Landing Page – Felipe Adan Lerma : My Site’s Pages

10 Jul

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Libraries – Not Just an Alternative, a Hope

25 Jul

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga DayLibraries – Not Just an Alternative, a Hope

My Titles  are available to libraries nationwide via OverDrive and Smashwords.

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The Limits of “Unlimited”  -

One of the best articles I’ve come across explaining the current value of libraries to communities and readers. Lots of links. Surprisingly not very long for its density of information.

Close The Libraries And Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription

Originally I thought this was a satire. The 200+ and still growing! comment thread (including responses from the author of the article) assured me it was not.

If he was trying to give Amazon some commercial push for their new ebook subscription program, he couldn’t have done a worse job. Librarians and regular folk from around the world have responded, basically updating the values of both libraries in general and libraries in those commentators own communities.

Example after example of programs and initiatives via and from libraries to help people.

Commercial ebook subscriptions from Amazon, Scribd, and Oyster are great. I have my work in the latter two, and would in the former if not exclusive. They are, in my opinion, valuable compliments, not replacements, for libraries. I’ve read the CEOs of Scribd and Oyster express as much, and can’t imagine Amazon feeling much different. I mean, even car companies aren’t against taxis. :-)

My Books on OverDrive via Smashwords – Distributing to Libraries Nationwide

Announcement of my commitment to lend my books out via libraries.

Hip Video Explains All-Digital Library in Bexar County, Texas

Short fun piece via The Digital Reader of how a small library is not only entering the digital age and 21st century, but helping shape it within its own small community.

Poems for Librarians, Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

Two original short poems I wrote for and about librarians back in the 90s.

Ask Your Library for My Titles!

Comprehensive list of my titles by topic: mysteries, Paris, Austin, fiction, images, poetry.

Hopefully helpful to readers and librarians in choosing one of my work to enjoy.

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Separation of Indie Titles from Main Search Page

We need a fully functioning libraries. Ones that puts indies on par with other authors in terms of accessibility.

Libraries are not corporations.

Titles from varying levels of writers should not be in separate search functions, with a majority of self-published works not available for search on the initial search landing page listing work from high paying corporations.

In regard to the over 20,000 local libraries and communities of readers our work could interface with directly, getting OverDrive, and possibly Baker & Taylor, to not segregate self-published works off the main landing search field page, would be HUGE.

After two months of opting all my titles to libraries via OverDrive through Smashwords, not one single title is discoverable or searchable in my town of Austin.

In contrast, liking Scribd and Oyster’s open non-exclusive subscription models, and wishing Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited didn’t limit me (so I could participate there also), doesn’t diminish how I value libraries.

Those are complimentary but different functions. Public and private.

Degrees of restricted selection (loosely so, to rigid) vs open availability of books.

An indie guild, or union, or loosely structured association – or libraries – may be the only thing that keeps reading from the control it’s been under for a long time.

Thus, libraries are now not just an alternative – but a hope.

A distinctively happening hope.

Now if I can just get OverDrive to deliver my digital books to the libraries! :-)

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Virtual Library

http://library.austintexas.gov/virtual

Via OverDrive

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My Exclusivity Quandary with Kindle Unlimited

23 Jul

Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter medMy Exclusivity Quandary with Kindle Unlimited

Please Note: Just my reasoning for me. Please explore all options as they apply to you.

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One of several titles available free from participating outlets.

No subscription or account needed at either Scribd or Smashwords for this title.

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Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – Poster Child (of sorts) for Discoverability

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Note: I don’t agree with everything these three guys say, though most of it – but they definitely make great points worth pondering; more evenly balanced than most posts one usually sees.

Kindle Unlimited: The Key Questions

http://www.davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/kindle-unlimited-the-key-questions/

No More Shitty Baskets

http://www.hughhowey.com/no-more-shitty-baskets

Kindle Unlimited’s Two-Tier System Makes Some Authors Second-Class Citizens

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/kindle-unlimiteds-two-tier-system-makes-some-authors-second-class-citizens/

and, because this post is also posted at The Passive Voice, with its own huge comment thread -

http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2014/kindle-unlimiteds-two-tier-system-makes-some-authors-second-class-citizens/

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Reminder :

Just my reasoning for me. Please explore all options as they apply to you.

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I wanted to go exclusive in Kindle Unlimited, but…

A Reason : Dislike of Exclusiveness

In a very intense thread on the KBoards, Kindle Unlimited: the scoop, http://www.kboards.com/index.php?topic=189900.new#new , in response to a post about concern of how sales would affect rankings of books, I say,

I would say it’s even more problematic than that. Search results and rankings “may” be being skewed via who is exclusive and who is not within KDP.

