Mar 292014

Doranna & DuncanThis is Doranna Durgin’s WordPlay Blog. I’m glad you’re here–whether it’s to learn more about my books, or chat about dogs, horses, and reading.

On Fridays, The Write Horse usually stops by for life with horse training, written by Patty Wilber.

If you’d like to reach my Webstead, you can clicky on that link you just passed. Right there. Behind you! The one that said Webstead.

PS although I use a plug-in that allows commenters to sign in, it’s easy to post as a guest and guest commenters are welcome!

Mar 292014

It’s the monthly giveaway!  And this time there are two of us giving away goodies!  The winner will receive hardcopy and electronic versions of both Nose for Trouble (by me) and A Fatal Twist of Lemon by Patrice Greenwood.  Much coolness.

There lots of options for entering. It starts at the end of the month, ends a month later…and the mystery theme is to celebrate that the second title in my Dale Kinsall & Sully Beagle series, Scent of Danger, is on the shelves again!  And Patrice is celebrating the upcoming release of the third Wisteria Tearoom mystery, An Aria of Omens (so will I, once it gets here!). Enter lots, happily go on your way, and it’ll be a nice surprise at the end of the month if you win!

(This “sticky” post will remain at the top of the blog. The entry form is behind the cut…just click on the Continue Reading link.) Continue reading »

Apr 182014

By Patty Wilber

The first point show of the 2014 season for the New Mexico Buckskin Association was this weekend!

It is almost like we have two separate shows–except LT got to show in both halves.  She was not thrilled about that! More on that later.

Saturday, we had ranch horse pleasure and trail, cow stuff (boxing, cow horse) and reining.  This year (2014), we have $1000 for a year-end All Breed Ranch Versatility Award for the top three finishers! Here are our sponsors!


Diana DeBlanc, Performance Equine Vet Services

J.R. Lovato, Domingo Farms, Southern Colorado Hay Products

Troy Rogers, 4R Performance Livestock

Patty Wilber, Risotada Training

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Apr 142014

by Doranna

Doranna & DuncanEvery once in a while I do guest and/or interview blogs elsewhere.  On the theory that not everyone here is there (and the other way around), I tend to post such things at Wordplay, too.  Hope it gives you grins!

(This particular interview first posted at Writers & Other Animals.)

Tell us a little about your background…

Oh, it’s complicated.  Start with one animal lover, determined to become a vet.  Life happens.  End up in Environmental Education, and then in a stunningly remote area of the Appalachian mountains.  Hand-built log cabin, a hundred acres…dogs, wood stove, and endless tromps in the woods together.  Enough people to generate lost and dumped dogs, not enough to have a shelter, so UPS would drop dogs off at our place for rescue.  And with the vet hours away, I found myself dealing with mange, broken bones, snakebite, varmint damage…even gunshot. Continue reading »

Apr 112014

By Patty Wilber

The last weekend in March, LT packed tools for the Back Country Horsemen.

 The first weekend in April, she went to Lubbock, TX to compete in her (and also my) first ever National Reined Cow Horse event put on by the Panhandle Reined Cow Horse Association.

I have been wanting to compete in reined cow horse for a while, but have been waiting for my girls to get to a point where I felt we could get around a pattern and work a cow.

I  was not quite sure we were up for the challenge yet this year, but at some point, well, Just Do It.

Anytime I compete, I really want to win there is a chance to win learn, so I did my best to focus on winning the “educational opportunity”.  (That change in focus actually did take off a lot of the pressure!)

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Apr 072014

by Doranna


Agility milestones for Connery Beagle!  Now that he’s earned a MACH3, Connery is running in Preferred classes (that is, jumping four inches lower).  He was always the shortest and heaviest dog in his jump height…Beagles are meant to be sturdy little things.  And he likes it Very Much!

He’s qualified in eleven of his twelve runs since then, and taken first place each time.  At ten years old there’s no telling how long he’ll have this much joy in running, but right now we’re having a blast with it!

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Apr 042014

By Patty Wilber

Most horseback riders wear something a top their cranium when a top their equine.

For many, that is a helmet. Besides the whole save your brain feature, the thing I really appreciate about helmets is that they strap on and do not fall off.  I was just debating (with myself) whether I would attempt a cowboy hat or go with my helmet at the reined cow horse show this weekend in Lubbock.  My cowboy hat usually flies off (hair pins and hairspray not withstanding) and if it does stay on, I get a headache…waaa.  My helmet WILL remain a top my brain.  But who in the world wears helmets at events like that? The cowboy hat is SO much cooler!

Here is a helmet sample from our back Country Horseman Project on March 30. Continue reading »

Apr 012014
Mindy Klasky

Guest Post by Mindy Klasky

Thanks, Doranna, for letting me hang out here today and for allowing me to share some of the background of my Diamond Brides Series, including Perfect Pitch, which is in stores now.

Once upon a time, I wrote my first novel. The Thirteenth Teaching was an epic fantasy, a quest novel that involved the collection of twelve artifacts, each pointing toward the reincarnation of a vengeful goddess. Clocking in at 175,000 words, Teaching was rejected by every major publisher in New York. Continue reading »