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20 Sep

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

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

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

This new series on my site allows me that.

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Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa

Synopsis

A fun touching family story involving grandparents and grandchildren.

Grandma and Grandpa initially take four of their six grandchildren to lunch. When that doesn’t work out as planned, with lots of quirky family and Austin moments along the way, they go back home, get the other two grandkids, and walk to a nearby restaurant. Where more family stuff happens.

The short story is broken into segments, allowing multiple point-of-views and scene change perspectives.

8900 story words.

36 standard pages.

Set in Austin Texas.

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Sample

Arturo had his youngest daughter’s SUV. Katarina didn’t mind. Arturo and Rosetta were taking her two boys, Buzz and Zilker, to lunch. With a promise, courtesy of Katarina’s husband, of freshly baked homemade bread and desserts on their return. He and Katarina would meet the returning lunch bunch at the tweens’ house.

Yes, Simone and Tabitha, her brother’s two tween girls, would also be tagging along; but, Katarina smiled, that was her parents’ good fortune, or problem, depending how the combined “lunch” with Buzz and Zilker went.

Katarina watched through a front window, the curtain discretely pulled aside, as Arturo began pulling out of the drive, looking both ways, more times, and much longer, she smiled again, than it would have taken to just pull out and go. One of the boys, then the other, saw her watching, waved, and they were gone, as Arturo finally, but swiftly, swung west onto the road and headed toward her brother Arthur’s house to get the tweens.

She felt herself relax the grip she had on the kitchen towel, tightly gripped in both hands. Smiled more distantly, wondering what adventures they might encounter with their grandparents this time, and returned to her kitchen. This would be a good time, she thought, languishing in the quiet beginning to fill the house, to clean the burners.
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Noon traffic, from Travis Heights to nearby Bouldin neighborhood, was already dense with hungry drivers. Mostly students returning for the new fall semester at one of Austin’s many colleges. And Simone and Tabitha, the two young boys’ older tween cousins, still needed picking up. Though several restaurants and food courts were within walking distance of the girls’ house, the children had quickly decided, and declared, they’d rather “go” somewhere.

The kids’ parents thought it was a big bother driving elsewhere, the children thought it was an adventure, and Rosetta and Arturo thought it might be fun. It was like raising their children all over again, but without the day-to-day, minute-to-minute responsibilities. An aging gracefully cliché the two grandparents agreed was worth keeping.

Having learned to Skype the year before, while in Paris, the family had quickly conference called to arrange the luncheon outing. Arturo and Rosetta had learned in Paris, one noisy Skype call among the children, was worth a dozen separate pass-along, misunderstood, individual phone calls and texts.

“Walking to Mercado or Torchy’s is going some where,” Arturo had laughed, arguing playfully.

“Noooo, Grandpa!” Simone had protested.

“We live here, Grandpa, let’s go somewhere,” Tabitha had added.

“Tell him, Grandma,” Zilker had chimed in.

Buzz, who had been unusually silent, had given a little cough. He had just learned his two oldest cousins weren’t tagging along. Antone and Cherise, having learned in advance their four younger cousins were all going, seemed to have a sudden strange mixture of headaches, allergy flair-ups, not being hungry, and, “uh..other plans.”

“Why aren’t Cherise and Antone really coming?” asked Buzz, as Simone and Tabitha approached the vehicle.

“Hey,” Simone said, before either Arturo or Rosetta could answer. “We ride shotguns in the real seats. You guys get in the back.”

“No fair!”

Rosetta cut off the easily anticipated spat.

“Girls, get in the back. You can ride the middle seats on the way back.”

Simone frog-poked Buzz in the biceps, and bumped him with one slim hip as she scrambled over to the back folding seats with Tabitha.

“Where’s Cherise?” asked Tabitha.

“And Antone?” added Simone.

Rosetta half turned in her seat to glance at her four youngest grandchildren.

“You know where. They’re..busy.”

“Uh huh.”

“Yeah? We’re busy too!” added Buzz.

“Don’t sulk,” Arturo said.

Buzz shrugged, turning his head sideways then up, twisting his lips a mock effort of not sulking.

Zilker, watching, saw Simone and Tabitha share a smile, as Rosetta winked at Arturo.

“Maybe…” Rosetta said quietly, Arturo turning off Bouldin Ave and onto a very crowded Barton Springs Road, “…Buzz could be Antone. Just for today.”

Simone and Tabitha dropped their shared smiles.

“What?”

“Your kidding, right Grandma?”

Rosetta looked from girl to girl, then to Buzz and Arturo, and back to the girls.

