And the plot twists keep coming.
(Minor spoilers for the 6th season of Game of Thrones within. Read at your own peril.)
The curious stability within the Land of Exposition was just that – curious, and ultimately short-lived, as another implosion from the few (unseen) land minds resulted in another shift in the landscape caused by the more radical members of the Real Life Brigade. The scramble to find order amid the chaos has been a challenge, as the timing of this second wave comes at an inopportune time; in a way it almost feels like déjà vu (all over again).
All hands on deck once more, as the task of setting things right begins again.
Nevertheless, the plotting and pondering continue, albeit (still) internally within the confines of the head (keeping track of the filing system there is a tremendous task in and of itself). The aforementioned plot twists flood the halls, meandering through time and space, tying (or at least attempting to tie) the various narrative arcs together into one epic tale of woe, defeat and redemption. One (perpetual) source of inspiration is the current (6th) season/series of Game of Thrones, which has caught up to the source material, i.e. the novels written by George R.R. Martin so now everyone is on a (relatively even) playing field. While the television adaptation deviated (at times) and/or omitted plot lines from the novels (surely the show creators can find a way to work in the Lady Stoneheart arc? Please? The theme of season six thus far seems to the Return/Revenge of the Starks. Also, I hope the remaining direwolves get to exact justice to their fallen siblings.), how things will unfold is only know by the show runners (and the actors involved, obviously). The emotional toll this kind of epic (sprawling) storytelling produces oscillates from joy to sorrow from episode to episode, season after season.
The crafting of such emotional investment (good, bad or indifferent) is a goal to which I aspire, though hopefully the “damage” wrought from telling the MASC Chronicles won’t result in petty, negative complaining from the (imaginary) Fandom. Though there does need to be a balance between the division of joy and sorrow experienced by the (ever growing) cast of characters, else the characters turn into two dimensional caricatures / stereotypes and the narrative arc becomes predictable.
The ideas keep piling up, with internal arguing, mostly between the Muses and the characters themselves – (it’s a meta thing) and the (generally friendly albeit snarky) battles between sub-genres rages on. Fantasy and Steampunk have formed an uneasy alliance over the insertion of Horror amid the Mystery. Science Fiction has stayed on the sidelines, watching to see how the cards fall, hoping to ally with the last sub-genre standing.
It might even be a (meta) tale worth crafting – the “behind the scenes” memoir of the creation of an Epic Saga.
Stay tuned and HOld the DOoR.