I have been spending time with my characters, not nearly enough, but spending time regularly. This has been helpful and even though I haven't been able to get up early enough to write, that mental work is stewing ideas. In my mind, the characters are growing into teenagers and facing serious conflicts. Like at some point, Ashley is going to snap and show that nasty side of her the State has been responsible in creating, then rehumanizing again.
I have also been reading The Fireman and really honing in on Joe Hill's character development. Well written books are such a joy and inspiration. In my old age, I have learned not to be jealous of great writing, but to really study it. I liked the turns his characters take and even the villains have a human side to them. (Although the villain in that book is a pompous misogynist asshole who deserves to die.)
I also talked to the editor of Down South where the Water is Warm, and he is commenting on each story, but hasn't sent the feedback in yet. That is OK. I am not on an arbitrary timeline, although the way the political situation is going, we may be at war with a foreign country. Hmmm. Better get these puppies out while I can. Truth is, I can't wait to get his feedback.
So, stay strong on your writing journey. (Yes, I cheated and blogged before writing. Bad Jesú!)
Dr. Jesú Estrada,