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First Month in Kindle Unlimited – More Time, No Borrows, One Sale

23 Oct
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Four star review:

“Love’s Travels is one of the best books/poetry I’ve read recently. The rhythm of the words with the incredible photos creates a lovely picture of love shared. Mr. Lerma paints a beautiful story. I highly recommend this book. “

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October 23, 2014

Category – Platform Advantages

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Advantage Amazon KDP – File Size – 090314

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Advantage Smashwords – Reader Preview Selection – 091014

Advantage Amazon KDP – Reporting Time to Authors – 091914

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Advantage Amazon (via Goodreads) – Advertising Your Writing – 093014

Why I Put My Books in Kindle Unlimited – It’s Personal – 092914

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Risking Exclusivity for More Time for Health

Recap

A month ago I decided, for both business and personal reasons, to move the majority of my titles to Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited (KU).

Hugh Howey had laid out some compelling reasons in his post, Ruminations on Exclusivity.

One of which was the huge savings in time by having one outlet.

It made sense to me, and, because I was spending so much time trying to get readers to so many locations for so many titles, felt it was worth the chance.

Growing Voices Against Exclusivity

Hugh has recently posted another article, saying that maybe writers in the middle, might not benefit as much as those at the bottom (who need exposure and time) or those at the top, getting huge bonuses from Amazon for staying in the program. And that exclusivity, as I’ve posted many times, may not even be in Amazon’s best interests anymore.

Business Results

Unfortunately, as even my first month in KU shows, I’m very much at the bottom, maybe even scrunched down beneath the surface a bit (smiles).

And while my business end has been, if not a bust, a non-starter sputter :-) with less sales than previously, and not even one borrow yet, my personal end has had the intended benefit.

Personal Results

As I told Alison, my personal contact in customer support at Scribd when I left (miss that girl!), I really needed to both cut back the amount of time I was spending marketing, and devote more time to getting myself fit and healthy again. I wasn’t “sick.” But I had allowed myself to become un-toned and much too sluggish.

At my age, I turned 64 this past weekend – yay! – I need, not only to exercise regularly, but time to rest and recover.

I’d been relatively fit before, and I knew what it would take for me – dedicated time.

So in this past month, I’ve signed up for some evening alignment yoga classes, and – a (very) early morning boot camp (via Fusion Boot Camp)!

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Driving to Boot Camp!

I even wrote, “Maybe I’ll get a bicycle for Christmas.”

I was a little off there, my son gave me a great commuter bike for my birthday! :-)

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Bottomline(s)

  • One, it’s much too early to get “too” discouraged regarding the business benefit of Kindle Unlimited for me.
  • Two, if and when I returned titles to being non-exclusive, something would need to change regarding my time spent marketing to other outlets (I still have a handful of titles in Scribd, Apple, etc). My Authors Page and the right side of each page have links to my other outlet author pages.
  • Three, it may be time to try someone other than Smashwords for distribution to Scribd, Apple, and Barnes and Noble. Smashwords does distribute to libraries via OverDrive, but that’s been a protracted no-news no-updates disappointment since June.
  • For now, with two more months commitment in Kindle Unlimited, I remain hopeful, and intend to take advantage of the newly freed time to continue getting fit. Who knows, maybe even my writing, not just my body, will become “unsluggish.” :-)

Below is some info on my new thriller, my first actually. Some requests for reviews are processing, and hopefully readers will have more than mine and m wife’s and a few friends’ enthusiastic response to go by (smiles).

Thanks so much, best wishes!

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One Night in the Hill Country – a Suspense Thriller

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My first thriller – One Night in the Hill Country, is now available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited.

A 3000 word sample (approx 10%) is available on my site.

My blurb reads :

In “One Night in the Hill Country,” a suspense thriller, Sam (Samantha) takes four young cousins to the Texas Hill Country to search for a kitten, visit some vineyards, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon.

They encounter a mis-guided effort by brother and sister, Rolf and Tara, to use illegal immigrant children as bait to catch men who would abuse those children.

