Why now? Why have I lastly determined to share “my interest” with you? Let me reply that by telling you a narrative. Within the fall of 2020 we had a extreme windstorm in my space and a tree fell on my home.
There’s an extended model to the tree story, however I’ll go away that for an additional time. The tree crashed via the roof and created appreciable harm to the rooms beneath.
Through the clear up, whereas I used to be sorting via papers, I got here throughout a narrative my mom had written. It had most likely been ten or fifteen years since I had checked out it. She wrote it when she was in her twenties. It was the beginning of youngsters’s guide about Charles Alexander and an upstairs armadillo. I’ve all the time recognized about Charles Alexander. He was one thing of a good-natured poltergeist (if such a factor exists) who was a part of my mom’s childhood.
The story was solely a few pages, simply lengthy sufficient to introduce the upstairs armadillo. It was began however by no means completed. The upstairs armadillo was ready for me to inform his story.
I’ve discovered that when a horse or a personality desires you to inform their story, you cease what you might be doing and write it down. In order that’s what I did. Over the winter of 2021, I wrote “The Upstairs Armadillo”. The guide wrote itself very quick. I so loved the method, that I wrote a second Upstairs Armadillo guide, and I used to be beginning on a 3rd when the climate warmed up. The horses and spring chores had been again to demanding extra of my time, so guide three of the Upstairs Armadillo collection was put aside.
I used to be anticipating to get again to it over the winter of 2022, however I used to be requested by a mass market writer to jot down a clicker coaching guide for them. That took priority. I signed a contract and in March of 2022 I started writing that guide. I submitted the manuscript on the finish of Could, after which I heard nothing. The editor I used to be working with stopped responding to my emails. Lastly, in July I used to be knowledgeable that the editor was now not with the corporate, and they’d not be publishing my guide in any case. I don’t know what occurred, however I used to be really relieved. It had felt a bit like promoting my soul to work with this firm, and now I used to be free to handle the guide myself.
That guide is “Fashionable Horse Coaching, A Constructional Information to Changing into Your Horse’s Greatest Friend”. I printed it on April 26, 2023.
Through the yr that I labored on it, I by no means forgot in regards to the Upstairs Armadillo or the opposite kids’s books I’ve written through the years. I pulled them out of the assorted drawers during which they had been stashed and commenced studying. And that’s once I determined it was time to share them.
You’re going to have to attend for the Upstairs Armadillo. I’m going to start with the Kenyon Bear Books.
I printed these books within the late Nineteen Eighties after which horses took over and for a few years the youngsters’s books sat very a lot on the again burner.
Tomorrow I’ll share the story about how the Kenyon Bear books got here to be written.
I hope you might be excited by my information and also you’re desirous to order the brand new guide, however I’m going to make you wait just a bit bit longer to search out out how one can get your copy.
Coming tomorrow: Extra Particulars!