[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] Cooking Up Ideas

Working as a team involves figuring out everyone’s strengths, weaknesses, areas to develop, traits to ignore, then doing the work. Between research and deep cleaning my kitchen, I was brainstorming ideas for “The Story” about how John (left) and Trishna would collaborate on cooking. Between partial use of his right arm and her bad foot and back, they’ll encounter adversity just preparing dinner, yet their primary strength is that “three hands are better than two.”

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (background, concept 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] 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)
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[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)
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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] 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.

Spoiler Warning Scale: None (background only!)
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[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.

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