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Friday, October 31, 2008

You get a hint on this one


I'm riding a young cutting horse & she's already a star.

Guys, I will be camping & letting my brain rest this weekend.
I'll resume blogging & emailing you when I get back Sunday night, k?
Hugs,
Terri


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Thursday, October 30, 2008

No fainting when you recognize this character...



P.S. If you haven't yet signed up for the PHANTOM STALLION newsletter, better do it today. http://www.phantomstallion.com/newsletter.shtml


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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sideways shot of....



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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Look familiar?



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Monday, October 27, 2008

Where are you now?



HI
Over the next few days, I'll be posting photos which remind ME of scenes from WILD HORSE ISLAND books. I hope you'll play along and tell me and other readers where you think you are in my stories, when you see these pictures.
Best,
Terri


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BACK TALK

HI --
I've been keeping an eye on your blog comments & posting some answers!
In the next few days I'll be posting some photos from Hawaii and asking if you can match them with story lines for WILD HORSE ISLAND books just as you did with the Nevada photos, ok?
Reading SO rocks,
Terri


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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Say Neigh to Cruel Horse Auctions





Dear Readers,
You know the power of STORY as well as I do. Here's a chance to help horses by telling their stories. They can't do this themselves, so please help IF you have ever been to an auction and seen horses abused.
The horse above was destined for death. Now, he carries riders, mostly children, on rides over the beautiful Dahana Ranch in Hawaii. But he is one of very few who escape.

I got news of a new campaign to help such horses from the Wild Horse Preservation League.
It's called: PROJECT SHAKE-UP.

Have you ever been to a livestock auction and had a horrible experience? If you have, we invite you to join equine advocates all over America in Project Shake-Up.

The media can't act as a public watchdog if they don't know the problem exists. Let's help them expose this crisis by supplying FACTS!

*Send your story (complete with graphic photos, if you have them) of your sighting of equine neglect/abuse at a livestock auction to the addresses at the end of this blog. You can also participate if you have been involved in helping a friend who had such an experience first hand even if you did not.

*Do you know names & locations of greedy auction dealers who ignore cruelty? Expose them. We have been getting so many stories this past year on auction dealers selling horses that were dying,injured, starving or dying of thirst.
Stories have come in about empty water troughs, no food provided, knee-deep manure,horses sitting out in direct 90 degree heat for weeks at a time,handlers whipping the horses crying out in severe pain w/ broken limbs.

*Dealers are selling "abandoned" horses without proper paperwork. Certainly some of these horses have been STOLEN.

Advocates for horses are striking back! On Friday November 7th ( lucky#7) - advocates everywhere will be emailing their worst auction experiences to all three TV news networks.

Friday,November 7th - email in a word document your story/photos to :

Dateline NBC: dateline@nbcuni.com

ABC NIGHTLINE: nightline@abcnews.com

60Minutes: 60m@cbsnews.com


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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Visit a Wild Horse Training Camp

HI,
Visit http://www.whmentors.org/
Have fun!
Terri


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Friday, October 24, 2008

Silver Herd of Horses





Dear Readers,
I love Nevada's state quarter, so wanted to share.
Also, thanks SO much to all of you who've already bought SNOWFIRE and are writing to tell me how much you love it. You make me happy, too, just by sharing your enjoyment.
Hugs,
Terri


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Thursday, October 23, 2008

today

I voted early today in the most exciting, important election of my lifetime!


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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

7 TEARS - VIRTUAL AUTOGRAPH PARTY!


Dear Readers,
For a year, I've been trying to make this happen & now it has!
LOTS of you want me to autograph a book for you, but I haven't yet come to a bookstore near you.
SO, I've arranged a VIRTUAL BOOKSIGNING just for you with Sundance Bookstore,the little bookstore nearest my home.
Here's how it works: Go to the home page of this website TerriFarley.com and look to the left where it says BOOKS. Click on SEVEN TEARS INTO THE SEA and on that page, click on the turquoise button. It will take you to the bookstore and tell you what to do next.
It costs $12.34, but since SEVEN TEARS sells for $7.99 and this includes tax & shipping (plus the autograph, which is free :)'cause I like you), it's a pretty good deal. Even if you're not ordering, feel free to click on the button and explore. They have lots of Nevada art and you'll be in my favorite bookstore.
As soon as the folks at Sundance let me know they have your order, I'll stop by and autograph books directly to you, your best friend, someone who needs to read a book about not feeling comfortable in their own skin...
OR, if you're a parent reading this, I'll write a personal note to your wonderful offspring!
Then, Sundance will mail the book wherever you say!
Hugs to you,
Terri


