From June 11, 2011 to June 9th, 2012, Worm started and 408,001 words were written in a year. Ward started November 11th, 2017 if you don’t count glow-worm. As of November 10th, 2018, Ward is 796,409 words long.

Ooh! Happy anniversary for Ward!

It doesn’t feel that long ago that you guys told me Glow-Worm had started. But it also doesn’t feel that long ago that I started this blog, and we’re coming up on 22 months of that soon.

And damn, here I thought Wildbow’s pace during Worm was really strong already!

Also, if you finish Worm and want to read Worm 2: Worm Harder, be sure to read the in-between story Worm 1 ½: the Wormening. Important stuff happens, or so I’ve been told.

Glow-Worm, right? Yeah, I wouldn’t skip anything like that.

The “Wildbow’s name” ask is wrong. Wildbow calls himself that because of a glitch in an old game where “Wild Boar” was listed as “WildBow” in the game. He just stuck with it.

I think the other asker’s point was less “why Wildbow goes by Wildbow” and more “why Wildbow doesn’t go by John McCrae”.

But I very much appreciate hearing this side of it too. Video games are a good source of names…

Did you guys know that the “well” in “Krixwell” comes from the default name for the main character of Scribblenauts, “Maxwell”? I had been using “Krix” (which is just the first three letters of my meatspace name plus an X) in some emulator games, and then when I played Super Scribblenauts, I decided to make a portmanteau when naming my character. It felt more complete, so it stuck. And these days people call me “Krix” as a natural shortening of “Krixwell”, usually without knowing that the name was originally just that part.

(Oh, and I have a friend on Discord who’s actually named Maxwell. Naturally, there’s been some joke shipping of us because of the names.)

krixwell-liveblogs:

Given that tomorrow is the centennial of the ending of the First World War, I figured I should take this opportunity to tell you why John C. McCrae typically goes by the name “Wildbow” on the internet. John McCrae is also the name of a famous Canadian poet who enlisted as a medical officer in WWI. In 1915, while mourning a fallen brother-in-arms, McCrae composed a poem entitled “In Flanders Fields” after noting how quickly poppies grew around the graves of the dead.

Allegedly unsatisfied with the poem, he crumpled it up and threw it away. Another soldier returned the poem to him and convinced him to keep working on it (again, allegedly). The poem was first published in 1915 and quickly became very popular. McCrae died of pneumonia while serving in the line of duty during January of 1918. Today, the poem is read at countless ceremonies in Canada every November the 11th. Here it is, reproduced in its entirety: 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields. 

Ironically, I only received three out of five parts (Sharks said part 4 was missing. I don’t know whether she screened part 5 for spoilers or that was missing too.), cutting off the poem from being “reproduced in its entirety”. I found the rest online, though:

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

This really is a beautiful poem.

Happy centennial of peace from WWI, everyone.

I’ve never used this site before, so I don’t know if this is a good way to get around that. Anyway, part 4 and 5 of the ask I was trying to send are as follows:

(4/5) Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The Torch: be yours to hold it high!

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields. | John McCrae 

(5/5) The original version has the word “blow” replaced with “grow”, but this is probably the more common version. 

Wildbow published Worm under that name so as to not be confused with the more well-known Canadian named John McCrae. This isn’t really relevent to Worm, but I thought it was an interesting background detail that you might want to know.

Yeah, that’s pretty much what I figured you were getting at. It’s pretty cool. 🙂

Given that tomorrow is the centennial of the ending of the First World War, I figured I should take this opportunity to tell you why John C. McCrae typically goes by the name “Wildbow” on the internet. John McCrae is also the name of a famous Canadian poet who enlisted as a medical officer in WWI. In 1915, while mourning a fallen brother-in-arms, McCrae composed a poem entitled “In Flanders Fields” after noting how quickly poppies grew around the graves of the dead.

Allegedly unsatisfied with the poem, he crumpled it up and threw it away. Another soldier returned the poem to him and convinced him to keep working on it (again, allegedly). The poem was first published in 1915 and quickly became very popular. McCrae died of pneumonia while serving in the line of duty during January of 1918. Today, the poem is read at countless ceremonies in Canada every November the 11th. Here it is, reproduced in its entirety: 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields. 

Ironically, I only received three out of five parts (Sharks said part 4 was missing. I don’t know whether she screened part 5 for spoilers or that was missing too.), cutting off the poem from being “reproduced in its entirety”. I found the rest online, though:

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

This really is a beautiful poem.

Happy centennial of peace from WWI, everyone.

sorry about your boat

This feels like a joke about ships, but I’m not sure what you’re apologizing for, considering my ships are doing fine… Sorry. :p

Or perhaps you’re talking about the recent collision between two actual ships here in Norway? Ehh, probably not.

Na, the scentless man is not Grue. It’s just a misdirection to remind us that he exists, so his ascension to be the Endboss works right. There will be much destruction, escalation and deaths, but in the end Taylor convinces Scion to join the fight in exchange for the half cocked chicken. The scentless man tries to master the Endbringers to fight for him, but it turns out they were projections of Jack Slash who died choking on bugs. (It wasn’t Skitter, but nobody believes her)

Woah, spoilers! 😮

I think Occam’s razor applies here. As long as we find no evidence otherwise, Amy probably didn’t rape Vicky like an Asker implied. Wildbow is a good writer and would probably have written it differently if he wanted to give that message. Rape is an villainous action that Amy abhorred, even in her bad mental state. Despite everything, she wanted to help Vicky. So while crippling her and hypnosis is bad enough, the most I could see her doing is admiring Vicky’s body with her bio-sense creepily.

Yeah, I’m with you on this one. It’s not like Amy at all, even in that state.

Regarding “stories to read next”; I’ve got a few suggestions myself (I suspect a lot of your readership base does :V) but I haven’t bothered to send them because you will definitely not remember them. Once you’re done with Worm, and if you decide not to jump straight into Worm 2: Worm Harder, please open up the suggestion box for recommendations! I won’t feel bad if you don’t take my suggestion, but I’d be sad if you never got a chance to see it :V

That is precisely why I’m not really considering what the intermission liveblog will be yet. I’m not due to finish Worm for another three years at my current pace, so there’s plenty of time for me to completely forget what you guys have suggested.

And yeah, I think when the time comes, I’ll be taking suggestions and ultimately putting it to a poll (though I reserve the right to veto some of the suggestions if they don’t sound like something I might like).