[Novel 02] Is It Funny?

When I wrote “Novel 01,” if I needed a new character, I went with random names and that was my character. No characterization. No real effort applied. But, I cut myself the slack of knowing I had two weeks of planning with four weeks of writing. “The Story” has been in casual production for 20-some years now… “Novel 02” has been in active production since April 2023. When is it alright to have “funny” ideas in our stories?


Major spoilers after the jump.

I talked about the funny idea in the video segment, which isn’t implied in the summary below:

Part 1: Pre-Problem and Start of Novel 02
Overall:
We’ll meet Sammohini either for the first time, or we’ll meet her again from Novel 01, the novella [which will be all of the interviews packaged into one easily digestible or easily consumable “product”], or wherever else you may have heard of Sammohini or my writing. Sammohini is our main character. After Novel 01, she receives some high praise and recognition, but, she doesn’t feel prioritized or respected, and she might feel uncharacteristically egotistical. In part, this is because of events that we’ll learn about in Novel 02.

Intention:
Introduction to Sammohini, the world of “The Story” from her perspective, and to get a “week in the life” before her medical event in Part 2. Part 2 will be from her perspective, and Part 3 will be from a more neutral perspective.

Friday, January 14th 2011
Daily Team Meeting #1
[Friday, January 14th 2011]
Major Characters [8]: Sammohini, John, Venkat, Hank, Hidde, Vyky, Alex, and Linda
Minor Characters [0]: –
Location: Daily morning meeting in their conference room
Time: 8am to 9am

Management Acknowledgement:
Linda will begin by thanking everyone for their continued, tireless efforts. Linda will state the following:
“For employee news:
First, Nessa will be out of the office for another week, at least. We are in communication with her and she’s doing OK. We have a card to sign.
Second, Martin starts on Monday. Most of you haven’t met him yet, but he’s a very smart person, and so he should be a good addition to the team.
Third, we still have one opening, and HR might approve for a second to return the team back to ten employees. If you know anyone that might be interested in the position, we are actively reviewing resumes.”

Employee of the Week:
“Next, we have some big, impactful news to present to one of our team.” Linda and Alex will present Sammohini with the Employee of the Week award. This is for efforts done in both Novel 01 and for the completion of the interview project with Giabelle. [The interviews are the in-universe framing story for the interviews that I do to learn about the basics of each of the major characters. The major characters get citations only.] This award is really exciting for her, and while she wants to remain humble, she also feels a sort of “running around too fast, with her heartbeat going too fast” kind of excitement. Linda will conclude this section by saying that Sammohini will receive the formal award at the All-Staff meeting on Monday. It is not a “secret” in the sense of not being able to tell anyone, but, as Linda puts it, “please keep this within the team, and with your families as necessary. We would prefer to have this as a department surprise, but we wanted to tell you all this as soon as we could.”

Pager Duties:
The on-call rotation goes from Hidde to Sammohini, to hold the pager for the next week, from the 14th through the 21st.

Major Plans Or Roadblocks:
Sammohini says she’ll wrap up her currently assigned tickets so she’s more available to help out for pages. John would volunteer to take over some of Sammohini’s tickets. Venkat will be driving south after lunch to take care of a clinic. Hank will be doing the same, but northbound. Hidde is excited with some personal news but will share it at lunch. Vyky will say that she’s not sure where the Pharmaceutical Research department is for a ticket she just grabbed. Sammohini will say that she can help!

 

Meeting With Rezi or Dr. Modnar
[Friday, January 14th 2011]
Major Characters [3]: Sammohini, Vyky, and Dr. Rezi Modnar
Minor Characters [???] Anyone we meet along the way. ???, ???, ???
Location: Rezi’s Office Area in the Pharmaceutical Research Department
Time: 9am to 10am

[Hank and Venkat] Hwa I-Ting [화 이팅] vs Ladee Karana [लड़ाई करना] Fight Discussion:
Sammohini is waiting for Vyky to return from using the restroom in the tech area while Hank or Venkat are talking about a pay-per-pre-view fight. Hank will be rooting for Hwa and Venkat will be rooting for Karana. They will first talk about whose place to visit. Hank: “Can Padma and I stop by again since you have the larger screen, if we bring some food?” Venkat: “You did not need to offer food. I was already planning to host, but, food will be nice.” Then they will talk in-depth about the strategies of Hwa vs Karana, which might upset Sammohini or otherwise get under her skin, since she assumes that the work area should only be for work, but, the team’s been working so hard for so long that it all blends together for everyone. She might have no choice but to overhear their conversation until Vyky returns, or she might put on her headphones in disgust.

