All things change in time

Oh my! It’s been a long time! I think it’s been well over a year since I have even logged on to my blog here on WordPress! It’s been so long and my life has changed so much, that I can’t even remember what it must have been like to devote hour after hour to both my blog and the books I was writing. Why, it’s been more than a year since I even worked on any of my manuscripts. The poor things are now sitting under a layer of virtual dust and cobwebs, remembering the good old days when I devoted my every waking hour to them, pouring out my heart and soul into those blank pages and giving life to people and plots that aspired to one day become a published book. But, my dreams and goals have changed. My husband and a new career takes up the majority of my waking hours now, and even holding (let alone having time to read) a book is a thing of the past.

I love my new life. I wouldn’t change it for anything. I’m no longer chasing after my author dreams, but am rooted in reality. I have a job that supports me and pays the bills. I know now that realistically, my writing would never give me such comfort and stability. And I’m fine with that. I truly am happy.

To all my writer friends who gave me support, advice, and most importantly, your time, I want to thank you so much. And wish you luck! I hope you achieve all your life goals and that your dreams come true! 🙂 I may return one day, to once again try my hand at writing, and to see how you all are doing, but until then, good luck and God bless!

On this day…

On this day, 133 years ago, Billy the Kid was supposedly shot-and killed-by Sheriff Pat F. Garrett in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Whether or not this is true, no one knows. Not for sure, anyway. But no matter if he was murdered that night or not, this is the date that Billy the Kid officially disappeared. And either way, he was twenty-one years old that day. I am twenty-one years old now, and I’d like nothing more than to spend today touring Fort Sumner, reliving Billy’s possible last hours of life. Of course, that’s a long ways away from where I live and I don’t have any free time to make the trip, so I’ll be staying home. But I’ve decided that in honor of Billy’s memory, I’m finally going to pick up a copy of my own book, Me and Billy the Kid, and read it for the first time for sheer enjoyment.

My fascination with Billy the Kid started years ago, and to this day I hold strong to my belief that he was a good guy, not the villain many try to paint him as. I strongly believe that Garrett did not kill Billy, but staged his death and let him escape to live a long and peaceful life elsewhere. If I could be allowed to spend one day with anyone who had ever lived, I’d spend the day with Billy. Even if it was just for a moment, I’d love to be able to see his blue eyes, hear his voice, and watch him smile. I want to meet the man who has become a legend to me, the greatest man in the Old West and all of cowboy lore. William H. Bonney.

Here’s to you, Billy. Cheers.

Howdy everyone!

Wow! I’ve been gone for so long!!! But I have returned, ever so briefly, to say hi and hope everyone is doing well!

And while I’m here, I figured I’d post some pictures for you all to enjoy! 🙂

My sheep will be lambing within the next moth!

My sheep will be lambing within the next moth!

My little goat, Princess, is due to kid next week! So excited!!!

My little goat, Princess, is due to kid next week! So excited!!!

Of course it rained, snowed, hailed, and was windy on Branding Day!

Of course it rained, snowed, hailed, and was windy on Branding Day!

Branding! Yee-haw!

Branding! Yee-haw!

The newest addition to my family!

The newest addition to my family!

'Princess' in the foreground, with my little doelings-Zeena, Zayva, and Clover-in the background.

‘Princess’ in the foreground, with my little doelings-Zeena, Zayva, and Clover-in the background.

Book Signing

For anyone in the Colorado area, I’m going to be having another book signing! 🙂 It will be the 26th of April, 2014 between one p.m. and three p.m. at the Dolores County Library in Dove Creek, Colorado. I’ll have copies of my five western books on hand and the price is $10 each.

my books

Cowboy Life

A beautiful poem that captures every aspect of a cattlemen’s life! Well done!

Fall'N Love Crafts

Riding and roping,

And yelling Yipp-yee!

I feel like I’m flying,

Across a stormy sea,

Oh, a cowboy’s life for me.

