This morning, I got up at 5a.m. because I am not as exhausted as I have been these last few months. Yes, months. I started revising my novel The Harvest and wrote a major premise out of it that women are genetically modified to be like cats. Now, the elite are just genetically modified, but the mods are unnatural. Obviously. The revisions weren't too radical, and the first 32 pages read a lot better. I am really hoping to have the novel revised by the summer, so I can submit it to the Pitch Wars.
Also, I finished rewriting the last story of my first-ever young adult short story collection. I took the advise from my Facebook friend Hector Cruz, and changed the love story line. It is more realistic and truer to the main character. I am going over the hard copy of that story this morning, if I have the energy, which I do. I am really striving to write beautiful stories in this collection. I was deeply inspired by a great story I read last night from Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, "A Song Before the Sunset". I want to write like that.
I also got the book Bloodchild: And Other Stories by Octavia Butler with my birthday Amazon gift card. That is a much deserved treat.
Well, my work is cut out for me today, and I have two paper piles to get through, including short stories by my students.
Reach your writing goals and maybe, give yourself a little reward. #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,