Valentine’s Day Imagery, 1:
Sammohini and Vyky will walk to the Pharmaceutical Research Department. Along the way, they will pass by a department that has been set up with Valentine’s Day stuff. Vyky will point this out in a way that might upset Sammohini, such as saying, “oh, that’s so cute. I really enjoy going out on Valentine’s Day. It’s just so romantic, but it’s not always about romance in a strictest sense. There’s platonic love as well, like with Galentine’s Day.” Sammohini won’t have anything to say here.

Meeting With Rezi, aka “Dr. Modnar”:
When Sammohini and Vyky arrive at Dr. Modnar’s office, it will be very uncharacteristic for what we might assume a doctor’s office and area to be. We will hear punk rock music playing, perhaps, and we will be introduced to a punk rock doctor who says, “namaste, dudettes, or dudetceteras, hey Sammohini, you must be the new person… V-something?” “Vyky.” “Good to meet ya, you can call me Rezi, since I’m not your doctor.” She’ll be decked out in punk rock band clothes, and they’ll go over a relatively easy question that she has about something that requires maybe 5 to 10 minutes of work.

Valentine’s Day Imagery, 2:
After meeting with Rezi, Vyky will tell Sammohini that she thought Rezi was really cool. Sammohini will agree. When they return through the department that has the Valentine’s Day stuff up, Vyky might ask Sammohini if she has any plans for Valentine’s Day, shyly. Sammohini might just say a flat no, to which Vyky might recover by saying, “oh, I meant like a Galentine’s Day thing, don’t worry,” to which Sammohini might be more open to doing, but either way, the conversation doesn’t go anywhere, and they return back to their areas with no further mention of Valentine’s Day. [There’s no tension here because, astrologically, Vyky is a Taurus rather than an Aquarius, even though Vyky was initially going to be a budding love interest character.]

Beats Before Lunch
[Friday, January 14th 2011]
Major Characters [2]: Sammohini and Hidde
Minor Characters [#]: [[Tier 1]], [[Tier 1]],
Location: Eville Medical IT Tech Area
Time: 10am to 11:30am

Answer A Question From The Tier 1 Team:
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Answer A Question From The Tier 1 Team:
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Birthday Party Invite:
Sammohini could catch Hidde to ask about when she can give a birthday gift to Serka. Hidde tells Sammohini about a birthday party that Hidde has planned with guests such as Nic-Owu, cited in Hidde’s invitation as “an artist friend that we both admire,” along with others in various arts and creative scenes, like Ricky, who we’ll meet later on. Sammohini declines because she’s holding the page, and she’s worried about leaving the general area, since it will be in downtown Eville. Hidde says not to worry, and if anything should happen, then they’ll both tackle the issue head-on! Sammohini still refuses. [And, as it would turn out, there is no page, so it was all for nothing…]

Friday Lunch Meeting Goes Awry
[Friday, January 14th 2011]
Major Characters [9]: Sammohini, John, Venkat, Hank, Hidde, Vyky, Trishna, Alex, and Linda
Minor Characters [#]: ???, ???, ???
Location: Eville Medical Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am to 12:30pm

Hidde’s Proposal Excitement:
Hidde asks if they can mention a personal victory to the team.
Hidde says that it’s Serka’s birthday and they want to propose to Serka.
[Hidde and Serka both significantly helped Sammohini through her split with Jane right around Valentine’s Day 2010, so they are two important figures to Sammohini. Although she wants what’s best for both of them, she might also feel a tinge of regret for not having something similar to what they have.]

Sammohini Argues With Trishna:
Hank and Venkat bring up the Hwa and Karana fight. Venkat says that anyone’s invited over to watch the fight. Vyky says she isn’t interested, along with Alex and Linda. Hank asks John if he’s interested in the fight at all, and offers carpooling for Trishna and John, because he’ll be driving Padma’s car down to Venkat’s place. John declines and says that they’re busy. Sammohini asks what they’re doing. Trishna looks away and John stammers because he doesn’t know what they should say. Sammohini presses on and Trishna says that they’re going to be meeting with Jane. Sammohini gets mad at Trishna about this and Trishna leaves after she says something like, “She’s still a sister to me, even if you two broke up!” John goes after her, followed by Linda, while Alex and the team stay with Sammohini.

Linda De-Escalates:
Linda catches up to Trishna and John. John’s doing his best to help Trishna, who is upset over the situation. Linda does her best to talk through the matter. They tell Linda about what’s been going on lately. Jane was an employee of Linda, so she does know of all of the break-up and Jane’s general attitude, so, Linda is empathetic toward everyone involved. Linda says that Trishna and John are in the right to go see their family member and Sammohini overreacted. Linda texts TJ, Trishna’s manager, to ask to talk about the situation. They four discuss the matter and the conclusion is that Trishna and John should leave early to avoid any conflict, and Linda will pass along any work that was on John’s plate for that day. Linda texts Alex to have them go elsewhere to de-escalate the situation so everyone else can get back to work. Trishna and John are brought home by Hidde, because Hiddie knows the family and the situation more than anyone, and feels like asking security for assistance would be tricky and maybe even cause chaos regarding Sammohini’s Employee of the Week award.

