In “Them Playing Together,” I wrote about how a local videogame store inspired elements of “The Story” ranging from seemingly-insignificant geography to insignificantly-significant daily hobbies. It might be boring to cover many years in the lives of John and Trishna, especially if a majority of their recreational time might be spent playing videogames or reading, but it’s worthwhile to know their favorite hobbies. How much time do they spend doing hobbies apart from each other?
As I woke up today, I realized that I was enacting a scene from “The Story.” Over the past few weeks, especially, my health has been, frankly, failing. I’ve been less able to do much of anything. I can’t row, I can’t do much of anything without hurting or getting headaches, so when I woke up, my mind went to a scene that I’ll draft out below relating to John’s fragility in an early scene.
Spoilers?: Minor [fragility on display]
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In this first of a two-parter looking at the main characters of “The Story,” let’s explore the question of what makes Trishna the prettiest girl imaginable to John. I don’t think it’s exactly because of physical appearance, because they talk over instant messaging for probably over five years before actually meeting in person. The attraction goes deeper than that, into how she inspires him to feel, both during his highest highs and his lowest lows.
Spoilers?: Minor [exploring character motivations]
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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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“What’s he doing to that dog… no, just kiddin’!” 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?
Our only limitation is our willingness to tolerate adversity toward achieving new opportunities. If something is difficult, but we see it as a necessary step, we’ll do it. If not, we won’t. Most characters in “The Story” have some ambition. It’s the varying degrees of how much adversity they’re willing to tolerate that makes it interesting. John [left] and Trishna [right] have higher thresholds for tolerating adversity to achieve opportunities than, say, Sammohini or Jane.
Spoilers?: Minor (character personality explorations)
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Can we really do whatever we want, or do we limit ourselves based on circumstances? Focusing within the realm of fiction, how much freedom do we truly have in telling stories? If I were to write the tale of John [left] and Trishna [right], comprising a majority segment of “The Story,” exactly as I wanted, would it sell? Would it matter? Is that why we tend to compromise, accept our fates, and don’t challenge ourselves?
Spoilers?: Minor (character brainstorming, perhaps)
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“The Story” is a thorough commentary on reality. The series of fiction tales will explore the grime and glitter of our reality – what happens, what should happen, and what should not happen – from multiple perspectives, starting with Sammohini and Jane and concluding with our main characters John [left] and Trishna [right]. John and Trishna start college and join their college’s Accessibility Rights Club, participating most in the ARC’s Artistic Development Events. Here’s what they’ll find:
“College is a time for challenging your opinions.” What if those challenges include the training you’ve been inflicted either by others or by yourself over perceptions over your self-worth, values to others, or overall sense of self-confidence? In “The Story,” John [left] and Trishna [right] are two characters facing constant adversity, but they also have a strong friendship and bond that enables them to work together. How will their opinions change after they attend college?
Spoilers?: Minor (college’s fiction/nonfiction character-building)
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If there were one day of the year to practice healthy self-respect, it’d be your birthday. We continually sacrifice ourselves for others throughout the year. Why not reclaim our autonomy on our birthdays? Do what you enjoy doing most, do nothing, or do something ambitious! In “The Story,” Trishna [right] and her family have that attitude toward birthdays, so when John [left] has his first birthday as part of “the family,” it’s a culture shock.
Spoilers?: Minor (just character building)
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