Hello, Friday Fools!
Welcome to Friday Tomfoolery and a couple of announcements. The digital version of The Reluctant Bandit: Lawlessness & the Law, Book 1 releases August 14th! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 That August 14th date gets the print copy process rolling-- I'll keep you posted on the print release. The production phase has been such a learning curve for me. I'm still sitting here with my manuscript that I was trying to pass off like a hot potato before we left for the ranch. I didn't realize that the minute I hit the "process" button at Ingram Sparks is the minute the digital releases into the world. I didn't want to release it and then leave. 😬 Seemed like a bad idea. So, I put my excitement on hold and will dole out tidbits starting next week! 🎉
The second announcement is, I've decided to write a couple of blog posts/musings about my Horsey Bestie and our trip to Tumbling River Ranch. I'm calling it Horse Tales--I know, corny. It's what came to my mind first and that's that. Kind of like my villain, Wrighty. He's the right-hand man to the gang leader and I was using a play on words as a placeholder. I enjoyed it so much that I kept the corn. I made "Wright" his last name and the gang called him "Wrighty." With Tatanka (the horse I was paired with), my corn was "be one." I do write about that in the first installment. However, the corn also goes deep--I'll write about that, later. I couldn't make up my mind (no surprise there) about how to approach writing about Tatanka as so many other thoughts and ideas came up. So, I'm going to randomly write about them under the umbrella of Horse Tales. While I'll spend a lot of time teasing about Tatanka, she taught me a lot, as animals are wont to do. Animals rock.
If you didn't read the first installment of Horse Tales, I'll tell you here--we had an awesome time at the dude ranch. One of the better vacations we've had. I say "better" because each vacation has its own nuances and each stage our boys are in has its own joys and frustrations. It's hard to compare a trip with 2 and 4 year old with the same kids at 14 and 16, at least for me. However, this trip was definitely up there in the this is awesome! category, if that's what you're wondering. Because it was awesome. We met great people, the staff was fantastic, and horses! 😁 We were outdoors and did new things (hello, trap shooting), and we were away from cell and internet service, which was huge. Being away from those things is really underrated. I also didn't realize how much I needed this vacation. Here I was thinking that we were going away for Chief. Pfft. It helped us all, he's just the one with the most stress and the most need to relax. For all the grief I like to give him, he works hard.
Life has had a different rhythm to it, so it was really nice to step away from everything and just be. It does wonders for your soul (it also spurred all the vacation reflections). I just forget to do it when I'm home. When was the last time I allowed myself to just be? I'm not sure. In real life this week, we're back at the strange little things and contrasts. I registered the boys for school, but they have no schedules. School starts on August 10th. The dogs are going to see the vet this afternoon, but we aren't (we're banished to the car, and it's supposed to be 116 degrees today). The dogs are going nuts at the tree trimmers, and I can't hear myself think. That, sadly, is par for the course. I knew better than to try to write while all hell is breaking loose. I hope I've fixed my errors, unlike last week 🤦🏻♀️ (sorry!). I think I'll quit while I'm ahead...