On Saturday, January 26, after months of negotiating, The Cook County College Teachers Union, Local 1600 reached tentative agreements for Faculty and Professionals/Part-Time Professionals. That was an amazing end to months of negotiating and hours of hard work to get my members a fair contract. Although my work on the Faculty Negotiation team is not over, it's high time I get back on a regular writing schedule and that I finished my collection, Not Your Abuelita's Folktales.
I also got a fellow Union member and writer to offer to translate La Bruja in the Orchard and quid pro quo support for him, which I am more than ready to do. I am also going to ask a friend to redo the covers of the Bruja books. I asked my friend Brett, but he is on vacation right now, I think, and he is designing the cover to the collection mentioned above. These are all exciting prospects.
Well, back to writing before I crash.
Keep writing all and fighting your good fights! #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,