Walk

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I’m learning to walk again. The leg soreness feels amazing. For two weeks, I’ve been hoofing it while working in New York City, accumulating over a dozen miles discovering delicious Chinese food in Jamaica Queens, mouth-watering pizza in the Bronx and a scrumptious diner burger in Brooklyn.

Where I live, in suburban Atlanta, no one walks unless it’s on a gym treadmill. I think I’ve been missing something as a result. Being out of my car, I smell the city, hear the bustle, and absorb the culture. While I miss the sweet tea philosophy of Georgia, I’m appreciating New York’s walk.

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I’m working a project in New York City for the next few weeks. I’ve been several times, as a tourist and working. But it had been several years since I’d been here, 2007, I think. This piece is for my buddy velvet from www.velvetverbosity.com and her “Tea” prompt.

Today’s song is from Foo Fighters. Let it rip…and walk it off.

I wrote two books. They got good reviews. The third one, a sequel to the first, Woman Of Troy, is on the way, next month.

The Ballad of Helene Troy, an underdog story about a female musician in New York City, and Soul To Body, about an ex-1990s guitar player trying to raise his teenage daughter after the death of his wife, her mother, are available, digitally, on Amazon.com for your kindles, and in paperback from Lulu.com

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Last Cigarette

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Last time: http://lancemyblogcanbeatupyourblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/100-word-song-i-saw-her-standing-there/

Silas wanted to punch him in the face. He eyed the bridge of Bart’s long, thin nose and curled his fingers into a tight fist. Bart leaned into him to examine the rose-colored bruise under his eye.

“That doesn’t look good. I should’ve warned you about the Finns. They’re old school.”

Silas released his vise grip and changed the subject.

“Can I have a smoke?”

Bart’s thin-lipped grin showed mischief.

“You deserve something extra.”

He produced a marijuana joint and lighter from his shirt pocket. Silas lit it and took the first puff. Bart said.

“Let’s talk about tomorrow’s deliveries.”

****blogger’s note****

This is a new 100 word story episode linked to www.velvetverbosity.com ‘s 100 word prompt – “rose”.

Today’s song comes from the time frame of the story, 1989, and Dramarama’s Last Cigarette.

You know what would make lovely Valentine’s Day gifts? My books.

The Ballad of Helene Troy, an underdog story about a female musician in New York City, and Soul To Body, about an ex-1990s guitar player trying to raise his teenage daughter after the death of his wife, her mother, are available, digitally, on Amazon.com for your kindles, and in paperback from Lulu.com

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Do I Wanna Know?

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Every day my wife and I ask each other a question that seems ridiculous after over five years of marriage.

“Are we okay?”

Those three words are a peephole into each other’s souls. We’re neither person’s first loves but we’re each other’s last. The stuff that came before us is history, pages of a book that can be used for reference by others, but we never open it because we’ve memorized the lessons.

We ask the question to stave off complacency and keep lines of communication tender lovingly cared.

I always want to know until I don’t want to know.

****blogger’s note****

I had trouble using peephole, my friend www.velvetverbosity.com Velvet Verbosity’s word prompt for her 100 word challenge this week, for my Silas and Olive fiction story. So, I went personal.

I can’t wait for my wife and I to ask “are we okay” at least five times, tonight. It always leads to good conversation.

Today’s song is one of my favorite from 2013 by one of my favorite bands, The Arctic Monkeys. Here’s Do I Wanna Know. Turn it up loud.

You know what would make lovely Valentine’s Day gifts? My books.

The Ballad of Helene Troy, an underdog story about a female musician in New York City, and Soul To Body, about an ex-1990s guitar player trying to raise his teenage daughter after the death of his wife, her mother, are available, digitally, on Amazon.com for your kindles, and in paperback from Lulu.com

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Crossfire

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Last time: http://lancemyblogcanbeatupyourblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/100-word-song-happy/

Two men stood at the entrance of Finn Brothers garage waving Silas’ car into a mechanic’s bay behind the main part of the business. A pneumatic door closed behind him. He turned off the engine and felt trapped . Trepidation combined with nothing on his stomach since breakfast and the lingering effects of drugs and alcohol produced nausea. He swallowed then opened the car door. A fist met his face turning his body into a catapult. He landed on the floor of the garage next to a pan of warm motor oil. A gruff voice asked.

“Who the hell are you?”

