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WELCOME TO FRANKLINSWRITINGCORNER.COM!  Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you get an opportunity to explore my blog site and find something you like of interest.  I came into blogging a few years ago, which was inspired by my wife, labellanoire, who had a blog of her own sometime ago.  She inspired me to share my story ideas with the rest of the world and see how it works for me.  I have to say I love it and I plan on keeping and staying on this track for years to come.  In 2012, in the Washington Post magazine, I had a fictional story called the “Red Barn” printed along with an article about me.  I have to say this was exciting and gave me the motivation knowing that I have what it takes to get noticed, and that I have the skill and creativity to draw in my readers and fans alike.  With that published article in the Washington Post magazine on my mind when I write, I also use real life events to inspire my writing to keep readers interested and to hopefully be a loyal fan!  I look forward to seeing and hearing from you as time goes on with my fiction and non-fiction stories, and giving you the opportunity to learn more about me so I can learn more about you!  The reader!

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“DIGITAL REALM” (Blogsode III)

Blogsode 3/12 – Season 1

(Reading Rating: Mature Audience)

Plot: President Black is briefed by the Joint Chiefs; NOAA discovers the next locations to be touched by the storm; in order to retrieve information they start tracking the storm backwards.

December 31, 2099 @ 0700hrs (EST) – Somewhere over the Bering Strait

Flight 980 of North American Airlines (NAA) is en-route to Moscow, Russia with nearly 300 passengers and staff on-board the plane.  The flight departed from Seattle, Washington and was put on another flight path due to a severe weather notification sent to the flight crew.  During the flight a stewardess announced to all the passengers about the flight path that will be taking due to a severe weather cell hovering over the Pacific Ocean.  Unknown to the flight staff and the passengers, the country of New Zealand has already lost two planes due to this storm and the first nation to be savagely destroyed by the storm moving westward.

As the flight was continuing west over Alaska, they started to experience heavy turbulence, which caused them put the seatbelt light on and ordered all crew and passengers to be seated.  The captain and co-pilot were kind of confused and surprised at the strong turbulence they were receiving, but just figured it was part of the global weather pattern changing.  After about ten minutes of straight turbulence, the captain announced to everyone on-board that he will increase the altitude to try to fly over it.  When the plane started to climb higher into the clouds, they noticed that extremely heavy fog was presence even though it was already cloudy when they started.  After about five minutes of climbing they noticed that the turbulence has decreased significantly.

By the time they leveled out and continued on their flight path, they had just entered Russian airspace where almost immediately things started to go south for everyone on board.  Once the captain flew the plane out of the heavy fog, the first thing he noticed was the thick black cloud system straight in front him.  Just as him and the co-pilot verbally reacted to the sight of this cloud system, all computerized electronics on the flight fried and completely went dead.  The interior lighting throughout the plane all went dark and with only a few emergency lighting sources coming on.  Every passenger on the plane reacted and started yelling out to each other and to anyone who would listen, “WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING!?”  Just only a few seconds after the plane instruments and power went dead the flight path of the plane changed dramatically.

The captain and the co-pilot frantically attempt to contact the closes air traffic control tower, but their efforts became fruitless.  The plane was able to float at a constant altitude for about two minutes before the plane started to descend with no control.  Chaos on the plane began to almost get out of hand until the captain approached the back of the plane to help calm the passengers and assist the rest of the flight crew.  A few physical fights broke out between two male passengers, which during their altercation; one female was struck in the face and suffered a busted lip.  In defense of his wife, the husband yelled and stood up in his seat and hit the guy, who accidentally, hit his wife.  That’s when the captain retreated back to the passenger portion of the plane to quell any more violence on the plane.

Meanwhile, the co-pilot is struggling with trying to keep the plane on path and at least prepare for a proper crash landing.  The captain made a quick speech, which got everyone’s attention, but that wasn’t the only thing that got their attention.  One of the passengers sitting on the left side of the plane noticed the black cloud as they were getting closer, although they were slowly losing altitude.  The astonishing and severe lightning strikes could be seen and that just made everyone even more on edge.  That is when the captain rushed back to the cockpit and joined his co-pilot in trying to guide the plane into a “soft landing”.  The co-pilot, however, was able to manually operate the plane announcement and advised the passengers and the rest of the crew to prepare for a crash landing.  Still no response from the air traffic control as they tried so feverously to contact.

Within minutes the plane was just outside of the severe storm raging over the Anadyr, Russia region.  Before they knew it the plane was suddenly struck by series of lightning strikes that damaged both wings and blew the front glass right into the cockpit.  The glass sliced both the captain and co-pilot in the face and as they were fighting for their lives, the windows in the passenger compartment also blew out and that caused a severe drop in cabin pressure.  Pieces of the plane started to come apart as the wings sheared off and damaged the rear wings.  At this point the plane received a large crack across the cabin and suddenly split apart, exposing everyone to the low-pressure, energized air.  The front part of the plane immediately dropped out of the sky as passengers, near the severed portion of the plane, were being sucked out violently and at the mercy of gravity.  It was at this point of the flight that the rear portion of the plane suddenly exploded in mid-air after being hit numerous times by more lightning strikes, which one strike ignited the fuel.

