I recently cyber-met Monte Alkire on AuthorNation.com. Monte, whose screen name is “Dakota” (don’t you just love that?), is the author of the self-help book Rope Your Dream and a champion team-roper. He has agreed to be a resource for me for Give the Lady a Ride‘s sequel. Bless his cowboy heart, he just extended the career of Frank Simmons, the sixty-eight year old star of whatever it is I’m going to name the book.
In Ride, Frank Simmons is a minor character. By the end of the book, I just couldn’t get enough of him. He’s wily, wise, funny, caring. He started his rodeo career bustin’ broncs, but since I’ve written him as a father figure, I thought his rodeo days were over.
But not so!
According to Monte, there are folks in their 70s and 80s who team rope! Any cowboy with a passion for rodeo can stay in and compete to their heart’s content!
This isn’t all I’ve learned from Monte so far. Let me share with you the blurb from his book:
Success is up to the individual. No one cares whether we succeed or fail; it’s up to us. Each individual defines success for himself or herself. Don’t let others influence your opinion of your success. You know what you want, you set the goal, and you assess the results.
I know what I want. I’ve set my goal. The results remain to be seen . . . but they’re gonna be great!