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It’s Been a Long Night of Hate, and Dawn Has Just Begun to Break

23 Jul

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Thriller novella, set in Texas.

Immigrant and illegal children caught in a mad man’s plan to stop child abuse. Featuring former police officer Samantha (Sam) Lacroix.

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

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July 23, 2015

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I’ve allowed the recent surge of hate and scapegoating against Hispanic immigrants, which had earlier been trending vs gays and blacks and people wanting health care and clean food and air and peace, to finally roll me over and begin to make me sick.

It’s time for me to refocus back to the positive.

I’d felt, for a very long time, I might have been remiss, negligent even, not speaking out against the myriad of injustices, misconceptions, and even just simple misunderstandings in our world. My world anyway.

And with the rise of people like Donald Trump, who I had admired as far back as I first knew about him via TV, turning toward hate and scapegoating to further their own ends, I felt I had to speak out.

There seemed too much danger he might succeed.

And history has clearly shown us what charismatic leaders using hate and division can lead to.

But there seems no end to people who first don’t want things that are illegal, then continue to oppose programs and people and ideas even if they are or do become legal, whether it be with immigration, health care, guidelines for corporate abuse, or even the constitution and citizenship.

Fortunately, there seems to be a groundswell of commentators now against, among so many things: black injustice, sexism, Hispanic hysteria, and unrelenting warfare.

I need to return to my own creative spiritual roots –

Sunset Austin Texas listing with sigCreating images and stories.

Ones that either uplift, or give one a chance to view complex questions from new sides of thought and belief.

Human nature is simultaneously both simple and beyond our own comprehension.

It takes, I believe, the arts to most fully find ways of expressing what we are.

What we are capable of.

Lines and fields of colors evoking unspoken thoughts and feelings.

Words of descriptions and dialog and action.

Movement of joy in dancing.

Life. As it can be.

For if we do not find our way out from the hatred consuming our planet and wars fueled by greed or religious belief AND have visions of how we as people can live together on this planet, then we will perish.

The sun cannot boil beyond a point without exploding.

And we, tiny important lives that we are –

Cannot either.

 

Adan

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Biking Across Lake Champlain Vermont – Four Years in the Making

29 Jun

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Four Years in the Making

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June 28, 2015

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The trail across the open water offers clear views

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First marker telling me I was really crossing the lake.

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Four Years? Really?

Well, sorta, mostly :-)

Back in 2011, Sheila and I moved to Vermont for a year and a half to spend some time with her family. I chronicled much of our anticipation and move in a series of posts.

Besides a few short trips to NYC, a weekend in Chicago, and some week-long vacations to Vermont to see my wife’s parents, I had several never-spent-much- time north of Dallas expectations.

I wanted to ride a sleigh pulled by horses in the snow. I wanted to see tons of fall foliage. I wanted to see unending snow on the ground. I wanted to breathe less than 75 dew point air. I wanted to be able to walk out into the sun again in summer (vs 105 in Texas). And I wanted to ride a bicycle across Lake Champlain on the bike path.

Most of those things I got to do, even if in a reduced way. Our winter in Vermont was its second warmest on record, and there wasn’t enough snow on the ground to do a sleigh ride. :-)

And I did get to see more fall foliage than my whole life previous combined.

I saw my first continuous snow fall since 1971 or ’73 in Houston.

Even posted a video of the Vermont snow fall.

And unexpectedly, attended and participated in the city’s largest art show, Art Hop.

But – no bicycle ride across the lake. Hurricane Irene followed us from Texas and blew out large chunks of the causeway. It wouldn’t get repaired til our return last year, and I wasn’t prepared or determined enough to make it happen that year. ( alternate url : http://glurl.co/huF )

This year, I did :-)

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Island Line Bike Ferry

Making it to the bike ferry, about 3 or 4/5 of the way across, was a major milestone :-)

Starting out from Leddy Park, vs near Battery Park last year, was a big help. As was a bicycle birthday gift from my son this past October. I was a bit more exercised and fit bike-wise. Sheila and I had even taken a near 9 mile senior group ride around Austin’s Lady Bird Lake on its famed Hike and Bike Trail.

And..I was very determined!

Suggestion: expand the map link above to Leddy Park. Battery Park is to the south, and the bike causeway is to the north.

