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Kind of loopy today

So in the middle of trying to put this e-book annotation thing together, I'm also slipping away to work on Black Ribbon (which is probably the most fun way to work on something--sneaking off like you're having an affair with it), and I've just realized that I do something really weird when it comes to minor characters. I don't create a character and then eventually go, "You know, I think I need to kill this one off." (Okay, that did actually happen with one character. It's probably going to happen more frequently as I progress through the series.) See, usually I imagine vaguely outlined scenes with--red shirts, I guess you'd call them--and then go back and give them personalities so it's not totally obvious which one is going to get killed when that scene comes around. And also, so you'll at least be a little invested in them. But the purpose of the character, as originally conceived, is to die at some point. The problem then is that I give them just enough personality that I get interested and it's like, "Now I don't want to kill him! DAMMIT!" There's at least one newish minor character who started out this way and ended up being so awesome (in my own mind, I mean) that she actually got a somewhat expanded role for the rest of the series. You know, instead of being killed halfway through the first book. Meanwhile, I still need someone to bite it in that earlier scene.

So now I've got a very minor character who still manages to have a fairly significant Death Scene of a Minor Antagonist at the end, and he needs a name (a particular nationality), I have an idea of his background, and it's slowly occurring to me that he's actually one of the smarter antagonists--killing off someone stupid really isn't that interesting, and also, it's less likely that an idiot would have made it this far--and now I don't want to let him go. But the fact that I don't want to let him go suggests that killing him off would, in fact, be pretty effective. SHIT.

(I must sound like a total space cadet, that I haven't settled these things out five years into the writing of this book. Look, the story is, in part, about a shadowy gang of criminals. You're not supposed to know them very well yet; the ones who survive, you get to know better in the next books. So it's kind of about having these characters run by now and then in very quick bursts--the challenge is to sketch them as vividly as you can in the fewest words possible, without dragging the story down--and I decided to let the rest of the story, the majority of it, the part that's actually about the heroes and the major antagonist(s), develop and then see what that story required of the henchmen, essentially. My process is weird, what can I say.)

Meanwhile, a request from nerves_patterns: "I'll be teaching a freshman comp course, and I'm basing my teaching of rhetorical analysis and using blogging in the classroom around the theme 'Going Viral' - as in, viral marketing, the proliferation of memes, analyzing these methods of communication, etc." So, know of some good viral campaigns?

(Man, I suck for not already having a "viral marketing" tag, since I love it so much.)


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