Tuesday, 18 November 2008

The Next One

I have descaled the kettle, cleaned the dog's ears, cleaned the kitchen floor, visited B&Q and Homebase in a failed quest to buy storage boxes, swapped bedrooms with my daughter, hoovered everywhere, trimmed the dog's fur, tidied my office, washed the dog's blankets.

I don't know. What are you supposed to do all day if you're not writing a novel? I have started on the next one.

16 comments:

laurence timms said...

Sounds like the answer to your question is 'bother the dog'. He probably thinks you're about to ship him off to live on a farm. And we all know what that means.

My biggest problem is not starting on the next novel before finishing the first one. I've failed at that three times now.

westendwhingers said...

Well done on finishing the novel. Does that mean you are free for dinner soon?

Helen Smith said...

Laurence, someone told me you should always start on the next one before you've finished the current one so you can make an easy transition between the two. Of course, you do have to finish the current one at some point.

Dear Whingers, I'm free for dinner but have recently become a vegan. Hope that isn't a problem. I'm not strict about it - I can eat wine gums, for example. I'm trying to avoid consuming anything that has suffered.

laurence timms said...

Well, the first one is finished inasmuch as I wrote the first line, the last line and 96000 words inbetween. I've got it here in front of me now in paper form and I'm editing the bejeezus out of it. It'll be lucky if it ends up with 88000 half-decent words by the time I've finished.

Helen Smith said...

Good luck with it!

potdoll said...

Yay! Congratualtions on finishin and on starting!


xx

Helen Smith said...

Thanks, Pots.

Near by said...

congrats indeed on finishing and all that cleaning too!
I think you should go on holiday

Helen Smith said...

I'd love a holiday. Somewhere warm, with a pool to paddle about in. Maybe next year.

Lucy said...

Holidays are for wimps and slackers.

In answer to your question, if you're not writing a novel you need to TAKE OVER THE WORLD.

Helen Smith said...

Oh but taking over the world would be so fatiguing, Lucy.

Lucy said...

Tell me about it, I'm bloody knackered, lol

Lara said...

Well done you. I think you should meet up with some girlie writer mates for a day on the Southbank, eat sausage rolls and...oh, no you can't, you're vegan.

Hang on - sausage rolls didn't suffer, did they? DID THEY?

Helen Smith said...

Lara, I can still have the chips

Stevyn Colgan said...

Trying to avoid eating anything that has suffered, eh? Try telling that to the poor carrot that's been wrenched silently screaming from its home, dissected alive and thrown into boiling water ...

As an aside, what will people eat when plants are proven to have feelings too? Rocks? Metal?

Good luck!

Helen Smith said...

I think it's safe to eat fruit, nuts and seeds. I'm surviving on cashew nuts and clementines, although I'm also eating fish that has been caught in the sea(so, not a vegan at all). By my rules I can eat anything that has had a good life. So I could eat Jessie, for example. I'd have no trouble eating my companions if marooned at sea, particularly the cheerier ones.

But you've got me worried about carrots now. I think plants probably do feel pain.