Anon Question: ICoS, Boyd and psychological effect of the Aleixo mission

I received the below question from an anon at tumblr, and since I wrote a really long answer I thought people here may be interested in it too.

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Hi!
I answer below the cut to avoid any potential spoilers, but since I know a lot of people won’t click that I want to highlight something before I answer.

Please check out the below links—and research more—to find out more about human trafficking and sex trafficking that’s happening right now in the world. Some of these links lead to organizations you can support through donation or advocacy, and others tell you ways you can help fight the issue on your own.

If we ever were to publish Fade, I would really like to be able to include some of these links in the book for people to get involved if they were affected by anything in the story itself.

Okay! Onto the answer. (and once again it’s super long, I’m sorry)

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Anon Question: ICoS, Boyd and brainwashing

Since I completely geeked out on my answer to the below anon ask I received at tumblr, I figured I may as well share it here too.

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Hi! That’s a great question but I feel a little hesitant to give you an exact timeline without having done a ton more research. Also, I’m sorry I took a day to respond but I wanted a chance to think about the best answer and also to gather some of the different topics into one place.

Sorry this is the longest answer ever, especially considering it’s probably not the answer you were hoping to get 😦

The reason I can’t give a super succinct answer is there are actually a lot of background pieces to this topic.

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WIP Files 10/18/14: RESEARCH, Vivienne, Cedrick and Julian Jones

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It’s funny how many tabs and various pieces of media I collect when researching. And how starting with one question pushes me back one step, and then another.

For example, I know certain aspects of Vivienne and Cedrick’s lives, but I have been sitting down and finalizing dates and details in order to continue writing Julian Files (Cedrick and his friend Julian from 2005-2006), and to write Domino (Vivienne’s backstory from childhood to 1/27 anthology).

I know Vivienne worked for the CIA prior to the Agency. I’ve been determining the exact title she held, how long she worked there, and more.

  • This means I’m looking at the requirements of working for the CIA, two important points of which are that you must be a US citizen and at least 18 years old.
  • The question then is when did Vivienne gain US citizenship (and trying to make it realistic).
  • This question gets into types of citizenship in the US: birthright or dual citizenship. No one in her family had American citizenship, so she has to do naturalization.
  • Looking at the timeline for that is dependent in part on whether she is married to a US citizen.
  • That leads to the question of whether that includes dual citizenship, and whether Cedrick was able to have that.
  • This gets back to Cedrick’s situation: while he was born in Canada (as I have it now), his mother was American and so was all of her family.
  • In researching whether he could have dual citizenship, it will fall in part on whether or not his mother could have dual citizenship in the US and Canada or, barring that, if she was able to remain an American citizen while living in Canada.
  • Which then gets to the question of when she would have become a dual citizen, if ever, whether she was able to do so, and thus at what time in her life did she meet Braeden, and at what age did she move to Canada.
  • Knowing that (as I have it now) Cedrick and his siblings were all born in Canada, that means that most likely the timeline has to be before 1976 or between around 1976 (when Amy and Braeden were married) and 1977 (when Riley was born).
    • Cedrick (and Vivienne) weren’t born until 1980, and then Aiden was born 1983.
  • Meanwhile, I know that Vivienne had Boyd in 1999 (at age 19)

Incidentally, Jesus. The Beaulieu family is cursed. Whenever I look at the genealogy I wrote, I remember how much both sides of Boyd’s family were fucked as far as not having long lifespans. A lot of his family died young, in accidents, or they lived to an old age but it was before Boyd was born. By the time Boyd is born, his living family members are very, very few– and the ones who know of him even fewer, and of those the ones who want anything to do with him are down to one: Cedrick. Just Cedrick.

I also realized how awful the end of  the 1990s were for Cedrick:

  • 1994: paternal grandparents Olivia and Bevan die in their home from carbon monoxide poisoning
  • 1996:
    • maternal grandfather William Daniels dies of a heart attack
    • paternal great-uncle Damon Beaulieu dies of natural causes
  • 1998: younger brother Aiden Jacob Beaulieu killed by a drunk driver in an accident. Age: 15. Driver gets off on almost nothing in court.
  • 1999:
    • maternal grandmother Evelyn dies of a stroke
    • Cedrick’s only remaining family killed in the Lexington bombs (mother Amy, father Braeden, brother Riley)

And then Vivienne… her life will be fun to write, but I need more proper research materials. Once I answer all these questions about dual citizenship and CIA and the like, it’s going to be frustrating because I’ll need to focus more on the French aspect of her life, and I really wanted to have better source materials for that.

As it is, I’ll have some wikipedia articles but… I wish there was an equivalent of Born Rich or The One Percent for the wealthy French.

Because Vivienne was really fucking rich in France.

I don’t know if it’s ever been properly explained in the series–probably not, since she rarely talks about herself or her life. If someone wanted to call her princess, while they would be incorrect as far as her not being royalty, they would not be far off as far as considering the amount of wealth, privilege, but also responsibilities, pressure, and expectations she had as a child/young woman. At least, after her parents were killed. Her parents had protected her from that life but their deaths took that more simplistic, loving atmosphere away from her for good.

If anyone knows of good documentaries, or films, (in French with English subtitles is ideal, but I could get away with Spanish subtitles too) or books in English that talk about the wealthy or privileged in France I would LOVE it.

RESEARCH: DC Evenfall vol 2 ch 3, photos and video

I utilize Google streetview a lot in the process of writing stories, so I can accurately describe the area and get an idea of what the character would be going through in various scenes. I tried something new, with recording one of the ‘walks’ Boyd would have gone on. The video below was the third attempt at making this; for some reason, trying to record my screen and using Google streetview simultaneously slowed my computer down immensely and made it kind of jolty.

If you like this, let me know and I can try to do more in the future. Hopefully I can refine it where it won’t take so long to focus each time.

Screenshots I took in different places along that walk:

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WIP Files: 1/13/14, RESEARCH: Laskar Pelangi, film, Tayla/Liani

I watched Laskar Pelangi, Rainbow Troops, which is based on a book by the same name written by Andrea Hirata. It’s about a group of poor school kids and their devoted teachers in Gantung, Belitung Island, Indonesia, in the 1970’s. More information on the book/film can be found at wikipedia.

This is the location where it’s set:

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And here is where you can watch the movie with English subtitles (hit the little cc button if you don’t see them appear right away).

The movie made me laugh and cry. I thought it was really good. I liked two of the kids in particular; Lintang and Mahar. Mahar is really funny about midway through the movie, and he cracks me up how he keeps calling the other kids, “Boy.” He has a swagger that is so endearing. Lintang is super intelligent and a really good kid. I liked him a lot because he was also the glue that held others together in places.

I recommend the film if anyone is interested in the topic. I haven’t read the book but I’m assuming it would be as good as, if not better than, the film.

Fade research: chapter 40/41

This is the research I compiled regarding the huge spoiler for Fade chapter 40/41. For those of you who have read the series, this is regarding the thing that has major personal ramifications for one of the characters. Note: the research behind this cut may be uncomfortable for anyone who has particular feelings on the topic.

DO NOT READ BELOW IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THROUGH FADE CHAPTER 41. This information is a HUGE SPOILER. I’m serious.

Note: if you follow my blog on Goodreads, I posted this there as well on April 22, 2013. In fact, the rest of this post is a direct copy of that entry.

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