Editing Notes: The Structure of the Idea Matrix

In my non-writer life I am a computer engineer. I’ve had many job titles, but my degree and education is in engineering and everything I do creatively requires some logical structure. For the Revenge Gifts series I established a thirteen day framework and at each point on the time line I look for references to literature, pop culture and other acts of human expression to build the plot. Then I fill in the chapters to flesh out the concepts put forth in the quotes. Be fore I do all that, of course, I concept out six revenge gifts for the story to insert in strategic places and lighten the drama. As I am revisiting the full manuscript and validating the structure. Below are the thirteen quotes that drive the plotline in Envy.exe forward.

Time is the fire in which we burn” ~ Delmore Schwartz

“Reports that say something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” — Donald Rumsfeld
John Lister, spokesman for the campaign, which strives to have public information delivered in clear, straightforward English, said: “We think we know what he means. But we don’t know if we really know.”

All men, however highly educated, retain some superstitious inklings.
― H.G. Wells, The Invisible Man

All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature; the desire to make off with the substance of others is the foremost – the most legitimate – passion nature has bred into us and, without doubt, the most agreeable one.
– Marquis de Sade

We have about 50% of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3% of its population…In this situation we cannot fail to be the object of envy … — George Keenan, Head of the U.S. State Department, Policy Planning Study 23, 1948

Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it. — Charles Dickens

The prison of time is spherical and without exits. –Vladimir Nabokov

The horror of wedlock, the most appalling, the most loathsome of all the bonds humankind has devised for its own discomfort and degradation. –Marquis De Sade

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
Niccolo Machiavelli

It is required of every man,” the ghost returned, “that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide; and, if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death.” — Charles Dickens

That is not dead which can eternal lie; And with strange eons, even death may die. – H.P.Lovecraft

Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

To do such a thing would be to transcend magic. And I beheld, unclouded by doubt, a magnificent vision of all that invisibility might mean to a man—the mystery, the power, the freedom. Drawbacks I saw none. You have only to think! And I, a shabby, poverty-struck, hemmed-in demonstrator, teaching fools in a provincial college, might suddenly become—this.
― H.G. Wells, The Invisible Man

~ C

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