[The Story] Meeting Distant Relatives

It’s nice visiting relatives. There’s a sense of sharing common histories and quirks in personality are less problematic. In “The Story,” John hadn’t had a stable family relationship until moving in with Trishna and her family. At the end of every summer, Trishna’s family fly to visit distant relatives, with John’s first year being Trishna’s boyfriend being the year they travel to visit their relatives in Sindia. There, they’ll spend most of their time chatting.

Spoilers?: Minor (hypothetical character buildings)
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[The Story] Fasten Your Seatbelts

The Summer Arc of “The Story” is bookended by two major traveling events. The first trip ends the Adolescence Arc with Trishna’s family driving to pick up John; the second trip preambles the College Arc with a week-long flight to Sindia to visit family. This flight is also the first time John has ever flown. It will be quite the adventure, indeed, for an unlucky kid from Lanada to fasten into a more successful life.

Spoilers?: Minor (characters experiencing air-travel)
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[The Story] Formal Wheelchair Dancing

“We could make a dancing game![1]” “Yeah, with a character in a wheelchair, too![2]” It wasn’t so much a look of incredulity as much as the confusion that washed over his face before we changed topics; we later returned to the idea. Like everything in life, without contextual applicability, there is dismissal at worst or curiosity at best. In “The Story,” John hadn’t thought much about dancing until Trishna brings up her interest in trying…

Spoilers?: Minor (brainstorming character interests)
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[The Story] Attending The Symphony

“I might try to sneak in on my break.[1]” “I’m sure they wouldn’t mind…[2]” How often have you heard about college students trying to sneak into a classical music performance? Let alone… attend? In “The Story,” John and Trishna are more likely to go to punk shows, and since classical music and rock music don’t often collide, what might inspire them to dress up to attend a more traditional symphony orchestra performance in downtown Eville?

Spoilers?: Minor (situational character building)
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[The Story] Character Was Lying

“In my first draft back in August, it seemed like she was sober, but when I went back to edit it this morning, I realized she was lying.[1]” Writing/editing the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” has been going well in part for nuances like this. People lie, you’ve probably lied whether through convenience or contrivance, and characters do, too. Narratively, it’s complicated, and I want John and Trishna to be truthful, so will they lie?

Spoilers?: Minor (exploring character motivations)
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[The Story] Horizontal Slice, October 2018

“For regular writers and published writers, it’s all about getting yourself into the habit of writing.[1]” Last week’s 6,000-word summary of “The Story” is the first in a quarterly exercise to provide readers with an overview of what to expect from my writing projects. This has been my plan: publish two short stories per week, developing the Sammohini Arc of “The Story,” while brainstorming the world, characters, and metaplot, but now, I have actionable goals.

Spoilers?: Minor (planning future fiction)
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[The Story] Vertical Slice, October 2018

I’ll casually estimate that I’ve published over 80,500 words related to “The Story” as of yet, even though all content related to it could easily surpass 150,000. Everything is nebulously floating around inside my head, loosely organized, so even writing specific ideas twice each week are just subjective rough drafts. My plan is to write everything in one go after I feel confident that I can. Until then, here’s a 6,000-word vertical slice walking through “The Story.”

Spoilers?: Major (an entire brain-dump)
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[The Story] Fame and Offenses

“We have a right to exist![1]” John’s words, shouted at some ignorant heckler, caused the hairs on my arms to stand up, rang through my ears, and punctuated a brainstorming session I was having while walking back from lunch along a summery pier. In this scene, Trishna already felt insecure about going out with painted toenails in some nice open-toe shoes… but let’s start at the mellow introduction of that brainstorming session for “The Story

Spoilers?: Minor (character trait exploration)
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[The Story] The Smallest Details

It’s the smallest gestures that usually mean the most. Attention to detail over a certain amount of effort, determination to do something correctly, or noticing something that might have seemed easy but actually wasn’t, even if over-applied can feel nice. Along with the way they’re brought up; with kindness and a smile. In “The Story,” most of the periphery characters may act like this, but I think John and Trishna will be the most attentive.

Spoilers?: Minor (character-building through observations)
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[The Story] Their First Kiss

“What’s he doing to that dog… no, just kiddin’![1]” What I enjoy most about interacting with people outside my comfort zone is how they take an idea, run with it, and when I catch up, it turns into something much better. In “The Story,” there are millions of ideas that need to align just right for it not to fail. One ruminating idea was: when will John [left] and Trishna [right] have their first kiss?

Spoilers?: Minor (brainstorming a scene)
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