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Going to SXSW in Our 60s medLanding Page – Felipe Adan Lerma : My Site’s Pages

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The Writer’s Life – 100114 : Pictures Are More Than What We See

2 Oct
Inspirations from Life - Thirty Three Years of Poems and Images

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100114 : Pictures Are More Than What We See

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Thirty Three Years of Poems and Images

Currently free and exclusive on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited.

Eighty-four (84) Original Poems

Thirty-one (31) Original Images

Three “Poetry in Fiction” Samples

Extensive links and light commentary

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October 02, 2014

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Is this a New Series?

Yes, I know, I love to start new series. Most have continued, off and on, adding to the sum total.

But honestly, I have no idea.

This might be a one or two time thing.

It might be intermittent or steady, or both, in unpredictable waves.

And who knows, that very attitude might be what give this idea legs. (smiles)

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Where’s the Connection?

It’s almost unfair, to compare the two – Austin Texas and Burlington Vermont that is.

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Each with its own unique appeals.

And it would be more comparative, to use images of the senior center near our AirBnB in Vermont, to the one here in south Austin, SASAC. And of Lake Travis to Lake Champlain.

But this is about the writer’s life.

And what prompts what, in that regard.

The connection here, is bicycling. I guess I better explain (smiles).

 Bike Paths

Yesterday morning I was working on assembling the images that will make my wife and I’s new series, 5 Weeks in Vermont. And I needed to pause to drive to the Austin senior center to sign up for the member lottery.

The senior center’s lottery is the system where the members put their name in for outings that appeal to them. There’s limited space or capacity, and rather than first come first serve, which could be a disadvantage to any senior with transportation or health issues, we can put our names in, up to a certain date, to see who gets picked to go to which function outside the center.

Today we’re vying for a bicycling trip around Lady Bird Lake on Austin’s Hike and Bike Trail. Bike, helmet, and guide included, free. We’ll spring for the optional pay-for-a-meal downtown too.

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So this unpretentious building, with its huge parking lot, surrounded by more green than usual in Austin this time of year, is offering us a chance to revisit an activity we found so enjoyable in Vermont, bicycling.

In the next image, down below the power lines, among the trees, is Burlington Vermont’s Bike Path.

So today, my creative image work, merged memories past – with memories to come.

Not too bad (smiles).

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Connections

What’s really nice is, I’ve come to expect to find connections.

And when (if) Sheila and I do get to make a day of the Hike & Bike Trail outing, out of habit, I’ll be on the lookout for things. I don’t know what things. That’s “the thing” so to speak -

I never know til we do what we’re doing. Quirky funny challenging things happen.

Or at least I notice some of them (smiles).

Then they end up in a story….

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Story Sample plus Links : Cafe Allonge at the Manifestation – Teens in Paris

1 Oct
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Cafe Allonge at the Manifestation – Teens in Paris

Teens Antone and Cherise, brother and sister, are excited to go for coffee during a Paris holiday. The City of Light doesn’t disappoint. Short fiction.

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Story Sample plus Links : Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin (Images & Poetry of Love Shared)

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Sample Chapters & Links – My Blog Series

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, like Smashwords, allows 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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Cafe Allonge at the Manifestation

Synopsis

It doesn’t matter if you’re with your brother or your sister, when you’re sixteen and seventeen, and you get the chance to get out, alone, even for “some coffee” – in Paris, well…

2800 story words.

11 standard pages.

Set in Paris.

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Sample

Antone and Cherise, brother and sister, were the oldest of six cousins visiting Paris with family. It was an extended stay, between holidays, and this was their first opportunity to “step out” without their younger cousins. Or an aunt or uncle.

“I don’t like the cold here,” Cherise brrr’d, “but I do like Christmas lights shining mid-afternoon,” she laughed, tossing her head back slightly and slipping her warm cap off.

Sometimes fashion requires sacrifice, she thought, her hair spilling out around her face and onto her shoulders. The cute cut she’d gotten at that salon on Boulevard de Strasbourg from Mariama, still let the front end sweep down and curl to the front.

