Wednesday Writing & Thursday Doors — Wagons

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Wagon Doors

Dead of Winter, Deae Matres Wagon by Teagan
Dead of Winter, Deae Matres Wagon by Teagan

Hello, all.  Now and then I find a way that I can participate in the Thursday Doors blog posts, hosted by Dan Antion.  “Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road” lets me do that because of a detail in my writing process.  There are a few things I try to include in all of my stories: an unexpected ability, an unusual weapon, and a unique form of transportation.  The one about transportation comes into play in the fourth novelette in this series, with the Deae Matres wagons. 

Vardo Romanichal Wagon, Wikipedia
Vardo Romanichal Wagon, Wikipedia

I had my Boabhan character create an ingenious design for what Emlyn described as “little houses on wheels.”  Journey 4 goes into detail about how efficiently she used the small amount of space in designing the wagons. 

I had fun, mentally constructing my wagons.  Truthfully, in my mind they are taller and more house-like than gypsy wagons… but for the purpose of images, those vardo wagons will do.  You can see one parked behind a tree on the book cover if Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road.  I won’t include the wagon design passage here, but heck, you can read the e-book for 99¢. 

The door on this vardo is cool.  The top half opens from the middle, while the lower half opens at the side.

Wagon-Vardo Romnichal face front wikipedia
Vardo Romnichal wagon, Wikipedia

These two don’t look anything like my imagining of the “little houses on wheels” in my story, but they’re so cute.  I like the four-part doors.

Gypsy wagons 2 rounded dreamstime
Gypsy wagons, Dreamstime

Below, that’s the door where you see the small window.  Again, how cute!

Gypsy_wagon Pilaszków Poland Jolanta Dyr Wikipedia
Gypsy Wagon, Pilaszków, Poland. Wikipedia

If you haven’t already, I invite you to join me on the monthly novelette Journeys of “Dead of Winter.”  Wagons ho!

Wendy Corniquet at Pixabay
Wendy Corniquet at Pixabay

Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road

DoW 4 Wagon Wheel promo
Promotional Image by Teagan

Here’s a 5-Star review of Journey 4 from fellow author D.L. Finn.  Click HERE for REVIEW.  

The slide show shows the book covers I made for all the novelettes so far — plus one for the May installment, not yet released.

  • DoW 1 Forest Promo
  • Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak
  • Dead of Winter: Journey 2, Penllyn. Cover by Teagan R. Geneviene
  • Dead of Winter: Journey 3, the Fever Field, by Teagan R. Geneviene
  • Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road

Dead of Winter — All the Journeys

Journey 4, the Old Road



Journey 3, the Fever Field



Kobo:  Dead of Winter: Journey 3, the Fever Field eBook by Teagan Riordain Geneviene – 1230004609599 | Rakuten Kobo United States

Journey 2, Penllyn




Journey 1, Forlorn Peak



Kobo:  Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak eBook by Teagan Geneviene – 1230004446033 | Rakuten Kobo United States

Thanks for visiting.  I’d love to hear from you in a comment.  Hugs on the wing!





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58 thoughts on “Wednesday Writing & Thursday Doors — Wagons

  1. Beautiful post, Teagan. I love those old gypsy wagons. When I was a child, here in Ireland, we often saw them on the roads but not anymore. Tourists can hire them nowadays, horse and all, to travel on designated country routes, with arranged camping sites along the way.

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  2. I’ve enjoyed browsing through all the comments and I do not think I can add anything more complimentary, other than they are really beautiful, actually, and I would like to see the inside of them. I am sure they are as pretty as they are on the outside. Keep up your good story, I am excited about starting at the beginning when I finish the book I have started.

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    1. You are so kind, Ms. Frances — thank you! Try this link to see a lot of pictures of the insides:

      If the link does not work, go to Google and type VARDO WAGONS INSIDE. Then hit your Enter key.
      Then, just under the box where you typed that, see ALL, IMAGES, SHOPPING, NEWS
      Click on IMAGES
      That should take you to a page full of photo if the insides of gypsy wagons. I hope you have fun browsing them.
      I’m tickled pink that you are going to be joining the Journeys. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Hi Marian. I might make an omnibus when it’s all finished. But I will price it according to the combined price of the individual journeys, in fairness to people who have been getting them. That would also be about a year away, as I estimate somewhere around 12 Journeys.
      Thanks for visiting. Hugs!

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  3. The wagons are very neat, and you are definitely participating in Dan’s Doors!

    I hope many are enjoying your serial. My taxing taxes are almost done, and I only have 1 drawing commission… Dracula, which is almost finished. I’ve done 3 already. The person who commissioned the Dracula can have their pick. I have plans for the other 3.