“If” so, this creates a two tier system. A form of gatekeeper based on exclusivity.

David Gaughran addresses some of these possible imbalances (also commented about on this thread by other folk) :

http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/kindle-unlimited-the-key-questions/

A basic possible sense of unfairness, though, didn’t stop me from once again putting a title into Select, Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa.

What prompted me to finally decide to use my three day option (very fair option by Amazon) and pull my title and make it available where non-exclusive is allowed (Scribd, Oyster, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and libraries) – was simply logistics.

Main Reason – Logistical Discovery

Quite frankly, five free days (vs any number of free days I might want, at my discretion, at other platforms) has not been any boon for me. So that was not a factor, even going in during my three days.

No, it was in regard to letting folk know the new title was there.

Here’s a fictionalized account of my thoughts :-)

Yay! Another Outlet – Great, a subscription program from Amazon! Can’t wait to tell all my customers and friends!

Devil’s Advocate - I guess you could do a blog post, tweet and Google+ it. Maybe the people who see any of that will sign up.

Yay! Another Outlet – Yeah. They can sign up. Just like with Scribd or Oyster or their library.

Devil’s Advocate Self – ‘Course, they may want to drop one of the other pay subscriptions.

Yay! Another Outlet – Oh. But I only have the one title in Kindle Unlimited (KU). That’s ok. Then folk’ll go buy the other titles in the regular part of Amazon.

Devil’s Advocate - Is that what you think would happen for people who signed up for Scribd or Oyster?

Yay! Another Outlet – Well, no, but…

Devil’s Advocate – You’ll need to shift more titles into exclusive with KU.

Yay! Another Outlet - No, I can’t do that, those are on Scribd and Oyster, and I want them there and other places.

Devil’s Advocate – You can do it. Like some bloggers have said. You can move digital content any time.

Yay! Another Outlet – Not really. Select is locked in for 90 days. I’ve tried that, well, a few other times…

Devil’s Advocate – Three other times.  Last time, all in. Maybe this time will be different.

Yay! Another Outlet – I don’t know. Anything not exclusive gets less promo suggestions, if any. And if everybody goes into KU, then it’s just back to the same thing, gotta get sales to get promos to get sales.

Devil’s Advocate – Then don’t do Kindle Unlimited.

Yay! Another Outlet – But I want to!

Devil’s Advocate Self - Wait til it goes open, without exclusivity.

Yay! Another Outlet – When is that?

Devil’s Advocate Self – I don’t know. Maybe never.

Yay! Another Outlet – I’m stuck.

Devil’s Advocate - Deciding what to do, yes, maybe. Being in an exclusive arrangement without much more benefit, maybe less, than not being in it, no. That you can decide.

And I rescinded my decision to be in Select and Kindle Unlimited, and chose to be everywhere else…

Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa

Available at : etailers, subscription services, and libraries.

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To my friends, and really anyone else, choosing to remain or join KU, all my best wishes for you.

I don’t like to burn bridges, though I’ve had some burned behind me as I left :-)

One never knows where one will walk, and may need that bridge again…

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The truth is, in my opinion, Amazon doesn’t even need exclusivity anymore…

  • Amazon is successfully big enough not to require exclusivity from hundred of thousands of indies that don’t make enough to make excluding themselves from everyone not in Kindle Unlimited
  • Amazon is trusted enough it will and does draw and retain customers without penalizing small self-published authors by not being able to sell elsewhere.

Not for the hundreds of thousands of struggling writers across all platforms, theirs (Amazon), Apple, Barnes & Nobe, Kobo, Smashwords, libraries.

Examples from other fields…

IBM, in the 80s, stayed closed system and things went a different direction from them. See “Halt & Catch Fire” – story of Compaq Computer. Fantastic show.

http://www.amctv.com/shows/halt-and-catch-fire

More recently, the success of Android is another example

http://bgr.com/2014/07/01/android-market-share-2014/

Yes, these aren’t perfect match-ups, but the part about exclusivity, I believe, fits. Mostly :-)

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Bottomline :

Amazon is successful and trusted enough to go it wide open.

When and if it lifts the barrier to all indies, and no longer favors those exclusive vs those non-exclusive that list, I’ll gladly put all my titles in.

Assuming royalties and terms are the same or comparable to now of course :-)

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Free Stuff, No Exclusivity Needed

As an example of non-exclusive and competing benefits, Scribd allows free-pricing and folk can read my free books on Scribd (thus trying it out) without an account.

