All Posts by BarbaraEllinFox

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Dec 08

Out of the Mouth of Babes

By BarbaraEllinFox | My Life

There are so many creatives in my family and extended family that if you can’t design, make, or at least improve a project someone’s liable to ask you for a DNA sample. This goes for cooking, sewing, painting, building you name it. My older sister was even an award winning silversmith.  So when almost thirty […]

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Jun 25

The Rancher’s Redemption by Myra Johnson

By BarbaraEllinFox | Reading

A Sweet Small-Town Romance Erin Dearborn finds her solitude and creative expression weaving beautiful baskets from natural material. It’s a hobby she keeps for herself and the people closest to her. Her confidence and self esteem have been destroyed by an abusive husband who took out his inadequacies on his wife. When Erin meets Kent […]

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Apr 01

Wild Horses, Steve, and Me

By BarbaraEllinFox | Horse Whisperer

My first experience with wild horses came more than 20 years ago in Arizona when I worked with a horse whisperer who caught wild horses off the Hopi reservation. Steve Harris also trained BLM mustangs, both fresh and spoiled, and difficult domestic horses. Cowboy Steve Steve was a working cowboy for 25 years on ranches […]

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Sep 10

Writer, What Size is This Horse?

By BarbaraEllinFox | Horses

Knowing how to talk about the size of a horse might seem like a mundane topic but a writer should know certain trigger words because their incorrect use is a dead giveaway to horse lovers.Where to measureHorses are measured from the withers to the ground by hands. The red line in my parts of the horse […]

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Aug 23

Horses for Writers-Are You Riding or Leading?

By BarbaraEllinFox | Writing

Recently I did a presentation called “Horses for Writers” for  my local ACFW chapter.  As I prepared, I was amazed at the amount of basic  equestrian terminology require for historical fiction. Horses were used for everything and a life without an equine meant less progress, less food, less travel, and more work. Writers of contemporary […]

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Aug 16

Riding, Teaching, Writing, & Critique

By BarbaraEllinFox | My Life

In 1969, before there were certifications for riding instructors, I graduated from a riding program in Maryland, certified to teach riding and train horses. The program was tough, backed by the Maryland Department of Education and the British Horse Society. In my class were students taking their final exam for fifth and sixth times. People […]

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Aug 09

Confessions From an Organic Writing Life

By BarbaraEllinFox | My Life

Organic Writing Organic writing is described as ‘seat of the pants’ writing where story falls out of the pen possibly leading down the dark halls of no return.  Adversaries claim the writer dives in and searches for story structure as they go. This opposes advocates of story structure, or architecture, for which the writer develops […]

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Jul 19

Plans, Planning, and Change

By BarbaraEllinFox | Horses

I live by plans, whether it is the future with the horses, teaching riding, training, or writing. I have a plan for everything, my horses, my manuscripts, both fiction and non-fiction. Teaching Riding When teaching riding, I have a plan for the day’s lesson, but I also have a long range plan for each student. […]

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Jul 06

The Addicting Hunger For Time

By BarbaraEllinFox | My Life

Have you ever considered how addicting the hunger for time is? We cannot influence how much time we’re given, yet it’s one of our most precious gifts. The wealthiest person in the world cannot buy more of time, in terms of amount, than you or I can. How we use our time is up to […]

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May 17

Remember Not and Questions

By BarbaraEllinFox | Writing

While I am writing each day, a myriad of unresolved questions swarm my mind. Should I pursue traditional publishing? What about Indy? Should I continue to enter contests? How soon should I tell people about my stories? I have to tell you—there are a lot of questions. Another question is when should I tell my […]

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May 10

What Reno Taught Me About Rodeo

By BarbaraEllinFox | Horses

Reno is my BLM mustang who was captured by the government during the horrendous Calico round-up in Northern Nevada. In fact, his HMA (herd management area) Granite Range is the setting for my current work in progress. Over time I’ll tell you Reno’s whole story starting with his capture, but for now I’ll tell you […]

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Apr 26

Morning in the Barn

By BarbaraEllinFox | Horses

Morning in the barn is a favorite time for me. I love the sounds and the interaction with the animals. Hoping to find a way to share my blessings with you, I took photos and recorded sound this morning. If you’d like to listen to the birds while you read this post, just click on […]

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Apr 12

Capi-A Horse with Character

By BarbaraEllinFox | Horses

Capi is a 17.1 hand Percheron horse who weighs 1850 pounds.  That means he’s one inch taller at his withers (front part of his back) than I am at the top of my head, and he weighs more than eight times what NFL Quarterback Tom Brady weighs. I’m pretty sure this is the only time […]

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Mar 30

What is Her Worst Fear?

By BarbaraEllinFox | Writing

As writers we are told to discover or determine our character’s worst fear. Is she afraid of losing someone? Losing a job? Sickness? Losing her life? I had difficulty pinpointing just one worst fear for the protagonist in my first manuscript. Certainly she was fearful for her daughter’s safety but her daughter was only part […]

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Feb 14

Writing The End – I Was There

By BarbaraEllinFox | Writing

Writing the end should be a peak among peaks for a writer but the problem with mountains is they rise out of valleys. The highs and lows for a writer. I was with Rylie when the world tried to gobble up a naïve Pollyanna. We lived through her horrible college experience and crushing demoralization. Rylie […]

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Dec 31

BUT is a Big Fat Three Letter Word

By BarbaraEllinFox | My Life

Time is suspended between Christmas and the New Year. It’s intended for dreaming, reorganization, evaluation.  Since it’s part of the holiday season, pressure is off, most deadlines are met—until January 1 when it begins again. New, but… Shirley E. Gould’s interesting ACFW blog What Hindered You? got my mind on a roll. Paul wrote about the […]

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Oct 30

A First Blog Post

By BarbaraEllinFox | My Life

This web site and I have been at a stand-off while I consider how to start the first blog post. And then I thought, why not? I’ll go first and tell you a little about me. Then maybe you’ll tell me about yourself. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m no stranger to blogging.  I’ve […]

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Oct 30

Morning Weather

By BarbaraEllinFox | Thoughts

The view from my office window says it’s one of those gloomy sorts of days. Cloudy. Not with white puffy clouds that make you happy but with the grey ones, lacking shape, moving quickly across the sky. The weather app on my phone says 43 agrees. Later it will be 60. No rain.  The app […]

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