The small population that was in the region witnessed this horrific event of their heads as they were dealing with the same terrifying situation, which was ten times stronger, that the people on Christmas Island were dealing with two hours earlier.  As pieces of the plane descended upon the people and the land below, severe lightning strikes caused the ground to perch and fires erupted spreading like they were ignited with extremely flammable liquids.  Several villagers in the area were either killed or struck by lightning fleeing for their safety.  This part of eastern Russia is under an international pact that forbids them to have any military presence in the area.  With that pact still in affect years later, the villagers, who were warned not to be there, are on their own and must rescue themselves from danger.

The islands of Funafuti, Yaren and Tarawa were in the middle of this savage storm, but no one knows that the storm is still reigning over Christmas Island.  At this part of the world the storm or “data blackout”, considered by the experts at NOAA, expanded from Pevek, Russia, which is within that demilitarized zone of Russia to Wake Island and continued south as far as miles past Wellington, New Zealand; and as far width from Christmas Island to now Wake Island.  All the regions and islands that have fallen under this storm’s umbrella of terror still have no idea how severe and worse this storm will get.  This massive storm, biggest one on global record, is attacking and damaging regions and islands that are not capable to handle such fury and ferociousness.  However, the storm is not that all complicated, but does follow a certain pattern.  The charge of NOAA now is to figure out the details of this storm and how to properly advise people around the world to brace themselves for this inevitable chaos.

December 31, 2099 @ 07:20hrs – NOAA Satellite Office (Bethesda, MD)

Melissa White and all the members of her team had arrived at the office nearly an hour ago to help gain understanding about this storm cell raging in the Pacific.  When she arrived at the building, nearly half dressed, she immediately met with James and Jeremy to figure out what is going on.

MELISSA WHITE: James?! What the hell is going on? (Immediately questioning him after she opens the door to the monitoring station)

JAMES GREEN: Melissa? I’ll explain it to you outside.  Jeremy is working on something right now and I don’t want to disturb him.

They step outside of the monitoring room and continue their conversation about what is happening.

JAMES GREEN: (Sighs) What I am about to explain to you has no immediate answer or simple explanation of what is happening.  We are experiencing a “data blackout” over the Pacific Ocean south and west of Hawaii.

MELISSA WHITE: (Looking confused and perplexed) what the hell is a “data blackout”? I don’t remember learning anything like that?

JAMES GREEN: This is a term I learned myself not too long ago, which pertains to the inability to perceive or receive data at a constant pace or unable to receive data at all. 

MELISSA WHITE: Is that what we experience when tracking a massive hurricane or tornado?

JAMES GREEN: It’s funny that you say that because with the data that we can obtain is that the elements in the atmosphere can easily generate an H5 hurricane or a T5 tornado.  Right now all we are receiving is this “data blackout” that continues to grow and engulf island after island as it moves west.

MELISSA WHITE: What are we dealing with here? An abnormal hurricane cell, two or more weather cells gathering strength mixing with each other?

JAMES GREEN: (Sigh) I don’t know exactly.  However, I know that when we bring up the model on the screen the portion of where the “data blackout” is, is exactly what that means.  Portions of the map from the eastern region of Russia, from the north, as far south miles past Wellington, New Zealand.  Majority of New Zealand has already been affected by the data blackout, which is the first and only nation right now to be touched by it.

MELISSA WHITE: Oh my God!! (Running her hands through her hair trying to make sense of it all) What are we to do now?

JAMES GREEN: We have to work really hard to gain the advantage of this storm and find out what it is about and how it is being formed.  I feel that there is a pattern to this storm and we just haven’t figured it out yet.

JEREMY TIMMS: (Quickly opens the door and yells to Melissa and James) Hey!! Guys!! I think I have something!

This got their attention very quickly and they both sprinted down the hall back towards the monitoring office.

JAMES GREEN: What you go Jeremy?

JEREMY TIMMS: Well, I went to track the storm and decided to check on it going backwards. 

MELISSA WHITE: What did you find?

JEREMY TIMMS: As I was tracking the storm backwards I discovered that this has been happening for quite some time.

JAMES GREEN: What do you mean by that?

JEREMY TIMMS: I mean the weather has been changing drastically for the past five years.  I’ll show you what I mean.  The changes have been so small we haven’t been able to catch it in time.  Even if we did there wasn’t much for us to do except sit and wait.

He starts typing in the codes to make the computer model on the screen to start showing the past five years of weather changes and atmospheric conditions.

JEREMY TIMMS: Here you go.  As we see here on the screen that the atmospheric changes began to really take a shift around 2050.  With Global Warming taking affect and the Polar Ice Caps melting, the oceans rose up about 1 inch every year, right?

MELISSA WHITE: Yes.

JEREMY TIMMS: Okay.  Now look at 2060 over the Western European area. 

JAMES GREEN: Oh my God!

