Welcome, Mary Kit Caelsto!

From Mary’s #WIP, Cardinal Oaks – Flying Changes…

“I’ll be cheering you on,” Rose said, her left arm in a bright blue sling. As she’d guessed no breaks, but she’d sprained it quite badly and would probably be unable to seriously ride for several weeks while it healed. Certainly no jumping, though Caterina had joked she could work on her balance and core strength. Rose had rolled her eyes, before admitting she probably needed help with that. She groused about having to type with one hand. Zahra had tried to cheer up by telling her that it kept her out of stall duty for a while, or slinging feed bags, or hauling hay bales, or any number of things around the farm.

“Thanks.” Zahra brushed invisible lint from her hunt jacket, then turned and went to the barn to get Sooty. Rose had offered to hold James for her, but the barn wasn’t that far away and if he got anxious, she didn’t want her friend to deal with him and her shoulder too. From the times she’d caught Rose’s expression twist with pain, the shoulder wasn’t as good as she let on.

Zahra led Sooty to the arena, mounted, then waited her turn. The course was fair, but technically tough. Both Sooty and James had passed the inspection this morning, no lameness detected, which meant this was their last chance to move up. Not that she believed she could ribbon. They sat a solid seventh. Certainly respectable, and they were supposed to compete against themselves anyway. She waited for her name to be called.

As soon as it was, the gate opened, and she rode into the arena, reminding herself she’d done this before. A show jumping arena, she knew like the back of her hand. She’d walked the course, listened to Catarina, and had a plan in mind. She cued Sooty for a canter, made their first circle, and then they were off. Three strides to the first jump, which they cleared.

Sooty felt good today, like he had springs in his legs. His tail hardly swished as she turned and steadied him for the next jump, which they cleared. Then it was another turn for the double combination, a two stride that came up fast, with a wide oxer for the b element that’d no doubt trip up less seasoned riders. Over the first, counting the strides—one-two—then a big effort to clear the second obstacle. Still clean. A smattering of applause filled the arena, which she tuned out as they continued on the line to a plank jump.

None of these obstacles were as large, even half as large, as the ones she’d jumped before. She trained younger horses now, and herself, and appreciated the shorter efforts as she cleared another jump. She turned, made the long run to the water, which they easily mastered with Sooty’s long legs. Only three more jumps, one final diagonal line. As she rounded the corner, she caught Rose’s thumbs up and big grin. Zahra answered with a smile of her own, then they were there, jumping the first one.

Sooty picked up speed, sensing he was close to home.

Writer’s WIP Questionnaire – 2

  1. In the past two weeks, I have felt mostly happy about the progress of my WIP.

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Comment: I’ve hit my writing goal most days, and part of that goal is catching up on the days I didn’t, so I’m good. The book will finish tomorrow. I have the pre-order up already and the cover done, so we’re ready to go.

  • In the past two weeks, I have mostly managed to balance my writing life with the rest of my life.

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Comment: My writing is my life. LOL! But yeah, I’ve gotten my daily goal gone, worked on the other items on the to do list, and it’s been good.

  • In the past two weeks, I have made drastic changes to my WIP.

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Comment: Nah, I’m good. I’m comfortable with the genre I’m writing in and know where the story is going.

  • In the past two weeks, I have mostly suffered from ‘writer’s block’.

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Comment: I have a few days. Like I said, I’m catching up on the days I’ve missed the goal. For me though writer’s block isn’t so much a block as I just can’t get my mind to focus at that time.

  • In the past two weeks, I have focussed on one project.

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Comment: I write one project at a time, plus pick away at the free stories I offer to my Patreons, newsletter subscribers, and other things… but one main project.

Thanks for stopping by, Mary! Happy writing, and good luck with the launch of Cardinal Oaks!

Mary Kit Caelsto and Superduck!

Find out more about Mary…

Mary Kit Caelsto never grew out of the phase of being a “horse crazy girl”. She’s channelled this energy into being a multi-genre author writing fantasy, romance, and women’s fiction. She’s fulfilling her dream of “working on a horse farm and writing romance” by publishing equestrian books for others who haven’t grown out of being “horse crazy” and caring for her own horses. She lives in the Ozarks with six very spoiled and opinionated rescue horses, two pet pigs, a large flock of poultry and enough cats to qualify her as a crazy cat lady.

She’s convinced three of the best things in the world are the smell of a sun warmed horse, the smell of leather tack, and making sure to hug her horses every single day.

Picture of the author and “SuperDuck” taken 3/2019. Hair color varies depending on mood.

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Published by morwennablackwood

When she was six years old, Morwenna wrote and endless story about a frog, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She’s the author of bestselling noir psychological thrillers, The (D)Evolution of Us, and Glasshouse, has an MA in Creative Writing, and can usually be found down by the sea. Her third novel, Underrated, will be published by #darkstroke on Valentine's Day, 2022. She often thinks about that frog.

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