Today there isn’t any writing to show, because you got it all yesterday morning. The rest of the day involved being out almost the whole day, and once I was safely back in the confines of Casa Burg, I didn’t feel like starting on a scene that will be difficult to write. Not to mention I have to start getting ready for work in about twenty minutes, because while it’s a holiday for state employees, as a contractor I only get paid when I work, so I need to roll in about eight and put in at least four hours. Those bills don’t give a shit if I get a day off or not.
Walking around the city yesterday gave me plenty of time to think about where my kids are going. Not that I don’t already know, but still, sometimes you want to get things down in your head a little clearer, while at the same time you go back over events that have occurred and you put a different eye on those matters. Like last night I was reading an excerpt where Kerry said something, and for a few moments I had to think, “Okay, what was he saying there?” and then it came to me because I’ve been living in their heads for way too long.
Also, I have their Timelines.
The timelines for these stories have become almost mythical, at least to my thinking. They’ve been in place for about a year and a half, and I’m still adding to them whenever I get an idea. It’s my way of keeping track of things, like when they did meet, when did they have their first dream together, when does Annie have her first little witch–oh, wait. I shouldn’t talk about that. Spoilers!
Well, guess what? I’m far enough along on this trip that I can now show some of things of which I’ve discussed. Because why not? You’ve already ridden with my kids for a year and a half, so why not see how they arrived at where they are today?
It’s funny how I’ve had to keep these hidden and secret, because there are things on here that do give away a lot of the what’s coming. At the same time I’ve really wanted to bring them out in the open, because putting them together was great fun, and I’ve always wanted to share. With the A Levels behind me, and a good chunk of the B Levels, too, it’s time to show you how it got to where I am.
First with Aeon Timeline, it’s possible to segment things into different groupings. So you can have a “Global” area showing events that affect your world and everything in it, and then you can create little areas that show events for that particular section. What I did, besides having a global event, is set up sections for Annie and Kerry individually, so if there is something particular to them, it stands alone.
There you see Annie’s Story and Kerry’s Story, going back to when they not only started school, but they were first introduced. “Annie and the Tree” and “Kerry Gets Picked” were the first two scenes in the first chapter of the first part of the first act, and it only went from there. If you’re watching the points you see they start in 2011, but end in 2013, which is where we’re at now in the second novel.
But don’t I have things they do together? And what about the school? Glad you asked:
Here are all the things they do together, and below that are all the normal school events, like the duration of racing season, the beginning of classes, when the first and last Madnesses occur, and the dates for Samhain and Ostara celebrations. You also see the duration of each Level: A you see from start to finish, and B is still on-going. You can see the start of their loving one another, Kerry’s trip to the hospital in what turned out to be their first night together, and while you don’t see the timeline for the attack on the school, you see a little mark next to the point, “Kansas City”, and clicking on that opens up another time line showing what they did there.
When you look at the top and bottom pictures–which, in Aeon, are directly above and below each other as illustrated–you may see some points above matching up with those below. That’s because I’ve pointed out individual things that happen within something that happened to both kids: Kerry’s Fifth Time in the Hospital and Annie Goes After Lisa is one example of that. There’s also some detail in some points that doesn’t show up here, but I can access it if I open up the segment in the program’s Inspector.
Here’s one of my guides, and you finally get to see a small segment of this. Believe me when I say it goes back in time several hundred years, and also forward in time about the same distance. I’ve used this for a long time, and you have no idea what I have set up ahead–or some of the things I need to add. It’s all so very strange.
And speaking of strange, this afternoon I’m going to try something that I haven’t done in a long time–and it may just be the strangest thing I’ve attempted yet.