Monday, July 25, 2011

Writing about Rose Rustling

You know you're a rose rustler if...it looks like you've been 
in a bar fight with a bobcat.
~Shannon Sherrod, TRR member

Rose Rustling can be a prickly hobby!

I'm shifting my writing gears to work on something near (and dear) to my heart. I have a confession to make. I'm a bona fide rose rustler. Sound a bit unlawful? It's not. We sound rambunctious, but we're fairly tame. 

I've been a Texas Rose Rustler for over thirteen years. I spent two years on the board as the Program Chairman, and served as the Editor / Publisher for nearly six years, for the quarterly newsletter, The Old Texas Rose. Presently, I'm serving as the group's speaker. I travel all over Texas speaking about rose rustling, and teaching the audience how to propagate old roses.

For about a year now, I've been digging into the history of the Texas Rose Rustlers, and I have discovered they had a rootin', tootin' time back in the early days (late 1970's). They scouted the country back roads, abandoned home sites, and cemeteries in search of lost and unidentified roses. Many of these roses were planted by the pioneers. Surviving all on their own, in harsh Texas conditions, proved these roses worthy of saving.

There are a few of the original Texas Rose Rustlers (TRR) still around, and they have shared their stories with us younger members. The TRR has a fascinating history, and it needs to be written before it's forgotten. 

Enter me. What I once believed would be a long article, has turned into more of a book. There's just too many rich stories, lore, and information to use, not to write a book.

If you have an interest in old garden roses, check out the TRR website here. 
So, while I'm taking the well-deserved break after drafting my YA novel, I think I'll try to rustle up a few roses, and write myself a nifty little book. Stay tuned...

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