Friday, March 5, 2010

One step closer!

Here's the cover of book one of the Chronicles of King Rolen's Kin. My editor tells me the next cover will be delivered soon, maybe in a week. Clint Langley is the artists and I'm really looking forward to seeing what he does with the next book cover.

Meanwhile, my editor at Solaris has sent me book two 'The Uncrowned King' for editing. I would like nothing more than to immerse myself totally in the book, tidying up the little glitches that he has discovered, but life gets in the way.

!Whinge Warning!

This weekend I have to mark assignments for work (I'm an associate lecturer). I have to take child number 6 to the dentist. And I'm involved in organising a national workshop, for which there was a competition to enter. This is the weekend that I have to prepare the contact emails to the 51 entrants to let them know if they have been selected to be offered a place at the workshop.

I'd be flat out, without the editing of book two. Meanwhile, we've decided to sell our house, so I should be cleaning, sorting and throwing out, and painting the walls where the kids have stratched them, or stuck up posters and pulled off the paint, etc.

Why can't I just run away from life and do nothing but write? Sigh.

Does life get in the way for you? How do you find time to write?


Trent Jamieson said...

All the time, Rowena, and I don't have kids! Last year we put our house on the market the day I sold my series and two months were lost to the move. This year I've really had to prioritise, writing over everything else, though you still need to pay the bills, and life still intrudes- which is should, life's the grist for the mill and all that - if it's not leaking gutters there's always something that the ill-health fairy is willing to throw at you :-)

And my copyedits always seem to come over holidays when everybody expects you to go and play. But, hey, I'm getting to do what I love.

Beautiful cover by the way - I know I keep saying that, but it is!

Rowena Cory Daniells said...

I feel you pain, Trent.

We're going to sell our house and I'm up to my hears in sorting etc.

Love your cover, too. I think it encapsulates the book really well.

Eleni Konstantine said...

I definitely understand Rowena. My life has been in flat out mode for a few months now. Result: writing not getting done. Will get there.

Rowena Cory Daniells said...


I find I'm resenting having to do the shopping. There are only so many hours in a day.