A6A5 part 6, the split screen section)
  • 10/04/2019 – Part 99 (A6I5 part 1)
  • 10/11/2019 – Part 100 (A6I5 part 2)
  • 10/18/2019 – Part 101 (A6I5 part 3)
  • 10/25/2019 – Part 102 (A6I5 part 4)
  • 11/01/2019 – Part 103 (A6I5 part 5)
Obviously, these plans are subject to change. Not the act divisions, those are finalized and I know exactly which pages each post will start and end at. But the dates are most certainly subject to change. It does feel good though having an estimated date for when I’ll finish Act 6 Intermission 5. It also feels crazy that post 100 isn’t too far away. Obviously my 100th post has to be something special, and I think it’s good enough for number 100 to be the part where Aranea tells us about Caliborn’s backstory.

9/1/2019: “New posts every Friday morning” has evolved from a posting schedule to a deadline, one that I’ve consistently been early for in the past few weeks. I think at this point you can reasonably expect new posts to come out once a week, maybe? Or maybe every Wednesday, I don’t know. I finished post 95 today and I’ll probably make some revisions the next few days and release it, unless I turn out to be REALLY busy with schoolwork.

My Homestuck posts are on real hiatus, for real, again

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the following: my Homestuck blog post series is back on hiatus.

Not to spoil too much about the epilogues, but reading them was… intense.

I’ll try to avoid spoiling as much as I can so I’ll say: I started with meat. I really enjoyed reading it, but it ended as a sad mess of mindfuck. It did remind me of Detective Pony which was cool.

I started candy afterwards but quickly found it unreadable. Not that it’s bad, just that it’s a shameless dump of basically fanfiction. And by fanfiction I mean your usual run-of-the-mill fanfiction, not the holy trinity of literary masterworks that is cool and new web comic, Detective Pony, and Roxy’s Threesome Addiction. I skipped ahead a bit and skimmed a lot; the end of the candy epilogue is also sad.

I think I’m going to kind of not think about Homestuck much for a while. The absolute last thing I want to do is debate with people about the epilogues!!!!! This means I’m going to put my Homestuck posts on hiatus; both the absolute mess that is my regular posts I’ve done since 2015, and my rewritten posts.

During the coming months, I’ll do many other things. Some of those things might take place in a strange alien world known as “real life”. I’ll probably also dive deep into other media, which I have already been doing lately. And maybe I’ll read through my physical copy of Homestuck Book 3 like a normal person if I’m not going to write blog posts about it. 

I have one more Homestuck-related thing up my sleeve; specifically, something related to the comic’s music that I’ll post to YouTube. Till then, peace out. Those four months of returning to Homestuck and rambling about it like a lunatic were fun and I won’t forget them.

One-week hiatus for Homestuck posts

I’m pausing Homestuck posts for about a week (spring break week to be specific), just to work on other stuff during this time. In the mean time for this blog, I’ll work on adding the homestuck.com page numbers to the rest of my posts and I may or may not work on my secret 4/13 project as well. As of today, I’ve done it up to post 66 and will do the rest tomorrow.

Funny that in spring break 2016 I tried to speed up Homestuck posts but this year (2019) I just decided to put them on hiatus instead. Don’t be too surprised if I change my mind and pump out a Homestuck post anyway, it’s just that there’s some other things I’d like to work on over the next week.

While these posts are paused, I’ll remind you guys that much of the content in my old posts, even those after the end of Act 5 Act 1, is outdated and does not reflect my current views. I definitely have plans to update those posts (as new posts, not editing the old ones), but I’m not sure how I’ll go about it after the first 27 posts. Well OK, how I go about is obvious, it’s more a question of when I’ll do it and what blog posts to prioritize.

3/11/2019: All my Homestuck and Problem Sleuth now have both homestuck.com and MSPA page numbers! I even fixed a few mistakes in those numbers.

3/11/2019 (2): I fell behind on the community reread near the end of Act 4, so now I’m skipping all the way to Act 6 Act 1 which is where it’s at too. I may or may not write down a small post covering my feelings about the early alpha kid acts in the next few days.

