Ned was reading the new Terry Prachett this morning and started laughed out loud when he came to the line saying Vimes believes that writers spend their days lolling about in their pajamas drinking champagne. And the footnote confirming it. I thought this was most unfair as I was actually drinking coffee at the time. And not lolling so much as checking my email and internet to see if their were any interesting oddments on ebay I could buy and claim were essential for research. Then, having been very calm during the building of an Ikea wardrobe I went out for lunch with my editor, Flora. OK. We did have champagne then, but I was dressed. So, you see? Not True At All.
It was our celebrating new book deal and CWA shortlist lunch. And I got a present. It is a very beautiful pen and pencil set in a box with my name on it. It also has the crow silhouette from Island as you see, and, as it is wooden, I can pretend Casper Grace made it. I think I might have applauded when I saw it.
Now I’m back home and have used the pen to write my To-Do list. Here it is in full:
1. Write new novel
2. Make it a very good novel
I fear the time of lolling may be over for a while.