I had these friends, you see, who were getting married. I asked them what they wanted for a wedding present, and a split second later said to myself, 'duh! TACS and Laura are zine editors.' Sure enough, they wanted stories from me, and when I asked what kind, TACS told me she loved Alternate Universes.
I had already written Past Tense, Present Tense, and Future Tense, but it wasn't until I wrote Tense Times that I realized that the first three stories were connected, not just to themselves, but to about half a dozen others that were drifting around in my head.
I told TACS about those and she cheerfully claimed them all, and I just as cheerfully wrote Past Perfect, Present Perfect, and Future Perfect, but not in any particular order. She put them in Love & Guns, then asked me if I had any more in that universe because she wanted to devote an entire zine to them. So I wrote Changing Tenses and Past To Future. As I did I realized that so much time had passed, not only since I'd started writing them, but in that universe itself, that the stories needed something to connect them into a whole, so I wrote the 'framework story.'