Saturday, January 16, 2010

Halfway through LAFFN

Today is January 16th, and we are halfway through LAFFN. How are you doing? Are you halfway done? I'm not. I haven't had much time to work on it, although I try to do just a little every day. I'm still reading through my first draft and editing/adding to it as I go. I'm on page 46 of 112. Lots of stuff going on in my life this month, but I'll keep making a little time for it every day!

If you're feeling like you should just give up because it's halfway through the month and you've hardly accomplished anything, or haven't even started, DON'T GIVE UP. Pick up your manuscript right now and get something done on it. Even if you only spend ten minutes on it every day, you'll be making progress. Maybe tomorrow you can spend a couple of hours and get caught up. Even one page or one paragraph is better than where you were yesterday!


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Tragic barn fire in Northeast--donations needed

Passing this along. Please help if you can:

Dear Friends,

As many in the northeast may have already heard, longtime Arabian trainer and breeder Randy Stoneback suffered a devastating loss after a barn fire at his Pennsylvania facility claimed the lives of eight training horses, two of whom had just recently won National Championships at Sport Horse Nationals, and virtually all of the farm equipment, including trailer, tractors, spreaders, tack and hay. The fire, believed to have been electrical in nature, started at approximately 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, and so quickly engulfed the building that the Stonebacks were able to get to only a few horses in that barn. The facility is comprised of several different barns, so over fifty stalls, and many more horses, still remain at the farm, but virtually all of their equipment and hay perished in the fire.

Randy and his family have been breeding Arabian horses for over fifty years, and Randy has been a professional trainer in Pennsylvania his whole life. Randy’s parents, Dr. Stoneback and his wife, Marge, are long-time fixtures on the East Coast Arabian horse scene, and had just recently moved back in with Randy due to health problems. Both the doctor and his wife are currently hospitalized, and have not yet been informed of the accident.

Obviously, there are many items needed immediately to continue the operations at the farm while they recover from this accident, as well as to replace much of the equipment. Friends who would like to help are welcome to send a tax deductible contribution to The Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, with a notation on the check that the funds are to be earmarked for the Stonebacks. The fund is a separate, restricted fund with 501c3 charitable status, managed by a five person board, and the family will be sent notification of all who have donated.

The address to send donations, with a note earmarking that they be directed towards Stonebacks, is

The Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund
236 Henry Sanford Road
Bridgewater, CT 06752

If you would prefer to donate by credit card on line, simply go to , where you will find a button that says Make A Donation, which will take you to a secure Paypal site where you can make your donation, after which you can send an e-mail to to note that you would like to earmark it for Stonebacks.

During these times when the worst happens, the best and saving grace is to experience the strong sense of community that surrounds our Arabian horse world. If you would like to send a personal message, the address is Randy Stoneback, 127 Tripps Lane, Strattanville, PA 15258.

Mary Trowbridge
The Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund

Elements of Time available for pre-sale!

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010


All right, I'm still sick, but I've started reading my 2008 nano, editing as I go. When I get to a scene that needs to be written/finished, I'll do that as it comes, and then I'll continue working on it until it's done! I hope everyone is doing well!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

LAFFN has officially begun!

Hey folks, I had meant to start posting a couple of days ago, but I've been down for the count with a kidney infection and not spending much time on the computer! LAFFN has officially begun. Have you? I have to admit I haven't, what with not being on the computer at all. Since I'll be finishing my nano from 2008, I need to read it to re-familiarize myself with it and get back into the groove of it. Then, I can start writing...I should have started that days ago, but oh well! No time like the present. Once I get going, I'll have to write about 1,000 words a day, but that's cake after nano!