Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fantasy Horses (Not true)

So after reading a random blog post on horses in books, seeing as I know about horses, I figured I might write a one or two on them.

There are quite a few books out there with horses. I'm here to tell you which facts are true and which ones aren't. (I am taking a few from the post I saw because they were important, but other than that these are my own)

1. Saddle breaking a horse takes months
  No. Breaking a horse to ride might take a month, depending on how often you get out there. But saddle breaking a horse should only take a week or two at the most.

2. Horses scream in pain or fright
  Nope. I have seen our horses get into plenty of tangles, our mare has even given birth, and I have never heard a horse scream. Now they can scream, but mostly they don't.

3. Shin Splints are serious
  From what I've heard, no. I've never had to deal with this yet. But I have read this before, were the horse gets a shin splint and it's awful. People cry, it's the end. No. It's not serious.

4. All horses love apples and carrots
  My horse hates apples, but loves carrots. My sister's horse loves both. Some horses don't like carrots, but love apples. Remember that horses are like people.

5. Horses get along super well
  It might be true for some horses. But talking from experience, no horses ever get along well all the time. Our horses are always playing the nip-nip game and, well, horsing around. 

6. Horses are loyal
  Ha! I have always found this one funny because everyone thinks it's true. Your horse can love you, it   may even only care about you, but horses are not loyal. This is a human trait that only humans have. Horses are built with a fight or flight instinct. If something truly scares them, they will forget all about you. As much as I love my horses, I know I cannot rely on them to somehow save me. 

7. They always look majestic
  I wish. Horses are wild animals, and whatever they can find, they will get into. Unless you are rich and live in a elite barn, with paid workers constantly out there, your horse will get scrapes and hurts. They can do it while getting an itch, playing, rolling, fighting. Horses will get messy. 

8. They only sleep standing up
  If you have a herd that is comfortable in there surroundings and comfortable with each other, they will sleep lying down. It's rare for people who don't live around horses to see this, but people who do, see it all the time. Horses generally have around thirty minutes of on the ground sleep a day. Now that's an average, they don't always lay down everyday.

9. Baby horses are always cute
  Well, this one is mostly true. But when some of them get their winter coats not so much. Our little guys looks like a furry mule right now.

10. They hate/love dogs
  Some horses love dogs some hate them. Some only tolerate them. 

Was anything answered here that you used to think was true? If you have any other questions on horses for your book, let me know!


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Writing Contest

If you have any prompt ideas you can either email them to me or for pictures pin it on my 'writing contests' board. (If you would like to pin at the board shoot me an email at the email under 'about us' and I will invite you to join the fun) 


1. Entries must be 250-600 words 

2. They must be left in the comments by the second Wednesday at 11:30AM

3. Followers of TWS will be the judges, they must vote by the second Saturday

4. The voting link will be open from 12PM on Wednesday to Saturday night 

5. Non-Followers of TWS are allowed to place an entry, but not vote 

6. Entries with foul language or scenes that are too inappropriately graphic will be discarded

7. You may choose one or more of the prompts to put into your 'one' entry

8. Voters are not allowed to vote for themselves 

Prizes (There will only be two winners for now, until we get more entries)
1st: A copy of my tips on writing prompts
2nd: A follow at your website

                                                              Vote Here! 

Last weeks winner 

                                                    Writing Prompts
You may continue a past story if it includes one of these prompts

1. Include this phrase in your prompt: "I felt empty, alone."

2. Use this picture: 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thoughts Readers/ Watchers Get When a Character is Killed

So we all like to have our hearts torn out and ripped to tiny shreds. Right? Don't say no, cause if not, well, liar, liar pants on fire, hanging from a telephone wire. Why do you keep reading books then? Or watching TV shows? Hmmm? That's what I though.

So today we're going to view a few thoughts behind killing off your character. *This post does contain spoilers and I am not responsible for anyone reading something important before they watch or read it.

Downton Abbey 1: Pure agony watching her die. She's going to die, we know it, why her? Why so painfully?

Downton Abbey 2: Is he dead? I think so. Maybe it's just a concussion. Think on it for a year till we come back and tell you.

Downton Abbey Conclusion: Downton Abbey loves to torment. They also like to kill your favorites. So I say watch out for Granny, we will not let her die!

The Book Thief method 1: We don't know him, but it's should send shivers up your spine how he dies. Shivers.

The Book Thief method 2: Tell you before hand and watch as you get frightened every time someone does something stupid.

The Book Thief Conclusion: Mark is mean. He also seems to like to torment us, and he has a very interesting way of doing it too.

The Paradise 1: Was it murder? Or an accident? He couldn't have done it.

The Paradise 2: More murder?! Creepy...

The Paradise Conclusion: They like murder or the, maybe it was, thoughts.

Are there any deaths that you can think of? What were your thoughts?