Back on the horse - a cowgirl's approach to her writing discipline
I'm somewhat back on my writing horse. Immediately I realize that the metaphor won't work. Because, one cannot be somewhat on a horse, of course. One must be fully on it, or at least, if you are a trick rider, in control of both the horse and your own body. So, let's just say, that I am in the paddock with the horse.
I have used the hackamore because I want to go gentle and am ready to saddle up but she' a bit skittish. She hasn't been ridden regularly for a bit and she's not so sure she wants to be. Maybe she'd rather just run free or perhaps even longs to be a wild horse - she's heard about them and even though she shivers with joy when I take the curry comb to her winter roughened coat, she might like just to let the whole thing go wild and unkempt.
I approach her quietly, keeping up a small patter of soothing words.
"That's all right, girl. We'll just keep her nice and easy. Not a long trail ride, not a huge revision, or a scary query process - let's just go and visit that unfinished trail. The one we're exploring together. What do you say? We'll take lots of breaks to enjoy what we've found so far and just go out a bit beyond where we last went - see what's over that hill."
It isn't only the horse who hasn't ridden. I worry that I don't have the stamina and maybe my technique leaves something to be desired too. Perhaps I'm not using the best equipment - maybe I shouldn't be going so gentle with a hackamore but putting a good old bridal with a bit. But I know that isn't true - it is my hands that will make the experience easy or harsh, kind or cruel, and I know that if I'm really in control of the material, of the horse, I can be very subtle with my gestures and the ride will be good, controlled but pleasurable too.
Dad and I go for a ride in the bluffs of Colorado Springs...
And so I will begin.
What about your writing practice? Is it a tamed beast or something wild? Or something other altogether?