On fridays and saturdays I’m typically up until 3-4am then sleep ’til noon. Nice ‘n easy. But then I need to downshift back to 12:30am-7:30am sleeping for my weekdays, including sunday night. The end result is sleepless agony on sunday nights.
Last night I decided to read a few bits from Neil Gaiman’s “Smoke and Mirrors”. Mistake. It got me to thinking about writing, and about Sailor Nothing 10 specifically which I had been kind of stuck on outlining.
So, I was in bed but quite awake for two hours more than I should have been with my brain moving at 1000 miles an hour trying to figure out a good plot for it. I finally got something almost workable with further development, jotted it down, and forced myself to think of something else until I fell asleep. But I just know I’m gonna nod off at my desk today, and work is looking QUITE evil today as well. Arrgh.
Worries and paranoia are surfacing for my work on Sailor Nothing. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to come up with a solid character arc conclusion for Aki and Himei. (Aki especially.) Maybe her arc already sort of ended when she decided how she really loves Himei? Or is that a weak substitute?
And as for Himei, well, I’m still debating how we’re going to take down the entire Yami-gaia. It has to be done in a satisfying way but all the ways I’m coming up with are damn near anticlimactic with a minimum of combat or resistance. Maybe that’s okay. It’s never really been about evil monsters but about the philosophy behind the evil monsters and how the girls deal with their situations in life. Neon and Xenon rolled over and died because it was more important storywise that we study Seiki and Shin’s issues. So, maybe it’s okay that the Yami-gaia rolls over and dies as long as Himei gets something out of it that meshes with her character.
I hope I’m right about this, or I could have the weak, half-assed ending Starboard had. I swear, maybe I should go back to my formula from Trilogy where I wrote the ending first then worked backwards. I’m going to try that for UE, since it’s episodic (likely with an episode here and there dealing with the UberPlot but otherwise standalone stories, like Cowboy Bebop). We’ll see if I can succeed.
And hopefully between massive amounts of work I’ll find time to finish SN10’s outline. Ugh. I wish I could lie down right now.