[The Story] Spine Relief Evening

If there’s any positivity toward all of the chronic pain and severe disability I’ve experienced over the past 15 months, it’s that it can all inform “The Story.” Just today, I work up feeling gnarled, went to bed; had a spine pop at around 2pm, woke up, went to bed, and by 7pm had the second pop my spine needed to feel better. I imagined how Trishna would deal with that situation. It was the same.

Spoilers?: Minor [positivity through negativity]
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[The Story] Imagining Trishna’s Ailments

Over the past few days, I’ve dealt with two major spinal issues. The first was standing up after sitting for less than 30 minutes. The second was standing at my coffee machine with no bad posture or further provocation. The first was enough to send me lying down on my bed; the day wasted. As much as I hate to think of inflicting that on anyone, in “The Story,” Trishna probably experiences some of those hardships.

Spoilers?: Minor [service dog help]
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[The Story] Bad Spine Day

It wasn’t until I had some of my worst spine days that I imagined the conclusion of one scene in “The Story.” When one’s spine doesn’t work, one’s health is in terrible condition. I don’t feel like eating or doing much of anything when my spine hurts. Moving around sucks. Anything pleasurable is immediately dampened, so anything less than tolerable immediately becomes intolerable. It’s important to decipher the differences. But what if you can’t tell?

Spoilers?: Major [Pollyanna Arc workshopping]
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[The Story] Tucking Dog In

There’s a scene in “The Story” I keep revisiting, and I’m sure it’s because it encapsulates what I appreciate and what I want to encapsulate most about its three main characters. In this scene, Trishna went out to perhaps get snacks, Pollyanna went over to lay her snout on John’s leg, so when Trishna returns, they pet her, call her a good girl, and when Pollyanna gets tired, John tucks her into her doggie bed.

Spoilers?: Minor [characterization through action]
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[The Story] Service of Bunbury

While waiting for the ENDLESS WAR Bookclub to finish reading Picture of Dorian Gray, I’ve been reading more works by Oscar Wilde, including The Importance Of Being Earnest. While all the media I meander through, and all the experiences I have, won’t directly influence “The Story,” there were three thoughts I had from the first 15 pages of the play: first, I don’t like how tending to Mr. Bunbury is used as an excuse for skipping.

Spoilers?: Minor [loathesomeness of characters]
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[Moving Zeal] Breaks and Lunches

I haven’t written about “The Story” lately, so, is the project dropped? Far from it! Just because most of my time is spent sorting through the remainder of my possessions that haven’t been boxed up yet doesn’t mean scenes won’t pop up. When I’m taking a break, I might imagine Trishna and Pollyanna posing for a cute holiday photo, or when I’m eating lunch, I might wonder how John would eat or shave his face…

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[The Story] Their Shared Password

When Trishna and John meet for the first time, after years spent chatting online and over the phone, how do they recognize each other? It might be easier for Trishna because of certain events during the conclusion of Adolescence Arc “The Story,” but how about for John? Who is this girl that appeared through unforeseen circumstances? Is she really the person he’d been chatting with all these years? And, how can Trishna be so sure?

Spoilers?: Minor (idle character/plot brainstorming)
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[The Story] On Saying Farewell

To open one door, you must usually close another door. We often want to cheat the system and keep both doors open as long as possible, maybe because we can’t fully accept choosing one path, but what does that accomplish but ensure we can’t pass through either door? John and Trishna conclude their week-long vacation visiting family in Sindia before starting the College Arc of “The Story” not wanting to pass through those “farewell” doors.

Spoilers?: Minor (psychology of characters)
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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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[The Story] Couples Holding Hands

Couples holding hands is one of the cutest things I’ll see walking around the city. (Along with babies and puppies.) The public intimacy. The mutual expression of a common goal. All of which should be freely available to all. Bystanders in “The Story,” similar to our reality, will be …mostly tolerant toward people that stray outside the ‘norm.’ John [left] and Trishna [right] may stand out. How well will they learn to adapt and overcome?

Spoilers?: Minor (arguments for autonomy)
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