I Am Flying

When you have a moment…

I Am Flying is available for free today and tomorrow, Friday and Saturday (April 11 – 12); it is currently #6 in Literary Fiction – Short Stories at Amazon.

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I Am Flying

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2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions

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NCAA Men’s Basketball 2014 Champions.

 

For the past forty years, I’ve followed the University of Connecticut Men’s and Women’s basketball teams.

When the men’s team play, I always root for them…unless they play against Iowa State University.

Whenever the Iowa State women’s team play, I root for them as well, unless they play against Connecticut; I always root for the UCONN women, no matter who they play. Tomorrow night the UCONN women, who are 39-0 for the season, will play Notre Dame…who are undefeated this season as well, for the national championship. It should be a great game.

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Three Hits and a Miss

Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, and Conan O’Brian … After Letterman retires next year, maybe Jay Leno, who’s first name is James, could bill himself as Jimmy Leno, and then take over for Dave. Late night television could then be marketed as, “Three Hits and a Miss.”

James F. Ross
2014

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I Said, She Said … A Grain of Salt

 

Hey, Davis. You barely made the bus. Late night?

“Late. Long. Unsettling.”

Something happen?

“Something? If something is Latin for ‘the end of the world’, then yes, ‘something’ happened.”

Feed me, Seymour. Feed me.

“We’re sitting at the table, enjoying a nice meal … although, Romaine is not my favorite salad lettuce.”

Salad and anywhere else. Hate it.

“Anyway, abruptly–and I mean grand slam bottom-of-the-ninth walk-off abruptly–her chair screeches back … and you know how much I can’t tolerate that sound. She pushes her chair back, stands up, arms akimbo, and announces, ‘So… This is it? The end? Two years in a relationship–nurtured, treasured, endured–all coming to a close in this moment?

“Well, I’d like to believe that we …”

“Believe? Don’t talk to me about faith! I have completely exposed my inner-being to you, and …”

“And your outer as well.”

“Don’t you even try to change the subject!”

“Now there’s a moment I’ll never forget. My mother certainly never will. And then she grabs a knife, and I say, ‘Hey! What are you doing?’ And then she grabs another one.”

“Packing my bag!” she says. “I’ll come back for the rest when you’re not here.”

You feigned disappointment.

“You’re leaving me?” I protested. “We just got started.”

“Catch a clue, Davis. They don’t come any bigger than this.”

“And then she left.”

Just like that?

“Precisely like that … didn’t even say goodbye to the cat. Slammed the life out of me with one huge pull of the door.”

And it all comes to an end because you said …

“Why does it have to be something I said?”

Because it always is.

“All I said was …”

Yes?

“This soup could use a little salt.”

Could use a little salt. You actually said that? Critiqued her cooking?

“Word of advice, Pete. Never date a professional chef; but if you do, never critique her cooking. Apparently, that’s their Achilles Heal.”

So, did you finish the soup?

“You know I did. And, as it turns out, it didn’t need any salt at all.”

No?

“Pepper. Just needed a dash of pepper.”

Pepper?

“Absolutely. Improved the entire culinary experience.”

Amazing.

“Yes. Truly amazing. Maybe I’ll mention it the next time I see her.”

That is something I wouldn’t advise.

“Why?”

She might be carrying her knife bag.

“Excellent point. No sense in risking injury.”

Right.

“Maybe I’ll just cook my own meals for a while … or eat out more often.”

I couldn’t agree more. Where are you taking me for lunch?

“Me?”

It’s your turn.

“It’s always my turn.”

I can’t help it if you’re not around when it’s my turn. How about Aiello’s? You haven’t insulted anyone there lately. Have you?

“Not lately.”

Aiello’s it is. Here’s our stop.