Linda Meets Sammohini And Alex At Birth Center:
Linda instructed Alex to escort Sammohini over to the Birth Center lobby area, since, within Eville Medical, it is sufficiently far enough away from the cafeteria to where there would be no controversy for Sammohini encountering either Trishna or John. At this point, Sammohini might share with Alex [and the audience] about Trishna’s pregnancy plans, and how excited she is for Trishna. When Linda returns, Linda says that things are OK, that she’s not in trouble, but she needs to be respectful toward Trishna and John, and probably give them a day or two before talking to them. Sammohini agrees and Linda suggests that all three go take a walk.

 

Walking Management Meeting With Sammohini
[Friday, January 14th 2011]
Major Characters [3]: Sammohini, Linda, and Alex
Minor Characters [2]: Vys and Albert
Location: Eville Medical Lecture Auditorium Café [EMLAC]
Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Sammohini, Linda, and Alex Talk:
The three go on a walk around the area, ending up at the lecture auditorium café, where Linda offers to buy coffees for Sammohini and Alex. During this talk, starting at the birth center and concluding at the café, the three might talk about how much stress has been going on with the Tier 2 team, and how difficult it’s been to find good people. Linda is excited to meet Martin, who Alex and Sammohini spearheaded in interviewing, and hopes that everything turns out well. She expresses vulnerability by saying it’s been tough trying to make this all work, and she’s hoping that with the addition of Martin, things will slow down enough to where she can help find another person to backfill, and she’s doing her best to try to find an agency that will help hire some temps in the meantime, but there’s just the question of budget and overall necessity. Alex could share about how they’re stressed out about managing all areas of the Tier 1 and Tier 2 side of things. Sammohini could also share about how stressed she’s been, but she’s excited to help with everything related to the team!

Hidde Takes Trishna And John Home:
John needed to take anti-anxiety medication at work. He has a diagnosis for this and it’s 100% above-board, but, Linda insists that Hidde take Trishna and John back home and make sure that he’s OK. John might be able to walk, but Hidde insists on bringing him over in a wheelchair, or at least to bring one along just in case, and this goes uneventfully well. Does Hidde also order take-out dinner for Trishna and John so they can both relax and help John with any kind of resting? He’ll probably bathe by himself but Hidde and Trishna would be around in case he falls; he doesn’t. After the food arrives, Hidde returns back to work, and Hidde texts with Alex about the plans to make sure that everyone is aware.

Beats After Lunch
[Friday, January 14th 2011]
Major Characters [#]: Sammohini, Hidde, [[Tier 1]], [[Tier 1]]
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: Eville Medical IT Tech Area
Time: 1:30pm to 5pm~

Hidde Talks With Sammohini:
Hidde returns and talks with either Alex or Linda about the situation in person. After that, Hidde and maybe Alex or Linda both talk to Sammohini and ask that Sammohini just take a few days off from interacting with Trishna and John. Maybe wait until they reach out first?

Answer A Question From The Tier 1 Team:
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Answer A Question From The Tier 1 Team:
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Beats After Work
[Friday, January 14th 2011]
Major Characters [2]: Sammohini, Adjovi, Fugodinum “Fug”
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: Eville Medical Cafeteria
Time: 5pm~ to 6pm

Conversation With Adjovi:
Sammohini goes to the cafeteria after work to eat dinner. While she’s there, we meet Eville Medical cafeteria evening attendant Adjovi [he/him], and Sammohini tells him about the argument that she had with her sister, Trishna. Maybe she’s looking for advice? Maybe she’s looking to figure out how to apologize. Adjovi will offer some advice, maybe by saying to give it some time, and then to think about why she was so offended over hearing about Jane?

Conversation With Fug:
After leaving the cafeteria and on the way out, Sammohini notices that Fug [they/them] is cleaning something, and Sammohini asks if she can talk to them. Fug is someone that Sammohini talks to for esoteric and deep advice, so this is great timing, and during this conversation, Sammohini says that she feels very embarrassed for making Trishna and John both feel bad. She’s not sure what to do, but she wants to mend their relationships. Fug might offer some simple advice that seems profound.

