There comes a point for me, while writing a book, when the made-up world inside my head becomes almost as real as the world outside my head.
Maybe this isn't something I should admit. Maybe I should see a head-doctor.
Anyway, this used to happen a lot: I'd be sitting there having dinner with Agent 99, and I'd just kind of drift away... And then Agent 99 would say, "You're writing your book right now," or, "You're in your head," or something like that. I'm not sure of her exact words, because I wasn't really listening. I was busy, in my head, writing my book.
Which didn't make me the ideal husband.
I've curtailed such drifts lately, because I want to be with Agent 99 and The Mouse when we're together, not just in body, but in mind.
Still, something had to go away for me to get the necessary time inside my head.
And I've found that it is the rest of the world that goes away.
I'm now in the home stretch of my current novel (or, close to the home stretch) - well past the midpoint crisis where I become convinced that the book sucks and I suck and everything sucks, and now cruising along happily in my made-up world, which has become almost as real as the real world.
I love that headspace. I also love that I can now leave it behind and spend time with Agent 99 and The Mouse, building snowmen and snowdogs and snow forts, having snowball wars, tobogganing, playing Joe Mannix, watching the Backyardigans and Wonder Pets and Penguins of Madagascar, reading bedtime stories, and so on.
Life is full. So, as I mentioned above, the rest of the world has gone away.
Things I have missed:
- There was an Olympics (I did see the final hockey game, which was awesome, and the closing ceremonies, which was about as far from awesome as Chicago is from Istanbul).
- The Democrats seem to have made a complete mess of their mandate.
- Somebody changed the rules of the Oscars, and now there are 163 movies nominated for Best Picture.
- I haven't seen any of them.
- Sarah Palin still exists.
- Facebook and Twitter still exist (and I am cautiously dipping my toe back in those waters).
- Toyotas have rebelled against their owners and are now driving themselves.
- There's a new reality show where people like Madonna and Alec Baldwin give marriage advice. Really.
- Jay Leno is back on the Tonight Show, and I'll still be watching Letterman.
Oh, and those crazy penguins...