Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Without Much Ado

Yes, I am a glutton for punishment:

I wasn’t sure I was going to do it, but I figured if I could churn out a decent amount of text the first day, I’d go for it. Besides, the rigor of writing daily will be good for me, even if the writing itself isn’t.

Like all my other attempts at fiction writing, the plot’s the problem. 3,300 words in, and so far the most exciting thing in the whole exercise is an old lady in a Cadillac who drives too fast.

It shouldn’t interfere with the blog; if anything, it ought to help it. I mean, I’m already at the keyboard, right? What better way to avoid writing, than with more writing? Well, I suppose I could avoid writing with quilting, but I just finished another difficult project over the weekend, so maybe not. (At least, not this week.)

I haven’t been paying much attention to the model horse biz the past few days; I’m still doing my usual Internet rounds, but I think I’m still shaking off my October funk. I did notice that they’re coming out with another Traditional Man o’ War - this one, a representation of "Joey" from the book War Horse:

Some hobbyists are in a bit of a snit because, goodness gracious, it’s the Traditional Man o’ War, and not something showable. Apparently every new release nowadays has to be on a brand-spanking new mold, or one of the half-dozen or so "acceptable" older molds.

(Guys, you do realize it costs more than $50,000 to bring a brand new mold to market, right? It’s not just one guy working in a workshop anymore, a la Chris Hess.)

I haven’t read the book; I actually don’t read that much equine fiction, as I’m not that big a fan of schmaltz. (Not saying that that book is, just that there seems to be an unnaturally high correlation between the two concepts.) Whether or not he’s an accurate representation of the horse in question, I have no idea.

And I don’t really care. What I do care about is that it’s another Traditional Man o’ War (yay!) and the paint job, from what I can see on Breyer’s Facebook page, seems pretty nice.

(Gosh, do I dare dream that the sample turns up in the NPOD next year?)

I’d like to think that all my recent jibber-jabbering about the Traditional Man o’ War might have had a tiny effect on the selection of the mold, but probably not. He was just due for another release. The press release I linked to above mentions "an affiliation with Michael Morpurgo to make the portrait model of ‘Joey,’" so it’s possible that the author might have had a hand in selecting the mold, just like the Shatners did with All Glory last year.

In other words, it may be more "much ado about nothing," again.

Look, you got three new Eberls this year, new releases of two older ones, and at least two more new molds the next. No worries folks, there'll be plenty of Eberl goodness to go around.


Stockstill Stables said...

I have read the book and LOVED it. It is very Black Beauty-esque and I was delighted to to see it made into a movie. I do want to see the play one day as well.
As for breyer doing Joey on Man o War, na, I'm not thrilled about it as I'm not a fan of the mold. BUT I my get the set if it comes out as nice looking as the one on the facebook page.

ANDREA said...

Well, if it's Black Beauty-esque, that might be a problem. I could never get through the first couple of chapters of Black Beauty, ever.

Helen said...

I would also recommend the book. (I've never finished "Black Beauty"--I started it a while ago, but haven't read it for a long time--so I can't compare the two.) I thought the plot was well done, and the characters were intriguing. It's heartwarming--not sappy, I felt--and I really enjoyed it. It's also short, and written for children, so it isn't a big commitment of time or effort. I think the model represents Joey well, and I'm looking forward to my first Man o' War.
Good luck with your novel!

Sin said...

I actually don’t read that much equine fiction, as I’m not that big a fan of schmaltz. (Not saying that that book is, just that there seems to be an unnaturally high correlation between the two concepts.)

Too true, unfortunately. The same goes for horse movies.

Anonymous said...

I feel like I'm the only person who isn't going nuts for Eberl. I like some of her sculpts, but I want to see other artists too - there are so many artists who don't have Breyer models in the line that would contribute greatly, but Breyer is all gung-ho on Eberl and Moody (which are the two extremes in terms of being realistic).