I woke up the other morning to find an email in my in-box from my UK editor. (Since I'm in Australia, he's awake when I'm asleep).
The covers for my trilogy have arrived. I'm blown away. Clint Langley has outdone himself with these covers. They are all great, but my favourite is the middle one.
Writing is like the iceberg, so much goes on even before the book gets sent to the publisher. What you finally see in the bookstore is the product of years of research, writing and rewriting. Much time is spent in the intangible world of the mind, so the days when something physical appears are red letter days.
Seeing these covers was a red letter day for me. All the writing, rewriting, researching and waiting have finally paid off.
Meanwhile, I am in neck deep in another new writing project and feeling deprived when life gets in the way. Family obligations and work conspire to eat up all my time as well as the mental space in my head where I have to go to create a new world. It all seems so intangible and ephemeral, but then I look at how the Chronicles of King Rolen's Kin is coming together and I know it is achieveable.
So this is a 'hang in there' post. It is all worth it.
How do you keep the flame of your passion for writing alive?