JEREMY TIMMS: Yeah! The damn jet stream has been slowly changing and now for the past thirty years this has been going on. (Shows them the computer model of the jet stream and atmospheric changes)

MELISSA WHITE: So for the past fifty years the weather has been changing over our heads and we never knew it? You think the last war has something to do with this?

JAMES GREEN: I was stationed in England years before the last war.  We ran an operation with the British to eradicate the extremists that had placed a foot-hole in southern England.  To make a long story short, we knew about their atmospheric bomb, but no one knew if it really worked or not.  One of our missions was to not only defeat the extremists, but to locate the bomb and bring it back to the United States.

JEREMY TIMMS: Well, what happened?

JAMES GREEN: During our raid on their strong-hold we noticed a bright stream of light that was shot into the sky and suddenly exploded.  We later discovered that the bomb was detonated at about 50,000 feet.  The explosion was so loud and so big that it was felt all the way in Vatican City.  That explosion is what caused the 2045 Global Earthquake.

MELISSA WHITE: So my feelings are correct when I say that the last war has been the cause of this major shift we are experiencing?

JAMES GREEN: I wouldn’t say it is the only cause of what we are experiencing, but the war has definitely played a major role in what we are experiencing today.

JEREMY TIMMS: Wait! What happen to the atmospheric bomb that exploded? Does that have something to do with the weather patterns now?

JAMES GREEN: The extremists that had the bomb claimed that they can change the atmospheric pressure and weather conditions with this bomb.  No one took them seriously.  Even when they detonated the bomb it wouldn’t be until at least five years until things started to change.  Our seasons and weather during those seasons have changed dramatically, but the war certainly didn’t help.

MELISSA WHITE: So basically all we have is that the weather pattern starting changing five years after this bomb went off, and that maybe World War 3 could have played a major role in this weather phenomenon?

JAMES GREEN: We can only speculate at this point, but right now it sure sounds like things that happened fifty years ago is starting to affect us now.  Even if that is the case, it wouldn’t explain this huge data blackout we are experiencing now over the Pacific and only spreading westward. 

JEREMY TIMMS: Well, the next target seems to be Norfolk Island, but again we don’t know if this is a storm or some astonishing atmospheric change.  I think I know someone who can help us with that.  I’ll be right back. (Leaves the office to make a phone call)

December 31, 2099 @ 0725hrs (EST) – Joint Chiefs meeting with the President of the United States

While the president is still located in Hawaii, he is patched through a satellite feed to speak to the Joint Chiefs.

ADMIRAL JOINT CHIEFS: Good morning, Mr. President.

PRESIDENT BLACK: Good morning, Admiral.  Any update on the submarine?

ADMIRAL JOINT CHIEFS: Nothing Mr. President.  We’ve tried numerous ways to gain communication back, which have failed as well.

PRESIDENT BLACK: What’s your next course of action Admiral?

ADMIRAL JOINT CHIEFS: We are sending one of our aircraft carriers to search the area and have launched a scout plane as well.

PRESIDENT BLACK: Okay, Admiral.  Keep me posted on the specifics. 

ARMY GENERAL JOINT CHIEFS: Mr. President.  Does the public know about this?

PRESIDENT BLACK: Not yet or at least not to my knowledge.  They will soon know enough.

ARMY GENERAL JOINT CHIEFS: Do we have any idea if this “data blackout” will be putting our nation at risk?

PRESIDENT BLACK: I’m still waiting for NOAA to get back to me. 

AIR FORCE GENERAL JOINT CHIEFS: How about things there Mr. President?

PRESIDENT BLACK: Weather here is very windy and dead fish are washing up on shore every hour.  As soon as I can I’ll be out of here heading back to Washington.

A special agent interrupts the meeting when he hands the president the satellite phone and tells him that it is someone from NOAA.

PRESIDENT BLACK: Hold it one minute.  I have NOAA on the line.  Yes this is the president.  Who is this?

JEREMY TIMMS: This is Jeremy Timms over at the NOAA Satellite Office in Bethesda, Maryland.  I think I have some information for you to know about this data blackout.

PRESIDENT BLACK: What do you have?

JEREMY TIMMS: In tracking this storm, I had to move backwards and this weather change can be dated back to around 2050, but that would take some explaining.  However, I think we have figured out that each time zone around the world will be affected by this data blackout when each time zone reaches midnight on New Year’s Day.

PRESIDENT BLACK: My God! What does that say for the United States?

JEREMY TIMMS: In about 18-19 hours from now the United States and majority of Canada will be engulfed in the data blackout, but after that who knows.  Sorry Mr. President.

PRESIDENT BLACK: It’s okay, son.  Keep working on it and give me updates as you get them.

JEREMY TIMMS: Yes, Mr. President.

PRESIDENT BLACK: (Hangs up the phone and resumes his meeting with the Joint Chiefs) Gentlemen? The information I have received has just changed the game for all of us.  We have approximately 18 hours before this blackout reaches our coastline.  I want plans of action and when and where to implement them by the time I return to the United States.

