Now that query crits are nearly out of this blog's equation (although we have a revision scheduled for Monday!), you may have noticed it doesn't have a very clear direction. I haven't decided if that's a good thing or bad.
Should I have separate blogs for "me" (my farm, personal woes and celebrations, etc) and for "writing-related" (sales stats, industry observations, the odd query crit, etc)?
Maybe reserve specific days for different types of topics?
Keep everyone guessing whether the next post up will be of interest to you? What is of interest to you?
Meanwhile, more random photos because I'm busy working on a super-secret marketing/publishing-type project that launches this weekend. I'll tell you all about it next week. After our query crit on Monday and the July sales stat post on Tuesday.
The trip to and from my mailbox is a little over 1/4 of a mile (400+ meters). I look at it as a mini adventure. Sometimes the dogs (and maybe a cat) accompany me. Depending on time of day, we might see rabbits or skunks. Sometimes there are wildflowers in the pastures and sometimes the drying grasses are a reminder of how little rain we've had. It's always an opportunity to keep an eye on some of the water pipes that lead to the house and barn -- breaks in the water line are quite frequent and I'm responsible for repairing them and paying for the water lost, so best to find them sooner than later.
While most people would take you on a pictorial journey from house to box, my hook is this: we're going to start at the box and work our back. I know! It's the same, but different. See how the principles of query writing can help us in real life?
If we look up and down the road from the box itself, here is what we see. While there are vast regions of flat, treeless plains in Texas, they are west of where I live. In fact, many of the ranchers around here have bulldozed down hundreds of red cedars to open up the land for better grazing.
|Looking to the left, to the right, and across the street|
If we're very lucky we might see great herds of wild horses. Or we might see these guys instead.
If we take a look back toward the mailbox about halfway between the road and the house, this is what we see. (Poor brown grass -- the drought has not been kind.) Yes, we've walked a looooong way already! And sometimes without having received any mail for our trouble.
You'll note there are pastures on either side of the drive. When I put in new fencing last year, I had the brilliant idea to install a gating system that, when I open the gates up, provides a corridor the horses can use to get from one side of the drive to the other. The added benefit is that there are two gates across the drive to deter anyone who doesn't have business on the property from coming onto the property. Sometimes that backfires as it also can deter UPS drivers and others from bringing me things I want right to my door.
|Bela left, Bonita center, Ricky right|
Past the twist in the drive and yes, we can see it! We're finally -- almost -- home.
Thanks for joining me! Next time we'll pack a lunch and maybe an overnight bag for the trip.