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A Busy 12 months – The Clicker Heart Weblog

SBS covers old and new

The unique and new revised editions of the Step By Step e book.

It’s been over a 12 months since I’ve added to my weblog.  In 2018 I celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the publication of my first e book “Clicker Coaching in your Horse”.  Each month I revealed an article thanking instantly a number of the many individuals who’ve helped set up clicker coaching within the horse neighborhood.  My final submit was in October 2018.  Then my weblog went darkish.

November is my collapse-in-a-heap month.  All through the autumn my journey season competes with preparations for winter.  It’s all the time a race.  Usually we will count on the primary main snow storms round Thanksgiving, however there have been years after they have come sooner.  Deer fencing has to go up, the composter needs to be emptied, and so many different “should do” jobs should be completed earlier than the deep chilly descends.

By early November the race is winding down.  The chores have been ticked off the listing one after the other.  The journey season is over, and I can permit myself a couple of inefficient days.  After which I  shift again into excessive gear to arrange all the convention displays for the next 12 months.  That was November 2018.

December 2018 marked the beginning of one other challenge.  I knew I wanted to arrange my second e book, “The Click on That Teaches: A Step By Step Information in Photos” for one more reprinting.  I used to be working low on books.  I figured by the top of 2019 I’d be out of the present version.

Step one was contacting the printer to learn the way a lot of a challenge it was going to be to getting the e book prepared for one more printing.  The reply was a significant one.  They’d lately executed a significant replace on their pc system, they usually might not open my unique file.

Aargh! Computer systems and their updates!

Right here’s what I wrote within the ahead to the brand new version of the Step-By-Step e book:

“Don’t take rating too quickly.  That’s what I saved telling myself.  It’s a sports activities metaphor.  Don’t surrender. Don’t depend somebody out earlier than the sport is over. In coaching it means regardless of the outcomes you’re getting proper now – good or dangerous, desired or not – earlier than you both have a good time or turn into discouraged, it is advisable to wait to see what comes subsequent. It’s by no means over till it’s over.

I like metaphors. After I prepare, they come out like rabbits out of a magician’s hat. (And there’s one, simply to show my level.) However at this second, I wasn’t referring to coaching. I used to be excited about the massive stumbling block I had simply encountered.

I wanted to reprint the e book. I used to be nearly out of copies. However the unique version might not be accessed by the printer.

Don’t take rating too quickly. I saved repeating that as I searched by means of my stack of laborious exterior laborious drives for the one which contained the information for the e book. I hadn’t opened this specific laborious drive in a few years. It took me fairly some time to trace down an adapter that will let my new pc talk with this older laborious drive.

I plugged it in, hoping towards hope that it will nonetheless work. The ability gentle went on. My pc’s display screen crammed up with the information from the laborious drive, and there it was: all of the information for the Step-By Step e book.  I clicked on the one which I had despatched off to the printer. My pc couldn’t learn the file.

Don’t take rating too quickly.

I had the whole lot else, the textual content, the images, even the unique video from which I had created the images. I might rebuild the e book. As an alternative of the reprint being a small, simply executed challenge, I used to be now taking a look at a number of months of labor. Sigh.

So I set to work. And that’s once I found what an excellent factor it was that I wanted to rebuild the e book. So long as I needed to redo each web page, I would as nicely make a couple of updates.  These few updates rapidly was an entire rewriting of the textual content.

The unique Step-By-Step e book was written in 2003. this rewrite passed off over the winter of 2018 to the summer season of 2019. Fifteen plus years of instructing means I’ve added a whole lot of particulars to the coaching. I’ve modified the best way I speak concerning the work. I’ve added new metaphors, discovered higher methods to clarify the teachings.”

So right here I’m a 12 months later.  I haven’t written any blogs, however I’ve written what is actually a brand new e book.  It follows the identical format as the unique, however I’ve revised and added to each web page.

My few months of labor was a 12 months lengthy challenge.  As I write this, the brand new revised version continues to be on the printer.  Each step of this course of has taken longer than anticipated, together with this one.  I hoped to have the e book by mid-November however that hasn’t labored out.  It ought to be able to ship to me any day now.  After which I’ll have it to ship to all of you, hopefully in time for Christmas.

You’ll be able to order it by means of my website online: theclickercenter.com

Get pleasure from!



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