As the title suggests, there is no overarching theme or topic to this week’s entry, or much forward momentum with regards to the various works in progress (at least none jotted down into Word or scribbled on paper). Real Life and its perpetual existence occupy a significant chunk of time and energy that could otherwise be used to focus on universe / history building and keeping track of all the source material I intent to homage in the MASC Chronicles (and other works in progress which may or may not have some sort of connection to the aforementioned epic series saga). It shouldn’t be this complicated to craft and narrate a story from beginning to end, or from the end backwards, or time hopping from one perspective to another giving the reader an additional layer to puzzle out.
Maybe it is complicated, even when it shouldn’t be.
Or should it be?
I have no idea.
On the surface it seems an easy task – develop some Characters, categorize them in the classic (vintage?) archetypes (Protagonist, Antagonist, Sidekick, Love Interest, Authority Figure, Rogue, etc.) and create the Plot (a Quest or Task to complete, a Problem or Mystery to solve or an Obstacle or Challenge to overcome).
The rest is window dressing, right?
Complexity within a story (and its characters) has its moments – if a story is as straightforward as outlined above, then there would be only a handful of stories to tell and it would be predicable and dull. The differences in time, location, cultures, and / or species (if venturing into Fantasy, Science Fiction or Horror) allows for the same (basic) plot and its archetypes to be recycled and reinvented for all time. I’ve touched upon this notion in a past entry (I don’t recall which one at the moment), and it allows for those general ideas to be reinterpreted and retold from a
certain different point of view.
It’s concurrently new and familiar, which might be a paradox waiting to tear a hole in the time / space continuum leading to the Universe resetting itself on its axis…
A few more weeks until Doctor Who returns (and a few months until Game of Thrones returns).
The Art (and Craft) of creating stories is important and Arts and Craft are integral components of Life, the Universe and Everything – a method to commentate on Current Events and speculate on what Could Happen in the near (and far) future. The flourishing of Ideas and discussing different (and possibly contradictory) points of view further develop Society, Culture and (hopefully) aim to unite and not divide.
I didn’t intend to imply any quasi-political allusions in some of the recent posts, but considering all that has happened in the past few months, perhaps now is the time to speak up (as it were)
Attention must be paid, lest history (and not the good kind) repeats itself.
Again, there wasn’t an objective to this entry, just more of the quasi-rambling (somewhat coherent?) musings rumbling in the brain.
Finding the time to allay the anxiety and attempt to tune out the negativity (to a point) from the (External) Real World and focus on the possibilities of the (Internal) Fictional World is the Task to accomplish.
That Meta story might write itself after all – the process of creating a story and its characters will in turn create a ‘behind the scenes’ story about the process of creating a story and its characters.
Or something to that effect.
I’m not (so) sure when I’ll be able to share any concrete details about the MASC Chronicles as it’s still in a perpetual state of nebulous uncertainty, its foundation fluctuating on a sandy beach adhering to unpredictable weather patterns.
The fact that I can blather on for 500+ words about all of this is astounding.
I should go plot and ponder and create.