“It’s ok, Grandma,” Buzz said. “No one can be Antone but Antone.”

She gave her second youngest grandchild a sad but firm smile.

“Maybe you’re right,” she whispered into the car.

Eyes firmly on the road, Arturo added, “He’ll come next time,” braking to avoid rear-ending a white car cutting him off. Glancing in the rearview, he saw another car tailgating him, the driver’s head bent down, as if reading something, and saw Tabitha and Simone turned toward him, waiting with wide eyes.

Arturo forced a smile, remembering, not to leave anyone out. “And Cherise.”

The promise of reuniting the six cousins seemed to calm everyone: the girls, the boys, Rosetta, and the traffic. Even the girl driving behind them, hair billowing toward her open window, seemed to have pulled back a touch and was looking straight ahead.

After the family’s extended stay in Paris the previous fall, and the six children’s robbery adventure on Sixth Street in Austin, the four younger cousins were clearly missing having Cherise and Antone, their semi-protectors, aboard.

A car in the lane to the left of them, honked, made a U-turn.

Arturo muttered but kept his eyes forward.

Traffic was slowly lurching forward.

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Happy National Grandparents Day! – 2014

7 Sep

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2014

With much thanks and gratitude to our five granchildren :-)

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Nothing much defines a grandparent as well as the grandchildren they interact with :-)

For  more information and history on the holiday, begun by Marian McQuade, check out the site grandparents-day.com.

And I’d like to say I remembered this holiday on my own, I didn’t. But I was reminded by my email alerts from National Day Calendar.

Below are two previews, courtesy of Scribd, for two of my favorite grandparent short stories of mine.

Have a great day everyone (smiles)


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

22 Aug

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New direction my creative work is going.

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Several factors have led me to feel comfortable trying something new out in my fiction.

Not that trying new things is entirely new for me :-)  The related article titles above both have nice examples of creative play.

Series within series

Prose and poetry

And my first 1st-person pov fiction since the early 90s

And not that my newest book, “Grandma and Grandpa do Lunch in Austin” is new in technique to fiction itself -

I first found I liked short chapters reading a 50 page preview of one of Patterson’s books, Zoo. Couldn’t afford the ebook, so had to wait for State of Fear by Michale Crichton to get another fuller taste of this form.

And being a subscriber on Scribd, I found “lots” more of Michael’s work, including his first books, written as John Lange. http://www.scribd.com/michael5crichton

And Joe Konrath’s book “A Shot of Tequila” gave me a strong taste for scene shifting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._A._Konrath

No, basically I’m talking about these things being new to me, esp in terms of writing my own fiction.

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Grandma and Grandpa Do Lunch in Austin

Where in previous fiction, I worked to build word-based transitions from pov to pov and scene shifts in the story (Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel is a good example) – now, in this new story, I broaden the povs expressed, increasing the shifts in scene.

Since it’s a short story, the scene shifts are within the larger continuous scene of the story of Grandma and Grandpa taking four of the grandchildren, or trying to, to lunch :-)

I find the result similar to watching a half hour television show with multiple characters of interest, like The Middle (one of my wife and I’s favs).

Scene or pov shifts have a small space and asterisk notation.

I add the latter ( * ) because I’ve noticed that, while reading on my iPhone, if the space break between scenes or pov shift are at the bottom of the flip page, sometimes the next section seems to start immediately, and the space break isn’t apparent until you realize there’s been a shift.

Essentially then, I’m working cinematically.

I think I’ve been trying to write like that, for quite awhile. “The Old American Artist” my first novel since 1983, has short chapters and even bounces back and forth on two time-lines, the past and present, til they meet near the end of the book.

What I want to do now, is do it more cleanly, more clearly – oh, and have a lot of fun :-)

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New Mystery-Thriller Novella

As a tease (I plan to do a lot more posts on this) I’ll mention that I’ve finished the second write-through of a new novella, my first longer mystery-thriller since “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin,” which is a short story.

The new novella, possibly named “One Night in the Hill Country” has over 70 chapters and is running just under 30,000 words.

Below, are previews of both short stories mentioned earlier: “Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa” and “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”

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Bats Under Congress Street Bridge, Austin – Free Post, on Scribd

7 Apr

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Short photo story of our sunset boat bat viewing tour.  Light commentary plus links.

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My Scribd titles : http://www.scribd.com/adan1950_228525061

My currently available 57 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

I also post individual articles, available for free, on Scribd.

They’re similar to my blog posts here, no affiliate links – the articles meant to be either fun or informative and sometimes both ;-)

I hope you enjoy the story of our trip down Lady Bird Lake to view the bats!