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Loading Bicycles onto the Bike Ferry

Within minutes a large group seemed appear and we began loading our bikes for the short five-minute trip across the gap. There were folks from Canada, California, New York, and of course, counting me, Texas :-)

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Herded the bikes with ease.

This young man (vs me :-) ) is from California and says he’s worked the bike ferry for many years. The ease of which he handled us all convinced me. Plus he took a picture of me with my phone so I could prove I was there :-)

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Adan, happy to be on the bike ferry :-)

The ride from one side of the 200 foot gap in the bike causeway to the other is pleasant and scenic.

A nice view of the length of the ride over the water shows up as we pull away.

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View from the Bike Ferry

As we approached the dock on the north side of the trail, we saw several boats meander, or speed :-) , through the gap in the trail.

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Zipping the gap in a speed boat

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Once I was back on the trail, it was a relatively quick ride to island of South Hero.

I peddled back to the ferry, and was soon on the start of my way home.

The mileage sign was both comforting and challenging. :-)

9 road miles to points ahead

Mileage marker to locations south.

As the shore to Colchester and the mainland get closer, the vegetation increases, and more fishermen began to appear.

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By this time I was quickly rediscovering some yoga poses I could partially use to help me sit straighter and ease my back and hands and neck. :-)

My next post will go into a few of these with some links on more info.

Nearing Home

It was a beautiful day and a gorgeous ride across the water.

Peddling closer to our apartment on the Burlington Bike Path, I crossed the mouth of the Winooski River via the giant bike and pedestrian bridge.

The lone jogger ahead was the first of many more folk beginning to enjoy the day on the bike path. Soon after swarms of teens and younger would be jockeying for space to pass and rush by in giggles and shrieks of glee. Moms, dads, many pushing heavy carriages, would appear in clusters. Pets on long leashes would yank their owners arms trying to leap out and join the parade of people.

 

bike bridge over winooski river

But of course, by that time, reaching my turn-off street to go home, I was far more interested in the lunch Sheila said she almost had ready.

Seventeen and a half miles after I’d left the house three hours earlier, Sheila opened the door with a smile and I was back.

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to Local Motion.

Local Motion is self-described as, “Local Motion is a member-supported non-profit organization promoting people-powered transportation and recreation for healthy and sustainable Vermont communities.”

They provided the online information I needed to make this ride happen. And actually, the rebuilding of the causeway itself after Hurricane Irene. And the operating of the bike ferry itself.

namaste´- con dios – god be with you

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Google Search : vermont island causeway damage

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On the Island Line Trail (Burlington Bike Path Causeway) June 22, 2015, my first attempt – I got about 1/5 across, and hadn’t prepared to go to the island of South Hero, and so wasn’t prepared and (wisely) decided to head back and do a full effort again soon.

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Playing Your Edge in Yoga or Writing Includes Enjoying Your Sweet Spot

23 Jun

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Enjoying Your Sweet Spot

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June 23, 2015

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Finding Your Edge

Back a few years ago I wrote a post on playing your edge in yoga.

At the end of this article are links to other posts plus a Google search.

Basically, over simplifying it, playing your edge is the conscious effort of finding how far you can push yourself – safely.

Usually, this is applied to deepening oneself in a specific yoga pose.

The way I approach my yoga edge is to find my set stretch point that my body goes to without much effort, gently breathe my way to a point of very comfortable extended stretch, then slowly see how far I can push my stretch – particularly aiming for correct alignment (vs, among many things, crooked feet or an unopened chest or not having my knee stacked over my foot).

My Sweet Spot

Somewhere from my set stretch point (that happens readily and almost without thinking), and where I shouldn’t push without danger of straining or harming myself, I usually become quite conscious of a really nice spot.

My muscles are taut and stretching, but not unduly. My breathing is slightly accelerated, but even and manageable. It feels like both toxins are being released and expelled and rejuvenating fluids and minerals are flooding my chest or leg or back or any other area I’m working on.

It almost feels delicious.

Guilt

Once I recognize deliciousness in my being, guilt gently knocks at the breezy open door of my conscious mindfulness, and says, “Ok, get back to work. Push that edge. Touch that floor.”

