[The Story] Olympic Travel Plans

Pre-disability, I wanted to write “The Story” as true to the experience of how it is like living with disabilities as possible. Now that I am disabled, with a slim chance that my disability might be manageable, I can write “The Story” with the perspective of how it is/was like for me to be disabled. I recently had to drive 4+ hours to get healthcare. My seed question: What if Trishna had to do the same?

Spoilers?: Minor [“seeding” storytelling ideas]
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[The Story] Sharing Of Hobbies

Today, I did a podcast, played a bit of a game, did some OBS technical talk, did a bit of art, and read an audiobook. These are some of my many hobbies. What hobbies will John and Trishna have throughout “The Story?” I’ve thought about this question many times before, but it’s worth exploring, since these are the sorts of questions that prevent characters from becoming too much like the writers that write those characters.

Spoilers?: Minor [minor hobby overlap]
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[The Story] Ableist Airplane Travel

When I think up these essays to help me write “The Story,” they are with some degree of tentativeness. I brainstorm these ideas. Sometimes, they stick, other times, they don’t. Before I learned about some recent events that commented on them during an art recording, I had just assumed that travel would be easy enough for disabled people. I assumed airlines, in particular, would be accomodating to travelers. No, not really, which is quite unfortunate.

Spoilers?: Major [changes to brainstorms]
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[The Story] Fuerte Waking Up

My disabled body took 54 minutes to get out of bed after my 8am alarm woke up my mind, which can be similar but not the same as Trishna’s experiences in  “The Story.” When I think of my own experiences versus how I imagine scenes from “The Story,” I tend to think of these scenes from a broad perspective – getting out of bed – then usually an idea will pop into mind: Trishna and John waking up.

Spoilers?: Minor[not being lazy]
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[The Story] Scenes, Artistry, Gender

Every week for years now, I’ve written at least one essay about “The Story,” but what if I added to that a maybe-weekly recording talking through some thoughts before I write them? Doing something like that adds significant logistical considerations, so I might transfer that to a driving audio-only recording once/if I return to better health, but for now, why don’t I talk through elements in “The Story” while doing other things? Should be fun.

Spoilers?: Minor [characters as people]
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[The Story] Pink And Green

Although I’m not a huge fan of asking definitive questions of anything in “The Story,” I do like scratching at questions over time. What are John and Trishna’s favorite colors? Trishna’s favorite color seemed to be green, because of Trishna’s affinity to nature, horticulture, and maybe with a slight disinterest in traditional femininity? I wondered about John’s favorite color until two objects inspired me to wonder: Pink? Pink seems to fit as a favorite color.

Spoilers?: Minor [colors, gender norms?]
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[The Story] Fuerte Charity Shirt, 6.53ofX

I did the first of many experiments today of doing shorter offline recordings – editing and art – both with a focus on writing, to some degree. Whenever I feel I’ve “lost the plot” for my focus on writing “The Story,” I feel lost and sometimes depressed. These editing recordings will be where I’ll talk through my writing and editing process, and the art stream was thinking through a question: Would John and Trishna dabble in art?

Spoilers?: Minor [short answer: maybe?]
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[The Story] Documented Health Issues

One of the central challenges I had with “The Story” years ago, after I realized that I would be writing the perspectives of two disabled characters, was realizing: what are the disabilities? John has a physical arm injury caused by some kind of incident. Trishna, however, was born with a physical issue affecting the spine and left foot. Those details are fine to start and I figure in time I’ll know their specific medical histories.

Spoilers?: Minor [considering healthcare documentation]
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[The Story] Out And About

When I think of how “The Story” might progress now, compared to years ago before I became disabled, I think the biggest thing is that this won’t be a story where they’ll be exploring much of the outside world. John and Trishna will probably be more introspectively exploring themselves and each other, but they will still pop around places occasionally.

Spoilers?Minor [vacationing and touring]
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[The Story] Attack And Assist

I think one of the central focuses of “The Story” will be how John and Trishna build their friendship through solid communication. The idea that’s felt the most natural through all my brainstorming is that they are both role-playing as characters in a game that offers plenty of player and game interactivity. Is this a MMORPG or MUD? I lean closer to the more relaxed MUD pace, but that means designing an entire game… right?

Spoilers?: Minor [brainstorming, cloning, branching]
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