JAN. 22. 2021: My Poem  HAY INSPECTORS was the featured poem in the IWMA magazine "the Western Way. 

For those who might like to read it here is :

HAY INSPECTORS, by Victor T. Anderson  copyright 12/11/18

 They are always in the lead, when you're pushing off the feed, and they never seem to ever take a bite.Whether cattle, horse or sheep, while you're fighting snowbanks deep, starting out the day in early morning light.

 Whether nice or if it's storming, you see babies there, aborning, so you're watching heavies as the team goes by.A few calves are there a bawling', and some cows are there a callin' as their hungry calves come runnin' on the fly.

 First yearling to the feeder, old bent horn is still a leader, tho' once she was a young replacement calf.You almost had to cull her, the boss thought he should sell her. Her frame was right, it's nice getting that last laugh.

 She grew up square and fancy but was always a bit chancy. It seemed like she was always on the prod.But, handled slow and patient, this spring she's nearly ancient and her calves are always long and tall and broad.

 Those two cows right there beside her and seeming to help guide her are the lop eared cow and fat old twenty one.At every bale, fed so nice, they each pause to sniff each slice, then just walk by like breakfast is said and done.

 They are out in front each day, as they pace the feeding sleigh. I tell you boys, it's steady as a clock.Now and then a tongue slides out and licks at their cold snout. They keep their pace at a steady, easy walk.

 Keep on walking, take a sniff, buck and snort at every drift. Those lead cows, I tell ya, never seem to eat.So you watch till all are fed, load more hay on the bobsled bed, head for the barn, mornings feeding is complete.

 While you were stopped, they wandered by, always will, until they die. Check all the hay with a sneer and a jaundiced eye.And it's not because they're picky, nor because the hay is icky, why the three of them will always just walk by.

 Sometimes a slice is musty,  perhaps a little dusty. You can darned sure bet that they are gonna check her.  They are your local, special duty, watchin' lookin', seein' beauties, making' sure it's worth their chewin'

Keepin' watch on what's a brewing', self important, every feeding, barnyard hay inspectors.

             RIDE EASY PARDS.....Vic

  This darned Corona Virus has really messed up the entire United States of America and apparently the rest of the world as well.  Had 13 gigs in March and got to do 1. After that very few gigs. I did 6 at the Slab, an outdoor pub. 6 more for the city of Estes Park, one hour gigs while riding on a wagon pulled by a pickup.  Did some busking at the viewing area where the rock sits alongside Highway 36, welcoming people to Estes Park.

OCT. 1, 2020-The song "FLY," reached #2 on the NumberOneMusic.com chart, this is the song I originally sent to NumberOneMusic.com as WHIPPOORWILL, which went #1 and stayed there for 5 weeks. Since then the 2 versions of the same song have been chasing each other up and down the charts.They have both been as high as #2  since I sent FLY there, at one time or another. Today FLY is #4 and WHIPPOORWILL  is #11 on the Acoustic chart.    
 

UPDATES  

I finally got to re-do the website.  Name is still the same, the content has been edited and I'm still looking through pictures to update them. It is cleaner, I think, and I hope you like the new look.  I intend to be more diligent about keeping it up to date. Let's see how that goes.  

Ghost Bear #2, "THE TRAIL," and an a book of short stories, "RIDE EASY PARD." 

Well folks, the second book in the GHOST BEAR ISLAND Trilogy is well on it's way. It is taking longer than I anticipated. I have book #3 well on its way when my publisher told me they wanted it to be a trilogy. Book #2 brings the tale to an end. Getting the middle one to fit the time line to match both GHOST BEAR ISLAND and the one already started it time consuming to say the least, but I'm working on it and hope to have it finished in the next month or so. 

In addition, I am compiling some of the most talked about columns I write for the local paper. "RIDE EASY PARD," the name of the column will also be the name of the compilation. 

IT'S HERE 

GHOST BEAR ISLAND became available on May 9  through Amazon E-books for Kindle. Right after that it was being sold by every e-book seller on the planet. It is now ready for those who still like a printed copy. It only comes in soft cover through the same sellers.  If you get one of any sort, please write a review(I hope it's a good review) and send it to where you bought your copy. I will be doing signing in Estes Park,CO,  Cody, Rawlins and Buffalo Wyoming, st Stavely Canada for sure and I'm lining up other places as fast as I can and will be doing some in Montana, just haven't confirmed any at this moment..
 

DISSERTATIONS AND DITTIES 

I will be updating this page to let you know what is going on with my writing. In addition to my thriller GHOST BEAR ISLAND, I write songs, articles or various magazines and journals. I also write a weekly column for the local newspaper, short stories and the occasional poem.

I will be posting the lyrics to my latest songs here, too.  I hope you enjoy them.