Cultures clash and mesh among the children, while the adults play for life and death.

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – A Short Story Companion to the Thriller : One Night in the Hill Country – Featuring Sam (Samantha)

22 Oct

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A Short Story Companion to the Thriller : One Night in the Hill Country

Featuring Sam (Samantha)

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A Short Story Companion to the Thriller : One Night in the Hill Country

Featuring Sam (Samantha)

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October 22, 2014

Categories : Thrillers

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About Sam (Samantha)

Via Interview

I very recently had the pleasure of having an interview via Andrew Updegrove, attorney and self-published thriller author of The Alexandria Project.

His list of questions helped me zero in on my many creative interests besides writing, plus enabled me to focus a bit about the female lead, Sam (Samantha).

Though many folk key on the children and teens and tweens in both the new thriller, and Dirty Sixth Street, Austin and its three companion short stories, it is Sam the children circle around, center on, and evolve from.

I don’t know everything about Sam and her life, but I’ve found it worth finding out more about through my stories.

I hope you’ll enjoy the same – thank you much (smiles).

Via Other Stories

While “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” is about how Sam, as a grown woman, meets the six cousins (ages 9-18) in much of my fiction, the stories below are of Sam telling the six children stories about her own childhood, growing up in Vermont.

The story within each story, is itself, a suspense mystery of sorts.

Hello, Darling

A content sample is also available on my site.

The Sound from Nowhere

Prop Master, Where’s the Liqueur?

And of course, there’s the new thriller, One Night in the Hill Country

 A content sample is also available on m site.

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Blurb

Sam (Samantha) is visiting Austin from New England. Thinking of moving. Works with the police helping children in trauma. And comes across the six cousins in much of my Texas and Paris fiction. The youngest boy, Zilker, has been robbed, and she wants to help out. In the process, she learns much about herself, her young new friends, and a special party section of Austin, Texas. Oh, and solves the crime. (smiles)

Details

7850 story words.

31+ standard pages.

Set in Austin Texas.

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“One Night in the Hill Country” – Now Available! Pre-Pricing Continuing Until Gift Purchases Process

21 Oct
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“One Night in the Hill Country” – Now Available!

Pre-Pricing Continuing Until Gift Purchases Process

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A novella, “One Night in the Hill Country.”

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MXGMN68

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Pre-Pricing Continuing Until Gift Purchases Process

October 21, 2014

Category – Thriller

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Gift Purchases Still Processing

My intent was to keep my pre-release price of $2.99 for my new thriller through the release date this past Sunday.

However, it appears that not all the gift purchases are processing, or at least showing up in my reporting data.

If I increase my pricing before the gift subscriptions are redeemed or processed, the recipient won’t be able to purchase my new book without paying additional monies on their own, which isn’t the intent of the gift purchases.

So for now, pre-order pricing for “One Night in the Hill Country” remains at $2.99.

It is also available free for subscribers of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited.

Those are some pretty good reasons to try out the new book -

Besides that readers are reporting they like it :-)

Thanks so much everyone!

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Blurb:

In “One Night in the Hill Country,” a suspense thriller, Sam (Samantha) takes four young cousins to the Texas Hill Country to search for a kitten, visit some vineyards, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon. They encounter a mis-guided effort by brother and sister, Rolf and Tara, to use illegal immigrant children as bait to catch men who would abuse those children. Cultures clash and mesh among the children, while the adults play for life and death.

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General Reader Info -

A 3000 word, story-content sample, is available on my site, at :

One Night in the Hill Country, a Thriller : 3000 Word Sample.

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For Reviewers -

A complimentary review copy can be provided to book and arts related reviewers. Please send a link or links to your review site.

Review copy would be notated “Review Copy” on the copyright page. And review should note at the beginning that a review copy was provided.

Please send information to yoga (dot) adan (at) gmail (dot) com

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thanks everyone :-)

adan

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Related Titles with the Same Main Character, Sam (Samantha)

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Hello, Darling

The Sound from Nowhere

Prop Master, Where’s the Liqueur?