Solshop Conversation
[Friday, January 14th 2011]
Major Characters [2]: Sammohini, Ally
Minor Characters [2]: Somer and Silvia
Location: Solshop at EMAC
Time: 6:15pm to 6:30pm

Buying Snacks For The Weekend:
Sammohini goes to the Solshop in her apartment complex. Solshops are first-floor convenience stores that are in the lobbies of each of the EMACs and serve as a place to buy food, essentials, and can be after-hours greeters or otherwise security. When Sammohini stops through, there are two customers that are purchasing things before her, and she recognizes their shirts, “OHI,” and strikes up a conversation with them.

Sammohini Asks Ally For Advice On A Card:
After Somer and Silvia leave, Sammohini might have forgotten – or otherwise let the events of her getting mad at Trishna and John’s subsequent anxiety attack go to the backburner – until she’s looking over snacks and finds the cards section. Sammohini might ask Ally for advice on what card to pick out for her sister and brother-in-law based on a mistake she made earlier in the day.

Dropping Off Serka’s Birthday Gift
[Friday, January 14th 2011]
Major Characters [3]: Sammohini, Serka, and Hidde
Minor Characters [2]: Serka’s Guests 1, 2
Location: Serka and Hidde’s Apartment
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Dropping Off Gift:
Sammohini will text Hidde after leaving with her weekend snacks to ask when she can drop off Serka’s birthday gift. Hidde replies “whenever.” She says that she’ll get the gift when she gets home, so, she gets home, changes into her pajamas, and walks across the apartment hallway foyer to Hidde and Serka’s apartment. There, she meets [Serka’s guests], both of whom she’s met as distant acquaintances. Serka shows off the engagement ring that Hidde proposed to Serka with, which might leave Sammohini feeling very excited but somewhat envious.

Shutting Down For The Weekend
[Friday, January 14th 2011]
Major Characters [1]: Sammohini
Minor Characters [0]: –
Location: Sammohini’s Apartment
Time: 7:30pm to sleep

Winding down:
After dropping off the gift, we see Sammohini’s apartment in more depth as she decompresses for the weekend.

Characters Not Featured:

Jane, Prettoría: Jane works until 5pm. Prettoría will leave work early to drive up to Eville to stay overnight at Jane’s and help prepare for the Saturday morning brunch that they’re hosting for Jane’s Legal Guardians [Bridget and “Dwight”] along with Trishna and John.

Working Characters: Fearghal, and basically everyone else.

Martin: On the positive, he could be getting new clothes for his new job. On the negative, he could just be day-drinking. Basically, whatever can piss of Hank as quickly as possible is probably what Martin was doing on Friday.

Nessa: []

Saturday, January 15th
Serka’s Birthday Party Invite
[Saturday, January 15th]
Major Characters [3]: Sammohini, Hidde, Serka
Minor Characters [0]: –
Location: Sammohini’s Apartment
Time: 9am to 11am

Last-Minute Invite And Birthday Gift:
Hidde texts Sammohini at around 9am to see if she’d like, one more time, to tag along for the birthday party. Sammohini says no, and Hidde asks if they can stop by before they leave. Sammohini agrees and when they both arrive over, they say that they understand, and they wish Sammohini well. After they leave, we see that Sammohini feels very sad about not going, but focuses on working on a work project to distract herself.

Work Project
[Saturday, January 15th]
Major Characters [1]: Sammohini
Minor Characters [0]: –
Location: Sammohini’s Apartment
Time: 11am to 4pm

Work Project:
As a distraction from the argument with Trishna and John, Sammohini digs into the work project. Maybe Sammohini’s parents text her to wish her well. [See note below]

 

Sammohini’s Parents Stop By
[Saturday, January 15th]
Major Characters [3]: Sammohini, Sammohini’s Mom, Sammohini’s Dad
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: ???
Time: 4pm to 6pm

Sammohini’s Parents Stop By:
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They Put Away Groceries And Help With A Grocery List:
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Serka’s Birthday Leftovers
[Saturday, January 15th]
Major Characters [3]: Sammohini, Hidde, Serka
Minor Characters [2]: Serka’s Guests 1, 2
Location: Serka and Hidde’s Apartment
Time: 6pm to 8pm

Serka’s Birthday Party Conclusion:
Before they leave the birthday party, Hidde texts Sammohini to say that they’re returning with plenty of leftovers. Hidde asks if Sammohini would like any leftovers, and Sammohini agrees. Hidde asks if the two guests from the day before can stop over as well, Sammohini feels a little insecure, so she asks if they can host? Hidde agrees and Sammohini stops by to hang out for a little while. Sammohini did not get paged, so, the lesson here is that she sacrificed a fun day out with friends to be close to home and work for any emergency, when that was not necessary.

 

Characters Not Featured:

Jane, Prettoría: ???

