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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

It's Always a Good Day for Dog Soccer

Dear Readers,
When Zito plays soccer (every chance she gets), she plays every position -- from sweeper AND goalie to forward and ref! 

All she requires of humans is that we KICK THE BALL again and again and again.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wild Horse Tourism Stars on Bucket Lists

Wild Horses: Spirit of the West

Photographer Mark Terrell with Kim Matthews, Reno-Tahoe International Airport

Thousands of people rank "seeing wild horses running free" #1 on their Bucket Lists.

Susie Alexander with her "Endangered Spirits" mural

That's why Wild horse tourism has been envisioned by many who see it as a way to save the West's mustangs.    
Last year, when Nevada's wild horses were trucked to slaughter sales, Bonnie Matton of Wild Horse Preservation League grew tired of waiting.  
A former dude ranch owner, Matton knew the thrill-power of horses and her enthusiasm was contagious. 
Soon, Reno-Tahoe Airport's marketing coordinator, Kim Matthews was fired up with the idea of wild horses in the airport. Next, writers, artists and historians contributed ideas and Wild Horses: Spirit of the West was born.
The exhibit of words and art depicting Nevada's mustangs launched DepARTures, an oasis in one of the country's busiest airports.

Dorothy Nylen, Wild Horse Preservation League president, praises stamina of wild horse advocates
Author Terri Farley can't stop talking about mustangs

Lacy J. Dalton and Willis Lamm sing LET 'EM RUN
Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki attended the opening of Wild Horses: Spirit of the West with his daughter Kate. Kate Krolicki lead the children's campaign to put wild horses on Nevada's state quarter.

New DepARTures Gallery features Phantom Stallion (HarperCollins) book cover art by Greg Call

"Wild Horses: Spirit of the West" is on display until August. 

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Horse Art to Stir Your Imagination

What does Wendy Wahman's artwork, above, say to you? 

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Sunday, May 05, 2013

The Old Cowboy's Regret

Broken Window in Hayloft, Deeth, Nevada
After I interviewed the old cowboy, I gave him a copy of my book. He turned it in his hands and said,

"I do my job just fine without knowin' how to read. My horse don't care. My truck don't care and neither does the boss. 

"Thing I wish, though, when I get a chance to eat at a cafe, well, I just ask 'What's your best burger?' or 'how's the cook do a grilled cheese?'

"It might be kinda fun -- hell, it'd be a real kick in the head to order off the menu."

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Friday, May 03, 2013

Psst! Eavesdropping

 Dear Readers, 
Have you ever overheard someone talking bluntly and openly about you?  
On the Internet  that happens a lot, and gossip can be not only about you, but about books you've written  -- if you're an author. 
I just stumbled across a website which critiques my book SEVEN TEARS INTO THE SEA. 
Since  I've been thinking about the story which is stormy in setting and emotions, and mysterious with possibilities, it seemed like a good time for some Q & A.
SEVEN TEARS INTO THE SEA has stirred up a ton of questions and that makes sense. After all, I transplanted an ancient Celtic story to today's California coast, and then plopped in a handful of contemporary teenagers.

Before I answer some of my readers most questions, I must warn you.: SEVEN TEARS is a fantasy -- based on a story which pre-dates Christianity. The Old Ones didn't deal in absolutes and sometimes, neither do I.

Q:  What is a selkie, really? 
A:  Ancient tales  say they are faery folk who can shift shapes between human and seal, But there's much more to the story. Here's one of my favorite selkie websites about Selkie Folk

Q: What is scrying? 
A: Originally, it meant "seeing from afar" and in SEVEN TEARS, Gwen's grandmother has the gift of seeing deeply into the present and future by gazing into an antique mirror, but crystal balls and still waters have presented others, over the ages, as a way to see the unseeable.

Q: "Will there be a sequel?"
A: I'm flattered that you liked my characters and setting enough that you want to return to them, but probably not. As I was writing, I felt my fingers typing slower and slower and I'd stare out the window and wonder if the power of the old tale was dragging my story back out to sea -- not necessarily where I wanted it to go. But when I reached the end, I knew it was right.

I'm not saying it's impossible that I'd write a sequel. For now, though, even if the ending isn't turning-cartwheels-happy, it feels satisfying.

Q: SEVEN TEARS' cover is kind of dreamlike, what is it supposed to show?
A: As you may know, Gwen has a history of sleepwalking and I've always thought the published cover (at the top of this blog0 shows how it might feel if you'd walked in your sleep, right down to the edge of the sea. Here's the original artwork considered for SEVEN TEARS' cover. I'm glad I didn't have to choose between them!

Little known facts about SEVEN TEARS INTO THE SEA 

 While Terri was researching SEVEN TEARS she coaxed an orphaned sea lion to take her first bottle

Indonesian author Sitta Karina selected SEVEN TEARS INTO THE SEA as one of her favorite foreign books!

SEVEN TEARS was nominated as an American Library Association best book!

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