Antone grinned with his sister, feeling his humored look morph, from tickled by her words, to happy she was so pleased to be out and about. He wanted her to enjoy the moment, free, out in Paris too. And, he admitted, to finally be able to talk to her about Cira, without the other children around. Besides, he reminded himself, after being immersed with nine to twelve year olds for over a week now, he wasn’t a child. A teenager, sure, but almost eighteen. Almost graduated from high school, and then bye bye Texas.

They swept down Rue des Ecoles heading east.

The brisk walk, unfettered by tiny feet to help guard, was liberating.

Steady steps gave way to a light bounding bounce.

“God! Can you imagine being here without a parent!” Cherise said.

“You mean Uncle Arthur and Aunt Gricinda?”

“Same thing!”

Antone laughed with her, as freely as their steps down Rue des Ecoles, adding, with a knowing grin, “Well, sorta.”

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Links to : Cafe Allonge at the Manifestation

Note: 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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Happy (late) National Coffee Day! – 2014

1 Oct

Café Allongé at the ManifestationHappy (late) National Coffee Day! -

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National Coffee Day a couple of days ago made me think about my coffee enough to ask some questions. The answers surprised me!

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Happy (late) National Coffee Day!

2014

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Sipping My Coffee

I was sipping my morning coffee when I got my email alert for the day’s national holidays, saw it was National Coffee Day, and thought, hmmm, don’t really have anything to say, I’ll just have my coffee.

While it may have true I didn’t have much to say about the holiday that morning, a few days later I was filled with questions.

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Questions

Why’s my coffee not been tasting as good lately?

I’d started using filters, should I stop?

If I don’t, should I use brown filters?

And I figured that was it. Wrong. (smiles) See why below.

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Surprising Answers

It turns out I didn’t know much at all about something I drink every day  I can!

These are some things I believe are probably true. I’ve posted links to articles, but as always, keep checking this stuff out. We all learn in a continuity from each other :-)

The Big Surprise - Using filters might be better for me than not using them!

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-using-coffee-filters-7625.html

Cone shaped filters create more taste than basket filters!

http://www.melitta.com/en/Why-We-Filter-1662,72376.html

“The warming plate is often the reason the coffee burns and gets bitter.” -

http://lifehacker.com/5908488/how-to-get-the-best-cup-from-an-auto-drip-coffee-maker

Metal Carafe can beat out a Glass Carafe

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-difference-between-a-thermal-coffee-carafe-and-a-glass-coffee-carafe.htm

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Conclusions

I need to learn more about alternatives to auto-drip. I really like my coffee!

And obviously, it helps my writing (smiles).

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“Cafe Allonge at the Manifestation”

Teen brother and sister Antone and Cherise get to “step out” one afternoon from the family for a cup of coffee during their holiday stay in Paris. And find ooh-la-la is found most everywhere in the City of Light.

Short fiction. Currently free and exclusive on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited.

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Advantage Amazon (via Goodreads) – Advertising Your Writing

30 Sep
Reviews: Clear Sailing?

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Review Image Icon : Original photo by Felipe Adan Lerma

Photo, Lake Champlain, Off the Burlington Vermont Waterfront.

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September 30, 2014

Categories – Platform Advantages

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

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Why Advertise on Goodreads

For me, it boils down to the reasons below as most important.

I’m still very much experimenting, and may find other better reasons later. (smiles)

Targeted Choices

I have a variety of fiction and non-fiction work: grandparent stories, photo books with images from Vermont and Paris, and most recently, suspense thrillers.

It’s definitely fun seeing which group of readers responds to which ads.

Controlled Cost

All advertising channels have suggested prices. I’m on an uber-low-budget, so I always start lower and work my way up slowly, testing to see how things work.

Adjusting prices per click as been very easy in Goodread’s control panel.

Effective Reach

The audience is readers. And lots of them. Hugely important.

Easy to Stop, Pause, and Experiment

The Goodreads advertising dashboard has been super easy for me to use so far.

It makes wanting to experiment to find the best ads a smart thing to do.

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Best Wishes

As with all conscientious efforts, I firmly believe a good dose of good luck makes everything work better (smiles).

With that said, I wish us all the best with our writings. As Joe Konrath often points out, books are not a zero-sum game.