JOINT CHIEFS: Yes Mr. President!!!

Once the meeting is over, he turns to his wife and looks at her and speaks.

PRESIDENT BLACK: Things have gotten worse and we only have 18 hours before this data blackout reaches our shores.

END OF BLOGSODE III

(Next Blogsode IV – October 27, 2014)

Next on “Digital Realm” – Norfolk Island is hit; a timeline is given to the president of when and where the storm will strike.

 

 

 

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“DIGITAL REALM” (Blogsode II)

BLOGSODE 2/12 – SEASON 1

(Reading Rated: Mature Audience)

Plot: NOAA struggles to gain the advantage of tracking the storm, more cities and islands are engulfed in the savagery of the storm and the United States Navy loses one of their nuclear powered ships.

December 31, 2099 @ 06:00hrs (EST) – NOAA Satellite Office

At this point the storm has gained strength and continues to move westward, which seems to be following the global time zones when they strike midnight.  As Jeremy and James try to make sense of the data coming in, the storm has already struck the Chatham Islands and is now striking the areas of Auckland, Suva, Wellington and Nukualofa.  No island in the path of this storm stands any kind of chance to survive the massive power this storm is packing.  Although Jeremy and James are now tracking this “data blackout” sweeping across the Pacific Ocean, they do not have any information or idea of the devastation being done in the storm’s path.  Being overwhelmed by the sheer information coming through the satellite office, James excuses himself and contacts the oncoming shift.

James checks the work schedule posted on the door inside the office and finds out who is to be the shift supervisor that morning.

MELISSA WHITE: (Phone rings and wakes her up) Hello?! (In a raspy voice)

JAMES GREEN: Melissa?! This is James Green.  I need you and your staff to come in right away.

MELISSA WHITE: W-What?  What are you talking about?  What’s going on?

JAMES GREEN: We have a situation that requires all hands on deck and I need you and your team to come in as soon as possible.  I will explain it all when you get here.

MELISSA WHITE: O-O-Okay.  I’ll be there as soon as I can.

JAMES GREEN: Thanks.  See you soon.

Almost immediately after speaking to Melissa, James calls his boss at his residence located in Fairfax, Virginia.

MICHAEL WINSTON: Hello? (Slightly confused to receive a phone call this early in the morning)

JAMES GREEN: Michael?  Sorry to be calling you so early, but I have a situation here that I think needs the attention of the board right away.

MICHAEL WINSTON: What do you have?

JAMES GREEN: We are experiencing something called a “data blackout” over the Pacific Ocean almost 1500 miles south of Hawaii.

MICHAEL WINSTON: Data blackout?  We haven’t experienced that in almost fifty years.  What’s causing this to happen?

JAMES GREEN: I don’t know exactly, but the strange thing is that the storm, which I believe it to be, is moving westward across the ocean raising water temperatures to near 80 degrees and climbing.  We know at that rate that sea life can’t survive with temperatures that hot.

MICHAEL WINSTON: Oh my God!!  When did this start?

JAMES GREEN: Sometime near 0500hrs this morning.  The Pacific Decadal Oscillation is being affected and so is the earth’s temperature.  I knew that the global temperature and weather was affected by all the gases and what the last war brought, but this is something that I don’t believe anyone saw coming.

MICHEAL WINSTON: Shit!! I need to alert someone immediately since the president is vacationing in Hawaii.  For sure the atmospheric pressure and weather stabilization in that area is being tossed around like a lottery balls.  How soon do you need me there?

JAMES GREEN: As soon as possible.  I’ve already contacted the next shift to come in early to assist us in dealing with this situation.

MICHAEL WINSTON: Good.  I will be there as quick as I can.  We don’t alert anyone outside of the circle that doesn’t need to know until we know what we are dealing with here.

JAMES GREEN: Yes sir.  I’ll keep you posted if anything changes before you arrive.

December 30, 2099 @ 00:20hrs (HAST) Hawaii – Presidential Vacationing Zone

President Black and his wife, Stephanie, just put their daughter, Lucy, to bed and while standing by the bed watching her sleep, they both place their arms around each other’s waist.  Stephanie leans her head on her husband’s shoulder smiling and whispers to him.

STEPHANIE BLACK: You did a great job explaining to her about life and death, honey.

PRESIDENT BLACK: Yeah? I explained to her the best way I knew how and easy for her to understand.

STEPHANIE BLACK: You did great.  I suppose she is at the age now where she wants to learn more about life, but from a kids perspective.

Strong winds bash against the house catching both of their attention, which appeared out of the blue.

PRESIDENT BLACK: What was that?

STEPHANIE BLACK: Sounds like the wind.

PRESIDENT BLACK: I don’t recall the weather reports saying anything about strong crosswinds.

As they continue to stand there listening to the winds outside blowing by the windows, they are interrupted by someone knocking on the bedroom door.

PRESIDENT BLACK: Yes?

SECRET SERVICE: (Door opens) Mr. President. We have the vice president and chief of staff on the phone for you.  It’s urgent.

