I might read my 50-cent copy of Dune someday, but I’ll certainly rewatch Jodorowsky’s Dune first. Science fiction doesn’t do much for me. Analyzing scientific statistics against a starry backdrop doesn’t excite me. What human element does that story convey where I will have become a better person for experiencing it? I don’t have ten-thousand years to live. I’ve gotta make this whole life thing count. This novel’s purpose might contain elements of that drive.
The main character of this 2019 Novel, covering thirty days at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story,” will be Sammohini Lanchester who occasionally introduces herself as Sam. If she were a one-dimensional character, she’d be a stock character. If she were two-dimensional, she’d have three traits – two positives, one negative – to define her, based on people I might have met. Since she’s more three-dimensional, that means I’ve had to explore her imaginary psyche.
“Can I help you?” I had just taken a photo of the map of a medical facility when someone that’s worked in an office too long to know how it’s like to mind their own business walked over. “Uhh, yes, I’m looking for [coffee-shop]…” I was pointed over to the elevators. I went downstairs and reviewed my notes. I’d been through the building professionally a few times so it was fun returning to location scout.
The more I think over the thirty short stories I’ll write in thirty days, representing a thirty-day period in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story,” the more I think it’s simultaneously possible and impossible to accomplish. While I was in a float tank, thinking over my plans, my thoughts decluttered and revealed my plan. When I’ve done work like Sammohini, as a corporate computer repair technician goon, I juggled disparate work and small project duties.
How much of this 2019 novel, which will be a 30-day period at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story,” will be actually nonfiction? How much of it will be fiction? What is fiction’s purpose but to tell an exaggerated version of reality? Distorted sensations coagulating into ethereal realities, where fiction obscures greater truths. For something like this Sammohini Arc, it’s easy to lean into some true events, however, I shouldn’t lean too much.
As I am scoping out the work I’ll be doing for this 2019 Novel – a thirty-day period at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” – some of the elements seemed clear. There are Sammohini and her coworkers, building out the set-pieces of Eville Medical, and throwing out pitches for story ideas. There was one missing element. It’s what resonates most with me, rather than cool character aesthetics, interesting set-pieces, or well-written prose: So what?
Although this novel I’m writing will consist of thirty disparate short stories, spread out over a 30-day timeframe in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story,” I could see it happening. When I’ve done that sort of work, both inside and outside of healthcare, I would have a ticket queue of about ten to thirty tickets, and I’d get all sorts of strange technical work orders. It’s been fun brainstorming ideas and tripping down memory lane.
I often think about how, if I had been too concerned over trivialities or thought too much about how each word tied into another to form an overall cohesive whole, I’d still have only written about twenty essays or short stories over the past three years. You have to be a bit of an exhibitionist as a writer. You have to cook up multitudinous ideas, see what sticks, then move onto the next. No hesitation.
Although it seems vulgar, when you’re considering the main settings of your stories, you should consider how everything smells. As I’m planning out the most significant components of this novel I’ll be writing – a thirty-day period at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” – like characters and settings, I’m starting to explore the smaller questions about Eville Medical. What are some of the things you might notice as you walk through a hospital?
I’ve been thinking about how much I want to research and reference tropes, as listed on TV Tropes, before I begin writing this novel – a thirty-day period at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” – until my thoughts surrounding putting these characters or story beats into convenient storytelling devices devolves into questions about whether such patterns actually happen in real life, then I just change the mental channel. It’s good to be aware…