I would place all my books in a non-exclusive Amazon subscription program.

If the other features remain the same :-)

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Currently Priced Free

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Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Around Blvd St-Germain Small Streets of Paris, Notre Dame – Days 1 & 2

Non-fiction photo-memoir.

Original Paris images from an extended stay my wife and I enjoyed in Paris late 2012.

Introduces the series Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks. Is a re-creation, with added commentary and links, to a series of free blog posts featuring the first 12 days in Paris. Day 13 begins a serial series of eBooks.

Days 13 through 30+ enjoy the benefit of more images, expanded commentary and links, plus the unexpected perspective of time, the latter mingling memories with new insights.

The Concert

Chosen because it features all six young cousins (ages 9-18) featured in many of my short stories, novels, and novellas. Set in Austin, it is also the first of four in a series that introduces their relationships and adventures for all future stories they are involved in.

Very short, cute, humorous, and very Austin-y.

Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter

One of several stories involving Rosetta and Arturo, grandparents to the six cousins. Also is a great intro to my many stories set in Paris.

Predominately about the two grandparents relationship, and how it subtly changes when they come across the six grandchildren near the end of the story.

Slumming in Paris Part Two

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Slumming in Paris Part 2 : With The Children – Welcome to Paris

First of seven novellas which finish out the Slumming in Paris series. Part One is a romantic novella featuring Arthur and Gricinda, before the arrival of the six cousins in Paris.

Nice Thing ‘Bout Getting Old(er)

My most enduring free listed title. One of my first to be formatted into an ebook, and slightly wonky and awkward because of that. Is scheduled for an overhaul this year (summer 2014), and will remain priced free.

My wife Sheila and I have been nationally certified as fitness instructors, and this book is a compilation of material from my website. Much of the material has been very important to our health and happiness. And much of that important material was information we didn’t even know we didn’t know. :-)

Going to SXSW in Our 60s medGoing to SXSW in our 60s, Photo Memoir -

Fun non-fiction photo-memoir with links and commentary.

Also provides nice background for some Austin short stories, such as, “Grandma and Grandpa @ Dirty Sixth Street.”

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Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

14 Jul

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinOyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

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Short light crime mystery-thriller, set in Austin Texas.

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  • Previous Related Articles
  • Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)
  • The Winner, so Far
  • Reasons
  • Available Titles and Reading App Features
  • Titles I’ve Read Partially or Fully on Scribd
  • A Strong Title of Mine on Scribd (preview)
  • My Free Titles (no subscription needed) on Scribd

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Previous Related Articles :

Finally! Enough Related Content to Give a Little Away :-)

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – Poster Child (of sorts) for Discoverability

Scribd One Month Later : 57 Uploads – Problems Fixes and Expectations

Why I’m Uploading 50 Plus Titles to Scribd & Oyster

First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

Update: First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

Question Mark @ the Intersections of Pre-Orders and Scribd Oyster etc

First Impression of My First 15 (of 56) Titles on Scribd – Discoverability

Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd – Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

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Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

The Winner, so Far

As you can tell from my own related articles above, I’ve been tracking how things go with both Scribd and Oyster since my work first started appearing on them (via Smashwords) early this year (2014.)

Picking a winner though, right now, would be like saying which thorough bred was the winner just outside the gate. Too many things can change. New competitors, new features, being bought out, etc (and no I don’t have any inside knowledge or info, just what can happen with most any company).

But, for now, based on just my own personal experience, as a reader and a writer involved with both, I have to pick Scribd.

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Reasons

Price, at a dollar difference, is not enough to sway either way. Though, I’ll admit, if Scribd went up a dollar I’d be angry and demand to know why :-)

And though there’s lots of differentiating features, more so for writers (but which benefit readers), which I’ll list in a moment, the big big difference for me has been superior customer service at Scribd that I give the current ultimate compliment of being Amazon-like! My own consistent contact at Scribd I’ve been extremely fortunate to have, is a lady named Alison.

Over and over, as evidenced by some my articles linked to above, I have had consistently helpful, courteous, approachable service from Scribd.

Granted, I haven’t felt I needed to contact Oyster for anything in regard to my books listed with them, but then :

they don’t have an author page that would need tweaking or updating

or an embedding feature where links to my books need to be stable and continuous

or reporting data on sales and views that enables a person to analyze and question and verify

or the ability to search titles without a subscription – specifically mine :-)

or enable readers to read my free-priced titles fully, even without a subscription

Most of those features above help me, as a writer, as much as a reader.

