Thursday, December 12, 2013
Final "DADT III" version to be published; has interim release now
I have made a small interim printing of my “final” version of “Do Ask, Do Tell: Free Speech Is a Fundamental Right, Being ‘Listened To” Is a Privilege”. Yes, I could call it “Do Ask, Do Tell III”, as if it were like a movie franchise.
The book has also been submitted for formal publication through a formal POD publisher (Xlibris, of Author Solutions). The plan is that all e-commerce will be outsourced to the POS publisher with normal channels on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the like. Hardcopy, paperback, and e-reader (Kindle) will be available.
I discussed the earlier interim “release” here on Oct. 1, 2011, and I described the plans for additional content here on June 27, 2013 and Aug. 20, 2013. One concern was to update some proposals that I had made back in the 1997 book that history has outrun, particularly with respect to DOMA and COPA. Another was to add three fiction segments, as a “Part 2”, which develop the ideas of the non-fiction “Part 1”.
The non-fiction chapters have been further expanded, with more factual detail, and particularly, in the "Foreword" and later "Epilogue", more material on "why I write" and on why I seem aloof from emotions that others expect.
The last two of the stories, in form, are, as road trips, rather like parallels of one another, set forty years apart. In the “Expedition” story I appear at age 28, and in the “Ocelot” story I am at current age. The outcomes are different, although they deal with similar issues. The first of the stories is set in strip-mining country and could play on the mountaintop removal issue, which was actually going on in 1972. But all of “Bill’s” private kind of activism maps into a personal outcome involving others. The “Ocelot” story is set when the country is braced for a possible solar storm (which actually would have nothing to do with climate change but has everything to do with “addiction to technology”), and has a personal outcome which will sound darker. “Bill” may “get what he wants” but he then has to do what others want, finally. The end slams the door.
It’s possible to imagine a two-part movie of these two stories, with flashbacks showing what has happened in the intervening decades, and what had happened before, particularly Bill’s military service, which may play on his previous college expulsion in the old “don’t ask, don’t tell” world that prevailed in civilian life too, but which, disturbingly, paints him as a bit of a physical and even emotional coward. The hypothetical film sounds, quite literally, filled with “Roadside Attractions”.