Welcome to my world of horses (my passion and interest), writing (my hobby), accounting (my job), and the resulting adventures and misadventures, from mundane to spectacular. I am starting this blog to share my thoughts about the top areas of interest to me: horses and writing.
On horses! I have been involved with horses – riding, owning and boarding – for over seven years. I have had my own horse for two years (not long in the horse world). I have a 20-something Appaloosa gelding named Buckshot (his photo is at the top of the blog, he is on the left, the horse on the right is his pasture-mate). He is my first horse! And he is a wonderful horse. I feel privileged that I am his person. We do pleasure and trail riding, in the arena and trails at the farm. We also do a variety of groundwork exercises and fun things. I read extensively about horses. And I follow a number of interesting, entertaining and touching horse blogs. I have also written a book about my journey with horses and my special horse. Getting it published is difficult to figure out and pursue, but pursue it I am. So I will share about this writing experience as well as about my horse, riding and training adventures.
On writing! Writing my book about my journey with horses has been a wonderful labor of love. I began writing about my experiences seven years ago. A year ago, I compiled it into chapters and typed it up. I have added chapters continuously, as the adventures continue to unfold. Also in the past year, I began doing more formal organization of the book as well as editing it. I have also begun learning about publishing a book. This has been quite an education. It has caused me to be interested in the publishing world and keeping up with issues. Today at Barnes & Noble – where I went during lunch to dream about some future placement of my book there – an older woman - much older than I am (tsk, tsk to self - she was in her sixties and I am in my fifties, not so old) told me about several things she liked about the Nook. I was amazed – this new fangled thingy has some great features that older readers will benefit from much more than younger readers! And even though I am an “I like paper books I can feel with my hands” type of reader, she even got me thinking about trying the Nook.
On books I bought recently.. I went window-shopping at a Barnes & Noble bookstore. I wanted to scout out the competition and learn more about memoir-biography-nonfiction books in the horse world. Instead I ended up buying two books! Here I am supporting my competition! And doing so willingly (I justified the $45 purchase partly as a) a cost of research on my book; and b) financially supporting another author.) Both sound like very good justifications! Ha! Of course, I also really, really want to read the books! They are, after all, about horses, and women. The books I bought are: Saddled by Susan Richards, and Why We Ride by Verna Dreisbach. I’ll let you know how I like them.
Again, welcome to my blog! Share your thoughts and adventures! I'll share as well! Since I am a new blogger, I apologize in advance for any mistakes and mishaps I may make. I will try to make this an informative, interesting and enjoyable blog to visit!