This post is going to be short because today is the first day my creative writing students workshop stories, and as ever, I am probably giving them too much feedback.
Hey, it's a gift. Interpret that how you must.
For the past couple of days, I have been thinking about the limited point of view in The Harvest, and whether I should make one character's POV omniscient. After bouncing ideas around in a writing group I am in on Facebook with other relatively new writers, I decided that I want to keep that sense of discovery for both characters. Readers who come here regularly, what do you think?
I also keep having this occasional "Of FUCK!!!" moment because I did say I was going to finish the full draft this month, and that will mean I really have write like a maniac. I have to make a herculean effort. If not, I will have to extend the deadline. I mean, I have accomplished a lot this summer, and I don't want to exhaust myself because I do teach full-time and run my union chapter. So, we will see what compassionate mods I need to make to my June deadline. There are some future road trips that will give me concentrated time to write, but we will see because those won't be until July.
On a final victory dance, my printed pub of La Bruja in the Orchard was approved on Amazon. I am just waiting for it to go live: To be continued, probably later on today. I do regret not admitting somewhere in that book that the inspiration from that story came from Stephen King's "Gramma". I know a lot of writers owe a gratitude of debt to King, and this brown girl survived the boredom from the barrio and decided to be a writer in great part because of him. So there. Thank you Stephen King, and if you have not read his story, please do. It is in the Skeleton Crew collection. It is still terrifying.
Tip your hat off to whatever master inspired you and get back to work. #Resist!
Dr. Jesú Estrada,