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fictional Horses -- alive!




Dear Readers,
You'd be surprised how many people think the horses I describe in my books couldn't possibly be real.
Well, I've been looking at photos of some of the young horses which will be available for adoption this weekend at the Wild Horse Sanctuary and as you'll see above, there's one with Queen's tiger-striped legs, one with Blue Wings' unlikely paint coloring and a foal with a crescent moon lighting his way!
Best, Terri


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Monday, October 20, 2008

The Real Phantom, still running free

Dear Readers,
I'm a teeny bit sorry I don't have a new Phantom photo to pass on to you, but I'm awfully happy he's still free.
Here's an up-to-the-minute update from Palomino:


Just wanted to let you know our beautiful man [THE PHANTOM] did not honor us with his presence when we brought the horses in. We have at least two other stallions--one is Snorty--that NEVER come in for the "gathering of the babies"...

Dianne [Nelson, owner of the Sanctuary] said that the ones that are truly still wild do not come in, as they don't really acknowledge us. Snorty and the other stallion never even come down to the feed ground.

I haven't fed in awhile, but Matt actually saw the Phantom a few months ago when he was checking fences. I think that he is happier being out on his own than hanging too close.

I figured you'd want to know. His little man [Phantom's Pride] is hanging out with the geldings now, but he will always be free and a stallion, so we obviously didn't put him in a pen. He is looking very handsome.


Enjoy your mental pictures. Isn't it kind of cool that he's like his namesake from my books? Even though people love him, he's happier running free.

Happy trails,
Terri


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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Working in the Wild Horse Nursery


Dear Readers,
The blessings wild horses have brought into my life just never stop. I've made such great friends, seen some of the most awesome sights,and... okay, you get the picture! And the picture here is of my friend Palomino, loving a wild foal on its first day around people.

Remember Palomino's name from the dedication to WATER LILY? She is a HARD WORKING volunteer at the Wild Horse Sanctuary where the Phantom lives.
Note: Next weekend is adoption day, so if you can possibly get to this spot in northern California, you can get a super-bargain on a young, range-bred mustang. Read more, here: http://www.redding.com/news/2008/oct/17/sanctuary-offers-horse-adoption-event/

Palomino never makes a big deal of the fact that she's had a bunch of surgeries over the years (most NOT horse-related. Half the times I've seen her, she's been wearing a cast :( but it doesn't slow her down. Besides being the (former) single mom of two boys (She just married a great, horse loving guy--YAY!!!!!), she's a baker for local restaurants & makes the best cheesecake in the world. She's the poster girl for the expression : COWGIRL UP!

Here's a recent note from her.

....Spent the day haltering three of our babies.
I didn't want these three to go through the chute as they have been through enough. One of them is the victim of a big kitty attack. (FROM TERRI: YES, SHE MEANS A COUGAR)
He is a sweet little palomino that has a deep cut in his side and a big slice and chunk out of his bottom. We doctored what we could, but not sure how to get under the tail.
The other one has a big owie on her leg and so we washed that and cleaned it and put on some meds.
Another one is very small and kind of sad and she needed lots of love. She is my little precious. (until someone adopts her).

It seems like you have to pull out their fear and the "bad" energy and almost absorb it into your self and then they calm down. I love doing it, but I find it very draining at the end of the day. Don't get me wrong, it's very satisfying, but amazing to me how much it takes out of me. Guess I'm probably weird, but it's so neat when they trust you and "need you".

Anyway, how was your day? Mine was awesome all in all.

