Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cross Post: Copyedited and Posted More of The Harvest

I am taking a brief reprieve from grading.  Right now, I am going through a pile of fantastic poems by my creative writing students.  I already workshopped them, twice in most cases, so the grading is going easier.  I just have to say grading poetry is really fucking hard.  (Keep reading)


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Cross Post: Still Writing Like a Fiend (And, Feliz Dia de las Madres, All!)

First, of all Happy Mother's Day to all Godmothers, Mothers, Teachers, Aunties, Sisters, Spiritual Guides, Nurturing Creatures, yes, even, stay at home Dads! Without you, society would simply collapse.

I haven't blogged in a while because I have been grading and reading placement essays, but I have a mom victory.  I have been writing like a fiend, and I am well past 1/3 of the novel draft, The Harvest.  I am posting the draft in a bit, and hope to read it on my way to my Mother's Day surprise destination, which will more than likely be a park where we will picnic, far, far away from Chicago (if I know my clan). (Keep reading.)


Thursday, May 04, 2017

Cross Post: Still Writing and Making Different Choices for My Novella and Short Story Collection

I know it's been a while, since I blogged.  The Union and teaching has kept me really busy, but I actually have not been slacking off in terms of my writing.  I am back on a regular writing schedule and working on my novel The HarvestPlus, I found an editor for my longer fiction pieces, which is a huge step forward in my writing path.

I also have a new editor for my novella La Bruja del Barrio Loco; that awesome friend is Eric Allen Yankee.  He is giving me a "friend discount" for editing my work, like my other friend Adam Gottlieb who is editing my short story collection Down South where the Water Is Warm.

So, I invited Yankee to come talk to my creative writing class about digital versus print publications.  You can see the talk here:  https://www.facebook.com/eric.yankee.90/videos/10213283231220953/

It was a phenomenal talk, seriously.  I hope to bring him back again, so we can do a step-by-step process as many of my students should publish their work.  I learned great information about Amazon and pricing online books.  He had great suggestions I plan on taking.  One was to separate the short story collection into two parts.  In the digital revolution, volume and frequency of publications are the way to go.  He also suggested that I publish a novella every six weeks.  I am up for that challenge since I plan to serialize La Bruja del Barrio Loco stories and already have the second one in the works.  I was also considering putting La Bruja del Barrio Loco in my collection of short stories, but that would defeat the purpose of serializing the novellas.  I am so stoked because I learned novellas are in!  What?!

I suppose that's just a sigh that people are really busy in this modern age.  But that's good for me because I can crank out novellas and tend to write long short stories anyway.

Well, keep on doing what you love and be a kind human being!  #Resist

Monday, March 20, 2017

Cross Post: Someone Will Die in This Novella, if I EVER Reach the End

The other day, I was talking to my friend/editor Adam G. about this novella, and he was like, "It's sounding more like a novel."  But, NO!  I see the ending over the horizon, and even though I normally don't kill characters, someone is gong to die!  I have written the climax and ending in my head numerous times (stop it pervs), but the battle scene is where I need to spend more time.  I mean, it won't be like a Harry Potter scene, but the forces involved should be awesome and terrifying at the same time.

The problem is that La Bruja is quite the foe, and my heroines may not have the magical chops to really defeat her.  At least, she is turning out to be one nasty witch, and she's escalating into a worse enemy than the narrator ever imagined, so I threw her a lifeline.  You can read more about it here:  "La Bruja del Barrio Loco".

On the life front, today, I am bringing three writers to my campus, the authors of Teatro Chicana.  They are coming during my creative writing class, and I hope my students enjoy the visit.  Many of the students have been struggling with inserting a political perspective without proselytizing.  It is not an easy thing to do; in fact, I let any political messages evolve naturally, but I think the mujeres will have some sage advice for my students.

Well, here's to you having a magical day and kicking some ass!  #Resist