PRESIDENT BLACK: Okay, I’ll be there in a minute.

STEPHANIE BLACK: I’ll stay here with her and make sure she stays sleep.

PRESIDENT BLACK: Thanks honey.  (Kisses her and walks out)

The president walks out of Lucy’s room and sees the secret service agent standing at the end of the hallway holding a satellite phone.  He approaches the agent and grabs the phone.

PRESIDENT BLACK: Yes?

VICE PRESIDENT: Mr. President.  I’m here with Eric Moore at the White House.

PRESIDENT BLACK: I’m assuming this is something that is urgent enough to call me this late.  Is it about the Russians again?

ERIC MOORE: Actually, it doesn’t involve any ally or adversary nation.  It has to deal with the weather forecasting.

PRESIDENT BLACK: You telling me that you interrupted me and my family for a weather forecasting problem?

VICE PRESDIENT: Not just any kind weather forecasting.  It’s kind of complicated to explain in simple terms, but at this point and time you should be experiencing strong winds coming from the south.

PRESIDENT BLACK: Yes, we are experiencing strong winds from the south.

ERIC MOORE: What about the beaches just outside? Anything unusual?

PRESIDENT BLACK: Unusual? Such as?

ERIC MOORE: Just have one of the agents go outside on the beach and see what they tell you.  We’ll wait.

President Black calls for a secret service agent to go outside and to conduct a security of the beach.  A few minutes pass and the agent returns to give the president news about what he found.

PRESIDENT BLACK: The agent just returned and told me about what he found outside on the beach.

VICE PRESIDENT: What was discovered?

PRESIDENT BLACK: About one-hundred to two-hundred dead fish were found washed up on shore and more keep coming.

ERIC MOORE: Mr. President, the fishes washing up on shore is related to a massive storm that is apparently forming nearly 1400 miles south of Hawaii.  The water temperatures in that area around Hawaii have risen up to nearly 70 degrees while waters down near the storm is nearly 80 degrees.  This conflict is causing the atmosphere to take a dramatic shift, which will affect the global weather system.

PRESIDENT BLACK: Oh God! What is going on with the storm?

VICE PRESIDENT: The storm as know now is continuing to grow, but no one knows what kind of damage it is causing since NOAA is experiencing a data blackout.

PRESIDENT BLACK: What is that?

ERIC MOORE: A data blackout is where the weather data can’t be sustained or gathered for a consistent amount of time.  The blackout is growing and even using the weather satellites shows images of a black hole forming in the atmosphere.  So with that being said we don’t know the information about the storm or any kind of specific data.

PRESIDENT BLACK: What does that mean for the United States?  How will we be affected by that phenomenon?

ERIC MOORE: We are not sure how this will affect us here, but I am sure that we will be affected somehow in the near future.  I recommend that you and the family arrive back here in Washington to manage this situation better.

PRESIDENT BLACK: (Long sigh) Okay, umm, keep me posted on what you find out about the storm.

VICE PRESIDENT: Yes, Mr. President.

Just as he was ending the phone call, Stephanie came out of the room with Lucy and saw her husband sitting at the dining room table bothered by something.  She walks up behind him and puts her hand on his shoulder to let him know that she is there.

STEPHANIE BLACK: Everything okay?

PRESIDENT BLACK: I just spoke Eric and Joseph and they were telling me about a storm that is raging out of control miles south of here.

STEPHANIE BLACK: Is it that important to call you this late?

PRESIDENT BLACK: To keep everything simple and understandable, the storm has raised the water temperatures to 70 degrees here and near 80 degrees in the area of the storm. 

STEPHANIE BLACK: How is that possible?

PRESIDENT BLACK: I don’t know, but it is causing the sea life to wash up on shore dead.

STEPHANIE BLACK: What? (Sounding surprised)

PRESIDENT BLACK: One agent found between one-hundred to two-hundred dead fish on the beach just outside with more washing up on shore.  We are about 1400 miles north of this storm and we are feeling the effects of it here.  They also want me to come back so we can better manage the situation in one room.  I’m sorry honey, but we will have to cut this short unfortunately.

Just as the president was getting up from the table to go with Stephanie to the bedroom, the phone rang again.  He stops and turns around to look at the phone as it was ringing.  She looks at him and he turns to her while the phone still rings, but picks it up.

PRESIDENT BLACK: Yes, this is the president.

ADMIRAL CHIEF OF STAFF: Mr. President, we have a situation.

PRESIDENT BLACK: What’s going on?

ADMIRAL CHIEF OF STAFF: We had a nuclear submarine located approximately 1400 due southwest of your location about an hour ago.  For the past ten minutes we have lost all contact and communications with the submarine.

PRESIDENT BLACK: Jeez! Which one?

ADMIRAL CHIEF OF STAFF: The U.S.S. Hercules.  Our most advanced submarine in the naval fleet.

PRESIDENT BLACK: Things are just getting worse by the minute here.  Do we have an AWAK plane in the area?

