The Joys of Research

I love being a writer. I’m currently in PA having a private “horse camp” with my sister. We’ve ridden every day this week–and I, Cheryl-who-is-afraid-of-large-animals, have groomed three very large and intimidating horses. I’ve also directed them to walk, trot, stop, and trun in the round pen; and afterward, these large critters followed me around as if they were puppy dogs.

Very *large* puppy dogs!

What does this have to do with writing? Lots and lots of notetaking. Because percolating in the back of my mind is the story of a girl learning to ride a horse and falling in love with them the way I am.

I think the best stories are all love stories at heart.

— Cheryl :-)

PS: that’s Sweet Thing, my horse for the week, until her 11-year-old mistress returns from camp. She’s a sweetheart!!!

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You’ve probably read the same tips I have: Have a smart phone? Check Facebook while standing in line at the post office! Respond to Twitter messages while waiting for your dentist! Catch up on your news feed while sitting on the pot! For years, I thought the path to increased productivity was to squeeze in MORE–more […]

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