The Story Originally Started Out

TO BE A SERIES of vignettes, Drummond and Dolly conversing as they made their daily commute up Interstate 71 between Cincinnati and Columbus. The posts in the CFXS mailing list archives will bear the subject “Interstate 71” and you’ll find them at about this time or a bit earlier in 1999. Of course, the names have been changed to protect the innocent… now.

And the story is now called Double Switch, at the suggestion of my friend and sometime collaborator, Trish Shields. I forget now why we called it that, but it made sense at the time, and the name has sort-of stuck.

All of the usual disclaimers — this is trunk fiction in first draft, never meant to be coherent or any of that, just written for fun, and meant to be enjoyed in that light. Nothing serious.

Also, please remember that the divisions between the stories of the Apocrypha are pretty much arbitrary. “Double Switch seques into Sinfonia de la Inamorata, which in turn is followed up by The Moose Jaw Incident and so-on up to A Doll’s Odyssey. It’s all one long story, some approximately 300,000 words. No discipline whatsoever.

Nevertheless, I think you might begin to see in this story some glimmers of what it was that persuaded me it would be worthwhile to try to pursue pro publication for better-written stories about Dolly and Drummond.

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