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Paddle Boats Under Congress Street Bridge

Paddle Boats Under Congress Street Bridge

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We weren’t on paddle boats, but had this great view from our comfortable seats on a flat boat.

Though they sure looked stable and tempting ;-)

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Going to SXSW in Our 60s

Love’s Travels – Extra Austin Images ( go SXSW!)

Image Extra : American Robins Arriving in Vermont – First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

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Texas Shorts Vol 1

At the Beach

The Concert

The Slumber Party

The Old American Artist

Love Before the Fourth of July

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

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Grandma and Grandpa @ SXSW – in progress

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Going to SXSW in Our 60s – Free Post, on Scribd

19 Mar
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A short humorous photo story with links and light commentary.

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My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

I also post individual articles, available for free, on Scribd.

They’re similar to my blog posts here, no affiliate links, either fun or informative and sometimes both ;-)

I hope you enjoy the story of our trip into SXSW!

The Old and the New, Sixth Street Austin

On Old Pecan Street, aka East Sixth Street

We saw a little of the old and a little of the new and a lot of the crowds as we made our way down Sixth Street :-)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/212902891/Going-to-SXSW-in-Our-60s

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Love’s Travels – Extra Austin Images ( go SXSW!)

Image Extra : American Robins Arriving in Vermont – First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

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Texas Shorts Vol 1

At the Beach

The Concert

The Old American Artist

Love Before the Fourth of July

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Grandma and Grandpa @ SXSW – in progress

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Like Seniors and Aging? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

16 Mar

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Below are my titles related to Seniors and Aging.

Plans are for an expanded Yoga poetry book later this year. :-)

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12 Stages of Loving

Nurses Doctors and Medical Health Specialties

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Inspirations from Life, 33 Years, Poems & Images

Grandpa and Grandma in the Latin Quarter

Rosetta

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day

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Like Yoga and Fitness? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

14 Mar

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My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Below are my titles related to Yoga and Fitness.

Plans are for an expanded Yoga poetry book later this year. :-)

With a subscription, you have limitless access to all my work, counting as sales for me.

As Scribd says at the top right of each page :

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Enjoy reading this book knowing that your

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They are located on my Authors Pages, and listed on the right side of each blog post.

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Paris Shorts Vol 1

101 Sports Poems (full collection)

101 Sports Poems Vol 2 – Dance Yoga +

Arts Poems

Rosetta

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day

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Audio Book Narrators – Interview with Marcus Anderson

17 Dec

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Interview with Marcus Anderson

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Introducing Marcus Anderson

Marcus Anderson www.marcusanderson.com

Marcus Anderson
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The Interview

Me:

Marcus, I understand you have done some professional promotional work for some well known national or international firms.  Could you tell us how that helped you in narrating “The Old American Artist”?

Marcus:

In working with a varied number of clients from different cultures and backgrounds, it helped me to get a feel of how the character would act, react and sound in a particular environment. For example: A character living in a village in Europe acts and sounds different from a character living in a suburb in America.

There are, however, a lot of things that I find are typical across all borders. Young men and women growing into adulthood all want the same things at periods of their lives: excitement, experiences, education and measurable growth.

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Me:

Fiction is so different from non-fiction, at least in a narrative sense, can you say what new things you learned doing the voice for “The Old American Artist”?

Marcus:

Although fiction is different from nonfiction, in a narrative sense they do have some things in common. The narrator  has to become the character(s)  he or she  is voicing.

I learned from ” The Old American Artist ” just how important that is.

A story  has to have a normal flow to it and when different characters are involved, it can be very challenging to the narrator.

” The Old American Artist ” showed how, when the story lines of the characters are closely related, and the periods of time involved are clearly separated (ie. a 20 year old character requires a different read than a 50 year old character).

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Me:

What would you do differently if you narrated another fictional work?

Marcus:

Well, it is always good to have as much info as possible about the characters involved and about the tone of the story being told. Fiction unlike Non-Fiction, is very hard to research to get a feel about the characters and the story line. All that info has to come from the author and any reference  he or she may have.

So, I would spend a lot more time with the author and get as much info as I can as to what their intent was for the story being told and the overall feel they would like to have portrayed.

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Me:

What words of wisdom do you have for fellow narrators considering doing an audio book?

Marcus:

I would suggest spending as much time with the author as you can to understand what it is they are looking to achieve from the read.

If the narrator can read the completed work before voicing the project, that’s great. If not, discuss each part with the author for clarification of tone, pace and intent.Edit content as you record in parts (chapters, parts etc.). It is very easy to miss things that need correcting after a very long read.