Sunday, January 16th
Work Project, Day 2
[Sunday, January 16th]
Major Characters [1]: Sammohini
Minor Characters [0]: –
Location: Sammohini’s Apartment
Time: 11am to 6pm

Sammohini Makes Up With Trishna And John
[Sunday, January 16th]
Major Characters [3]: Sammohini, Trishna, and John
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: ???
Time: 11am to 6pm

Trishna Reaches Out To Mend Things:
Trishna texts Sammohini to see how she’s doing. Sammohini apologizes for her behavior toward the both of them. Trishna says that John’s doing much better now and accepts her apology. Sammohini might ask if she can stop downstairs to visit with them. Trishna asks John, John agrees, and Sammohini stops by to apologize.

Characters Not Featured:

Jane, Prettoría: ???

Eville Medical Characters: Not at work

Monday, January 17th
Daily Team Meeting #2
[Monday, January 17th]
Major Characters [8]: Sammohini, John, Venkat, Hank, Hidde, Vyky, Martin, and Linda
Minor Characters [0]: –
Location: Daily morning meeting in their conference room
Time: 8am to 9am

Martin’s First Day:
Martin [he/him] was interviewed by Alex and Sammohini, rather than the usual interview crew of Linda, Venkat, and Hank. This is important because within the first few minutes, Martin and Hank have a disagreement, even before Martin goes out into Eville Medical. The argument is ugly. It could be when Hank apologizes to John about causing him anxiety, John says that he’s doing OK, but might leave early if he’s not feeling well, which Martin could laugh at. Hank tells Martin to apologize, which he doesn’t, which causes Linda to tell Hank to go to wait in her office.

Training Plans For Martin:
With Hank gone from the meeting, and Sammohini on-call, Venkat volunteers to train Martin.

Major Plans Or Roadblocks:
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Hank Goes Home
[Monday, January 17th]
Major Characters [3]: Sammohini, Linda, Hank
Minor Characters [1]: Taxi Driver Corielar
Location: Linda’s Office To The Patient Loading/Unloading Area
Time: 9am to 9:30am

Linda and Hank Talk:
After the meeting, Linda tells Sammohini to wait outside her office while she talks with Hank. After everyone leaves, she’ll say, “because I’ll probably need to have you help Hank out.” Linda expresses concern about Hank’s health. Hank says that he thinks it’s probably his leg being pained. They agree that that’s probably the issue. Hank says that he’d probably be best off leaving for the day to rest his leg. Linda authorizes a taxi ride to pick him up. Linda also authorizes his truck to remain parked overnight. Linda then opens the door and asks Sammohini to help Hank get to the patient loading/unloading area.

Hank Apologizes To Sammohini:
Sammohini gets the department wheelchair and picks up Hank. Sammohini might ramble and ramble about unrelated stuff, or maybe how she feels bad about how Hank isn’t feeling well, until they leave the department. Hank will apologize for starting the argument with Trishna and John on Friday, since they haven’t met one-on-one since then. Sammohini will say that things are going well between everyone.

Corielar Picks Up Hank:
They arrive at the patient loading/unloading area, whether the taxi is there or not I’m not sure, but “Core” helps Hank into the car and this resolves this.

All-Staff Meeting
[Monday, January 17th]
Major Characters [20+]: Sammohini’s Team [7] plus Josh?, Linda, Alex, Zhanifa for Helpdesk, JT and the Clinical Application Team [5-10], Giabelle
Minor Characters [80+]: Dozelle, Sysadmins [???], Skanya,
Location: Eville Medical Lecture Auditorium, “EMLA”
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am

Sammohini Meets The Team At EMLA:
Sammohini will finish dropping off Hank and head over to EMLA to find her team. They normally will sit either in the front of the auditorium or the back of the auditorium, wherever there is accessible seating. There is no assigned seating, but teams tend to sit next to each other. Trishna will always sit next to John, so, Trishna’s team and John’s team typically will sit near each other. They’ll be seated up front.

Lisa, CIO, Guides The All-Staff Meeting:
[Scope out the presentation slides.]

Sammohini’s Award:
Lisa announces that an employee in IT has received the Employee Of The Week award, which is the first time they’ve received one in over a year, and that award goes to Sammohini for her services in the Interview project conducted with Marketing. Sammohini and Giabelle both go on the stage to talk about the project. Sammohini feels a bit nervous about the recognition until she hears clapping from her team: it’s John and Trishna that are starting the clapping, and clapping the loudest, followed by most of the rest of the department. Sammohini, then, thanks everyone, but specifically, “my brother-in-law John and sister Trishna for their continued support, I care about you so much. My team, thank you, all. Thanks to everyone here for helping me when I stumble and I deeply appreciate all of you. Thanks to Giabelle as well for the opportunity to interview all of you.”

Employee Of The Week Celebration:
Lisa will continue by saying that on Friday afternoon, after work, there will be a party to celebrate Sammohini’s achievement, since it’s been over a year since anyone in IT has received the Employee Of The Week award. [The specific location and logistics are to be determined.]