Writing

The same thing happens to me as a writer.

I get in a zone, a flow, words pour out. It feels good, sometimes exhilarating!

My dialog is sparkling, my descriptions are dazzling, and they even make sense and connect to the story :-)

And my all purpose internalized friend, Guilt, comes knocking.

“Enough of that. Work on transitions. Where are they?”

Uh…

Surprise!

Turns out, by a single twist of inventive logic, I’ve decided that, if the edge is the point of challenge, the place where I can expand what I can do and experience (to my benefit no less), and staying in my Sweet Spot has become a challenge to remain in, because of guilt vs laziness, then that delicious spot of allowing myself, my body, my mind, my spirit, to enjoy and internalize the sensuousness of accomplishment, is my edge.

Writing dialog, creating descriptions, connection characters –

Holding a stretch that warms, breathing soreness out –

Or at least one of these…

Conclusion

After all, even if it’s counter-productive to multi-task, it’s nice to admit, there’s more than one edge, one aspect of myself, I could work on.

One at a time of course :-)

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On the Island Line Trail (Burlington Bike Path Causeway) June 22, 2015

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Header # 21 – Vermont, Lake Champlain, Summer 2015

22 Jun

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Vermont, Lake Champlain, Summer 2015

A state of mind, a way of being.

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Vermont, Lake Champlain, Summer 2015

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June 22, 2015

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Vermont

Almost a year, since late last summer, since I changed headers.

Immediately below is last year’s summer view of Lake Champlain here in Vermont.

And beneath it, my new current banner image and its original.

We’re staying just a touch further north along the bike path here in Burlington, and we’ve been able to reach some observation decks and other places to view this marvel of land and sky and water.

My follow up thriller novel, to One Night in the Hill Country, entitled Queen, is set in Vermont and uses the bike path in the last major portion of the book. I’ve begun the final write-read-through, and hope to have it out by end of summer / early fall.

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Me at Thompson Park near Stowe, Vermont, Fall of 2012.

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My Surprise Reason for Still Reading Traditionally Published Authors

19 Jun

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A thriller: One Night in the Hill Country

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

Read through to the end nearly every time.

A novella set in Central Texas.

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My Surprise Reason for Still Reading Traditionally Published Authors

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June 19, 2015

I myself am an Indie author, meaning, for me, I self-publish my work.

For a long while, I mostly still only read traditionally published authors. They were whom I knew, and enjoyed. And make no mistake, I still very much enjoy the work of Raymond Chandler, Janet Evanovich, Lee Child, Lee Goldberg, even James Patterson.

But slowly, then more fully, I began discovering self-published writers I enjoyed reading. Enough so I fairly dropped my reading of traditionally published authors. I discovered Gemma Halliday, Matthew Iden (who has since signed with an Amazon imprint), Joe Konrath, Ann Voss Peterson, and Andrew Updegrove.

From there, flood gates opened. Lesley Hayes is a marvel. As are many many others, including budding writers with few works, often flawed, but nevertheless fascinating: Simon E Bond, Silas Payton, Diana J Ferby, Rhonda Hopkins, Tom Benson, Carl Jones, Robert Swisher, Sherri DeWeese, and so many more it truly is a flood gate opened.

This doesn’t even include highly anticipated readings of work from indies like Katerina Sestakova Novotna (in Hawaii), Eric Lahti, Ceri Bladen, Mike Billington, Patrick Christopher Power, and a host of others I feel shamed not being able to mention them all.

And in quiet moments of deciding, I have wondered: why bother even going back to traditionally published writers? I enjoy the Indie writers’ work just as much, more often than not. Coming across a writer I don’t care for is a fear just as valid for new (to me) untried trad pub authors.

I know I still love the flips of danger and humor in Janet Evanovich’s novels. She didn’t produce 20 plus enduring Stephanie Plum books out of mere hype. Open a page to Raymond Chandler and his work speaks for itself. Lee Child will carry you to the end of each of his books, panting. Lee Goldberg is proven and continues to prove out on paper, big screen, and television. James Patterson, whoever or whatever he is :-) is an empire of creative content: Zoo, a powerful if flawed work (didn’t I say that earlier about Indie books?) opens on prime time TV this month (and I can’t wait to see how it stacks up to the book).

