, sFuck to the No! I was going over "La Bruja del Barrio Loco," and I was annoyed to find missing letters and stupid typos. This is the fourth time I go over it. Ugh. I am so glad I am having an editor looking over my work with a microscopic and wide lens-ed eye. (And, maybe her meticulous Boo, will also give it a read. He is an avid reader I respect, truly.)
Anyway, early this morning at like 2:30a.m., I had a golden hour or two to write, so I thought. I looked over "La Bruja" and was on a roll, when my daughter woke up calling for me.
I swear, she has an internal clock that lets her know when I'm awake. Still, I was blessed to get a little work in and spend some time loving my cats.
Love someone today, even your furry family. #Resist.
I think I finally found my ideal reader/editor! (Oh, and it's not that lovely union organizer on the right.) And as Anne Lamott advises, I am going to treat this relationship like marriage. Probably better. I won't say too much about this wonderful human being because I am waiting for specific feedback on my first manuscript, but she is in the right space to work with me, and she is very thoughtful in her interactions and feedback.
My friend and writer Marcy Rae Henry is going to saturate the book cover image for "La Bruja del Barrio Loco" which is being editing. It is the the Antojitos section about mid-way down the page. I am still going with the image of the heart.
And in my other life, this week, my students also finished workshopping stories, and I was so moved that they used my creative writing questions so beautifully. I have phenomenal students in my class this semester. I keep telling them, to develop and hang onto these relationships because it will be hard to find an idea reader later on. (Your writer friends will be too busy for you, and your friends probably won't have time to read your work. It's just how it is.)
That is all I have. I have to be creative about making breakfast because we ran out of milk and eggs. I say we go to a diner!
Find your ideal reader and hang on to her for dear life. #Resist
Dr. Jesú Estrada,