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This is a my 100 word response to my friend @velvetverbosity from http://www.velvetverbosity.com/ . Her word prompt is “catapult”.

This is a new story episode of my short story, Light of Day about two young 19-year-old lovers, Silas and Olive, on the run in 1989 Florida.

Today’s song from the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan, whom I saw live for the first time in 1983 when I was still just 12-year-olds. The lyrics and feel are perfect for the story, Crossfire.

Stuff your stockings with my books:

The Ballad of Helene Troy, an underdog story about a female musician in New York City, and Soul To Body, about an ex-1990s guitar player trying to raise his teenage daughter after the death of his wife, her mother, are available, digitally, on Amazon.com for your kindles, and in paperback from Lulu.com

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Merry Christmas, I Don’t Want To Fight

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Every Christmas season I seem to be starving for stress. I bury myself under a mountain of internal conflict about shopping, schedule, and money.

Earlier today, my two youngest daughters, aged 10 and 9, came to me and said.

“Don’t worry, we have a plan. We’ll be done with mommy’s shopping in no time, then you can go to the gym”.

We drove to two stores in the busiest sections of town, in heavy rain, stayed under budget and laughed the whole time. Their mom has gifts under the tree and I did thirty minutes on the treadmill then another thirty lifting.

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*****blogger’s note******

This is a personal response to my friend @velvetverbosity ‘s “starving” prompt. We battled bad weather but got my wife’s presents from my daughters bought and wrapped, today.

I’ve been trying to behave in spite of myself, this holiday. Here’s The Ramones with a Christmas classic.

Stuff your stockings with my books:

The Ballad of Helene Troy, an underdog story about a female musician in New York City, and Soul To Body, about an ex-1990s guitar player trying to raise his teenage daughter after the death of his wife, her mother, are available, digitally, on Amazon.com for your kindles, and in paperback from Lulu.com

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Last Cheer

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A steady November downpour was no match for the tears that streamed over her face as the stadium clock displayed zeroes and the score proclaimed a brutal truth. Despite a damaged ankle, adrenaline took over.

I watched my seventeen-year-old cheerleader daughter feel the sands of her life shift. Four years of a demanding sport were done. In her face was relief and sadness. She could heal, concentrate on school and decide where she’d spend her next four years.

I leaned over a wire fence, wetted from the constant fall rain, and snapped iPhone pictures as she made her final cheer.

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******blogger’s note*****

Tonight, my daughter’s high school football team lost their second round playoff game 42-28. It was her final cheerleading event. All 100 words are true life, non-fiction.

I linked this up to my friend www.velvetverbosity.com ‘s “sands” word prompt for 100 words. I’m posting a song she likes so maybe I can guarantee she’ll read this or at least click the video. Here’s Lorde’s Royals. The tune fits the post.

Get a jump start on your Holiday shopping:

Are you looking for something interesting and music driven to read? I have two for you. My books, The Ballad of Helene Troy, an underdog story about a female musician in New York City, and Soul To Body, about an ex-1990s guitar player trying to raise his teenage daughter after the death of his wife, her mother, are available, digitally, on Amazon.com for your kindles, and in paperback from Lulu.com

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The Passenger

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I seem to be everywhere but here, My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog, these days. As my partners in writing crime, Linda aka @modmomelleroy and Jen aka @jenkehl grow our music site www.raisedontheradio.com I’m pleasantly surprised by where that’s going. Eight days ago, I saw Lisa Marie Presley (@lisapresley )in concert at one of my favorite venues, Eddie’s Attic ( @eddiesatic ) in Decatur, Georgia. The review I wrote for ROTR on Friday http://raisedontheradio.com/2013/11/14/lights-performance-time-declare-lisa-marie-presley-woman/ was picked up by Lisa Marie’s personal website yesterday http://www.lisamariepresley.com/news/328-after-a-lights-out-performance . It has over 1,000 likes on her Book o Face page https://www.facebook.com/lisamariepresley .

My other internet writing criminal syndicate, Linda again, www.elleroywashere.com , of course, and Natalie aka @singingfool1224 , is preparing for the launch of Lefty Pop, a politics and pop culture website in early January. For now, you can follow us on The Twitter @lefty_pop or follow us on the Book with all of the Faces https://www.facebook.com/leftypop . We are hoping to be Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity’s worst nightmares.

