Sunday, January 23, 2022

Training for the Camino

Mentioned awhile back that my wife and I are getting in shape for a May 2022 hike of the Camino de Santiago (the 6 day, 70 mile portion starting just north of Portugal). 

This means we need to get in "15 mile a day" shape! Yikes.

Right now, I can walk about 4 or 5 miles at a time. In a few weeks we'll walk 10 miles - half of that in the morning, take a break for brunch, then walk back. Should work!

This afternoon we walked along a rails to trails path for 4.5 miles. And I bonked! 

The problem was I didn't eat anything very healthy after our church service. For fellowship time after worship we had some cake and cheese and crackers. Great for snacking, not great for power fuel.

So I skipped a protein packed lunch and instead of taking a nap (my normal routine), we headed out for a nice fast-paced walk. Well, it was fast-paced for 2.5 miles and then I got light headed.

Yep. No water, no protein bar, no gu available. And it was starting to get a little chilly, low 50s. T-shirt. So I had to sit for a bit and rest.

Sitting and resting is no big deal. We're not going to walk 15 miles straight each day in May along the Camino. But we do need to be able to go the distance. Which means hiking smart! 

I guess I'm glad I learned my lesson this early in my training regimen. Namely, prep with protein before, during, and after - along with some carbs and electrolytes. And cut down on the desserts. 

In other words, this man cannot live on cake alone. 

Will keep you posted as to our progress.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Acoustic Gig Tonight!

Do you live in south central Kansas? Anywhere nearby? Dang. But if you do, you can catch the acoustic project I'm a part of called Perry & Martin. We play guitars. ;-)

Our genre of choice is 70s and 80s classic pop and rock tunes. We'll be at the Artichoke Sandwich Bar in Wichita, KS, tonight from 7:30 to 10:00 (CST). Could be live on their FB page as well. (They serve great sandwiches, btw.)

We cover Steve Miller, Tom Petty, a couple Beatles songs (okay, those are from the 60s). Tonight we'll do a few new (to us) songs like Hurt So Good, Who Can It Be Now, and China Girl.


Here's our event page on FB if you're interested. And we tour! If you can afford to pay for our travel, hotel, and concert fee, then by all means get in touch! ; -) We'll provide a great show!

Friday, January 21, 2022

Microbursts of Fiction

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

Your #FreeFictionFriday story this week is actually a collection of microbursts. Microfiction is short short fiction, typically less than 500 words. Flash fiction, as you probably know, hovers around 1000 to 1500 words.

Today, we have 6 short Experiments in 55 Word Fiction. I think all of these were written in 2007 or 2008 when I was learning to write precisely, edit for word choice, and just play around with ideas. I’m still learning those skills!

These stories appeared in various online zines at the time, including MicroHorror, Bewildering Stories, Long Story Short, Flashshot, and Pen Pricks. Hope you enjoy them. And feel free to comment below to let me know which one or two you liked the best.

Story #1 – The Proposal

“Are you giving her a ring?”

“No. It’s too bourgeois.”

“You’re making a mistake.”

“It’s patriarchal. Chauvinistic.”

“It’s a meaningful tradition.”

“She’s liberated.”

“You’re cheap.”

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“So, are you ready?”

“For what?”

“Marriage.”

“Is that a serious proposal?”

“I thought we were different.”

“Didn’t buy me a ring either, did you?”

“No. You’re liberated.”

“You’re cheap.”


Story #2 – The Engagement Ring

“Look at this diamond!”

“Now that’s a nice sized rock.”

“It’s not too ostentatious?”

“Absolutely not! A future bride like you deserves the best.”

“But what does it communicate?”

“It says, ‘You’re worth it!’”

“You’re right, I am worth it. Now I just have to find the right man who will buy it for me.”

 

Story #3 – Dear John

Writing on an envelope as you suggested whenever I felt feel the urge. Only have a few minutes before I leave. I was am sorry for the aggravation I caused you. You’ve taught me so much—especially about keeping my tenses consistent. You’re a great editor but I’m ready to go it alone. Sincerely, Lyn

 

Story #4 – Grand Prix Auto

He was going too fast.
She screamed for him to slow down.
The alcohol told him it wasn’t that sharp a turn.
The radar confirmed it: He was going to crash.
As he accelerated, the machine . . . ran out of time.
“Quick! Drop another quarter, I gotta see if I make this curve!”

 

Story #5 – Good News

“Verdict, Doc?”

“Bad news first?”

“Sure.” Jaw pain can’t be good.

“Two rotten molars. Pulling ’em beats a double root canal.” The dentist smiles.

“That’s good news?”

She shrugs. “Do you floss?”

“Nope.” Lecture time.

“Then you don’t have to floss if you don’t want.”

“Really?” I’m confused.

“Just the teeth you want to keep.”

 

Story #6 – I Won!

“Song request?”

“Sure,” the DJ says. “You’re also a winner.”

“I know.” Positive self-image.

“No, you won a lottery ticket. It’s at the studio.”

“Okay.” Radio station here I come.

“Yes?” the receptionist asks. She’s pretty.

“I won a ticket.”

“Congratulations. Sign here.”

“Sure.” I start to fidget.

“Anything else?”

“I never requested my song.”


So there you have it. Kinda fun, don’t you think? But wait, there’s more! For kicks and giggles, here are the last two stories as 100 word microfictions. The longer version was written first, by the way. After reading them, let me know which version you prefer.

Story #5 – Good News (100 words)

“What’s the verdict, Doc?”

“Bad news first?” she asks.

“Sure,” I reply, knowing that shooting jaw pain can’t be good.

