Dreadful spelling aside, Dishonored piqued my interest for supposedly being a bit like Deus Ex and Thief and all that. Seeing as we all know what I think about Deus Ex and I rather enjoy a bit of Thief: Deadly Shadows (never played 1, never completed 2; heresy!), it sat firmly on my radar…
Of course, I didn’t want to jump in too early — so fast forward however long it takes for DLC cycles to run these days, and here I am with a complete Game of the Year Edition.
I have decided to expand this blog’s title to Excerpts from the Life of Rao Dao Zao.
Now I’m hoping to be a professional and all, I need to divorce RDZ the larger-than-life personality from RDZ Industries the fictional-corporation-that-totally-isn’t-a-self-insert-anyway (how can a company be a self-insert? Watch and learn). I went a way towards this with the Project Y4 backstory, what with the company originally being called “RD&Z Industrial” after its three founding members (rather than it being an echo of an ARG from when I started modelling), so this is me just smoothing off the edges in the other direction. Not that anyone will be fooled.
Besides, all my SEO is for Rao Dao Zao. It’s much more distinctive.
Writing is hard. You’d think it’s easy, just a tumble of words, but it isn’t. Not really.
Maybe the restrictions I feel are all self-imposed. Either way, this is a post mortem.
Politics. Bureaucracy. Mismanagement… I’ve got some bad news. The mission
Apparently, I registered with WordPress on this day four years ago: the 17th of November 2009.
It’s been that long? Eep.
I enjoyed the first Thor film. Appropriately stand-alone, it had a strong plot, was highly fantastical and had great art direction; basically, it ticked all the boxes for me.
So naturally, I went to see its direct sequel.
On day 11 I smashed the 20,000 word mark. I was at 20,001 when bath time called.
The rate of production has been as wonky as ever. I keep writing myself into holes and then falling behind for a day, before sweeping forward again to overtake the target. All sawtooth like.
I blow a whole chunk of the mystery in Chapter 4. Now, that’s about 15000 words in, but “chapter 4″ still sounds like a bit too soon for the level of reveal that’s going on; then again, it sort of powers the other half of the novel. I’m only at Chapter 5 at the moment, so maybe my chapters are just far too dense. Not exactly following a conventional three-act structure either, so I’ll no doubt fall foul of that sooner or later.
On track for 50k? Not sure, really. I can still see it bottoming out at 40k. Maybe some alpha testers will help further down the line…