This bonus is an excerpt from my novel, Incarnation and a Cliff Notes-style cheat sheet below in the notes. The book follows a journalist, an actor, a writer, and a programmer whose dreams and desires play out together on the global stage, again and again. Each time, they find meaning as they spin on life's mysterious wheel of fortune.
Incarnation is, deliberately, a bit of a puzzle. For readers who linger with books until their memory gets fuzzy, or those who read the last page of a book first, or who like having the solution to a crossword puzzle handy, the following excerpt from the cheat sheet notes the relationships and pivotal moments of the incarnations in the novel.
Chapter Three: The Birth of Veritage
In another incarnation, Ryoko has never met Joseph (nor Jacquot), but has begun a romance with Krishna. ATB contacts Ryoko and helps establish the Veritage program with offices in Washington, D.C. Joseph, the film auteur, takes part in publicizing Veritage.
Chapter Four: Lucy
- Lucy is born to Maria Lubczyk; her father (known only by Maria) is Rusty.
- Billy takes over a mechanic shop and adds a café.
- Joseph, having met Lucy at a party the night before, is distracted by her phone call and dies in a car accident.
- Lucy gets a job in Billy’s café. They become a couple.
- Lucy, who longs to be a writer, becomes a Com-Star on Veritage. She meets Ryoko, who is with Krishna in this incarnation.
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