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Well, I did it.

I wondered if I was going to recover from the Great Thanksgiving Writing Drought, but in fact it turned out to be not so hard. I wrote like mad on Monday and Tuesday, and actually managed to catch myself up to the point where I had less than 1,500 words to finish tonight. And, voila!

The resulting story is, as expected, fairly craptastic as a piece of literature. But I've worked out the plot, and what the characters are doing, and have even written one or two little bits that I'm kind of proud of. 90% of it is characters sitting around reciting explicatory dialogue that will most likely be cut out completely during editing, but it was important for me to get it down so that I would know what happened. The word I'm looking for, I believe, is "potential."

For the most part, the story followed my original outline: Doctor, Rose and Jack find time travel experiment, rescue Turlough from clutches of time travel experimentors, discover evil plot, thwart same.

There was really only one major en-story change, and that was the introduction of Captain/General Lamond as a major character. Those of you who've watched "Planet of Fire" several hundred times may remember him as the captain of the Trion rescue ship, and may recall his gripping twenty seconds of screen time and approximately five lines of dialogue. Apparently, I concluded from those twenty seconds that he and Turlough had a background story waiting to happen, and in fact it's possible that Lamond may replace Malkon as the Trion Plot Facilitator in the second draft.

I did manage to crowbar a sex scene in there, but it's mostly a placeholder for "several thousand more words of build-up and relationship-establishing need to go here." All the same, I was pleased that the basic premise followed through, and that it seemed quite in character, given the circumstances, for Jack and Turlough to seek a bit of sex with one another.

In any case, the most important thing, for me, is that it's the first piece of fan fiction, no matter how crappy, that I've actually finished in four years. So, Yay!

And now to bed.
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