I’m testing an idea of peppering rewardingly time-consuming content like reviews between content I can write quickly, like updates to The Story, with the goal of getting those creative gears moving more efficiently. These updates to The Story will be spoiler-free because after all I haven’t decided the formal name let alone began writing it yet, When I do, I’ll use a tag, and until then here’s my recent brainstorming and musings after the jump.
John and Trishna are the main characters of The Story. I dug out LEGO minifig parts from a grab-bag bin to build physical representations of them, which I’ll modify as I go, including removing parts of John’s right hand to show his impairment and taking pliers to Trishna’s left leg to show her impairment. Sounds harsh- I’m reading a novel where the author isn’t afraid to throw the characters around and it’s fascinating.
I found this overly-cute plush at a recent trip to the bin store. This part has some plot elements: prior to The Scene, when they just chat online, I imagined John collecting an assortment of gifts. He’s poor so those gifts might be closer to one cheap plush, which of course, as a thought means much more.
(Note: I’m figuring out how to keep thrifting relevant at Better Zombie and for now I’ve migrated any haul photos to Instagram.)
Glasses? Hair? Hat?
Until I learn to customize other toys, I’m stuck with the framework of these minifigs. Trishna’s head doesn’t have much paint at all. Another LEGO minifig I have had paint along with glasses and I’m not sure if she’ll wear glasses yet. Trishna’s headpiece was originally for her red hair, although as I’ve thought about her character, maybe she’ll wear a traditional headpiece or something? I’m also not sure if John will wear a hat. It was just convenient.
Their Relationship, Broadly
My biggest draw to consuming pop culture then analyzing it is to figure out what lands and what doesn’t. That’s part of why my high school rough draft was called References because in life you should make every effort to learn from other people’s mistakes as well as your own. As part of this bigger theme, I’ve been making more of a concentrated effort to read more, and even seemingly unrelated novels like Inherent Vice touch on themes I might want to write about.
Their Independence, Specifically
Just as much I want them to be a cohesive couple that works together to overcome obstacles, both are strong-willed. The Post is a plot element that sees John expressing something very strongly, maybe an impassioned plea for more inclusion in videogames, which grabs Trishna’s attention. She, as well, is not shy. So building these characters and their relationship is also the main reason why I’m not actively writing The Story: these are seeds I’ve planted deeply, and while other seeds like these reviews or writing prompts may bloom sooner, they won’t bloom with as much resonance.