The Secret Gallery

Wow! You found the Secret Gallery! Here you will find old pictures of my collection, experiments and flubs, and lots more!
Storing My Collection

I get quite a few questions about how I display and store my collection. Well, the only way my collection is displayed is in the Figure Gallery.

All of my figures live in my closet. They live in five storage boxes (two of which are pictured), in groups of 4-6 figures in zip-lock plastic, separated by family or like figures. Although I agree that every figure in its own plastic and box is ideal, this group storage does seem to keep fur rubs to a minimum and is fine for me. I believe the most important things to consider when storing is to:
1) avoid dust by keeping them in a plastic bag or a box and 2) keep them out of the sun to avoid fading.

I started collecting in 1987. . . here are some pictures of my collection when it was just beginning
My Collection in 1988
My friend's and my collections in 1988

So Why Has Wendy Been So Busy?

So what has been keeping me so busy that I haven't been able to find time to update my website? Well, besides the fact that I have a full-time job, and help people find figures for their collection, I have been working on a new project.

I've just finished writing the first draft of a novel. Its going to be a while before the book will be ready for me to submit it to publishers (hopefully someone will publish it), but eventually I will get there. I will start working on writing the second draft late this summer and fall. Update-- second and third drafts are completed, I am now working on draft 4!

January 2007 Update! I'm finished with draft 4, my book is now ready to send to publishers!

So what is the book about? I can't tell you much about the story yet, but I can say it is a novel aimed at young adults between about 9-12 years of age, but should be enjoyable for adults to read as well. The book is a fantasy, something between Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, and The Lord of the Rings.

I hope that one day I will be able to get my book published and I also hope you will want to read it!

If you would like me to send you an e-mail to give you updates about if and when the book will be published, please send me an e-mail and I will add you to the book list. Please remember that it could be years before the book is published, so updates may not come for quite a while.

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Wendy, This is Your Life

A bit about me:

I was born and raised San Jose, California (USA) and moved to North Carolina a few years ago (after living in Washington DC for a few years). I graduated from UCLA with a BA in Economics and later earned my MBA at UNC. I currently work in marketing at a financial planning and investments firm. I have a cat named Boyo (he is very obnoxious, but I love him anyhow).

I got my first Sylvanians for Christmas in 1987, the Waters Beaver family. I got my second family, the Slydale Foxes, a few days later for my birthday.

Here are some of my favorite things:

Interests- Science (especially earth sciences, like geology and meteorology), drawing, writing, reading, sewing, baking, hiking and biking
Movies- The Shawshank Redemption, The Lion King, Lord of the Rings, Lonesome Dove
Music- Classic rock, 80s music, top 40

TV show- House
Books (recently read)- All Creatures Great and Small (by James Herriot), Freakonomics (by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner)
Animals- The beaver, lion, fox, goat, and sometimes a dragon
Foods- Lattes, Sourdough bread, salads, dark chocolate, anything with Gorgonzola cheese on it, and a really good Merlot
Colors- Blue, red, and yellow
Sylvanians- Slydale Family (especially Buster), Nurse Florence Merryweather

My Zodiac sign- Capricorn
My Chinese Birth Year- Dragon

My goals for the coming year: Lose some weight, participate in a race (either a 5 or 10k), submit my book to some publishers

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me! Happy Collecting, Wendy is a fan site, it is not affiliated in any way with Sylvanian Families, Calico Critters, or their distributors.
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