For me, this has been a year of firsts.
- My first publication in fiction for “On Like Donkey Kong” in FISH OUT OF WATER: A GUPPY ANTHOLOGY, published by Wildside Press. The Guppy chapter is an online chapter of Sisters in Crime.
- My first appearance on a writer’s conference panel as a published author. Authors Corrina Lawson and Anna C. Bowling invited me to join them on a panel at the New England chapter of Romance Writers of America’s “Let Your Imagination Take Flight 2017” conference.
We used a Powerpoint presentation to illustrate our points. Here’s the first image again so you don’t have to keep scrolling so much.
Dear Google, please don’t smack me for duplicate content. I re-embedded the image for reader convenience. Thank you!
What’s in the image?
- The cover for FISH OUT OF WATER: A Guppy Anthology, where my “On Like Donkey Kong” is one of 22 exciting stories of mystery and mayhem.
- The middle image in the column of three: the color version of the banner image of this blog, a shot I took at the Kentucky Horse Park when Tennessee Walking Horses were the featured breed in the daily “Parade of Breeds.”
- The bottom photo is a selfie I took of me and my lesson horse du jour Cowgirl before bridling and heading off into the indoor arena. Yes, it was winter.
Who are all those people?
Some? I have no clue. I didn’t write everyone’s name down. Bad Rhonda.
- The top photo is of Abigail, her parents, trainer and artist Seth Benzel, turf writer M.E. Altieri, equine photographer Kathy Vespaziani (who graciously shot the photo), some equine photographers, and a bloodstock agent. More people showed up later in the day. You’ll see some of them soon.
- The small photo with the giant sandwich is of Abigail’s mom and one of Abigail’s trainees, whose name I also neglected to get. ::sigh:: This blog is one place where identifying a horse in a photo is important.
- The bigger photo was taken at the Massachusetts Equine Affaire. Next to me is clinician Randi Thompson of Horse & Rider Awareness, Fran Jurga of The Jurga Report and the Hoof Blog, and western dressage clinician Cathy Drumm.
- The bottom left photo is of me, jockey Jean Cruget of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew and equestrian fiction author Natalie Keller Reinert.
Over on my other blog
Instead of printing up handouts, we posted a link to our presentation’s PDF and added tips for attendees and a little glimpse into a possible future. Co-panelist Anna managed to also cover the conference for her blog “Typing with Wet Nails” and shows a bit about our program in this post.