Monthly Archives: March 2016

It’s a Horse Race

FILE - In this Saturday, March 26, 2016, file photo, California Chrome, idden by Victor Espinoza, wins the Dubai World Cup horse race at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Now a regal-looking 5-year-old, Chrome flashed his brilliance of two years ago by overwhelming a talented field and winning the $10 million Dubai World Cup this past Saturday. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil, File)

FILE – In this Saturday, March 26, 2016, file photo, California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, wins the Dubai World Cup horse race at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil, File)

Remember California Chrome? The horse that barraged out of the west coast to win the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes before turning toward the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown? He ran fourth in the Belmont.
No matter. A year later American Pharoah stepped on the track and delivered up racing’s Grand Slam: the Derby, Preakness, Belmont and Breeders Cup. Racing fans screamed until hoarse.
What about California Chrome? In 2016 a fabulous 5-year old colt, he just sashayed off with $10M after winning the Dubai World Cup. Jockey Victor Espinoza in the irons, stayed balanced and guided Chrome to victory by five lengths—despite a slipping saddle. A star-athletic team performance by horse and rider by any standard.
Meantime, in Arkansas, Oaklawn Park, jockey Calvin Borel dismounted. At 50-years old, after guiding four mounts to Triple Crown victories, he said the big R word—retirement.  Some folks say bet the jock, not the horse. Thanks Calvin for the good times at the betting window.
In the end, everything said and done, gotta smile. After all, it’s a horse racing.

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Vertigo…or Something Like It

Ever stand on a cliff precipice and look down?  Feel the fear and exhilaration? That’s me  when I send work off to a publisher.

I write ‘The End’ and another collection of tales undergoes editing, design layout, and finally, emerges in the hands of a reader with cover and dedication completed. A feeling akin to vertigo takes over.

Not until a reader says ‘I read your book’ does the entire process take on a different life. Not until a reviewer pokes and pulls the sentences apart and lures readers does the book’s coloration emerge. Not until finally, I spot my stories, neatly bound on a bookstore or library shelf, can I sigh relief. Set free, the book moves beyond recall, stands on its own.

A collection of short stories, flash fiction, original sketches, and post card fiction is scheduled out November 2016. I’m still mulling over the title. Stay tuned.

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