[The Story] 2020 In Review

From one perspective, I’ve made plenty of progress in planning out “The Story,” but that’s only planning that I can’t convey meaningfully. There’s no novel to show, no design documents, and nothing besides these essays. The progress I’ve made has been generally in regards to being able to think about the characters in “The Story” clearer and quicker, where they are less of random stories about random characters than they were at the beginning of 2020.

Spoilers?: Minor [thinking through things]

The scene I think about the most in “The Story” is a scene later on in the series.

This might be an example of a spoiler, but it will be so many years before I start writing “The Story” – and with my health as in poor of condition as it is today, where I can barely walk around with canes, and my body seems to be failing in regards to its lung capacity and pain levels, will I even get to that point?, but if I do… – that writing about this here should be fine. The basic premise is that this takes place after John and Trishna meet, go to college, and marry. They’ve been living on their own for a while.

Then Trishna has a spinal problem.

She might be sitting on the toilet when she moves in a way that upsets her spine, since that’s the logic that makes the most sense as I think and rethink through this scene, perhaps as my mind’s way of coming to terms with my spine’s same flare-ups. I suspect that Trishna has had a lifetime of spinal problems, but has been able to manage them well enough, so this flare-up might be particularly sudden and worse than anything she could usually manage on her own. Her service dog, the next in line after Pollyanna, gets John as he’s preparing a tea break from the movie they were watching.

Instead, John helps Trishna to bed, then calls her parents.

They coach him on a few things he can do to help her feel better and they plan to stop by the next morning. They pick her up and bring her back home. After that, they make some phone calls to talk to some of her doctors to figure out what went wrong and what they need to do to fix the situation. Through the process, they might need to move back into Trishna’s parents’s place, maybe permanently, or at least until her health is restored.

That’s a scene that I’ve been imagining often.

I suppose “The Story” could represent some elements reinterpreting my life, or maybe, the experiences enable me to view the experiences that characters in “The Story” have? If so, my health is at its worse. I’m writing this essay two days before its publication and it was originally because I wanted to write a grand representation of the year as a whole. My health took a sharp decline over the past two weeks, starting in the month of December especially, so I don’t really have anything insightful to say.

I barely have the energy to write this essay, so let’s stop here.

Quotes: None.
Sources: The Story’s Imaginarium.
Inspirations: I was going to write about how 2020 was the year I became disabled myself and how realistic “The Story” has been for me from that perspective, but, I don’t have the energy to write that, and, I wonder if I’ll be able to have the energy to write anything more for the next week of reviewing 2020 and previewing 2021…
Related: Essays building “The Story.”
Picture: Template
Written On: 2020 December 24 [8:31pm to 8:48pm]
Last Edited: 2020 December 24 [First draft; final draft for the Internet.]


My big goal is writing. My most important goal is writing "The Story." All other goals should work toward that central goal. My proudest moment is the most recent time I overcame some fear, which should have been today. I'm a better zombie than I was yesterday. I'm not better than you and you're not better than me. Let's strive to be better every day.