2019…And A Resolution

Posted: January 1st, 2019 under Life beyond writing.

Like many people, I make resolutions with a real-life lifespan of weeks to months, rarely a year.  I’ve made a few that lasted for multiple years, but those things…take time, and none of us have more than 24 hours/day.  However, this past year was particularly rough on resolutions (except to stick with the dental work and the eye surgery and its results) so I’m trying again.   And one of the new list is to be more regular in posting here and on the Universes blog.  How “regular” that will be I don’t yet know.  I now have some hard limitations on computer time, especially keyboarding, so posts are likely to be shorter, replies to comments shorter, as I save “keystrokes” for writing stuff that might end up published if I can finish it.  But I have neglected the blogs and apologize to the regular denizens of Paksworld.

My newest horse, Kallie, is now home, and we’re stymied by weather on the riding side, though I’ve had plenty of refresher work in mucking out, cleaning hooves, moving things around, grooming, and changing horseware from one sheet or blanket to another.  I’d rather be doing that than have to drive 50 miles one way just to see her.  Here’s a picture of my last ride at the trainer’s place, on December 17.

We were just completing a down transition from trot to walk, and in the next step I gave her more rein and she stretched her neck.   She hadn’t wanted to slow.

A few days later, she came here, backed out of the trailer, and immediately put her head down to graze:

She has lost some of the muscle she’d built up from swimming and regular work to stall rest necessitated by back to back hoof abscesses, especially on her hindquarter.  This will come back when we can start riding the gentle rises and falls here.  But right now it’s too wet.

In the barn pen before the past week’s rains started:

It didn’t take long for her to eat all the grass in this 30 x 40 foot pen…and then it rained, and it rained, and it rained, and it rained.  And it’s raining today.  The south side of the barn is open to this pen, so there’s no way to keep her out of the churned mud without locking her in her stall, which she hates.  And stall confinement has its own risks to a horse’s health, esp. a horse like this.  She needs to move around.  Eventually the rain will stop…



  • Comment by Jim DeWitt — January 1, 2019 @ 7:22 pm


    Happy New Year to you and yours. Feel free to send some of that rain to the drought-stricken West; at least in Idaho, mountain snow levels are still well below normal.

    That is a beautiful horse. Hope she heals speedily and completely.

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 1, 2019 @ 9:09 pm


    Thanks. If I had rain magic, I’d definitely redistribute some. Unfortunately…I don’t. Until the very unseasonable fall/winter rains this year, we were headed for another really bad drought, watching our soil moisture levels slid down week by week, so you have my sympathy…I just don’t have the ability to move rainfall where it’s most needed.

  • Comment by cgbookcat1 — January 6, 2019 @ 8:23 pm


    Not sure if you saw this:


    Hope all is well and that you and Kallie are riding on dryer ground.

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 8, 2019 @ 7:56 am


    Yes, I did. Our son uses a computer but does not appear to have any ability at coding.

  • Comment by Fred — January 12, 2019 @ 8:20 pm


    Welcome back – we’ve missed you!

    So maybe this is my chance to ask a question about one of the snippets you posted for us while the second round of Paks books was in process. It was winter, and the female protagonist was riding at night across a snow-covered field near a house, whose resident awoke to see the trail. I just *assumed* that she was Paks – but after the last book, it’s a possibility that it was Dorrin.

    Would it be “telling” to say which?

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 12, 2019 @ 9:09 pm


    Fred: Good question and good surmise. It was Dorrin and the house she rode past was Verrakai’s, in the Verrakai domain. I’m not sure how long that is after the end of _Crown_, maybe a year, maybe several. She chooses not to reveal herself, and again I’m not sure why. Nor do I think I’ll get more of her story. She had decided not to remain part of *that* story…to let her heir and the rest make their own way, and the same with Tsaia as a whole. But someday she may pass by Arcolin’s domain, just to see how he’s doing. She may reveal herself to Kieri and Arian, if no one from Tsaia is there, once she gets to Lyonya.

    I also don’t know if she *is* recognizable. She has been, after all, in the dragon’s mouth and then touched by dragon’s fire, which is always a transformative. She’s been told her hair is now gray, but not whether it will be always, or that otherwise she looks different. Would Beclan recognize her? Arcolin? Kieri? (I think Kieri would, but can’t say why. I think Beclan probably wouldn’t, at least until she spoke. Arcolin…just don’t know.)

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — January 18, 2019 @ 11:49 am


    For a bit of good news. Someone in one of the FB groups I am in was looking for a fantasy series to read. I mentioned Paksworld had grown to 10 books and this individual turned out to be a fan of Deed, but somehow hadn’t heard more had been written (not even Gird/Luap). So, anyway, it sounded like you’ll have seven sales out of the exchange.

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