Phantom Stallion E-Newsletter May 2011
One of the highlights of this month will be speaking at the first ever SCBWI Canada East NIAGARA FALLS WRITERS' RETREAT & CONFERENCE at the Mount Carmel Spiritual Conference Centre, Ontario. May 13 - 15
I'm honored to be presenting the evening keynote addres. The program description is so cool, I have to share:
Writing drove Stephen King to drug addiction, Dr. Seuss to drink & Robert Munch to face his demons. The Bronte sisters had to pretend they were the Bronte brothers. J.K. Rowling was asked to drop her first name. All this in the name of publishing, where the odds of seeing your name on a book cover are about 10,000 to 1. Despite these odds, TERRI FARLEY talks about what drives us all to "WRITE ON."
LAST MONTH I had a wonderful time in Texas! I visited two Dallas schools and talked about books and wild horses and writing.
Here, you can watch me teach AND show my spare brain to students!
I talked to Rocky Top Equine Therapy volunteers at the Texas Rangers stadium and visited Allen Library, where I signed books and met amazing readers, including some I've been corresponding with for years!
My Texas trip began in Dallas, but I spent most of a day at a small K-12 school in Bloomburg, Texas. I was there because a horse-loving 7th grade girl named Kelsi had died of complications from diabetes this past winter and her schools staff wanted to honor her by adding a series of horse books to the school library. I was very honored to present some Phantom Stallion books in person. I met Kelsi's friends and family at a reception organized by Sherry, the school librarian.
Although I never met Kelsi, I can't help thinking that she'd smile at ...
...what happened next
If you watch this video filmed by Lisa Anne Friday, a potential wild horse adopter, you'll see why she was disturbed by the condition of captive mustangs in BLM corrals near Salt Lake City, Utah. Lisa contacted The Cloud Foundation, which helped her release her film to the public.
Shortly after that, I saw the footage. In the midst of the miserable wild horses a buckskin filly limped along with an injured shoulder.
What does this have to do with Kelsi and Sherry and Texas?
While I'd been "chauffeured" across the state to the Arkansas border, Sherry, a smart, funny, kind-hearted school librarian, talked about her yearning for her own DARK SUNSHINE - a buckskin mustang.
Looking at this video, I couldn't help thinkin : THERE'S SHERRY'S DARK SUNSHINE. And the pretty buckskin was in need of rescue.
After that, phone calls blazed and emails bounced between Nevada, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Sherry and her husband Bill have been approved to adopt the filly. I have an email from Tami, the BLM wrangler at the Butterfield corrals, saying so. The little buckskin is recovering from her injury while Bill designs a ranch environment for her and Sherry talks to loads of students who want to visit and comfort the filly.
When she arrives next month, the mustang will have other horses for company and her new name will be Wild Cat in honor of the Bloomburg school mascot.
Kelsi was a member of the Lady Wildcats basketball team.
I believe Bloomburg students are natural storytellers and both Wild Cat and Kelsi will be remembered as part of a wonderful story of human hearts reaching out with kindness to the wild heart of an American mustang.
Please keep your fingers crossed that Wild Cat will make her cross-country journey in safety to her new home! I'll let you know what happens next!
If you'd like to let wild horses carry you away to their world, watch this video. While you watch, decide which horse is the stallion in this small family. Write a note telling Terri THREE REASONS you believe this horse is the stallion and if your answer is chosen from among the correct ones, you'll win an autographed copy of a Terri Farley book.
Do you know a teeny cowgirl? Terri is giving away a pink sweatshirt (sleeves are only 16 inches long!) from Dahana Ranch, Hawaii to the third person to email Terri the correct name of the main stallion at Dahana Ranch.
This just in . . .
Honey Bandit, the wild foal who looked like this
when he was found in BLM pens by wild horse angel Palomino Armstrong, is still a special needs colt, but he is growing up to be a rambunctious and beautiful young horse. Here he is enjoying the April sunshine at his northern California home.
It had warmed up overnight and snowmelt dripped off the eaves over the front porch. At least I thought dripping is what I heard. Then I realized it was the sound of quiet boots. Jake's boots.
It's Saturday and I got up way too early, because I was worried about the palomino foal I'd found yesterday. That's why I sitting at the kitchen table sipping cocoa when I heard his boots shifting from side to side. I stood up and opened the kitchen door.
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