April 12: This is a somber day. A day of reflection. You look within and recount what effects this day wrought and hope you overcame it and grew from it. You stand in vigil and talk of those you knew and how they affect you. You weep and mourn as time heals.
So do you remember what this day represents? Of course not, because here, in our reality, nothing happened. The next closest horrific event is Virginia Tech shooting on April 16th. Yet in the Assembly reality, today is the day of the Taft High Massacre, 12 years ago. 12 people died and 70 were wounded. Two were killed by Coach Delamorte and 10 by John Jay Rinch. He also was blamed for the three IEDs that went off in the school injuring 70 students and exaerbating the panic that had already consumed the school and the city.
I created this years ago to fill in some missing holes in the narrative when I was writing Song of Betrayal. Its raw, dirty and not well done. I never really cleaned it up because I never planned on publishing it. But some else changed that. More on that a bit later.
The reason for this post today is this would be the final day for the Assembly characters on their birth earth. Its the day the ‘repairer of the breach’ prophecy is fulfilled and the day all those assembly that had fallen rise again, to help build the new world. Its also the end of the story arc and the end of the series.
While I have no issues with doing stories on the new world, I won’t until I am finished with the rest of the series. This world is far more interesting than our own because things continue to move a bit differently. Like Brady-American (watch the last Tycoon on Amazon. Its actually good.) or the Redlanders (also watch Tiderlanders which I have talked about). Having a group that can change the forces of fate makes for an interesting world.
So about that other thing. It turns out that Archive Of Our Own is up for a Hugo award. First, what is a Hugo Award? The Hugo Awards are a set of literary awards given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. Its the literary equivalent of the Oscar. Not every author gets nominated and its a very prestegious thing to get. It means all your hard work and vision is noticed and honors by peers.
Like those celebrities who say when they walk the red carpet that ‘Its enough to be nominated.’ Its that level of OMG.
So 2019 Hugo award nominees: http://www.thehugoawards.org/2019/04/2019-hugo-award-1944-retro-hugo-award-finalists/#more-3388
Best Related Work
- Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
- Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, by Alec Nevala-Lee (Dey Street Books)
- The Hobbit Duology (documentary in three parts), written and edited by Lindsay Ellis and Angelina Meehan (YouTube)
- An Informal History of the Hugos: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000, by Jo Walton (Tor)
- http://www.mexicanxinitiative.com: The Mexicanx Initiative Experience at Worldcon 76 (Julia Rios, Libia Brenda, Pablo Defendini, John Picacio)
- Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing, by Ursula K. Le Guin with David Naimon (Tin House Books)
So what does this have to do with me and the Assembly storyline? Well, I am apart of Archive of Our Own. This is explains how. Archive of Our Own is a nonprofit open source repository for fanfiction and other fanworks contributed by users. The site was created in 2008 by the Organization for Transformative Works and went into open beta in 2009. As of 2019, Archive of Our Own hosted 4.7 million works in over 32,000 fandoms.
So my love for FakingIt! and the choice to create Amy’s Journal entries along with the written finale added me to the list. Since I incorporated them into my reality this tangentally means that my works are being recognized. This is spectatular.
So for me this when from a somber day that I posted on my calender to remind myself to stop collecting news reports for novel use to a minicelebration that I never expected would happen. So as for Faking It! I did what I promised. I included Karma and Amy into Song of Hope. Amy has the larger part being that she happens to be a near twin of Lorelei. They both will have a greater part in the final novel of the series
When I post the list of novels, I called the most recent one ‘the widening breach’ I wasn’t aware that this is a name of a current scholarly work on race relations and genetics so I changed the title to ‘Song of Hope’. Gwen sings in it so yes, it qualifies.
The story wraps up the events of the Las Vegas Night in Song of Route 91 and explains in more detail about Lorelei’s ressurection, about what a Circlemaker can do and what the ‘repairer of the breach’ is. It also gives more input into who Emmet is and who he was. I even explain how its possible for Lorelei and Amy to be mirrors. I published a couple of days ago so its available at Barnes & Noble right now for $1
With that published, I am now back to finishing Heartbeat Song. This brings me to the final topic of the night, Big Charity.
Apparently the problems with Charity Hospital were worse than I knew. Katrina simply gave LSU and the state an excuse to permanently close the hospital. The hospital had been preennially underfunded because of its age and massive bulk. LSU wasn’t interested in the hospital. It wanted something new that it could charge for, among other reasons. So a short story about how Tyrion and Emmett save Charity the night of the hurricane wouldn’t reallys ave the hospital unless the Hospital belonged to one of them.
