Onto Story #3 of My Young Adult, Magical Realism Collection & Upcoming Giveaway, Black Friday #barriobluesRead Now
Yesterday, on the road trip down here, to my writing cave away from home, I started writing the third story of my next book "El Encantado." Encantado could mean someone who is delighted, cursed, or haunted. This will be my first attempt at writing any ghost story, and I am adding a twist. However, I may have to delay the launch of this book, if it is to reach 150 pages. There are so many legends that are a treat to infuse with my fiction. There is El Cucuy, which legend says is an old man that carries a burlap sack and steals naughty children. There is La Llorona, the weeping woman, who kidnaps children near bodies of water. There are angels and saints that would make great characters.
Anyway, the writing playground is vast.
I have also been formulating the next giveaway for Thanksgiving and Black Friday holiday. I am going to reduce the cost of all my e-books to $.99 and $0 when folks buy printed books. Unfortunately, I can't drop the cost of La Bruja del Barrio Loco, but people will still be able to buy it for $0. I am also going to use Ingram to publish my next collection, if bookstores will take it. I just won't be able to put it on Kindle Unlimited.
The other thing I am going to do today is to grow a pair of balls and put the foundation for a reading of my books for next month. I haven't sent the email yet. I figure if I'm not done with the collection, though I hope to be soon, I can read from WIPs. I am also going to try another venue to distribute my books.
My retired librarian friend offered to help me connect with the central CPS library. The head librarian likes to sponsor local authors, so I am hoping she will take my next book. Now, I need a snappy title for it, that is attractive to moms and kids, but I haven't been able to come up with one.
My husband and I were brainstorming in the car, but nothing sounded appealing. Send me inspiration this way. Or else the title will be something lame like Grandmother's Magical Bedtime Stories. I have never been stuck on a title before. This inertia is wholly annoying, but the writing is flowing, and that is what matters! Once I am done with this collection, I am going to move on to finishing The Awakening (Book #3 in La Bruja del Barrio Loco) series and start revising The Harvest in real earnest.
Overcome your creative struggles. Write on. #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,