ADMIRAL CHIEF OF STAFF: I can check on that.  Why?

PRESIDENT BLACK: I want to know if loosing contact has to do with anything with the storm looming over the Pacific near the submarine.  Once you find out send it up and have them search the area for any signs of the submarine and more information about the storm.  Once you get that information about the storm send it immediately to NOAA to better assist them.

ADMIRAL CHIEF OF STAFF: Yes, Mr. President.

Hangs up the phone and places it on the table.  Silence hits the air for a minute before he turns to his wife and breaks the news.  Once hearing the news the whole situation begins to scare her to the point that their safety is her main concern.

END OF BLOGSODE II

(Blogsode III – October 20, 2014)

Next on “Digital Realm” – The president gets briefed by the Joint Chiefs; the next areas to be affected by the storm are announced; although NOAA struggles to obtain information about the storm they start tracking it backwards.

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“DIGITAL REALM” (SERIES PREMIER)

BLOGSODE 1/12 – SEASON 1

(Reading Rated: Mature Audience)

Plot: A mysterious storm cell stirs in the atmosphere miles above the Pacific Ocean surface; the president of the United States is vacationing in Hawaii (Presidential Vacationing Zone) at the start of this “Data Blackout”.

The last time the United States did a nuclear test in the Pacific was sometime in 1962 on a remote, atoll island of Kiritimati, also known as Christmas Island.  In 1957, the British government, also tested a nuclear bomb prior to the United States conducting their own test years earlier.  Both incidents brought radiation poisoning to, not only the inhabitants, but also to the military personnel stationed on the island during those years of testing.  One could say that although the United States was using the island as a nuclear testing ground, a nuclear missile could be strategically placed there to threaten the Russians sovereignty during the Cold War.  Fortunately, as the years went on from that decade population has grown steadily on Christmas Island to just over five thousand today.

Today, Christmas Island is a tourist attraction that draws several hundred each year from around the world.  When you arrive at the island you don’t expect the world’s problem to follow you and expect an escape from reality in a way that would make you believe you was in an auxiliary world of Disneyland.  However, the inhabitants have been warning tourist for years about a situation, a world changing event, that all should be aware.  Barely a handful of tourist actually gave creed to what was being said by the inhabitants, while the rest just shrugged it off as if some native drunk was speaking out of its mind.  Soon, however, the rest of the world will also be listening, but it won’t be the inhabitants of Christmas Island speaking; to them it is the God of Life speaking to the whole world.

December 31, 2099 @ 04:30hrs (EST) NOAA Satellite Office in Bethesda, Maryland

Normally, on average, around this area this time during winter season the temperatures would hit somewhere around 60-70 degrees before plunging back into the 20-30’s.  However, since the last twenty years the global temperature has been out of whack and seasons are all out of schedule.  On this day the temperature would be forecasted to be somewhere in the high 80’s with extremely low humidity.  So with that forecast displayed to everyone, Jeremy Timms, didn’t expect anything different for the rest of the day.  Since the global seasons have been out of sorts not too long after World War III ended, which many blame for the life today, this satellite office has been having someone watching the global weather formations twenty-four hours a day to better understand the future of weather forecasting.

On this early morning, Jeremy was tasked to watch the satellite feeds of the global weather and report anything unusual on record for further examination by trained individuals.  Just minutes before 04:30hrs, Jeremy left his satellite station to go retrieve his food from his vehicle parked in the underground garage.  Almost immediately, after Jeremy left the room and closed the door behind him, the alarm went off indicating that weather information out in the Pacific has changed drastically.  Since Jeremy is working at the satellite office alone tonight, he is not yet aware of the alarm that has been going off.  The entire trip from the satellite office to the underground parking garage takes approximately 10 minutes round trip.  After grabbing his food, Jeremy receives a phone call on his cell phone from his ten year old daughter, Jalisa Timms.

JEREMY TIMMS: Hello?

JALISA TIMMS: Hi daddy! When are you coming home?

JEREMY TIMMS: I’ll be home shortly after 8:00am, honey.

JALISA TIMMS: Okay daddy. Can we have breakfast together when you get home?

JEREMY TIMMS:  Sure baby!  Daddy’s at work so I need to go, okay? Love you!

JALISA TIMMS: Love you too daddy!! 

Just before he ends the phone call with his daughter he comes out the elevator and around the corner towards the satellite office when he heard this faint beeping noise.  He suddenly stops and even slows or stops his breathing so he could focus his hearing on the beeping noise.  As he stands there in the middle of the hallway listening to the beeping noise everything around him goes silent just before he recognizes the noise.  He remembers hearing the noise when he was being trained on the system years earlier as an intern for NOAA.  Once he realizes what the noise is and where the alarm is coming from, he quickly puts his cell phone away and starts to run, picking up speed, towards the satellite office.

