Using Braid Theory to explain triple timeline. #Molly #graphicnovel

It has taken me years to create a structure for Molly that could combine two stories that run both parallel to each other and have intriguing connections.


Massive research needs to be formatted in a cohesive way, yet allow for a compelling narrative.


Currently, three timelines run through Molly  and eventually braid together converging in Fall 1947.  I went into a research wormhole a few weeks back as I contemplated the image of the braid.  And lo and behold, the braid theory is indeed a thing (ironically coined in 1947 by Emil Artin).



The braid and the trefoil knot-

A knot may be represented as the closure of certain braids. A mathematician’s knot differs in that the ends are joined together so that it cannot be undone. Thus braiding together the three timelines within the narrative leads to intriguing circumstantial evidence, intertwining of the two stories of the Babes in the Wood and Molly O’Dwyer.

We have all experienced on some rare occasion the feeling of elation in realizing that we have enabled our listeners to see at a glance the whole architecture and all its ramifications. – Emil Artin, mathematician

The trefoil knot (a play on the Irish Clover) further illustrates the convergence of the timeline in 1947- it is impossible to untie it without cutting it. It also alludes to Molly’s Irish heritage.

“Gentlemen, when two separate events occur simultaneously pertaining to the same object of inquiry, we must always pay strict attention.” –Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks

This is the endless magic that happens with this project.  Incredible incredible magic.  I must remember that.

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Oil on board- ode to Anders Zorn’s Braiding


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