Finally an actual hiatus for Homestuck posts

As you can probably tell by now I’m low on motivation for my Homestuck posts right now. Some other time I’ll probably do them again but for now I might not do them until, I don’t know, May or so? Right now I’m distracted by a lot of things, schoolwork and otherwise. I could probably do more of these posts late in my school year and during the summer. Then I’ll be going to college and who knows what’ll happen.

I’ve had all these ideas for making these posts better but due to my distractions, when I have been working on them I didn’t even think of bringing these ideas to fruition. Still I really feel I could be doing better with them, as in having a less slow and inconsistent release schedule. When the time is right it’ll happen.

Homestuck posts will be considerably shorter, probably

At this point doing that is pretty much the only way I can continue this stuff at a reasonable rate. I think each post now will maybe cover something like two to three scenes focusing on a specific character or something? Probably about 20 or 30 pages per post which I’ve already been doing pretty often. I still want to progress through this post series despite the steady drop in production rate and I feel like shorter posts will help that.

Next post should come out on Saturday, probably wait no I keep forgetting to work on these posts god dammit. Maybe having shorter posts will make that problem slightly less bad??? Who even knows. Still the next one’s almost done. In the mean time, listen to this music album I contributed to, it’s great.

1/18/2017: My next post really is almost finished and I can probably release it by the end of the day. After that they’ll definitely be a lot shorter. 

Progress on next Homestuck post + vacation update

12/27/2016: I’ve decided to end the stretch of pages covered in my next post a few pages sooner than I thought I would. Next post is two-thirds done now and I think I can finish it before the new year.

It may seem like it’s taken three solid weeks to work on my next Homestuck post, but I’ve really only been working on it for something like the past five days. Keep in mind then before that I took a break from these posts—they were about the only free time thing preparing for finals actually deterred me from. All that is over now of course. I’ll be on vacation during the week of Christmas, where I’ll be bringing my school laptop again; unlike last year I will work on these posts during that time. The scope of my projects has changed considerably over the past year; now it’s mainly these posts and Cool and New Webcomic music.

Next post is about 40% done as of December 22. If I’m lucky, maybe I could finish it around Christmas? No matter what happens it won’t be released before the new year. The next one after that probably won’t be very long, and as with my latest post which was released six days after the previous, maybe it won’t even take that long to make.

Looking back on my old hiatus post from almost exactly a year ago, the idea of pausing these posts for anything close to three months seems completely absurd. It’s still been a fun personal project for me; the main reason my posts have taken so long lately is because of how carried away I’ve been with it.

Homestuck posts will now be weekly

And in addition to that, my next post will be delayed by one day, so that it’ll be released September 4 September 5, which means my plan for at least the next month is to release Homestuck posts on Sundays; this will include releasing a post on the 18th, this post series’ anniversary.

Here’s why: I think this semester, I might legitimately be somewhat swamped in school work. During the start of 2016, I talked about how I haven’t really experienced the effect of school work dampering all the cool fun Internet stuff, but now it has sort of affected work on my blog, at least to some degree. And it’s not just because of school work; alongside that, I’ve been participating in making music for the ever-growing Cool and New Webcomic soundtrack, which is one of the most fun things I’ve done in a long time. But what’s important is, I actually do have a decent load of homework and stuff to do each day, a load that I have a feeling may get bigger as my classes progress. With that in mind, I think weekly posts may be a reasonable thing to do for the time being.

You may be wondering, how far am I with my next Homestuck post? As of today (September 1), I am about 30% done; I’ll be sure to update this number as I go along. Though I’ve been sluggish on the post the past few days, I’ll probably be able to get quite a bit more done on the weekend, especially considering it’ll be the Labor Day weekend.

EDIT: I just made a cool ASCII progress meter to track how far I am with that post. Last updated September 5, 10:05 PM.

                                           100%
Start █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ Finish

EDIT 2 (September 3): My next post will either be delayed by a day or cover a little less content than I originally planned. I haven’t decided which yet but I’m leaning towards the latter.

EDIT 3 (September 4): I think I’ll have to end up doing motherfuckin’ both things. Next post coming tomorrow.

EDIT 4 (September 5): OK, next post is almost done done. I shortened the amount of pages covered even more than previous because god damn have I delayed this post long enough. Because of this, Act 6 Act 2 will be split into six parts instead of five, which I’ll explain further when I finish the post.