One aspect of the relationship dynamic I know for sure between John and Trishna, the main characters of “The Story,” is that they both have patience for the other. That may not sound like much, but I think it’s a fundamental component to relationships of any sort. You’re patient with me as I write meandries. I try to be as patient as I can with others. Within a relationship, especially, there are gives and takes.
Spoilers?: Minor [a conflict-free relationship?]
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Part of the challenge of writing fiction outside of one’s comfort zone is that there are areas that I can’t easily verify. One of the two main characters of “The Story,” Trishna, uses a wheelchair. I don’t yet have anyone I can ask to make sure my brainstorming ideas aren’t problematic, but for something like naming a wheelchair, it seems like some people don’t and some people do, so something like that shouldn’t be problematic.
Spoilers?: Minor [name of wheelchair]
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In “Them Playing Together,” I wrote about how a local videogame store inspired elements of “The Story” ranging from seemingly-insignificant geography to insignificantly-significant daily hobbies. It might be boring to cover many years in the lives of John and Trishna, especially if a majority of their recreational time might be spent playing videogames or reading, but it’s worthwhile to know their favorite hobbies. How much time do they spend doing hobbies apart from each other?
Spoilers?: Minor [games as storytelling]
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When it comes to “The Story,” I sometimes wonder where the throughlines between fiction and reality weave in and out. It will essentially be a long-form commentary on our reality. As a heavily-fictionalized version of reality with anachronistic changes, the way I’ve constructed the novel series in my mind or the way it was before I discovered it, I can grab inspiration from real life and it won’t really disrupt the flow of the storytelling.
Spoilers?: Minor [locations as storytelling]
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One of the main characters of “The Story,” John, was involved in a childhood tragedy that among other things burned off the thumb and pointer finger on his right hand. These details develop almost too naturally, as though John existed completely independently, and relayed this information to me. Unlike Trishna’s spinal experiences, I don’t think I’ll ever be in a sitaution where my fingers are like this, so how I empathetically write about his experiences?
Spoilers?: Minor [relating to others]
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As I was going through my spine problems, I wondered, as I often do… how does this relate with “The Story?” While I don’t consider the eventual tales of John and Trishna to be inspired by my life much at all, since for one they are unique characters and for two I can write nonfiction essays easier than imagining my life through their [fictional] lives, but still, I thought about how there were some similarities.
Spoilers?: Minor [building up characters]
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There’s been a scene, or amalgamation consideration, that’s been playing in my mind lately somewhere in “The Story.” I’m not sure why or what it means, but when these sorts of scenes pop-up, I like to write about them either directly or abstractly. Maybe it was inspired by yesterday’s scene considering? The basic premise is that John and Trishna would be watching one of Trishna’s favorite movies and it would be John’s first seeing it.
Spoilers?: Minor [exploring scene-building considerations]
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If “The Story” is anachronistically a mixture of sensibilities from the 80s to 20s, then it would make sense that John and Trishna would, especially during their college years, want to go to Halloween parties. They might dress up only somewhat. They might prefer, even, to stay in on the otherwise festive occasions. I tended to stay in during my college years for Halloweens, but maybe they’ll be more interested in going out? Maybe not?
Spoilers?: Minor [fiction/nonfiction storytelling practices]
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If there’s one notion in media/culture that needs correction, well, there’re many, but one I’d like to focus on in “The Story” – if I only get one – is the idea of ‘the ambulatory wheelchair user.’ Not everyone that uses a wheelchair is completely physically helpless. For example: after my spine surgery, I considered using my cane[s] to walk to an in-store wheelchair to go grocery shopping, except, there’s subconscious abled-bodied prejudice against people with disabilities.
Spoilers?: Minor [physicality of existence]
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Before my spine acted up in the way it did, I was a fairly private person. Maybe even shy around others? There’s something about being in a fair amount of pain, or being unable to do something on your own, to where when someone asks you to do something, you’re much more willing to do it. I’d scratched the surface before in essays about “The Story.” I’ll dig in a bit more after the jump.
Spoilers?: Minor [physicality and privacy]
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