[The Story] Strong Personality Conflicts

As much as I’d like seeing “The Story” become an idyllic fairytale hosting an idealized couple, I know there will be conflicts between Trishna (left, bottom) and John, if only because both are fiercely independent. Their conflicts, expressed more fluidly with G.I. Joe’s Scarlett and Dr. Mindbender below, might only be minor. They are such close friends, after all, and as a result have enormous respect for each other. Or maybe they’ll encounter larger conflicts?

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character development)
WANNA READ ANALOGIES FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION? KEEP ON READING!

[The Story] Worst They’ve Done

Slightly mixing up the format of this week’s update to “The Story.” My spontaneous 500-word short stories are unplanned story jams. My 6,000-word short story contribution to the Keyboard Kommander Story Mode is more planned out. These and more are practice for my 500,000+ word plans with “The Story,” primarily featuring Trishna (left) and John. They’re human characters, with personality flaws, so let’s cover some of their blemishes. Here’s the mix: in potentially their own words?!

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (in-depth character development)
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[The Story] Keyboard and Mouse

Since I primarily type and navigate technology with my right hand’s index finger and thumb, I’ve tied these fingers together for method acting during this week’s update to “The Story” to empathize with how John (below, left) would use technology. It’s not easy! John and Trishna (right) are fortunately strong-willed characters, so let’s explore how they’ve adapted to their impairments, how their world broadly considers accessibility, and how technology has helped both them and us.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character/world building)
WANNA CONSIDER HOW TECHNOLOGY ? KEEP ON READING!

[The Story] Brushing and Flossing

Here’s my plan: the Saturday fiction practices are mainly to refine my writing skills with random plots featuring characters I have no attachment. Something’s contrived or cliché? Better to have tried and failed in some random short story than in “The Story.” These Sunday updates will continue until the short stories [test] match what I’m aiming for with Trishna (left) and John’s story [production]. So let’s brush on some character development and floss away clichés.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character development)
WANNA PROTECT YOUR MOUTH FROM THE HORRORS OF TOOTH DECAY? BRUSH AND FLOSS! THEN KEEP ON READING!

[The Story] Fixing the Unfixable?

Two early physical representations for the main characters of “The Story” were Star Wars characters. I scrapped those in favor of infinitely more customizable LEGO minifigs, shown below, for Trishna and John. Along with developing my writing and their backstory through weekly updates, I’ve been developing their physical representations through new props and modifications. After overdoing adjustments to John’s right arm, requiring some superglue repair, I wondered: Could their impairments be completely repaired through surgery?

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character/world building)
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[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)
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[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)
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[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)
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[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)
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[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!