So what’s the surprise, continuing to read these writers’ work?

Because, like most Indie work, none are perfect.

A little tightening in the pacing needed here, a breather needed there; less description, more; too much dialog, not enough. A need for clarity.

I read the top writers’ work, Indie work, and my own, and see more in common than different.

And if I enjoy continuing to create stories, then reading traditionally published authors, along with Indie writers, reminds me – I’m doing ok.

I’m in the creative content flow of my time.

I’m grounded in my culture.

And yet original –

Also.

Thanks so much.

All the best, for all of us :-)

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Amazon’s New Pay-for-Pages-Read for Writers: Size Doesn’t Matter

16 Jun

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A thriller: One Night in the Hill Country

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

Review excerpt: “my second book by this author and so far my favourite…”

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Amazon’s New Pay-for-Pages-Read for Writers:

Size Doesn’t Matter

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June 16, 2015

Under Amazon’s July-planned new payout plan for authors, the size of the book simply doesn’t matter.

The readers’ pleasure or desire to continue reading does.

Gone will be false enticements of bestsellers bought but not opened or finished.

Gone will be the value of piles of non-constructive reviews.

This is the best time ever for a writer to write.

But…

Write honestly.

True to the story unfolding.

True to the author’s intent and vision.

True to the characters and story line and language.

Open to the possibility of works of fiction of any length being viable.

Without padding.

Without excess cutting.

Without worry about the size.

Whether this new payout experiment works or not, it’s a groundbreaking opportunity to find out which of my works truly appeal and are being read to the end.

I hope you’ll consider any of the titles below that readers have indicated they enjoyed all the way to the end. :-)

One Night in the Hill Country – thriller novella

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

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Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day – family fiction, short story (in Paris)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DZAMU6O

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LZ7WRE4

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Slumming in Paris Part One Arthur & Gricinda – romance novella, set in Paris

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BROAHVA

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Texas Shorts Vol 1 – short story fiction with teen and tween family set in Texas

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EBUW6AW

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Paris Shorts Vol 1 – short story extended family fiction set in Paris

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EBGBUX0

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U7TQYN6/

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X4WX27O

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Surprise Benefit Writing For Joe Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson’s Kindle Worlds

18 May

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An Unforeseen Afternoon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X4WX27O

Kindle World short with my character, Samantha (Sam) Lacroix with Joe Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson’s character, Chandler.

Iconic Codename Chandler meets Texas transplant Samantha (Sam) Lacroix at a high school under siege in Chicago. Action and interaction boil and overflow over each other in this fast paced, witty encounter between two experienced crime fighters. Having to deal with four kids (teens and younger) caught in the cross-fire, is just a bonus.

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May 18, 2015

Increased Exposure is Not a Surprise, Ratcheting Up My Writing Was

Increased Exposure

This was a given, or at least an assumption of something I would benefit from: exposure to the fans of the author from whose work I was using a character to write a story.

Certainly besides new readers, I also benefited from exposure to other writers interested in the same genre, thriller-suspense. More specifically to writers that enjoy work from Joe Konrath and/or Ann Voss Peterson

Joe recently had Ann guest post on his blog. As usual, the comment thread itself was worth following. There was a legitimate question of whether authors participating in Kindle Worlds would suffer a dilution in their character.

I had been working a multi-month full time temp job and hadn’t had a chance to post a comment until the day after the blog post, but did get to join in and say I didn’t feel that was the case for me.

I mentioned that “My most surprising realization was, putting my own internal characters into words with characters I’ve read and enjoyed, required me to internalize what I had only before read and felt, but not re-expressed in my own style and writing.”

Benefiting My Writing

I believe anyone who has done any creative work in any art field, and probably anywhere in one’s life, knows the feeling of experiencing a work of art and wishing they could do something like that.

More specifically, experience the creation of something like what they read or saw or heard.

That’s what happened to me writing my two short stories (somewhat related story thread and continuing) for both Joe and Ann’s respective Kindle Worlds.

Needing to internally live through (write new fiction) how I had experienced Jacqueline Daniels and Chandler’s fictional worlds when I’d read them, while maintaining my character’s integrity and concerns, made me be able to write fiction I figured I’d eventually be able to pull off, but found myself being able to do now.