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Me:

What would you say to prospective authors thinking about having one or more of their fictional works created as an audio book?

Marcus:

1. Be as clear as you can about your intent for the project.

    2. Be available to the narrator for any questions they may have.
    3. Tight spacing on the copy can be confusing to read, keep the copy as clear as possible.
    4.  Define words that are different from the narrators first language. (ie. French word or Spanish narrator).
    5).Tell the narrator what you are trying to achieve and how you want it to sound).

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My Impression of Working with Marcus

Marcus was the first narrator (of five) I had the privilege to work with, and it was with great fortune that he was.  I felt we were both so grateful we had someone willing to be understanding, patient, and, from my end, glad to have someone with such talent to work with.

There is a distinctiveness to Marcus’ voice, reminiscent of several actors, that lent an authenticity to my main character’s reading.

Having two timelines running (that meet near the end), was a challenge to write, but a pleasure to hear played out.

The older American artist, thinking back to and relating to his younger self, from a young man through decades of maturation, to the moment where the reasons for the memories and the waiting through the day arrived, in the form of Rosetta, was made more believable than I even I had realized could be, hearing his rendition.

For his patience, care, and talent, I am grateful for Mr. Marcus Anderson.

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Other Posts re “The Old American Artist” on my Site :

The Old American Artist, a Love Story

The Indie Spotlight : “The Old American Artist, a Love Story”

Poetry in Fiction, Samples – The Old American Artist, Part 3 Chapter 2

Poetry in Fiction, Samples – The Old American Artist, Part 3 Chapter 19

The Old American Artist, a Love Story – Ten Chapter Preview Sample

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Fiction, 2,863 story words.

One of several short stories set in Paris.

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Poetry in Fiction, in a Short Story

It’s a bit more of a challenge, in a short story like this one, full of fun dialog and nuance, to grab a portion to format into poetry, or at least how poetry is more usually recognized. :-)

I did, once, write a dialog type poem for a dVersePoets prompt, but that piece as a whole was dialog (interior and exterior).

So I’ll stick with one of several nice descriptive passages I like in this short story.

One that, in re-reading it today for the first time in awhile, I was very pleasantly surprised how endearing, and humorous, across several generations at times, it is.

I hope you enjoy this short excerpt.

Best wishes,

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Fiction & Poetry, Pros & Cons

It’s kinda ironic that, the strength I see most in each, is in its context.

The fiction excerpt usually has much more power in its context within thousands of other words to give it associated meaning.

While the poetry rendition of the excerpt, gains its power, from its opening lines, to whatever it is the reader brings to the lines.  Isolated from everything, except the reader and the text immediately on the page.

I like both. :-)

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Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter, Excerpt

Fiction

       Rosetta sipped from a fresh glass of wine, dark and deep with Mediterranean grape.
The quiet soothed her, more than the wine.  The thick stone walls of the restaurant served as a bastion.  Deflecting the slings of unwanted thoughts.  Not bad thoughts, just too many.  She breathed deeply, a habit from the yoga she and Arturo enjoyed.  The quiet filled her.  Their food was being gathered, steaming on large plates, in the small kitchen nearby, and faintly, she could hear Arturo’s steps ascending the stairs from below.  She was ready, and glad, to eat, she smiled, as the waiter steamed toward her.

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Poetry

Rosetta

sipped from a fresh glass of wine

dark

deep with Mediterranean grape.

The quiet soothed her

more than the wine.

The

thick stone walls of the restaurant

served as a bastion.

Deflecting

the slings

of unwanted thoughts.

Not bad thoughts, just

too many.

She breathed deeply

a habit from the yoga she and Arturo enjoyed.

The quiet filled her.

Their food was being gathered

steaming

on large plates

in the small kitchen

nearby

faintly

she could hear Arturo’s steps ascending the stairs from below.

She was ready

glad to eat, she smiled

as the waiter steamed toward her.

© 2013 felipe adan lerma

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Excerpt from a FB post I made for this Title

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i reread this little story the day it went up free, and was very pleasantly surprised how well it help up vs my last memory of it (sweet, nice, not bad) – what i saw this slightly detached go-round, besides more humor than i’d remembered, and a bit more nuanced banter between the two seniors, was the reader-perceptual contrast between grandma and grandpa’s interior lives and interaction, vs my (the reader) perceptual shock of how they “appeared” to me vs the 6 grandchildren when they all met up near the end of the book – the same two people, as “seen” by the teens and tweens, are different, not bad or less, but different; it just struck me as very interesting and unexpected i learned there

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