there’s an xkit extension, auto tagger, that can automatically tag posts for you. that might be easier for liveblogging?

It would help, but unfortunately I don’t use a browser that supports xkit anymore.

Funny I should receive this right now, actually, because I was just looking at an old post of mine that mentioned this within the last hour, as a result of the previous ask getting me to check out the archive for the month it was posted (June 2017).

Anyway, yeah, tagging is a chore, but I’m used to it by now. The only real problem with doing it manually is the risk of human errors like typos or tagging the wrong chapter.

“Also, with that last bit about Wildbow commenting on a readthrough, I can’t help but wonder if he’s aware of my liveblog, or even reads it… That’s a somewhat… scary? thought? But I’d also be honored… I don’t know, really, how to feel about it. I do know that if I’d written a work that got liveblogs of it, I’d be reading them, though.”

He said this when you was on 3.6:

I enjoy [another readthrough] and I do enjoy Krixwell. That said, Krixwell does sort of exemplify what I was talking about in [a blog post] about lack of consistency and the effect of it – I frequently forget about his readthrough until readers tell me it’s started back up again.

No pressure though 

I’m very glad and honored to hear that! Good to know I’m not too obnoxious for him 😉

And yeah, the criticism re: consistency was a fair point. At least I’ve gotten quite a bit more consistent since 3.6, something that I suppose is probably related to me still being in school back then and having to work the liveblogging in between school, homework, sleep and other spare time activities. (I can’t guarantee that something similar won’t happen when I find a place that’ll take me in for work training.)

Just wanted to say I’m loving the liveblog. I’m a big fan of worm, and have shared this account with some friends who have read it. I’m really glad you’re doing this, enough that I rediscovered how to use my long-lost tumblr account to spam you with likes (I’m working through chronologically).

I’m glad you’re enjoying it! 😀

No, the obvious conclusion is that it’s all a simulation. And Coil has gained read access to the memory used by the branch predictor.

Either way, better be careful with those bugs.

Anything can become a badass title if it’s italicized and subtitled with “Extermination”.

  • Arc Thoughts: Extermination
  • Worm: Extermination
  • Lucky Bunny Bounty Show: Extermination
  • My Little Pony: Extermination
  • Homestuck: Extermination
  • Die Hard: Extermination
  • Steven Universe: Extermination
  • Taylor Says “Mucho Cred”: Extermination
  • Miraculous Ladybug: Extermination
  • Border Control: Extermination
  • Little Witch Academia: Extermination
  • …Etcetera: Extermination

Arc Thoughts: Sentinel

Arc 9, Sentinel. Interlude: The Arc.

This was a nice diversion from the perspective we’ve been following, much like the singular Interludes it so much resembles. We got to know the Wards a lot better than we already did, including a couple new ones, and they’re all great, except for Sophia.

Maybe the story as a whole mirrors the Arc-Interlude structure on a larger level (don’t tell me). I’ve commented on Arc 8 feeling like a climax, an “End of Part 1” – maybe we’re going back to Taylor’s POV for the duration of Part 2, this was an interlude between the parts, and we’ll have another Arc like this one after whatever constitutes the climax of Part 2?

On top of allowing us to get to know the Wards – who may have a larger role in the story after this, perhaps – this gave us some time away from Taylor and the Undersiders, during which they could put their plan together, recruit a new member, and get ready to start fucking around in a constructive direction. I’m looking forward to learning what they’ve been up to, and who Imp is.

The Arc title

For once this was pretty obvious. Sentinel is a word that describes exactly what the heroes do, and this was an Arc all about the heroes.

We ultimately didn’t see any crabs, but I still think sentinel crabs are the way this title continues the theme of the Arc titles having to do with things Taylor can control, which is kind of clever.

Prediction review

From Arc Thoughts: Extermination:

Arc 9 is largely a mystery for now, due to the cliffhanger in 8.8, but it’ll presumably deal with Taylor setting the first parts of her plan into motion. If Taylor decided to involve the Undersiders in it, we’ll also be dealing with her trying to regain their trust.

There’s also a chance we’ll learn more about Noelle’s situation towards the end of the Arc, given the tendency of Interludes to cover content relevant to the Arcs on both sides.

Nooope.

Well, we did get back to Taylor setting the first part of her plan into motion eventually, but from a very different perspective than I had expected when I wrote this.

I do want to note that once I figured out the gimmick of the Arc – which was easy given the title and the first chapter or two – I was able to make some fairly accurate predictions about the structure of the rest of it. For the last three chapters, I successfully predicted specifically who was the next POV in line, which is something I’ve never really been able to do for the Interludes due to their much larger number of characters to pick from.

Predictions for Arc 10

First and foremost, tagging is going to get just a little bit more annoying now that I’ll have double-digit Arc numbers to write three times per post. :p

Other than that, we’re presumably going to finally learn what Taylor’s planning to do. It kind of seems like her plan involves personally setting right the specific wrongs she sees, but I doubt it stops there. I think she intends to try to fix the systems and social dynamics in play, to the extent she can… but how?

We’re also going to get to know Imp. My prediction for her power amounts to it being “something mischievious”, but I’m honestly more interested in who she is as a person and how she became part of the Undersiders. Maybe she’ll be a bit mischievious to match the name herself? I’d appreciate that, I like mischievious characters.

I’m also curious about whether Chariot has anything to do with them, or if Piggot’s right about him working directly for Coil – or, the third option, someone entirely different. If him working for the Undersiders (or working for Coil and being planted in the Wards at the Undersiders’ request) isn’t addressed relatively early in the next Arc, I’m prepared to dismiss the hypothesis.

So yeah, I guess that’s it for Sentinel! See you next time!

Another thing of note in 2.6:

Lisa ignored Brian’s question and winked at me, “Girl’s gotta have her secrets.”

“Lisa’s half the reason we haven’t failed a job yet,” Alec said.

“And our boss is a large part of the rest,” Lisa finished for him.

“So you say,” Brian grumbled, “But let’s not go there.”

This is some nice early foreshadowing of Coil’s power. Lisa’s saying Coil is responsible for them not failing jobs, but she’s the only one who actually knows how and she won’t tell Grue why she’s so insistent about that, which annoys him given that he can’t actually see Coil’s influence for himself.