RIDE EASY PARD.....Vic

NEW RELEASE DATE......BETWEEN APRIL 30 AND MAY 10 2014 

I just  received the release date for GHOST BEAR ISLAND, book 1 of a Thriller Trilogy.  After a couple of delays, Loose Leaves Publishing has set the date to have GHOST BEAR ISLAND available as between APRIL 30 and May 10, 2014.

Am I excited?   You better believe it.

WATCH FOR book signing/western music shows  or  western music shows/book signings,  depending on the venue.

I'll keep you posted.

RIDE EASY PARDS.....Vic

Book cover and permission to use a real person as a character in GBI 2 

If you happen to notice the book cover, a Mountain has been added.  I like the new look, with snow added to the mountain it will look more like the Alaskan mountains, which is going to happen.  The date of publication has once again been set back a bit. We don't know the exact dat of publication, but I'm hoping it won't be much past Valentine's day.  BUT IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN, I'm happy to report.  Book 2 is getting a bit more organized. A lot of research has taken place and I'm happy to report that a friend of mine, Doris Daley, has graciously allowed me to use her Gt. Grandfather, James Daly, and Irish Immigrant and one of the original  Northwest Mounted Police, badge # 226, as a character in Book 2.  The original compliment of NWMP numbered only 275. I believe she said she or her family has the badge.  Thank You Doris.  

RIDE EASY PARDS.....Vic

WHEW 

We went through a pretty traumatic fall. a couple of months after we got back from our Alaska cruise with our friends Ray and Connie, it started raining. And I mean RAINING!  In the course of  a few days we had over half a fifty gallon barrel full. Our cute little Fish Creek flooded. Instead of being about a a foot and a half wide and a few inched deep, it became a roaring, raging torrent about a hundred feet wide and I don't know how many feet deep. We lost our back yard, but had no real damage to the house. Fortunately there were no deaths reported from Estes Park, though there were six deaths below us.  Both Fish Creek and Fall River flooded and the people downstream had it even worse than we.  We were completely cut off from the rest of the world. No land lines, no internet, no cell phones, no nothing. After a few days of watching and waiting and walking up and down the flood area, we met a lady from above us who had internet and she sent e-mails to relatives of ours and our neighbors, who in turn contacted the rest of our families and told them we were still among the living.  It still looks like a war zone, but within a couple of days trucks were able to get to Estes Park and bring in groceries and gasoline, over Trail Ridge Road. Then that road became to slick to travel on because of snow. It was only another day or so that highway 7 was able to handle emergency trucks etc. so there was no shortage of food except: to some of the people who were even further isolated.  I tried to ride to find a way to those people but was unsuccessful.  A few days later another horseback crew with a couple of pack animals got through to those still completely isolated.  Many people below us had to be helicoptered from their homes to safety, including a friend of ours who is pretty much wheelchair bound.  I understand that there were many pets, dogs, cats etc. that got helicopter rides. 

We were very blessed with essentially no damage to the house and none to us. 
RIDE EASY PARDS.....VIC

GHOST BEAR ISLAND by Victor T. Anderson 

I'm pretty excited. GHOST BEAR ISLAND, a thriller that takes place in Alaska a few years after the Civil War is getting closer to publication.  We're expecting it to be out by Valentines day, 2014. 
 

Welcome to our New Website.... 

I wrote a story for an assignment in Mrs. McNeil's 5th grade class.  The story was written about Bunny, our horse, who had gotten out and into the neighbors yard.  Somehow she got herself tangled into some barbed wire, and we had to put her down.  Mrs. McNeil had sent the story, if I remember correctly, to McCall's Magazine, who wanted to publish it.  I never told my folks about it, and I never re-wrote it as the editor asked me to.  For some reason, which I can't recall, I was scared to have it published.  I wish that I still had a copy of that story.

I continue to write and currently pen a column for the local newspaper. I have written many songs and poems and wrote a book of Cowboy Poetry & Short Stories published by Sky House.  The title of the book was "Ridin' Fence" and sold 3,000 copies. 

I am currently doing what I hope is the final edit on my first novel, "Ghost Bear Island,"  which is a thriller and the 1st volume of a trilogy.  What changes I and my editor of Loose Leaves Publishing Company make in the next couple of weeks should have it ready to be on the shelf by Valentine's dday, 2014.  

I will be adding the occasional comment, new song lyrics, poem or short story for your reading pleasure.  Keep checking back... and I look forward to your comments.

RIDE EASY PARD....  Vic

 
DON'T LEAVE YOUR CABIN UNARMED.
Ghost Bears, half Polar and half Kodiak bear
meaner,  fiercer, larger and more ferocious than either parent. Merritt, Jenny and Billie face the bears, Alaska's extreme temperatures, volcanos, fires, and cutthroats  who want their money and their furs.

DON'T LEAVE YOUR CABIN UNARMED. Ghost Bears, half Polar and half Kodiak bear meaner, fiercer, larger and more ferocious than either parent. Merritt, Jenny and Billie face the bears, Alaska's extreme temperatures, volcanos, fires, and cutthroats who want their money and their furs.