From the Author
I thought it was a short story, you see.
So I'd try and write what I saw as the story, and it wouldn't work. A lot.
I'd write five-thousand, ten-thousand words, shake my head, and toss it all in my YOU IDIOT folder, then go work on something else.
Until the day I realized -- the way you realize things, as if they're the most obvious thing in the entire world, and how did you manage to not realize them up till now? -- it wasn't a short story. It was a novel.
The rest, as they say, was just typing. Oh, and editing. A whooole lot of editing.