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Meet Sam, Lead in My New Thriller, One Night in the Hill Country – via Emily Guido’s : Pay it Forward Friday with Author

25 Oct
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Meet Sam, Lead in My New Thriller, One Night in the Hill Country -

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October 25, 2014

Category – Thriller

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Emily Guido’s Pay it Forward Friday with Author

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Known for her paranormal romances, Emily Guido also displays a heart for helping other authors.

With a few guidelines, she offers her site on Fridays to feature other authors.

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My thoughts about Samantha by Author Felipe Adan Lerma

In a short piece, I have an opportunity to say a little more about my main character in my new thriller, Sam (Samantha.)

I hope you have a chance to drop by Emily’s site, plus see all she has to offer.

Her specialty is paranormal romance :-)

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First Month in Kindle Unlimited Part 2 – Was It Worth It?

24 Oct

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Was It Worth It?

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Intergenerational fiction for the whole family.

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Was It Worth It?

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October 24, 2014

Category – Platform Advantages

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Personally – Yes

As detailed in Part 1, I now have time to exercise properly and do things that are improving not only my health, but we sense of well-being.

That’s a hard thing to say hasn’t been worth it. It has.

If things change in the future, regarding staying exclusive for so much of my work on Kindle Unlimited, marketing time will have to remain where it basically is now, ie, much reduced.

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Business Wise – To Soon To Say

Why

Despite the fact that nothing was borrowed my whole first month in Kindle Unlimited (KU), and only one sale occurred -

And that more was still made on other outlets, despite about 90% of my titles now in KU -

There are factors still mitigating for experimenting with Kindle Unlimited :

  • Other Sales are not so significant on the other outlets that a temporary trial in KU wasn’t worth it.
  • KU Sales and borrows “may” pick up in Kindle Unlimited. If they don’t, that means discoverability, for me, wasn’t enhanced being in KU. But there’s two more months to see.
  • Reporting Time : Some sales/borrows for both Apple and Scribd from mid-summer weren’t reported to me on Smashwords until the last week, and even today (see Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa at top). Whatever the problem, it’s magnified by the fact that free downloads (via Selects marketing promotion tools) show up almost immediately in Amazon.
  • Timely Payments : Getting email notices of impending payments from Amazon from Europe and the U.S., however small (and currently MIA the last 30 days since joining Select and Kindle Unlimited), dwarf getting months-long reports and once-every-ninety day payments from Smashwords. If exclusive on Amazon proves unrewarding for me at the end of the ninety day period, D2D might be worth seriously looking into.

These are serious issues : sales, reporting time, payment time – and would need to be balanced with having time for a balanced enjoyable life.

If sales are not factor at this time, whichever route I take, and I register my work with the Library of Congress to further protect my intellectual property (IP), then I’m ok with the route I’m on at this time :

Experimenting on Kindle Unlimited regarding discoverability, and, sales or borrows (ie, money to me).

Best wishes everyone (smiles).

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First Month in Kindle Unlimited Part 1 – More Time, No Borrows, One Sale

23 Oct
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Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

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Four star review:

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

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October 23, 2014

Category – Platform Advantages

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

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Risking Exclusivity for More Time for Health

Recap

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

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

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

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

Growing Voices Against Exclusivity

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

Business Results

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

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

Personal Results

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

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

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

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

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Driving to Boot Camp!

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

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

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Bottomline(s)

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

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

Thanks so much, best wishes!

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One Night in the Hill Country – a Suspense Thriller

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

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

My blurb reads :

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

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

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

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

22 Oct

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

Featuring Sam (Samantha)

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Categories : Thrillers

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About Sam (Samantha)

Via Interview

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

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

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

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

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

Via Other Stories

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

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

Hello, Darling

A content sample is also available on my site.

The Sound from Nowhere

Prop Master, Where’s the Liqueur?

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

 A content sample is also available on m site.

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Blurb

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

Details

7850 story words.

31+ standard pages.

Set in Austin Texas.

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

16 Oct
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101414 :

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

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Everyday Gratitude Vol 1

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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.

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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
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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.

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.

Amazon – currently (101414) exclusive on Kindle Unlimited

Barnes & Noble

iTunes

Kobo

Oyster

Scribd

Smashwords

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Opening a View of Gratitude

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

12 Oct
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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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Sample

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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

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.

Amazon – currently (101014) exclusive on Kindle Unlimited

Barnes & Noble

iTunes

Kobo

Oyster

Scribd

Smashwords

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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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101014 : My First Boot Camp Since 1974! (USAF)

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Everyday Inspiration – PhotoPoems Vol 2

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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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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

I’ve only read the first three of the Stephanie Plum series, and this is only a short story, but for me : Is it as entertaining and sometimes funny as these are? -

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!

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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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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?

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Simple.

I think ebook subscriptions are here to stay.

Like Netflix, and favorite cable channels.

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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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