Friday, November 2, 2012

A Month Long Adventure in the States

Well we are finally home from our month in the states - and what an adventure it turned out to be. 

I expect that most of you have seen the photos of our time in New York over the past month – a wonderful opening of the “Trolls” exhibition and other events around the city. What you may not have seen or known about are the two tiny trolls who came with us and shared some of our adventures. They usually spend their time in the garden, taking care of the flowers that need tending in the Spring and Autumn. I’ve caught them at their work before and you may remember them uncovering (and then quickly covering again) the primroses this past Spring. 

They decided that they wanted to see more of the world and knew that the best way would be to accompany us on our trip to New York. I had my doubts about the wisdom of this adventure - after all, they are very small and not as worldly as some of the other trolls, but they persuaded me to let them come along and as it turned out, they had a very exciting time. 

We took them to a restaurant where they were intrigued by the packets of sugar. They ate far too much of it and had to rest for a day before they were ready to come out again. (I DID warn them). 

We (Brian, Toby and I) were invited to join a reunion of students from our Belcastel workshop weeks, along with Heidi and her daughter Cat, at a great Chinese restaurant, just before the opening of the exhibition. The tiny trolls definitely wanted to come along, since they had enjoyed their previous restaurant experience so much. They felt quite at home using chopsticks (I think they were comfortable with them because they were wood) and we had to stop them from spending the whole meal riding on the turntable. 

They joined us for the gallery opening and luckily stayed away from the wine. 

The next weekend they joined us again at the Abrams Books booth at Comic Con. They were very proud to be representing the Trolls book and had their photos taken with a great many fans and book buyers as well as the lovely people working at the Abrams booth. I’m not sure that any of us were expecting quite so many people crowded into one space. Comic Con was quite overwhelming - but we did enjoy our panel discussion, hosted by the wonderful Ellen Kushner, who guided us through it with ease and wit and grace! 

The tiny trolls were quite exhausted by this time and decided to hibernate in our friend Guy’s apartment until it was time to return home. 

Returning home proved to be far more exciting than anticipated because we were on one of the last planes out of JFK on Sunday night before the storm hit. 

We were SO lucky and we are SO grateful to be home safely again. We truly feel that the faeries were with us. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the monster storm. Please know that we are thinking of you all and will continue to send healing energy to everyone over there. 

Yesterday the tiny trolls hopped downstairs and on to the table for a last photo before they headed back out into the garden to resume their duties as keepers of the flowers. I expect I’ll see them out there some time soon, covering up the tender plants and bedding them down for the Winter. They are very excited because of course - now they too have tales to tell.


  1. I would love to meet the tiny trolls at Faerieworlds next Summer! My faeries who dwell on my wizard hat really enjoyed seeing their pictures.

  2. What a wonderful story! I love your writing Wendy. After I finished reading this blog, my imagination continued on to the garden where the other Faeries gathered around and the trolls told their tales of travel.

  3. Tiny trolls love you so much,you gave them life (material life) in this world so they want to be with you fot their own ability to see the world as human can as they want to protect you I'm sure.
    I would have love so much to meet you in New York, but I'm far, so maybe one day I'll will meet you in Paris or London who knows. Thank you a lot for this world you open to our eyes. Maïa from Paris

  4. PS: I let you a message few days ago about a french book publishing house from Paris which would be very interested to publish a french version of The Fairie's Oracle. Would you know who we can join for this?

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  6. Welcome home Brian, Wendy, Toby and Trolls. I am glad you all had such a grand adventure on our side of the big puddle. Thank you all for taking the time to share it all with us, it was great tagging along (virtually at least). :)

  7. Got my books signed! Thank you so very much and welcome home!

  8. Lovely! Burlie, the Troll who lives with me, is disgruntled that he didn't get to meet you all when you were in NY.

    If you'd like to see his response to your book (which he demanded we buy the INSTANT IT CAME OUT), you can see pics here:

  9. Please come back to the States soon, and come to Texas! You and your husbands art is extremely inspiring and I just realized my whole child hood revolved around your works. I found Faeries in my school library and I did a happy dance(everybody was staring at me.) The day you come to Texas and sign my Trolls book will be the best day of my life!

  10. Oooohhh, think they've got an extra little customer for the Chinese food there!!, he looks all poised and ready!...bless him!. Would love to see him someday!. xx