Introduction To Martin:
Martin is asked to go on the stage. There, he might say something offensive, which causes everyone to be perplexed. Lisa might say something about this, such as “we’ve all made embarrassing comments or statements in the past. I’m sure Martin is nervous as it’s his first day. Please accept my apology on his behalf.”

Trishna And John Leave:
They talk to Sammohini about whether they’re going to leave for the day, or just won’t be able to meet for lunch.

Vyky Bails, Too:
Vyky, by this point, does not outwardly show that she doesn’t like Martin, but, she does make a comment or two during the meeting when Hank and Martin are arguing to show her support for Hank against Martin, so, she might say that she’s busy doing something else, when everyone talks about their post-meeting lunch plans.

Lunch With Martin
[Monday, January 17th]
Major Characters [4]: Sammohini, Venkat, Hidde, and Martin
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: Eville Medical Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am to 12:30pm

Martin’s Time To Shine:
Since we, you the audience, have had time to consider Martin as a bad as in morals character, here’s Martin’s time to defend himself. He might talk about things that are reasonable, or he might otherwise give good conversation topics that help him appear sociable. He might get along well with Sammohini, not quite hitting on her, but giving more of that sort of approach based on having interviewed with her, so, Sammohini might be confused as to why Hank doesn’t like him.

Beats After Lunch
[Monday, January 17th]
Major Characters [#]: Sammohini, [[Tier 1]], [[Tier 1]]
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: Eville Medical IT Tech Area
Time: 1:30pm to 5pm~

Answer A Question From The Tier 1 Team:
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Answer A Question From The Tier 1 Team:
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[Beat Overview]
[Monday, January 17th]
Major Characters [#]: ???
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: ???
Time: ??? to ???

[Beat Overview]
[Monday, January 17th]
Major Characters [#]: ???
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: ???
Time: ??? to ???

Characters Not Featured:

Jane, Prettoría: ???

Eville Medical Characters: Not at work

Tuesday, January 18th
Daily Team Meeting #3
[Tuesday, January 18th]
Major Characters [8]: Sammohini, John, Venkat, Hidde, Vyky, Martin, Skanya, and Linda [with Hank and Padma via phone]
Minor Characters [0]: –
Location: Daily morning meeting in their conference room
Time: 8am to 9am

Skanya Joins The Meeting:
The way that the Tier 2 team operates is that they’ll have a rotating cast of other people from other teams to present ideas or to sit in. Skanya will join this Wednesday meeting as she will have a telecom presentation to go through. What we, as the audience, will pick up on, but not Sammohini, is that Skanya has been invited to assess Martin’s overall behavior. She will make a determination that he is not a good fit for the team, but will do so subtly. [How do we notice it but not Sammohini if this is from Sammohin’s perspective? Since this isn’t first person, I imagine it would be easy to give hints and background details to make that clear.]

Hank Calls Out Sick:
Hank calls out due to his leg having significant pain. He might phone into part of the meeting before Padma steps in and disconnects the call. This doesn’t stress out Sammohini or she doesn’t think about reaching out to provide moral support, which is weird and uncharacteristic because Hank is a surrogate older brother of sorts to her. It could also be because Hank lives 30 minutes north of Eville Medical, close to Sammohini’s parents’s place, but not in close enough proximity for Sammohini to visit on that day.

Major Plans Or Roadblocks:
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Beats Before Lunch
[Tuesday, January 18th]
Major Characters [1]: Sammohini
Minor Characters [#]: [[Tier 1]], [[Tier 1]],
Location: Eville Medical IT Tech Area
Time: 9am to 11:30am

Answer A Question From The Tier 1 Team:
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Answer A Question From The Tier 1 Team:
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[Final] Lunch With Martin
[Tuesday, January 18th]
Major Characters [3]: Sammohini, Hidde, and Martin
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: Eville Medical Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am to 12:30pm

Martin’s Final Opportunity To Shine:
[This is where we might get one final glimpse of empathy into Martin’s psyche. He might say something rude toward Hidde, though, as sort of “he hasn’t learned,” but that might be too contrived as well.]

Beats After Lunch
[Tuesday, January 18th]
Major Characters [#]: Sammohini, [[Tier 1]], [[Tier 1]]
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: Eville Medical IT Tech Area
Time: 1:30pm to 5pm~

Answer A Question From The Tier 1 Team:
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Answer A Question From The Tier 1 Team:
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[Beat Overview]
[Tuesday, January 18th]
Major Characters [#]: ???
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: ???
Time: ??? to ???

[Beat Overview]
[Tuesday, January 18th]
Major Characters [#]: ???
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: ???
Time: ??? to ???

