Open Book Blog Hop – Smoke and Mirrors

Welcome back to another Open Book Blog Hop!

Here’s this week’s topic: If your character were to wear a disguise, what would they wear?

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My main character, Edison Crow, is an interesting character. He is all about theatrics and flair. His choice in clothing is very deliberate, designed to portray a very specific image to all around him. An air of confidence, and energy, but also of a man who enjoys the finer things. To some extent though this is very much a disguise in and of itself. The man inside is plagued with doubt, and his confidence certainly sufferes wobbles. There is a darkness hidden beneath the surface. There’s also a desperation of sorts. A desire to elevate himself above the scruffy street urchin that he was as a child. He wants the best possible life for himself and his crew.

If he were actively seeking a disguise though, what would that be? I’d say it would probably the scruffy rags of the destitute of the cities, the lowest people in society. Most people ignored them, passed them by as if they weren’t there. Though it was a tough life, it did offer some benefits. You see and hear things when people forget you exist. It would also allow him to melt into the background if he every needed to. Beyond Selah, few if any people knew his background, that he grew up on the streets. It was something he distanced himself from. People chasing him wouldn’t know that part of his life, so it would offer him the opportunity to make himself scarce.

9 thoughts on “Open Book Blog Hop – Smoke and Mirrors

    1. Exactly, I think when you are mixed up in dangerous business, you need to be ready to get out of dodge ASAP. I think for Crow it’s less about a place of comfort and more about it being a world he knows. He lived in it as a child, so he knows how it works, the sorts of people to avoid, and he knows he can disappear. It is that knowledge that also drives him to put that life behind him.

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    1. Exactly! To acknowledge them is to acknowledge their existence, and that is troubling to those of wealth.


  1. Imposter syndrome, the latest trendy pyschobabble, has anyone who ever had self-doubts in the same can of paint. Sad, really, when it’s what drives the “I’m not worthy – waiting for the other shoe to drop” mindset that’s interesting and character worthy. What did Dickens say –
    “They are Man’s,” said the Spirit, looking down upon them. “And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware of them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it!” cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand towards the city. “Slander those who tell it ye! Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse! And bide the end!”
    Beware the “Street Kid” literary con a la JT LeRoy, though. Nobody likes a fake streeter.


    1. I love that scene, so well written.

      I suppose it is just as well my character isn’t a fake streeter then, having grown up on the streets.

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  2. That sounds like the perfect disguise for your character. It’s what he avoids, but it’s something he can pull off with his eyes closed.

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    1. Exactly. He has no desire to go back to that life, and hasn’t so far. But he could seamlessly fall into it if he had to.


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