How close will “The Story” relate to my life? I suspect there will be some similarities, but more than anything, my life will serve as a sort of better understanding for the lives of two characters that I summon into my imagination from somewhere unknown, either an alternate reality or from no reality. Pains that they have will be ones that are independent of my pains, but my pains inform the depth of their pains. 
There are two main relationships in “The Story.” There’s the in-universe relationship between John and Trishna, and there’s my relationship to the world around me. In order to write fiction like I want to with “The Story,” I have to sacrifice many areas of my life – besides the ones that have already been sacrificed for me, like my health. Although it seems nicer to have more, it actually means having less time for writing fiction.
Spoilers?: Minor [lifestyle for writing]
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Throughout the entirety of “The Story’s” inception, from the library of my high school, to today, I had thought about the relationship between John and Trishna as one that would have some degree of romance, because, well, that’s what all of media portrays. There is nothing outside of media involving romance, always in a positive light, but could “The Story” involve two friends without benefits, without anything more than the benefit of a deep friendship?
If there is any positive about my severe spine pain, it’s that I’ve been able to learn more about how it’s like for the main characters in “The Story,” John and Trishna, to go about their lives. They both have physical disabilities, as do I, but different than mine – and still, I can empathize with them far more than had I never been disabled. Could I have written their characters respectfully without having become disabled?
Spoilers?: Minor [disability affects everything]
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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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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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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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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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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.
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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