Thursday, April 20, 2006

I Interrupt This Programming

I interrupt the regularly scheduled programming on this blog to make the following unexpected announcement: I'm pregnant with twins! No, I'm not literally pregnant. I'm a guy. I mean I'm pregnant with twin stories.

How exciting! That means two sets of everything: strollers, blankets, bottles, and beds. No more sleep for weeks or months. I get to eat strange food. I'll get gifts. And what's really great is that one's a boy and one's a girl, blue and pink — and I mean that almost literally.

I've never had twins before. I've had plenty of story ideas that came to me when I was writing something else. When that happens, I just write down the idea as far as I can go with it in about an hour or two, maybe a day at most, then I go back to my working story. But I've never attempted to write two stories at the same time—until now.

And yeah, I'm having sleepless nights. A few nights ago, I went to bed only to find myself getting back up to work an hour later. Then I got up at 2:00 AM last night and worked for an hour or two. It's like my brain is on caffeine but without the caffeine.

Fortunately, unlike a real mother, I get to give birth separately. My second idea should be done soon. It's just a short story, while my other is a short novel. And I really like my short story. It's one of the best ideas I've ever had, and writing it has been great fun, not difficult at all. That's partly why I decided to just go ahead and do it now. I'll be interested to learn how this interruption will impact my other project. It might be good for it.

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