This was probably the fastest that Jeremy has run in his life since middle school, but his footwear was not meant to be made for running.  Just a few feet before reaching the office door, Jeremy loses his footing and falls forward striking the side of his head on the door knob.  As he was falling forward towards the door thoughts going through Jeremy’s mind was about his daughter and wife.  It was like somehow he knew that he would be in serious trouble during this fall.  However, he was quite surprised and stunned that he wasn’t knocked unconscious after the way the side of his head struck the metal door knob.  Although he didn’t hit himself hard enough to cause brain damage and concussion level dizziness, he didn’t escape the fall without a tattooing of a deep bruise and a slight penetration of the skin.

After a few minutes of getting himself together he is able to grab his door key and access the satellite office.  Once he enters the office the audible alarm noise is almost piercing to Jeremy’s ear since hitting his head.  Jeremy struggles to gain control of the situation and finds the button to silence the alarm and starts his investigation on what caused it.  He touches the side of his head and feels small droplets of blood coming from his wound.  Jeremy wipes the blood on his shirt so he doesn’t transfer the substance to the keyboard as he is typing.  Within a minute after sitting behind the main computer he is able to pull up weather data located in the Pacific just hundreds of miles west of Hawaii.

During his evaluation of the weather data being analyzed, he notices that a “data blackout” where weather data can’t either be collected or sustained, has emerged.  Jeremy continues to analyze the data and digs deeper to find that the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, related to the temperature surface of the Pacific Ocean, has skyrocketed to near triple digits.  While Jeremy is overwhelmed with this incoming data, the “data blackout” area is continuing to grow at a rapid pace.  For a quick moment Jeremy grabs his cell phone out of his pants pocket to contact the on duty meteorologist when he is distracted in mid-call when data comes back on the screen notifying him that the island of Kiritimati will be the first area affected by this raging storm.

December 30, 2099 @ 22:45hrs (HAST) in Hawaii – Presidential Vacation (Approximately 1337 miles north of Christmas Island – 328 degrees) 

The President of the United States, Vince Black, a Republican senator from the state of Minnesota, is sitting outside on a secured beach enjoying the strong breeze skipping off the ocean tides rolling in just in thought.  Suddenly, he feels this hand, with love and warmth; gently touch him on the right shoulder to get his attention.  He turns his head around and sees that it is his beautiful wife, with her athletic body being displayed in her red and black stripe sarong and her long blonde hair draped to one side, and her loving eyes staring at her husband.  He immediately smiles at her and stands up to meet her face to face so he can get a better look at her.  With very little Secret Service agents looking at them, they lock lips and French kiss each other like it is their first time out of their parents control and grasp.

Once they stop kissing each other his wife wraps her arms around her powerful husband with her head resting in his chest.  Hearing his heartbeat through his medium muscled chest she looks up at him and speaks to him about his daughter having questions.

FIRST LADY: Your daughter is asking about life and what happens when you die.

THE PRESIDENT: Really? (Chuckles). What have you told her so far?

FIRST LADY: All the good hearted people go to a place where there is no sickness and sadness.  That got her quiet for a few minutes and then we got on what happens to the bad people.

THE PRESIDENT: How did you answer that one?

FIRST LADY: Your daddy has the answer to that one. (Chuckles with her husband)

THE PRESIDENT: I’ll talk to her about the afterlife.  I suppose it is that time to bring her up to reality a little bit. 

The happy and bliss couple start walking towards their bungalow holding hands smiling from ear to ear.  As they enter through the back entrance, Lucy, their 6 year old daughter, is sitting on the floor, Indian style, coloring in her picture book.  The president stops and releases a sigh as to get himself ready for a life and death talk with his daughter and hoping he can help her make sense of what happens at the end.  He walks over to her, while his wife stands by the rear entrance watching, and sits on the floor with Lucy watching her coloring a flower.

THE PRESIDENT: Hey, honey?  Did you have questions about what happens to good and bad people when they die?

LUCY BLACK: Yes. (Minute pause) What happens when you die?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, when you die in this life you have another life to go to, which is called the afterlife.

LUCY BLACK: What happens to the good and bad people?

THE PRESIDENT: Remember when I said that if your heart is good and your soul is saved with God?

LUCY BLACK: Yes.  I remember.

THE PRESIDENT: As long as your soul is with God and you believe in Him then you will be in Heaven with him for eternity.  Some people you don’t know about because sometimes it’s not meant for you to know about them.  With bad people they can go to Heaven too if they believe and repent for their sins.

LUCY BLACK: Okay I get it now.  You just pray for people and you leave them in God’s hand?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes sweetie.  Just leave them in God’s hand.

Once the conversation with his daughter is over, he turns his head and looks at his wife with relief that it went well.

December 31, 2099 @ 23:59hrs (LINT) – Christmas Island (New Year’s Eve)

While the inhabitants are preparing themselves for the next day, which to them is just another business day, there is a celebration going on in the tourism portion of the island.  Everyone is having a good time drinking and eating the night away and excited about bringing in the New Year on a resort island.  Suddenly, the excitement and euphoria turns quickly to a sense of survival and desperation when the weather drastically changes.  All the standing torches start blowing violently with the wind and certain clothing items are taken with the hurricane like winds.  This alarms everyone that a hurricane is coming directly over top of them and that is when panic starts to settle in within the tourism arena.  The inhabitants on the island are also confused about what is happening as the storm rages violently above them with winds getting stronger and stronger.

