"The notion that such persons are gay of heart and carefree is curiously untrue. They lead, as a matter of fact, an existence of jumpiness and apprehension. They sit on the edge of the chair of Literature. In the house of Life they have the feeling that they have never taken off their overcoats."
- James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times

Sunday, January 20, 2013

One from Column A, one from Column B

Whenever I go out to a new restaurant with my son, Marcus, there is a point in the adventure where I say, "Make up your mind." This is usually said with a bit of force and a touch of impatience, since I've been watching him trying to decide what to eat for several several SEVERAL minutes.

Karma's a bitch, friends.

I am now staring at a goodly number of most excellent photos of my horse, Snoopy. I need one of these photos for the cover of his book. I also need one for our Bio page. I had used Lynne Glazer for my bio picture with Frostie in 2006. She has such an eye for every detail of her photos, from the original setup and composition, to light and color and post-processing. I knew I wanted her for this job. Now my problem is, she's so good, how do I choose?

So I have my book's title and jacket blurb in front of me as I carefully study each pose and ask, is this the one? I will probably choose two or three, just to give my cover designer a little wiggle room for his spectacular designs. But still...

I feel like my son, having to choose between the scampi and the crab. (Yes, his choices are always between the most expensive things on the menu.)

Here is the link to Lynne's photo shoot. http://www.photo.lynnesite.com/event/Snoopy-2013/MWMncPVKV7TxE
Here is the jacket blurb.



By Snoopy

As told to Gayle Carline


When I was a young horse, I thought if I wasn’t always good, I could at least be useful. Then I broke my leg.

Snoopy is an American Quarter horse. When he was three years old, he won the 2007 Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association Trail Futurity. Both his trainer and his owner had his career mapped out. He excelled as a show horse. He would be campaigned around the circuit and qualify to be invited to the AQHA World Show.

Then in the spring of 2008, Snoopy broke his left hind sesamoid, a small bone in the leg that can mean anything from surgery to euthanasia. Two years later, he was finally being ridden. But would he be shown again?

In the tradition of Black Beauty, this is his story, told from his view in his voice. The story of a young horse who was a champion, then was injured. He tells the tale of his fight to return to the show arena, to prove he’s the same horse he always was, only different.
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Now then, all I have to do is select wisely. No pressure.


Tameri Etherton said...

Well, I know I have a few favorites! Snoopy is absolutely gorgeous. His story is heartbreaking and heartwarming. And he IS one lucky horse.

Ps, sounds like your Marcus and my Alexzandra went to the same school of ordering from a menu. She'll aways pick the most expensive and the most unique item they have. Crazy kids!

Gayle Carline said...

But does she take half-an-hour to choose it? Gah-d. I've whittled down the pix to 12... I may have to start tossing darts.

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