And the same applies to the third story—that of Ray Archer. Whereas the first two dealt with a mythical figure and an historical figure, this final one is entirely fictional. He also lives in Canada, with his adventures located first in Canada, not far in the past, around 2005 to begin with. His story is perhaps the most vast, covering as it does all the territory and history of Canada itself. Research, in this case, was enormous; but at the same time, I had much I could use from my own life, for Archer is portrayed as a rebel actor/director, taking his ensemble across the country with unique productions. Let me emphasize, however, that Archer is not a portrayal of me, but I am well aware of how he could create his productions.
So there we are—my response to the initial shock being pondered and worked out. But what happened in the next phase?