[The Story] Don’t Hurt Her

This scene in “The Story” concluded a recent float tank session like a vague memory from a life I never lived. Shortly after John (right) arrives at Trishna’s family farm, her father Divit (center) has “the chat” he has with anyone that is considering becoming close friends with any of his daughters or sons. Let’s explore how I’m building this scene, so once I write it formally, it will have the appropriate emotion and resonance.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (scene-building)
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[The Story] Possibilities of Prostheses

After dislodging “The Story” from my memories last year, I’ve been busy! I’m spending most of my “down time” learning how to tell this story: analyzing good storytelling, critiquing bad storytelling, writing almost daily, and anything to improve my writing toolbox. After realizing that the main characters would have physical impairments, I realized I had to educate myself on how to “do it right,” so let’s consider: under-representation, invisibility, “hiding impairments,” and their world’s prosthetics.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (world-building, rant)
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[The Story] Pollyanna’s Great Service

It’s been useful having physical representations of the main characters of “The Story.” I can bring these minifigs representing Trishna (left) and John (right) along with me to brainstorm ideas on the go and their ubiquity allows me to quickly consider in new ideas. The set with Trishna’s wheelchair also had this dog, which after some brainstorming, became a pivotal character in her back story. Let’s explore how one dog could provide such great service.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character-building, without major plot details)
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[The Story] Materialism and Minimalism

Whether or not you’re weighed down by material possessions may depend on your perception of their usefulness as tools. I find value in tools that I haven’t used in four months, like Dr. Mindbender here, or even four years. Others may find hindrance with those older tools. Let’s explore the material perceptions of the main characters of “The Story,” since Trishna (left) grew up in a decently comfortable middle-class family and John starkly did not.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (backstory, general worldbuilding, and something sexy)
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[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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