Here is the plot timeline template chart for the plot of my novel Angel’s Brother.
More table entries will be added as I work through the manuscript.
The table presents the events of the novel in the order that the reader would encounter them.
The codes are explained on this legacy blog post. Flashback codes normally refer to secondary characters when named.
It’s important to document what actual evidence Sal, Randy (or Q or Foss) have of anything that “Bill” experienced or wrote in his fiction, at any particular point in the novel.
|1-0100||20200526||Randy (49), Sal (21)||Meet in “Come and See” mode||Auschwitz,, 2, , article||1000||clues in dress, five minute chess game|
|1-0101||2006||(U) Bill,||Bill’s public blogs||2100, 2000||recall seeing Sal on train|
|1-0190||20200526||Sal suggests Randy is what Bill would like to have been (/)||Salt Mine|
|1-0200||20200526||Call home||Cracow hotel||1000||look up Bill|
|1-0300||2013||Sal||recall having Sal when subbing||train thru Poland (/) ; Dallas||2000|
|1-0400||20200528||Randy||physical||Brussels||1000||in good shape for age|
|1-0410||20200528||Randy, Foss||debrief||Brussels||1000||change in plans; recall Ali had been hacked|
|2-100||1988||Randy||recalls hazing||VaTech, Baltimore||2000||a night to remember|
|2-200||1998||Eandy, Erin (48), Dicky (b 2004)||Marry, adopt Dicky||Dallas||2000|
|2-300||1998, 2003||Randym Q (60)||converts to civilian intelligence; takes cover job as sub teacher||Dallas||2000||Given hacks to do on “Bill” out of interest in aliens;|
|2-400||1981(ref), 2003||Randy||learns that same real estate agent had closed Bill (/)||Dallas||2000, 2100||also learns rumors of Bill from biker bar, Monroe I|
|2-500||2004||Erin||gets out of Army becomes UR nurse||starts learning of epidemic|
|2-600||20200529||flies over Poland to St Pete, looks at rumor files||1000||rumor Bill had imagined new disease when Erin has heard about it at work|
|3-050||20200530||Sal ,Lurku(60), cat||gay bar, Lurku reinforces idea that Sal is better than most people||Amsterdam||1000, 2100||Sal checks info he got from Randy iPad thru Randy’s wife Erin (38), a surgeon, about new disease; maps to Bill’s novel|
|3-100||2004||Sal||Sees Virgini Mary||Harlingen||1000||Sal wonders about his gifts|
|3-200||2013||Sal, Rusty (13)||Rescues Rusty, gets better||Guadalupe||1000|
|3-330||2016||Sal, Matt (13)||Sal meets Matt||Popo, Mexico||2000, 2100 (1962)||Bill, NIH, friends tale (telepathic notes??)|
|3-300||2016||Sal, father (63)||Family moves o Wisconsin||Near Sparta WI||2000||The “cycling capital” can set up an issue that Sal will pass on to others|
|3-310||2018||Sal, Bill||Sal meets Bill at hotel conference, scans Bill’s novel off laptop||2000||“balding blogs”;|
|3-200-I1||1981||Bill, Kelly||Bill’s real estate closing||2000|
|3-320||20200530 c||Sal Lurku||Sal explains hacking strategy||1000||Recalls 2 earlier meetings with Randy which Randy may have forgotten; some clue was to why they met at Krakow|
|3-330||2002||Ali (60f) Amos(40f), Toby||Ali in train wreck after Amos visit in Bill’s manuscript, meets Tony||Allentown PA||2110|
|4-100||20180601||Randy||Visits Dt Petersburg, including adult booktore||St Petersburg||1000|
|4-200||20180601||Randy, Lurku||Retrieves ingot, hard drive, old computer frame in trash dumps (multiple)||Ladoga area||1000|
|4-300||20180601||Randy||Randy escapes Russians following him into Finland||Imatra, FN||1000||Russians build up troops, cyberattacks|
(First posted on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 at 8 PM EST, to be updated frequently).