I LOVE MY READERS!
I had a great time in Elko. My friend Suzanne Morgan "Bullrider" Williams and I taught
hundreds of Nevada fifth graders how to write Western poetry and then we were honored to
see them present at the international (really -- there were even Hungarian rider-writers
there!) Cowboy Poetry Gathering. In addition to poetry, there was music and dancing!
Some fans of Jake Ely may recall that one of his brothers participates in Native American fancy dance competitions, so I've included some photos of dancers (and poets) from Flag View Intermediate and other Elko schools.
You really should come to the Gathering next year. The Gathering is an entire week of what the West should have been!
In June, Terri had fun with the saltwater cowgirls & cowboys of Orlando, Florida
Some of you know that I've also written SEVEN TEARS INTO THE SEA, a
young adult fantasy. I sent one of my readers a bookmark showing its cover and here she is -- Ka-Yam in Germany!!!
If anyone asks me where the summer went, I know what became of mine.
Author Suzanne "Bull Rider" Williams and I had a wonderful time visiting Geiger Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington.
Here's Terri teaching students how to listen like horses.
Geiger Orcas Rock!
We'll go back ANY time!
Terri with just a few of the 100 Sierra Nevada Girl Scouts who earned a Wild Horses and Burro Patch and received
PHANTOM STALLION books autographed by Terri. The day long workshop took place at Palomino Valley Wild Horse Center,
the model for Willow Springs Wild Horse Center -- where Brynna works -- in the PHANTOM STALLION books!
Competitors in the Riding for Reading class at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, with Terri
Winners in the Riding for Reading class at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center,
Terri had one of the best booksignings ever at Barnes & Noble in Loveland, Colorado
After searching for wild horses 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., between the sea and the sound,
among sand dunes, sea oats and grassy swales is thirsty work. Chugging down water
came only after taking off hiking sandals and socks (better for wading). One harem,
led by alpha and beta stallions Abu and Larry, always show up at our camp at dusk.
Ahh...there's nothing better than to be surrounded by horses on a wild island!
Q: What do I have my BACK to wild horses?
A: They come closer when they don't see staring eyes!
GREETINGS TO YOU FROM WILD HORSE COUNTRY
Terri had a GREAT time sharing her 3-day creative writing workshop THE IDEA FACTORY with 30 students -- 5th - 12th grades (during their Spring Break!!!). Her visit was sponsored by Lyon County Recreation Division and held in an incredible venue.
The Boettcher family of Stagecoach, Nevada, has a youth ministry called SOUL'D OUT in this rural area & their detached "living room" (a big barn of a place suitable for concerts, church, etc) was recently redone on television's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition".
If you move your cursor over the photo above, you can see the messages Nevada students are sending to the rest of the world!
Below, we sip hot cocoa and listen to a young writer (out of the picture frame!) read her work.
(photos by Bonnie Matton)
Terri was just off the plane and on her way to her Washington, D.C. hotel when she stopped in a Barnes and Noble to meet up with some of her readers! They had a nice Mexican dinner together, too!
From left: Margaret, Megan, Terri, Stephanie, Kirsten
Terri and the Dragons
Terri's Phantom Stallion Sponsorship Certificate from Wild Horse Sanctuary
Postcards from Hawaii
Lava rock -- there are two kinds, can you tell which this is?
BJ is a Hawaiian cowboy now but he grew up on the mainland. He gave me ideas for Black Lava
Inspiration for Two Sisters
Ku'uipo Nakoa -- an amazing young Hawaiian cowgirl (and student and soccer player)
Inspiration for Crimson Vale
Ku'uipo is the first rider on most of the ranch's horses. Here, she's getting to know Dandy