The land of the "rain crow"

The land of the "rain crow"
The old road home. (c) 2014 by RLMT

About the author:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rhonda L. M. Tipton, writer and visual artist, is a lifelong resident of eastern Kentucky.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

My author page, newly created.

This is my alternate blog site, 
posted under my pen name.  

Find details for ordering or contact here.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Welcome to the Glimmerings.

Today my first novel became available for purchase on Amazon. Simultaneously, a dream arrived on my virtual doorstep.

The first of a three, The Glimmering of Scotch Whiskey is a cross-genre romp that was pure fun to write. I had the story and characters in mind for a couple of months before I sat down to write it about October 23. I sent it to my editor ( two days before attending the Kentucky Book Fair 2015. Three weeks! It left me shaken. A month later, I sent the second in the series, The Glimmering of Mountain Mists, to be edited. I'm now working on the third book.

I settled on a pen name to use; too many people have names similar to the one most people know me under. So my nonfiction was written as R.L. Mackintosh. From now on, look for R. Lee Tipton. That's the name on the new fiction books, and it will stay. It's short and comfortable.

Good or bad, tell me what you like or don't like. I'll at least take the nudge under consideration.

Peace and out. Dreamland for me. There is work to be done tomorrow. Writing...


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

We're off to the Kentucky Book Fair!

The Tooth, Claw, and Hoof Stories, a five volume set of affordable nonfiction animal stories based in Kentucky, and written by author "R. L. Mackintosh."

I will be signing my books this Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort, Kentucky.  For information about the Fair, go to or see their page on Facebook. 

Signed copies are available also by mail. A reasonable additional charge will apply for shipping and handling, however, all copies will be signed and may be personalized on request. (Sorry, no credit cards accepted. U.S. currency, please.) 

Contact me here:

R. L. M. Tipton
P.O. Box 1225
Stanton, KY  40380-1225

R (dot) L (dot) Tipton at Gmail (dot) com 
Subject line "I want to order books," please. 

These books are also on Amazon (dot com), in both print and ebook editions. 

More works are in progress, fiction only.

Comments here are welcome and encouraged. Feel free to share this link as you will to interested parties.

Thank you!

~ R.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

As you can see, while I have not updated this blog site in some time, I have been busy! Working with my wonderful editor and friend, Ibby Taylor Greer, who is an artist and author on her own.

 These five books, the Tooth, Claw, and Hoof Stories series, are all available online via Amazon and as Kindle or ebook format.  I am using a pen name: R. L. Mackintosh, as I am now at work on some fiction which I prefer to keep separated from these stories. It's all still me, I assure you. 

The first four titles will be available at the Kentucky Book Fair, November 14th, 2015, in Frankfort, Kentucky, USA. I have been invited to sign copies there, and have accepted gratefully.

Book # 1 is filled with dog and cat stories. Book # 2 is farm stories. Book # 3 is all horses' tales. Book # 4 is wildlife based. Book # 5 has a variety, and includes new material. 

All five are priced affordably, and will be available at the Amazon indicated cost plus shipping and handling, signed, at a later date and on special request. 

Should you wish to contact me directly for gift orders, please email me at R. L. Tipton at Gmail dot com, no spaces, no capital letters and in proper form, with the subject line: Tooth, Claw, and Hoof Stories. I'll reply as soon as possible. Snail mail is welcomed, and I will reply as time, physical ability, and volume of mail permits Send to:

R. L. M. Tipton

Attn.: R.L. Mackintosh
P.O. Box 1225

Stanton, KY  40380-1225 

Friday, June 5, 2015

In the season of ripening cherries.

Early summer's song is the shadowed call of the rain crow, a throaty, mysterious and rare kind of bird whose cry is said to tell of coming storms. In the gloaming, cherries are whisked away from trees, winged thieves fluttering the news among their kind. And yet the scent of fresh-baked pie drifts along the night breezes.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Tooth, Claw, and Hoof Stories links.

The books recently released are all titled under "Tooth, Claw, and Hoof Stories." I used a pen name: R. L. Mackintosh for the series, which is for sale as both ebook and print by way of Amazon. Four of the five planned books are already available.

These are nonfiction (true) stories, in which only information sensitive to others has been changed. All are animal-related material. I hope you enjoy them.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

From the Tooth, Claw, and Hoof Stories series... (1)

Book One of Five.   

