So, the plotting has begun. Not a lot so far, unless you consider six chapters not a lot.
Then again, I feel like I should have more but I got involved in taking a nap and finishing up my binging of Breaking Bad, and, oh, yeah, I needed about an hour to chill my shit after my latest Sense8 recap received a comment from one of the creators/writers/producers of that show. You know, pretty much a normal Saturday night–
So let’s see what I have laid out so far for C For Continuation, shall we?
Chapter One is pretty much straight forward, and it contains something I’ve yet to do: there’s a flashback. Looking at the dates and times of the first two scenes it’s pretty easy to tell where the flashback occurs, and you may be able to figure out how it’s coming into play. Also, looking at the times, this is almost all an Annie chapter, because it seems like most of this is happening somewhere in the mountains of Bulgaria.
Chapter Two consists of summer get together, and one big surprise that you’ll have to see. To save you the looking up, Rendlesham Forest is Kerry’s meeting with Penny, and The Great Gates of Kiev is Annie’s meeting with Alex. I can tell you right now, these will be fun scenes to write when I get to them.
Chapter Three is the winding down of the Summer of 2013, and there are going to be a couple of surprises here. The dates of the last two scenes should be to let you know they happen about a week and a half before the kids leave for staging in Paris before heading off to school.
That’s Part One out of the way; onward to Part Two. Chapter Four will likely be a short chapters, perhaps the shortest of the novel. It’s probably the tightest packed for time as well, because about a half hour passed from the beginning of the first scene to the end of the third. Short, sweet, and about as to the point as I can get in this story.
By the way, Pour Rencontrer à Paris means “To Meet in Paris,” which is what my kids are doing.
Chapter Five has the kids doing a little roaming around in The City of Light. The first scene is going to see a new Party of Five in Paris, and they’ll have lunch in a cafe where I had lunch in 2006–no, really. The third scene does not have anything to do with a Woody Allen movie of the same name, so don’t expect any time traveling. But scene two: oh, you can expect some tears there, all for reasons that will become apparent when I finally write that scene.
Chapter Six has the kids leaving Paris and returning to Salem. À Plus Tard Paris means, “See you later, Paris,” because–spoilers!–this won’t be the last time Annie and Kerry visit Paris together. Not when this is Annie’s favorite city in the whole world, at least according to her. The second scene will answer a question brought up in A For Advanced, and I’ll likely show a little of the background stuff that goes on when Foundation people are scamming their way through Normal society. And the last scene of this chapter is pretty self-explanatory: the kids finally make it back to the school–they are, so to speak, home.
As I have indicated I’m playing off events already laid out in Aeon Timeline, and this newest version is coming in handy due to the programs flexibility. I particularly like that I can now expand events without having to enter the Inspector, which is now used for editing the events.
And one interesting thing here is that Penny is almost exactly a year older than Annie, with her birthday coming not much after Annie’s. Well, maybe not that interesting, but it’s something I pick up on right away when looking at these new timeline events. We also know the school has been around away, but I didn’t bother with a creation date for Paris, because if you don’t already know it’s older than hell, you need to get into your history.
What’s up for today? Well, I meet someone for lunch, then I begin adding more chapters and scenes. I likely won’t finish plotting this out by tomorrow, but come this Saturday I’ll have the majority of it in place. And since I already know how this novel ends I can begin writing before putting in the last scene.
Like with most of my trips, I know my destination. And I will arrive there safely.