25 year-old Airborne in his horse show heyday.
He used to be hyper and wild. I used to have to exercise him for hours before he would mind his manners in the show ring. Over time he would relax and not be so rushed. In the jumpers he was unbeatable. Quick and clean. As time progressed he learned that fancy braids and polished hooves meant the hunters. Meant to slow down. Take your time.
And when the braids in his mane came out, it was Katy-bar-the-door.
It was a shining time and still brilliant in my memory.
6:30 am and 76 degrees. The tradewinds are howling outside. ORION is weaving and leaning. Restrained by her lines.
Fast or slow.
Happy or sad.
Long or short.
There are so many choices in story structure, mechanics, and process.
Some of us jot down a rough draft in a month. Others take years. Some write literary and others pen science fiction.
I worked with jumping clinicians from the mainland when I was obsessed with showing. One man, Victor Hugo Vidal (I am not kidding -- those of you who show hunters and jumpers will know his name) shared this advice. He would say, "Make a decision. Make a conscious choice. Don't let your trip in the show ring be happy circumstance or unhappy accident because of lack of planning. Make a decision. ANY decision! But make one!"
I have never forgotten his words. They come in handy for writers too.
Take control of your writing. Let the words flow freely but be in charge.
Victor is dead now. He died of a stroke several years ago. I still grieve, as I knew him well.
He is sorely missed in the horse show world.
So for Victor.
What decisions will you start to make?