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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

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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

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

16 Oct
Everyday Gratitude Vol 1

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101414 :

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

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

15 Oct
Everyday Gratitude Vol 1

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October 15, 2014

Categories : Story Samples plus Links

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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 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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Sample

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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.

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Story Sample plus Links : Everyday Inspirations : Photo-Poems Photo-Memoir Vol 2 #BVT

12 Oct
Everyday Inspirations Vol 2

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Everyday Inspirations : Photo-Poems Photo-Memoir Vol 2

Burlington, Vermont #BVT

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October 12, 2014

Categories : Story Samples plus Links

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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 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 Inspirations : Photo-Poems Vol 2

Synopsis

10 original images.

Photo-poem photo-memoir set in Burlington Vermont.

The images work their way from tight close items of interest – an underwater tree rocks, a snow flower, wisps of sea grass by a pond – broadening out to vistas of a winter landscape as the book progresses.

Unique commentary perspective. Initial commentary when first published. Second commentary added nearly two years later, giving a new layer of meaning as seen by the poet-photographer.

Links to related places of interest are also included (no ads).

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Everyday Inspirations : Photo-Poems Vol 2

© Felipe Adan Lerma

One

Underwater Tree

 

1 tree on ice

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it’s in the winter’s icy reaching

that the light begins to cast

reflections

and

begins

to reach anew
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Broken, it’s as if the tree is reaching down to the source of its root, with its limbs. The once sky-touching tree tips dipped and frozen below the surface.

A whole other thought, of returning to one’s source, than when I first took and studied this image over two years ago.

Then, what caught my eye, remembering standing in an icy air I wasn’t used to being in at all, was how the light stretched as the short day saw the sun speed to the west. Though there’s a bit of reflection on the left side of the tree, it’s the tiny stretch marks of sunlight on the far left side I wanted to capture with the (relative) close-up of the tree and rocks around it.

As if the light was, even in the bitter cold, reaching out.

This is but one of many possible views on the bridge that connects Burlington to Winooski. In Vol 1 of this series (also now updated to a Second Edition), I try to show a few more.

A little more info can be found via the two links below.

Also, a quick reminder, I don’t use affiliate links in my books or website, ie, I’m not paid to suggest these. They just appeal to me – thanks so much.

Winooski Falls – http://www.northeastwaterfalls.com/waterfall.php?num=410&p=0

Winooski River Walk – http://www.localmotion.org/trails/trail.php?trail=78

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Everyday Inspirations Vol 2

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The Writer’s Life – 101014 : My First Boot Camp Since 1974! (USAF)

11 Oct
Everyday Inspirations Vol 2

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My First Boot Camp Since 1974! (USAF)

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Before Day Break

October 11, 2014

Boot Camp, Lessons I Learned

I felt I was (am) out of shape. My wife suggested I’m simply “working on my conditioning.”

Wise woman. (smiles)

In the piece below, I compare my actual boot camp experience, to going to a writing workshop with writers already well into good production habits :-)

The physical boot camp is in regular text, and the writing parallel in italics.

A Writer in Boot Camp

© Felipe Adan Lerma

boot camp 1 a IMG_4835It was my second go round, trying to attend a before-sunrise exercise class.

I’ve outlined and begun my 2nd thriller novella, “Queen.”

I took a quick picture of actually getting in my car and starting it up.

Tweeted and spammed everyone I was working on a new story.

I’ve gotten myself fit several times through-out my life, and figured, tough as this might be – it was even tough – I should keep up or at least do ok.

I’d been working on stories on and off my whole life, what’s the big deal!

I was first to arrive, obviously a good sign.

The instructor got some basic info from me, and suggested he’d modify my workout as we progressed as needed. We’d start with one lap around the track.

Once the slacker writers arrived, we were told to write a story.

Taking big yogic breaths, I held my own, only slight behind the clusters of bodies pacing ahead of me.

I quickly sketched some dialog, a few witty repartees, and raised my hand to indicate I was done.

Slightly past half way around the track, my lungs decided they needed either, a break, or much MUCH more air, particularly oxygen.