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Links for More Info

https://www.goodreads.com/advertisers

Goodread’s get-started-from page.

http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2014/04/14/advertising-on-goodreads/

Super clearly laid out step by step options of creating an ad.

http://updegrove.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/why-goodreads-is-even-better-for-authors-than-readers/

Eight bullet points of reasons: from targeting to paying only for when people click your ad.

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The Writer’s LIfe – 092914 : Coffee and a Walk

30 Sep
Everyday Inspirations Vol 4

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5 star review:

“Its a rare and special thing to stumble upon something beautiful. This work reminded me that there is beauty all around us, and its simply a matter of turning our perception on to it. Poetry is a hard medium to master, and photography is all but a lost art. The idea of combining the two into something so personal yet universally applicable is an amazing idea. I noticed the author obviously went to great lengths to make the book work as a whole- everything felt natural, and the individual pieces fit together to create something that is more than the sum of its parts. This author is to be commended, not only for his skill at combining the two, but his courage to do so. “

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Is this a New Series?

Yes, I know, I love to start new series. Most have continued, off and on, adding to the sum total.

But honestly, I have no idea.

This might be a one or two time thing.

It might be intermittent or steady, or both, in unpredictable waves.

And who knows, that very attitude might be what give this idea legs. (smiles)

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Yesterday morning I walked from McDonalds to Butler Park to write on my cell phone, and came across about a dozen mommas, carriages in tow, exercising. Based on the kicks and punches I saw these ladies strike a few minutes later, over and over, I felt humbled, and sipped my coffee. Promising I’d exercise more, soon.

 

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You see, the day before that, I’d written a post of how I’d chosen to place the majority of my titles on Kindle Unlimited. Partly to have more time to get fit and do more writing.

Well, I got part of that. Here’s some of what I wrote, still subject of editing.

Oh, and this is a few chapters into my new work-in-progress (WIP), tentatively titled, “Queen.”

So it’s also no spoiler, for anyone reading the book later, to tell you: these two characters are bad guys (smiles).

Raven pulled Stilo with her from the shower, dripping like sprung leaks from the side of a cheap pool.

He let himself be drug onto the generous space of his master bath, waiting to see how far she would try to go. Being boss. Stilo struggled to sound unimpressed.

“We’re dripping over the whole floor.”

The towels were too far to reach.

“So what’s all this tile for then?” she asked, shimmying, shaking herself dry.

By this time, the park was momentarily quiet and almost empty, and the mid-morning Austin sun seemed determined to reach its ninety degree high early.

Walking back up the hill to our apartment, I came up with this to add:

Stilo probed behind his teeth, his tongue searching the crevices, wondering what he was missing.

Once home, settled in, the ac adjusted, I came up with this:

He reached across her, grabbed the towels, tossed her one first, and said, “We gotta talk.”

She held the towel partially across herself, eyes sparkling.

He eyed her carefully. Her fullness. Her eyes.

And turned abruptly – “Yes.”

Stilo found what he was searching for, and set his tongue, still and waiting, behind his top front teeth. It was a face. Raven’s father. That crooked grin. When he ran the business. And was setting someone up.

Yep, definitely something going on there.

And, at least that morning, I could say: I walked, I wrote. (smiles)

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

29 Sep
Love's Travels - Vermont, Paris, Austin; © felipe adan lerma

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Why I Put My Books in Kindle Unlimited -

It’s Personal

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Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

Currently available free and exclusively, on Kindle Unlimited

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

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September 29, 2014

Category – Platform Advantages

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Advantage Amazon KDP – Ease of Publishing – 090514

Advantage Smashwords – Reader Preview Selection – 091014

Advantage Amazon KDP – Reporting Time to Authors – 091914

Advantage Amazon Kindle Unlimited – Audio Book Tie-in to eBook – 092514

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Why My Switch

I had expected, when I began my short series, Advantage…(links above), comparing the various platforms I had all my work listed at, it would be more balanced.

One place better at this, another at that, with maybe a slight tilt toward either Scribd or Amazon.

As a writer, I think by most metrics, other than exclusivity (which I address below under Business Reasons), Amazon’s KDP platform clearly out-performs the other arenas.

