Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Like me, Martin Luther King Jr. believed in social justice and labor rights. Thus, all my Amazon profits are going towards our chapter strike fund. Both Faculty and Professional units go out Feb. 4 if the CCC continues NOT to bargain in good faith. www.amazon.com/Dr.-Maria-J.-Estrada/e/B07GS9MJBQ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1548065973&sr=8-1
I started teaching creative writing last week, and since I can't offer advice I won't take, I have been waking up at 3a.m. to honor my writing schedule. However, I am still doing course preparation and a shit load of union organizing plus other job duties. My next book is going slower than what I would hope, but that doesn't mean I have stopped working on my publications or stopped reading.
In fact, I am going to ask my friend, Brett, to design a similar book cover for the second and third books with a branded image. That means I am going to go through the texts and clean them up some more and launch them as second editions. I also want to write a forward to the second book to explain that it is a Bruja in the Barrio book, but not necessarily a sequel to the first one. However, the characters are going to converge in book 3.
My main projects after that are going to be me translating La Bruja in the Orchard, and start revising The Harvest for pitching wars. I have had enough distance from the novel, and need to get back to it. I miss the novel, so it is time to return to it.
#Keep dreaming and fighting for your believes. #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,