“All the Rage”

By Karis Walsh

I’ve never been a trendsetter. No one looks to me for the next fashion statement or hairstyle. (Although, with all the flannel I wear, I seem to have anticipated the “Lumber Sexual” movement. Minus the beard and ax.) I’ve also never considered myself to be a trend follower. I’d definitely come in last place in any “Name the Kardashian” game, and I don’t buy clothes based on appearance, but rather on three strict criteria: they must be cheap, comfortable, and not need ironing. But there’s one thing I started doing way before it became popular.


I’ve got goats.

Emma and Shasta

Emma and Shasta


You see goats everywhere now. Jumping around Facebook wearing pajamas, cavorting on television ads, and yelling on YouTube. Twelve years ago, when I first got a sweet little goat named Domino to keep my horse company, I didn’t realize I would eventually be part of a worldwide craze comparable to the invention of parachute pants or the Jennifer Aniston haircut. Yes, it finally happened—I’m part of a trend. And although I spend more time cleaning the shed and buying hay than you usually see in goat videos, I also get to experience the joy and laughter these wonderful creatures bring to life as they butt heads and jump on spools.

Shasta and I share a hotel bed

Shasta and I share a hotel bed


I’ve also shared a hotel room with two of them as we traveled from Washington to Texas, but that’s another story… (you can read it at http://kariswalsh.com/2014/01/27/traveling-cross-country-with-goats )


In my newest novel, Love on Tap 300 DPILove on Tap, Tace Lomond is as non-trendy as I am. She lives a quiet life in her own small corner of the world, limited both by life’s circumstances and by her own doubts and fears. Her new tenant, archaeologist Berit Katsaros, is the opposite—she’s all the rage in the small college town of Walla Walla, Washington. On the surface, one woman is world-traveled and hip, while the other feels that she’s provincial and boring. As the story progresses though, they manage to see beyond trends or lack thereof. They see beyond the details to the substance and value underneath.


I’m not sure what to do with my newfound sense of trendiness, my close brush with a pop culture fad. I’ll have to decide later. Right now, I need to fill my pockets with dried figs and pretzels and go visit the goats. Trends come and go, but goats are always hungry.



13 Responses to ““All the Rage””

  1. 1 kejaeck February 16, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Loved your blog about goats! Years ago, before it was trendy, I adopted a pregnant goat that gave birth a few days later. Baby goats have to be the cutest things ever, which is obvious, but like you, I had them before it was trendy. I should post some of the videos on FB for TBT……..! Love your books, especially the “horsey” ones.


  2. 3 Connie February 16, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Can’t wait to see those babies Karis! So cute & great article too.


  3. 5 Beth February 16, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    The traveling goats blog from before was one of my favorites from the many that I read. Trendy or not….you’ve got the knack with words.


  4. 7 Devlyn February 16, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Karis, I just finished Love on Tap last night and really enjoyed it. I fell in love with both main characters. I wish I had enough farm space for goats as I am one of those who enjoys the hours I spend sitting in front of my iPad watching goats. I could be your twin as I too buy clothes that match your criteria, especially the no ironing.


  5. 9 Kim February 17, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Love your books and excited about the release of this one. Thanks for sharing your trendsetting ways with us!


  6. 11 Linda February 20, 2016 at 5:54 AM

    Looking forward to reading Love on Tap. Truly enjoyed reading all your books. Gonna read the goattravelstory now. Totally intrigued :))


  7. 13 JoHanna Massey February 29, 2016 at 5:52 AM

    Back in the day I had goats. Their individual personalities and antics were both endearing and often vexing.


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