Miss you.

Love ya

Palomino


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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Raincloud: the Phantom's wild son



Dear Readers,
I thought you'd like to see a photo of the Phantom's son Raincloud.
Remember when the Department of Agriculture caught the real Phantom and the two remaining members of his family -- Shy and Raincloud? And, remember that the beautiful foal was adopted by a PHANTOM STALLION reader :) ?
Here's the big boy in training with the reader's mom.
Isn't he beautiful?
Tomorrow, I'll be giving you an update on the adoption of babies from the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown, where the Phantom lives, now. It takes place next weekend!
Happy trails,
Terri


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Friday, October 17, 2008

New Interview

HI
It's an overcast, cool day in northern Nevada and this is my favorite kind of weather to write in!
I just did an interview with THE BOOK GIRL href="http://thebookgirlreviews.blogspot.com/2008/10/interview-with-terri-farely.html
It was lots of fun!
Thanks Book Girl. You rock!
Terri


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Thursday, October 16, 2008

New Photo

HI--
Two quick things to tell you...
First, I hope you'll look at the new photo in my Photo Album on PhantomStallion.com!
Next, I'm working on contacting all of you PHANTOM STALLION newsletter subscribers who won autographed cover flats.
Okay, THREE things :)
If you haven't heard from me yet about winning, you still migt, so be thinking about whether you'd like the cover personalized with your name or someone else's ande whether you'd like it signed on the front or the back!
Happy trails to you, and you, and YOU!
Terri


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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Where have all the horses gone?

Dear Readers,
Like Sam Forster in PHANTOM STALLION, I am not at my best when it comes to numbers, but I must share some with you. They're terrifyingly simple.
Short version:

BLM admits trapping 74,000 wild horses off the range

BLM says there are 29,500 horses left on the range and that number may be high

Simple subtraction = it won't be long until they're all gone.

BLM, which you know I've treated fairly in my books, wants to kill horses so that they won't have to spend any more money on them, but, hello? Quit gathering them with million dollar helicopter round-ups & that would save a lot of money! BLM is not backing down from this "great idea", as you can see in this article from yesterday.

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say more wild horses may have to be killed because of full shelters and a lack of federal money.

The bureau removed an estimated 74,000 horses from the nation's ranges in the last seven years, with about 44,000 adopted and the rest euthanized or held in federal facilities and private shelters, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday

The horses are removed from the wild to protect habitat and maintain an ecological balance, said Doran Sanchez, the land management bureau's communications chief in Nevada, noting more may have to be euthanized because the agency's budget is not expected to increase.

* Terri's Note: this "habitat protection and ecological balance" argument is bogus. BLM is encouraging game animal herds (antelope & other animals people hunt) to grow unnaturally large, and they're not limiting cattle (because ranchers pay for each animal grazing on the range).

Wild horse advocates say they will ask Congress to stop most of the roundups and return some of the horses to historic ranges.

"How can we let our government destroy the last of what we have?" asked Karen Sussman, president of the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros.

An estimated 29,500 wild horses roam 10 western states, with nearly 16,000 in Nevada followed by lesser populations in Montana, Wyoming, Oregon and other states, the bureau said, while Sussman estimates the total number of wild horses to be around 14,500. LAS VEGAS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say more wild horses may have to be killed because of full shelters and a lack of federal money.


The bureau removed an estimated 74,000 horses from the nation's ranges in the last seven years, with about 44,000 adopted and the rest euthanized or held in federal facilities and private shelters, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday.

The horses are removed from the wild to protect habitat and maintain an ecological balance, said Doran Sanchez, the land management bureau's communications chief in Nevada, noting more may have to be euthanized because the agency's budget is not expected to increase.

Wild horse advocates say they will ask Congress to stop most of the roundups and return some of the horses to historic ranges.

"How can we let our government destroy the last of what we have?" asked Karen Sussman, president of the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros.

An estimated 29,500 wild horses roam 10 western states, with nearly 16,000 in Nevada followed by lesser populations in Montana, Wyoming, Oregon and other states, the bureau said, while Sussman estimates the total number of wild horses to be around 14,500.