I read my story out loud, then listened to the other writers detail rough outlines, detailing where the character arc curved, and why.

The instructor congratulated everyone, and assigned the next set of exercises, a triple round of varied body movements meant to stretch and condition us.

The writing teacher said we could move on now, to develop the story. I thought, “develop?” Didn’t we just finish? There’s more to work on, already?

Gently, in a non-drill sergeant voice, the boot camp instructor offered my several modifications of the movements if needed, and watched to see if my alignment and form posed possible problems.

The writing instructor sat beside me. Having made a copy of my short story, he lead me through it from word one, asking as much as suggesting improvements.

The other boot campers finished their sets, and took off for more laps. This time around the block.

The teacher gave the other writers the all clear to produce what they’d like, possibly getting a grasp on a potentially completed idea and first draft to work from.

When my fellow exercisers returned, they offered me congratulations on having finished a full class.

The other writers saw I had a complete idea, and offered their approval.

Hunched over in my car, ready to drive back home whenever I caught my breath, I thought to myself. Ok, I’ve definitely been here before. 1974, 1989, 2001. And now I could add, 2014.

My striked-through added-to copy of my story in hand, I remembered I’d written completed stories I was proud of, and knew I could do it again.

And I realized, I’m getting old enough that, if I keep things up, I might, just might, be able to finish this exercise-incarnation, all the way to the end – fit. Pacing was everything. And at my age, time is all I have left. Might as well just pace and enjoy. Besides, Sheila was making oatmeal, and had fresh fruit she said she’d be adding to it. Pace. Breathe. Enjoy.

I turned the car radio on, low, my head hurt if I tried to play it after-lunch-loud. None of the other writers had seemed in a hurry, and I realized I felt the same way. I had an idea-action blueprint printed neatly on paper, folded into my pocket, and already forming baby-ideas inside me. Yes, sir, I smiled. Pace. Breathe. Enjoy.

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Review: The Shell Game by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg – Dense Like an Acorn and Just as Delicious

10 Oct
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The Shell Game by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg -

Dense Like an Acorn and Just as Delicious

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Intro

Below are two thoughts on a new short story from one of my very favorite contemporary authors, Janet Evanovich. The short is meant to introduce us to the two main characters in her ongoing “Fox and O’Hara” series.

Beyond this short story, I’m not familiar with that series, though I’ve read books 1-3 of Ms Evanovich’s 20 (plus ?) books featuring Stephanie Plum. And they are great. Humor, witty, action, danger, family, romance.

The first below is my Amazon site review. And the second is a response to a question from another reader on the Goodreads page for this story.

The Shell Game is only 99¢, and I highly recommend it. (smiles)

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The Amazon Review

The Shell Game

http://www.amazon.com/The-Shell-Game-Kindle-Single-ebook/dp/B00NDTUAB4/

What a perfect way to find out if I might like Janet’s other work beyond Stephanie Plum (have read the first 3 and really like that series).

And though this was a short story, it felt dense with excitement, humor, similes (mostly quite funny and tongue-in-cheek), and obviously fun flirtations.

Also, despite being short, multiple scene and point of view shifts were used and handled smoothly and effectively.

Best of all, the two main characters promised to be as much fun as Stephanie and Morelli.

For me, that’s huge!

Now I have two super fun series to enjoy from this incredible writer.

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My Goodreads Answer to a Question

Is this book on line with the Stephanie Plum series? Is it as entertaining and sometimes funny as these are?

https://www.goodreads.com/questions/173576-is-this-book-on-line-with-the-stephanie

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It’s a resounding YES! (smiles)

It felt like the Stephanie and Morelli characters moved from Jersey to California, got some college and high end law enforcement and crime training, but kept all their charm and down to earthiness.

Plus, the writers kept the internal-external dialog fun-thing going. But from both characters, rather than just from the female protagonist. A great result of the blend of the two authors, Janet and Lee.

As I mentioned in my review of the short story, now I have two super fun series to look forward to enjoying from Ms Evanovich!

