Going back to what started it all

Along the journey of our careers and lives we are easily distracted. Opportunities that sound good pop up and we jump on them. Other interests arise that detract from our main goals, but we pursue them anyway. For me, I lost sight of what my writing began as and what I want it to be.

I started writing around the same time I got my first horse — and the two loves became inseparable. I was 12 years old, and I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Ride horses and write novels.

Arabian Stallion Witez II

In high school, the story of one horse’s escape from Nazi rule during WWII captured me and never let me go. I wrote a story based around this heroic tale and this would be the manuscript I write, rewrite, edit, tweak, rewrite and finally put aside for many years. This past year, however, I dug it up and  gave it a facelift for today’s market.

This has brought me back to remember why I started this all. I couldn’t find a book I wanted to read about this—so I decided to write one for myself.

In doing so, I discovered countless truths about myself. I grew with each page I wrote, as did my confidence and sense of purpose. I know this is what I’m meant to do, whether I ever get these manuscripts published or not.

This love and passion put a spin on everything that followed in my writing career. As a journalism major in college, I’d find the “horse stories” and play every angle I could. At my internship at a Business Journal, I was nicknamed the “Cowgirl” and I even vowed to get a horse business story in print. Which I did.

Over the past few years, my blog has had little true “focus,” but I’m amending that now. I’m going back to the heart of what inspired me and drove me to start writing in the first place. I’ve never been able to find a good history blog that focused on horses and the riders. (But there are many, many good horse blogs out there, and some incredible magazines.) I’m just going to have to write what I want to read.

I hope you enjoy it as well.

In the pipeline:

  • More on Witez II
  • More Arabian legends
  • Hollywood horse stories (who doesn’t love seeing a horse on the big screen?)
  • Horses in War
  • the horses that changed/scarred me
  • common horse misconceptions
  • horses making headlines today

Do you have any horse stories you’d love to learn more about? Any horse story that influenced you? Share in the comments! 





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