Working on the final version of a story — if there ever is such a thing — for Inn Situ, Volume II. The story, “Greg Jenson: When the Masque Slips” has been in progress for awhile. Too long, actually. I have read it, and edited it multiple times. For reasons the story itself will make clear, a change of identity is necessary for one of the characters in this tale. No problem, right? Just go to Google, type in change of identity, scan through the hundreds of pages of results and pull some of the best ideas for the character in the story. Add a bit of trauma, a heaping helping of angst, a cup of difficulty and a dash of ingenuity. Voila! New character identity in 2-300 words. Pretty slick.
Except there’s a problem – a problem kinda like Apollo 13’s “Houston … problem” problem. I realized a major flaw with this portion of the story this morning. The change of identity for the character has to happen around 1985 or so for the rest of the story to work as written. Before smartphones. Before PayPal. Before Google. Before personal computers. Before technology makes it possible to do what I had described in 200+ words, and accomplished in about 30 minutes. In other words, everything I’ve written — and edited — on this portion of the tale needs to be scrapped. “Blow’d Up.” Rewritten. After some hours of research, of course.
How was this done in the ’80s, or at anytime before today’s current level of technology? Anybody “gotta guy” that can help?