Related :

Short Chapters – My Guest Post: Why I Like Them

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

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Closest Short Story to it in My Own Work : Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa

Story Sample plus Links : Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa – Family Short Story

lunch with grandma and grandpa medBesides mentioning my own short story for the obvious benefit of exposure to potential readers (smiles), I wanted to show I have an affinity, within myself, for producing this style of work, in one of my own topic-fields (family, grandparents, grandchildren).

I think “Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa,” within a short story, has, even if tiny so, a kinship.

Learning from other authors, and making aspects one likes, one’s own, is invaluable.

So much thanks to the many authors I like, including of course, Ms. Evanovich.

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Why eBook Subscription Programs (Kindle Unlimited, Scribd, Oyster) Are Good for Me

9 Oct
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Why eBook Subscription Programs (Kindle Unlimited, Scribd, Oyster) Are Good for Me

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Novella thriller, releases October 19, 2014

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Why Bring This Up?

Suddenly, to my limited attention anyway (smile), there is open talk about whether Amazon will remove exclusivity from the requirement of participating in their ebook subscription program, Kindle Unlimited (KU).

Posts I’ve seen talking about this, include :

Is Amazon About To Put All KDP Titles Into Kindle Unlimited? – Passive Voice repost; huge number of comments (over 200 last count) with lots of pros and cons

http://www.thepassivevoice.com/10/2014/is-amazon-about-to-put-all-kdp-titles-into-kindle-unlimited/

Is Amazon About To Put All KDP Titles Into Kindle Unlimited? – Original post by Ebook Bargains UK Blog

http://ebookbargainsuk.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/is-amazon-about-to-put-all-kdp-titles-into-kindle-unlimited/

HarperCollins Signs Deal With Bookmate – but Not Kindle Unlimited – on The Digital Reader, rounds out the info, has nice links

http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/10/09/harpercollins-signs-deal-bookmate-kindle-unlimited/#.VDb-XuddTpU

HarperCollins Signs Deal With Bookmate – but Not Kindle Unlimited – first post i saw on this, on Passive Voice, led me to Digital Reader, then to the top two links above

http://www.thepassivevoice.com/10/2014/harpercollins-signs-deal-with-bookmate-but-not-kindle-unlimited/

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eBook Subscriptions – Why Good for Me?

Walking to ACL in Our 60s med

Currently Exclusive on Kindle Unlimited – Click for Link

Simple.

I think ebook subscriptions are here to stay.

Like Netflix, and favorite cable channels.

I’m not very well known (maybe an understatement) :-) and -

Having someone be able to simply choose to check out one of my books, without having to pay extra for it, is like having a program on cable, or in Netflix. Easy.

Folks are already paying for the service. I can be tried out at no extra cost.

That’s a huge incentive for me to be in an ebook subscription program.

I have a few titles in Oyster and Scribd, and I have a bunch in Kindle Unlimited (KU).

If you belong to any of those plans, check me out. I have lots of titles :-)

Family, mysteries, thrillers. Short stories, novellas, and novels.

Photo-memoir books, poetry, and more.

Lots! (smiles)

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

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October 09, 2014

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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; others 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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Arts Poems, Dance Yoga Music Art Writing +

Synopsis

Over 100 short original arts related poems.

Written by my wife and myself beginning in the early 90s.

Poems for Dance, Yoga, Music, Writing, Art, Photography, Theater, Creativity, and Inspiration.

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Sample

Note: some formatting adjusted to fit this blog.

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Dance – Original Poetry

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Aerobic Dance

Listening

to my body

anew

each time i start class

I start again

new

in spirit.

Lazy soft first

moves

meant to test

the day’s range -

listening to my body…

Tiny tap touches

on the beat

of

my extensions.

The melody

carries

the momentum,

the down beat

sets the limits

as i listen

to my body’s

waking dancing walk.

Repeat rhythms

release

the growing range of motions

the flowing stages of emotions

yes

the glistening body was also listening.

Aerobic dance in class

is

a conversation

of celebration between all that’s beautiful

in you.

© 2011 adam light creations / adan lerma

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Ballerina

Gentle strength -

a blessing

set in motion;

mind and feeling

spirited

onto moving flesh.