But two things happened that finally changed my mind, and propelled me to consolidate most (but not all yet) my work on one platform.

One was business related, and the other, and more decisive, was, even surprising to me, personal.

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Business Reasons

Hugh Howey, in an article on his site entitled, Ruminations on Exclusivity, laid out the most reasoned line of thoughts I’ve come across yet, why being exclusive on Amazon to gain access to Kindle Unlimited (KU) and other features, may out-weigh being diversified across more platforms.

It’s not perfect. One can still argue that most of what he argues is true because of his own special position: best selling author already, benefits from algorithms earned from being a best seller, and being able to try KU while still being on other platforms (for a limited test time).

So not enough, in itself, to sway me.

But there was one particular point, that dove-tailed into things happening in my personal life.

That was being able to concentrate one’s time and efforts into one channel – not having to duplicate efforts across different outlets – not diluting one’s marketing and time.

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This Time It’s Personal

This summer, my wife Sheila and I returned to Vermont after nearly two years.

We had moved to her home state a few years back, stayed about a year and a half, took a five week detour in Pairs, and returned to Austin in my home state of Texas, nearly two years ago. Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin, listed at the top of the page, is a photo-memoir in short but fun form. A sample on my site is here.

In that time since our return, I was very happy to enroll all my titles anywhere they could be sold. I especially welcomed being able to list on Scribd, and be part of one of the country’s first highly visible subscription plans.

My long time nearly decade long experience with Netflix told me I would really enjoy participating in an ebook subscription plan, as a reader and a writer.

I was thrilled then, when Kindle Unlimited also appeared. But it required exclusivity to participate.

So I continued with promoting my titles on each site, keeping track of all the links and urls for their outlet locations. To save time and effort, except for one or two titles so I could keep my accounts, I consolidated everything through Smashwords.

That helped.

But each outlet still needed hyping.

File copies would corrupt and need re-formatting.

Glitches and accidents happened and whole lists of titles needed redoing or re-sending.

Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Tumbler, Stumbleupon, and many others, needed individual mentions for each title on each platform. I had become immersed in online media splatter so to speak. And it was wearing me out. Though I didn’t realize it. It was taking time from fitness and relaxing, and I didn’t even have time to notice that.

Until Sheila and I took our very over-due trip back to Vermont.

I had a self-imposed goal to finish and upload for pre-order, my first thriller (listed below), to be avaiable, by my birthday.

Two thousand miles later, I was surrounded by green mountains (Austin was still summer barren brown), temperatures twenty or more degrees cooler, and an availability of senior fitness and social venues that shame a city thirty times its size.

Something had to give.

I stopped my rat race treadmill effort to constantly keep all my platform outlets up to date in social media.

My wife and I road bikes for the first time in almost five years (and the bike trail in Burlington is equal to Austin’s Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake).

We took a bus on a senior pass to fitness classes together 2-4 times a week.

I enjoyed finishing my new book, my first thriller.

We breathed. And I caught my breath.

When we returned to Austin (still struggling, today, to stay below the 90s), I resumed my everyday work with my titles in social media. Didn’t have fitness classes to easily go to anymore. And had few places to safely ride a bicycle (if I had one.) I easily and quickly became depressed. Or maybe down :-) I think it might be unfair to categorize what I felt as depressed.

I discussed it with my wife, I debated within myself, and I even spoke to my favorite customer service person, Alison at Scribd, and finally made the painful, but necessary, decision: I would pull all but a handful of titles, and concentrate my time and promotion in one spot. And regain what I’d forgotten was – the actual passage of my life – time.

Kindle Unlimited was the obvious best choice for me.

An ebook subscription program, wide availability and access for readers, even easy advertising via Goodreads.

This evening, I will walk, for the first time in Austin, to a relatively nearby yoga class and try it out.

I’ve plans to try a morning or evening boot camp, also nearby, but not close enough to walk.

Maybe I’ll get a bicycle for Christmas. :-)

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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 ready in PreOrder for release on October 19th, my birthday. :-)

Updated with its final draft, my registration copy was uploaded to the Library of Congress.

The final file copy has also been updated on Amazon.