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Available Titles and Reading App Features

The mesh of available titles and features that continually are being upgraded on both subscription plans are, I believe, on par enough not to be a major factor for me.

I do – very much – like I can read my Scribd titles online, via Scribd’s site, but I believe Oyster is working on that. This feature easily lets me have more than one book going, each bookmarked to my last point read. Very handy :-)

And I don’t mean to minimize either the title selection or app features. If either platform fell far behind in important features to lots of folk (whether it be highlighting & sharing, dictionaries, bookmarking, etc) – there could be a perception that that company was “falling behind” and wonder why.

I have seen that Scribd has had job ads for engineers for a few months now, and Oyster may have, I don’t know, but I take these as good signs that they, Scribd in particular, is committed to developing. I don’t really doubt Oyster is in the same mode, or they wouldn’t catching up on the number of types of apps (android, ios, etc) being released.

This is all good for us, as writers and readers.

Below, to give you an idea of the spread of titles available, I’ve listed those I’ve either read, or delved into enough I’d consider it a “browse” (ie, triggering a partial sale for the writer) and, I’ve kept it for further reading in my library for later on.

I know that, without paying huge amounts for current bestsellers, in hardback or over-priced ebooks, I have more books than I’ll be able to read for a long long time.

And what’s nicer, I can browse into any available title, and not encumber additional cost or worry about returns and getting a credit. Much like Netflix. I really like that :-)

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Titles I’ve Read Partially or Fully on Scribd

Scratch One – Michael Crichton, aka John Lange

Odds On – Michael Crichton, aka John Lange

State of Fear – Michael Crichton

Easy Smashwords Formatting In OpenOffice – Jay Johnson

Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) – Amy Thomas

The Days of the French Revolution – Christopher Hibbert

Three to Get Deadly: A Stephanie Plum Novel – Janet Evanovich

What Every BODY is Saying – Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins

The Good Life According to Hemingway – A. E. Hotchner

Five Hundred Buildings of Paris – Kathy Borrus

He’s With the Band – J.M. Hardin

Janet Evanovich: A Biography – Donna Birdsell

The Lives of the Muses – Francine Prose

Stuck in Downward Dog – Chantel Guertin

Books Up Next

(in no particular order, i often like to stop/start on whim)

Easy Go – Michael Crichton, John Lange

Walks With Men – Ann Beattie

A Season in Hell – Jack Higgins

The Private Lives of the Impressionists – Sue Roe

A Dark and Sure Descent: Being a True Account of the Long Island Outbreak – Saul Tanpepper

Reclaiming Paris: A Novel – Fabiola Santiago

And who know what else :-)

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A Strong Title of Mine on Scribd

Preview : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

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My Free Titles (no subscription needed) on Scribd

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks: Around Blvd St-Germain, Small Streets of Paris, Notre Dame – Days 1 & 2 -

http://www.scribd.com/book/231370469/Paris-in-5-1-2-Weeks-Around-Blvd-St-Germain-Small-Streets-of-Paris-Notre-Dame-Days-1-2

Going to SXSW in Our 60s, a Photo-Memoir -

http://www.scribd.com/book/231371122/Going-to-SXSW-in-Our-60s-a-Photo-Memoir

The Concert (Texas Shorts) -

http://www.scribd.com/book/210942956/The-Concert-Texas-Shorts

Slumming in Paris Part 2, With the Children: Welcome to Paris -

http://www.scribd.com/book/211894367/Slumming-in-Paris-Part-2-With-the-Children-Welcome-to-Paris

Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter (Paris Shorts) -

http://www.scribd.com/book/202759053/Grandma-and-Grandpa-in-the-Latin-Quarter-Paris-Shorts

Nice Thing ‘Bout Getting Old(er) a Beginner’s Viewhttp://www.scribd.com/book/210941698/Nice-Thing-Bout-Getting-Old-er-a-Beginner-s-View

Please Note – if you have problems accessing any of these titles with or without a current Scribd subscription, please email my Scribd contact, Alison, at : support@scribd.com or smashwords@scribd.com .

These titles are also available via major participating online etailers and local libraries. Some sites fully participate (Scribd), some elect which to price free, and some – like Scribd – don’t require registration (Smashwords). Complete info is on my Free page on this site.

Thanks so much :-)

Sincerely,

Adan

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Finally! Enough Related Content to Give a Little Away :-)

2 Jul

Going to SXSW in Our 60s medFinally! Enough Related Content to Give a Little Away :-)

Titles & places to find!

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“Going to SXSW in Our 60s”

One of several titles available free from participating outlets.

