I'd wave my hands in the air, but I just don't care.
-The Gneech, partying like it was 1999
PS: So, this is what sleepwalking is like...
I have something of an organic writing process. For long-term plots in particular I tend to establish things early on that I only half-understand myself, but that I know are important. An example that got mentioned in a Websnark review, for instance, was Tiffany's throwaway comment wondering if Dover would be able to say "I do" in English, becoming the major focus of that storyline. It's not accurate to say that was entirely unplanned on my part, but at the same time, I didn't have the details of "I do -- CLICK" worked out when I wrote Tiffany's joke back in 2002.
J.K. Rowling may plot seven books ahead, but I haven't got that kind of methodical mind. 0.o
Anyway, today I had a sudden, major revelation about Athena T. Lion. When I created her, I knew that she had stuff going on, but I hadn't quite worked out what it was. I did know that she was going to be very important to the Leona/contract storyline, and I knew why she was important to Leona -- but I couldn't figure out why Leona was important to her. She hinted at it, when she told Leona that she needed somebody to help her out once, but that nobody did. That's all well and good, after all, but why Leona specifically? The cliché of "she reminds me of myself when I was young" is a good starting point, but by itself is not enough. Athena is kind in her way, but she's not a saint who just throws largesse onto every young lioness she comes across. She wants something from Leona.
And today, I figured out what it is.
"Heh, heh, heh," indeed.
I wonder how Leona will react when she finds out?