I’ve retreated back to the comfort of infrequently producing ambitious content. While possibly better than producing inconsequential content frequently, I should work on a balance, so here’s an update to The Story. These two LEGO minifigs roughly represent the main characters: John holding a bus rail with his good hand, Trishna in her yellow wheelchair. Most of my recent brainstorming revolves around this transit theme.
Shall We… Coffee?
One modification I want to make from the last two posts about The Story concern Trishna’s Parents. “Shall we have coffee?” seems too well executed. Dropping “have” seems more natural. Sometimes it’s better to just get out there and ask than to never ask at all.
Protesting for Diversity
I wanted to write about Martin Luther King Jr. back in January. Just hadn’t prepared enough material. Trishna’s Parents might participate in protests, which seems like good background fodder for encouraging Trishna to be more vocal and comfortable with herself.
Taking the Bus
Considering Trishna’s wheelchair obstacle, I’ve recently become more cognisant of reactions to when people board the bus that need assistance, and found no examples of aggression, passive aggressive complaining, or anything other than support. When I went to college, local buses didn’t seem as well equipped for accessibility, perhaps relying on dedicated buses? Now there are rarely any stairs to enter and the buses have lifts to lower their center of gravity.
Trishna’s Career Options
Don’t tell anyone this… I’ve been sneaking brainstorming time into work! For months now, when there’s an idle moment waiting for an elevator, software to load, or the case here of performing mechanical tasks, I’ll think about The Story. I recently snuck out some valuable ideas! Trishna will find a good job after college answering phones and emails with a team of a dozen or so people that will support her and help her grow. It’d be easy just to copy the content and character that inspired this, so I’ll let the idea germinate.
John’s Job Options
Here’s another secret: I don’t have the overarching plot down. Stories are cheap, it’s how it’s told that makes all the difference. That said, one path I could take that would integrate well with my high school drafts I called References would involve John taking a series of odd jobs in construction, hard labor, before being drafted into a military situation. I don’t have enough context for these situations, so maybe not.
John’s Physical Obstacles
Back in November, I realized that John would be limited by an impairment disabling his right hand from full use, though I didn’t really know to what degree other than years of brainstorming how he was left handed. Something from birth like Trishna might be too coincidental. Unless both were actually caused by violent military events? So maybe John was in an accident that removed his pointer finger, thumb, and scarred his face?
Time for more brainstorming.
Most likely en route, like this thought.
Too hard to write guilt-free creatively on the clock.