scrivener can get off my back now...
[I kid, I kid!]
I chatted with the AmNovel prof, asked if it would be ok to come talk to her during office hours next Tues in preparation for doing my paper six weeks early. She was extremely helpful (and said "yes"), despite the fact that all I said was "and I'm going to be writing about Brown, that's all I know for sure at this point, but I'll have something concrete when we talk".
I hadn't planned on saying anything, but we got our first journal/essay things back today, and I got an A on mine while my class buddies all got B-minuses and C-minuses. The prof started off the class reminding everyone of things to keep in mind [and they should already know!] when writing these little essays (present tense, no plot summaries, introduce quotes, MLA format) and I didn't have any marks on my paper at all besides the "A" and maybe one comma inserted somewhere, so I felt confident in my skills for just that moment. I seized that moment of A-ness and talked to her at the break. Crap, now I actually have to think of something between now and next week!