“What’s in this bag?” “LEGOs.” I passed security, after a chuckle, and entered the venue with the minifigs that represent the main characters of The Story. In this week’s brainstorming update, let’s explore some of the entertainment or dating options that Trishna (seated) and John might attend, including concerts, fairs, carnivals, amusement parks, and other outdoor events, other than just staying at home playing videogames, building projects, or watching movies. Subject to change, of course.
Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character/world building)
Outdoor Concert Venues
Within a fifteen minute drive of the Lanchester Farm will be a humble amphitheater. Trishna and family have attended myriad concerts and other performances there, including perhaps a performance of her dad’s when he contributed to a minor hit for a well-known band. There are more impressive venues in the wider area, yet that might be Trishna’s favorite because of proximity and scenery, along with maybe having gotten to befriend some of the long-term staff?
Indoor Concert Venues
Trishna and John temporarily move into the city of Eville during the quarters they attend college, typically three quarters out of the year. The metropolitan city is located about one hour away from the family farm where they move into at least four different apartments. Each apartment is near major bus routes or walking/rolling distance to about twelve to twenty venues. Some are more wheelchair-accessible or safer than others. They might indirectly help resolve scuffles.
Temporary Carnivals, Fairs
There will be an assortment of annual carnivals and summer fairs in the area. The events will mainly be hosted in the more rural areas, though some will be in the city. John probably drifts into part-time gigs at some of these events while they work toward their general two-year degrees, after which John opts for full-time work while Trishna studies for an advanced degree. Many of the events reviewed here may become worldbuilding fodder.
Enjoying Amusement Parks
Within thirty minutes of the Lanchester Farm will be a large amusement park. Trishna and family have year-round passes and might go monthly on nicer days or when all the farm work is steady. Trishna has a fondness for a fantasy-themed section of the park, which in the narrative’s beginning, is slightly dilapidated. She never rode the bigger rides as a child, though with John’s polite encouragement, they might try and enjoy the roller coasters.
Other Events Outside
Trishna and John enjoy trying new activities. Maybe they’ll try hiking, camping, or volunteering? They’ll probably encounter hardships because of their mutual impairments and racial differences. They’ll probably be accepted, within their harsher-than-ours world, into more tolerant subcommunities that will encourage them to grow both as people and as a couple. It’ll be interesting to see how they develop, and after I start and finish the narrative, how these updates helped form and inform them.
Outside the Narrative
As might be the case for any writer, certain events in my life have inspired moments in The Story. Only if they serve the overall narrative.