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Titles & Places to Find!

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New Short Story Set in Austin: “The Children (Shorts) The Concert”

Poetry in Fiction, Samples – Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter

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Online Retail

Amazon – Will price match to Free at its discretion. Please report any title listed below that you find free elsewhere to them. They may choose to price match to free also.

Also, for these free titles, I have elected the “lending” option via Amazon. I haven’t used this program, but evidently, if you own a copy, you can lend it to another person for 14 days. Info for users is at : http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_rel_topic?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200549320

Barnes & Noble – Consistently prices to Free when received via Smashwords.

iTunes – Consistently prices to Free when received via Smashwords.

Kobo – Seems to price to Free when received via Smashwords

Smashwords – Prices set as per author’s request.

I’ve also recently come across info that one does not have to have an account with Smashwords to download free-priced books; only purchases or books discounted or free via their coupon channel.

Subscription Services

ScribdNo subscription required to read books priced as Free.

Some of my titles are being worked on by Scribd’s engineers to be made available to be read free, without a subscription, and my contact there says if you have a problem accessing one of the above titles without a subscription, please email :

support@scribd.com or smashwords@scribd.com

An effort will also be made to route you to my contact, Alison, who is aware of the ongoing fix by the engineers. Her quote is :

“I’m sure we’ll be able to do something for them since it’s meant to be free for them…yeah, just have them contact us through email and we’ll get them set up to enjoy the titles you want them to enjoy.

That, folks, is author / reader customer service!

Oyster – Unsure. May require subscription. Please contact Oyster for details.

Libraries

OverDrive – Distributor to libraries around the world. Various entitles are able to receive inventory from OverDrive.

An employee of OverDrive, Adam, on a comment thread ( http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/06/30/overdrive-shows-embedded-ebooks-bing-integration-ala-2014/#.U7MGvahaSOU ) response to me, says “The Indie titles are in a highlighted collection in our Marketplace.”

The article link above is about how “the Bing sidebar will show any titles distributed to libraries by OverDrive.”

These are exciting developments!

Your Local Library – Please request any titles you may like from your local library. Most libraries can carry any title that OverDrive has listed. Please be aware that the local librarian may have to find mine, and other indie authors’, titles, via a special category search under “Shop” – then within “Self-Published.” It is hoped this round-about access to the usual simple search in OverDrive may be corrected in the future.

My latest information (063014) from Smashwords (who distributes to OverDrive for Indie authors) is that OverDrive should be on the last few weeks of having all my titles available for librarians to search for and find.

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Please Note: Pricing and availability is working its way through the various systems. Hopefully all these will be available and properly priced some time this week.

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Around Blvd St-Germain Small Streets of Paris, Notre Dame – Days 1 & 2

Non-fiction photo-memoir.

Original Paris images from an extended stay my wife and I enjoyed in Paris late 2012.

Introduces the series Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks. Is a re-creation, with added commentary and links, to a series of free blog posts featuring the first 12 days in Paris. Day 13 begins a serial series of eBooks.

Days 13 through 30+ enjoy the benefit of more images, expanded commentary and links, plus the unexpected perspective of time, the latter mingling memories with new insights.

The Concert

Chosen because it features all six young cousins (ages 9-18) featured in many of my short stories, novels, and novellas. Set in Austin, it is also the first of four in a series that introduces their relationships and adventures for all future stories they are involved in.

Very short, cute, humorous, and very Austin-y.

Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter

One of several stories involving Rosetta and Arturo, grandparents to the six cousins. Also is a great intro t0 my many stories set in Paris.

Predominately about the two grandparents relationship, and how it subtly changes when they come across the six grandchildren near the end of the story.

Slumming in Paris Part Two

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Slumming in Paris Part 2 : With The Children – Welcome to Paris

First of seven novellas which finish out the Slumming in Paris series. Part One is a romantic novella featuring Arthur and Gricinda, before the arrival of the six cousins in Paris.

Nice Thing ‘Bout Getting Old(er)

My most enduring free listed title. One of my first to be formatted into an ebook, and slightly wonky and awkward because of that. Is scheduled for an overhaul this year (summer 2014), and will remain priced free.

My wife Sheila and I have been nationally certified as fitness instructors, and this book is a compilation of material from my website. Much of the material has been very important to our health and happiness. And much of that important material was information we didn’t even know we didn’t know. :-)

Going to SXSW in Our 60s medGoing to SXSW in our 60s, Photo Memoir -

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Also provides nice background for some Austin short stories, such as, “Grandma and Grandpa @ Dirty Sixth Street.”

