Book Update At The Ranch Pen

winter fields, wind farm on southern plains

early morning view of peaceful winter wheat fields and wind turbines at the Ranch Pen

There’s a lot of unrest and noise in the world today, so I’m not going to add to it with anything much except the status of book three in the Love is Not Enough series.

Book three, Runs Alone Girl, has taken a long time to write. It’s another offbeat, politically incorrect book in the continuing ranch family saga set in western Colorado. In book three the Navajo character, Annie, is starting into her uneasy marriage with her choice between the two oldest Campbell brothers, Karl and Dave. The second storyline is about the newlywed cowboy character, Gil Howard, dealing with unwelcome news from his alcoholic dad, Roy. Gil’s waspy-tongued young wife, Katie, is trying to keep all the balls she juggles for her family in the air. The younger Campbell son, Tim, takes a bigger role. The characters confront a lot of hard topics–marriage problems, spiritual problems, fallout from addictions, forgiveness, what it means to be a dad, mortality. But there is some humor. And babies! Babies are one of my absolute favorite parts of life. The book has taken a lot of time and thought, even down to reexamining some of my own views so I can write it real. Plus, life has gotten in the way.

I’m not a preacher, but there was one in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes who wrote:

 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

Which only means life happens to everybody and it doesn’t always go the way we think it will. That’s just the way it is.

Having said all that, I’m working on the last three or four chapters of Runs Alone Girl. When they come together, the book will go to my editor and to beta readers then it’ll be gone through again and again until I feel like it’s right. Everybody leaves a legacy of some sort, and these books are part of mine, so I don’t want to just slop words out there.

And speaking of legacies before I go. We’ve been Geoff Moore fans at the Ranch Pen since way back in the day, so when I learned he had released a new album called The Next Thing, I rushed over to Amazon and bought it. I can only describe the collection of songs as a legacy album and I’ve really enjoyed it.

Until next time, thanks so much for reading. God bless all y’all and enjoy Geoff Moore doing the title song from his latest album, The Next Thing.