James F. Ross

2014

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A Short Story Long

The time has come for me to devote my attention to other writing projects. For one last day, I Am Flying, a short story long, is available at Amazon for free today, Monday the 27th. I count myself fortunate. Your word-of-mouth and gracious support has enabled slightly more than 3,000 copies to be shared by way of sale and promotion, which includes The Imperfect Ten prints.

Thanks to everyone,

james

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I Am Flying

I Am Flying, is available today for free at Amazon.

 

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Framed for Keeps

In some way, I feel like I am living a Sesame Street segment… One of these things is not like the others… 

I Am Flying … Available at Amazon

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#1 In Literary Fiction – Short Stories

I Am Flying

#1 in Literary Fiction – Short Stories

#5 in Literary Fiction – Short Stories – Single Author

Free Download throughout today.

I Am Flying

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A Great Start

A good beginning to the new year; my novelette, I Am Flying, available as a free download through midnight, January 3rd, continues to be #1 in Kindle eBooks … Literary Fiction … Short Stories.

Should you download a copy and/or share the news with a friend…that would be better than fine. :-)

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An Unexpected Consequence

 

My good friends, Teresa and Glenn, received a Kindle as a Christmas present. Teresa posted, “Hey jim..I got a kindle…I can read ur book!” So, I made my novelette, I Am Flying, available as a free download so that they could have a copy. An unexpected consequence… Without any promotion, among free Kindle books, I Am Flying is now #1 in Kindle eBooks … Literary Fiction … Short Stories, and #14 in Short Stories … Single Authors.

Should you download a copy and/or share the news with a friend…that would be better than fine. :-)

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No Room Inn

So, there was no room at The Inn?

“That’s what I heard. Booked solid.”

The Wise Men … They showed up that night?

“Gifts in-hand. Dressed for the occasion.”

Makin’ an entrance.

“Somebody’s got to bring a little class to the party.”

What about Joseph?

“He was working that “Aw, shucks” surrogate-father grin of his.”

I hear he was stoic. Almost invisible.

“An ugly rumor—one that won’t survive the end of the week.”

And Mary?

“Once again, a yard or two of blue with a sash of white.”

Perfect. She certainly knows how to deliver.

“Amen to that. She sure did that night.”

An early evening?

“For the Wise Men anyway.”

Where’d they go?

“Not far. They arranged for accommodations in advance.”

A hostel?

“The Inn. They each booked a room.”

Living the life.

“Well, they had a long day of diversion ahead of them.”

I’m sure Mary and Joseph were understanding.

“Like the infant, they didn’t make a fuss at all.”

An all-around glorious night. Need help with tending those sheep?

“These sheep? Nah. They’re fairly obedient.”

Same time next year?

“I’ll be right here waiting. Peace to you.”

And also with you.

 

 

James F. Ross

2013

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End Of Day

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My Sunset Hill

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Santa Cruz Christmas Parade

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I Said, She Said … Managing Risk

“Who’s up for a nice brisk walk?”

Hey, that sounds great! Count me in.

“Fantastic. After you get back, let me know how great it was.”

You’re not going?

“I’m all about maintaining balance, Davis. You walk and I don’t. We’re doing our part.”

You’re lazy.

“I’m taking personal responsibility for my health by managing my risk of injury.”

Your mother must be proud of you.

“Maybe. Maybe not. One thing I know for sure is that my insurance agent beams all kinds of positive karma.”

So, no walk for you?

“I think I pulled something just thinking about exercising.”

OK,  Lazy Man. I’ll catch you later … after I get back.

“Make it a slow brisk. I’m thinking about taking a long nap.”

James F. Ross

2013

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Halloween in Santa Cruz Photos

I created a public folder on my Facebook site, for my photographs of Halloween on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz.

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Fatback Jack … Pragmatic and Utile

 

“A politician’s explanation? Or, were you wanting something utile and pragmatic?”

 ~ Fatback Jack ~

 The Desert Sun Saga ~ Life In Motion  

James F. Ross

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Illustrated Monarchs

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Monarch Butterflies

 

 

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