Howdy, howdy! I’d like to take a second to thank Joseph Carro once more for his super helpful guest post last week. I hope everyone enjoyed it. And now, for today’s post, I want to talk about some of the different types of people who make their way into my stories. I’ve actually been a little aggravated lately (I try not to be easily annoyed, but it happens). So, the different types of people I’m planning to talk about are usually the ones who die in my books and stories. Painfully. But don’t worry. It’s just a cathartic type thing. I’m not a sociopath. I promise.
Type the first: people who flake on me. These include, but are not limited to, the people who make plans then “forget” even though you talked to them that morning, the salespeople who make appointments with you then call two hours before they’re supposed to meet you to reschedule because of “conflicts,” and the people who offer to do you a favor then ghost you for six months in the hopes you’ll forget instead of just saying “hey, I can’t follow through, sorry.” I know, in the grand scheme of things, none of this is really important, but it’s still super annoying. And I will smile and pretend it doesn’t bother me, but rest assured… I’ve killed far too many people (some multiple times) for doing this stuff.
Type the second: people who insist on treating me like I’m mentally challenged (or whatever the proper terminology is today). I admit, after it’s pointed out that I’m perfectly capable of thinking and speaking for myself, most people treat me like a human being. But there’s always that one waiter/waitress who tries to walk away without taking my dinner order despite the fact that I ordered my drink perfectly well five minutes before that. I even had a professor in my community college who would always act super surprised when I answered his questions correctly even though he didn’t act that way with everyone else. To be fair, he was a nice guy and I loved his class, but it was a little annoying. It always is when people underestimate your intelligence. I don’t kill off this type of person very often, but sometimes it just builds up and I have to release my aggravation somehow.
Type the third: people who assume I have no life. These are the ones who call up or text and want to make plans for that afternoon/night. It’s not so much my friends who annoy me with this crap as it is companies. And it’s always medical supply companies. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve gotten two calls from people wanting to come out that afternoon or the next morning. I don’t wake up until the afternoon. And it’s a little insulting when they act like I should be home waiting for them. I have a life. Okay, I’m usually at home, but that doesn’t mean I’m not busy. Don’t just assume I’ll be here unless you make an appointment a few days in advance. And then, don’t flake on me. If you do multiple annoying things, torture will precede your death.
I think that’s enough ranting about the types of people who die in my writing. Of course, there are many other categories, but these are the ones that spring readily to mind when I think about this stuff. What about you? Do you use death in your work as a way to deal with people who annoy you? What types of people make it into your work most often? Feel free to share your thoughts or comments here or on my social media pages!