CCX: Well, the author behind the characters here went down to see some Grapefruit League games, and some pretty weird stuff went through his mind.
CC: A couple of characters in particular in one sequence seemed interesting, so we fleshed out a little backstory for them.
CCX: From there it was like, "Wait a minute…yeah, this is interesting stuff…okay, very good… Holy shit, we've got a new story here!"
CC: With the computer still at home in New Jersey, it was just one long day of formulating ideas. Thankfully it was just the one day, although with not much to do during travel, that's still a lot of ideas.
CCX: One-plus days, actually. In fact, the idea for the setting came on the previous day.
CC: Well, considering the nature of the story, a fictional university seemed like the best idea for a setting. With March Madness® in full bloom, it was easy to see how to make an easy university name, and the state seemed to be a given right off the bat.
CCX: We just had to double-check to make sure it was really a fictional school. Of course, there will be real schools mentioned, to provide contrast—and because every school needs a good rival.
CC: Thus, putting Conn. A&M in the Big East, the same conference as UConn, was a must. The rivalry is not quite Duke-UNC or Ohio State-Michigan, but it's right up there with some of the best.
CCX: Actually, Duke-UNC might not be a horrible comparison, although the two schools are not quite that geographically close, because neither of those schools makes much of an impact during college football season, either.
CC: Now, now, we don't want to be angering people in the intro. There will be plenty of time for that later on.
CCX: Right. So, we made the school the title of the story because, well, we can do that and it seemed like the best route to take. Now, considering the source, it's obvious that sports would play some role in this story, but it's not the major focus.
CC: Of course it isn't. Sports may be number one in real life, but romance is number one in our stories.
CCX: Not in Dream, it isn't; which is ironic because that was the starting block for the story.
CC: I thought humor was the starting block for that story.
CCX: Well, things are always a bit fractured in dreams, but it was definitely a love-type dream. Now, on to the characters.
CC: What's there to say about them? The naming process was a little tough, but I think we managed okay.
CCX: Agreed, although I suppose we need to add the usual disclaimer here, too.
CC: I thought original works didn't need disclaimers.
CCX: Not that disclaimer; the other one. Ahem: "This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously and any resemblance to locales or actual persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental."
CC: Right, right, that one. We good to go?
CCX: Should be; most of the descriptions come in the opening chapter. Let's do this.