    Then I will tackle the KOBO reader, and get the hang of it. It works different than the Kindle.
    Anyway! {{hugs}}

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    1. Thanks Resa, it’s good to see you.
      I don’t like the way the story looks on Kobo — it looks… cheap. They’ve never sent me a sales report or deposit, but good luck with their reader.
      I look forward to seeing your Draculas and your next art gowns! Hugs winging back to you.


  4. I love these pictures, Teagan. I am also fascinated with wagons. My interested started when my Granny Joan read Little house in the Big Woods to me when I was about seven. I’ve loved wagons ever since and am planning to make one out of gingerbread for Christmas this year.

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  5. It is a creative idea to always include a unique form of transportation in your books. It could become a special feature that your readers look forward to. “What is Teagan going to come up with this time?” I especially like the gypsy wagon. It conjures up images of a hot dog on wheels.😊

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    1. Haha! Pete, I’ll be playing childhood commercial jingles in my head for the rest of the day..
      My first published novel (Atonement, Tennessee) gave one character a purple Volkswagen beetle. The Pip 1920s stories were filled with fun vintage autos, an unfinished 1970s novel has a customized Vista Cruiser station wagon (among others), of course The Delta Pearl has the magical riverboat, Thistledown has a unicycle, and a dog-powered cart (their tails spin), and my work in (endless) process blasts through all the limits with unique vehicles.
      Have a great rest of the week. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Hi Noelle. I’m delighted you enjoyed it. I love to see the vintage re-done travel trailers too. I actually hoped to make my cross country move here using an RV, but it just didn’t work out. A one-way rental, was way too complicated, and getting it would have added a couple of days to my trip, and hundreds of miles. New life. Time for new dreams. Stay safe and well. Hugs!

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      1. We thought about taking a trip to Maine in an RV, but horror stories about flat tires, breakdowns and general filth changed our minds. Also the cost of gas. Cheaper to fly, believe it or not!

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        1. Oh, flying is definitely cheaper. I had other reasons — partly moving my cat who is extremely sensitive. And not having to unload and reload a bunch of backache inducing gear to stop at hotels. But the logistics of getting the one-way rental were just out of the question. And once I got here, I would have had to to an extra 4 hours out of the way to drop it off. For my purpose, there was a lot involved. There are thousands of things to consider when making a cross-country move alone. Here’s to cozy thoughts. Hugs!

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  6. Very cool and beautiful wagons, Teagan, and how fun to imagine and work on. I just finished Journey 1 and loved it. So, on to Journey 2! All of your covers look great, and you have me intrigued now in following Emlyn’s story. I also like how you’re including a few things in each book. Clever and unique to your writing. I look forward to continuing on this journey. Hugs 🥰


    1. Hi Lauren. Welcome to the Journeys! I’m tickled pink that you enjoyed the first one. The others are longer, but still quick reads. The monthly installments aren’t long enough for me to include those things in each one, but they are in several. Huge thanks for visiting and commenting. Hugs on the wing!

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  7. Fun wagons, Teagan. I don’t think I d like to live in one but I love the idea of them. Your imagination is incredible. Now I can’t wait for the next Journey. Hugs trundling you way via painted wagonm

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  8. I’m glad you brought these doors to share, Teagan. The doors add to the lovely description of the interior of the wagon in the Journey. I love how you handle descriptions of the unusual things you include in your stories. Your characters question the things I would question, but in a subtle way that just adds to the story. I learn about these marvelous inventions of your mind almost without realizing that I’m learning. I have to add, that as a cabinetmaker (in a previous portion of my life) the description had me thinking about how these wonderful mobile structures were made. That was an added pleasure while reading “The Old Road.”

    I hope you’re having a great week – Wagons ho!

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    1. Thanks, Dan. Oh, gosh — I admire your woodworking skills so much — I can’t believe I forgot about that when I was editing Journey 4. Good thing I did, because I would have felt intimidated by the prospect. LOL. I’m relieved to get this great feedback.
      Yes it’s a beautiful week here. I hope the snow is finally done there. Now I need to get those wagons rolling to work on Journey 5. 😉 And I know it’s not the same thing, but I’ve had the theme from Rawhide in my head for two days now because of this post. Ha! Hugs on the wing!

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  9. These are gorgeous, Teagan. I love the decorations, and it also reminds me of the barges you can see in the canals in the UK, where some people live all year around. I guess minihouses on wheels have always existed, even if they’ve become more popular recently. I’m looking forward to reading this fourth journey even more now, Teagan. Stay safe!

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