[Beat Overview]
[Tuesday, January 18th]
Major Characters [#]: ???
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: ???
Time: ??? to ???

Characters Not Featured:

Jane, Prettoría: ???

Nessa: []

Hank: Goes to PT with Padma for his leg.
Wednesday, January 19th
Daily Team Meeting #4
[Wednesday, January 19th]
Major Characters [8]: Sammohini, John, Venkat, Hidde, Vyky, Martin, Aroha, and Linda
Minor Characters [2]: Hank and Padma via phone
Location: Daily morning meeting in their conference room
Time: 8am to 9am

Aroha Joins The Meeting:
Aroha is the training manager and pops by to chat about training, but the conversation is a little weird, because management might already have their plans with Martin, and are just waiting to see what happens.

Major Plans Or Roadblocks:
[]

Martin Quits / Fired
[Wednesday, January 19th]
Major Characters [#]: ???
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: ???
Time: 9am to 10am

Aftermath And Emergency Team Meeting
[Wednesday, January 19th]
Major Characters [8]: Sammohini, John, Venkat, Hidde, Vyky, Alex, and Linda, [with Hank calling in]
Minor Characters [1]: Whetu
Location: Daily morning meeting in their conference room
Time: 10am to 11am

HR Rep Stops By:
After Martin quits due to multiple circumstances, there is an email sent out to the IT Department informing them of the “staff change,” and because of the nature of Martin quitting, an employee from HR will stop by to field any questions or concerns. Vyky will be the most vocal proponent of this, nearly celebrating. John will not say a word, but that’s because he doesn’t want to dig into this any further. Hank does not say a word during the call, but his mic is not silenced. Sammohini will profusely apologize for putting pressure on Martin regarding the infectious room, and will be overall unaware of the other circumstances surrounding Martin’s controversies with the rest of the department.

Continued Staff Search:
With this segment about Martin now complete, Linda will inform the team that they’re still looking for new candidates. “For employee news:
First, we are in communication with Nessa. She is doing better and will be returning in the next few weeks.
Second, we have two openings, and now that HR’s present, I can say that we have been approved for a three-month temp to help with this situation.
Third, we are looking to hire good candidates, so, if you know anyone that might be interested in the position, we are actively reviewing resumes.”

Team Decompresses At The Lunch Room
[Wednesday, January 19th]
Major Characters [8]: Sammohini, John, Venkat, Hidde, Vyky, Alex, Linda, and Trishna
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: Eville Medical Cafeteria
Time: 11am to Noon

Argument With Lindaro
[Wednesday, January 19th]
Major Characters [3]: Sammohini, Lindaro, and Venkat
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: Tier 2 Area
Time: Noon to 12:30pm

Argument with Lindaro:
This should be our second meeting with Lindaro [they/she] because they will be a character that appears more than once. Lindaro and Sammohini could argue about a ticket that Lindaro escalated without all of the right notes. In IT, Tier 2 teams like Sammohini’s team likes to know the name of the customer, the customer’s phone number and/or location, along with the computer name. Without any of these details, then it’s tricky or impossible to troubleshoot. Normally, there’d be a grace for including in a note saying “customer was unable to provide the computer name,” but even still, this note might not make Sammohini feel good and she might lash out at Lindaro. Venkat stops in to help calm down Sammohini. Lindaro might be angry, too, but not as much.

Sammohini and Skanya Talk
[Wednesday, January 19th]
Major Characters [2]: Sammohini, Skanya
Minor Characters [2]: Maxi, Queen
Location: Eville Medical Lecture Auditorium Café [EMLAC]
Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Sammohini Goes To The Restroom To Wash Up:
After Sammohini’s argument with Lindaro, which is the second argument she’s had in less than a week and the third that she’s been around in less than a week, too, Sammohini’s nerves are frazzled to say the least. She normally doesn’t see or experience events like that, let alone be involved with those events. She goes to the restroom to mainly just wash her face and decompress. There she meets Skanya, who, notices that Sammohini isn’t quite herself.

Skanya Offers To Listen To Sammohini:
Skanya offers to listen to Sammohini if they go walk over to a café. They walk over to the café and Sammohini dumps her feelings related to the argument she had with Trishna about Jane, leading John to have a rough few days, along with Martin being a bad hire, and then with her conflict with Lindaro. Sammohini is overall fairly innocent in that she doesn’t know how to handle conflict management except through being a positive and upbeat person, but when that doesn’t work, she doesn’t know what to do.

