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Terri Farley
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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Out of my cave

Dear Readers,
One truth of my life as a writer is that I spend a lot of time alone. That means passing up evenings at the movies, afternoons at the lake and other fun things. Luckily, most of my friends understand that I’m not a hermit. Sitting alone in my office with imaginary people, places and horses, is part of my job and I love it!
However, I’ve made a few trips out into the real world lately and that’s been fun, too, so I thought I’d tell you what I’ve been doing.

Groundhog Day -- My husband and I drove through major snowstorms so I could do a benefit booksigning at Barnes & Noble in Redding, California for Grandview School, talk to readers and applaud a Year of the Rat dragon!

The next day: I spent an afternoon signing books at the Artists Co-Op in Reno, Nevada, surrounded by horse paintings, horse photography, horse jewelry (I couldn’t resist a turquoise & copper pin), horse sculpture and baskets made of old lariats and horse hair -- 2 of the 3 I bought were gifts. Really.

Last weekend, we drove through more snow -- this time with Zito in the backseat -- to Clayton Books, a great independent bookstore in northern California, where I had lots of fun signing, talking with readers & discussing my movie WILD ONES.

Yesterday: had a great time with three classes of 4th graders & one class of 1st graders at Verdi Elementary School. We talked about horses, wrote persuasive letters and they introduced me to a cool piece of classroom technology called an ActiveBoard (I think).

Today, I had an Indian curry lunch with endurance riders from Nevada, California and Australia! Dovie has me excited about writing a book set in the world of endurance riding. I was flattered when Leila from MacLean, NSW, recognized me as her best friend’s (Hi Abbie!) favorite author. Crysta shared photos of her MUSTANG endurance horse, Sinatra (he has blue eyes & I may meet him at the Ride of March). I can’t wait to visit Jay’s website (she trains riders from all over the world). Beck, Jean, Jane and Kim were friendly & rubbing their hands together with evil intent (oh wait, that was me) as they offered dirty tricks for my fictional villains!

Early next week, I’m going to Washington, D.C. where I’ll not only be lobbying for horses, but my fingers are crossed that I’ll be able to sign a few books and meet some faraway readers!

After all that excitement, I’ll be missing my computer, cave and imaginary friends.

Trotting back to Galloping Gold,
Terri


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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Great new horse site

HI!
I hope you'll check out this short cut to writing a great letter for me to deliver on Capitol Hill next week!!!

hearts4horses.org

Hoping you'll speak for those who can't,

Terri


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Thursday, February 21, 2008

HEARTS FOR HORSES -- click

Dear Readers,
Please go to my website and click on the heart on the homepage!
Here's a preview:

Terri Farley, author of the Phantom Stallion books,
has officially joined with the Humane Society of the United
States to support the American Horse Slaughter
Prevention Act (S 311/HR 503).


On March 4 Terri will join the Humane Society in Washington DC
to distribute letters to our legislators.

Letters should express how you feel about horse slaughter. Be logical, historical, persuasive or emotional. Just remember,
respectful letters will get the best results! Children are encouraged
to decorate their envelopes with drawings, stickers, or anything
else that would make them colorful.

Educators are encouraged to share this project with
their classes and parents.
Need ideas?
http://www.hsus.org/legislation_laws/citizen_lobbyist_center/help_end_horse_slaughter.html


Please mail no later than March 1
HEARTS FOR HORSES
316 California Avenue
#1265
Reno, Nevada 89509


Questions? FarleyTerri@aol.com
PhantomStallion.com


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Monday, February 18, 2008

Truth and horse fiction come together!

