Alright so here is day 2 of 20 into a look under the hood with Metaphysical Neuroma. I suggest if you don’t like spoilers to skip this post–for the rest of you it might be a welcome look into the mouth of madness. Today’s post is about some of the tools I created to aid me in putting the story together.
When I started writing this story I had created a few core rules to guide me:
1 Kkid (our hero) can’t die. (not in the traditional sense because his physiology has been transmogrified to prevent such an occurrence. But this transmogrification was incomplete and the catalyst for our story)
2 Dreaming life and Waking life are both real. And of the sake of the story for the entire story can be seen as a death dream or a paradox in reality where one can escape death through belief in the dreaming reality. ( a Schrodinger's cat rule if you want to simplify it( Kkid is both dead and not dead that is up to the audience to decide)
3 The universe/multiverse of the story is comprised of layered realities similar to the earths crust mantle and core. Hard reality (the physical plane) is at the centre and is most effected by traditional rules and each subsequent layer outward is more effected by belief (the spirit plane/astral plane) The further out you go the more rules become affected by belief.
4 if Kkid doesn’t know something or remember something about his reality or his history we don’t know it. When he discovers or remembers something so does the audience. the story is non-linear but this is the only truly liner function of the story.
5 Trust in the sophistication of the audience. Not everyone has to get it right away, care and quality will bring people around. It’s better to make a wrong choice in telling the story as long as it’s for the right reasons.
Those rules have proven very hard to stick with but the longer I’ve been at it the happier I’ve been that I made them. I think they keep me at my best even when it would be easier to do almost anything else.
I started the 0 issue of the story focused on the “worst day” or most exceptional moment in Kkid’s life. In this case it’s the day Kkid dies a physical death while his soul is disconnected from his body. Through a loophole induced by his transmogrification he is able to exit reality into unreality through a ‘paradox door’ and the story proper picks up form there.
The story continues to play out in real time(as things happen) with large flash backs that fill in a lot of what has happened already. to give you an idea of how I mapped this out see the attached image which is one of my attempts at a timeline with notes.