Popping the Culture

So I’ve got my first pass pages for A Trace of Moonlight sitting on my desk – my last real chance at making any last edits, catching typos – the small stuff.

They always say not to sweat the small stuff, but in this case small stuff can sometimes make a big difference.

Pop culture is always changing – so sometimes a reference I’ve made in a book made perfect sense when I wrote it…and doesn’t a few months later. Case in point, the above passage is a rather snide commentary aimed at the Mass Effect 3 ending debacle. (The main issue was the the overall outcome seemed to be the same no matter what you did. To say gamers were upset would be an understatement of gross proportions.)

Which is fine, except that a few weeks ago, Bioware released an extended ending DLC that attempted to give the player additional clarity/better ending. From what I can tell, the endings are still fairly similar, but there’s a little additional closure at places.

Did they succeed? Who knows. But now I’ve got a reference to the original that I may choose to keep…or I may update a tiny bit to reflect the change. (Or perhaps I’ll address it in a later portion of the book.)

I’m not sure what I’m going to do. Just thinking over it at the moment. It’s not a huge deal in the long run – the fact that Phin plays Mass Effect 3 has no bearing on the plot, but I find it amusing. And he plays DA2 later on, so you know. Equal opportunity to Bioware and all that.  Though you’ll notice I never actually mention just HOW he manages to play. That’s all up to the reader’s sordid imagination.


Edited to add: I forgot to mention, but I’ve got an interview up over at Mama Kitty Reviews this week. 🙂

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