Calving and ranching,

And yelling Yippy-yi-ya!

It’s smokey when branding,

And quite a long day,

Oh, a cowboy’s life for me.

Watching and waiting,

And yelling Yippy-yi-yo!

The light is fading,

Its getting time to go,

The day is done,

The night’s begun,

Oh, a cowboy’s life for me.

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Family of the Tri-Rune Blog Tour!

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune has Arrived!!!

Buy it Here for $2.99!

Book Blurb:

The magical adventure continues after Luke Callindor and his friends recover from their battles in Haven.

Nyx still has nightmares about casting the genocide spell in Hero’s Gate. Every night her heart is gripped by the sensation of hundreds of goblins dying by her magic. By the request of Lord Highrider and Duke Solomon, she is returning to fix the damage she caused. With Luke Callindor and Sari by her side, Nyx is ready to face the vengeful goblins and opportunistic thieves that plague Hero’s Gate. Yet, there is a darker threat that was born from her violated magic: The Krypters.

It is another action-packed, character driven story that will reveal one of our heroes has been lied to for their entire life.

Wondering what you’re in for? Check out the praise earned by the first three installments of this high fantasy series.

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero:

“I greatly enjoyed the vivid characters, the gripping plot, and the refreshingly unique writing style (present tense). ” – kdillmanjones

“One of the things that won me over was the bouts of humor. Especially in the beginning. “This is not possible! I am a Paladin!” I thought I was going to die with delight.” – C.N. Faust

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower:

“Nyx is such a strong personality. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and more of the other characters, new and already known, with the rich tapestry of Windemere unfolding in between intense actions scenes and moments of kindness and budding friendships.” – Danielle Taylor

“Almost like the Harry Potter series. The books start out so young and innocent, but by the last book – watch out!” — Momto4Booklover

Cover by Jason Pedersen

Cover by Jason Pedersen

Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies:

“One of the things I love most about this series are all the characters! They are developed so well that I feel like I know them personally. Even the newly introduced characters fit in immediately.” – BarbBookWorm

“Let’s talk about action. The author creates interesting action sequences with believable use of fantasy elements. He is very creative. There are also good sections where the characters stretch out and we get to know them better.” – Donald L. Mitchell “Music Lover”

Charles author photo B&WAuthor Biography:

Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.


Twitter- @cyallowitz

Reading, Writing, and Ranching

I still can’t believe that its been more than a year of being a ‘published’ author. It is really an amazing thing. Last year I made enough money from my books (mostly from the paperbacks I sell myself) that I was able to buy myself a registered doe this spring. Yes, it isn’t nearly enough to support myself, but the money from book sales really has helped. I know now that it will be my ranch that covers costs and makes ends meet for me. I write my books for the joy it brings me and for the little bit of additional income. I think that my biggest accomplishment so far is having my five books on Barnes & Noble. They are on eBay and Amazon too, of course. But Barnes & Noble has always been a name that has stood out to me and screamed “Real Author“!

In the last year, I’ve seen my books change. I’ve learned new techniques and have found my own personal writing style. No, my books aren’t perfect. I know I still tend to shift tenses (i.e. past tense to present tense), have yet to master editing, and most of my books are novellas. But I am happy. That, I believe, is what matters. I know I would feel differently if I was still trying to make a living off my books, but I’ve finally realized that it just won’t happen. So I’ll be happy if I make a few hundred dollars a year off my books. I’m not going to get rich being an author, I know that and I’ve made my peace with that fact. I will continue to write books, hopefully publishing two or more a year, but I can’t afford to stress over it any more. I remember how heart-broken I used to be when I didn’t get a single book sale in over four months. But I can’t sweat the small stuff anymore. There’s too many other things in life that deserves to have me panicking over. Like the fact that I have three new mothers (my two ewes and yearling doe) due to give birth in the next few months. That is a stressful event in itself, especially since I’ve heard from multiple people that it has been unnaturally difficult year to keep goats. It must be the dry weather that has the goats stressing, but whatever the reason, I’m worried. My friend lost three mother goats and seven kids this spring. She has been raising goats for four years and that has never happened before. So needless to say, I’m worried about my new mothers. I’m also bottle feeding two kids (Zeena and Zayva) and attempting to tame a third (my registered doe, ‘Clover’). My brother’s goat hurt himself last night, and now I’m scrambling to find him a ‘room-mate’. Between that and getting new predator-proof pens and shelters built, I’m also dealing with cows. One of my cows lost her calf a few weeks ago, but luckily my dad had a motherless calf on hand that we managed to get her to accept. We’re also dealing with some bloat problems at the moment, and may have to move the whole herd to another pasture soon.

