I have an uncanny talent for reconstructing certain details of my past.

I don’t know how I got like this, but I have an uncanny talent for reconstructing certain details of my past.

Obviously, DLTDGB is based on my own past, and while I have taken many liberties with details of the stories, as well as simplified some things in order to not overly confuse readers, I also try to keep things accurate when possible. In particular, I want to avoid anachronisms, and in particular, if an episode of DLTDGB involves an actual historical event that occurred on a specific date or within a specific window of time, I want to be accurate.

Yesterday I was planning out the next few months of DLTDGB. A lot of big things happened to me in the first half of 1997, and those big things are going to be happening to Character-Greg soon. One of those big things was that Brian, my roommate at the time, turned me into a Star Wars fan. I never explicitly disliked Star Wars, but I wasn’t as passionate about it as many of my Gen-X peers. I didn’t really have friends growing up who I watched movies with. We did occasionally go to movies as a family, but I only saw Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back a couple times throughout my entire childhood, and I never saw Return of the Jedi. But then 1997 came along, and I had the perfect combination of living with Brian, a huge Star Wars fan, and the theatrical rereleases of all three movies with added scenes and enhanced special effects and all the controversial stuff that fans argue about. (I watched Brian’s original unaltered VHS copies later that year, and now I’m definitely on the side of Han shot first, but that’s not the story I’m telling here.)

So, anyway, I was planning the next few months of DLTDGB, and I wanted to look up the exact dates that the Star Wars movies were rereleased. A quick Google search gave me January 31, February 21, and March 14. I was trying to remember exactly when I saw them. I know I saw Return of the Jedi with Brian and a bunch of others on the day it was released, because that day was the only time I ever skipped class without being very sick or having my registration appointment for the following term at the same time as a class. But I didn’t see Star Wars right away. I remember seeing it with Barefoot James on a weeknight a couple weeks later. He was late, because he had to go back home and get sandals, because he remembered that the theater wouldn’t let him in barefoot. And Empire, I saw with Brian and others, the second time he went to see the rerelease; I thought I remembered it being a Saturday afternoon a couple weeks later. So, I checked a 1997 calendar, and in my notes for DLTDGB, I wrote down February 18 for Star Wars, March 8 for Empire, and March 14 for Return. If those dates weren’t accurate, they were at least close enough for reasonable storytelling purposes. (Side note: I already have plans for the March 14 episode, because last year I found a handwritten poem of mine, also dated March 14, 1997. That was a memorable evening when I was having a hard time dealing with post-Haley rejection drama. But I’m not going to narrate everything that happened in Return of the Jedi, so I’ll probably just mention that I saw the movie earlier in the day, and the episode will focus on what happened that night to inspire the poem.)

Anyway, a while later, I was trying to remember the date of the chorus performance in late May or early June. I went to my deep archives, in the box where the program for that chorus performance would be half a century later. I found it; it was June 6. But while I was searching that box, I found some other curiosities.

Specifically, lots and lots of ticket stubs.

One of them was from Star Wars. The date: February 18, 1997.

And another one from Empire Strikes Back. March 8, 1997.

And Return on the Jedi. March 14, 1997.

3 for 3. Yay me.

Anyway, so I guess that little anecdote is meant to introduce the fact that I’m hoping to have new episodes of DLTDGB starting next week. You won’t want to miss the next few months; lots of big things happening. And I also wrote a guest post for someone else’s blog, which will be a story about Character-Greg at age 9 and his family Christmas.

Have a great week! Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers.

DLTDGB updates.

I updated the DLTDGB Dramatis Personae. I had been meaning to do this for quite some time. It was out of date, with some characters’ descriptions containing things that applied to them in Year 2 but no longer apply in Year 3.

At first glance, the Dramatis Personae seems like just a reference work, a place to look up short character bios in a work with an extremely large cast of characters. But, for a continuing story like this, in which I update the Dramatis Personae page periodically, I have to admit that I occasionally drop hints in the Dramatis Personae. For example, this latest update includes an entry for Carrie Valentine, despite the fact that she was only mentioned very briefly in one scene of one episode, and her last name has not been given in the actual story yet. So one would be correct to conclude that Carrie is going to have a bigger part to play in future episodes.

Also on my to-do list for this week is to post an organized episode guide of some sort. Then the next step is to continue planning for the rest of Year 3. I’m hoping to start posting weekly new episodes again by the end of November.

And, finally, I’m working on a guest post for someone else’s blog. It will be a Christmas-related story about character-Greg at age 9. I hope everyone enjoys a glimpse into Greg’s childhood.

Take care, have a wonderful day, and good luck to all of you who are working on NaNoWriMo. I am not.

Making plans for the second half of Year 3.

I always take a planned break from Don’t Let The Days Go By every six months or so. I feel like I need this current break from writing more than usual. I have a lot of big things planned for Character-Greg in the rest of his junior year at UJ, and I want to make sure the stories are consistent and well planned. I’ve felt a bit overwhelmed trying to figure all of this out.

I had a relatively light day at the day job today, so I got a great idea. I cut up a bunch of pieces of scratch paper (index cards would have worked nicely, but I was at work and didn’t want to use office supplies for personal stuff). I went through all of my ideas for the rest of Year 3 of DLTDGB; some of them were things I had typed in my notes document, and some of them were thoughts in my head. Each idea I had, I wrote on a piece of paper; I ended up with a stack of probably around 50 ideas by the end of the day.

My next step is to organize them. Put them in order by date, as much as possible. Paper-clip together the ideas that can or should be part of the same episode. Look up any information I need to look up. Then I can make a broad outline of episodes for the rest of Year 3. I’ll get to that soon, hopefully…

Until then, please enjoy this collage of my papers with ideas on them. As a reward for following me here, you get hints about what is to come on DLTDGB. (These are all vague, minor spoilers, by design; the major spoilers I kept off camera.) (Also, I had to do a lot of crudely blurring of things out, for privacy and anonymity reasons, because the scratch paper I used was printed on the other side, and some of it was showing through.)