September 18, 2011

Cowboys...What's the Appeal?

I'm currently on a deadline, and I've got an infant who's teething and a toddler who's wearing me out. Plus, I've had to take on a 2nd job to help make ends meet as a result of the book for which I write closing in December. That meant 2 lost contracts and the money that would have gone with them.

So, I'm resurrecting a post that appeared here two years ago. It brought a lot of great discussion, and I thought it would be fun to have it posted again.

I confess. Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved watching westerns. And the sight of a man in jeans, boots and a Stetson have always made my heart skip a beat. If that man happens to also be astride a fine horse, all the better! :)

Right now, I'm working on a couple of books with a western setting. In fact, the very first complete book I wrote was set in a small western town and featured a hero who was a successful cattle baron. And now, I'm returning to writing what I love...stories about horses, cowboys, ladies and ranches in the west.

So, what is it about cowboys that appeals to so many of us? Why do little boys love to don the hat and boots and swing that lasso? Why do little girls get a twinkle in their eye when they see one? What about them makes ladies want to hop right on their horse and ride off into the sunset with them? What about the way they tip their hat makes you feel that all is right with the world? Why do stories of them always catch our ear or seeing them catch our eye? And what is it about the way they drawl the word, "ma'am" that can make you weak at the knees?

Perhaps it's a desire for those simpler times when a man's handshake and his word was his bond, when men treated women with a high measure of respect and courtesy, when loyalty was a highly-prized character trait, and when you had all you could ever hope for if you had a good woman, a good saddle and a good horse.

To me? It's the love of horses and the image that cowboys represent. They might be a little rough around the edges, and they might even stink if they've been riding range for days on end without the luxury of a creek or a shower. But we love them anyway! There is just something about them that has stood the test of time, and I'm sure will continue to do so for years to come.

Before I end, I'd like to share a web site another friend sent that's entitled:

True Cowboy - The Last Cowboy Stronghold

Whether you're looking to delve into the history of the cowboy or want to scope out some modern-day ones, or even if you've got a hankerin' to don the gear and become a cowboy or cowgirl yourself, this site has it all. Enjoy!

Oh! And I'd love to hear what YOU feel is the reason for the appeal of the cowboy. What about them makes YOUR heart beat faster or puts a smile on your face? Share your thoughts in the comments.

** images used from the following sites: http://www.art.com, http://domainnamenews.com, http://www.buckaroostyle.com, http://www.fineartamerica.com, and http://www.celebritycostumeshop.com.



Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an author, speaker, online marketing specialist, and freelance web site designer who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have 1 daughter, 1 son, and a flat-haired retriever mix named Roxie. She has sold eleven books and 1 novella so far to Barbour Publishing, with more books on the horizon. She is also a columnist for the ACFW e-zine and writes other articles on the side. Read more about her at her web site: http://www.amberstockton.com/.

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