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Privy Pithiness--A New Story Has Begun

I've been thinking a lot lately.

Usually, this is a dangerous thing. When I get into thoughtful moods, I isolate myself from most of what I normally do, retreat into my study, close the door, and ponder. It's usually the type of mood that allows me to build a new world, or develop a character as thoroughly as possible--hoping for the idea that will spark a new project. If I find a conflict that interests me, I plug it into a world that's been brewing on my world-building wall and give it to a character who resides, patiently waiting in my character files.

Sounds odd, doesn't it? I have whole worlds plotted out, mapped, and peopled waiting for a story to tell upon it. Universes reside in my study, which is a place where books and cats fight for space and I, sitting in my antique rectory leather chair, take up my pen and sketch out the disasters that some unlucky character gets to live through--or die in.

Two days ago, I wrote the first sentence of the project that'…