Ah--land ahoy! I FINALLY feel like I'm getting to the end of the writing/rewriting bit. A couple of scenes to cover (probably 10 or so) and I'll be able to go back and do the detail work. But the heavy lifting's almost done. God, I just used about three incongruous metaphors in a row, didn't I?
I am nowhere near close to releasing the Beta, however. More art to do, some music to add, and yes, some more writing that involves fleshing out earlier scenes.
And Now, Some Thoughts About B/B
I'm pleasantly surprised to see more and more B/B games showing up on the Lemma Soft Forums. It makes me feel not so...alone! With regards to my own game, I'm curious to see how it's received by players. I feel pretty outside the Yaoi culture with its tropes of dominant/submissive characters, etc. I keep hearing all these Japanese words used to describe what I think are common relationship roles (tsun???) but I have no idea what they mean. I'm pretty sure I'm relying on some pretty common tropes myself--just consciously not the popular Yaoi ones. It'll be interesting though if those tropes end up in my work anyways, out of pure coincidence or a confluence of other factors.
One thing I found out recently is that B/B Romance is actually a growing genre in the U.S. Written mostly by women, written mostly for women. I find this completely fascinating, of course.
Speaking in gross generalities: a lot of men avoid romance literature, both gay and straight. My husband and I had an interesting discussion about this. "Why is this?" "Well," he told me "Romance readers just don't want to read about what men are REALLY like."
I suppose that's why it's 'romance' and not 'realistic' fiction, right? :0)
I've never been big on the romance genre, gay OR straight, but I do like how there is something practically for every taste out there.