Nimble and sure…

placing our hearts

quietly

on tiptoe,

cradling our breath

on the tip of a wing.

© 1996-2012 adam light creations / adan lerma

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Dancer

Thump, thump. Sound.

The expression of the heart.

Movement.

The expressing of the voice

singing in our souls.

Stretch and coil. Expansion -

retraction. The dancer mirrors

the explosion-implosion of the universe.

Before thought

but giving rise to reason -

before sound

but vibrating the world

into the motions of awareness -

the dance of Life

made passions stir, opening

the ready eyes of its dancers:

you and me and all of us

upon this vast

dance floor of God’s called Earth.

© 1994-2011 adam light creations / adan lerma

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Dancing

It’s more than the movement

or the easy-sharp swaying

to a beat pounded out right.

It’s more the allowing – a letting -

into one’s skin and muscles

the very vibration of aliveness itself.

It’s a translating of the heartfelt

into the mind-known.

Turning feeling

into conception, vision into perception.

It’s the joining of that

that is perceived into consciousness.

One becomes alive

in time.

And time takes you-makes you

its minute hand

dancing you round

the hourglass of life.

© 1994-2011 adam light creations / adan lerma

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Dancing Is…

Dancing

is an art…

Dancing is a sport.

Dancing’s a way of life

expressing

what words imply -

what images

suggest

stirring

the heart

within

memories

of our movements.

The art is the letting -

the sport is the getting -

that we are space

we are time

we are…

dance.

© 2011 adam light creations / adan lerma

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Latin Dance

passion

of flowers reaching the sun

the shot of birds through the air

the smile of an infant seeing your eyes

soft as the first green buds

in early light

strong as the river releasing a winter’s snow

pausing and starting and flowing

like breezes signaling

return

of freshness

and always the pull felt

among all the planets and all of

the stars

connected

dancing the passion of space

© 2012 adam light creations / adan lerma

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Little Dancer

Your tiny dancing movements are

the most innocent of all.

They are the first fun steps created

both for you and your loved ones.

Everyone is watching you

with open eyes and

an open heart.

So enjoy.

Raise your rounded arms.

Sway and move your little feet.

Clap and move and keep on smiling.

For life is smiling through you.

And we can’t but smile back

remembering.

© 1994-2012 adam light creations / adan lerma

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My Dancer’s Pose

Balanced

between the earth and sky

with

one foot grounded and

one fist’s fingers

extended

up

feet and fingers

feeling

for

my lines’

passages through

my

heart and mind

my thoughts

steadied by my heart’s

beating breathings

my

feelings warmed

by

my mind’s acceptance

of

balance reaching from the

ground

my foot a peaceful planting -

my

dancing pulses playing waltzes -

set

between stars inside our patient earth.

© 2012 adam light creations / adan lerma

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The Quiet Dance

inside

when the music and the dancers talking

all around us wave and wind their way among

the beats and sounds and melodies

making life fuller…

when that music

penetrates

worries doubts sadness

and grit from biting the reins of

daily life…

when the movements in

our veins and finger

tips

are touched

with life

that responds and connects

the inside

with the world outside

then

the quiet dance with all the world begins

© 2012 adam light creations / adan lerma

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To Dance Class

“i’m tired, i’m old, i hurt, i’m hungry”

none of the old buttons worked

i still had to go ;-)

dance aerobics called

and my body was craving

a rhythm feed -

i cued

my music-brain-part

a nudge

a wispy breeze to move the clouds along

my music-muscle needed stretching

carrying lifting lilting punching

swaying staying

in my

birthing heart beat

i had had to go

still hurt still tired still old

but not so hungry

now

© 2011-2012 adam light creations / adan lerma

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Yoga – Original Poetry

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A Child’s Pose Is…

a coil of hope

wrapped in leaves

breathing…

a seed

expanding

and gathering

new life…

a thought

curled into a roll

of pure cotton,

a salve upon the heart…

a rest

a moment

a shiny secret whimper

of delight…

© 2011 adam light creations / adan lerma

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A Yoga Teacher – a beginner’s view

no nirvana’s escape here

this is

the yoga of connection

eyes meant for speaking

breaths

linked to living

touches are

the stillness of motion

meant from kindness

yes nirvana’s here

a whispered union

of communion

© 2011 adam light creations / adan lerma

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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.

