The Australian Pony

The Australian Pony

This is a breed of pony that I had not heard about before so you and I will learn about it together. These ponies are strong and gentle. They can grow as high as 14 hands, or 56 inches high. Did you remember that there are 4 inches to each hand and that’s the way we measure the height of ponies and horses? Ponies can be as tall as 58 inches high. After that, they are considered horses.

Australian Ponies are often used for riding. They are known for being very smart. One of the most common colors for the Australian Pony is brown and grey. There is a picture on an Australian Pony below.

Writing Stories about animals? Some thoughts…

As you may know, I love to write for children and all of my books feature animals who talk among themselves. Do you like featuring animals in your stories? You may also be aware that the animals in my stories have amusing adventures, where they learn important things and share their wisdom with their animal friends. If you like to write about animals, here are some things that you might consider doing.

  • Make the animals the stars, rather than the people in the story: I like to give my animal characters fun personalities that children will relate to. For example, in the story Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes,Hattie the chicken likes to wear hats. She’s also an emotional little chicken. How does the reader know when she’s happy or excited? Hattie hops around, flapping her wings.
  • Share the thoughts of the animals: I like to share the thoughts of the animals so that the readers learn more about their personalities and their natural talents. It’s fun to give them skills, the same as people have. One example is that Hattie finds she’s very good at organizing events. But, since chickens don’t have hands, she writes signs and ads with her beak and she remarks that she has very nice “beakmanship” and it’s not at all like chicken scratch.
  • Be sure the animal characters learn important things: In my stories, I take care to ensure that the animal characters grow and learn, the same as human characters do. In my story, Charlie the Horse, Charlie dreams of becoming a famous racehorse like his dad, Charles the Great. But he has trouble focusing on his work and finds himself distracted by things like daffodils and tulips that he would like to munch on during his workouts. Eventually, he learns he won’t be the first one to reach the finish line if he continues being distracted.

I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on creating entertaining animal characters for your stories.

(c) Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2013

Podcast of Interview on the Author Show

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In case you missed the initial broadcast of my interview on http://www.thechildrensauthorshow.com, it’s now available on a podcast. You can tune in here:

http://theauthorsshow.podomatic.com/entry/2013-11-20T11_13_40-08_00

Or just go to http://www.thechildrensauthorshow.com and click on the title that you’ll see in the center of the screen(under the UTube heading)

Thank you for listening!

WordPress Family Award!

Thank you, Lilica Blake for this amazing award!

Thank you, Lilica Blake for this amazing award!

I was astounded and honored to receive this award from Lily Blake.  She’s an amazing lady, who is an inspiration to everyone.  She is also pursuing her dream of becoming an author. I love to read Lily’s posts. Thank you, Lily for making me part of your family.

.http://lilicasplace.com/2013/11/04/more-award-nominations/

The rules for this award are:

1. Display the Award logo on your blog

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate ten others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.

4. Let your ten family members know you have awarded them.  That’s it! Just make sure these people have taken you in as a friend/family member, and then spread that love!!!

Here are my nominees:

Janice Spina-jemsbooks.wordpress.com

S. Katherine Anthony-skanthony.com

Julie Flanders-julieflanders.blogspot.com

Suzanne Furness-http://suzannefurness.blogspot.co.uk/

Laura-mybafflingbrain-http://mybafflingbrain.blogspot.co.uk/

Susanne Drazic-susannedrazic.blogspot.com

Murees Dupe`-dailydramaofanspiringwriter

Sherry Ellis-sherryellis.blogspot.com

Carla Burke-carlaburke.blogspot.com/

Sarah Mazor-Mazorbooks.wordpress.com

Yael Rosenberg-Mazorbooks.wordpress.com

*If anyone is too busy to participate, it’s okay. I just want to thank you for being the awesome people that you are. D

Thank you to all of you for being such awesome friends and always cheering me on! You’re amazing and I appreciate you! Also, I appreciate all of my visitors and followers. Thank you for all you do.