So the simple solution is Tyrion owns it. The short story would be a burst of scenes from the twentieth century revealing how Tyrion meets the head of the Sisters of Charity and how he gets involved in Charity hospital though his purchasing the 3rd incarnation (Big Charity, the current empty building) in 1991 from Louisana DHH rather than have it go to LHCA and slowly die. LSU could continue to use the hospital to teach and study but it would have to pay for the privilege. Also, with the size of the building with proper upkeep would lock LSU out from creating another one. Especially if Charity remained free.
I never talked about where Tyrion invested and spent his wealth. This would also explain why he has such a negative attitude about the surface.
I don’t plan on doing that now because I have delayed Heartbeat song enough.
Finally I have settled on a path for Gwen’s career. It will be similar to Jem from Jem and the holograms. Song of Route 91 and Song of Hope gave me the idea that the only way Gwen could rival Taylor is if she appealed to similar audiences. That hook would similar songs and holographic shows. Ie Jem. Basically Gwen takes Katy Perry’s place only much better at writing and singing. Aria shares some of Ariana Grande’s spotlight (she does exist) and I cannonized the fact that Justin Beiber is in fact Michael Cote when I formally published Christmas circle as an ebook.
So as of right now, these celebs have changed paths.
Kanye West: died in 2002 in auto accident before career took off.
Katy Perry: Never got out of Christian Contract, continued to make christian music, never meet those who made her doubt.
Madonna: Chose to not leave Paris after first break and therefore never became the person she is here. Is famouse under real name in Europe and was killed in the attack last year (yes there are muslims attacks there too)
Justin Beiber: Revealed to Michael Cote a pedophile, using this fake identity to attract and molest pubescent girls. Was arrested, tried and sentanced to 70 yrs in federal pen. Was transfered to United States Penitentiary, Pollock (USP Pollock) minimum satellite so he could write Aria’s songs for her.
Dr. Dre: Killed in a drive by on the way home from Vanguard Junior High School in Compton, in 1976 due to gang violence. He was 11 at the time. Yes this means there are no Beats headphones in the Assembly reality. They aren’t that good anyway.
So what happens to rap and Hip-hop? they remain niche music like EDM.
Eazy-E: Eric Wright dropped out of high school in the tenth grade. Wright supported himself primarily by selling drugs, introduced to the occupation by his cousin. He was killed in a drug sale gone south in 1985. (all of this is true expect it was his cousin who died here)
Antoine Carraby: Know to us as DJ Yella, He survived his high school in Compton. However, without Dr. Dre or Jerry Heller he never entered music. Instead, he became a prolific Porn producer. (its what he actually does today. He produced over 300 films)
Lorenzo Jerald Patterson: Known as MC Ren, Patterson joined the Kelly Park Compton Crips, but left shortly after he realized there was no money in the gang. He meet Wright in the gang though so Patterson began selling dope after watching people getting paid. He died in the same drug sale Wright did. His father continues to run a barber shop.
Gerald Elliot “Jerry” Heller: Heller, who had a history of heart problems and diabetes, was driving on September 2, 1984 when he blacked out, crashed his car, and later died at a hospital in Thousand Oaks, California. He still worked at Coast Artists, Associated Booking and the Chartwell, and opened the Heller-Fischel Agency in Beverly Hills, California which grossed $1.9 million during its first year, $3.7 million the second, $5.8 the third, and over $7 million its fourth year of operation representing rock stars the Who, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, and Black Oak Arkansas as well as writers at the time Carly Simon, Van Morrison, and Cat Stevens. He later bought out partner Don Fischel who went on to package independent TV productions. However, without him, hiphop was ignored by mainstream music with was still in hair-band rock and roll era and so allowed for bands like Stanton House Band, (go watch Roadies, its really good.) and Eddie Duran to catch breaks instead.
In fact, Station House will cross paths with Gwen at the 2010 grammys. I will probably incorporate this into a Roadies Fanfic and post it on AOC3, but then again this is after finishing Heartbeat Song.
O’Shea Jackson Sr.: Also known as Ice Cube. However, even though he wrote and performed Rap in High school, this got him no fame or anything else because of Eazy E not being alive. He enrolled at the Phoenix Institute of Technology in the fall of 1987 in Arizona. Being passionate about architecture, he studied architectural drafting. So without rap being anything other than street preformance art. (without Heller or Dr. Dre Music wasn’t interested in it, seeing no money to be made from it. Heller was the one who convinced them) He became an architect. He will be in Song of Vengeance as the person who designs New Taft High and other buildings. However, he balances this with an acting career he gained starting in 1991.
Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor: Also known as Lorde. Thanks to the events in Homecoming Song it is revealed that Aria took the mixtape that would have lead to O’connor’s discovery. This pushes her discovery back to November 2011 when Lorde performed her original songs for the first time at the Victoria Theatre. UMG picked her up and her history continues as normal.
