“Take Home the Trophy” –Day Eight– NaPoWriMo

Runnin' the Poles at Arkansas Junior Rodeo Event

Runnin’ the Poles at Arkansas Junior Rodeo Event

Arkansas Junior Rodeo Event at Cave City

Arkansas Junior Rodeo Event at Cave City

Today is day one of rodeo time.
I’ll watch the big horses spin on a dime.
I’ll see the rope in my grandsons’ strong hands
go ’round a calf’s head in Cowboy Land.

The hooves of the horses will stir the dust.
It’s grandsons’ goal “Take home trophy” or bust.
The sun is hot. Cowboy hats in place.
A smile is plastered to each cowboy’s face.

Cowgirls also compete in this event.
It’s a day worthwhile–it’s a day well-spent.
Team ropin’, tie goats, the poles, break away;
bull ridin’, mutton bustin’, through the day.

Grand entry, the pledge, and a time to pray.
Cowboy Church sponsors the Rodeo Day.

Copyright 2013, Freeda Baker Nichols

What’s in a Title? What’s in a Name?

 Like people with names, books must have titles. Titles of stories and books are important and not always created by the author of the work.

And a newborn foal needs an appropriate name whether it grows up to run a race or to run across a meadow on a fine summer day with a boy guiding the reins.

Story titles do not necessarily represent story content. But some do. Perhaps many do in a subjective way.  “Gone with the Wind” represents the end of an era.  Margaret Mitchell’s working title for her book was ” Tomorrow is Another Day.”

I used a working title from the start of my first novel until near its completion.  A member of my critique group, Rhonda Roberts, whose advice I trust,  suggested that I change the title and she gave reasons why.  After working with my original title for such a long time, this was a difficult decision. Finally, after sifting through a number of titles based on Rhonda’s reasons  for a change, my daughter, Tracy Broadwater,  an avid reader, and I came up with the exact wording for the title. To both of these young ladies, I say “Thanks for my title:  “CALL of the CADRON.”                                  

The characters in my novel sometimes ride horses. Names of horses in the story are: King, Beaut, Sundance, Hobo, Gumbo and Duke.    

        I don’t know the name my grandsons will choose for the foal in the picture below.  But I’m certain they will decide on a very special name for such a fine little filly who arrived at their place just one day ago, on a sunny April morning.

cCopyright, 2012, photo by Freeda Baker Nichols

Crackerjack and newborn foal

Crackerjack and newborn foal