You know how you have heroes who you watch take a beating from the world, and get trampled by minions who’ve taken over something they’ve created? And you watch the over-throwing bastards who trample them ruin all the good stuff they made, and make a complete mess of this wonderful thing they put into the world that you loved?
Well… for me, that’s a thing. And today I told a bit of that kind of story in Chapter 2 of Ohio 4 — and while I got angry all over again that stupid arrogance of that sort is endemic in businesses, and that anyone who dares to take a company public and put it into the hands of a board of directors is ASKING for disaster, and begging to see whatever he or she made wonderful turned into absolute crap…
It does happen.
And I figure the world has a place for cautionary tales, too, doesn’t it?
So while today’s little episode is just a tiny, minor, couple-of-scenes side story in the novel, I was very happy to write it.
And I am very happy to give this secondary character guy of mine a second chance, fueled by the knowledge that the people who didn’t build the company (those boards of directors) couldn’t give a shit about the company they were put in charge of. And he loves what he did, and will love it again.
To this fictional board of directors, that company is just stock options, and cutting costs, and raking in their own profits at the expense of employees and customers.
Meanwhile, my secondary-character guy has love, and passion, and crazy-wide knowledge, and brilliant skills, and drive.
And now, he has a good friend in LOW places. (Little in joke. It will make senses when the books come out.)
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