My friend Kath aka @katstheory has a music site of her own she writes for. They asked me to review one of the best John Lennon books I’ve read, Lennon: The Man The Myth The Music by NPR music critic Tim Riley. It’s 661 pages I read a couple of years ago so if you need a synopsis and a reason to check out a cool site called Earth Hertz aka @earthhertz check out my review there, posted today http://www.earthhertzrecords.com/2013/10/lennon-by-tim-riley/ .

We’ll get back to more regularly scheduled programming this week, with new story episodes of Silas and Olive, on the run in Florida in 1989 through prompts for Trifecta Writing aka @trifectawriting, Velvet Verbosity aka @velvetverbosity and 100 word song. If you would like to pick the song for this week, leave your request in the comments or tweet me – @lanceburson.

If you felt like a passenger on a weird ride with this mostly self-serving “hey look at me” post, then so did I. Remember Dr. Seuss’ last book, “Oh The Places You’ll Go!”. Well please click on the links provided, “Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed. (98¾% guaranteed.)”

Also, look below, and go buy some books for Christmas, please.

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Here’s Iggy Pop.

Are you looking for something interesting and music driven to read? I have two for you. My books, The Ballad of Helene Troy, an underdog story about a female musician in New York City, and Soul To Body, about an ex-1990s guitar player trying to raise his teenage daughter after the death of his wife, her mother, are available, digitally, on Amazon.com for your kindles, and in paperback from Lulu.com

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100 Word Song – Opportunities

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I’m overwhelmed with Opportunities so today’s 100 word song is a little late and chosen by Leeroy. I’m working on a new website about politics and pop culture called Lefty Pop. I’m tri-founding it with Linda aka @modmomelleroy of www.elleroywashere.com and Natalie aka @singingfool1224 of www.thecatladysings.com . It will replace the writing I did for Sprocket Ink. We’ll have a major announcement of it’s launch soon but for now follow it on the Twitter @lefty_pop or like it on the book with all the faces https://www.facebook.com/leftypop . It’s tag line is Suckers For Politics And Pop Culture. We’ll tell you more, later. I’ll continue to write my Thursday column for Raised On The Radio www.raisedontheradio.com . Tomorrow is my review of the Lisa Marie Presley show from Sunday night.

For today’s 100 word song Leeroy chose Opportunities, the mid 1980s hit from Pet Shop Boys. It fits Silas and Olive. The plot thickens as Silas prepares the drug running red 1977 cutlass’ next adventure.

It’s also linked up with my friend Velvet’s word “bend” www.velvetverbosity.com.

Last time: http://lancemyblogcanbeatupyourblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/i-need-to-know/

Silas absorbed the coolness of the thick blue carpet on his over-heated toes. Olive walked into the bedroom assigned to them. He grabbed socks and shoes from the floor. After putting them on he patted the bed. She sat next to him.

“Liv, I’m driving into Tampa. It’s like two hours. I’m delivering stuff then meeting someone.”

He leaned over and kissed the bend of her neck then Olive whispered.

“I’m going with you. There’s a club I can work at, there. We’ll make lots of money quicker and get the hell out of here. I’ll explain on the drive.”

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As always you have 7 days from NOW, to write 100 words inspired by Opportunities by Pet Shop Boys. Leeroy refuses to close the link, he’s punk rock like that, so if you miss a week, write anyway. Tell a friend or 50 via the medias that social. Remind me to comment. GO GO GO.

100 Word Song – Above And Below

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Since I’m late and busy today, I’ll make 100 word song short, sweet, easy, and ready. Kath aka @katstheory picked today’s tune, The Bravery’s Above & Below. http://t.co/jWLKmZXWKV . Please go see her and thank her for a cool song and read her fine work.

For my 100 we go back to Silas and Olive on the run in Ft. Myers, Florida in 1989. We were introduced to Bart last week, and this week we will read a lot more about him. I went for more of a straight lyrical interpretation with my 100.

I’m also linking up with my friend Velvet’s www.velvetverbosity.com ‘s “rare” word prompt.

Last time: http://lancemyblogcanbeatupyourblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/100-word-song-perfect-day/

An unusual shiver waved over Silas as he turned to see a tall, thin raven-haired man lighting a Camel Rare between his bony fingers. Bart hissed through smoke rolling from his thin lips.

“What’s that you’re driving? A 75, 76 cutlass?”

Silas slouched and responded.

“It’s a ’77, it belonged to my Uncle. He gave it to me when we left Georgia.”

