Interview with Wildbow

3 years ago | t4nky (Member)

So, I did another one of these. This time with Wildbow. I think I'm getting better at this, but a good chunk of the interviewee. Since Wilbow's been interviewed before, I actually was able to avoid asking him the same questions over again. It was a shame, because I couldn't ask him about site statistics without covering the same ground again, but it did make me focus more on what it takes to be a successful web serial writer. The interview can be found here: https://t4nky.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/interview-with-wildbow/

"An uneducated man may rob a rail car. An educated man can steal the railway."
https://nowhereislanduniversity.wordpress.com/

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  1. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Nicely done. I noticed some kind of weirdness with the formatting from time to time -- it may just be a random browser or font thing on my end, but there were occasional stretches where the text would get much smaller than the rest -- but it wasn't often. The interview itself was really good, and the Penny Arcade cartoon was a great touch.

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  2. t4nky (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I bolded my questions. That may be the problem.

    "An uneducated man may rob a rail car. An educated man can steal the railway."
    https://nowhereislanduniversity.wordpress.com/
  3. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    No, it's in Wildbow's answers. For example:

    "I’d finish the day’s work, get home, write down anything I was afraid I wouldn’t remember if I waited, then I’d read, watch something, or game for an hour or two, check comments and reviews, then spend a bit writing."

    "down anything I was" has very small text in it--the first "d" and last "s" is normal sized, and the rest of the phrase is smaller. When I use inspect elements on that piece of the page, this is what I see:


    <p>

    I’d finish the day’s work, get home, write d

    <span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435758078012_13247" style="color:#222222;font-family:'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:small;">
    <span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435758078012_13246">
    <span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435758078012_13245">
    <span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435758078012_13244">

    own anything I wa

    </span>
    </span>
    </span>
    </span>

    s afraid I wouldn’t remember if I waited, then I’d…

    </p>

    It looks like there's a random block of nested styles that was just thrown in there. It shows up again two paragraphs later.

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  4. t4nky (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Copying things into Wordpress gets weird. I suppose I'm going to have to fix it.

    "An uneducated man may rob a rail car. An educated man can steal the railway."
    https://nowhereislanduniversity.wordpress.com/
  5. t4nky (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Ok, I think its fixed. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    "An uneducated man may rob a rail car. An educated man can steal the railway."
    https://nowhereislanduniversity.wordpress.com/
  6. J.A. Waters (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    This was super interesting and it really gives you perspective on putting in work and effort and thinking long term. I'm enjoying all of the interviews you're doing. Thanks for the continued lovely content, T4nky.

  7. t4nky (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Not a problem. These interviews are fun, quick, and the Wildbow one has so far gotten 674 views since I posted it. That's a pretty big reason to continue to do this.

    "An uneducated man may rob a rail car. An educated man can steal the railway."
    https://nowhereislanduniversity.wordpress.com/
  8. Noema (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I completely and 100% agree with Wildbow:

    John Wick was not a good film.

    Stay tuned for the next exciting installment! https://medium.com/ruin-follow
  9. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    EXCUSE ME. John Wick was a fantastic film! The visuals and choreography were exceptional! As a story, sure, whatever, but as a movie? Yes, yes, yes!

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  10. Emma (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I would have to agree with Tartra. John Wick was fantastic!

  11. Noema (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Noooooo, my precious opinion! I am powerless without it! *Is sucked back into the hellish vortex from whence she came*

    You win this time, but I'll be back.

    Maybe.

    (If there's a sequel.)

    Stay tuned for the next exciting installment! https://medium.com/ruin-follow
  12. Emma (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    There is actually going to be a sequel for John Wick. I will look forward to seeing you again. :)

  13. Wildbow (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    A big issue I had with John Wick was that he consistently made mistakes that broke my suspension of disbelief. If he's so good that he's earned the reputation he has, and survived as long as he has, then he couldn't and shouldn't be giving people chances to get the drop on him, surprise him, or shoot at him enough that they miss by a couple of inches. If he was genuinely the monster he's made out to be, then he wouldn't have survived nearly that long without someone getting lucky. The rest of it, the scene, the strategy, the methodology (leaving the woman alive, how he made his way through the club), it doesn't build on his mythos.

    The 'close call' events are great for the typical blockbuster, but they don't serve the character or the story. Compare to Leon the Professional; in the final scenes especially, Leon is well out of his element, but he still shows an intelligence and level of innate strategy that points to years in the trade. LtP still remains visually gripping, moving, and reasonably logical. Everything up to that point factors in - even the routine of constantly doing situps, and the maneuver above the door.

    Choreography thus gets no points from me for Wick.

    Visuals, it wasn't bad, but nothing really stood out, beyond the very fake looking CGI dog poop.

    It was a summer action blockbuster with good production values (except for the dog poop), but that does not a good movie make.

  14. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I haven't seen John Wick. But I enjoy reading Wildbow words. :D

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/

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