Skanya’s Advice:
First, regarding Trishna and John [and Jane], Skanya will say that it sounds like she’s got that under control. Maybe some more diligence in the future will be good, but it sounds like they’ve forgiven her.
Second, regarding Martin, Skanya may or may not disclose that she was invited in to the meeting as a measure of Martin’s character, to which regardless of Skanya’s intention for being there, she will say that Martin wasn’t a good fit.
Third, regarding Lindaro, Skanya will say that sometimes we just don’t get all the information we need. Lindaro probably did the best they could with what they had, and Skanya would say that although she wasn’t there to see the event, based on what she was told, she would assume that this was more of an argument over content rather than a problem of character, like with Martin. Skanya might even say “or John and Trishna” but might hold that back since that would be raw for Sammohini still.

Skanya’s Sobriety:
[I’m unsure of this plot beat, but, Skanya could tell Sammohini that she is sober coming up soon on Valentine’s Day. This would only be if Sammohini brings up Jane.]

 

Beats Under Wrapping Up Work
[Wednesday, January 19th]
Major Characters [#]: ???
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: ???
Time: ??? to ???

Beats After Work
[Wednesday, January 19th]
Major Characters [2]: Sammohini, Adjovi
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: Eville Medical Cafeteria
Time: 5pm~ to 6pm

Gift for Adjovi:
Sammohini will be eating at the Eville Medical cafeteria after work and will see Adjovi again. She’ll update him and say that everything’s better with Trishna and will offer to buy Adjovi something from the cafeteria as a token of appreciation.

Characters Not Featured:

Jane, Prettoría: ???

Nessa: []

Hank: Goes to PT with Padma for his leg.
Thursday, January 20th
Early Morning Page For Hardware Issue
[Thursday, January 20th]
Major Characters [4]: Sammohini, Zhanifa, Ben, and Rey
Minor Characters [0]: –
Location: Tier 1 Area
Time: 4am to 5am

Sammohini Gets Paged:
I have multiple events that I can pull from for inspiration related to paging the Tier 2 team over the years, both in healthcare IT and other IT fields, so, Sammohini gets paged, maybe even Ben or Zhanifa go over to see if they can help. Sammohini wakes up early, goes across the street from EMAC to Eville Medical, and, goes with one of the Tier 1 people over to look at the issue. In this situation, the Tier 1 person probably reviewed the situation, maybe even two people, so, it might look like this: Ben, as the senior tech, and Sammohini go to investigate. They needed to page Sammohini for specific permissions or specific access that the helpdesk doesn’t have.

Zhanifa Gets Concerned:
Zhanifa, who otherwise has not really shown interest in sticking her neck out for the work, tells Sammohini that it sucks that she had to wake up early to address this issue. Had Ben, or others on the team, received the permissions to do so, they could have fixed the issue. Maybe even Ben needs to invite Sammohini over for “the keys,” but shows Sammohini how to do it. Sammohini is visibly exhausted, and so maybe Zhanifa helps Sammohini figure out whether she should go back home or start the day early.

 

Solshop Conversation
[Thursday, January 20th]
Major Characters [2]: Sammohini, Zhanifa, [[Solshop Character]]
Minor Characters [0]: –
Location: Solshop at EMAC
Time: 6am to 6:30pm

An Early Start
[Thursday, January 20th]
Major Characters [#]: Sammohini, Rey
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: Tier 2 Area
Time: 6:30am to 8am

Rey Talks With Sammohini:
[]

 

Daily Team Meeting #5
[Thursday, January 20th]
Major Characters [8]: Sammohini, John, Venkat, Hank, Hidde, Vyky, Alex, and Linda
Minor Characters [1]: Whetu
Location: Daily morning meeting in their conference room
Time: 8am to 9am

 

Major Plans Or Roadblocks:
[]
[Beat Overview]
[Thursday, January 20th]
Major Characters [#]: ???
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: ???
Time: ??? to ???

[Beat Overview]
[Thursday, January 20th]
Major Characters [#]: ???
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: ???
Time: ??? to ???

[Beat Overview]
[Thursday, January 20th]
Major Characters [#]: ???
Minor Characters [#]: ???
Location: ???
Time: ??? to ???

Characters Not Featured:

Jane, Prettoría: ???

Nessa: []

 

The funny bit regards the Employee Of The Week Party that never happens…?

Endtable
Quotes: None
Sources: June 2023 Inspirations, Opinions
Inspirations: My personal experiences.
Related: Other essays and videos helping me buildNovel 02,” which is a sequel to “Novel 01,” part of the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.”
Picture: Video thumbnail
Written On: 2023 November 15 [cited in-video]
Last Edited: 2023 November 15 [First draft; final draft for the Internet.]
My big goal is writing. My most important goal is writing "The Story." All other goals should work toward that central goal. My proudest moment is the most recent time I overcame some fear, which should have been today. I'm a better zombie than I was yesterday. I'm not better than you and you're not better than me. Let's strive to be better every day.