And here in another month or so, farming season with start. That, in itself, can keep up busy from early in the morning to late at night…and that’s if nothing goes wrong! There’s also the permit in the mountains to keep up with, which means fence building will be beginning in the next few weeks, as well as branding and vaccinating calves.

See where I’m going here? Yes, my books are still important to me but I simply can’t spend time worrying over things I can’t control, such as no book sales, low ratings, and bad reviews. All I can do right now is smile and find the good things in life. Like today. Today is my 21st birthday. No, I don’t drink, so that’s not why this birthday is a mile-stone for me. But because I am now ‘officially’ an adult. When I was younger, I told myself that I had to do something important before I was grown up. And that’s what I did. No, I didn’t get my name in the history books like I was hoping for, but that doesn’t matter to me any more. I’m an author. I’m a rancher. I’m a cowgirl. I’m a shepherd and a goat herder. I’m Briana Vedsted.

I managed to do all that before I was grown up. I showed the world (maybe not the whole world 😉 ) what I could do as a child, now it’s time I show the world what I can do as an adult. I’m betting that my adult years are going to be even harder, but I’ve heard that the Lord doesn’t give you a harder like than you can handle, and I believe that’s true!

I looked up which song was Number One on the Country charts when I was born, and here it is. My song. 🙂

Now, for the pictures! 🙂 I may be absent for awhile, so these will have to hold you over until I get back!

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Draculara’s new grey baby!                          Herefords!                                  My “Texas”

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Me and my pregnant ewes, Mavis and Matilda                       Mother-to-be, ‘Princess’

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Zeena                                   Zayva                                            Clover

Billy the Kid

Some think Billy the Kid was a bad man. Some think he was an unsung hero. I personally think that he was a kid with a good heart who got portrayed as a villain as he vainly tried to bring justice to the world he lived in. I remember when I became interested in Billy the Kid when I watched the movie Young Guns as a child. Yes, the its a movie of historical fiction (just like my book, Me and Billy the Kid, is) but it was enough to get me thinking. I started researching the young cowboy and found so many ‘holes’ in history that didn’t make sense to me. And of course, different books portrayed him in different lights, which gave birth to my quote:

“Even the History Books tend to favor one side of the story.”

As with so many things in life, you have to make a decision about what to believe and what to ignore. For me, the fact that Billy stood on the right side of the law and was seeking to avenge his friend’s death makes him quite endearing. Yes, he killed people. But war is war. Death is inevitable in such situations. If you are faced with a kill-or-be-killed situation, I know I would do what I had to do to protect myself and the people I care about. That was exactly what Billy was doing. So in my book, I did my best to stick to the facts that most history books agreed upon, but it was my goal to do that in a way where all my readers could see Billy how I saw him. As the good guy. And I found an easy way to fill those ‘holes’. With a girl. A girl that maybe the history books left out, even thought she played an important role in Billy’s life and the events of the Lincoln County War.  A girl I called Angel. And with her help, I was able to put all the pieces of Billy’s life together, every last piece, to see the man he really was. A good man. A kind man. A man with a bad reputation he didn’t deserve. And thanks to Angel, I got to meet the real William H. Bonney, alias Billy the Kid.