John Lennon: Lennon’s life continued as normal until September 9th 1971. Staying on the 17th floor of St. Regis, Emmett Cetus III remained acutely aware of who Lennon represented and what music he produced. Nevertheless, Lennon remained uninterested in Cetus, who he represented or his opinions on music. Cetus decided shortly after their second dinner encounter that Lennon no longer needed to be an influence in music. Contacting his brother Tyrion, he explained the situation. Tyrion discovered the court battles between Cox and Yoko Ono over their daughter Kyoto, and found a person willing to remove Lennon for the sake of the child. The intent Tyrion wanted was simply a wounding that would convince both to leave the US. The man, Harold Connor Lawson, a Houston resident who remained friends with Anthony Cox’s wife Melinda, agreed over coffee that Lennon wasn’t a positive influence to a child. Lawson was given a copy of the film Judge Peter Solito, of the Domestic Relations Court of Harris County, recieved. This film the Lennons had sent to Kyoko as a birthday present. It showed John Lennon and Kyoko taking a bath together. Tyrion left Lawson expecting that Lawson would take vengeance, knowing from his research and Assembly gifts that Lawson bore scars of abuse himself.
On the evening of September 9th 1971, as Lennon finished the recording of New York city, he traveled to the Dakota apartments to look briefly as to if himself and Yoko should stay there. Lawson who had been living in the Dakota, happened on him standing in the Archway, called out his name and shot him four times with a .38. Lennon was rushed in a police cruiser to Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead after unsuccessful attempts to save his life. He was 31 years old. Shortly after local news stations reported Lennon’s death, crowds gathered at Roosevelt Hospital and in front of the Dakota.
Emmett himself simply contacted Allen Klein, who managed the Rolling Stones at the time. Klein, instead of offering financial advice and maximizing his clients’ income, as a business manager normally would, set up what he called “buy/sell agreements” where a company that Klein owned became an intermediary between his client and the record label, owning the rights to the music, manufacturing the records, selling them to the record label, and paying royalties and cash advances to the client. Although Klein greatly increased his clients’ incomes, he also enriched himself, sometimes without his clients’ knowledge. Cetus knew about this generally allowed this to happen with clients of his. However, Apple controlled the rights to the Beatles and when they broke up still worked with them individually, so the price became easy, the master for ‘Imagine’. Klein delivered on September 9th 1971, at about the same time as the shooting with Tyrion standing beside him.
The remander of Beatles history remained unchanged save the fact when Siren song bought EMI, it contolled all the Beatles library. Imagine was never released and the master destroyed in the Citidel fireplace on Kergeluen.
Harvey Weinstein: Weinstein, his brother Bob, and Corky Burger independently produced rock concerts as Harvey & Corky Productions in Buffalo through most of the 1970s. in reality. In the Assembly reality, they quickly run afoul of Emmett due their style and the fact they are in upper New York. By 1972, Emmett cuts them out and black balls them. Without the money from their concert promotion business, the brothers can’t create a small independent film distribution company named Miramax, Instead, Brady distributes them. So any film distributed by Miramax is distributed by Brady which is owned by Siren Song. (ie Emmet across his incarnations)
In fact, Brady merges with Twentieth century Fox, becoming Brady Pictures and later Brady in 1938, so Weinstein would never had been successful regardless. He and his brother live out a life of obscurity scraping by as a Jeweler in NYC.
Finally, While Miley Cyrus does have her career (i changed my mind) certain songs arent hers any more.
Same with Selena Gomez etc. One final point to make. Donald trump is not president.
Neither is Hillary Clinton. Why? Because To help her better understand her changing political views, Professor Alan Schechter assigned Rodham to intern at the House Republican Conference and she attended the “Wellesley in Washington” summer program. Rodham was invited by moderate New York Republican Representative Charles Goodell to help Governor Nelson Rockefeller‘s late-entry campaign for the Republican nomination. Rodham attended the 1968 Republican National Convention in Miami Beach. In the Assembly reality, Nixon knew the Assembly as was specifically asked to not to protray Rockefeller negatively and nor make racist messages. He agreed and with it Rodham didn’t leave the Republican party, didnt write a thesis on Alisky and decided to accept the invitation to work with Nelson Rockefeller when he missed being nominated. Staying on when he was tapped as Vice President, she worked with his staff.
However without a law degree, she returned to school in 1976. Also without the hatred of Nixon, she was never involved in his impeachment or viewed a bright star. So she got a degree and clerked but because of the time in Washington she missed the window with Bill. Therefore, she never returned to power or prominence. She is simply an unmarried lawyer who works in NYC.
So who is president? Owen Callister on Madam Secretary is the closest to who I would like. Mind you, the Assembly reality is NOT the Madam Secretary reality. I am inclinded to believe that is the past of the Orville.
Anyway, this has rambled long. Thanks for reading. (and I do have to post the Brady American wikipedia. ) [I edited it 1:18 thursday April 18th to day John Lennon who I mentioned was killed in 1971 in Song of Route 91]