I have been writing regularly, but I haven't had time to blog because I have been evaluating my students' short stories. My students have a lot of talent and unusual humility, but they are still learning how to stick to a schedule and a page limit. Some of them are having a hard time ending their stories. That happens, but I hope in their revisions, they are able to resolve the major conflict. I also recommended that they not put their characters in impossible situations. I killed a story line that way once; actually, I find teaching a lot from my mistakes when they struggle and hope my advice helps.
The funny thing is that in their stories, I am hyper aware of when they over narrate. Ha ha ha. These are parts in my writing that I have to cut out. Evaluating their stories has been pretty amazing.
Now back to the daily writing: I posted more of "La Bruja del Barrio Loco" which is almost done. I am shooting for five more pages. It is a far longer story than I had planned to write and will post it on Amazon as a practice run, after I get sick of revising it. Actually, that will most likely be my new goal, to post a new one every couple of weeks or more. The problem isn't the writing; the problem is designing new book covers. (I love gleaning through ugly book covers and finding ones I like.) I don't have fantasies of making it rich from what I produce.
However, I talked to my Union lawyer, who let me know that as long as I teach full time, it doesn't matter how much money I earn from publications. That is awesome. I only write a few hours a week, and hope to make some Christmas or emergency money.
My writing goal this week is to finish "La Bruja" and move onto my novel again.
Dr. Jesú Estrada,