This morning, I woke up thinking about Stephen King titles: Skeleton Crew, It, The Stand, The Long Walk (ahem I titled mine before I realized he had a novel titled the same), etc. Short punchy titles do the trick for his novels. I am still working on my young adult story collection, and NOTHING is really coming to me for the name. It's not done yet, so I hope when I finish the title will emerge magically.
Of course, that is not how it's going to happen, and I'm worried the name will be something like Magical Barrio Stories, but that doesn't quite capture the essence of the collection.
I have also been thinking a lot about the kinds of writing I like and how much time I actually need to spend on my craft. I want to spend the time my work deserves from the words to sentences to passages and that may be part of the reason the collection is taking longer than I expected. Regular work has also been busy. However, I am going to start revising the novel on days I don't have the energy to write.
I just have to rethink my writing schedule, as union obligations and papers pile up. I find that I am sneaking writing time between meetings and grading. I put in about an hour today and will spend a few more minutes writing before I go to bed. I just miss having a morning block. Maybe tomorrow I will be able to get up at early.
Well, it's time to write or revise or pass out while watching cooking documentaries.
Hang on to that thread. #barriobules
Dr. Jesú Estrada,