Last week’s brainstorming update to The Story led to storms of idea static surging my brain. It’s tempting to write these narrative ideas about the Lanchester Farm, interactions, and potential spoilers. I know better. Working with an “over-prepare, then go with the flow” style of writing yields my best results, so let’s borrow a line from The Incal, and explore some of the ‘techno-techno scientific’ details of the world Trishna (left) and John live in.
Spoiler Warning Scale: None (safe!)
Era of Technology
Gestating during my final months of high school and first year of college before being shelved, The Story’s internal logic was contemporary, so events prior to the likely narrative beginning are steeped in that era where technology hadn’t quite caught on yet with the masses. No social media for wide acquaintance networking. Communication was quanter. Message boards and instant messaging play a pivotal role in the backstory. Antiquated hardware like the pictured heatsinks implying communication.
Roles of Technology
We’re so connected to others now. I’ll jokingly say “we’re in the future” when technology acts like magic, but it’s true! I had so many interests growing up without many people to chat with about those hobbies. Now I can tell the world ‘I like tapes!‘ and enthusiasts respond. Communication tunes into themes of accessibility, too, because would Trishna have even found John’s argument, The Post, with the amount of static we live in now?
Speed of Technology
It’s been fascinating seeing how quickly technology’s advanced. I’m leery of considering speed as a variable for good, though, because there has to be substance behind the speed or it’s just static. Mœbius drew The Incal with excellent balance between detail and space. No point drawing intricate details in throwaway backgrounds. Trishna and John adopt a similar digital cadance, balancing advances in the speed and quality of technology, and enjoying analog technology: books and talking.
Psychology of Technology
I’ve always been fascinated with how technology interacts with our psyches. Our attention spans are the most damaged while we’ve benefitted most in knowledge digestion. Technology may have most helped shy, reclusive, or individuals with impairments, though now, anyone can benefit. We’re able to share out ourselves on more meaningful levels. John and Trishna might know more about each other via instant message than most couples before they even meet because of that psychological context.
Accessibility of Technology
As a humanistic drama, their world might just be a subtle reskin of Earth. There’ll be some shortcuts and fanciful elements thrown in, with the occasional escapist fantasy or science fiction frame story via videogames or stories, to help keep it interesting and accessible for wider audiences. The beginning will be straightforward. Trishna lived on a meager farm, and John bounced between rundown reservations prior to The Scene, so they’re limited with their access to fancy technology.
Future of Technology
This update was mainly tell, not show. I’m practicing writing fiction every week, so that should help progress The Story, along with general weekly brainstorming.