So this is a short one but when you are on the local or intra city buses in India and have bags that will not fit in the overhead compartments take the seat right before the back door.
There is usually a space that is big enough to fit at most a 55 L backpack. Its also easy to get on or off from there. Make sure you get there early for the busy routes but it’s not a big deal cause those have tons of buses going back and forth.
Take the government run buses if you are going on the cheap cause the deluxe ones while more comfortable are also more than double the price. Most of the buses look like they are held together with glue and ingenuity and you got to hand it to them they run pretty well.
I don’t find AC that necessary on the routes cause everyone has the windows open which keeps the air moving. That can be bad though in areas oh heavy smog ans dust. You develop a thin layer of grim over time just because you can’t not. Its annoying by you get used to it pretty fast.
The intra city buses I’ve been on are green and local buses a brown in Tamil Nadu at least. Take note of the major bus and train hubs so you have an idea of where you need to go to get to your next destination.
So I’m just about in Bangalore, just a few days shy of Christmas I hope I don’t have to spend it in some hotel room but who knows what the next few days have instore, I hope for an experience that forces me outside myself to the person I can see hints of UN those moments when you have no choice but to tackle problems and challenges head on.
Should the world come before the story or the story give rise to the world? I think the easiest way to think about it for me is the story creates the world but as a gamer I think the process can be done either way. So is it possible to do it either way. My friend Tony told me that it’s the story that creates the world when I’m actually doing the opposite. Now that’s a bitch cause as I work at it I can see any numbers of stories that take place in the RIFT, as I’m calling the universe now.
So what to do how to do it and where to start if I’m going backwards, trying to think of the story to introduce the world. What I started out doing was creating small stories of characters within the world to find who I gravitated towards. I stopped doing this a while ago and now I feel I need to get back on the wagon and start creating characters that I want to write about, no matter the form the story takes. I think I have to start over, not with my world building but with the characters.
I must go back and live and breathe with these characters until they are as real to me as any person out here now. I feel like that’s just what I need to do to find the story. Most of what I think of and put to page will never make it into the story but it does help give anyone that dares to look beyond the superficial a feeling that you thought about how things work not just how something sounds on the page or looks like if it were on a screen, any screen.
I think stories are the hardest things to create out of nothing, they have no form until we can give it. They have nothing but an idea, a concept, a voice until it is on the page or is put on the screen, heard a loud or given some form be it permanent or transitory. Any storyteller wishes to give their idea substance, an audience that will look deep and see the world in ways even the writers can’t imagine as they create it.
I’ve always believed that we all have many stories to tell, those that we create in our lives or in the lives of others to those that come out of our experiences and from the land where creativity sings its song. I’ve never thought of myself as a storyteller, not really. I guess for me personally this is the journey I’m on, the path I seek, the way forward for whatever comes. That has to be the way, if it isn’t then I don’t know why I’m here.
So let’s dive into this world I created and find the story within the pages, within my imagination, the news I see, the experiences I’ve had and heard from friends. Let’s see if I can give this world in my head, form and function to live beyond my imagination.
The world building has focused on transit through space and how that differs from traditional science fiction. In reality it isn’t that much different than what you would expect to find in shows like star trek where they break the laws of physics by transiting into another dimension.
In this universe FTL functions the same way except in the energy requirements needed to breach the veil.
So you’ve been focusing on the world building element but not the story. What kind of story makes sense for this world?
What I really was thinking about when I was building the world was how FTL worked and wanting to bring the age of colonialism back into the story. There is a wealth of history in colonialism through many countries that caused damage to countless indigenous populations. In this case the damage will not occur since habitable planets are rare and ones with life let alone intelligent life will be even rarer.
This means that the story should take place at least 2 generations after colonialism has begun when the colonies are on the verge or in the process of independence. They become the indigenous populations and will not want to be ruled by a government that is light years away. This is similar to Halo in that respect. You want to create a universe of discovery where new resources, science and technology can be developed. Like the game Mass Effect where the world felt so large, so big that you had a universe of possibilities to explore.
As the series went on it lost that feeling of discovery and the scope of the games contracted so by Mass Effect 3 you felt like you were going down a straight and narrow path with no real meaningful chance to wander and discover something different.
You want to do the opposite, you want a world that feels like it is alive, that’s always the dream.
I thought I could do it as a script but I am still searching for the story. You can get so focused on the details of the world you miss the story and that’s what I’ve felt I’ve done. I have pages scattered on how the world works and of different characters but I need to laser in on the format and before I can even attempt to do that I need the story.
I have to go back to basics and find something that works, does it need to be complicated, no but the complexity also depends on the format. As a movie script I would need it to be relatively simple, at least in structure. If it’s a novel I can add more layers and subplots because I’ll have more time to work on it. I think an ebook makes the most sense at this point because it gives me time to work the story out but doing that piece by piece without having an idea of where it’s going or what the ending is will be like flying blind.
Here I am in India and all I can think about is a world that doesn’t exist, that I’ve tried to write but I can’t because I’m searching for a door that can introduce the world when I have to focus on the story first, not the universe that it takes place in. So that’s the challenge I face now. Every day I can, I gotta write, that’s just what I have to do or there is no moving forward, there will be me stuck frozen in place.
So my phone was dead most of the day. I have an extea battery and bothel were out of juice. So I ended up wandering the heart of Colombo searching for a place I could just sit and charge.
I had ice cream that was relatively expensive at Baskin Robbins then found a place called the Bake House right next to a really nice and super expensive bakery and there I’ve been sitting just working on my story and eating baked goods and they were so good.
Now I have no place to stay again, so here I am its dark and I’m wandering Sri Lanka in Colombo. So nobclue ehwt to do but go south.
They say your brain isn’t fully developed until you are 24. That those risks you take when you are young are part of youe brain still maturing. If that so I may have regressed cause I’ve taken some risks and paid dearly for them. Some were innocent, some done out of frustation anothers done because the group makes you feel fearless.
There is something about traveling that has made me feel more raw when I should be even more careful but when you’ve had all your stuff jacked, been ripped of or threatened more times than you care to remember you just stop caring and if you get away with these risks you want to escalate them to heighten the feeling.
Today I was reminded of how careful you hsve to be amd while I was lucky I could have easily ended up in a pile of hurt. So its those lessons that teach us to ve on guard and not forget that we can easily go from safe to fucked before you can blink. So cheers to that higher power that reminded me hoe lucky I am and not to take those kind of risks again.