[The Story] Complaining About Others

A customer complained to me about his wife’s technological irresponsibility. “I’ve got an audience, so let me tell you…[1]” and though his rationale was sound – yes, you should be careful with expensive technology – I applied their seemingly rocky relationship to Trishna [left] and John [right]. How much will they accept or tolerate of each other’s faults? I’ve always imagined “The Story” to be primarily a nice story about two friends. Will they have sore spots?

Spoilers?: Minor (exploring character traits)
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[The Story] Couples on Buses

I’ve been writing and rewriting “The Story,” scene after stochastic scene, for as long as I can remember. An idea will pop up while I’m riding the bus, talking to someone, or reading a book. I’ll see a couple on the bus and think about John [left] and Trishna [right]. Better than stressing about work! In these situations, memories, or maybe more, I wonder: how much of “The Story” will be based on real people?

Spoilers?: Minor (fiction building musings)
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[Sammohini Arc] Doctor of Troubleshootology

“Hey, uhh, thanks for stopping by.”
“Yeah, sure! Is now a good time for me to work on your device, doctor?”
The young computer technician arrived with notes in hand on how to fix the issue.
“Sure. I’ll just be reading over here. Let me know if you need me.”
“Sure thing! Thanks!”
She started clicking around on the computer, trying to figure out what was wrong. It wasn’t straightforward and wasn’t in the notes.

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[Sammohini Arc] Boss Is Away

“Hey, Sammohini.” The voice suddenly appeared after a typing lull, along with her mentoring coworker, Hank. “How urgent is that 1 o’clock?” “Oh, umm… yeah, uhh… that’s a move assessment for Nephrology for next week.” “Can you reschedule it? We’d,” and he looked around the cube farm area before dropping his voice, “like to have a team meeting since Linda and Lisa are both away. We were thinking… Wiles’s…” Before exclaiming, she calmly said, “no worries.”

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[Fiction Practice] Selling New Boots

Two childhood friends sat on a run-down apartment patio on a warm summer evening. There had been a lull in their reacquainting conversation.
“Hey Jane, so Samuel and I were looking through some old stuff, to you know, downsize and stuff, and well, I have these boots I never wore that might be worth some money. If you want to sell them, we could split it. I think they should be worth at least $100… Interested?”

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[The Story] Frequenting Zbigniew’s Teriyaki

If my ambitions for “The Story” include comprehensive commentaries on the nature of our reality, how much nuance should go into those commentaries? A thoroughly-built restaurant might evoke patron conversations idly chatting over the fine flatware or reveal restaurateuring price negotiations for finer flatware. The narrative should always guide the focus. It’d waste your time and my effort if Trishna (left) and John (right) only visited Zbigniew’s (center) Teriyaki once. But if they go frequently…?

Spoilers?: Minor (worldbuilding, character development)
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[Fiction Practice] End of Turn

[Story 3 of 3 – Beginning]

First, let’s stop by Linda’s.”
They wheeled the freshly-rebuilt computer over to their manager’s open door.
“Hey Linda, got a minute?”
“Sure thing, Rockstar. What’s on your mind?”
Hank leaned up against the door frame and Sammohini stepped into sight.
“This’s that computer we got your approval on. She’s gonna be ornery.”
“Sounds like it. I trust you both. Call me if you need reinforcements.”
Henry stood at attention, saluted, and they departed into battle.

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[Fiction Practice] Middle of Turn

[Story 2 of 3 – Beginning]

They wheeled their three found computers back from the scrap bin.
What did you mean earlier that she wouldn’t be happy with this?”
The older technician sighed and subconsciously pushed the cart faster.
“Well, she wants a laptop instead of a desktop. Wouldn’t matter if we got her the best desktop ever, it can’t go to meetings or anything. Besides, that’d be against policy for anyone besides management. Lisa even gave up her laptop!”
“Oh…”

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[Fiction Practice] Beginning of Turn

[Story 1 of 3]

“IT, this is Sam!”
“This is Brenda in Accounting. My computer keeps failing on me!”
During their phone call, Sam couldn’t determine the root cause of the issue with the ailing computer. She would need assistance from her team and dedicated time to troubleshoot the issue at the workbench.
“I’ll get a loaner laptop over to you in the meantime.”
“Great! Just haul this piece of junk away! I don’t wanna see it ever again!”

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[The Story] Mother’s Day Moments

Mother’s Day for the Lanchester family is an important celebration. Like Father’s Day, and everyone’s birthday, it’s more than just an excuse for Trishna (left) to take photos of her newborn niece Alejandría (“Allie Pally”). It’s a time to reconnect, fortify long-term goals, work through any lingering problems that might need attention, and celebrate the matriarchal side of the family. Let’s explore how Mother’s Days might feel in the first few years of “The Story.”

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (hypotheticals, character development)
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