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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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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
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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 .

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

12 Oct
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Burlington, Vermont #BVT

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October 12, 2014

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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 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

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

11 Oct
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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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9 Oct

The Arts, Dance Yoga Music Art Writing +Story Sample plus Links :

Arts Poems, Dance Yoga Music Art Writing +

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October 09, 2014

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

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Sample Chapters & Links – My Blog Series

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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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Links to : Arts Poems, Dance Yoga Music Art Writing +

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 (092514) exclusive on Kindle Unlimited

Barnes & Noble

iTunes

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

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The Arts, Dance Yoga Music Art Writing +The Writer’s Life -

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.

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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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Story Sample plus Links : Walking to ACL in Our 60s – a Photo-Memoir #ATX

8 Oct
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Walking to ACL in Our 60s – a Photo-Memoir

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

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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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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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Surprise! Austin’s Boomer Population Fastest Growing in the Nation

7 Oct

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Categories : Austin Texas

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Thanks to AARP

Yesterday, Sheila and I attended a full house mayoral candidate question and answer presentation at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar. Courtesy of AARP (thank you!)

Much was said of some recent stats that put Austin’s boomer population as the fastest growing in the nation!

All the candidates also remarked how the event was sold out (it was free, meal included) so quickly. A few of the candidates might have been too young to realize or know that most of us in attendance grew up in the protest activist decades of the 60s and 70s.

Let me say right away, Alamo Drafthouse hasn’t lost its touch in its food prep and comfortable seats, and the new parking is terrific! It had been closed for remodeling.

And, thanks to AARP and Alamo Drafthouse, my wife and I, and those seated around us, felt we really did get to know who the candidates were a little better.

In the debate-discussion, several things of interest and ideas were discussed -

In parenthesis are my comments here :

  • Restoring free bus rides to seniors (college kids get discounts; and discounts are needed for rail service, and senior discounts need to start before one is so elderly as not to use the services anymore)
  • Housing affordability is needed for all ages (emphasis should be within the 183 semi-loop not outside it, acknowledgement that almost all housing being created is “luxury” was omitted)
  • Lack of homestead exemption/reductions for seniors in their homes on fixed incomes (the sharp tax increases sometimes driving seniors from their homes)

Not all these were mentioned by all the candidates, though all agreed things needed improving.

All in all, it was worthwhile. The food, and the expressed concern.

I should add, it’s ironic that the scheduled presenter of the candidates was unable to arrive on time due to traffic in the city. They should have called ahead and asked a senior (smiles).

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Suggestions for Next Time

I’m going to assume there’s a next time.

The senior population is expanding. The senior population votes.

These are just my takes of how to improve the debate-discussion experience for me :

  • Have the wait staff bring waters out to us seniors right away, then take the food orders. Seniors have a decreased ability to sense when actually physically in need of water, and most of us have accepted we need to hydrate regularly.
  • Drop the introductions or the scheduled questions, and have more time for direct audience (read, voter) questions.
  • Questions from the audience of seniors should include the hand written ones on cards like yesterday’s procedure, and a few raise-your-hand and ask questions. If any senior gets out of hand, they should be pretty easy to calm down (smiles).
  • Take a risk on being asked the hard questions:
    • why are luxury units being allowed to expand while affordable housing aren’t?
    • why aren’t seniors given discounts at an earlier age, especially considering their small percent of the population (ie, effect on revenues)? (besides, shouldn’t increased senior traveling within the city, be seen like the students’ increased traveling: increased spending at visited restaurants, museums, and other venues).
    • why were previously existing homestead exemptions gutted for seniors?
  • That the candidates not be afraid to say they really don’t know exactly how something can be done, but were determined to find out how. And let the voters know.

Austin used to be a place where developers and environmentalists faced off in a mostly see-saw even match. And I myself was glad to see some of the development finally begin, back in the 90s. But now. Unless one is very well off, it’s hard to live in the most expensive city in Texas.

Wonderful as it is. Most the time (smiles).

It’s time for a re-balancing.

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Uh-huh, Lots of Seniors in Austin? Well, ok, not much, but still…

Ok, considering the increase, of seniors in Austin, even is sustained, would only give seniors a 20% population base in the Music Capital of the World by 2040, it’s still pretty interesting.

My wife and I go to many of the festival activities here (SXSW, ACL – ok, sorta, we either hang around or just go for a few hours) and it’s interesting to see how many older folk are mingling with the vast crowds of teens and twenty-somethings.

Usually we get treated with a smile or bit of teasing, but hey, it’s like an extended grandparent experience!

It’s certainly rich gist for my stories and non-fiction work, much of it set in Austin.

And much of it featuring grandparents and grand kids. (smiles)

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Walking to ACL in Our 60s – non-fiction photo-memoir (avail this week)

Going to SXSW in Our 60s – non-fiction photo-memoir

Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa – short story (with the grand kids)

Grandma and Grandpa @ Dirty Sixth Street – short story (with the grand kids)

In General

Nice Thing ‘Bout Getting Old(er) a Beginner’s ViewFree at participating outlets.

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

2 Oct
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100114 : Pictures Are More Than What We See

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Thirty Three Years of Poems and Images

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Eighty-four (84) Original Poems

Thirty-one (31) Original Images

Three “Poetry in Fiction” Samples

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Is this a New Series?

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

But honestly, I have no idea.

This might be a one or two time thing.

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

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

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Where’s the Connection?

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

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Each with its own unique appeals.

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

But this is about the writer’s life.

And what prompts what, in that regard.

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

 Bike Paths

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not too bad (smiles).

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Connections

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

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

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

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

Then they end up in a story….

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

29 Sep
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It’s Personal

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Why My Switch

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

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

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

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

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

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Business Reasons

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

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

So not enough, in itself, to sway me.

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

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

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This Time It’s Personal

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

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

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

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

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

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

That helped.

But each outlet still needed hyping.

File copies would corrupt and need re-formatting.

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

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

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

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

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

Something had to give.

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

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

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

I enjoyed finishing my new book, my first thriller.

We breathed. And I caught my breath.

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

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

Kindle Unlimited was the obvious best choice for me.

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

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

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

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

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One Night in the Hill Country – a Suspense Thriller

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My first thriller, One Night in the Hill Country, is now ready in PreOrder for release on October 19th, my birthday. :-)

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

The final file copy has also been updated on Amazon.

If you would like to read the first eight chapters, a 3000 word sample (approx 10%) is also available on my site.

My blurb reads :

In “One Night in the Hill Country,” a suspense thriller, Sam (Samantha) takes four young cousins to the Texas Hill Country to search for a kitten, visit some vineyards, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon. They encounter a mis-guided effort by brother and sister, Rolf and Tara, to use illegal immigrant children as bait to catch men who would abuse those children. Cultures clash and mesh among the children, while the adults play for life and death.

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