I have been gone for way too long, but not totally removed from writing related activities. I had two physical book sales, the second one spontaneous, where someone wanted copies of my books. One buyer promised to do reviews.
Between these sales, I had a giveaway in November for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, where The Long Walk and Wolf Trek were downloaded over 35 times. I got one favorable review, but I think that reader had purchased the book. Maybe the giveaway reminded him to review it. LOL. I'm not sure that giveaways are the best way to get reviews, so I think it's back to the drawing board.
I have gotten suggestions to submit stories to journals and do interviews, and I think I am going to go that route.
I also decided to donate all of my Amazon book sales to the HWC chapter strike fund. I am separating the print sales because I can keep track of the digital sales and am using the book sales for exposure. Besides, I mostly recover the cost of shipping. The Amazon sales aren't amazing, but a contribution is a contribution.
So, I finally got my computer back a little over a week and half ago. That separation along with the union activism have thrown off my writing schedule. Last week I was organizing the strike authorization vote for both Faculty and Professionals, and that took most of my free time. Now, it's final grading time, and I hope to be finished by this Sunday, so I can get back to my projects, some small some large. Here they are in order:
That is a lot to do in a few weeks, but some of the smaller goals, I hope to accomplish while I am on the road, and my kids are trapped in their seat belts. I won't be grading on the trip this time, but will finish final grades from home, which will be a different rhythm for me. I am always trying to maximize my writing time during breaks.
I am wishing all of you a new spirit of writing this holiday season! I hope you get a lot of work done.
Rest and enjoy this holiday break, but keep writing! #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,