[The Story] Driving Toward Ambitions

Punctuating brave, loving, and violent moments somewhere in “The Story” is a quiet scene that’s lingered in my head for years. John (driving) and Trishna are driving along and nothing exciting happens. No car accident or argument. Just a close couple going toward their mutual goal. In this week’s brainstorming update, let’s cover some of how they’ll arrive at their motivation, because while you can have any goal you want, it’s all about getting there.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (background character development)
WANNA SEE SOME OF THE MECHANICS OF WHAT DRIVES THESE CHARACTERS? KEEP ON READING!

[The Story] Videogame Accessibility Inclusivity

The photograph below shows the back cover of a gaming laptop. The cover is filled with stickers including ones from a recently-reviewed Year of the Cobra concert. The laptop is on a reflective marble table. The background shows a hand using a smartphone. In the foreground are two LEGO minifigs. These minifigs represent the main characters of “The Story:” Trishna (in wheelchair) and John. This week’s brainstorming update explores videogame accessibility both real and fictional.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (game?! development)
WANNA READ ABOUT VIDEOGAMES WITH IMPAIRMENTS IN MIND? KEEP ON READING!

[The Story] Concerts, Carnivals, More

“What’s in this bag?” “LEGOs.” I passed security, after a chuckle, and entered the venue with the minifigs that represent the main characters of The Story. In this week’s brainstorming update, let’s explore some of the entertainment or dating options that Trishna (seated) and John might attend, including concerts, fairs, carnivals, amusement parks, and other outdoor events, other than just staying at home playing videogames, building projects, or watching movies. Subject to change, of course.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character/world building)
WANNA SEE HINTS OF HOW BETTER ZOMBIE TIES INTO THE STORY? KEEP ON READING!

[The Story] Respect Above All

“Dad, I want to include some bigger themes like respect when I write this story. What should I keep in mind?” “Respect is five times more important than anything else.” In this week’s brainstorming update to The Story, let’s explore ways that John (right, shaking hands with Trishna’s dad, Divit) and Trishna (left, not doing anything interesting for the photo) might learn respect, how that manifests in their relationships to others, and with themselves.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character background brainstorming)
WANNA READ SOME ANALOGIES ON RESPECT? KEEP ON READING!

[The Story] Their First Date

The initial rush of love feels fantastic! Your body temperature rises, you feel calmer, happier, more self-assured. The mystery of love is evocative. In this brainstorming update to The Story, let’s explore what might happen when a girl (Trishna, seated) and a boy (John) meet in person after years of long-distance communication. I have yet to explore the intricacies of their friendship, so consider this scratching the surface, rather than digging in. It’s all developing.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (scene building)
WANNA GET SOME DATING IDEAS? KEEP ON READING!

[The Story] Work and Duty

I fell into my career path by accident. As a shy bullied kid, talking with customers, quickly troubleshooting issues, and documenting the results have helped me progress toward my duty – writing! – much more than if I had picked a career that might occupy my life while leaving me unfulfilled. In this brainstorming update to The Story, let’s explore how the work Trishna (with new haircut!) and John do might help them perform their collaborative duty.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (Nothing big! Just plot anchors after the narrative’s beginning)
WANNA MEDITATE ON YOUR PURPOSE THROUGH CHARACTERS? KEEP ON READING!

[The Story] Five Pivotal Fights

Handling stressful situations is a skill forged through the fires of overcoming anxious moments. Preventing these conflicts from ruining your day could involve five steps: deflecting the hate, asking friendly advice, asking familial advice, escalating to authorities, then fighting if in danger. In this semi Applied Psychology post, more brainstorming update to The Story, let’s use five general scenarios where Trishna (seated) and John were bullied growing up to develop these characters and this idea.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character backstory)
WANNA THINK OF STRATEGIES TO COMBAT ABUSE? KEEP ON READING!

[The Story] Military Service Worldbuilding

Building off the technological context from last week’s brainstorming update to The Story, and with consideration for Memorial Day, let’s cover how the military service of three characters influenced the civilian main characters John (left, saluting) and Trishna. I haven’t thought much about how much influence, if any, active military will affect the narrative. Maybe this exercise will help? If not directly, then this should help inform situations both within the proper narrative and beyond.

Spoiler Warning Scale: None (background only!)
WANNA CONSIDER HOW MILITARY CULTURE INFLUENCES CIVILIANS? KEEP ON READING!

[The Story] ‘Techno-Techno Scientific’ Worldbuilding

Last week’s brainstorming update to The Story led to storms of idea static surging my brain. It’s tempting to write these narrative ideas about the Lanchester Farm, interactions, and potential spoilers. I know better. Working with an “over-prepare, then go with the flow” style of writing yields my best results, so let’s borrow a line from The Incal, and explore some of the ‘techno-techno scientific’ details of the world Trishna (left) and John live in.

Spoiler Warning Scale: None (safe!)
WANNA THINK ABOUT TECHNOLOGICAL CONTEXT IN WORLDS? KEEP ON READING!

[The Story] Farming For Backstory

This week allowed three concerts and a float tank session. I partially enjoy concerts for their potential breadth of collecting ideas and “floating” for the potential depth of digesting ideas. Those factors allowed this week’s brainstorming update to The Story to excel in some key areas of the backstory, particularly hobbies, farming, and practicality. I don’t consider anything below to be spoilers and quickly wrote 400 words on what I might consider narrative spoilers here.

WANNA FARM THOSE DELICIOUS CHARACTER CONTEXTS? KEEP ON READING! ?