Getting back to Existentia Academica, most of the pieces were coming into place on the game board.
I had an especially interesting character in Sarah Jessup, and one of my primary goals was to start to explore the things that made her character unique. Like Ellison, she is kind of a geek--but in a different way.
What would Sarah's backstory be? If Ellison was going to be hanging out with her a lot, then what would the two of them have in common with one another? How seriously would I portray their relationship? Would it be a romance? Were they simply "friends with benefits"? Or did those kinds of labels even apply to the bond they shared?
After the initial few jokes about Frankie Greene's political views, I also began to realize that I had to step up my writing game with her as well. It is definitely true that I often use Frankie as a means of satirically evaluating the stereotype of the socially conscious Millennial.
I think that these things happen in stages--cycles, if you will. My desire to portray Frankie as a "social justice warrior" stemmed not only from my desire to criticize her views about the world, but also from my awareness that I had once held similar views. In a way, criticizing Frankie was a means of criticizing myself.
The next post will pick up with talking more about Sarah Jessup's development, and how I began to transition her from being Ellison's fun, sexy girlfriend to the role of an experienced older woman with her own emotional baggage.