So, finally, I think I am going to get to revise and finalize this long story for digital publication before Christmas! I found ideal readers in the oddest places, but I will take them! (Thanks awesome friends and family. My heart grows larger because of you. Oh, that was not meant to be clever because of the cover.)
I am also waiting for my friend, Eric, to give me editing and revision comments. I just messaged him that "I am not remotely fucking arrogant about my writing" or some such and will change the story as needed. I know I need to cultivate a real revision process when it comes to my fiction. (Don't tell my students.)
That's it. I have to finish grading before I can sink my teeth into this work and finish my novel The Harvest.
********************* MARIA J. ESTRADA is an English college professor of Composition, Literature, and her favorite, Creative Writing. She grew up in the desert outside of Yuma, Arizona in the real Barrio de Los Locos, a barrio comprised of new Mexican immigrants and first-generation Chicanos. Drawing from this setting and experiences, she writes like a loca every minute she can—all while magically balancing her work and family obligations. She lives in Chicago’s south side with her wonderfully supportive husband, two remarkable children, and a menagerie of animals.