If you would like to read the first eight chapters, a 3000 word sample (approx 10%) is also 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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Story Sample plus Links : Grandma and Grandpa @ Dirty Sixth Street – Family Short Story #ATX

29 Sep

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Family Short Story #ATX

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September 29, 2014

Categories : Story Samples plus Links

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Related Articles :

Story Sample plus Links : Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day – Grandparents with Grandchildren, in Paris

I’m Experimenting Again : Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa – Short Chapter Shifts

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

Austin Texas : PhotoPoem # 6 – Spring Time Along the Lake

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Sample Chapters & Links – My Blog Series

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, like Smashwords, allows 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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Grandma and Grandpa @ Dirty Sixth Street

Synopsis

A fun touching family story involving grandparents and grandchildren.

With memories of days they were as young as the teens and twenty-somethings crowding the streets of Austin, Grandma and Grandpa go out into SXSW to meet their grandchildren, and see if the music was still as much fun now as it was then. (smiles)

5300 story words.

21 standard pages.

Set in Austin Texas during SXSW.

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Grandma and Grandpa @ Dirty Sixth Street

Barricaded across its side streets, the full width of Sixth Street was left open to pedestrians. Dirty Sixth Street, as some of the residents called it. Even during SXSW.

Arturo marveled.

It had been less than half an hour since he and Rosetta had left the relative quiet of one of their children’s homes, south of the river. Rapidly losing its smaller original homes to custom rebuilds, the treed Bouldin neighborhood had what their grandchildren called, an Austin identity.

Arturo chuckled, remembering how the six grandchildren then had bickered over which of the many identities, like the hike and bike greenbelts, Barton Springs, the rising towers downtown, the blues clubs, was “the” Austin identity.

Rosetta tugged at Arturo’s arm.

“Let’s get off the sidewalk, too crowded,” she half shouted.

Arturo couldn’t make out what she said in the low din of music spilling from doorways and windows. The light crush of people smiling around them soothed him. Calmer, he caught Rosetta’s nod and eye directing them into the open street.

He nodded, elbowing them politely through a wall of milling young people.

“Excuse me…”

“So sorry…”

“Oops…”

The crowd of teens and early twenty-somethings saw Arturo, easily nearly half a century older than any of them, a thin arm stretched behind him, towing Rosetta. Her free hand clasped tightly to her loose floppy hat atop her head. The teens, grinning as they squeezed together, parted to let them reach the open street. Soon the two seniors were off the sidewalks and past the barricades.

“Such nice children,” said Rosetta.

Arturo nodded again, figured he should say something. Rosetta liked people to talk with her when she spoke to them.

“Yeah, good kids.”

He was focused on not being surprised by that one or two that weren’t so good. Despite the side by side shields of uniformed police, stationed quietly at each corner, bright in the early afternoon light.

Like driving, Arturo thought, vaguely remembering the Texas State Trooper commercial, half a century ago: best to not be dead right. He noticed only one wanna-be thug, head bobbing to the beats all around them.

Arturo spied where they were going.

“There!” He pointed through a blur of bodies criss-crossing ahead.

Rosetta and Arturo had arrived where they were to meet their six grandchildren.

A bored but patient line of teens, waiting to get into the venue, hugged the thick roughly cut limestone wall edging the sidewalk. Phones hung limply on their hands.  All possible communication already exhausted, thought an already tiring Rosetta, half smiling.  She’d gotten a new knee in Vermont, before returning to Texas.  But the rest of her was original issue, and felt it.

They scanned the line.

“Where’s the kids?” asked Rosetta.

“Inside?” a nervous Arturo answered.

The children all had VIP passes, courtesy of Cherise and Antone, brother and sister, and oldest of their six grandchildren. They were probably already inside.

Getting in wasn’t what made Arturo nervous.  Finding them was.  They might have to text, he worried.  The crowd was already thick as the sound inside. Two men, wide as the width of the stone doorway, asked Rosetta and Arturo if they were with Antone and Cherise.

“How’d ya’ll know that?” Arturo asked, thinking something had happened.

Rosetta stood mute, holding her breath.

