Continuing thoughts from “Daily Dog Diaries?” summarized as how I subscribe to dog social media sites to remind me of my childhood dog Patrick and for brainstorming ideas for “The Story,” a scene popped into my mind where Trishna’s mom says – of Trishna’s sister Sammohini, her friend Jane, and Trishna’s service dog Pollyanna – “the girls are out for a run.” From that one imagined quote, I built a backstory with, maybe, their family’s weekly routine.
Spoilers?: Minor [brainstorming thought-provoking scenes]
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Something woke him as they slept. He looked at the ceiling of their bedroom. Keeping his head still, he looked at her, embracing his left side, her hair still bright even in the darkness. He closed his eyes but his heartbeat felt like it shook the room. She moved.
“Johnny… are you awake?”
His breath was louder than the gentle sounds of distant traffic.
“Sorry I woke you. Say, what do you like about me?”
Spoilers?: Minor (one minor reference)
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When Trishna and John meet for the first time, after years spent chatting online and over the phone, how do they recognize each other? It might be easier for Trishna because of certain events during the conclusion of Adolescence Arc “The Story,” but how about for John? Who is this girl that appeared through unforeseen circumstances? Is she really the person he’d been chatting with all these years? And, how can Trishna be so sure?
Spoilers?: Minor (idle character/plot brainstorming)
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To open one door, you must usually close another door. We often want to cheat the system and keep both doors open as long as possible, maybe because we can’t fully accept choosing one path, but what does that accomplish but ensure we can’t pass through either door? John and Trishna conclude their week-long vacation visiting family in Sindia before starting the College Arc of “The Story” not wanting to pass through those “farewell” doors.
Spoilers?: Minor (psychology of characters)
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“What’s he doing to that dog… no, just kiddin’!” What I enjoy most about interacting with people outside my comfort zone is how they take an idea, run with it, and when I catch up, it turns into something much better. In “The Story,” there are millions of ideas that need to align just right for it not to fail. One ruminating idea was: when will John [left] and Trishna [right] have their first kiss?
Spoilers?: Minor (brainstorming a scene)
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I can envision the final scene of the Pollyanna Arc of “The Story” so clearly in my mind. Everything from the white linoleum tiles to the characters. It’s just there are hurdles to address. Primarily, an ending requires a story to precede it, the skill of which I am not yet confident I can write. Secondarily, the world of John [left] and Trishna [right] are not “there” yet. Tertiarily… let’s back up a few steps.
Spoilers?: Minor (brainstorming, worldbuilding, character-building)
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For as many complaints people unrequitedly say about their relationships, I only hear a few positive comments. I imagine that will also be true in “The Story,” where men will complain to John [right] and women will complain to Trishna [left] about their spouses. Maybe it’s easier to complain? Since the last essay focused on the negatives, below, let’s focus on the positives, because really the only difference is the intended outcome: progress or regress?
Spoilers?: Minor (just character brainstorming)
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