I’m putting the graffiti/ jar of teeth girl away for now and instead am running with a rediscovered plot I created ages ago. It needs a lot of work, but at least I have a decent skeleton to work with.
I really want to experiment with a story within a story, but am not quite sure how to go about it. Perhaps if I make it “readerly” in the beginning of the artefact? Or in second person?
There will be story-telling characters (who may potentially be ghosts, I’m working on that), but instead of them telling a story to another character, they’ll tell a story to the reader. The reader goes to the No Name Cafe (after noticing the graffiti around, and themes like that) AND THEN THE STORY TELLING HAPPENS. That’s how it works, right?
Maybe the No Name Cafe is a book cafe or something, where you order coffee and pick out a book from the cute little library. There’s cushions everywhere and a little fireplace, with cosy armchairs and window seats. The cafe walls are the colour of blushing apples, with portraits of 18th century lords and ladies on the walls. It’s a quirky spot, a little odd and disjointed* from reality (like time stops?), but it is cheerful and welcoming, and what the heck, it’s freezing cold outside and you just need a place to hole up for the next hour or so while the storm blows out.
Ok, so it’s a cold, blustery day outside. You’re hurrying through the streets of your city, dodging puddles and hunching into your coat. The frosty lights of shop windows glimmer invitingly at you, but the wind bites. You shiver, scrunching your coat tighter, when you notice the name of one of the cafes. Rather, you notice the lack of a name on the cafe. You frown, curious. The wind paws at your jacket, and you nearly turn away, but then the hail starts and you’re forced to go inside, if only to avoid concussion from the icy grenades.
BAM. Intro of story. 🙂 Ok, it needs a lot of work, but I’m pretty happy with this light bulb moment.
*post modernism, from what I understand, is all about disjointedness and fragmentation. Barry even says that postmodernism plays around with “bizarrely colourful mixtures of imagery, viewpoint, and vocabulary” (p. 81). Thus, if I mix up the view points in the artefact (2nd person for the reader, 3rd person when the story teller starts telling stories, 1st person inside the stories), and the chronology is not linear, and the artefact shows this postmodernism, right?