I internalized a skill set I desired: action thriller.

Not in the super fantastical world of either Jack Daniels or Chandler.

But in the everyday world I’m more familiar with –  and – have my own thriller character, Samantha (Sam) Lacroix, in.

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An Unforeseen Afternoon

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Jack Daniels & Associates Kindle World

An Unforeseen-Conventional Morning

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U7TQYN6/

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One Night in the Hill Country

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New Fiction in a New Kindle World – Codename: Chandler

5 May

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An Unforeseen Afternoon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X4WX27O

Kindle World short with my character, Samantha (Sam) Lacroix with Joe Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson’s character, Chandler.

Iconic Codename Chandler meets Texas transplant Samantha (Sam) Lacroix at a high school under siege in Chicago. Action and interaction boil and overflow over each other in this fast paced, witty encounter between two experienced crime fighters. Having to deal with four kids (teens and younger) caught in the cross-fire, is just a bonus.

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New Fiction in a New Kindle World – Codename: Chandler

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May 05, 2015

Codename: Chandler – New Kindle Worlds Fiction

An Unforeseen Afternoon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X4WX27O

It is a distinct pleasure to announce the opening of Amazon’s new Kindle World featuring Joe Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson’s iconic character, Codename: Chandler.

Including my newest, approximately 11,000 word, action filled short :-)

Please stop by and get a copy if you can.

Thanks so much!

Adan

ps – I’ll have more posts in the near future about writing in Kindle Worlds, including the most surprising (for me) benefit of having participated.

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My Blogging Priorities : Fitness, Family, and Fun

3 May

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Short segments with pov and scene shifts. Set in Austin Texas. Grandparents, grandchildren, and fun.

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May 03, 2015

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Where Have I Been! :-)

Working

It’s been nearly two months since my last post, longest gap yet.

I’ve plenty of legitimate understandable excuses, uh, reasons. I’ll list those in a moment. More important is, what have I learned about myself during that time and where am I headed.

This is my third year doing a full-time temp job which this year began very early March. It involves a nearly three-hour commute, an early rise and an early to-bed. At 64 1/2 I’m stretched to eat, bath, and see if my wife is still staying where we live :-)

It’s an interesting, if demanding job. And the commute (a bus, a train, and two long 1/4 mile walks) can range from boring to outright fraught with uncertainty.

Needless to say, time is a premium.

And even more of a premium, but fully a parcel of time, is staying healthy enough to do whatever needs doing.

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Creative Endeavors

cover v3Initially, at the start of March, I had finished my first short for Joe Konrath’s Jack Daniels Kindle World. It was exciting immersing myself into that level of hero and story action.

Immediately following came an opportunity to also write a short for a second Joe Konrath Kindle World, one he shares with Ann Voss Peterson – Codename: Chandler.

Pushing through the entire month, while working and walking and riding the rails (ha! :-) ) I completed an even longer short (11,000 vs 5,000 words), with an even more action centered character. In both stories I got to include my own fictional thriller character, Samantha (Sam) Lacroix.

All in all, an incredible learning experience in regard to super action thriller pacing and depiction.

And that new story, with Codename: Chandler, “An Unforeseen Afternoon” – extends a thin story thread from the first story with Jack Daniels. Each story feels complete in itself, but with some doors left open for more.

Great accomplishment, creating two such intense creative works and working full-time with a long commute.

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Reaching My Limitations

But something had to give to leave time for all that, and in my case it was my fitness. My health was feeling the pressure and I was already beginning to show signs of getting sick. Increased allergy susceptibility. Fatigue. Loss of drive. Congestion. I’ve been down that road enough times to know I was on borrowed time.

So I cut back almost all social media. Then cut back my reading. And finally my writing. My energy level was down to getting up, going to work, getting back home, and resting.

I made a decision that, rather than force myself to continue commenting on social media at my previous pace, forcing myself to write tired, forcing myself to read half asleep, I would force myself to go to more yoga classes.

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Fitness

adan on bike april 2015I had tried to go once a week to a free community based yoga class, and really liked it. My wife and I have fitness backgrounds, and were nationally certified by AFAA to teach, and did for several years, to seniors. So getting back into fitness classes wasn’t entirely new. Just starting back up was :-)

Because of scheduling for transportation to work and work hours, I needed to find a better array of classes at times I could attend.

