Thursday, March 22, 2012

Guest Blogger S.M.Boyce is in the Barn!

Morning all, please give a big yodel of welcome to S.M. Boyce!





 

Hey everyone! My name is S. M. Boyce, and I’m the author of Lichgates. It’s the first novel in a young adult fantasy adventure trilogy that was just recently published, and I’m here to stand on a box and throw copies at random passersby. Just kidding. I only do that on Tuesdays.

 

Today, I’m honored to have the keys to “Thoughts from a Yodeling Goatherder.” I won’t lie. Half of my excitement stems from the fact that it’s a freaking amazing name for a blog. Just saying. It makes me want to go out on a mountain and try my hand at it. I bet V. L. Locey is much better yodeler than me, though.

 

I love the caption contests that Locey does, too, though I must admit I’m not the best captioner. I usually come up with something days later, when the joke’s over, and laugh quietly to myself in my little corner of the café. People leave me alone there. Not sure why…

 

Anyway, I’m here on my Lichgates Hidden World Blog Tour to offer you some fun freebies and talk about the wonderful world of pets and all things fuzzy. This is my little bundle of mischief:

 

 

Oh, he looks cute. But that’s his greatest weapon. It’s hard to be mad at him for eating the legs off the coffee table when he gives you that face.



I haven’t actually had many dogs in my life; mostly horses, actually. It’s neat to see Locey talk about the hillside farm, since I get flashbacks to the farm where I grew up. We harvested hay one summer, but apart from that, it was just a horse farm. My mom always wanted a goat, and after reading this blog for a while, I’m starting to see why!

 

I actually came up with most of the plot and world development for Lichgates while on that farm. We had this open field in the front right of the house, which we never really used except for extra parking if my parents had a party. It was completely covered in clover – it was just a thick blanket of soft weeds that were perfect for falling into and staring off into space. I love the smell of clover —it’s warm, but kind of sweet, and always reminds me of peaceful summers where nothing matters except for hoping it doesn’t rain while you’re sitting out there. I also had a great view of my mom’s garden, with her azaleas and black-eyed susans. It was always interesting to me that those beautiful flowers were so well-maintained and yet never really appreciated as more than being something pretty to look at, while I actually enjoyed the clover more.

 

These clover-moments actually inspired a prominent theme in the Grimoire Trilogy. I won’t go into too much detail, but clovers are a frequent motif. Additionally, it inspired this line:

 
“Life requires balance. Though a dandelion is never as stunning as an orchid, we would never appreciate a flower’s beauty without also appreciating a weed’s simplicity. Therefore, we must accept that there is evil if we are to understand what it means to be good.”

 

It’s a little snippet, one that will be often overlooked, but it makes me smile every time I read it. It reminds me of the farm, my horse, and the time I accidentally mistook my mom’s prized ivy vines as weeds and removed them in a weeding frenzy one spring.

 

Oops. Sorry, Mom.

 

If you have a fond farm memory, too, I’d love to hear it. I’ll get us another round of coffee and we can settle in to talk in the comments.

 

Ah, and before I go, make sure you enter the giveaway that’s coming up here in a minute. You can win a free eBook copy of Lichgates (whatever format you’d like) and some pretty fun book swag. So enter the giveaway and let’s talk farms, pets, and other fuzzy things in the comments!

 

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V.L. Locey said...

Thanks a heap S.M. for dropping in to chat! Loved your video intro and your dog, he does look innocent enough but then again they all do, don`t they??

Rob Zimmermann said...

Fun post. I'm very happy with the fact that my dog, also VERY cute, doesn't chew anything but his toys. He will steal my slippers when I leave the house...but he sleeps on them without ruining then in any other way. I guess I'm just lucky with that.

It was great to read about the farm too. I didn't grow up on one, but where I do live it has a similar feeling of simplicity and connection with nature. There are many times I will go out on my lawn and look at the stars all night long, without any city lights to ruin their beauty.

Oh, I also help some wild cats survive. So it's almost like starting a small farm here. Haha. That's all for my fuzzy things mention. :)

Sharon said...

I did enjoy the interview. I used to enjoy the clover moments, when the sky was blue and watch the puffy little clouds become figures. OH, such a sin, cutting your mom's ivy, my son cut my snowball bush off at the knees, so I think I know how she felt...

Wishing you good luck with your books!

Jason said...

I have always lived in the city...and always wished I lived on a farm, so there's that. I saw the picture of your dog and thought it was mine. One of my dogs has a similar look. Both of them are so cute that it is hard to imagine that they are able to tear the house up the way they do. Nice post, Boyce. Very nice post indeed.

Wren B. said...

I had horses when I was younger and I really, really miss having them. Totally loved this blog post. It was really natural and I love that.

Kali said...

I didn't live in a farm, but did go to one couple of times a year. It was so far removed that things like drinkable water where rare, and it was all just very rustic, which really made you go out there and enjoy nature instead of sitting around with pc's, cellphones and T.Vs. I loved that, it isn't possible going back there anymore D:

bn100 said...

Very nice post and cute dog. I don't have any farm stories.

Doodle said...

Cute puppy!!

I used to go to my aunt and uncle's farm every summer when I was growing up. I would hook up the cows for milking and ride horses with one of the local girls when her dad was home. My uncle and I would take loads of grain to the silos and stop at a butcher's shop and get sandwiches on our way home. I always had a blast.

HilyBee said...

Great to get to know the non-writer side of you S.M. :D

MaSugar32 said...

Great post! I like when things are mixed up a bit and get to see another side to the author!

The title of the blog always makes me smile and I wish I could yodel!

Anubha said...

great interview... loved S.M> :)

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