Magic Window Update & much scurrying about

WINTERGIRLS comes out in 5 days….

So, what does an author do in the days before book tour?

This author has been very busy with interviews. I had a great one yesterday with a reporter from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and have a bunch more lined up for next week. Today I hope to finish the Keynote presentation I’ll be taking on the road with me, and start packing. Am also busy emailing back and forth with the Web God as he puts the finishing touches on the WINTERGIRLS website.

While I’ve been crossing off things on my to-do list, work continues on the Cottage.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Our tree guy chopped down the dead 200-year-old maple and cleared out the smaller trees from the spot where we want to build.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicThe dark spots are rot. We could also see shadows where spiles had been inserted to tap the sap.

BH and a buddy of his have been busy on the magic window. They had to sand out every frame, patch and strengthen weak spots in the wood and start preparing thingies (have no idea what they are called) that will hold the glass. They found a mixture of wire nails and cut nails. The presence of cut nails confirms their suspicions that the window was buit in the late 1800s.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic By Friday, the window was strong enough to be stood up. That’s his buddy on the left, BH and me in the center, and Queen Louise to the right. The glass guy came to take a look at it and will soon give us the estimate for the cost of the glass. Fingers crossed about that. The plan is for the magic window to take up most of the south wall of the cottage.

I’ll end with a couple of links for those of you who can only catch up with this blog on weekends.

Can you come and see me on book tour?

Have you entered the WINTERGIRLS contest yet?

Did you see the WINTERGIRLS book trailer?

How about the short video where I explain why I wrote the book?

WINTERGIRLS comes out in 5 days….

17 Replies to “Magic Window Update & much scurrying about”

          1. Because no PC has ever had a hard drive crash, right? Plus I hear that the W****** operating system never, like, hangs and refuses to show anything except for the blue screen of death. Awesome.

          2. Actually, I’ve owned seven PC laptops, and none of them have ever had a hard drive failure. Screens have broken, keys have fallen off, operating systems have failed. viruses have attacked…but not data loss. Since data loss is my biggest worry, I hesitate to buy a laptop that has serious drive issues which can’t be fixed by the owner. I’ve fixed all of the other problems I’ve had. So. it’s a trade-off–do I go for ease of use and risk problems with the hardware that I can’t fix, or do I deal with a clunky OS that makes portability a nightmare?

  1. Oh, wow. I stopped to suck in my breath and stare when I scrolled down to the picture of the window. What a treasure. I have such respect for the beauty and integrity of its structure and what you are doing with it. Perhaps you could write this up for a wood recycling publication. Kudos.

  2. Wintergirls site

    OMG! This is such a cool site! Theo, the Web God, has TOTALLY gotten the ideas behind the book. I wonder, has he read it? 🙂 The page that has the mirror and sink with a girls reflection obscured makes me think of the hotel room. Have I said that I love my job? 🙂

  3. I’m really excited about WINTERGIRLS coming out. I’m sorry that I’m going to miss you on tour. I live (and teach) in Baltimore, but I think that the closest you’ll be is New York. Best of luck on the tour.

  4. My daughter got a birthday card with a verse on it that made me think of you and WINTERGIRLS:

    You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

  5. Hoping to catch you in Oswego – we’ve never been to that wonderful bookshop and seeing you is a lovely reason for a visit!

    I love your magic window, and I’m looking forward to seeing the birth of your hideaway cottage in the woods. BH is most wonderful *waves to BH*

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