Queen – work in progress : novella, set in Vermont

Related Articles :

Story Sample plus Links : Hello, Darling – Light Suspense Mystery

Story Sample plus Links : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – Light Crime Mystery

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Interviewed by Andrew Updegrove – Attorney, Author of The Alexandria Project

20 Oct
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October 20, 2014

Category – Thriller

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First Fiction Over-all Creativity Interview

http://updegrove.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/an-inteview-with-authorpoetphotographer-felipe-adan-lerma/

I am very excited to post a link to a comprehensive creativity-orientated interview that author and attorney Andrew Updegrove has posted on his website.

Beside the very kind words from Andrew in the intro to the interview, I have to say, the questions he posed made me delve deeply into my reasons for writing and other forms of creativity. Enough so I came up with the last question, to myself, tying together the various strands.

Additionally, because Andrew himself has recently self-published an exceptionally well received thriller, especially on Goodreads, The Alexandria Project, it is an honor to have him focus his attention my way.

So with much thanks, I ask my readers to either jump on over to the interview directly, or, if you would like to see the questions below, then go over to his site and see the full interview. My first thriller, One Night in the Hill Country, went live yesterday, and this is a great way to celebrate entering its first full week on the market – thanks everyone (smiles).

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Questions Posed for Interview

1. It looks from your site like you’ve never written a thriller before. If so, what tempted you to write a book now in that genre?

2. Can you tell us a bit about your new book?

3. I also see that while the genre is new to you, the main character – Samantha – is one you’ve worked with before. Would you tell us a bit about her?

4. Will your regular readers learn new things about her when Sam finds herself in this new type of situation? Will she as well? (And did you?)

5. A lot of your work uses Austin and Texas as a background. Is that only because you know that area well, or are there special aspects that make it attractive to you as a stage?

6. What got you started producing and sharing so many different types of work?

7. What can we look for from you next?

8. Any tips you’d like to share with other self-published authors?

9. How can readers help spread the work about One Night in the Hill Country?

10. So. With all said and done. With all these creative outlets, what is your creative writing about? Or, for that matter, your paintings, and other arts? Is it the same for each of your creative interests?

http://updegrove.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/an-inteview-with-authorpoetphotographer-felipe-adan-lerma/

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My Writing History, the Road to My First eBook (Sports Poetry)

My First Interview! Poetry & Writing – With Neelthemuse

Short Chapters – My Guest Post: Why I Like Them

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“One Night in the Hill Country” – Available!

19 Oct
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Available!

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Also Available in Kindle Unlimited

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Available!

 

October 19, 2014

Category – Thriller

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Happy Birthday to Me! (smiles)

My birthday presents to myself both involve(d) a lot of work -

Getting fit again (yoga classes, 5:45 a.m. boot camp) -

And releasing my first thriller -

Missions accomplished!

With special thanks to all those who helped either happen (and in my wife’s case, both!) – I greatly appreciate all the re-tweets, encouragements, and best wishes. I absorb them all :-)

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Blurb:

In “One Night in the Hill Country,” a suspense thriller, Sam (Samantha) takes four young cousins to the Texas Hill Country to search for a kitten, visit some vineyards, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon. They encounter a mis-guided effort by brother and sister, Rolf and Tara, to use illegal immigrant children as bait to catch men who would abuse those children. Cultures clash and mesh among the children, while the adults play for life and death.

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General Reader Info -

Special Pre-Order Pricing is available through the first day of release, October 19, 2014.

Also, a 3000 word, story-content sample, is available on my site, at :

One Night in the Hill Country, a Thriller : 3000 Word Sample.

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For Reviewers -

A complimentary review copy can be provided to book and arts related reviewers. Please send a link or links to your review site.

Review copy would be notated “Review Copy” on the copyright page. And review should note at the beginning that a review copy was provided.