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“Jersey Boys” the Movie, from Clint Eastwood – Evocative Story Telling

30 Jun
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Evocative Story Telling

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Intro

I haven’t written a movie review in quite a few years, maybe ten or so.

And I wasn’t intending to, but yesterday my wife Sheila and I decided, despite very mixed reviews, to go see Clint Eastwood’s new movie, “Jersey Boys.”

We expected, at the very least, a good movie, entertaining, with old familiar music via those surround sound systems movie theaters have for big space / war / car chase and other such movies.

Well, there’s some kind of big divide going on (some say it’s political, some say aesthetic), but either way, we were not only thoroughly entertained, but moved to tears, smiles, and re-immersion into a lively coming of age time of our lives.

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Story Telling

Sure, the music as fantastic, probably better than we’d even vaguely remembered. Hearing those old songs in an enclosed theatre with the type of speakers they have now, wow!

And yes, the acting was convincing and attention keeping. Three of the four Four Seasons characters are from the original Broadway or touring company productions.

But what make this movie different from a pure music entertainment (closer to what the play is, and would be great fun to see/hear) is the story. Sheila says she saw that Frankie Valli was one of the producers, and I can’t help feel there was a very close connection between 80 year old Valli and 84 year old Eastwood about what matters.

Love, family, desire, heart break, rejections, success (esp sudden success), danger, and re-conciliations.

The fact is, realizing how and what these young men lived through, to get to the lyrics and sound of many of their songs, then hearing the song, from the actor playing Valli, touches so deep, that wells of emotion can’t help but come up.

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Other Reviews and Links of Interest

Below is both a pro and con review of the film. The comment thread for the con review is particularly interesting I think, as almost everyone disagrees with what the guys says. Both are worth reading though.

Also I’ve included a link to an interview with John Lloyd Young, who played Frankie Valli on stage and in the film.

Plus a link to info on the producers, which does show that Valli was involved with the film.

Con : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-weston/clint-eastwoods-jersey-bo_b_5519633.html

Pro : http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-jersey-boys-review-20140620-column.html

Interview with John Lloyd Young : http://www.biography.com/news/jersey-boys-movie-john-lloyd-young-interview#awesm=~oIFpJJgB0gcQjl

Google search, producers of Jersey Boys : http://glurl.co/equ

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Conclusion

Storytelling, especially when it’s about life, is at its best.

More so when mixed with the sounds and songs that emerged from life, then brought together by decades of perspective from someone like Clint Eastwood.

Totally recommend.

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Happy National Running Day – Poetry & Meditatiion

4 Jun

101 Sports Poems Vol 4 - Running Bicycling Sailing Swimming GymnastHappy National Running Day!

Poetry & Meditation

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Repost of February 11, 2011 post.

“cross country” – meditation, or illusion?

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participated 011912 in dVersepoets prompt “Imagism”

especially in regard to the moderator, ‘s, quote:

 “Pound further defined an image: ‘that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time.’”

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Bricks, the Spaces Between the Paths

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below is a poem i wrote nearly 17 years ago, “cross country”

i didn’t know what i know now, and all i did was describe what i experienced, occasionally, when i ran what was then a distance for me, several miles, and would now be, a marathon  ;-)

posted on my old art site in 2007, i’ve included the short commentary i placed under the poem then

monday, valentines’s day, my wife sheila’s birthday, i’ll post “heart beats”

both poems will, eventually, help me write my next multi-part post, due tuesday: “meditation: am i doing it yet?”

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Cross Country

 Pace.

Learning to pace is key.

Letting the thud thump

of one’s feet slip

skip into a heart beat.

Allowing the mind to find the eye’s

range into any distance.

Rough broken edges of rocks

soften.  The round turns of

foliage and trees sharpen.

Green and brown and blue become bound.

One’s view and nature

grow balanced between the

thud thump heart-feet-beat

of one’s breath beginning to

settle easily through and out

the gliding body.

The floating consciousness

breathes lightly through the views.

And the countryside within and without

becomes covered, crossed and claimed

by one heart.  One vision.

