As anyone who writes knows, ideas for stories come from everywhere, and nowhere. Today is a perfect example.
I was having a “I am so incredibly lazy that I think I will take a nap at 1:00 in the afternoon on a Saturday” sort of day. I was laying there, dozing, when an entire plot line fell from the sky and landed on my head. It was absolutely the most insane experience I have ever had. An entire story was “flash baked” (to steal a phrase from Cory Doctorow’s “Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom”) into my brain. I jumped from the bed (literally) and grabbed my laptop that was sitting next to it. Much to my wife’s dismay (she was having the same sort of day I was, minus the sudden inspiration) I plopped the laptop on my pillow and began hammering phrases and snippets into a program called “Text Tree” that I use for my outlining and organizing.
I am sure that all of your spouses / significant other’s have told you how difficult it is to sleep next to a hammering keyboard. I was reminded once again. Nonetheless, I have my next story almost completely finished. In my head. Now begins the arduous task of translating it from thought to word.
Wish me luck!