Today, will just be a short post because yesterday's novel excerpt from the The Harvest and the day before were pretty long. Really, I have to finish my syllabi, so I can enjoy the company of a new friend and her sons. She is giving me feedback on the first 70 pages of of the novel draft.
This morning I sent the editor of Down South where the Water is Warm a friendly reminder:
"Subject: Friendly Poke. Text: Give Jesu's fledgling collection 20 minutes today. Much love. --Jesú"
Hey, he asked for them. I really just need more content feedback and a fresh pair of eyes, although I am always finding typos, like the ridiculous amount of typos I found in the section I posted yesterday.
On our way to a family's house, I read the Alan excerpt out loud to my husband, and that's when I found all the little mistakes. While I read, ever so enthusiastically, my little son Antonio was eavesdropping. We were on the I-90 going north and got stuck behind a three-car accident, so I had extra time to read. (No one seemed really hurt.)
Even though the story is in a rough draft form, it read really well, so maybe my sister is right about the potential for it to be on SyFy. Ha ha ha. We both share similar tastes and biases. My son also liked it a lot, but I think the cursing was more interesting than the content.
Either way, both my boys were entertained, and my son said he liked the Alan and Strike characters. Yeah, even coming from a seven-year-old, that felt like a great compliment.
Here's to connecting with others through fiction.
Dr. Jesú Estrada,