I found a nice assortment at Blue Honey Yoga for the weekends, and began building my stamina back up.

Soon I added a weekday evening class.

And finally I reached a point where I felt whole again. More whole actually, than I had in a few years. Sheila even told me I looked happier and better, so I knew it must be true :-)

Last week, with three weeks to go on my full-time temp job, I started trying classes at another yoga location, Yoga Yoga. The selection of classes and times enabled me to try even more classes, in an even wider range of yoga styles, from gentle to hatha to kundalini to sound infused variations.

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Convergence

This week I got word the second Kindle Worlds short, for the launch of Codename: Chandler, was ready for review and uploading, with a target launch date of Tuesday.

So this weekend is a mash-press of fitness classes, creative prep work for my writing, and (Friday) was the 34th anniversary of being married with Sheila.

Thus the title of my post: Fitness, Family, and Fun.

Because folks, for me, I’m like that thing we’re told on airplanes, if needed, parents grab your own oxygen mask first, then ones for your family.

I can’t help anyone if I’m not fit and able to do so. And I won’t have any fun if I can be fit enough to enjoy time with my family.

So there it is. :-)

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Going Forward

With so many interests, it’s been very hard for me to decide what to blog.

I think what I will try, after these next two weeks, is this:

  • blog announcements of new releases, fiction, audio, etc
  • blog announcements of useful or helpful reviews
  • blog posts on health and fitness, as I did for many years, and which I feature in most of my stories
  • blog posts on family and fun occasions

That seems like a full enough life. :-)

Thanks so much, everyone,

Adan

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namaste´- con dios – god be with you

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Sheila & Adan

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Pictured Left :

An Unforeseen-Conventional Morning

Currently available on Amazon in Kindle Worlds

A 20 page, 5000 word, action thriller short, pairing my fictional character Sam (Samantha Lacroix) with Joe Konrath’s iconic well known character, Jack Daniels. Set in Chicago.

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March 04, 2015

Category – Kindle Worlds

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Joe Konrath’s Jack Daniels in Kindle Worlds

Info about the offer

Hi everyone – I’ve had a few requests already for info about the new Kindle Worlds from Joe Konrath for his character Jack Daniels. Here’s some links below.

If you’re outside the U.S., Joe has an agent he says will handle requests to participate. This would be by first contacting him after reading about the program (email below).

It’s not a perfect program. I would like a reversion clause. But film and TV rights for the story are protected. The character is protected across all outlets. And royalties are paid not only for digital, but, if Amazon decided to print, produce audio or translations, etc, for those also.

At this point in time, if one wants to and is able to create a story featuring one of his or her characters, and have them join with Jack Daniels (or other of Joe’s listed characters), this is, in my opinion, the best deal out there.

Joe’s site page of info:
http://jakonrath.com/kindle-worlds.php

official KW Amazon pg:
https://kindleworlds.amazon.com/world/JackDaniels

article about benefits via a writer’s perspective:
https://silaspayton.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/why-write-in-kindle-worlds-something-all-fiction-writers-should-consider/

and Joe’s email address :
joekonrath@comcast.net

Hope you also get to read my 20 pg thriller short in this new program, and, that you enjoy it :-)

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An Unforeseen-Conventional Morning

My Story Synopsis

cover v3Jack and Sam, both ladies with law enforcement background, meet to host a children’s safety talk at a convention. But the guard opening the door is killed in front of them, the children already there have been abducted, and the two other guards inside are pinned down. Lt. Jack Daniels and Samantha Lacroix hit it off, and wouldn’t mind going for a drink together. They only need to make it out alive first. With the children.

http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Daniels-Associates-Unforeseen-Conventional-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00U7TQYN6/

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Final Word

With this short story, I venture into a new world –

Joe Konrath’s, Kindle World of Jack Daniels and Associated.

I’m grateful for the opportunity.

Thanks so much!

Adan

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Related Articles :

My Joe Konrath, Jack Daniels, Kindle Worlds Short Story – An Unforeseen-Conventional Morning

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

Short Chapters – My Guest Post: Why I Like Them

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namaste´- con dios – god be with you

Sheila & Adan

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