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The Writer’s Life – 100814 : Getting Fit (again) is like Writing Something New (again)

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100814 : Getting Fit (again) is like Writing Something New (again)

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As a Young Senior -

There’s nothing quite like finally forcing myself to get up at 4:30 am, “only” have two cups of coffee, and arrive at the new fitness location in nearly as dark and quiet as the last of the night around me (smiles).

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For reasons unimportant for this post, the responsible person didn’t make it to open up.

Fitness & Creativity, One Aspect

If you’re a writer, or other creative sort, like a painter or dancer or code jockey, this is probably an easy leap for you to make: getting back into a fitness routine is like starting a new story or canvas or choreography or hack.

And it doesn’t matter if the lay-off was due to injury, illness, or more enjoyable distractions in life (food, children, love life). :-)

There’s invariably gonna be trip-ups, roadblocks, and tempting alternatives.

Like delay starting. Again.

But like writing with words and their sounds, or painting with pigment, or styling movements with feet arms and torso, getting fit (again) is getting going again. One way or the other.

Starting Anew, Again

So soon as I got home, I checked into another fitness option. This one a lot closer.

Outside. In our current mid-summer-like October weather here in Austin, I guess it’s no surprise it has to start at 5:30, a half hour sooner. Before the sun comes out.

But, it is fifteen minutes shorter.

Something called Outdoor Boot Camp.

Wish Me Luck

I know you’ll want to wish me (creative) luck -

I’ll try and let everyone know, after this coming Friday morning, if :

1) I made it there…

2) If I made it through the routine…

3) And, if I can still walk, talk, or write anymore at all…

Ahhh, yes, the joy of growing old(er) – smiles

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Photo-memoir of walking to Zilker Park in Austin with my wife during ACL.

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Walking to ACL in Our 60s

Synopsis

16 original images.

Set in Austin.

A non-fiction photo-memoir of my wife Sheila and I walking to and back from Zilker Park in Austin Texas to absorb and enjoy the atmosphere of another giant festive music venue. All photo images are original. Commentary and a few links have been added. This work is not affiliated or associated with Austin City Limits, and is simply a personal photo-memoir of our walk in and around Zilker Park during the music festival.

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Walking to ACL in Our 60s

© Felipe Adan Lerma

My wife and I knew we weren’t going inside the Austin City Limits’ fenced concert area.

We just wanted to soak in some atmosphere and see what memories might float up.

It was the first of two weekends for ACL, and the weather was one of those days so rare in Austin, just being outside created a memory. The heat and humidity and dangerously high dew points of the last several months had taken a break, not to return for another few days.

It may seem strange, my first image I’ve chosen is of Austin’s iconic Barton Creek, rather than clusters of headband attired teens, pedicabs, and plenty of police -

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But from this view (looking north from Barton Springs Road Bridge) – in the midst of all this nature, the pedestrian bridge spanning the water, and a look of where Barton Creek enters Lady Bird Lake – to one’s left, beyond the trees, is where the masses of tents and stages and music are clustered.

And if one didn’t know that, the sound from the nearest stages, held in the crisp relatively dry clear air, is unmistakable. And enticing.

From my wife and I’s own prior experience, the folks in the canoes in the lower portion of the image must have felt like they were in nature-music-heaven.

On the lower right, the columns of shadow extending into the sunlight foliage are folk like us, on the bridge. Very nice indeed. (smiles)

Almost immediately past the bridge, the street is blocked to regular vehicular traffic, with a single middle lane for event and emergency vehicles. The small crowd would swell considerably by evening, but Sheila and I knew we’d probably already be heading back.

We’ve had our share of night time concerts, including the Rolling Stones in 2006 (also at Zilker Park, also a clear October day) and Huey Lewis and the News (also at Zilker) 1989 4th of July concert.

This time around, hoping for ambiance, we wouldn’t be disappointed.

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Walking to ACL in Our 60s medNote: 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 .

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