Thursday, 23 February 2012
overcast, some snow, mild - temps at freezing
Beautiful day, as you can tell by the photo - that's the view from the kitchen sitting room....the forecasters weren't sure if it would come down as rain or snow - and fortunately in the night it came down as snow! So we woke up to this sort of fairytale world. And once again filled the bathtub with water, in case the heavy snow on the branches broke power lines.
So far, so good.
We couldn't help but marvel at how different this is than what Michael and I were looking at a week ago at this time. But equally beautiful.
Headed off early (after digging out the car and almost getting stuck on the driveway....and then finding a snow drift at the end of the drive where the township plow cleared the road...right onto our driveway. Always fun, blasting through that. We headed into Sutton for breakfast at Le Cafetier...Michael to sit quietly on his own with reading, and me to meet my friend Lou. She and I met when we both volunteered at the tiny village library. there were two desks for volunteers, side-by-side. One for the English side (me) and one for the French side (lou). Well, it was so quiet that she and I ended up talking for our whole shift.
When I became president of the library (yes, as lofty and powerful as it sounds) one of the first things I did was bring Lou onto the board. She was so well suited to it that she ended up as president herself a term or so later....and did a fantastic job. We've been friends ever since, but always have difficulty getting together, with her job as translator and mine (as a writer). so it was wonderful to finally manage it.
But the big excitement is the formal announcement of what we (and perhaps you) already knew... The first two books in the Gamache series have been optioned....CBC Television has signed a development deal....and we're underway. The first draft of the screenplay for STILL LIFE arrived yesterday. I started reading it on my computer, then realized I really wanted a 'hard' copy - in paper. So while we were breakfasting this morning, Bob who does photo copying in the village, made two copies....one for me and one for Michael.
Have spent the rest of today reading the script.
It's a VERY strange experience. Won't comment on it at this stage....first draft and all. And still early days. No casting yet, of course. Not until we have a script we're all happy with. Like writing a book, it's a process.
More snow in the forecast for tomorrow. Storm warning out. Having breakfast in Knowlton with our friend Cotton and her sister. Then home for more reading by the fire.
Hope you're having a good day too - and are safe and warm