Félix Saparelli

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a.k.a. passcod

Monthly Update: August 2017

Posted on Aug 10 ‘17

This is a monthly-update

It has one parent: Monthly Update: July 2017

Me and the dark always

I drafted a game called Me and the dark always that tries to go against the general practice / consequence of current designs that the “looking” action in games is free. It ended up being a slice-of-life game concept which deals with tiredness through a few aspects.

I’ve got most of the mechanics drawn up, some basic art sketches, the story elements for a limited demo, and some vision down. I have a rough idea of the high-level implementation. I’m aiming to continue developing the idea on paper until Yule, then trying for a first playable in early 2018.


In early July, I got inspiration for writing some of the chapters that were missing from the first draft. In mid-July I rewrote the entire outline and added a lot more details, revealing that for consistency and pacing I had at least a bunch more chapters of material to write, and a bunch more things to add in existing chapters.

I continued adding to and revising the outline throughout the month and even amended it today, and this week, and last week. It’s a much more living document, now.

In early August, the outline and its detailed timeline let me catch a profound anachronicity in a reference to future characters I had thought so clever to include but had actually messed up by fifteen years, so it’s definitely helping!

Before, I estimated this work to go for about 20-25k words. It looks like it’s going more for the 50k mark. But it’s a much better work than I ever imagined, so that’s ok.

Writing pace has picked up, and my goal (which I think is generous) is to start publishing in December at the latest. I’ll probably spend NaNoWriMo doing final revisions and polish, if that’s the case. If I finish earlier, who knows?

I published the prologue (and first bit of Naema I’d written) on AO3.


New job is going good. Got my first “boring” project this week, a refactor with little in the way of exciting parts. It’s a bit tedious, but it’s also nice and calm and methodical work. DT and SB provide good distractions and liven up the place. Not a dull day passes, with these two!

I accidentally used “þ” instead of “th” in a tweet, but I like it! I think I’ll use it more, and not accidentally.


I started on a redesign of the plotbot for NaNoWriMo. More news next month!


As usual, only “good enough to be listed” newly-read fics are, well, listed, and not everything I’ve read during the month. Especially recommended fics are in bold.

  • {HP} the family potter. {10k words}

  • {HP} There May Be Some Collateral Damage. {61k words}

  • {HP/Buffy} It’s All Relative on the Hellmouth. {112k words}

  • {LotR/HP} The Shadow of Angmar. {154k words atow}

  • {HP} The Black Prince. {139k words atow}

  • {HP} A Long Journey Home.

    The premise is the most interesting I’ve read in a while, even in the already crowded genre of time travel, and even counting time travel closing-the-loop fics of the same order of magnitude on the time scale. Which, by the way, another very good fic which comes close to the premise and scale is one recommended last month, the Of a Linear Circle series.

    However, A Long Journey Home shines by its radically different story-telling, a sequence of extended vignettes in the long life of one Jasmine Potter, showing many stories and histories, each standing alone with grace and yet much richer for its part in the whole. The theories and explorations its characters go through, both personally and of magic, are rendered beautifully and yet without glamouring or wonderwashing, and without the praise-science-preach-science approach of ‘conventional’ rationalist fiction.

    And yes, this is rationalist fiction, but embedded in great writing as an integral part of the work, instead of using the work as a mere transport. {203k words atow}

  • {HP} Applied Cultural Anthropology, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cruciatus. {162k words atow}

  • {GoT} Blackfish Out Of Water. {97k words atow}

  • {SW} Ad Utrumque Paratus. {19k words atow}

  • {SW} people think the strangest things. {4k words}

  • {SW} Lost Reflections. {31k words atow}