Yesterday evening, after a fantastic fundraiser for Jeannette B. Taylor running for the 20th Ward in Chicago, I finished my short story, "Never Have I Ever, Slept with My Clone." However, as it goes sometimes, the characters ended up doing unexpected actions. Thus, I am thinking about serializing this story or writing a longer novella. Right now, "Zona 5," as I retitled it, is 8,729 words. I am really excited about this story because I had a great deal of fun writing it, and to launch it out into the universe, I am having my first virtual release party, April 1 from 6p.m. to 7:30p.m. central time, which I cordially invite all of you to attend. There will be prizes for folks who watch and add comments to the events page. Plus, I will have an author guest, Todd Heldt, who is way more talented than I am talk about writing and how he puts a story together. Actually, he can talk about whatever writing related issue he wants to discuss because he's fucking brilliant.
I am also incredibly blessed to have beta readers, one of whom stands ready to read my entire collection of Not Your Abuelita's Folktales, which I am launching April 13 at a real and partially Live Streamed Party. That event will also have guests and prizes.
Now, I don't take enough time to reflect on how lucky I am to have other writers read my work. They are quite serious about their craft, and I am fortunate to give feedback on their work. I finally have my little writing familia, and I am still over the moon about hiring the editor to edit and copy edit my novel The Harvest. All of this support will only improve my work.
Well, that is all the time I have for now. This morning, I have am working on my course work. I have to finalize a Power Point on arguments, but that is good because I have to put a little distance between the completion of the story and its revision.
Be grateful for your writing talents and author friends! #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,