This morning I woke up at 4a.m. and revised more sections of my novel. I am filling in more of the narrative and am really pleased with how it is shaping up. Then, I got distracted because I couldn't shake the advice Eric Allen Yankee gave me to create nice books for my newsletter subscribers. It's not just a marketing gimmick, but a genuine thank you.
I ended up doing just that this morning and posted the ebook on Smashwords of "La Lechuza". Yesterday evening, I did send out a *.pdf of that story along with the newsletter, but thus far, I haven't gotten any feedback on whether people like the *.pdf of the story or not. You can see the cover of the story below, which is probably one of my best ones I've designed, but it is easier to craft ebook covers versus print.
I also cut loose and had a great time writing "La Lechuza". I consider it a piece of flash fiction, and I will most likely submit it to contests, if the editors don't consider free ebooks as publications. Truth is, I may collect all of these shorts into a special collection some day. I also wrote a 50 word short for the Inner Circle's Flash Fiction Friday; this excellent Facebook group has a call for Flash Fiction due late April, 1,000 words:
The disheveled angel in her living room was drunk, again. By now, Carla Mendoza with her reality TV education realized it was having a pelagic crisis. She prayed a stillborn plea that landed squarely on its ears.
It stirred and said, -Mas tequila.-
“Say please, you sin vergüenza.”
Well, let's just say its has been a great morning. Now, I need to work on my collection for another hour and then grade papers and short stories. Truth is the house has reached a crisis point, as was evident last night when I took over an hour to wash dishes. What a victory it was to see the bottom of the sink!
Whatever you do today, have fun! #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,