Please send information to yoga (dot) adan (at) gmail (dot) com

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thanks everyone :-)

adan

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Related Titles with the Same Main Character, Sam (Samantha)

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Hello, Darling

The Sound from Nowhere

Prop Master, Where’s the Liqueur?

Queen – work in progress : novella, set in Vermont

Related Articles :

Story Sample plus Links : Hello, Darling – Light Suspense Mystery

Story Sample plus Links : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – Light Crime Mystery

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namaste´- con dios – god be with you (smiles)

Sheila & Adan

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“One Night in the Hill Country” Launches Sunday Oct 19, 2014 – Last Day to Pre-Order

18 Oct
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Last Day to Pre-Order

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A novella, “One Night in the Hill Country.”

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MXGMN68

Also Available in Kindle Unlimited

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Original fiction, photo-memoirs, and poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

Available via subscription, direct purchase, or library.

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Last Day to Pre-Order

 

October 18, 2014

Category – Thriller

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Blurb:

In “One Night in the Hill Country,” a suspense thriller, Sam (Samantha) takes four young cousins to the Texas Hill Country to search for a kitten, visit some vineyards, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon. They encounter a mis-guided effort by brother and sister, Rolf and Tara, to use illegal immigrant children as bait to catch men who would abuse those children. Cultures clash and mesh among the children, while the adults play for life and death.

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General Reader Info -

Special Pre-Order Pricing is available through the first day of release, October 19, 2014.

Also, a 3000 word, story-content sample, is available on my site, at :

One Night in the Hill Country, a Thriller : 3000 Word Sample.

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For Reviewers -

A complimentary review copy can be provided to book and arts related reviewers. Please send a link or links to your review site.

Review copy would be notated “Review Copy” on the copyright page. And review should note at the beginning that a review copy was provided.

Please send information to yoga (dot) adan (at) gmail (dot) com

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thanks everyone :-)

adan

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Related Titles with the Same Main Character, Sam (Samantha)

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Hello, Darling

The Sound from Nowhere

Prop Master, Where’s the Liqueur?

Queen – work in progress : novella, set in Vermont

Related Articles :

Story Sample plus Links : Hello, Darling – Light Suspense Mystery

Story Sample plus Links : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – Light Crime Mystery

“One Night in the Hill Country” Launches Sunday Oct 19, 2014 – Reader & Reviewer Information

“One Night in the Hill Country” Launches Sunday Oct 19, 2014 – Two Days Before Launch – Road Trip with Grand Child

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“One Night in the Hill Country” Launches Sunday Oct 19, 2014 – Two Days Before Launch – Road Trip with Grand Child

17 Oct
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Road Trip With Grand Child

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MXGMN68

Also Available in Kindle Unlimited

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Original fiction, photo-memoirs, and poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

Available via subscription, direct purchase, or library.

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Two Days Before Launch -

Road Trip With Grand Child

October 17, 2014

Category – Thriller

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Last Days Before Launch,

Wife & I Took a Road Trip with the Youngest Grand Child

max shiela squirrel IMG_5114Berdoll Pecan Candy

http://www.berdollpecanfarm.com/

(ps, i think they’re trying to tell the squirrel where the pecans are)

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So either I’m as fabulously planned for my launch as can be done.

Or I’ve done all I can do with what I know and am capable of.

Which, like raising children, might be the same thing.

:-)

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Blurb:

In “One Night in the Hill Country,” a suspense thriller, Sam (Samantha) takes four young cousins to the Texas Hill Country to search for a kitten, visit some vineyards, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon. They encounter a mis-guided effort by brother and sister, Rolf and Tara, to use illegal immigrant children as bait to catch men who would abuse those children. Cultures clash and mesh among the children, while the adults play for life and death.

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General Reader Info -

Special Pre-Order Pricing is available through the first day of release, October 19, 2014.

Also, a 3000 word, story-content sample, is available on my site, at :

One Night in the Hill Country, a Thriller : 3000 Word Sample.

