[The Story] Trading User Accounts

I’ve been thinking about gender through my own perception of reality along with through the lenses of the main characters of “The Story.” I’ve written extensively about my thoughts in Zdiscord’s #gender in all areas except for through the perspective of John [he/him] and Trishna [she/her]. Straightforward, right? John’s a boy and Trishna’s a girl. Nothing more to consider… right? Over the years, I’d considered how there were areas of inconsistency in their shared experiences.

Spoilers?: Minor [transferring accounts, occasionally]
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[The Story] Writing As Divination

I was in Bellabelluga’s livestream, who did an Astrology reading for me, and we were talking about respecting our crafts. Sie didn’t feel like doing any astrology, but wanted to livestream, to which I said: “I can respect that about respecting the craft, Bella. I’m not writing fiction, which I love to do, because it requires so much. Writing fiction,” like “The Story,” “is closer to divination than writing essays which is just observing reality.”

Spoilers?: Minor [divining these characters]
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[The Story] Love Between Friends

When I think of “The Story,” its thematic whole is the friendship between John and Trishna. They act as the rock around which everything else forms. There are nodes of considerations for other characters, like Sammohini in “Novel 01,” “02,” and more, but almost all of them interact with John and Trishna to some degree. What is that friendship based on except for a mutual respect and love – agape, or romantic – between two people with mutual interests?

Spoilers?Minor [relationships between friends]
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[The Story] Discords Of Discourse

Between the Action Button Discord, Zdiscord, and other communities, I’ve had myriad opportunities to talk with others about topics that might appear within “The Story.” Throughout Pride Month, I’ve been exploring topics of gender, sexuality, and norms we perpetuate – and whether they’re harmful or not. Throughout these discourses, sometimes in casual conversations and other times deeper discussions, I’ve always wondered how this all relates with John and Trishna. Will this be a simple love story?

Spoilers?: Minor [tying characters together]
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[The Story] Demisexuality In Fiction?

Over the years, when I’ve thought of the main characters of “The Story,” I’ve wondered about their sexuality as it relates to themselves and others. I’ve imagined that Trishna has a strong interest, or passion, in John starting from when they first talk. Is that the same sort of passion that one might have for someone they deeply admire, is it romantic or more? Around Pride Month 2021, I considered my own sexuality, which relates here.

Spoilers?: Minor [is this romance?]
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[The Story] Gender and Pronouns

Over the past 6 months especially, but over the past 2 years, I’ve been doing my part to learn about gender, pronouns, and how the body and mind work together or against each other. I won’t claim to own any authority of topical knowledge here, so take this as meandry musings through “The Story.” When these two characters – John and Trishna – appeared in my head before I left high school, they were male and female… but why?

Spoilers?: Minor [exploring some pronouns]
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[The Story] Overachieving, Laziness, Can’t

To all my overachievers out there: Who out there puts a lot of pressure on themselves to succeed? Why do you do this? Have you learned to not do it so much?[1]” In my response, I talked about differentiating between “overachieving,” “laziness,” and “can’t.” Each day, I wake up and can decide if I want to work toward writing “The Story.” It doesn’t have to be big, but if I don’t, then that’s almost regression…

Spoilers?: Minor [today’s storytelling tasks]
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[The Story] Daily Heavy Massage

I got distracted from the point I was going to make in “Daily Light Massage,” which was going to focus on relationships, as I’ll write John and Trishna in “The Story” – my ultimate long-term fiction-writing goal, can be maintained through caring for each other in ways like daily massages. Chiropractic work has been reducing pain and increasing mobility for me. I imagine John will do the same – massage Trishna’s sore muscles, and, Trishna for John’s.

Spoilers?: Minor [massaging out inflammation]
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[Media Meandry] Myuu Battle 8ofX

How much will doing drawings like this help me write fiction? Questions like these can be harmful, because then we get too much into the sort of idea of qualifying events, situations, or even people as better or worse than others. We might think “I can’t hang out with this person” because they won’t help me write fiction. When, really, the right approach it to let everyone in, somewhat, and if they’re combative, be polite.

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[The Story] Daily Light Massage

If there’s anything I’ve learned throughout this journey of trying to write “The Story,” of wanting to write it or of otherwise aiming my life’s sights at that lofty goal of writing fiction that is worthy of the characters, John and Trishna, that have been in my head for nearly 20 years, it’s that you can write anywhere. Writing seems to be the mechanical act of transferring thoughts, but it’s actually thinking of what to write.

Spoilers?: Minor [massaging fiction/essay ideas]
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