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Naming fictional fraternities for fun and profit

Over the weekend I found my original outline to Fratricide on my computer. In an interesting note, this document was, while clearly framing the acts of the original draft, also written in a bitterly sarcastic tone. If I remember correctly, my attitude at the time was “fuck the Great American Novel, let’s just finish a damn manuscript”.

In that document I have all of the original organization names, which were all derived from three-letter acronyms. Scott’s fraternity, Gamma Sigma Rho, was derived from GSR, of course. What did GSR stand for?

Gratuitous Self Reference.

Never deny the creative power of depression and extreme sarcasm.

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