Backstory trace for “Angel’s Brother”

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The following is a list of incidents in lives of major characters that happened before the main narrative of the novel.

 

ABS YR FICT YR ACT YR Char Incident desc Source DB Code DTL
1981 1981 1981 Bill,Kelly,Rita Bill sells Dallas condo to Kelly in bizarre closing omniscient 2000 2,y
1998 1998 Randy initiation in Baltimore omiscient 2000 2,y
1999 (2002) 1988 Matt Birth Amos helps Sal find it, then Toby met him after Ali’s wreck 2000,3000 20,n
2002 (2005) 1977,2004 Ali Ali loses legs to UFO (or train wreck); heart attack at Faber may be true; Ali’s statements differ from Toby’s Sal finds it hacking Bill’s writings, then Randy finds the train wreck, then Toby has details 2000,3000 15/20,n
2005,2015

(2008, 2018)

2005 2005 Bill Bill’s substitute teaching scandal over his web content, Bill threatened again Sal finds it hacking Bill’s writings, then Randy interviews Bill 2000,3000 14,p
2015 2005 Bill Bill moves to Academy, kicked out of home Randy inerviews Amos, then Sal does it; Sal is still a better detective than Randy at this point,, Sal gets more details as to how Bill was seen as a nuisance; Amos a process server 2000,3000 8/9/14/17,p
1994 1994 1994,1991 similar Amos Amos helps operators tamper with check system Amos might explain this before showing Bill in swimming pool 2000,3000 8,9,n

(First published Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 11:30 PM EDT)

Note: Dates in parentheses assume later publication (maybe late 2017).

Character list for “Angel’s Brother”

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The following is a working list of the characters in my novel manuscript for “Angel’s Brother“.  This table may well be updated frequently. With these people, I get to play god.

 

Name DOB Gender physical Basic Identification
Garcia, Sal 1995 M 74-180-102-104-0-Cau Senior at SMU, in ROTC, gifted in languages, computer prodigy, secretly hired by DIA contractor as hacker
Ephraim,Randall 1976 M 70-160-103-100-100-Cau History teacher and spotter CIA agent, had been released from military unk, will develop rel. w Sal
Ephraim,Erin Shoals 1977 F 70-160-103-100-100-Cau wife of Randy, married around 1998, met in Army, rebab nurse, then works in epidemiology
Ephraim,Dick Shoals Femeri 2000 M 70-140-100-104-0-Cau oldest but adopted son of Randy and Erin
Listesso, Frank 1960 M 75-200-varies-Cau Runs “Academy” and claims to be immortal, but has recently weakened, Bill had courted him at one time
Ldzet, Bill 1943 M 71-160-varies-Cau Sentient blogger whose unpubbed manuscripts track what happens in backstories
Mogul, Ali 1940 M 79-lost-varies-Blk Former FBI agent and military intelligence, retired, injured in accident, lost legs, caused by UFO
Strickland, Toby 1976 M 71-150-90-100-0-Cau.J attorney, friend of Bill, knows Bill’s writings, also claims immortality
Strickland, Shelia Sholl 1976 M 68-irr-cau free spirit, wife of Toby
Mogul, Amos 1980 M 71-150-varies-Blk computer hacker who once tried to frame Bill on mainframes, repentant, now at Academy, also process server at times
Mogul, Ellen 1980 F irrelevant-mixed wife of Ali, surgeon, learns of epidemic, talks to Erin
Skiis, Matt 1999 M 80-104-104-0,Cau-Alien Mysterious teen with powers
Skiis, Kelly 1970 F irrel,Cau-mixed Supposed Mother of Matt (actually Shelia), possible immaculate conception
Gauss, Rita 1960 F immaterial, Black and asian Real estate closer and lawyer with a lot of connections
Colon, Aaron 1989 M 71-103-104-50, Cau Proven to be immortal by ritual

(First published Sat. May 23, 2015, 11 PM)

A nice little doggy race

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Today’s post is quite simple.

At the “Taste of Arlington” (Virginia) street fair Sunday afternoon, in “Bark Park”, there was a nice little amateur dog race.   But not all the pooches understood and wanted to play, when given the chance.

More substantial documentary filmmaking from me is coming.  But for now (contradicting a lecture given by Ben Stiller’s professorial character in “While We’re Young”) this first one will be about me.  So will my fiction.

(Published Monday May 18, 2015, 1 AM, EDT)

QA for “Frame by Frame” at Maryland Film Festival

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The Maryland Film Festival showed the film “Frame by Frame” at the Walters Art Center Sunday afternoon May 10.  Co-director Mo Scarpelli was present for QA.  (Alexandria Bombach also directed).

The film is based on the history of Afghanistan for journalists.  The Taliban banned photography in 1996, but it came back after the Taliban was expelled in 2001 after 9/11, but the government is growing unstable again, meaning that life for journalists is getting more dangerous again.

Clip 1, about the attitudes toward foreign women as journalists and filmmakers

Clip 2, about security

Clip 3, about whether the film jeopardizes security of people in Afghanistan and even of filmmakers or bloggers, given current world situation, question posed by me

Clip 4, about reviewing the film

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Clip 6, about sensitivity to being photographed

(Published Monday May 11, 2015 at 10:45 AM EDT)

Some clips from Washington DC demonstrations for Freddie Gray

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I do have a couple of short clips from the Freddie Gray sympathetic demonstrations Wednesday April 29, 2015 in Washington DC, starting at Verizon Center and moving to the White House, then all the way up to U Street.

The person above was leaving as I arrived from McPherson Square station.  She asked it I wanted to carry the picket.

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(Published Saturday, May 2, 2015, 12 Noon EDT)

Video clips from Sandtown Section of Baltimore after Freddie Gray

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Here are some clips from my visit to Baltimore Wednesday, April 29, 2015 to look at the aftermath of the Freddie Gray riots.

Clip 1 -random conversation of Presstman St

Clip 2 – Billy Graham representative

 

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Note: I now publish video clips from public events on the Media Blog (here) instead of the DADT Notes blog, unless the event deals very directly with some item in one of my books.  This more consistent with my strategy for deploying my own video soon.

There is earlier footage in Washington DC from November 2014 regarding the Ferguson and Michael Brown protests here.

(Published Friday May 1, 2015, at 12:15 PM)

Supreme Court rally, Marriage Equality, April 27, 2015

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I arrived toward the end of the session.  Actually, the ant-gay hecklers tended to drown everyone else out.  I found more sentiment against gay marriage than for, in the crowd at noon.

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Clip 10  some rather twisted logic about freedom from an anti-gay speaker

Clip 11 — note the unusual argument about gays being able to make movies, and the reference to “American Lynching” (Feb. 6, 2014) – note that African Americans were not allowed into movie theaters under segregation.

(Published Thursday, April 30, 2015, 10 AM)

“Limited Partnership”, story of a gay couple and immigration, QA session at FilmfestDC

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The following are some remarks at the Question and Answer session at Landmark E Street Theater in Washington, 9 PM, April 25, 2015, at FilmfestDC for the film “Limited Partnership“, “The Love Story that Defined a Movement”. Speaking are director Thomas G. Miller, and protagonist Tony Sullivan.  His partner or husband, Richard Adams, passed away at age 65 at the end of 2012.

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3  – Note how Tony explains discrimination back in the 1970s as based on supporting an old collective idea of marriage. He also sees government itself as pushing discrimination

 

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Tony makes a pitch for libertarianism, Cato style

 

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(Published Monday April 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM EDT)

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