"Fake news" isn't always about politics.Sometimes it's about horses.
I recently wrote an article for Endurance News magazine that included a list of books written about long distance riding. (I will publish the list here after EN prints the April issue), and was surprised at the number of books that have been published in the last few years.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised. When we were shopping Endurance 101 out to publishers in 2011 and 2012, this was the way a book got made: a publisher bought it from the author, and then published it, and then sent (some) money to the author.
Late in 2011, things began to change.
As a result of the economic downturn after 2008, mainstream publishers were buying fewer books.
At the same time, self-publishing suddenly got easier. Amazon and others made editing software readily available, and gave authors a platform to distribute work to the whole world.
There has always been a strong stigma attached to "vanity pres…
Today we had temps up to 64*F at home on the north side of the house (that's where the weather station is mounted) and it was nearly that warm on the trails.
I started the day in two shirts, a warm vest, and polarfleece tights, and had stripped down to the bottom layers by the time I mounted up at the trailhead.
Season transitions are tricky around here--the sky might be blue and clear, but a north wind can bring temps down fast. Or the sky can be heavy and overcast, but as long as the rain doesn't fall, it's a pleasant day.
Fiddle would have preferred another horse to go along with us, and she gazed wistfully at other horses when we met them on the trail.
But nobody we saw on the trails today was travelling at Dragon Speed.