Illusions and Delusions

The notion of perspective and its involvement in shaping (just about) everything in the story remains at the forefront of the plotting and pondering process. Toying with the idea of multiple narrators (first or third) is an option to consider, as it’s an effective, if complex method of telling the full story. Then again, having too many narrators and multiple perspectives has the potential to be too complicated, with too many tangents for the reader in which to invest their time and emotions. The A Song of Ice and Fire book saga series falls into this category, though the television adaptation has streamlined / combined / removed some of the narrative threads, for better or for worse.  While the MASC Chronicles won’t be falling into the multiple narrator rabbit hole, the expository exercise of (mentally) writing the other narrative perspectives and its place in the sequence of events will be plotted and pondered.

The illusions (or delusions, depending on the perspective) of the characters and their place in the narrative feeds into the overall shaping of the plot and the potential twists. It colors the storytelling and the validity of the narrative, leading (manipulating?) the reader toward certain biases in relation to the character’s actions in the story. Shifting the narrative from the protagonist to the antagonist (or vice versa) could potentially change the outcome of the plot (launching a flurry of speculative fan fiction). There are (almost always) reasons why good and / or bad things happen to characters. Sometimes it’s based on their actions / reactions; sometimes it’s a matter of circumstance, being at the right / wrong place and the wrong / right time. So the notion of “good” and “evil” is subjective… to a point – there are actions / traits that are exclusively good and evil by any definition (though some could argue that there is room for interpretation).

This entry is partly inspired by my current theatrical fixation of the moment (and for the next few months) – Sunset Boulevard, which I saw (again). The illusions (or delusions, depending on the perspective) the characters hold about themselves and their (perceived) place in society is colored from the perspective from which the story is told. It throws a spotlight (figuratively and literally) on how the events of the plot come to be, and what happens when those illusions / delusions are shattered.

Things in the Land of Exposition have been slow, as a frosty blanket of snow and ice fell unexpectedly (though given winter will be hanging about for the next few weeks, it should not have been a surprise) and the Real Life Brigade launching a few zingers that could / would / most likely change things (whether or not it will be for the better remains questionable). Nevertheless, lots of plotting and pondering and pondering about plotting remains the objective, with the everlasting hope of actual!writing actually!happening.

Hopefully, the illusions (delusions?) of that happening in the near future will remain intact, and I could (potentially) return to that 85K90 project thingy.

But then again writing on a strict schedule has never been my strong point, aside from my quasi-random musings for this blog. If only I could have the pantsing blog pixie motivate the planning story gnome…

Ooh, more characters for the meta series


I have to plot and ponder (more) about that.


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