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For Reviewers -

A complimentary review copy can be provided to book and arts related reviewers. Please send a link or links to your review site.

Review copy would be notated “Review Copy” on the copyright page. And review should note at the beginning that a review copy was provided.

Please send information to yoga (dot) adan (at) gmail (dot) com

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thanks everyone :-)

adan

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Related Titles with the Same Main Character, Sam (Samantha)

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Hello, Darling

The Sound from Nowhere

Prop Master, Where’s the Liqueur?

Queen – work in progress : novella, set in Vermont

Related Articles :

Story Sample plus Links : Hello, Darling – Light Suspense Mystery

Story Sample plus Links : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – Light Crime Mystery

“One Night in the Hill Country” Launches Sunday Oct 19, 2014 – Reader & Reviewer Information

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namaste´- con dios – god be with you (smiles)

Sheila & Adan

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The Writer’s Life – 101414 : Sometimes, Doing a Little of Nothing, Gets a Lot Done (smiles)

16 Oct
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101414 :

Sometimes, Doing a Little of Nothing, Gets a Lot Done (smiles)

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Everyday Gratitude Vol 1

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Story Sample plus Links : Everyday Gratitude Vol 1 – Daily Meditations via Everyday Life

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October 14, 2014

In-Between, I Needed a Rest

Doing a Little of Something

Finding Gratitude, Sheila

Finding Gratitude, Sheila – The Breath Expanding Into the Soul

My first boot camp fitness class behind me (plus the little pieces of me that clinked off – smiles), and my next yoga alignment class still a few days ahead, I did my most continually favored DVD.

Or at least the ten minute portion that’s yoga. There’s upper and lower body intensity level segments also, and I like doing those periodically also. But the yoga portion is superb. Quite a few gentle poses. And I usually zip through the ten minutes and feel much much better.

Sometimes, I start and stop the tape (old folk term for a disc).

And let myself just relax into the pose.

Finding, by not doing anything but breathing and being quiet, what aches.

Then breathing deeply and visualizing that spot, letting the oxygen filling my lungs trigger a mentally directly stimulating of the area that doesn’t feel so good. The expansion and soft breath release of the muscle area hurting (more often just aching), is like magic.

When I felt rested, in the position, I restarted the disc, and repeated through each position.

Letting myself determine the pace and amount of time in each pose.

When it was over, I rested. In savasana.

Doing a Little of Nothing

Adan at Table with Light from Window

Last available table at Skinny Pancake, near the Waterfront, Burlington Vt.

The yogic pose savasana is also referred to as the corpse pose.

That doesn’t appeal to me.

And the word savasana has an easy audible connotation for me, sabana: bed sheet, or blanket. I heard it referred to basically any covering one might use in bed, though usually with the additional connotation (for me) of having some sense of weight to it.

And of course, for me, a savanna brings up images of sweeping vistas of tall grasses swaying in the wind.

Growing up in Houston and living along the Gulf Coast most of my life, that was a frequent view; especially when I was younger, and there was less development of the land.

Inspiration for resting comes much more pleasantly for me with these other connotations. :-)

I’d like to rename this pose. Maybe something like dream pose!

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Doing Nothing

Not doing anything, in the resting pose – I’ve currently come to realize – doesn’t mean having nothing happening in myself.

Oh, and notice I slyly said, “I’ve currently come to realize” – meaning what I think I “know” – changes.

But, getting back to my point (oh, and this is kinda what happens to me during meditation, and even savasana – a meandering of sorts) -

An Eye Like A Hawk

Resting, truly resting, is not blocking thoughts and feelings that appear to our mind and heart, but observing them, becoming aware of them, and, if we decide to, acting on them.

Letting the tediousness of most of our thoughts and feelings pass through, usually will allow them to dissipate. But not always. So this is also a way of finding out what things are most important to us.

Sure, it’s a lofty and desirable goal that we reach moments, even extended moments, where we slip into what either is our imagined source of being, is a true tapping into our origins, but working with what I get, and where I am, is part of the letting go and being able to rest.

