*sees a half dozen asks about a news update so it must be good, runs and checks—*
Aw friggin finally, we’re close to some actual content! :D
TL;DR version: Andrew has made some progress on Homestuck but frustratingly little on the whole — “3 months worth of work on HS” out of the last twelve — and since he’s fed up, he’ll start dripping pages(?) out on some sort of update schedule, as of some time in mid-late October. Woohoo!!!
I’m really not upset that “not much is done” — especially since I can laugh at the people who thought it was almost finished — when compared to the concept that we’ll be getting a slow-drip of updates instead of a batch-posted or act-by-act-posted grand finale. We couldn’t be absolutely sure before, since he never SAID it would be released in bite-sized pieces (though it made sense for him not to do it in one big batch because the server would absolutely crash forever, no matter what), nor could we be sure that said bite-sizes would be, well… anything close to the drip of ?? pages per day we received when he was actively updating. Now, we have confirmation that not only is this what he always privately meant, but also that he couldn’t possibly have enough done to release Homestuck any faster than his previous update schedule. We’ll get a handful of pages a day, if we’re lucky, and maybe even only a handful of pages on set days of the week.
You know what that means, right?
It means it’s almost TIME FOR SOME FUCKING THEORIES again!
Ever since the gigapause started, word was that the “ride” was presumably over. No more pointing out the implications, potential hidden meaning, or overturned ideas in each day-to-day page release. No more gasping that a theory might be right or wrong based on new evidence, and discussing it with everyone, arguing about it with people at length. No, there was no place for the day-to-day speculation anymore; all the theories were going to be either proven or disproven by an enormous “batch” update containing everything up through the end of Homestuck, and other than polishing off what theories I could already patch together from the backlog (I almost can’t believe I got the Cherub Post finally done for instance), there was no more “work” for me to occupy myself doing regularly regarding Homestuck. It’d been a roller coaster trip full of exciting ups and downs, and it was over.
Not anymore! We’re unpausing, and we’re going to get pages in an extremely similar drip to the old pace, though likely slower. Goodbye looming, boring superbatch series-ender that answers all our questions at once. Hello again, incremental, miniscule bites of hint-laden story which cause us to scratch our heads and tear at each others’ throats out of disagreement, floundering speculatively as each successive update disproves everyone’s previous expectations as humiliatingly as possible! :D :D :D
I missed all this so, so badly. Thank Author-God it’s back.
Oh, also, the megalithic Homestuck fandom is going to churn awake and start manufacturing enough discussion, fanart and content with every update-day to compress into the occasional neutron star. That’s the big Gigapause absence active fans lamented the most — and I lamented it as well — but since you’re on my blog, I figured I’d start with my most selfish theoryreasons first. :)
The fandom is going to start grinding ahead at its old speeds again soon enough, and — according to the surprisingly serial nature of this news, this ‘unpausing’ as opposed to a batch end — is likely going to be at it for at least another year of regular Homestuck updates. Compared to how it would have been, imagine how big this fucking fandom is going to get before this is all over.