For this ENDLESS WAR contest, I’m making a six-panel comic showing how players can access an in-game area. This is the first time I’ve made a comic. While I was working on the second drafts for the first two panels, I listened to two podcasts. During a Pro Crastinators Podcast episode, I realized something significant: I don’t have to limit my storytelling to just writing. Although I prefer writing novels, I can draw comics too.
Although it’s been difficult for me to think about “The Story” lately, when I drove to my spine doctor’s appointment the other day, I thought about John and Trishna on my way into the appointment. The doctor’s office is nice. They’re in a nice part of town, the parking lot is spacious, and the air is clean. I don’t know what specific spinal condition Trishna was born with, but I imagine she’ll need occasional check-ups.
Spoilers?: Minor [minor medical meanderings]
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I’m in a bookclub where we read classic literature, more modern literature, and anything that might strike the popular vote’s fancy. During the call, where we talked about the Lovecraft stories we read, I noticed I was enjoying myself, hanging out, joking, and laughing. I wonder, will “The Story,” in whatever media it finds itself in, to whatever degree it becomes, ever be a monthly bookclub entry? It seems like that would be the goal…
Spoilers?: Minor [comparing literature, perhaps]
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I ended up making five entries to the leaderboard contest in ENDLESS WAR. I drew one so quickly that I had actually forgotten I submitted it, even though it received plenty of positive reaction. I missed it during the livestream, so when I watched it later, although there were parts I wish I would have commented on, overall, I’m happy enough that it got a good reaction because I’m learning to follow my amusements more.
After playing enough of Star Fetchers and enough of Lovecraft’s fiction to feel confident about my opinions on both, I think my thoughts on media comes down to their priorities. Do they prioritize radical environments where things are ultraviolent and gnarly? Or, I suppose the opposite end of that rule-of-cool would be characters becoming cool? For me, the setting, environment, and even characters themselves are secondary to development. That’s what I’m building for “The Story.”
Spoilers?: Minor [being versus becoming]
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I don’t like the idea of saying a character has this particular personality trait or that way of thinking. For me, that feels overly-simplistic. Sure, we can make those assumptions, but it takes seeing how people and characters act and react to situations that help us determine their character. This only marginally relates to “The Story,” but I came up with an idea to figure out your character’s/characters’s personality/personalities: An elevator pitch, if you will.
Spoilers?: Minor [a what-if scenario]
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In Novel 01, there is a character nicknamed “Burn” that I wanted to reuse, but as I started brainstorming the character over the course of the past few weeks – well, since I wrapped up playing Pokémon LeafGreen, I realized that he would be turning into a different character for Novel 02, which takes place somewhere in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.” I haven’t updated the character sheets, but by this essay’s publication, I’ll have done so.
Spoilers?: Major [thinking about characters]
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On good spine days, I feel capable of doing so much, until I remember how little I can achieve. I might go through away some trash, bathe, then sit here to go write with such an incredible headache or spine-ache that it’s rough. I’ve been thinking about “The Story” when I can during this time. It’s fertile ground for thinking, not just because of the time I have off to recover, but for character brainstorming.
Spoilers?: Minor [Trishna’s physical characteristics]
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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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For as short of a period of a time as I’ve been inflicted with having this spinal disc herniation, less than three months, basically every day has been controlled by my spine. I might be able to plan activities, but it’s difficult. Today, my spine controlled my day. I imagine it gets easier. I don’t know how much of “The Story” will revolve around John and Trishna’s impairments. On my good days, I’d rather forget.
Spoilers?: Minor [exploring physical impairments]
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