Soon the inhabitants and tourist alike started running for cover when the winds were strong and hard enough to start tossing island structures and making missiles out of tree branches and fruit.  With everything getting tossed and thrown around very little cover could be sought, but almost as quickly as the storm started is when the situation turned for the worse.  High voltages of lightning started to strike the island and set things on fire immediately, which started to spread like wildfire in the California dry lands.  The ratio of the lightning strikes was nearly one every three seconds.  As the fires started to spread throughout the island, the only way to escape the island, by plane, was not an option.

The noise level of the storm and the lightning strikes created such a loud unbearable decibel, that many eardrums were blown out and that alone killed people.  If the noise didn’t end your life, many were killed by being swept up into the storm and out to see, impaled by flying object traveling at triple digit speeds or burned to death by the spreading island fires.  Those that were not injured by either of those situations were then forced to deal with the storm the best way they can.  Many of the tourist and inhabitants ran for higher ground to escape the extremely high tides and massive floods, but that only exposed them to high intensity lightning strikes.  One tourist, while racing to high ground, noticed that no rain is present during the storm, but that thought would be quickly diminished when all those fleeing to high ground became the first victims of the deadly lightning strikes.  With the storm making its way westward across the Pacific Ocean and the ocean surface warming up to extremely alarming levels, sea life starts to wash on shore and float in the uninhabitable sea.

December 31, 2099 @ 0510hrs (EST) – NOAA Satellite Office in Bethesda, Maryland

While Jeremy was sitting at the main station, still analyzing data, he gets a buzz at the office door, which he notices it is the on-call meteorologist.  He opens the door, James Green, rushes in past him barely saying a word.

JAMES GREEN: Hi Jeremy.  What do you have here?

JEREMY TIMMS: Welcome James.  What I have here is something that we are in need to know?

Jeremy starts typing and bringing up the data that he has been analyzing for the past half-hour.  When James sees the data on the screen in front of him, he is absolutely astonished of the “data blackout” he is looking at.  He then told Jeremy to pull up the world map with emphases on the Pacific Decadal Oscillation area.  After the map is pulled up on the big screen adjacent to the computer where Jeremy is sitting, James rushes over and notices a black spec miles south of Hawaii.  He then request Jeremy to put the map in digital motion to track the “data blackout”.  When the map is put into the digital motion to track the “data blackout”, James sees that the black spec he noticed in the previous screen is growing at an alarming rate.

JAMES GREEN: Jeremy? You told me that the computer model showed you that an island south of Hawaii was in the way of this “data blackout”, which I believe is probably a storm.  What was that island again?

JEREMY TIMMS: The island of Kiritimati, which is also known as Christmas Island is in the path of the “data blackout”.

JAMES GREEN: Jeremy? (Long sigh) I think this is a massive storm that is looming over the Pacific Ocean, which is also causing the surface waters to rise near 80 degrees.  Sea life in those temperatures won’t survive and that means all hell is about to break loose.

END OF BLOGSODE I – SEASON I

(Next Blogsode: October 13, 2014)

Blogsode II/Season I Preview – The president of the United States is informed of the massive storm miles south of his vacationing spot; NOAA tracks the storm and begins to find out the true data behind the “data blackout”.

 

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APPLE PICKING @ BOWMAN’S ORCHARD

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Bowman's orchard

This year at the apple orchard the apples were humongous. Bowman’s Orchard in Saratoga County, New York had great crops this year! Juicy and sweet! My favorite time of year!

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VERMONT’S BACKYARD

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This picture was taken in Searsburg, Vermont, which is on the eastern side of Bennington County. Having this as my office everyday is wonderful! Beautiful fall like scenary and awesome weather. This beats Maryland’s best scenary anyday! I might have been born in D.C. but I belong in the northeast! More beautiful pics to come!

Henry Scott

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“DIGITAL REALM”

BLOG SERIES PLOT

A massive, global electric storm, that originates over the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, spreads across the globe, exactly at the turn of the 22nd century, leaving unprecedented horror and destruction beyond any other weather system ever recorded.  The strength and power of the storm is so enormous, that an EMP is constructed out of the massive electrical charge happening amongst the earth’s atmosphere.  With the storm so large and terrifying, it establishes a black ozone as it continues to grow; and lightning strikes so threatening and intense, that it receives a nickname of “The Blackout Storm”.  This black weather system also creates other Mother Nature’s destructive entities, such as hurricanes, floods, tornados and earthquakes to only intensify the fear in the human soul.  With almost nowhere to hide and absolutely no way to stop this inevitable judgment day coming, life starting into the 22nd century is all but high-tech and a promised future of prosperity.  A new reality is about to spring upon the global community that no one, not even doomsday preppers, are prepared for.  A new digital age has been thrusted upon the world with no return to the old life ever again.

Series Begins – October 6, 2014

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