It has been 13 months since I innocently walked into the co-writing process. The illusory object, a screenplay. My writing partner, Gabriel — another technophile — and I have employed all the tools in the arsenal in service of that goal: not-quite note cards, Word documents, a wiki, a cmap, fulsome amounts of Night and Weekend Minutes™, and finally open-source software. We have traded turns making trips between DC and NY. Gabriel has also lived in three different apartments during that time.
A document has emerged, and twinkling on the horizon somewhere is the ceremony that changes its designation from Rough Draft to First Draft. Fingers crossed, breath short, nose down. There is more work to do yet.