Bart walked over to the top rail of the wooden deck and looked over the back yard.

“Yeah, man, I don’t need to know. I told Zola the same. If you’re not running you’re standing still.”

Silas felt his regret disappear.

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As always you have 7 days from now to write 100 words inspired by The Bravery’s Above & Below. Please tell a friend or 50 then link up with my linky below. Thank you for playing 100 word song.

Are you looking for something interesting and music driven to read? I have two for you. My books, The Ballad of Helene Troy, an underdog story about a female musician in New York City, and Soul To Body, about an ex-1990s guitar player trying to raise his teenage daughter after the death of his wife, her mother, are available, digitally, on Amazon.com for your kindles, and in paperback from Lulu.com

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Battleflag

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Unless you’re a writer who posts content every day or every other day, you have no clue how difficult a blog can be. It’s not West Virginia coal mining or being deployed in Afghanistan to be shot at by Taliban but it’s hard. With the millions of web pages that are out there, finding stuff to type that doesn’t suck can be nerve-wracking.

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After three and a half years, My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog is suffering it’s fourth or fifth identity crisis. With two books out, The Ballad of Helene Troy and Soul To Body, (found on amazon.com for kindle and in paperback on Lulu.com…they make lovely Halloween gifts)

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based off of serialized fiction born of the blog, I’ve grown worried that this corner of the innerwebz is only a showcase for my short stories or next novella.

I’ve always wanted My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog to more than one thing. I started writing for prompt sites like Trifecta Writing http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/ and Velvet Verbosity http://www.velvetverbosity.com/ to challenge my craft and become friends with fellow word nerds to and share ideas. This is how and why I created 100 word song.

 

With the sad demise of my political and pop culture outlet, Sprocket Ink, last week, I’ve decided I need to bring back the things expressed there, to here. So, starting this week, and continuing through the end of the year, My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog’s getting aggressively organized with a schedule.

Mondays – a political and or pop culture hot topic post that will be linked up to #mondayblogs hashtag on The Twitter and my friend Linda aka @modmomelleroy www.elleroywashere.com ‘s I Don’t Like Monday’s blgo hop.

Tuesday – Music day. Jen aka @jenkehl ‘s Twisted Mixtape Tuesday will mean a new list of 5 or so songs and accompanying commentary. Prepare to dance or rock out.

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Wednesday – 100 Word Song aka #100wordsong. This will be my 100 word contribution to the Silas and Olive story based on whatever song our fellow 100 word song players pick, It will also coincide with Velvet’s 100 word song prompt. This will guarantee a minimum of 433 words of Silas and Olive per week.

 

Thursday – A 333 word (or whatever the requirement Trifecta announces) of Light of Day, my short story about Silas and Olive, 2 19-year-olds on the run in 1989 Florida. I haven’t decided if this will be made into a novella. But if the response continues to be positive, expect me to make a decision, soon.

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Thursdays are also my column deadline for www.raisedontheradio.com Go check out my stuff there. I edite/run the place with Jen and Linda. This past week was a very well received piece on U2’s religious background and spirituality in their lyrics. Lisa Loeb even blessed one of my columns about her through the Twitter.

Friday – 33 words of whatever the Trifecta “Trifextra” prompt is. This may be another 33 words of Silas and Olive or pretty much anything.

Saturday – This will remain an open day but if the week has a big news story or something cool happen I may toss up a Monday type post on this day. My teenage daughter’s high school basketball season is starting very soon. I’m the team mom/dad/whatever. This means a lot of Friday night and or so Saturday morning games. I may too tired to do anything.

Sunday – Blog updates, Trifextra posts that don’t get up on Friday’s and or potluck.

The way things are shaping up for my family, financially and schedule – teenage daughter graduating high school soon meaning more money and time for myself and my wife – I think attending my first blogging conferences – Blogher and Type A – are solid possibilities in 2014. I’ll deliver more news on this in the coming months.

Also, not being a Sprocket anymore is creating a political/pop culture opportunity that’s in its infancy. Expect some huge news about this in a few weeks. But, I’m pretty excited.

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As Lo Fidelity All Stars’ Pigeonhed sings in the 1999 dance rock anthem, Battleflag: Gotta launder my karma, I said hallelujah, to the sixteen loyal fans. And; got a revolution behind my eyes we got to get up and organize.

Thanks for reading, all sixteen or so of you.