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post #2071 of 4242 Old 07-19-2014, 02:56 PM
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I think we should make a pact. You write your novel for Amazon and I'll write one too. We'll set ourselves a goal and try to get it up before that goal. I've read some of the self-published stuff (not on Amazon, but elsewhere) and agree that I feel like I could write better than the majority of them.

So, what say you?
Deal. I'm 10,000 words (or so) into a first draft already. 80,000 to 100,000 is the goal, and not letting it run too far over that.
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Deal. I'm 10,000 words (or so) into a first draft already. 80,000 to 100,000 is the goal, and not letting it run too far over that.
I'm pulling out my laptop right now! Good thing I work swing shift at a hotel. So, are we setting a "done by" date for this?
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Okay, bear with me. I'm about halfway through my 3rd 40 ounce Natty Boh (they were 99 cents each!).


I want to join you writers in the quest for finishing a novel. I've done so many storylines for potential novels and not followed through, but my goal in life is to publish (self or via publisher) a fantasy book or three. I know I can do it, I know I write well, I'm just too bloody lazy to finish.

I like darker fantasy too, where the good guy isn't always the good guy and the people you love might (and do) die.


In the last week I have spent 900 dollars on my car. 600 for an alternator (gag) and 300 for new front tires and an alignment. My tires shredded on me today. It made me very sad.

Other sad news, I am re-homing my Macaws. I love my parrots and hate to start them on the cycle of rehomes, but I am barely home and to be perfectly honest need the money their sale will give me. Besides one expensive hobbY (horses) is enough for me. But I will miss them, especially my 3 year old Blue and Gold Macaw - I've had her since she was 4 months. : ( The lady taking them tomorrow is very nice, and I hope they will have a happy life with her.

In other news, Bravo is here and we had lots of fun riding. I tried to find his buttons only to discover that he is gaited! Which was all kinds of surprise fun (never ridden a gaited horse in my life.)



And that's about it.

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Drifting, you're in!! We need to keep each other on track. I'm horrible about making excuses not to write or poking around in my old files to find something to work on, just to end up reading all my old stuff and not getting any writing done.

I'm thinking I'm going to work on the fantasy story I started writing about werewolves. It's either that or my sci-fi story about the first female fighter pilot in space. Hmmmmm...

That sucks about your car. I know that story all too well. I sunk so much money into my Thunderbird it was ridiculous. If I had taken it to a mechanic every time something went wrong, I would have had more money sunk into that car than I paid for it...and I only paid $875 for it! Luckily, my dad is a car guy and my uncle is a mechanic, so between the three of us (and my boyfriend's best friend who is a mechanic), we kept it on the road for minimal cost. So thankful now for my little Escort that runs like a dream and gets great gas mileage!

I seriously love Bravo. I love his color and he just looks so sweet.
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When I was younger I use to go to the bookstore and come out empty handed, because no one was writing what I wanted to read. I wish I still felt like that. I need to start reading more again, then I'd get in the 'mood' I think to write more then I do.

And Bravo is a real gentleman. Just very sweet. Though he has figured out if he holds onto the wormer in his mouth till he goes back out, he can use the hay to wash it out and not have to eat it.

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Aires hated dewormer at first. Then I started putting applesauce in an empty dewormer tube and giving him a "dose" about once or twice a week. Now, he takes anything out of a tube (dewormer, Ace, Banamine) and is looking for more.

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Ha ha, I admit to joining the ranks of writers who have never finished a novel. My best effort had about ten chapters, a young adult, fantasy novel, planned to be the first in a trilogy. I password protected it and... lost the password!! Doh! I kind of gave up after that.

Mulefeather- I do the same thing when down or depressed, I eat anything in sight! I'm four weeks into a diet, have lost 5kg but I've been slacking this weekend, so back into it tomorrow!

I told our instructor/trainer that we want to take Rose home, at least for a few months. I was really dreading telling her, but it went quite well. She reckons that she can have Rose trailering ok in a couple of weeks, so I've given her a three week deadline. She will also have DD riding Rose on lead line or lunge rope by then. Amazing what the right motivation can do! She then gave DD an awesome lesson, best one in ages, working on her trot and canter leads.

I've just bought a herbal mix to try on Rose too, to see if it takes her edge off. It can take a while to work, so I will start it after we get her home. Anyone tried herbs to calm a horse? It's got verbena, valerian, chamomile, raspberry leaf and hops I think, if I remember right. I can check if anyone is interested.
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Vicki, my best friend uses a rotation of valerian, chamomile, passion flower, lavender and another herb that I can't remember the name of on her crazy TB gelding. He gets so worked up whenever either of the mares are out of sight that he has hurt himself before. Now that she has him on the herbs, he's much calmer and easier to deal with.

I got a Wii today! Came with eight games, including Wii Fit, a Balance Board, and two controllers (with nunchucks) for $70! So excited to start the Wii Fit! Just gotta go get batteries now. Plus, the girl I bought it from has a horse and we're going to ride together sometime.

I also got three signed Clive Cussler books at Goodwill for $3 each, a new pair of jeans, a new pair of work pants, and I got my phone switched over to StraightTalk (had a pay-as-you-go Verizon flip phone, but wanted my iPhone with the internet back). All in all, a good day.

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Drafty- the Wii fit is a lot of fun! I really like doing the obstacle course!

So hi all!

I have both good news and bad news. The bad news is that my trainer is moving. I knew she wouldn't last long here because there is simply not much of a market for higher level dressage training. She moved up here from Maryland (moved there from California), where she was working with Scott and Suzanne Hassler at first Hiltop, and then she helped them with their transition into their own place, Hassler Dressage. There isn't much in Maine when it comes to GP or FEI Dressage riders, unfortunately. She is going back to Maryland to work with JJ Tate, across from Hassler.

The good news is that she has invited me to come visit and ride with the best any time I want. Steffen Peters hold clinics at Hassler, and she said if I play my cards right, I could probably even ride with him. EEEK! She isn't leaving for another few weeks, so I have a chance to soak up every bit of knowledge until then. And I can't WAIT to plan my trip to go visit her! Its such a great opportunity!
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Drafty- the Wii fit is a lot of fun! I really like doing the obstacle course!

So hi all!

I have both good news and bad news. The bad news is that my trainer is moving. I knew she wouldn't last long here because there is simply not much of a market for higher level dressage training. She moved up here from Maryland (moved there from California), where she was working with Scott and Suzanne Hassler at first Hiltop, and then she helped them with their transition into their own place, Hassler Dressage. There isn't much in Maine when it comes to GP or FEI Dressage riders, unfortunately. She is going back to Maryland to work with JJ Tate, across from Hassler.

The good news is that she has invited me to come visit and ride with the best any time I want. Steffen Peters hold clinics at Hassler, and she said if I play my cards right, I could probably even ride with him. EEEK! She isn't leaving for another few weeks, so I have a chance to soak up every bit of knowledge until then. And I can't WAIT to plan my trip to go visit her! Its such a great opportunity!
I'm green with envy but can't find an emoticon to go along with it so I'm just going to give you a thumbs up instead. That is so awesome. I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Reiner Klimke and ride Ahlerich back in 1986 but my parents wouldn't let me go. My friend went without me and returned with a Polaroid of her riding Ahlerich. I'm still mad at my parents nearly 30 years later!
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