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.

ATA: ICoS quote for inspiration

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I love art supplies but rarely do anything with them. I was rereading ICoS making notes for future editing and in Fade, a quote stood out to me. I’ve been feeling emo and I thought I could try to use it as inspiration.

I’ve had an oval piece of paper for years that I kept aside for the day I might finally have a purpose for it, and last Sunday I realized this was it. I used oil pastel crayons for the words and then used watercolor to wash over it. I taped it over a big art piece that happens to have the same coloring, because it’s the only space I have above my computer.

If you can’t read it, this is the quote:

“But that was the way it went anytime a person was on the precipice of change. The fear of the future mixed with the loss of the past. At those times, all a person could do was step forward.”

Dead Rain excerpts

Somehow, I had never done any Dead Rain excerpts here?? Is that right? I was looking for them just now and could only find them on my livejournal.

In case anything ever happens to lj, I’m adding the excerpts here as well. Sorry that this is four in one post but I thought it would be easier to have all in one place to catch up. If I did already have these here and didn’t tag them properly, I apologize for the repeat and scroll down to “EXCERPT FOUR” which is newly released today.

Since this book is still being written, nothing is edited properly.

This is the summary for Dead Rain, by the way, which is an LGBT fantasy book I started for NaNo in 2012/2013:

Magic can change a person, twisting them into something they weren’t before. Some kill for this, some try to slow it down, but there is no cure. Not one that’s known, anyway.

Continue reading

Ais’ Terrible Art: Stonework

And now we’re up to date with the latest Ais’ Terrible Art, that I’m crossposting today to tumblr.

This is actually unrelated to ICoS. I bought a program and wanted to test it out by doing a shorter drawing. I decided to try doing an art piece inspired by something I wrote in writing group on April 2, 2012. We were given a randomly generated word and had to write something in 7 minutes based on it. I got the word ‘stonework.’

Here is the video of me drawing it:

This is what I wrote:

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And here is the final product on its own:

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Ais’ Terrible Art: dump post, 2

Continuing the Ais’ Terrible Art dump posts…

May 19, 2014: Happy Anniversary

I decided to try a different program for recording my screen. It turned out to not work AT ALL. I did get it to record but it’s super jacked up. The video is first, and beneath it is the final product.

I was inspired by giuliabo1’s art prompt of Boyd making Hsin a birthday cake. I ended up doing something a little different so it was easier.

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Ais’ Terrible Art: dump post, 1

I got super lazy the last couple of months and wasn’t crossposting over here when I posted Ais’ Terrible Art. I’m sorry 😦 😦

Recently, I’ve been trying to record when I draw on Paint, and making them into speed videos for fun. Below is a dump post of the Terrible Art I did since my last post in March.

May 9, 2014: funfire

I accidentally typed ‘funfire’ instead of ‘gunfire’ while editing Evenfall for Director’s Cut Volume I, and I was amused/inspired by that. This is what I drew below:

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May 10, 2014: How to Make a Terrible Art Comic

The first attempt I got to work for making a video, although it has its problems.

….DAMN THING. I just discovered that it doesn’t let me do multiple youtube videos in one post. I’m sorry, I’m going to have to do multiple posts at once to get up to date 😦