[The Story] Park, After Injections

While I waited nearly two hours to get my injections to aid in the recovery process of my near-year of spine problems, my mind went, as it always does, to “The Story.” The thing that’s interesting to me about writing essays like this is that they truly do help me write fiction, even if on the surface it’s all just rambly bullshit about whatever nonsense is kicking around in my head for today’s stream-of-consciousness considerations.

Spoilers?: Minor [fiction vs reality]
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[The Story] Resting In Bed

Even though I write these essays about “The Story” weekly, I try my best to think of its main characters, and if not them then side characters, daily. I’ve also been dealing with terrible spine pain that, if I catch it well enough and rest in bed, will usually prevent my day from getting ruined. On days like those, I’ll wait in bed to fall asleep, and I’ll imagine possible, non-lewd scenarios from their lives.

Spoilers?: Minor [days spent resting]
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[The Story] 100 Friends, Enemies?

I had my first livestream in a while and it was great. I celebrated the arbitrary milestone of 100 followers to my Twitch channel and many of my friends stopped by to congratulate me and to chat, since I hadn’t streamed in over two weeks. Spine problems suck. I went about it with the intention of showing Viridi and “The Story,” but instead, we talked mainly about one major problem with Twitch: how to handle trolls.

Spoilers?: Minor [“MS Paint Theater”]
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[The Story] Familial Doctors Appointments

I was in the waiting room for an appointment earlier this week, and after getting comfortable enough, then thinking of anything I needed to do for the appointment then later, I thought of “The Story.” One exercise I do, in fiction writing brainstorming, is I bring my characters with me and see how they react to the new location. What would bring John and Trishna to the waiting room of a pain management doctor’s office?

Spoilers?: Minor [late-narrative brainstorming session]
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[The Story] Some Evenings, Resting

Throughout my experiences dealing with spine problems, I’ve had to give up many things that I’ve enjoyed in life, so that I can take care of my health. I’m sure now that my health has helped inform “The Story.” Now I know first-hand, with multiple examples per week or day, how it’s like to have a spine that gets in the way of doing many things in life. Although unfun, life can still be fun.

Spoilers?: Minor [imagining domestic inconsequentialities]
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[The Story] Skate Park Reconsiderations

Years ago, I had considered skating as one of the things that John, one of the two main characters of “The Story,” might do as a hobby. This was back when I was losing weight to become more physically fit to eventually do hobbies like these myself. That never happened. Although it is possible that I could skate, it’s not something I want to risk for myself, so I wonder if John will still skate?

Spoilers?: Minor [fiction versus reality]
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[The Story] Spine Rest Periods

Although I don’t think my own spine disability has directly influenced “The Story,” there are things that I’ve learned about life with limited mobility that can help me write a more informed narrative. Trishna was born with a spinal problem where she uses a wheelchair to get around. My life experiences are different, but what has been informative has been needing to rest frequently, more so now than months ago, because of debilitating spine pain.

Spoilers?: Minor [life informing fiction]
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[The Story] Spine Swelling Studies

My pain management doctor told me today the results from last week’s MRI. Although he has been systematically incapable of sparing seconds of his time to give me medical advice, he told me that the results showed swelling in my spine. How swollen, and how I can manage the pain from that swelling, well, that’s impossible information to get from him. Still, I can use events like this to help me tell “The Story” better.

Spoilers?: Minor [exploring Trishna’s disability]
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[Novel 02] Thoughts On Mobility

On days like today, I didn’t make much outward progress toward writing “The Story,” “Novel 02” or the novella that I intend as my proof-of-concept for everything I’ve been working on over the past year. When I wrote “Novel 01,” I took the adage of “jump before you’re ready” because I thought “will I ever be truly ready?” With that under my belt, I can know when I am ready, and part of that is mobilizing interest.

Spoilers?: Minor [disability and ability]
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[The Story] Managing Energy Levels

If there’s one thing that going through long-term health issues has taught me that will help me write “The Story,” it’s the value of listening to myself and my energy levels. I was watching a streamer just now, friend-of-the-community Rider_Of_Lamia, as she was streaming for 6+ hours. At the end, she said she was getting tired, and I said it’s cool to end the stream there. We frequently want to push ourselves, whether consciously or subconsciously.

Spoilers?Minor [consider time limits]
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