“No offense, sir,” said the man to their right. “Ya’ll are the only grandparent-looking people we’ve seen all day.”

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Story Sample plus Links : Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day – Grandparents with Grandchildren, in Paris

28 Sep

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Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day

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Fun and unexpected things almost always happen when grandparents and grandchildren get together. More so for an outing. And especially so for yoga in Paris.

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Set in Paris.

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No sense of early winter’s cold, frosting the glass outside, touched her.

Silently, like silk, a view of the Eiffel Tower, outside the massive clear window behind her, oblivious so many were watching, she ran the flat of her foot up, slowly, along the inside of her other leg, held calmly, taut to the floor.  Her arms seemed released by the sensations she felt, her legs bare, her arms unfurling above her head, rising to meet the muted, early evening light.

Opening her eyes, she welcomed the strangers staring at her.

Her modest, thin-stretch outfit, breathed and smiled with her.

Family yoga class had begun.

This was fun already!

Blooming in tree pose, the instructor confirmed Arturo’s and Rosetta’s decision, themselves senior fitness instructors, to try the experimental, once-a-month, family yoga class, while they were still all there, visiting in Paris.

In an impossibly rare treat, they were enjoying the time between the big holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, together in Paris.

Including Arturo and his wife Rosetta, their six grandchildren and a young friend, the family from Texas filled a third of the bare, but massive clean room.  Several young French families, with infants and small children, filled another third of the space, leaving ample room to move and stretch.

Arturo and Rosetta glanced around the room, deciding where each would stand, and best watch the children.  And maybe, get to yoga also.  The extended trip with their grandchildren, plus one grown child and his wife, the latter two happily holed up in their hotel room, alone, was the thrill of a lifetime.  Maybe several lifetimes.  Rosetta and Arturo were tired.  But wanted to “yoga their bodies,” as their youngest grandchild, Zilker, so happily put it.

The two grandparents, low impact fitness buffs, had promised the grandkids they would enjoy it, and learn more about staying fit. Now doubts crowded both their minds. They glanced around once more.

Dance mirrors lined two walls.  In one, Arturo saw Antone, the oldest of the grandchildren, playfully pulling ten year old Buzz, Zilker’s older brother, off the much too-tempting dangling vines of yoga straps, hanging sturdily from the ceiling.

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Story Sample plus Links : Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin (Images & Poetry of Love Shared)

27 Sep

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Love’s Travels : Vermont Paris Austin

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A personal memoir photo-poem of my wife Sheila and I migrating back to Texas from Vermont via Paris.

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Vermont

1 a fall leaves & lake DSCI4950
Red leaves.

Brown, brittle, and crinkly

had wound down

to winter.

Snow

sat quietly amid the silence.

It let my heart rest.

It let me best

see

where your eyes gazed.

Searching

among the scattered logs -

fallen forgotten footsteps in the woods

struggling for some light.

It’s in the clearing

we see

as we spot

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a light, a space of blue.

The water of Lake Champlain is

heavy.

Mist rising smoothing the surface water

frozen over -

fish beneath scurrying in their dreamy

hibernation.

Your gaze

I catch in a glint of light

promises to keep me warm.

1 sunset sillouettes vermont

We

wonder

how air so dry

can feel so wet.

A fuzzy ice

forms

along our lips.

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First Page Redo – “One Night in the Hill Country” – Response to Feedback at Flogging the Quill

26 Sep

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September 26, 2014

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First Page Critique of “One Night in the Hill Country”

Despite my trepidation, I placed a portion of my first chapter up for public critique at Flogging the Quill.

Ray Rhamey, the pro who hosts the Flogging page, plus hosts a similar regular monthly feature at Writer Unboxed, also provides a detailed analysis.

Constructive beyond expectations is my conclusion about my experience!

Below is my comment reply to Ray’s and two other folk’s comments, plus my redo of my first chapter’s first page.

Please feel free to go to either Ray’s page featuring his critique of my work, or here on my site, to add, suggest, or comment in general about the whole experience and suggestions. As always, constructive please. :-)

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As appears on Flogging the Quill :

I wanted to thank Ray, Cindy, and Perry for taking the time to provide the feedback. It has given me invaluable pointers. I also very much appreciated some equally valuable positive take-aways: Ray’s notation that the story (vs the craft) almost made the piece work for him; Cindy pointing out she could feel the tension; and Perry pointing out how the scene might work in a movie (cinematically).

