It creeps up on you and doesn't let you go.
One minute you're so tired that you can't keep your eyes open, and the next minute your brain is on overdrive and you're still so tired that you can't keep your eyes open.
So you lay there and let your brain run rampant.
In my case, last night, it was on full overdrive.
I did everything. I rolled over. I put a pillow over my head. I got up and went to the bathroom. I got a glass of water. I even grabbed my phone and tweeted to whoever was awake and listening for insomnia to go away and tell my brain to shut up on the way out.
And then, it came to me...
Not the movie - the book.
Have you ever read it?
"Late last night and the night before,
Knocking at the door..."
I'm no genius, but this book holds the solution.
Stephen King, when he wrote "Tommyknockers", was expressing an idea that writers all over the world wish they had the ability to take advantage of. Never mind the fact that his main character took her faithful old dog, neighbors, and unsuspecting community members and turned them into organic batteries - she figured out how to rig a telepathic typewriter.
Meaning, she could be out doing something else and writing the next great American Novel at the same time, via a device that looked like a typewriter but was rigged up to a ream of dot matrix printer paper and typed out exactly what she thought as she thought it.
Let me tell you, last night hasn't been the first night I've ever wished for that horrible invention, and it won't be the last. I don't care if I have to turn everyone around me into a dry cell battery in my tool shed.
Ever since I was a little girl, telling myself stories in my head is how I've gotten myself off to sleep.
These days, my brain gives me lengthy "to do" lists, churns out blog entry ideas, and continues to chew on its latest bedtime story - a sci-fi thriller regarding the consequences of unregulated colonization of planets where the colonists agreed to carry on the genetic experiments begun before they even left the Milky Way galaxy.
If I had my hands on a Tommyknockers contraption, do you know how much writing I could have done right now?
Dragon software pales in comparison.