I don't really know what to call this
Then it happened again.
This leaves me in a tight spot (note: that was a subconcious reference to O Brother Where Art Thou? a most excellent film). I've got two good ideas bucking to be the next story I write. I'm afriad i might have to go with the most recent. It enfolds an idea I had years ago about somebody dying and being given one night to say goodbye - what would happen and what would you say? But there is so much more to it now. No talking, but a journey, Jacob's Ladder, a temptation, and perhaps the most profoundly interesting journal anybody has ever written. Sort of. It'll make more sense when I write it.
Both of these stories will have to be exorcised. The question is when.
On a further note, I just finished reading the latest Terry Pratchett novel, Thud! It is indeed quite an excellent story. Gone are the days of Terry Pratchett trying to write comic fantasy. It might be called that still, but there isn't much comic about it anymore. There are a few jokes here and there, of course, and the humorous dynamics of Nobby Nobbs and Fred Colins and so on, but the stories are serious now. More serious than they used to be. I know Terry Pratchett always wrote stories with fairly profound messages in them - allegory like mad and whatnot, but these days there is so much more to it. I don't know anybody who could so successfully write a novel about politics and make it so very exciting and wonderful and playful at the same time. It really was something else. Every time I read a new City Watch novel, I want there to be another one. Monsterous Regiment and The Truth both involve the characters, but they don't so much count as part of the series. That means there are seven city watch books, and every one is better than the last (withholding judgement on Thud in this case. Its complicated, but its more of a follow up The Fifth Elephant than it is to Night Watch ... Night Watch was the best one, of course, but... I'm not going to get into it. Lets just say that each one better than the last works, but it doesn't at the same time). I woudl reccomend these seven books to anybody. And, of course, the rest of Terry Pratchett's work. The more you read, the better it gets!