Hello, Friday Fools!
Welcome to Friday Tomfoolery and the countdown to publication! 🎉🎉🎉 The digital version of The Reluctant Bandit: Lawlessness & the Law, Book 1 releases August 14th! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 I'm so excited! It's been a series of ups and downs and mishaps. I think there's been some breath-holding, tears, and gnashing of the teeth--I'm sure that's all hearsay 😬 (or not, she quietly whispers as an afterthought, looking up at the ceiling, avoiding eye contact). If you want to read some snippets or character "bios," I'm going to be posting them the 5 days leading up to the release date on Instagram: @amihickenking. I also posted an excerpt on the blog this week, included in Horse Tales, P. 2--hint, it has to do with donkeys.
Also on Instagram today--my cover reveal! Take a peek 👀
Speaking of peeking, I glanced over at the pic I chose for this week's Tomfoolery, and had an aha moment. The expression on the boys faces or more the moment itself, mirror a bit of what I'm feeling--interested, a little apprehensive, and happy. I captured a transitional moment. They had just saddled up and were laughing shortly after this was taken. This was the waiting period--which I'm in--they're waiting for everyone to get things together and settled, but it can also be an unsettling time. The some of the horses shift, shuffle and snort, and the teens don't always know what to do with themselves or each other (they don't have phones to look at 😉). The teens rode together and did activities with their own set of wranglers the bulk of the week, which was a great thing for them. They grew and were comfortable with themselves and each other by the end of the week. Families rode together the first day, after the arena introductions, and that was it. Here, however, I got to see how they were getting used to doing new things that were totally out of their body of knowledge as well as doing awkward and new with new people. I also got to see them in their "natural habitat"--with other teens. They were all fun people and once they let themselves just be, they started to relax and enjoy themselves. This applied to all of the teens, who had some shape or form of being "too cool for this." 😁 I'm glad the boys were so busy having fun with the other teens, but I also laugh--they weren't totally excited about this whole ranch idea and considered staying home (I put my foot down on that). Joke's on them. Isn't it always? Sometimes you have to release control and let it be because: All is not as it seems. (I'd insert a Let It Go GIF from Frozen, but you know--I'm trying to cut back on the shenanigans...) Who am I kidding? I just don't want to get any more distracted than I am right now because this is running late, today.
Speaking of distractions, we've had a flock of lovebirds visiting us this week, the hawk returned and showed himself on our fountain several times, and a squirrel taunted me from the block wall not once, but twice. We rarely see squirrels here, except for the one year they lived under a deck that's now gone (not because of the squirrels). One had Marty Feldman eyes and a not-quite-squirrel not-quite-chipmonk sort of look about him. It was like he was pieced together with different rodentia bits in a platypus-esque manner. He would come right up to my feet and stare at me--pregnant at the time, I started to worry that there was something wrong with him and that he'd bite my toe then I'd have to get a tetanus shot and how I hate hospitals (sorry medical friends). To top it off--I was mostly worried about describing what allegedly bit me without sounding like a loon. 🙄 See how quickly my mind moves? It was an exhausting week of animal stalking in my yard, I was like Elmer Fudd but with an iPhone. However, it was awesome to see the yard come alive with all these creatures in the middle of a metropolis.