“You’ve got two molars rotten to the roots. We pull the teeth and save you the trouble of a double root canal.” She smiles.

“Is that remedy supposed to be the good news?” I ask.

The dentist simply shakes her head. “Do you floss, by the way?”

“Nope. Never have.” I’m waiting for the lecture.

“Well, the good news is you don’t have floss if you don’t want to.”

“Really?” I ask, confused.

“Just the teeth you want to keep.”


Story #6 – I Won! (100 words)

“Can I request a song?” I ask the DJ.

“Sure. You’re also a winner,” he says.

“I know.” I have a positive self-image.

“No, I mean you won our lottery ticket giveaway. Come by the studio and pick up your prize.”

“Okay.” I hang up and drive to the radio station.

“May I help you,” the receptionist asks. She’s pretty.

“I’m a winner,” I say. “I won a lottery ticket.”

“Congratulations. Please sign here.”

I sign the receipt and start to fidget.

“Is there anything else I can help you with?” she asks.

“I never got to request my song.”


Experiments in 55 Word Fiction; All Stories © 2007 by Lyndon Perry

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Nearly Forgot to Blog

Whew! Remembered just in time. Wanting to keep my blogging streak going, but today started out busy and wouldn't quit. But I did accomplish one thing - I changed my "fan" page on FB to Lyn Perry, Writer.

Check it out!

(Will update more tomorrow. Thanks for dropping in for a quick chat!)

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Creating a Bundle

Confession: I've never created a bundle of my novels and sold them as a set. Why? Because I don't have a set of novels to bundle together yet! Okay, that's the real confession.

But I like the concept. For example, my writer friend, Milo Fowler, has the complete series of his Captain Quasar books (at about 1000 pages) in a box set - 3 novels for only 99 cents! 

This particular series is humorous space opera. As the blurb says: "Perfect for fans of Galaxy Quest, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." He also writes serious SF and is a wonderful writer.

Anyway, you get the idea. Lots of authors package up their books that sell individually for, say, $2.99, and for a short time offer a bunch together for a bargain basement deal. (My niece who writes Christian romance does this all the time.) I need to try this.

So, a project that I plan to work on is to bundle together 4 story collections (since I don't have a series of novels yet). The 4 story collections are my "Last" series - Last Gasp, Last Laugh, Last Chance, and Last Cry.


Right now, they're all 99 cents each, or free to read with Kindle Unlimited. But I'm considering putting all the stories together in one volume and sell that for 99 cents for awhile. What do you think?

It's a start anyway. And will give me practice when I complete my magical cat stories and my Sword of Otrim stories and my Silo Saga and my... umm, yeah. So many projects, so little time.

Wish me luck. And tell me what bundles you've come across that you'd recommend!

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Expanse - Strong Start Then Fizzled

Well, I finished "The Expanse." First two seasons were really good, intriguing, different, compelling. Then these last four seasons were simply a mesh of conflict between the inners and the outers (not  referring to bellybuttons, btw). 

I think it lost its way regarding the proto-molecule (the actual 'big deal' of the plot in the beginning) - or maybe I just missed the change of direction when the Ring was introduced. 

Also, when Amazon took over from SyFy, the show became just too morose. 

I was really looking forward to this final season as I'd heard good things. But in the last few episodes, I know I totally got confused.

Like, what happened to Marcos? (Sure, the aliens in the Ring absorbed him, but why?) And what the heck was that planet with the zombie kid all about? 

Then, I saw Filip escape, but did he make contact with his mom? The show's supposed finale wasn't satisfying at all - it was a set up for another season that will never be made. Pretty lame.

One problem, I think, was that the ending was too rushed. I just couldn't follow anything the show's creative team was trying to accomplish. They didn't have any kid of denouement, imo. 

Plus, too many f-bombs. I quit reading the books in the middle of book 2 or 3 (can't remember) because of the excessive foul language. Writers! You don't need to use the f-bomb. Trust me on this.

So a contrarian view, I'm sure. The Expanse started strong but fizzled. I wasn't even interested in Amos anymore after awhile. The best character of the final season was Drummer. 

Anyway, what are your thoughts? Any highlights from the series that stand out for you? Are you reading the books? Comments welcome. 

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Movie Monday - Louis Wain's Cats

Saw The Electrical Life of Louis Wain the other night. It was pretty good. On Amazon Prime, I think. (As you can already tell, this is less a review and more of an impression, lol. I forget where I watch movies and only post about them a few days later, simply sharing some random thoughts.)

Movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy. Cumberbatch was excellent and Foy was wonderful as well. (Foy played the younger Queen Elizabeth in The Crown - and the narrator in Wain, Olivia Coleman, played the older Elizabeth in Crown. Wild.)

I didn't know much about Wain until this movie and my subsequent search engine results. (Here's a good summary of his life and work at Artsy.net.) But I do remember seeing some of his cat pictures growing up. Wonderful drawings that went through several stages of development as he got older and matured as an artist.

The movie (along with his life story and artwork) is quite trippy. I think they captured his "electrical" essence quite well. Evidently, he believed that we are moved by electricity, a life force of some kind. Well, he's probably not wrong.

At any rate, if you stream movies, go ahead and catch this one online. Nothing objectionable, per se, but it is filled with tragedy. Whimsy has its moments, but ultimately life is tragic. That's the theme I caught from watching this film. I disagree with that conclusion, but it does make for some interesting discussion if you are into talking about those kinds of things. 

Did you see it yet? What were your thoughts? Happy to discuss even if we disagree. (One of his cat illos below. So fun!)


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