@vermont chick Well, yes and no. I only shell the characters that demand to be in resin form, which is a good thing or I'd have 500 dolls (or more!). Finding the right doll can sometimes be hard but not because of the sculpt most of the time. Usually it comes down to some other thing like finding the right height/body type or even more vexing, the right resin colour. I do have a doll that I bought white and had dyed black so dying is a perfectly valid option but I prefer to have the resin itself the colour I need where possible. I am face-blind (prosopamnesia) so it's generally not the whole of the face that does it for me since I can't see a face as a whole object. It's usually a specific feature (often the eyes) that will make me take a closer look at a sculpt as a possible someone. Generally though, I'll see a doll and know right away who he is. Other times, I'll really like a doll but not know who it is and keep going back to it over and over again before it finally clicks on who it is. It was that way for Fei-Lau (DZ Edward). I kept going back to his sales page on DZ for nearly a year before I had the little 20 watt bulb in my head turn on and realize who he was. My very first doll, Moswen (AoD Chi), I knew who he was the second I saw him. He can never be any other sculpt. Eilam (SD Vito Rail) was the same. When I was having a hard time finding Rhas-Khan (Eilam's husband), I tried to put Eilam into other sculpts that were taller (like 60cm or so), he was having absolutely none of that BS. It took me... 4 years to find Rhas-Khan (Soom ID51 Gluino). More often than not, I'll be browsing around looking at dolls and one of them will make me click on him. I'll either know exactly who he is right off the bat or it'll need to percolate in my brain for a while. Right now, I have one doll buzzing in the back of my head. I don't know who he is so I'm ignoring him. I've learned that it's best not to encourage anyone. I'm sure that eventually he'll step up and say, "This is me. I must come home now." Then I'll need to find his partner *sigh*. Generally speaking, I don't kill off my main characters as I'm far too attached to them. Secondary characters... oh they are Red Shirts. I don't like killing off some of them (I felt terrible killing off Subari and cried while writing the scene even though Subari wanted to die) but others don't bother me at all. I know how Moswen (he's my favourite) dies but I'll never write it because it upsets me too much. That's not to say I'm not very cruel to my characters, because I am. I torture the hell out of them. More than a few times it has been literal torture; physically, emotionally, psychologically and sexually. Sometimes all of that at once. I've brought many to the very brink of death but not pushed them over the edge. I've brought many to the edge of what they thought was their breaking point. Some fall over the edge, some don't. Some may wish to die but I force them to live and work past the hell I'm putting them through.