Book Two of Five.
Book Three of Five. 


Twelve true stories about cats and dogs span the spectrum from joy to sorrow, humor to regret, things to know to things you wish you had! These are all animals personally known to the author, who has an understanding and respect for all animals. The lives and antics of these dogs and cats will greatly entertain us and maybe even teach us all something.


Eight stories from barnyards will make you laugh, sigh, cry, and appreciate the hard work of everyone involved with steers, dairy cattle, bulls, pigs, goats, horse and cattle farms, and everything that goes into and comes out of them all!


A lifetime's experience with many breeds of horses, from ponies bought at country horse sales, to colts and fillies at Bluegrass farms, to work horses, is shared in over twenty true stories. Common sense, empathy, and knowledge of quirks and illnesses and conditions from "wobbling" to blindness, smegma, to laminitis, and colic are evident in the tales of foals, foaling, stallions, geldings, colts, fillies, Thoroughbreds, Mustangs, Tennessee Walking horses, ponies, draft horses, mares, and unusual and rare breeds. The book, third in a series ("Tooth, Claw, and Hoof Stories") is truly an insider's view of the lives of horses and the people who care for them, work with them, own and ride them, work in the barns and stables, drive the horse vans, and treat their illnesses. Life in many kinds of barns and farms and hillside paddocks comes to life with details and terms that enlighten anyone who loves horses.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Hell may freeze over, yet home is still the sweetest place to be.

We're watching the weather closely here where I am. Already, we've seen a foot of snow and temperatures of an arctic nature. People all around us have lost their ability to heat their homes and to maintain light to function by. Few people were prepared.

All last summer, we struggled and worked. We raised gardens of an unconventional nature, canned, dried, preserved, and stored all we could of every kind of produce and wild berries. Our shelved sat full, stocked with an eye to long term comfort and health as best we could.

I am happy to say that our efforts have been worthwhile. The people who have helped us to stay in our home, the home we designed and built for ourselves, are wonderful people that we'll never forget. That house, unfinished and snug all in the same breath, has paid us back by remaining economically warm through it all, and efficient beyond any home we ever had before.

In a couple of weeks, again with the help of a friend, I'll be releasing via CreateSpace and Amazon a series of books under the collective name "Tooth, Claw, and Hoof." Titles will include, to start, a collection of dog and cat stories, one of farm animal stories, a re-collection of horse stories (new layout and no images), a collection of wildlife stories, and a fifth is planned that will take selections from the first four  and add all new material in with that. This is a job created out of thin air, as it were. As soon as the books start becoming available, I will post an update, hopefully with a cover shot and ISBN numbers.

Meanwhile, we're staying home. HOME. With luck, it will remain our home for some time to come. I have a lot of work to do, many books planned to follow this series. Some will be fiction (novel, novella, short story), some will be nonfiction.

After this last session of bad winter weather, I am considering assembling a how-to, book (tongue in cheek humor, here): How to Live Like No One Else Can.

Stay warm, stay safe, and keep laughing. A laughing warrior is a frightening thing, after all. (grin)

A recent Facebook posting:

Ivory shadows glinting blue topaz, thin and smoky light fading through nude sunset trees. Ice like diamonds, snow spreading cold pale satin across hills and mountains in endless ribbons, sprawled in velveteen grace where pastures lie sleeping. Brutal, elegant, a ballet of fair dangers. The words of winter come in the secret whispering of snow or the sorrowing hiss of icy skies. Ghostly smoke bows low and then departs for warmer climes. Only the ashes of a dying fire remain, waiting for sunrise, and the hope of spring some fine day.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Peace of Wild Things, by Wendell Berry (a personal favorite)

The Peace of Wild Things

by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry, "The Peace of Wild Things" from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry. Copyright © 1998. Published and reprinted by arrangement with Counterpoint Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group ( All rights reserved.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Once upon a time, children could play fearlessly in a small creek.

Original digital art by RLMT (c) 1990 et al. The Nevvies Playing in a Small Creek. 

It's winter, I know, and cold. Yet there's no sizable snow, and no sign of any coming, according to the extended forecasts of NOAA. 

Then I look at this... and I'm glad I was a child, once upon a time.

~ R.