[The Story] Movie Night Interrupted

There’s a scene somewhere in “The Story,” perhaps later on in the novel series I’ll write once I have the writing skill – by practicing writing other novels like Novel 02, along with the time and pain-free energy – where John and Trishna are watching a movie. This scene might analogize my life. Partway through the movie, Trishna needs to take a break, and because she’s in pain, they stop watching the movie early to go to bed.

Spoilers?: Minor [scene provides information]
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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] Name of Wheelchair?

Part of the challenge of writing fiction outside of one’s comfort zone is that there are areas that I can’t easily verify. One of the two main characters of “The Story,” Trishna, uses a wheelchair. I don’t yet have anyone I can ask to make sure my brainstorming ideas aren’t problematic, but for something like naming a wheelchair, it seems like some people don’t and some people do, so something like that shouldn’t be problematic.

Spoilers?: Minor [name of wheelchair]
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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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[The Story] Out For Run

Continuing thoughts from “Daily Dog Diaries?” summarized as how I subscribe to dog social media sites to remind me of my childhood dog Patrick and for brainstorming ideas for “The Story,” a scene popped into my mind where Trishna’s mom says – of Trishna’s sister Sammohini, her friend Jane, and Trishna’s service dog Pollyanna – “the girls are out for a run.” From that one imagined quote, I built a backstory with, maybe, their family’s weekly routine.

Spoilers?: Minor [brainstorming thought-provoking scenes]
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[The Story] Safe and Warm

Something woke him as they slept. He looked at the ceiling of their bedroom. Keeping his head still, he looked at her, embracing his left side, her hair still bright even in the darkness. He closed his eyes but his heartbeat felt like it shook the room. She moved.

“Johnny… are you awake?”

His breath was louder than the gentle sounds of distant traffic.

“Sorry I woke you. Say, what do you like about me?”

Spoilers?: Minor (one minor reference)
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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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