[The Story] Beautiful And Handsome

As I’ve explored my own gender identity, I’ve reflected on how John and Trishna might explore their own gender identities throughout “The Story.” I see a major backlash contention against this sort of reflection online because it’s too complicated or difficult for people. I can understand that somewhat. I’m used to thinking deeply on things, so I imagine for those who don’t meditate on topics, it might be overwhelmingly channeling. Should these characters be attractive?

Spoilers?: Minor [attractiveness of personalities]
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[The Story] Talking About Moving

I’m not in the physical condition to move out of where I live now, but, I might be by this essay’s publication – if the injection works, and if things improve. I know one thing for certain. I can write essays, short stories, and longer fiction here, but I can’t write “The Story” in my current residence. I need to move. The plans will take months. I imagine the same for John moving in with Trishna.

Spoilers?: Minor [short-term moving plans]
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[The Story] Headache Against Spineache

I woke up this morning with a headache. It was because of the way my pillow had arranged itself throughout the night, it lifted up my spine too much, causing severe pressure to my head. I’ve had experience with this before, but I woke up in the headspace where I ask: How could this be applied to “The Story?” Does John experience occasional, severe headaches? If so, does that outweigh Trishna’s severe, frequent spine pains?

Spoilers?Minor [a trick question]
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[The Story] Not Living Alone

How have my own disability experiences affected “The Story?” I don’t believe by much. I am not disabled in the same ways as Trishna or John, but my own experiences can amplify the sensations that I would have been able to intuit but not intimately know without having experienced them. There is a certain value, then, to write about what you know – but I know these characters. Wouldn’t that be enough for knowing about them?

Spoilers?: Minor [knowing yourself, characters]
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[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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[Semi-Interactive Podcast] 12, Pain

itterama and I had a casual chat about pain, the worst topic of ’em all. The comedic punch of that does not pass by me as I think about how much we gave to the world today. Sure, we’re both not medically trained in pain medicine to a formal degree, but itty’s dealt with pain since May 2010 and I’ve dealt with pain since April 2020. We might be more experts than academic-only doctors guessing about pain.

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[The Story] Pain Versus Pleasure

How close will “The Story” relate to my life? I suspect there will be some similarities, but more than anything, my life will serve as a sort of better understanding for the lives of two characters that I summon into my imagination from somewhere unknown, either an alternate reality or from no reality. Pains that they have will be ones that are independent of my pains, but my pains inform the depth of their pains.  [110]

Spoilers?Minor [pleasure or pain]
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[The Story] The Story’s Relationships

There are two main relationships in “The Story.” There’s the in-universe relationship between John and Trishna, and there’s my relationship to the world around me. In order to write fiction like I want to with “The Story,” I have to sacrifice many areas of my life – besides the ones that have already been sacrificed for me, like my health. Although it seems nicer to have more, it actually means having less time for writing fiction.

Spoilers?: Minor [lifestyle for writing]
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[The Story] Boy Meets Girl

Throughout the entirety of “The Story’s” inception, from the library of my high school, to today, I had thought about the relationship between John and Trishna as one that would have some degree of romance, because, well, that’s what all of media portrays. There is nothing outside of media involving romance, always in a positive light, but could “The Story” involve two friends without benefits, without anything more than the benefit of a deep friendship?

Spoilers?: Minor [what distracts us?]
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[The Story] Disability Impacting Gender

If there is any positive about my severe spine pain, it’s that I’ve been able to learn more about how it’s like for the main characters in “The Story,” John and Trishna, to go about their lives. They both have physical disabilities, as do I, but different than mine – and still, I can empathize with them far more than had I never been disabled. Could I have written their characters respectfully without having become disabled?

Spoilers?: Minor [disability affects everything]
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