Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Day cleaning and a horse book giveaway

On New Year's Day I decided to clean my desk. It has been a mess for months, and had foot-high stacks of papers piled up on it. I'm not sure yet if this is really a New Year's resolution, but I decided I wanted to at least start 2010 with my work space clean and organized.

When I cleaned my desk, I found this book lurking under some of my papers: Horse Crazy: Women and the Horses They Love. I decided this was a perfect opportunity for another book giveaway.

Only I'm going to make you earn it this time. Since the book is a collection of short essays about the horse(s) that have touched each woman's life, I'm asking all entrants to write me an email about a horse that has touched your life in some way. It doesn't have to be a horse you have now, or even one that you owned, and it doesn't have to be a long story. I'm not going to judge the stories — I'll choose the winner the usual way, by picking a name out of a hat — but I will post each story on my blog (in no particular order) with your byline and a link to your blog or website.

My email address (which I will take down after the contest ends) is writer at (just replace the "at" with the ampersand symbol). Let's give everyone time to think about and write their emails — deadline is 5:00 pm mountain time on January 15th. I'll randomly select a winner that evening, and post one person's story every day starting on January 16th.

I'm looking forward to reading everybody's stories!



At January 2, 2010 at 10:16 AM, Blogger jane augenstein said...

Katharine, I was happy to put your link on my blog and hope that you get a lot of stories. Will be interesting to see what people have to say.
Did you check out the "Blue Moon" pictures? There are a lot of good ones!
The picture of you and Panama is really neat, how good of him to let you lay down with him. Too bad you didn't have a picture of that. :-)

At January 2, 2010 at 8:58 PM, Blogger jane augenstein said...

just added your info to a post with a link to your blog so all can come and read about your book give away.

At January 3, 2010 at 8:30 AM, Blogger Leah Fry said...

There have been so many, but I think Quaker, a little one-eyed QH touched me in a special way. He wasn't mine, but I trusted him without reservations. I should have snatched him up when I had the chance. He will always be the one that got away.

At January 3, 2010 at 7:36 PM, Blogger Sydney said...

I just found your blog and will start reading the posts. Great writing. If I have time I'll send you an e-mail with a story.

At January 5, 2010 at 5:17 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Jane, thanks for the link! I did check out the pictures -- there were some really gorgeous ones! Wow!

Leah, ooh, I'd love to hear more about Quaker! Shoot me an email if you want me to run a post on him and enter you in the contest.

Sydney, I'd love to hear your story too, so I hope you'll have time!


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