So, if you wrote about a champion race horse running away to join the wild ones, could that be true?
Yep:

http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2008/02/19/3397_ntnews.html

TOMORROW I'll have details about my Washington, D. C. trip and how you can help me help the horses!
Best,
Terri


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Saturday, February 16, 2008

NEWS

Dear Readers
Some of you are WONDERFUL enough to host PHANTOM STALLION or SEVEN TEARS INTO THE SEA website & fansites and when I have big news (next week is a heart-pounding example!)I'd love to give you a heads-up so that you can break the story first.
If you'd like to be on my PRESS RELEASE list for your site, your FaceBook/MySpace page or whatever, just let me know by sending an email with PRESS RELEASE in the subject line, okay?
Best,
Terri


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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

fun to explore

Dear Readers,
I'm off to put in a full day of writing in my little office, but I had to tell you that I just got a big box of author copies of FIRE MAIDEN which means they'll be in stores any minute. I love the dramatic cover. Hoku's in big trouble, but of course I'll save her and Darby.
I just stumbled upon a fun horse website by mistake -- HorseCity.com. Lots to explore!
See ya,
Terri


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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Paper, pencil -- GO!

Dear Readers,
Legend has it that Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response?

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

Very sad.

Last year, SMITH Magazine asked readers for their own six-word memoirs (life memories, story of your life...). They sent in SO MANY short life stories, the magazine's editors have published a book titled from one of the memoirs. It's called NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING.

If you feel inspired,to try this yourself, you might want to check out their website & you might be published, too. http://www.smithmag.net/sixwords/

Warning : this is an addictive "game" to play alone, but do yourself a favor & don't try it during a class, at work and for sure not while you're riding a challenging horse!

Samples:


Never really finished anything, except cake.

Found true love, married someone else.

Scarred by 911; helped by penguins

One tooth, one cavity, life’s cruel.

I still make coffee for two.

Have fun!
Terri


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Saturday, February 09, 2008

WILD HORSE ISLAND

Dear Readers,
I hope this make you as happy as it does me: I just signed a contract to write 8 more books in the WILD HORSE ISLAND series. So there will be sixteen titles byt the time I finsih and, as far as I can see into the future, here are my titles:
THE HORSE CHARMER
SHINING STALLION
RAIN FOREST ROSE
CASTAWAY COLT
FIRE MAIDEN
SEA SHADOW
MIST WALKER
WATER LILY
SNOWFIRE
FARAWAY FILLY
GALLOPING GOLD

Best to you all and THANKS for making it possible for me to do what I do!
Terri


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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Valentine's Day, Western style!

Dear Readers,
Lots of you ask me where you can see wild horses if you don't live in a state where they roam free.
Here's one possibility if you live in Ohio:

from BLM:
Looking for something your Valentine will never forget? A diamond may be forever, but a young wild horse from the West will never be forgotten. The Saturday
following Valentines Day, February 16, 2008, the Bureau of Land
Management will offer approximately 70 wild horses ranging from yearling to 5 years old, and possibly a few burros, for adoption at the Cooper Arena at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio.


If you need more info, let me know and if you live in an apartment or are unable to adopt, feel free to drop in and radiate your love and support at these wonderful creatures so far from home.
Best,
Terri


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Sunday, February 03, 2008

NEW PHOTO OF THE REAL PHANTOM

Dear Readers,
If you check the Photo Album on Phantomstallion.com, you'll see a new photo of the Phantom taken shortly before he was released. And my new newsletter for February is up!
Talk with you later,
Terri


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Friday, February 01, 2008

REDDING & RENO READERS + the real Phantom

Dear Readers,
First the PHANTOM news. I talked with Dianne Nelson at the Wild Horse Sanctuary yesterday and she said, yep, the stallion is totally living up to his name! She hasn't seen him for a month, and believes he's staking out his territory in the hills with his new band of mares. When the grass comes in at the beginning of Spring, she says he'll probably be back, maybe with a new bunch of foals. Wouldn't you love to be there for that?
Oh, and I probably told you, but the Sanctuary has decided to keep Pride (the Phantom's son)as a permanent member of the Sanctuary to carry on the Phantom's legacy for a long time to come.
Tomorrow I'll be signing books at the Redding, California Barnes & Noble from 1-3. I will bring along some goodies for readers who brave the snow and I'm pretty sure the Phantom PhanClub will be there, too.
Sunday I'll be in Reno, Nevada, doing a BENEFIT to feed the Hidden Valley herd of wild horses during the winter. I'll be at the Artists Co-Op on Mill Street from 11 - 2, and not only will I be donating my profits to the wild horses, a bunch of talented artists will be doing the same!
Keep cozy,
Terri


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