First, an update: I have mapped my new domain onto this site. You may now arrive here simply by going to www.zaknelson.net. The old WordPress URL will still point here, though. But for ease of communication and to forestall carpal tunnel syndrome by some minutes, I thought it best to active this domain I’ve been sitting on. Please bookmark the new address and tell all your friends, enemies, and converted nemeses.
Now: I have, as I’ve mentioned, two stories I’d like to write next. One about an aloof cryptozoologist, another about a pregnancy. I’ve started on the latter. It involves in this rough, rough draft an expectant first-time mother, her husband, and her midwife. I think I want to tell it in third person omniscient, diving into the over-shoulder perspective of each of the three characters at various points. The intent is to write about people who intellectualize pregnancy and birth, who are on a collision course with reality.
I will be the first to admit my weaknesses: I am not a father yet. I have not experienced birth from any perspective except as an uncle or friend of new parents. My wife is a midwife, and she will aid and abet me as best she can. But the story is more about how people intellectualize processes of nature—a universal experience that I know well, and which fascinates me. So, hopefully I’ll be able to capture and write the experience. Believe me, I’m my own strictest critic: if the story starts to feel forced or inauthentic, I’ll put it into hibernation and pick up a different one.
But for now, it’s off to a good start. If you have any personal tales about mothers who overthink their pregnancy and birth, either with positive or negative outcomes, I’m all ears. And if you are (or know) a midwife with insight about how your own profession is, in a way, an intellectual approach to birth—or not—please share by leaving a comment. I’ll leave it that vague for now, to see what kind of comments I get.