Title: And Now, Here's Jim with the Weather (at least thats the title for now i might change it. oh, and the main characters name is NOT Jim) Author: slow_dawn i.e. ryan. Timeframe: AoTC-ROTS, in that era Characters: OCs, and who knows who else. Genre: some of everything I imagine--humor, drama, angst, a little romance even Summary: The musings of a HoloNet reporter. Notes: Written for the ?Dear Diary? ? challenge. Thank you brodiew for betaing. A little clarification: You really could almost read these independently of each other if you so desired, cos within Derek's greater plot arc, there will be many little vignettes of things that he sees or has seen along the way. ~~~~~ this means that Derek has decided to break into story mode or return to diary mode ~~ this means a scene change while in story mode While in story mode, Derek?s thoughts will typically be italicized. So here I am?page one of a very empty diary. Yes, you read correctly, page one. My mother is a bit eccentric, she loves antiques and this paper diary fascinated her. She always wanted me to be a writer, and what better way to pique my interest than with a diary? So I received a diary for my birthday almost fifteen years ago. What she just didn?t realize was that a ten-year-old boy couldn?t be bothered by writing about anything; much less write it in a diary. I had known, as all young boys did, that diaries were for girls. So, I unceremoniously cast it aside and didn?t give it another thought. But as mothers have a certain way of knowing more about us than we do, she kept the diary. I once heard that journaling can be therapeutic?a way to relieve stress. With the state of things today, we could all use a little less stress. I decided to dig up my old forgotten diary. You may be wondering why I?m writing to you. After all, this is a diary--isn't it supposed to be secret? Well, I fancy myself a bit of a story-teller. I?m a HoloNet reporter, so you might say that telling stories is my life. That?s why I am going to tell you a story. This will be my story of course, but I hope it will be more than that. Hopefully, it will be the story of the homeless old man from Coruscant?s sub-levels, the refugee family from Jabiim, and many others I hope to find along the way. I want to bring you the story of a galaxy torn by civil war; the story that the HoloNet won?t let me to tell you. But before you begin to think that I am some great bearer of truth and knowledge, remember this, I?m just a man writing a diary. I don?t think that it will change the galaxy; that would be giving me more credit than I deserve. What I do hope is that, maybe someday, one person might read this and be able to see all the things I have seen, and will continue to see, through my work. And maybe, just maybe, this diary will open someone?s eyes to the realities of our war-torn galaxy. Hey, a guy can dream can?t he? To open people?s eyes to galactic injustice?isn?t that why any young man or women goes into journalism? I?d like to think so. But enough with this philosophizing, I?d like to leave you with this?the caf today at work was as terrible as always and I lost my keys. There now that?s more like any diary I?ve heard of. Oh, and by the way, didn?t anyone ever tell you not to read another person?s diary?