I can hardly believe it but today I finally finished writing Book Three of The Barn Chronicles series!! I began it on Friday, August 20th 2010. I fully expected it to be done earlier than this but somehow life kept butting in (!) and the weeks and months have dragged on. Still, it’s done. 🙂 It’s going to be called Where the Cricket Sings. I had a lot of great suggestions from different young readers – Where Cows Moo; Where Children Laugh; Where Horses Gallop to name but a few. Thanks for those ideas, kids – I really appreciate them. Maybe for a future book??

 I got the idea for the title from a poem (The Lake Isle of Innisfree) by William Butler Yates:

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,

Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;

There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,

And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

And we had a certain incident involving a cricket (you’ll have to read about it) that clinched it for me. 🙂

So, now the big job is to draw all the pictures – I have already done about forty, so am halfway there. And of course there’s the proof reading and editing…still, it’s exciting to be at this stage. So for all of you who have emailed me asking when the book will be out, I can at last say that we’re well on the way. Given the long drawn out process of production etc, we’ve missed a Christmas release for sure, but it should be earlyish in the New Year. I hope you’re all as excited as I am!?! Yippee!

Rosie ~ 6 September 2011

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7 responses to “Finished!”:

  1. Oh FANTASTIC !!! Can’t wait to tell the kids. I really love your drawings too. Do you do them from memory? The kids just love it when we get to a picture.

  2. Thanks Tara! I enjoy doing the pictures – work mostly from photos. Otherwise I get the perspective all wrong! I generally draw my heads way too small and don’t even realise it until Chris comes along and points it out! 🙂

  3. Great!! We, as a family, are so looking forward to Kev reading again the Boom Family adventures. A big thanks to you Rosie for bringing your family to ours.Please put us on the waiting list. I am looking forward to seeing & hearing you @ Patchwork of Grace.

  4. Rosie, May you bless all the people that attend the Patchwork of Grace at El Rancho in Waikanae this coming weekend. From the comment of 8 September Chris is another awesome woman of God. I have known Chris for a number of years now. Bless you all heaps.

  5. Hello Rosie,

    Exciting news! Our children are jumping up and down about it. We hope you find time to finish the illustrations without any such incidents as broken legs to keep you sitting down long enough to draw them. We have been prolonging the reading of ‘Where Arrows Fly’ but will still finish it and have to wait for book 3. Good things come to those who wait…


  6. Thanks for the encouragement Angela! I’ve actually spent the whole afternoon doing some illustrations and am now feeling guilty about all the other stuff I haven’t done around the place! I’ve done 32 – only about 40 to go! Aargh. I’ve just got to allow myself the time to do it. Tried to rope the kids in today to do some – Jacob was the only one who responded. 🙂 Anyway, it’s good to know that there are eager readers waiting out there – definitely a spur on! Thanks.
    Rosie ~ 19 September 2011

  7. I dont meen to bother you but I am sooo excited. I really really love your books. i hope you can finish the illustrations. My name is Emily too, and I am 9. I like yr title, we have lots of crickets too and Ben 10 (our kitten) eats them and spits the contents out. From Em.

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