Note to self: stop sleeping through dinner. If you must take a nap, do it after
you've eaten. Generally, it's considered a good thing to eat more than one meal a day. And for that matter, you should go to bed before three if you've got a nine am class.
Random writing thought of the day:
Writing long fics is both harder and easier than I thought it would be. I only found out when writing Feet on the Ground
how fun and fulfilling it could be to set up a situation and spend tens of thousands of words developing it. But FotG is really just an interlude; plot lines are set up, but none of them are actually resolved--that's for Burnt by the Sun, its sequel, to do.
I finished FotG in October, and started writing BbtS for NaNo. I did
complete NaNo, but it was only through writing scenes out of order. I skipped around, writing what scenarios came into my head and fit what I've outlined for this fic. I've got chapter one complete, but that's the only full chapter so far; everything else is just bits and pieces.
But the difficulty with having written it like that is filling in the spaces between scenes, which includes a lot of stuff that is necessary but boring to write. BbtS is my AU version of the original trilogy, and there are certain necessary things that have to happen, especially in the beginning. Thing is, everyone knows about those necessary things, since they've watched the movie, and I don't want to spend a lot of time on things that don't diverge very sharply from canon. That's one of the things I dislike about most of the OT AUs I've read--they follow canon far too closely, only changing things here and there to fit around whatever makes the fic AU in the first place. Maybe Padme being alive and living with Leia (or whatever scenario you like) is interesting, but it becomes less so if it doesn't change events very much, imho. It just makes me wonder what the point was, if basically all you're doing is retelling the trilogy with this character added, but that character not really having any significant impact.
Which is not to say that AUs that closely parallel their canons are bad. They aren't. I just don't have much interest in them, because if I wanted that particular story, I would watch the movies. I want to read a story that hasn't already been told, with minor differences. Of course, that doesn't mean I haven't read and liked such stories, but they don't get me excited the way something really different and new does.
I don't mind if AUs have the same themes, of course. Yay for coming of age stories! Yay for love overcoming darkness! Yay for people facing inner darkness and triumphing! Etc. I don't even mind if the story has the same kind of ending that the OT does, with Vader redeeming himself and sacrificing himself to save Luke/his children. But to be a bit cliche, it's the journey that matters more than the destination. The destination does
matter, of course, but its impact depends on the events that happened before it. If Vader hadn't previously done something as heinous as cutting off his own son's hand
, then the ending in RotJ where Luke loves and believes in his father and Vader sacrifices his life to save Luke wouldn't have the impact that it does.
I originally had a point to this, didn't I? *thinks* Oh yeah. I keep losing interest in writing the next several chapter of Burnt by the Sun (with the exception of a major scene, which is one of those bits I already wrote) because they so closely parallel much of what happens in ANH that I feel like the story is already told, and I don't need to tell it. (I suppose that's somewhat spoilery, but most of my readers don't read my LJ, so eh.) I do, of course, because there are
differences, minor ones that will become major later, and I need to write these scenes with those differences. But when writing chapter one and what I've got of chapter two so far, I've had to have a script of the movie open so that what needs to be said is said and what needs to be done is done. This set-up is necessary, as the main divergent point occurs after ANH is over, but I want to get to my stuff, not re-tell George Lucas's. I suppose after I finish this fic (however long it'll be until then--it's going to be a long-ass fic), I'll go back to those scenes and revise them and make sure it's not obvious that I wasn't interested; until then, I suppose I'll just have to power through and look forward to the main body of the AU.