I've worked very hard at being a Woman Of My Word. It's so less confusing for my horses if I can say to them, "Every time I do this (insert specific aid), it means this (insert specific desired response), and you must do that (insert horse's response). This is how my horses learn to trust me. I become predictable. The rules are in place and there is less stress when one knows what is expected and where the boundaries are.
I can't really say I'm much of a "rules" kind of gal when it comes to my personal life, though. I've been know to negotiate heavily with myself, not to mention invent exceptions to self-imposed rules.
One cookie won't kill the diet.
Five more minutes of sleep won't make a difference.
I really do need that pair of shoes….
It's those kinds of conversations that can whittle away at good intentions and end up really messing up what I might have been trying to accomplish.
You'd think I'd be on to me and my wily ways by now.
I'll admit, though, that I am much better at keeping my promises to others than I am to myself. In light of that I am making good on my promise to deliver my mystery novel, Death By A Dark Horse, free to whoever would like to have it. My intention was to make it available on Amazon at no cost. However, that plan fell through. I can set my price, but it can't be "free."
Well, okay then.
Drum roll, please.
Death By A Dark Horse is available on my website, free, in the pdf version. It won't be there long, so I hope you'll pop over and grab it. Click on "death by a dark horse" on my home page, scroll to the bottom of the sample chapters and click on the download link.
If you have half as much fun reading it as I had writing it, you'll have a great time!
Yup. It's something I learned from my horse -- keep your promises. My mother told me that, too.