© 1994-2011 adam light creations/adan lerma

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Artist’s Comment: though many of my writings are more empathy/research based than experiential, this one is one i’ve lived and felt just like it’s written

though i didn’t go on to become like a devotee of the sport, i touched it enough to see and feel beyond the sweat and ability to eat more than i do now :-)  i saw and felt the world around me, within

adan – december 15, 2007

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i just assumed, when i wrote my post-run post-poem artist’s comment, i was simply taking a mystic stance in the midst of science

so what is the consensus or expert opinion, is “cross country” meditation?

one answer, meant for yoga, but possibly also applicable for me, is from a guest author on the yoga lunchbox:

“Repetitive sequences may look limiting from the outside, but I find them enabling. They are like a container that supports me and continues to expand as I expand. Once I learn a sequence, I do not need to think about what is coming next or what I think I might want to do. My mind becomes more still as I just flow from one posture to the next. Outer structure leads to inner freedom…This is why Ashtanga is often called a moving meditation.”

sounds pretty good to me

but i don’t practice Ashtanga per se, i’m still experimenting…

so when i post my new series, “meditation: am i doing it yet?” next week, i’ll attempt to do so from a post-run post-poem post-artist-only viewpoint  ;-)

will it still qualify as a yogic viewpoint? maybe?

and what might my viewpoint be in 2020? what type of view point could it be?

a nano-point perhaps  ;-)

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Poems for Librarians, Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

28 May

Teachers Students & Education SpecialistsPoems for Librarians

Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

Included in “Teachers, Students, and Education Specialists”

Available to Libraries Nationwide – on OverDrive, via Smashwords

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Intro

Written 17 and 20 years ago, my two poems still fit.

The technologies changed a bit, but enough nascent tech was around back then that, a casual reader, I think, would just fill in the images to the words with today’s forms and books and pictures and computers.

The basic, that the librarian is our helper of knowledge, thankfully, remains the same.

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Two Poems for Librarians

Librarian

Books, tapes, pictures, magazines,
research, computers, IRS forms, each
reflecting the librarian’s depth and versatility.
Custodian of our cultures, regarding
all creeds, races and genders as valuable.
Always surrounded by beloved works.
Caretaker of our cumulative and current events.
The corridors become funnels of wisdom.
A laser like searcher helping us learn
the location and existence of our inquires.
Even providing pencil and paper
for the forgetful.
Because above all else, the librarian
values an inquiring mind, the searching mind -
an individual willing – wanting to discover
all the timeless treasures stored.
The librarian values all the best in all of us.
© 1994 felipe adan lerma

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Librarian’s World

Knowing when to whisper.
And when to break the silence.
The smell of paper held by glue
holding the memories of the world.
Faint coughs heard
over humming copiers.
Directions to the bathroom -
mingled with a map
through Reference.
Computer screens flickering
like pages flipping through time.
The loungers, the seekers – seeing
people change
from one to the other.
Requests for paper and change,
for titles and quotes.
Knowing one is providing
what the world needs most:
knowledge.
© 1997 felipe adan lerma

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28 May

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Updated 072514

(alphabetically)

Grandparents

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day (Paris Shorts)
Grandma and Grandpa @ Dirty Sixth Street (Texas Shorts)
Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter (Paris Shorts)
Slumming in Paris, Parts 4-8
Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa
Going to SXSW in our 60s, Photo Memoir

Inspirational

A Month of Mornings Vol 1
Creative Gratitudes Vol 1
Creative Gratitudes Vol 2
Everyday Gratitude Vol 1
Everyday Inspiration – PhotoPoems Vol 1
Everyday Gratitude Vol 2 Book 6
Everyday Inspiration – PhotoPoems Vol 2
A Month of Mornings – Four Months
Everyday Gratitude Vol 3
101 Sports Poems Vol 5 Inspirational Poetry for Sports
PhotoPoems Book One Seven Volumes
Inspirations from Life – Thirty Three Years of Poems and Images
Everyday Inspiration – PhotoPoems Vol 3
American Robins Arriving in Vermont – The First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

Love Poetry

Poems for Lovers Loving & Being Loved
12 Stages of Loving – Prose-Poems, Infancy to Infinity
Love’s Travels – Vermont, Paris, Austin

Mysteries

Samantha (Sam) Light Mystery Suspense

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin
Hello, Darling (Vermont Shorts)
The Sound from Nowhere (a Vermont Short)
Prop Master, Where’s the Liqueur?

