Well, it's done. It's been a lot of fun, and I'm sorry to see the story end. I'm hoping some of the new upcoming episodes will give me some new ideas. Only real note on this chapter, I know for a fact that other stories have used the idea of Luke's mother's wedding ring... It was just something that wanted to be written.

Thanks for all your feedback and support while I've been writing this.


Chapter Ten up. No real author's note to add here. Just sitting here hoping peace will somehow prevail in this stupid crazy world despite our stupid crazy leaders. :(

I got a lot of really nice reviews on the last chapter, and they (and all reviews) mean a lot to me, including those of you who swing by and review on each chapter. I notice, and I appreciate. And, jewls13? I do know exactly what you mean. :)


Chapter Nine up. Hope I'm not pushing fanfiction.net's rating allowances. I didn't expect this to happen so soon, but Luke and Lorelai were, like, totally out of control.

Later: Well, this chapter has been done for four hours, but thanks to fanfiction.net's downtime (still in progress as I type), the chapter is much more edited and polished than it would have been otherwise. My loss of sanity is your gain. :)


Chapter Eight up. I don't like to force myself to write if I'm not feeling it; hence the couple of weeks since the last chapter. But here it is, pretty much came to me last night, and it was a lot of fun to write. It takes place the same night as their first date. As for the Jess bit at the end... I don't expect this to turn into a major theme (this is L/L, after all), more of a minor subplot about its direct affect on Luke & Lorelai's relationship.

This is the best sort of chapter because I already have ideas for chapter nine.


Chapter Seven up. Finally. If only I could figure out where all the GG fanfic-writing discussions are occurring, I would do a challenge: Have Lorelai and Luke go on a date, and make it interesting. What a pain.

Meanwhile, I've put up a JavaJunkie Index; see my bio for details.


Remember how I said I had chapter seven almost done? Well, it's basically done. But I don't like it. Out of the whole chapter there are only about two scenes that I really love. I think I'm going to take a break and regain some perspective. Things are, necessarily, going to take on a fluffier tone for this chapter and I don't like the transition so far. They're on a date, so there's going to be a lot of Luke/Lorelai interaction and a lot less of Luke's internal dialogue. So I'm having a harder time controlling the overall tone because I've gotten used to writing from a slightly skewed perspective. Oh, and writing date scenes sucks, even if you've got yourself a nice setup with tons of possibilities like a mall. Why did I do this to myself? They didn't have to go on a date. They could have just had nice, sweaty diner sex or something. :)

Just kidding. No diner sex.


Chapter six is up. Actually, chapter seven is almost done too; I just realized how long it was getting and decided to break off the first part and post it. I didn't expect there to be a entire chapter in between the last one and their actual date, but that's the way it worked out.

Review mailbag: Jamie... Actually, once I thought about it, I agree with you that L/L is actually a hard sell. In terms of the show, they don't give us much to work with, really. There are very few shippy moments between these two. I only recently saw one of the more intense Luke/Lorelai/Rachel scenes for the first time, and it was much more understated than I expected. Sometimes I actually wonder if they're even *supposed* to be shippy. But I think the challenge of it all is what attracted me.

Coming up: If you've read my bio, you know I've also written some erotica, although I have yet to write a true NC-17/X scene for fanfic. I think this story *might* go there eventually. I'm not sure. (Well, obviously if it goes NC-17/X, it will have to be posted elsewhere). But it'll probably get R sometime soon; so if this type of stuff bothers you, please watch for an upcoming ratings change.


Ok, I've been thinking about writing this for a little while because I hate cluttering up the story with a lot of author's notes. So, here we go.

First of all, I'm really enjoying writing this... it's kind of a turning point for me, in style and in the fact that I don't really know where it's going. I really expected my big Luke and Lorelai story, when it came to me someday, to be all plotted out before I started writing it. But so far my muse still keeps making suggestions so I guess we're all right.

Secondly, influences: I really don't think this story would exist if I hadn't read The King Of Practical Wisdom (JavaJunkies will know of what I speak) and The Hours by Michael Cunningham in the same week. King Of Practical Wisdom made me realize how interesting Luke's headspace might be, and The Hours literally caused a total paradigm shift in my head about writing. Which I guess is part of why it won the Pulitzer.

Reviews: Those of you have been following this from the beginning may have noticed some of my little notes about the ff.net's reviews and how it never shows how many reviews the story *really* has, and how reviews keep disappearing, and how the total number fluctuates up and down. It's really been driving me crazy. Normally I don't care that much about the status-symbol of having a lot of reviews, but I guess this just shows how deeply I care about this particular story. However, even taking all this into account and adding things up, I realize that I'm writing for a relatively small (read: non-Trory) audience. And I'm cool with that, because your reviews have been generally very well written and encouraging, and I can tell that the people who *are* reading the story are paying attention, so I'm going to try really hard to quit whining about it. :)

Replies to specific reviews:

Silverlane... Your early reviews were an amazing encouragement, because, among other things, you were picking up on all the lines I was really proud of. Sort of validating my instincts. Thanks.

FunkyJunkie123... Good catch on Donnie Darko. :)

To the person who asked if the story was posted anywhere else since ff.net is kinda flaky: No. Well, it's on a yahoo groups mailing list, but it loses a lot of the formatting there and I can't fix typos after the fact. I've been thinking about putting up my own site at some point, though. Also! If anyone wants a copy of this or any of my stories in Word (.doc) or Palm Pilot (I love me some ebooks) format, just let me know and I will email them to you.

Also, SeaWench pointed out that Lorelai giving up coffee in Ch. 5 was kinda out of character... And retroactively, I agree with her, but I think I'm just going to leave it. I'll deal with it later.

Where we're going: Believe it or not, I know what Luke and Lorelai are going to do on their date, which is a big relief to me because I'm constantly afraid I'm going to get blocked at any moment, and non-cliche date ideas are tough to come up with.

See ya soon.