Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Character Sketch Fragment: Jonnathan Quinn

Jonnathan Quinn is, at this moment, slated to be the main character of my novel-in-progress.  This is a short, two-paragraph sliver about his background.

Even before enrolling at Barr, Jonnathan Quinn's friends called him “Quinn.” Even as early as middle school, his family name had been his primary appellate, and indeed he had become so accustomed to hearing it that his first name sometimes failed to elicit a reaction from him. There wasn't anything wrong with “Jon,” mind you, it's just that there were so many other Jons and Johns and even a couple Jhons (presumably with either foreign or troublesomely negligent parents) running around with less interesting – or at least less easily pronounceable – last names than Jonnathan Quinn.

Like so many things in his life, Jon had not been consulted on this particular indicator of his identity. Without objection he had allowed the world around him to alchemize his name, and by the time he was a student at Barr he couldn't even remember whether it bothered him or not. He simply was “Quinn,” for better or worse, and there was nothing he could do about it.

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