Art of the Written Word being released in hardback inspired me to write a blog post, partially because it’s gorgeous and I love it, but also because it got me thinking about masks. In the story, Yvonne, the heroine, uses a mask to hide her identity whilst attending a masked ball that reveals its lascivious side at the stroke of midnight.
While Yvonne’s mask is a physical one, there are also a number of metaphorical ones that many of us use.
I know that I use both. Well, spectacles can’t exactly be described as a mask, but I still use them in place of contact lenses when trying to hide my bags. A trilby or wool cap is the perfect way to hide a bad hair day or my reluctance to bother with styling my hair.
Metaphorical masks can arise in a number of different forms, such as the use of pseudonyms by everyone from writers to ‘celebrities’. The former will gain a level of anonymity required for personal or professional reasons, but those that are already famous, it seems a little redundant as we know who they are. However, it does allow them to present a face to the public different to that they display and give their persona a name.
How many times have you automatically said “I’m fine” when asked “How are you?” I know I do it all the time. It’s a situation that could see me accused of masking my true feelings, but it seems more convenient than regaling others with the minutiae of my dodgy knee and complaints about the weather.
Nowadays, even men wear make-up to hide imperfections or disguise contours, which can also be an effective mask. I’ve heard some people don’t even feel confident to leave the privacy of their own home without their slap on.
Rather than considering the negative connotations that can arise from the idea of someone wearing a mask—whether a physical one or not—all the reasons must be taken into account as there may be some valid ones. Not only can one protect oneself, they can also protect others, if only from the griping that every day life can cause!
Art of the Written Word is available at Total-E-Bound.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shermaine Williams writes erotic romance from her home in London. She has released a number of tales from short stories to novels with several publishers and continues to do so as she just loves to create new characters. She can be found at her website.