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January 11th, 2013

A Title, Two Names, and Some Floundering

I’m sure you’ll all be happy to note that my visual novel—previously referred to as RaJWLBLaFIaMCfA—now has the working title of Civil Blood. If your freshman English teacher did not require you to memorize a passage of Romeo and Juliet, you probably don’t remember the reference from the prologue: “Two households, both alike in dignity,/In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,/From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,/Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”

(Boring fact: We were only required to memorize one of five passages, but I was an overachiever and learned all five of them. The only lasting impact of this feat is that over a decade later I am being driven mad by the fragments I can’t fully remember and have been too stubborn to look up. Surely I can recall some simple Early Modern English poetry written in iambic pentameter by that Shakespeare hack! It’s going to spontaneously spring to mind any moment now.


On top of settling on a title that doesn’t completely suck, I have figured out the three variables I need to track in the game that will determine which of five endings the player earns. My design/brainstorming document is just shy of 1,200 words, which does not include the three outlined scenes (which are really more like chapters, but I’m being unoriginal and breaking the VN into Act X, Scene Y segments) in my notebook that I have yet to type up. The goal this week is to put those outlined scenes into electronic form and start the decision tree/flow chart that I’m going to need to keep myself from getting seriously confused.

My MHEMS novel is still in need of a working title, but at the very least I have settled on names for two of my main characters. I also have compiled a list of female, male, and clan names that I can grab from when needed. (Thank you, Heian Era Emperors, for having dozens of lady friends and about eighty billion children.) The goal this week is to settle on a title and start writing.

My final ambition for the week is to post a review for N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy and finish reading The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells. Here’s hoping I feel less rebellious tomorrow and can actually focus on being productive. In the meantime, there is snow outside, which means hot chocolate and a fuzzy blanket are in order.


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