The most miserable people I’ll meet always have goals and no plans for achieving them. Large or small – whether it’s getting out of debt, buying a boat, getting a job, getting a better job, or finding happiness – people seem to be the most miserable when their goal is impossible rather than difficult obtainable. If my current big goal is writing “The Story,” centered on John [left] and Trishna [right], what goals are they focused on?
Spoilers?: Major…? (early plot structures)
Their first goal is meeting.
They begin chatting online after John writes “The Post,” a discussion topic on some 90s-style message board perhaps about videogame accessibility, which catches Trishna’s attention. She reaches out, they begin chatting daily, eventually become good friends. John lives in poverty, so when “The Scene” happens just as he’s graduating from high school, Trishna’s family picks him up and he officiates residence with Trishna.
The paragraph above summarizes the “Adolescence Arc” of “The Story.”
Trishna’s family’s goal is seeing her graduate college and get a good job. They named her Trishna because they knew she’s had a “thirst” for achieving her goals, maybe because she would kick in the womb, even with her bad leg? They also want to see her happy. Just like in real life, in “The Story,” people living with disabilities are often maligned, disrespected, or misunderstood. They see her happy when she chats with John.
Their summer before college, the “Summer Arc,” is that proving grounds.
Will John and Trishna get along living together? It’s easier to tolerate people’s neuroses when you’re not in the same room. I’d like to think they can work most of it out. It’s likely they’ll proactively attend couples therapy, because, at the very least, John will attend some therapy sessions to overcome his rough childhood. This arc will be mostly idyllic glitter, with maybe cleaning off some of the abrasive grime.
The College Arc will cover Trishna’s four years in college.
John may only attend for long enough to get a two-year degree. This will be the formative grounds for their relationship and education. If they could handle a carefree summer well enough, how about the stress of school, socializing, and sustaining a well-balanced life through all that? The later arcs are vague, only because I haven’t been brainstorming them for close to 60% of my life.
I imagine the Sammohini Arc is around their second year of college.
Sammohini is a few years older than her younger/youngest sister. Already graduated from college along with her best friend [and high school/college sweetheart] Jane, both are in the professional world. Their adventures build up the Sammohini Arc, casually written because this is the part where inconsequentiality, narrative consistency, and retroactive continuity will impact “The Story” the least.
The Chaos Arc is next.
Grimy and glittery things happen here, such as Jane meeting Chaos in “Good At Moving.”
As a concluding teaser:
Trishna’s service dog Pollyanna will get her own arc, telling “The Story” from her limited vocabulary perspective.
|Sources: The Story’s Imaginarium.|
|Inspirations: I wrote an upcoming Saturday’s Sober Living essay, “Goading Until Intolerant,” in a steamroller attempt at figuring out my week’s lingering anxiety. I wasn’t focusing on my goals! The next morning, I wrote this essay about my goals.|
|Related: Essays building “The Story.”|
|Photo: After taking this quick framing shot, I was thinking of a more elaborate shot; no need. Even these minifigs can distract toward my goal of writing “The Story” if I excessively focus time on curating my LEGO collection.|
|Written On: July 20th [1 hour]|
|Last Edited: July 20th [0 minutes]|