Paris

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Around Blvd St-Germain Small Streets of Paris, Notre Dame – Days 1 & 2
Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : To Gare l’Est from the Latin Quarter – Day 13
Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : The Bastille, Promenade Plantee, and Small Streets – Day 14

Paris Shorts

Cafe Allonge at the Manifestation (Paris Shorts)
Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day (Paris Shorts)
Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter (Paris Shorts)
Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel (Paris Shorts)
Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink
Paris Shorts Vol 1

Slumming in Paris (novellas)

Slumming in Paris, Part One, Arthur & Gricinda
Slumming in Paris Part 2, With the Children – Welcome to Paris
Slumming in Paris Part 3, With the Children – Boys & Girls in Paris
Slumming in Paris Part Four, With the Children – Groceries & Gare l’Est
Slumming in Paris Part Five, With the Children – Lights on the Champs-Elysees
Slumming in Paris Part Six, With The Children – Movie Museum & Breakfast
Slumming in Paris Part Seven, With The Children – The New Hotel
Slumming in Paris Part 8, With the Children – Ben Franklin, a Manifestation, and Love

Poetry Themes

101 Sports Poems
Arts Poems, Dance Yoga Music Art Writing
Enterprise, Poems for Business & Professionals
Family Poems
Nurses Doctors & Medical Health Specialties
PhotoPoems Book One Seven Volumes
Teachers, Students, and Education Specialists

Romance

Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel (Paris Shorts)
Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink (Paris Shorts)
Slumming in Paris, Part One, Arthur & Gricinda (novella)
Love’s Travels – Vermont, Paris, Austin (photo-poem)

Sports Poems

101 Sports Poems Full Collection
101 Sports Poems Vol 1 – Baseball
101 Sports Poems Vol 2 Dance * Yoga * Martial Arts * Drill Team * Twirler * Ice Skating
101 Sports Poems Vol 3 Golf * Tennis * Bowling * Equestrian * Sky Diver
101 Sports Poems Vol 4 Running * Bicycling * Swimming * Sailing * Gymnast
101 Sports Poems Vol 5 Inspirational Poetry for Sports

Texas Shorts

Austin

The Concert (Texas Shorts)
Art Day (Texas Shorts)
The Slumber Party (Texas Shorts)
Dirty Sixth Street, Austin (Texas Shorts)
Grandma and Grandpa @ Dirty Sixth Street (Texas Shorts)
Texas Shorts Vol 1

Galveston

At the Beach (Texas Shorts)
Love Before the Fourth of July (Texas Shorts)
Texas Shorts Vol 1

Vermont Shorts

Hello, Darling (a Vermont Short)
The Sound from Nowhere (a Vermont Short)
Prop Master, Where’s the Liqueur? (a Vermont Short)
American Robins Arriving in Vermont – The First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

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My wife and I wrote over a thousand poems, starting in the early 90s. Two of those poems are for librarians: “Librarian” & “Librarian’s World”

I have posted them today on my site.

Considering they were written 17 and 20 years ago, they’re not bad :-)

Some of the technology may have changed, but not the librarian’s key roles.

Both poems are included in my poetry book for teachers, “Teachers Students & Education Specialists”

Here’s a preview of the book, courtesy of Scribd :

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My Books on OverDrive via Smashwords – Distributing to Libraries Nationwide

27 May

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinMy Books on OverDrive via Smashwords

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Short light crime mystery, set in Austin Texas.

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I know, the title almost sounds like I’m saying my books are on overdrive!

Blasting down the digital highway.  Well, in a very important way, they are. :-)

Smashwords has inked a deal with OverDrive to distribute its participating authors’ ebooks to libraries nationwide.

Actually, more than that.

The blog post linked to above says, “OverDrive powers the ebook procurement and checkout systems for 20,000 public libraries around the world, including 90% of US public libraries.”

OverDrive itself has a nice site with an incredible amount of information.

I signed up on their site and it’s amazing.

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My Titles on OverDrive for Libraries

I’ve elected to place all my (currently) 60 titles in this new program.

Most of them have shipped already, and hopefully will start appearing in OverDrive’s search soon.

If you are a library user, would like one of my titles at your library, please let your library know.

Libraries, though typically free, are of course not for everyone.

Sometimes there are waiting lists, return dates, and even simple lack of convenience.

So I see this as a supplement and complement to the subscription services I’m also participating in, via Scribd and Oyster.

And all my titles are offered to the major direct online ebook retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and others.

My Authors Page has links to each site my titles are offered to.

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OverDrive

OverDrive is apparently available across a huge variety of platforms and devices.

Please check the link before regarding apps and other info :

http://omc.overdrive.com/

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Virtual Library

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Main Link

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Via OverDrive

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Please Note:

A new post will appear soon with the titles within each topic.

I will link to it from here when it is posted.

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Inspirational – poetry & images

Paris – short stories, novellas, poetry

Poetry – family, love, sports, arts, business, inspiration, teachers, nurses, and much more

Sports – poetry (baseball, football, volleyball, bicycling, yoga, dance, and much more)

Texas – short stories (mostly set in Austin or Galveston)

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