I'm outlining Act III.
Y'know, what happens after the big battle. After the big huge goal has been achieved.
And I'm stuck on that, so my brain pops up all the parallels in my life.
(Yeah. Nap helped clear my head.)
eustaciavye asked last night what was left to happen in Act III. The Council's defeated, the city is ours, hurrah!
But I don't just go for the hurrah, I go for what happens next... what these characters do and learn without that outside pressure acting on them. Capri, out of the Tower. Julia, returning to the grove. Et cetera.
Act III is ostensably about Julia learning to rule. Discovering that it's not enough to just not be evil - that it takes more than that to be good. It takes more than that to heal a city, heal a people.
But I'm seeing that it's a lot about the sort of thing that's happening with me now. Okay, we won. Now what?
I was talking to Elayna the other day about middle-school stuff, Mean Girls and what have you. And I told her that she's entering a time in her life when she's going to be making a lot of big decision, decisions about the sort of person she wants to be.
Me too, I guess.
(And I told her that it's not the end of the world if she screws up; she can always fix things. And I need to remember that for myself, too.)