Candles lit in the gloom & cottage pics

It’s a dreary day in the Forest, but we have candles lit and good music playing to chase the gloom away.

(Linguistic tangent: The OED does not think “gloom” is in anyway connected to or descended from the Old English word “glóm”, which describes the growing darkness at twilight. What kind of tea are they drinking? Of course, they’re connected!)

Congrats to fellow Central New York author Tamora Pierce, whose new book BLOODHOUND will debut at the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List on May 3rd!!! Hie yourself over to Tammie’s LJ to congratulate her!

(Yes, WINTERGIRLS is still on the list, too! Along with some other awesome novels, and, er, the Twilight director’s notebook and Miley Cyrus’ book.)

My Beloved Husband and several elves have been hard at work on the cottage whilst I’ve been galivanting all over creation. Here’s the progress so far.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic I don’t have any pics of just the foundation. Here is the next step – building the frame of the cottage on top of the foundation.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Walls up. Roof trusses on.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Roof and porch on! Outside shell of cottage complete!

Image and video hosting by TinyPic And the magic window is in place. No glass, yet. I think the glass guy comes next week.

There is still lots and lots of work ahead – minor things like insulation and flooring and interior walls, and installing the woodstove. But the progress has been very exciting to watch!!! (I think that BH has been such a good egg about my travels this spring because it gives him more opportunities to work on his masterpiece.)

I’m taking my camera to LA and I’ll be twittering from the Festival of Books, but the blog post about it won’t be going up until Monday. (Follow me on Twitter.)

Don’t forget, Angelinos. I’d love to see you this Saturday, April 25, at the LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS!

12:30 – 1:30pm Young Adult Fiction Panel: “Problem Child” Location: Moore 100
Moderator: Jonathan Hunt
Panelists: Laurie Halse Anderson
Suzanne Phillips
Nate Powell
Jacqueline Woodson

2:30 – 3:30 pm Booksigning
Location: Penguin/Whale of a Tale Booth, #816

18 Replies to “Candles lit in the gloom & cottage pics”

  1. It’s going to be so lovely! I hope you plant daffodils all around!

    Are you going to have clear glass in the windows? I know the window came from a church, but wasn’t sure if it was just the frame or if you had stained glass.

    1. There was no glass in it when we bought it. For now we can just afford clear glass…. but a few panes of stained glass will eventually be used.

  2. Seeing that window in context is really something. I knew it was big, but still didn’t realize it would BE the whole wall. WOW! It is gonna be gorgeous!

  3. Finally got my copy of ‘Wintergirls’ on Monday!
    Finished the book last night.
    From a recovering anorexic/bulimic, you did good. I can’t tell you how many lines in that book I have said to myself, including the “I wish it was cancer…” I saw that and nearly fell over.

  4. Silly OED indeed! Although glom (I don’t know how to do that nice little accent mark) has got to be the origin of gloaming, which is a lovely word all by itself, except for the way it sends Bing Crosby’s voice into my brain.

  5. I love seeing the progess on the cottage – and the magic window looks amazing already, so I can’t wait to see what it will look like with actual glass!

    have fun in LA!

  6. Quite the enchanting proto-cottage! By the way, where did you and your husband find the elves to help with the construction? And how much do you think they’d charge for helping me grade my papers?

    Cheers,
    Raj the Sender of Headache-Inducingly-Long Emails

  7. cottage window

    I love the window, though I hope I don’t insult you when I say it resembles the bullet chamber of a handgun!

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