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The Homestuck Finale

  • Posted on April 19, 2015 at 11:48 pm

For those of you who follow my blog, you are aware that I am Homestuck Trash. Basically what that means, for the uninitiated, is that I read, almost religiously, a webcomic called Homestuck. And for the Purists, yes, I came in after the trolls were introduced, and I don’t care.

I started Homestuck when I was nineteen. A little old for the target demographic, but I instantly bonded with the characters. From John’s dorky love of ‘the animes’ to Jade’s amazing freedoms, I was reminded of myself at that age. In fact, I identified with them so much that they started me writing fanfiction again. (I’ll spare you the gruesome details.)

Homestuck is a webcomic of second chances. I started reading it six years ago, when it was new, and dropped it, like so many people do, before it got good. I picked it up a second time and discovered an amazing story. It got me to give Tumblr a second try. The fandom goaded me to try NaNoWriMo. Even in the webcomic itself, time travel and extra lives prove time and again that second (and third) chances are a universal thing, built into the fabric of paradox space.

Homestuck is about growing up, taking chances, making mistakes, and building your own world. Sometimes with your friends, sometimes with family, but always your world.

Through John, we learn how one simple word or deed can change everything. Through Jade, we learn how easy it is to let one bad friend influence us. Through Rose, we see how difficult it can be to pull ourselves back up from a fall. Through Dave, we learn many things, but most of all, how dangerous it is to live in the past.

No matter what though, my favorite character is Gamzee. He was born to high position. His life should have been perfect. But every step of the way was difficult, from neglect to drug addiction to hurtful friends, to hurting friends. Gamzee has a rough life.

And because of that, and because of his choices, he is an amazing villain. Unlike bratty Caliborn, who simply doesn’t know better, Gamzee had examples, his friends, and chose avoidance and worship of maniacal gods over change.

Whenever I find my fear of change hissing at something, the cautionary tale that is Gamzee’s life plays out for me.There is nothing scarier than change, except perhaps the idea of what sort of monster I might become without it. And whether he is redeemed at the end or killed or something else, Gamzee will always be my favorite for teaching me that.

Perhaps Andrew Hussie didn’t mean to teach that lesson. Perhaps he just wanted to make a story about kids playing a game. However, no matter his intent, he’s given the world a gift. He has taught a generation about persistence, perseverance, and acceptance. I hope, one day, to do the same.

In the meantime, I’ll be over here, reading the ending with tears in my eyes, a pen in my hand, and notes being taken.

Weekly Writing Update – 04/17/15

  • Posted on April 17, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Wow, take a look at that date. It’s been FOREVER hasn’t it? I’ve been without internet for a lot of it, due to comcast stating that our ‘internet signal was leaking’. Whatever THAT means. So, a few updates to my personal situation.

I no longer work at Zales, and am in fact with a previous employer, AFNI, inc. It is a call center, but as this is a work-at-home position, I should be able to balance work and writing, which will be nice. I managed to write an entire 150k word manuscript while working for afni last time. This time, I hope to do a lot more than that! <3

Another thing, I’m getting really into Midori-type travellers notebooks? And I’m thinking about creating my own Book-dori, which is a really interesting idea! I’d use it for bullet journalling and note-taking and idea-writing. So there’s that.

OH! And I am now the proud owner of a turtle! <3 Her name is Hermes, and she doesn’t seem to want to move much… >.> But other than that, she’s a sweetheart, and I adore her.

Word Counts: 

First Book of the Kurylian Saga: 1.5 sections rewritten (Current total: 19,390 words)

Kaimi Rowe Series: Seeker Born – Rough Draft – Restarted

Blue Roses – 9,971 words – Dystopian Love Story

An Asexual’s Guide to Dating – Outlined – one section handwritten

Blog Posts:

One Year Anniversary

Books Read

None finished this week, sadly…

Goals 

Keep Bullet Journaling

Two more blog posts for this blog this week!

Re-re-rewrite Kurylian Saga

Finish Summer at Tiffany’s by Marjorie Hart

 

I’d love to see what you all are working on, craft or project wise! Please, tell me all about it in the comments!

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