Writing at 5:00 a.m.--Again--Why? I'm Doing a Joint Project with Kung Fu Bad Ass and Amazing Writer-Brother Hector Cruz! #WritingCommunity #WriterLift #SoDamnedExcited #barriobluesRead Now
Fans, I know I've been posting sparsely. As you may have seen, I was "wrestling a bear" (to quote my good friend Author Steve Carr) for a while, revising the second edition of Wolf Trek. I "finished" last night and sent it to a professional beta reader/editor/magic man. He is looking for plot holes. I know, you are never to pay beta readers, but this dude is a gem. So in your face you damned novelette revision!
The other reason I haven't posted is because I have been in a tired, unmotivated funk, which I am keeping in check. (Yes, I am will see a psychologist if I must because depression runs in my family.) Anyhoo, here's the amazing news.
I have had a seed project in mind for a while. I've been wanting to write a magical realism piece about martial artists. Clearly, I don't know shit about martial arts. However, I invited my good friend Hector Cruz to do a joint project with me. He accepted.
This venture is incredibly exciting for a several reasons. He's a planner (which means he plots) and I'm a panster i.e. I write without plotting. Big surprise. Right off the bat, after I proposed the project and he accepted, sparks were flying, and I have to say within minutes we fleshed out a good portion of the plot, number of characters, villain, and underlying philosophy. I am so thrilled! Writing life doesn't get better than this.
Also, I am happy to announce my first-ever asynchronous book club of The Testaments by Margaret Atwood; please join the fun: https://www.facebook.com/groups/427705934528728/ You can join even if you haven't read the full novel. It's also my first book club! Awesome right? My colleague Alisa just posted the first couple of prompts last night. She's also a gem, and I am blessed that she is a bigger book nerd than I am.
That's all I have. Oh, if you haven't entered by giveaways, please do so. You must be a U.S. or D.C. resident to enter.
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I hope you are having an wonderful writing weekend. Keep dreaming and reinvigorating your writing life! #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,