It's November again, in case y'all haven't noticed.
And in November, I WRITE.
November is National Novel Writing Month, when all over the world, writers commit to composing 50,000 words: the first draft of a novel. NaNoWriMo is about writing, not about goodness, awfulness, or editing. With only 30 days in the month, there is no time for quality. December is the time to figure out solutions for character development, plot holes, and grammatical gaffes.
You can join us, if you want.
My personal challenge this month is to write the book in two weeks, rather than a month, because on November 16th, they're gonna numb up my brain and take a hacksaw to my right hip joint. I learned the last time around that, following surgery, creative thought doesn't happen for at least six months.
It's comforting to understand that this side effect is temporary. But it means I have to get my main character safely into her treehouse and away from the zombies by midnight on November 15th. Wish me luck.
I'll be blogging through my recovery, as before. I hope the redux will be boring. "Interesting" almost always equates to "Thing Gone Wrong."
Here are some pictures I unearthed this week while I was supposed to be writing.
|Profile picture of Fiddle, age 3ish|
The first three photos were supplied by Greener Pastures, the adoption agency that facilitated the matchup between Fiddle and me.
|early under-saddle training, 2005-ish|
These three pictures were all I knew about Fiddle before she unloaded on a rainy night in December 2006 and they handed me the leadrope.
|You can't tell from the photo that she was a true klutz as a young horse|
I had never met her before that night. It might have ended badly.
|Our first training session. She was unimpressed. December 2006|
Fortunately for all of us, it has not ended badly at all.
|The klutziness is a little more evident in this picture. January 2007|
You might even say that,
|In good weight, but lacking the muscles she sports today. |
I worked her on the ground for 5 months before mounting up, June 2007
| Under saddle with me at last, she was very clumsy, but sensible.|
|Our first year on trails we did not compete.|
At the Lakeview 2008 ride, we pulled ribbons
after the event.
Fiddle and I
|We also marked routes and did some basic trail work together|
at the Renegade 2008 ride.
are learning how
|Just for fun: a costume ride in October 2008|
|More costumes? Why not? Easter Sunday 2009|
happily ever after.
|Out of the boarding stable at last, we brought the horses home|
in May 2009
We've learned a lot together
|Fiddle and I went with our friends Sky and Cricket into the backcountry|
over the years.
|Our first year of competitions was|
limited distance only.
Klicitat Trek 2010
I've taken care of her,
|Back to the mountains again in August 2010.|
|Another week of trail maintenance before entering|
(and finishing) the 50-miler at Renegade 2011.
|Profile, July 2011|
Fiddle finally grew into her head.
I probably would never have seen otherwise.
|A lot more muscles are visible in summer 2011.|
When it was her turn
|Legging up after a rainy winter. April 2012|
to take care of me
|The day after the ride: Renegade 2012|
she taught me how
|Sensible face mare. HOTR 2013|
to accept help from my friends
|These days, she has a pretty face, and even|
a bit of a smile for one of her favorite vets.
With Dr. Dick Root, 2013
|She didn't hurt anymore post-spay, but I was in pain at the|
Cariboo Gold Challenge 2013
and that sometimes,
|Hurting, but still riding at Jubilee 2013|
She took good care of me.
|Back in the saddle and pain free again!|
to let the horse
|Hovermare does not need wings.|
Mt Adams 2014
do the driving.
|She carries me in beautiful places.|
We've had almost nine years together
|My other hip hurt, but riding is still the best thing.|
Klickitat Trek 2015
and you know what?
It's mostly been really, really Good.