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Something strange has happened these past few days. First I realized that the past two years have basically blurred and mostly vanished in my mind, so that when my truck battery died, I was positive it was three years old. It was five, which is reallydamngood for a battery in Arizona. And I'd been sick for a month, so those days mostly blurred out as well, but I was able after the first week to work, which is good. And now I'm better, and that's a really good thing.

And this week my fiction brain has gone off the charts on generating new words. It hasn't done this in years and years. It's spinning out stories and space opera--shaped novel like one of those crazy Hubble galaxies with all the pieces flying off in streams that run clear off the human-perceptible spectrum.

And that is fabulous. But I must eat, and even more important the horses must eat, and writing income is s l o w. A good part of the fiction-genesis is probably fiscal panic, throwing back to when writingrealfast under contract meant payment, sometimes, a fraction faster. But there are no book contracts any more.

So! To pay the hay bill, and keep the horses in grain while the words continue to spin out of my brain, I believe it's time for various shapes and sizes of SALE. (I take personal checks within the US, and Paypal worldwide at capriole at that gmail thing.) Option 1 below is ongoing with no expiration. I'll run options 2 and 3 for a week to start, and maybe another week, we'll see.

ETA: I've added more options in a new post. Go and see!

1. I have a Patreon page. This is where the new fiction first appears, and if you've seen it before, I've revamped it and changed the rewards and perks to emphasize the fiction. Patreon is a great platform for writers and artists--we support each other, too, tossing a dollar or two or three in the pot and spreading the wealth around as much as we can.

2. I have openings for Mentoring and Editing Clients. Wide range of services from conventional editing to one-on-one classes to advice and input on the horse details in your ms. I'm offering a sale this week: 5 hours at $250, which is a $50 discount. Current mentees may participate, as always.

3. Camp Lipizzan is back! The house has been renovated since the last Camp, and all the old comforts are still here, most notably the hot and cold running Lipizzans. Summer is challenging but we're up for it if you are, and October through March are beautiful. Just for this sale, if you book at regular price, bring a friend and I'll give you $50 off the second Camp.

Questions? Leave a comment here or email me at capriole at that gmail thing. I'll be over here, writing writing writing. And oh, it's a wonderful thing.

Date: 2016-04-26 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angela-n-hunt.livejournal.com

Or more accurately, reading my mind again. I'm hoping to come out AZ way in the next twelve months. Will let you know when I want to book camp when it gets closer. Cause I need white horses for the Tarot Apocalyptica... :D

Date: 2016-04-26 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That project excites me. I am cashless and struggling or I would toss some nickels in the can, but contributing white horses for images is much more fun (and I get to see you!).

Date: 2016-04-27 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angela-n-hunt.livejournal.com
That's what I think too!!! :D


I am so excited. LOL

Date: 2016-04-27 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com
Oh, I do hope that we will be able to come to Camp again! Argh, argh, argh.

Date: 2016-04-27 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenoftheskies.livejournal.com
I seriously want to use your editing services and attend Camp Lipizzan. Hopefully once I get my severance pay.

Date: 2016-04-29 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
Coolness. Keep me posted. And good luck!

Date: 2016-04-28 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thanate.livejournal.com
So for future reference-- how old do you want a kid to be before trying a mother/daughter Camp Lipizzan?

ETA by way of less late night clarification... Sherwood keeps talking you up, and the camp sounds glorious, but my horse-mad 3-year-old would be offended if I went without her, so I've kind of put it in that mental category of "well, maybe when she's 8 or 10." But I figured it was worth asking if you had any relevant age guidelines/experience.
Edited Date: 2016-04-29 01:26 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-04-29 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
That's up to the kid and the mom. If you think she can handle a Camp, and if she'll be safe around the animals, I'm open to the concept. We have had small children here before, but just for visits; they haven't stayed for Camp. The horses are good with them. Question would be how closely you can watch her and how comfortable you feel.

Maybe an overnight for the first experiment, or dad or a friend comes along to kid-wrangle so mom can have some Camp time? Teacher S has a child's saddle and ample small-kid-teaching experience, though I'd ask her if she has a minimum age/size. Probably 4 or 5? 5 is getting to ready-for-pony-riding age.

Date: 2016-04-29 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thanate.livejournal.com
The local stable here does pony classes starting at age 5, so I was sort of thinking in terms of starting her with a couple years of that first, but perhaps I'll see how the adjustment period between plastic ponies and real animals goes and maybe revise that estimate downwards. Thanks!

Date: 2016-04-28 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com
Have you considered people sponsoring a horse (or part of a horse)? We could probably do a part, sharing with others.

Date: 2016-04-29 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
I tried that years ago. Might be worth it again. Let me think. And thanks! (And yes, I wish you and R could make it for Camp. Soon, I hope. We miss you.)


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