Thoughts on Writing that Came to Me.

Wine Glass on Terrace

Wine Glass on Terrace at Sunset – Galveston Texas

So I rested, in non-corpse living-dreaming pose, for awhile. Ten, fifteen minutes. Which is but an instant, but seems like another forever in moments. :-)

Creative thoughts for my WIP (work-in-progress) managed to work their way to consciousness.

Bits of dialog. Plot line adjustment-enhancements.

Even a new better suited first chapter.

That last creative thought, I realized right away, was probably derived from the reading the first few chapters of Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays by Lucy V Hay.

I’d read much the same, in different words, in a few other books, but the way it works for me is, as I continue to do creative work, studying how creative pieces have been formed, informs me differently as I progress.

Much the way doing the same poses, over time, and for varying lengths of time, have also done.

Mind-Body – for me, it’s undeniable.

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Though each digital outlet usually has a preview capability, what is previewed to the reader varies tremendously.

Some outlets have pre-determined unalterable percents, and some allow the writer to set the percent, which then is passed on to where the book is distributed. But even then, the receiving retailer may have their own set limits.

What I want to be able to present to a reader, is at least 10% of the actual content.

Of the story. Or photo-memoir. Or photography. Or poetry.

This new series on my site allows me that.

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Everyday Gratitude Vol 1 – Daily Meditations via Everyday Life

Synopsis

A simple daily meditation on the everyday happenings in my life.

Meant to be an example of what anyone can do each day to help reach an understanding of one’s own daily life, and finding something to be grateful for each day.

Written in a prose-poetry format.

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Everyday Gratitude

Vol 1

© Felipe Adan Lerma

One

made a call to my

ancient-to-be

mom

who at 84 1/2

is so thankful we’re thankful

too

may i be as alive at 84 and one half as she is now

got calls from the kids

calls completing

the circles

it’s thanksgiving

for my wife and i

and

our little circles of circles

ringing the holidays

and for that

i am grateful…

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Two

we wondered down to the tree lighting

with the families young and old

carriages and canes

into the town’s downtown

bundled like newborns

gifted with boots

wraps caps and

gloves -

the coffee at the market we

paused

in…

hot tasty with mocha

yet most grateful

am i

for

able-ness

eating

my

bagel

organic with seeds warm with scents

what a blessing chewing

enjoying to eat

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Three

time

spent in a cool winter

sun -

time

spent wandering

among the chores

like children

caught

in a tools-delight

unaware

chores

are

more often

less enchanting

but grateful

for these

bits of ignorance

slips of knowledge

our sifts of living

with those we love

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Everyday Gratitude Vol 1Note: Things digital seem to be changing more each day (vs settling down), and some online outlets have had sporadic problems with downloads, links, and accessibility. In addition, as events evolve, it may have become necessary for me to either remove an outlet, or settle on just one I can depend on.

If all else fails, please contact me for availability : yoga (dot) adan (at) gmail (dot) com .

Updates are also posted on my Samples Page on my site.

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Available via subscription, direct purchase, or library.

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October 13, 2014

Category – Thriller

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Blurb:

In “One Night in the Hill Country,” a suspense thriller, Sam (Samantha) takes four young cousins to the Texas Hill Country to search for a kitten, visit some vineyards, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon. They encounter a mis-guided effort by brother and sister, Rolf and Tara, to use illegal immigrant children as bait to catch men who would abuse those children. Cultures clash and mesh among the children, while the adults play for life and death.

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Special Pre-Order Pricing is available through the first day of release, October 19, 2014.

Also, a 3000 word, story-content sample, is available on my site, at :

One Night in the Hill Country, a Thriller : 3000 Word Sample.

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A complimentary review copy can be provided to book and arts related reviewers. Please send a link or links to your review site.

Review copy would be notated “Review Copy” on the copyright page. And review should note at the beginning that a review copy was provided.

Please send information to yoga (dot) adan (at) gmail (dot) com

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adan

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