This morning, I was debating what to write about. Should I write about the drabbles I am submitting (which is a radical stretch for me)? Should I write about my Facebook Group: Penned in the City?
Then, I looked over to my Likes count on the upper right of this page and was shocked. At some point in the last few weeks, my author page got 1,000 more Likes! There is a party going in the dining room right now. Thank you, readers,! I am so grateful and hope you will subscribe to my newsletter.
That is not all my great news: "Barrio Blues" is being published in Dastaan Magazine, July 15th of this year. Friends, that is my first-ever fiction submission to a professional magazine or journal.
Up until then, I had submitted mostly poetry and stories to a couple of college journals. I cannot begin to tell you how overjoyed I am! I have also submitted a piece of flash fiction to Blaze, an anthology by Clarendon House Books. I want to keep the momentum going, so my goal is to submit one poem and one piece of fiction every couple of weeks.
Well, folks, I am taking this celebration energy and getting real-life work done. Today, promises to be another busy day, as I am putting together a union banquet for my chapter to honor a number of amazing scholars. I have a lot of errands to run and want to make myself look pretty.
I hope you have many writing victories today, no matter how unexpected. #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,