|Get it? GET IT?|
Fixed the sexism okay and thank you. /bitter today.
I don't have an answer for this question in terms of Nagnomei, because I write that one with the idea that every character I introduce is a "potential", as in it's possible they could be used again later in a more prominent role if necessary. However, I don't take the same idea in CROSS// because one is a huge epic fantasy with a contienent full of players and the other is a smaller urban fantasy with only a few prominent characters. But like any long-term story that I start on, within a few chapters I've got characters that I realize are going to keep popping up whether relevant or not.
People who read CROSS// the first time through would probably be surprised to learn that, originally, Miranda was supposed to be a minor character. The idea was that she was gonig to be the lewd and lecherous commander that kinda flirted, showed leg, and unapologetically slinked around the background for my own amusement (and to annoy the crap out of Danielle). The running joke was going to be that she was always trying to get some with Danielle, the blonde didn't want none of that, hardy har hurr hurr even lesbians sexually harrass each other. But within the first few chapters of the first book, Miranda went from minor character to antagonist with a huge background. Oops! And now she's one of three main characters. Oops again!
Lesson: never underestimate your minor characters! They'll come for you. =(