Among the Philistines

"I'd like to write a novel," I told her.

And as if she equated this ambition with someone wanting to undertake a rather prolonged and unnecessary homework assignment for no good reason at all, and she'd never encountered a real-life person desiring to do such a thing, she cocked her head to the side and said, "How come?"

Which, frankly, I had never been asked before. But I thought it a good question, and without a breath of hesitation replied, "Because there's a novel in my head."

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