[Novel 02] Cracking Into Geography

A cool thing about livestreaming or watching livestreams on Twitch is all of the little pockets of communities you can find yourself in. What I do – building sets for “Novel 02,” then eventually “The Story,” as I was inspired by shortcomings in “Novel 01,” using Minecraft – seems to be wholly unique, but I’ve been finding people that are interested in hanging out. On this stream, I was joined in chat by one of my favorite streamers, cracky.

Spoilers?: Minor [chatting inspires changes]
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[The Story] “The Story” Discord

Until I designed my mind-palace in the physical space of a Minecraft map, and thinking about my intentions with the Discords I maintain related to “The Story” and other hobbies, I didn’t know how I wanted to develop these servers. After writing “Novel 01,” I realized that before I started doing any major projects in the future, I needed to recruit editors, researchers, readers, sympathizers, and even guests. This Discord should now help with that goal.

Spoilers?: Minor [Planning writing logistics]
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[The Story] Compartmentalized Good, Bad

The nice thing about building out set-pieces that will appear in “The Story,” as I’ve mentioned in other essays, is that it’s helped me externalize the sort of internal thoughts that wrack my brain. When I’m feeling bad, as I was earlier today, I can jump into Minecraft and do something productive. As easy as it is to complain about life or to do things to escape reality, addressing reality forthrightly helps for me often.

Spoilers?: Minor [exploring my mind]
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[Novel 02] Furnishing Zeal Rooms

After filling the [first] restroom of Zeal – the fourth-wall-breaking area of my Minecraft map that serves as part of a whole braindump area for my thoughts related to “The Story” – I immediately thought of changes. Having the restroom stalls “open” presented ethical problems to me. While I built and refined various rooms, I talked about how “Novel 01” taught me aspects of myself, from writing to this map, which should help me write “Novel 02” and more.

Spoilers?: Minor [refining set-piece logistics]
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[Novel 02] Filling Rest Areas

I’ve been focusing my previous few Minecraft sessions, including this one, on Zeal – the-fourth-wall-breaking area that dual-purpose serves to introduce new viewers to my plans with “The Story” and serve as the background for “Novella 01.5.” That novella will be the transition between how I wrote “Novel 01” and how I’ll write “Novel 02” and beyond, which may be livestreamed, recorded, or at least, using Minecraft and other social media platforms to try to gather up interested readers.

Spoilers?: Minor [filling the rest]
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[Rowing Machine] 2021: Week 07 {213.5} “Physical Therapy Exhaustions, Part 29, 30, 31”

When I had better health, I used to write about major events in my life as a way to come to terms with them. Now these events pummel me in waves and the most I can do is manage my pain through a combination of meandering through escapist media and taking pain management medicine that doesn’t even help much. Tomorrow I will go to my fourth physical therapy appointment after surgery and it’s gonna suck.

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[Novel 02] Discordance Among Plans

I did this recording offline because I needed to work through thoughts in my mind. My health is getting worse and it seems like no matter what I try, nothing seems to help. When I yell into the void for help, to help me write “The Story” or regain my health, it’s silence. I used what energy I had today to build on “Novel 01” and “Novel 02” ideas, and I thought the result looked like this:

Spoilers?: Minor [work going forward]
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[Novel 02] Bad Spine Work

What happens when I feel terrible because my spine is actively trying to destroy me, but my mind is still capable of thinking about things? Well, I can’t do anything much, but I can do some of the menial background tasks that can help me tell “The Story” easier. For my livestreaming background image, I included the book cover of “Novel 01” and did other things to better advertise “Novel 02” when I’m able to write it.

Spoilers?: Minor [planning through pain]
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[Novel 02] Cool Cats Chat

In this 20th recording of building set-pieces for “The Story,” I had a healthy audience in my livestreamed session. It was fun taking a variety of questions from people in the chat – I save the logs, and have debated how I want to publish them, because posting them along with the video might make sense, but I’m not sure. I referenced my writing “Novel 01” and explained how these set-pieces would help when I write “Novel 02.”

Spoilers?: Minor [finding my audience]
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[The Story] Year Of Changes

I’m publishing this essay around the start of the Year Of The Ox, February 12, and with a question. How much does the Chinese New Year relate with “The Story?” Not much and not directly. Not in a rude way, but throughout my meandering thoughts about the relationship between John and Trishna, throughout my time mentally and physically building their world, my thoughts have been on what I need to construct to argue for positive change.

Spoilers?: Minor [inspiration from reality]
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