I haven’t posted much since the Conference. There’s hasn’t been much to post. I really don’t do much except work and write. And the world doesn’t need another word count tally.

I had half an insight while writing The Faith Machine: A protagonist was going to die in the first act to show the stakes were high. For this purpose I created Gabby, the hillbilly with poor impulse control who could force a crowd to listen to her talk. But Gabby grew on me. I saw potential to use her throughout the story and stories beyond.

So Gabby got a say of execution. But I still wanted someone to die. So I created 97:4, the Bible-banging electrokinetic with pica. But she grew on me too. Lesson learned; I make awesome characters that should never die disposable heroes aren’t my thing. Maybe that’s why I fixate on characters who died before their full stories played out, like Thunderbird and Swordsman.

Maybe so, maybe not. Either way, that’s a blog post. See y’all at Comic Con!

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  1. Don’t be afraid to kill your darlings. You can always repurpose them later (prequel adventures, miracle ressurrections, alternate/thinly disguised versions).

    Comment by Frank — September 25, 2014 @ 9:50 am

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