I met today with my wonderful agent, Jackie Kaiser, over lunch. Invariably I come away having committed to a deadline: and today was no exception. I told her my general (and, to my mind, vague) plan, which was to write the first draft of the next novel next summer, and to have a “viewable” manuscript the following year. In no time at all Jackie had excitedly caluclated a 2011 publication date, and suddenly, there it was: a target. It’s not a bad thing: and, foolish as this may prove to be, I actually think it might even be possible.