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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Nostrils Soft as Violets

Dear Readers,
I heard this poem -- a love poem to a place, as much as anything I've ever read -- on NPR radio this morning and thought you'd like it as much as I did.
Reminder: Drawing for autographed WILD HORSE ISLAND covers is this week. If you get an email from me requesting your snail mail address, please ask your parents if you can accept.
Enjoy...

The Poet Goes to Indiana
by Mary Oliver

I'll tell you a half-dozen things
that happened to me
in Indiana
when I went that far west to teach.
You tell me if it was worth it.

I lived in the country
with my dog—
part of the bargain of coming.
And there was a pond
with fish from, I think, China.
I felt them sometimes against my feet.
Also, they crept out of the pond, along its edges,
to eat the grass.
I'm not lying.
And I saw coyotes,
two of them, at dawn, running over the seemingly
unenclosed fields.
And once a deer, but a buck, thick-necked, leaped
into the road just-oh, I mean just, in front of my car—
and we both made it home safe.
And once the blacksmith came to care for the four horses,
or the three horses that belonged to the owner of the house,
and I bargained with him, if I could catch the fourth,
he, too, would have hooves trimmed
for the Indiana winter,
and apples did it,
and a rope over the neck did it,
so I won something wonderful;
and there was, one morning,
an owl
flying, oh pale angel, into
the hay loft of a barn,
I see it still;
and there was once, oh wonderful,
a new horse in the pasture,
a tall, slim being-a neighbor was keeping her there—
and she put her face against my face,
put her muzzle, her nostrils, soft as violets,
against my mouth and my nose, and breathed me,
to see who I was,
a long quiet minute-minutes—
then she stamped feet and whisked tail
and danced deliciously into the grass away, and came back.
She was saying, so plainly, that I was good, or good enough.
Such a fine time I had teaching in Indiana.


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Monday, October 13, 2008

En guarde!

Dear Readers,
Some of you may know that I was on my college fencing -- swordplay, not boards and hammers -- team. I loved it so much that even though I haven't competed with a sword for decades, when I was seeing the dentist the other day and discovered his son was a nationally ranked fencer, we talked THROUGH the effective period of the anesthetic the dentist had just given me. Ouch.
Remembering how much I loved fencing, I totally recommend it to all of you.
I promise to do a book touching on it soon and, if you're not immersed in a sport right now, but want to be, I urge you to try fencing. It's not only good for you physically, it is a thinking person's sport and there's definitely a touch of romance to it!
Best,
Terri


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Sunday, October 12, 2008

DO YOU WANT MY HORSE?

Dear Readers,
If you'd like a beautiful pink, purple, blue widget with silver-white rearing SNOWFIRE in the midst of it for your own, go hereand then click where it says, GET THIS WIDGET :)

Best,
Terri


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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Wild Nevada, Part 6

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Image No. 11:



Image No. 12:




Images courtesy of Stan White

For more info: http://stanwhite.com/blackrock.html


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Friday, October 10, 2008

Carry me back to the sagbrush

Dear Readers,
I am really enjoying these pictures and the memories they evoke.
When you look at the swirl of white moisture in the photo below, can you blame me for imagining (?) a white horse named the Phantom in such a place. I'll never really know if the mustang I saw on that misty morning was real, but after twenty four books of his own, and a twin from Stagecoach, Nevada, I'd say he's real enough!
The photo below that one looks like lots of scenes from my books...the way up to the Phantom's hidden valley, for instance...
Have a wonderful weekend!
Only a few more days under SNOWFIRE premieres!
Terri


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Wild Nevada, Part 5

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Image No. 10:




Images courtesy of Stan White

For more info: http://stanwhite.com/blackrock.html


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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Welcome to Hawaii



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Wild Nevada, Part 4

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Image No. 8:




Images courtesy of Stan White

For more info: http://stanwhite.com/justnevada2.html

and http://stanwhite.com/blackrock.html


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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Wild Nevada, Part 3

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Image No. 6:



Images courtesy of Stan White

For more info: http://stanwhite.com/justnevada2.html


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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Wild Nevada, Part 2

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Image No. 4:



Images courtesy of Stan White


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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Wild Nevada

Dear Readers,

When Julia Richardson -- the HarperCollins editor who saw THE PHANTOM STALLION as a series, not a single book -- visited from New York, she had no interest in tourist attractions.

