Door of the Day: Get a handle on the situation!

Door of the Day: Get a handle on the situation!

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It’s I Read Canadian day so, for Door of the Day, I’m posting this ornate handle from Old town Québec—too gorgeous to turn, if you ask me! I have a few door knockers decorating my studio space, but when I see beautiful door handles this, I wonder if I should start collecting them, too!

I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate the release of The Guardians of Zoone on February 25!

In Zoone, of course, the handles match the world that is hidden beyond each doorway. You should pay attention to those handles—they might give you a clue about whether or not you should actually go through with your journey!

You can find order links for the books of Zoone HERE.

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Door of the Day: Tug the trunk!

Door of the Day: Tug the trunk!

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This elephant doorknocker greeted me as I wandered the streets of Exeter, England, a few years back. Waggle his trunk—I’m sure he will trumpet!

I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate the release of The Guardians of Zoone on February 25! 🚪

Many of the door knockers in the Zoone multiverse interact with travelers—sometimes they greet them officiously, but at other times they just harass them with snide comments.

You can find order links for the books of Zoone HERE.

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Door of the Day: A cosmic map?

Door of the Day: A cosmic map?

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I found this beautiful door while wandering the French Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam.

You can just glimpse what is beyond . . .

I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate the release of The Guardians of Zoone on February 25!

The doors in the Zoone nexus usually don’t offer any glimmer of the realms that lie beyond them. The only way to see them is to have your ticket-key in hand, so that you can venture through the portal and into the adventure beyond.

Something else strikes me about this door! As I gaze upon it once again, the pattern of swirls reminds me of the layout of the Zoone nexus, which consists of the station house in the middle with four round platforms in the four cardinal directions. The doors radiate outward in concentric circles, into the Infinite Wood.

You can find order links for the books of Zoone HERE.

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Door of the Day: The portal to magic, Harry-Potter style

Door of the Day: The portal to magic, Harry-Potter style

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This is an old and rusted handle from Alnwick Castle in England. There are many amazing doors here, including some that lead to dungeon cells.

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Alnwick Castle is famous for being the filming location for Hogwarts broom-flying scenes in the Harry Potter movies. Quidditch matches are played here and you can also take broom-flying lesson—which we did, of course (we were the only adults in our group). I passed with flying colors—in the sense that colors flew past me at an alarming speed.

My instructor, Professor Bottomley, explained afterward that I should stick to writing about brooms instead of trying to ride them.

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I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate the release of The Guardians of Zoone on February 25! 🚪🗝️

Despite Professor Bottomley’s advice to writing about brooms, there is no broom flying in Zoone—there are easier ways to get around . . . like on the back of skyger! (Though, perhaps my old flying instructor would be pleased to know that I’m currently working on a book about magical brooms.)

You can find order links for the books of Zoone HERE.

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Door of the Day: No, it doesn’t lead to dessert

Door of the Day: No, it doesn’t lead to dessert

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This is a very whimsical doorway at the Yu Garden in Old Shanghai. Many of my students call it the ice-cream door when I show it to them!

Yu Garden is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited in the world; we explored it one morning and were one of the first to wander through the gates that day, so we were able to experience many solemn and blissful moments.

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The garden also features this magnificent dragon undulating along the crest of the wall. I spent a long time contemplating this creature!

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I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate the release of The Guardians of Zoone on February 25!

There are no ice cream doors at Zoone, but there is plenty of exotic food, including something called “snickerpops,” which many kids seem curious to try!

You can find order links for the books of Zoone HERE.

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Door of the Day: Poets, crocodiles, and hieroglyphics

Door of the Day: Poets, crocodiles, and hieroglyphics

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This is an entrance to one of the buildings at Edfu Temple, along the Nile River in Egypt. It seems tiny with Horus hovering above it!

Many years ago, I took a journey up the Nile, visiting sites along the way, seeing many treasures—including mummified crocs and a statue at Luxor that reminded me of Shelley’s poem, Ozymandias (he wrote that famous work after visiting this site).

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It was my life-long dream to visit Egypt and trek those ancient temples. There was a time when I imagined I was akin to Tintin or Indiana Jones, an intrepid adventurer who would unearth fabulous treasures or solve esoteric mysteries. Alas, I am too clumsy for such an occupation. In fact, during one of our stops along the Nile, I fell into a giant hole, up to my neck—it happened moments after the photo below was taken of me peering out against the wall of hieroglyphics.

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I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate the release of The Guardians of Zoone on February 25!

You can find order links for the books of Zoone HERE.

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