[The Story] Industry and Comfort

Let’s continue the worldbuilding from last week’s brainstorming update to “The Story” with how manufacturing in Trishna (left) and John’s world might look. Their world doesn’t stray too far from reality. Most of the same comforts are generated from industries, meaning the hardest labor work is automated, and it’s fairly easy to live a decent life. Maybe not luxurious, though in comparison to famine and disease? Could be much worse. Let’s explore in more detail.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (specific location details about their world)
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[The Story] Sick? Healthy Living!

While soaking in miniature houses at the fair, observing cool LEGO sets in stores, and attending concerts, I was brainstorming ideas for “The Story” as I always do. This week’s focus was worldbuilding the Lanchester farm. Trishna was born and raised there. Unfortunately, the implications of some mild bug has taken some of my focus away, so let’s explore how John (laying “in bed”) and Trishna help each other through their sicknesses, to get healthy.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (some spoiler-marked scene brainstorming)
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[The Story] First Family Dinner

Rather than focusing on character traits, this week’s brainstorming update to “The Story” will focus on a scene that’s cooking in my mind’s creative oven. Let’s see about collecting the ingredients for one of the first events following ‘the scene,’ or the catalytic events that throw everything into motion, where John (right) is invited over to Trishna’s family for dinner. The spoilers after the jump are primarily just world building stuff, so let’s dig in!

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (early narrative scene building)
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[The Story] Some Vacationing Spots

With summer waning, let’s cover some year-round vacationing spots that John (left) and Trishna may visit after they meet, and go to college, in this week’s brainstorming update to “The Story.” A combination of general logistics and their sedentary hobbies playing videogames, reading, and writing initially encouraged more time indoors or at home. As they meet more people in college, and discover more diverse hobbies, they’ll find appealing areas for picnics, swimming, exploring, and more.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (some plot structure and world building)
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[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] 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)
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[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.

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