She couldn't wait to see the playa -- remember Hammer out there? And Blue Wings?-- and she wanted to have lunch at the little diner which inspired Clara's, in the cowboy town of Gerlach. Remember where Sam pretended she and Jake were eloping? Poor speechless Jake.

This week, you'll have a chance to relive your own PHANTOM STALLION memories by exploring wild Nevada. I'd love to "hear" your comments on my blog as you tell which book scenes they make you remember. That will be the next best thing to taking you on a horseback tour myself!

You are the best,

Terri

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Image No. 1:



Image No. 2:



Images courtesy of Stan White


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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Bonus blog

HI again,
If you want to visit a fun site, check out

Barnmice.com


Lots of chitter-chatter, fun news and even HORSEY HOROSCOPES!
Best,
Terri


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Hollywood Hopes & my mistake

HI
First, my mistake. I told you guys to click on the envelope at the end of my blog and I should have said click on the link where it takes you to the comments. Like right now, I think it says 4 COMMENTS. Click that :)
I guess you can tell I don't often cruise blogs, but I should. Some of my writer friends write great ones.
Also -- I've heard privately from some of you who think a PHANTOM STALLION director should look at new, fresh talent -- Phantom readers like YOU. What do you guys think of that? Any one with experience out there?
Happy trails,
Terri

P.S.

I love you all and trust you to be kind to one another on my blog. This is the first time I've opened up the comments this way and I'd like to keep doing it.
It's VERY early in the movie going, and we could all be ten years older by the time it (fingers crossed) hits the screen!
Even if you're a mother with children of your own by then, I hope you'll come see it!


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Friday, October 03, 2008

Stars in your eyes?

Dear Readers,
Last month I had a HOLLYWOOD dinner & talked about possibilities for a PHANTOM STALLION movie. Nothing's definite yet, so don't get too excited, but I thought you might like a chance to pretend it was going to happen soon.
This should be fun! If you were the casting director for a PHANTOM STALLION movie, which young actress would you BEG to audition for the role of Samantha Forster? Then, please tell me which movie or TV show would gives the best idea of why she'd be the perfect Sam! Or, give me a link to a video.
How do you do that? I am accepting reader comments right here, right now! Just click on the ENVELOPE below!
Have fun,
Terri


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Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Real Nevada

Dear Readers,
Starting this week, my blog will feature photos of the real Nevada! My fingers are crossed that we will have two photos each day AND you will be able to comment on them and tell me (and others) which scenes in the original PHANTOM STALLION books they resemble!
Heads up for horse owners: the limping and discomfort of a sweet old Quarter Horse I've been helping out with was misdiagnosed as "just old" recently and both his owner and I were uncomfortable with the assessment. When a farrier came to shoe him, it turned out he had a big abcess which was giving him trouble. The vet is coming back asap.
All I'm saying :
I have great faith in experts, but sometimes, it doesn't hurt to get a second opinion.
Best to you,
Terri


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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

My Cheyenne Sweetheart Dreamer

Dear Readers,


For those who are new and don’t know Sweetheart, a wild orphan filly that PHANTOM STALLION readers named, you can read all about her here: http://equine.wisecomp.com/SSOrphan.html

It's a great story and MUCH better in pictures. In short, though, she was an orphan almost 2 years ago & nearly died> Thousands of peoplewatched her progress and prayed for her recovery.
From her rescuers: "It was thought at first she would be sickly, crooked legged and probably a pasture pet. Not likely now! She was close to 14.2 when she left here and doesn’t turn 2 until October! Nice, straight legs, no health issues!"

Enjoy her story and come back to my blog soon. I'll have something new for you every day of October!
Best,
Terri


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