The first and probably most important item to fix first was the apparent jump in pov. My intention was that it was all from a deep to not so deep pov of Tara’s. If it was 1st person, it’d be more apparent, so it’s my job to make it work in 3rd person, if that’s what I want to keep.

“Hesitant. Fearful. Hearing the protestors down the street like a funeral procession. Break in POV…”

So I’m thinking, something like this:

“Tara recognized her own feelings in the girl’s eyes. Hesitant. Fearful. Probably hearing the protestors down the street, like a funeral procession. Ready to bury her hopes.”

The metaphors and similes are a little trickier. Some folk really like them, some don’t. I myself have read one of James Patterson’s books, where most of the similes really worked, but some felt out of place. So I understand. But as a writer, they give me a way to add feeling that is reflective of the how the characters are feeling in the scene. So anyway, a tough one. Definitely something to keep working on. (smiles)

The question of using Shirley Temple is, I very much realize, touchy. My limited experience tells me that newly arriving immigrants either are fighting to retain an image of themselves from their old country that’s important to them; or, struggle desperately to fit in with what they seen of American culture via limited exposure (old movies, tv, etc). In the latter, they are trying not to look white or blond, but perky and loved. More stuff for me to work on :-)

Finally, re “‘Yet, hiding it well…’ Hiding what well? If Tara thinks she’s an illegal immigrant and hiding that, then we need more of a clue than a pronoun with no antecedent. The reader needs to know what’s going on. The detail about her brother was tantalizing, but unclear. If there were a little more, something such as ‘would want her to bring to him,’ would strengthen the suggestion of jeopardy or troubles ahead for the girl.” – I added a little more, but was afraid to cross the line into too much info too soon, plus I have another ref to Rolf and the girl near the end of the chapter.

There seems to be, in lots of the reviews here and on several other sites, where readers are either saying there’s too much info or not enough. That they want to be tantalized, or they want to understand more quickly. Realizing there’s this balance going on among readers, for me, is surprising and kind of liberating. It lets me know I can work on the section more freely, yet remind myself to, ultimately, default to my own sense of how I would have liked to have come across it. Very challenging fun stuff :-)

So below is my tentative remake.

I apologize for the long comment, but do encourage anyone to re-comment with more feedback.

I think, besides the act of writing itself, submitting my first page to Flogging the Quill has been one of the most helpful and productive ventures I’ve tried. Thank you all so much!

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Redo :

Parked in the shadows of a row of western style buildings, built for tourists, Tara spied the girl, barely a teen, if that. She started to cross the border town’s roughly paved street. Then stopped.

Tara recognized her own feelings in the girl’s eyes. Hesitant. Fearful. Probably hearing the protestors down the street, like a funeral procession. Ready to bury her hopes.

Yet, the young girl hid it well, thought Tara. Remembering to flick her hair, gaze upward, as if unfazed, walking about. Definitely with her bearings about her. Definitely someone the right age her brother would want to join the others she’d found. Rolf will be proud of me, smiled Tara.

Down the flat street, dusty as a barren riverbed, the immigration rally picked up momentum. Bullhorns chanting, heading their way.

Tara stepped out and shoved the old pickup truck’s door closed. Just loud enough to catch the young girl’s attention, yet not alarm her.

Sharp dark eyes, wary, yet unafraid, peered back at Tara. The girl looked like a Mexican version of a young Shirley Temple. Pixie, full head of curls softening the wide bright eyes. Stretching slightly, Tara mimicked the young girl’s motions, glancing upward, feeling the hot sky, unwavering, above them. Peripherally, Tara saw the young girl begin to saunter, loosening her shoulders.

The child grinned, then hid it. Tara heard the marchers, a slow motion flood of bodies, now half (snip)

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Eight Chapter Sample (10%)

One Night in the Hill Country medFor an eight chapter, 3000 word sample, please see my post : One Night in the Hill Country, a Thriller : 3000 Word Sample .

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