A few years ago, I quit my day job to focus on writing. It has been a productive period resulting in the publication of a book and near completion on two more. But when people hear I no longer have the proverbial day job, they ask me how I like being retired.
Maybe I’m sensitive but it makes me crazy.
No, I am not retired. In fact, I am working harder than I ever did at my day job on novels and screenplays. Of course, I am enjoying it more, but I am working.
My writing friend and I were talking about how non-writers don’t necessarily believe that we writers can be toiling away at a computer telling stories. Is that really work, they probably think. And if we aren’t receiving a regular paycheck or filling out a time card, that we must be just playing around.
They don’t understand the sacrifices, frustration and how much labor it takes to come up with stories, the right sentences and descriptions. How much pounding our hands and fingers take to get it all right.
Yes, I love it. And I will keep at it until I do decide enough is enough and I have told all the stories I want to tell. Until, then I am working, darn it.
Thanks Corina Martinez Chaudhry for the wonderful review of “Verdict in the Desert” on The LatinoAuthor.com
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Thank you, Michael Dunford of the Midwest Book Review for wonderful critique.
Marcela Landres was kind enough to mention my new book, “Verdict in the Desert” in the most recent edition of her outstanding e-zine, Latinidad.
Marcela is the author of the e-book How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You, and is the publisher of Latinidad®, an award-winning e-zine chosen one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Writers by Writer’s Digest. As an editorial consultant, she helps writers get published by editing their work and advising them on how to manage their writing careers. Past clients include Daniel Jose Older, author of the New York Times bestseller Shadowshaper and Charles Rice-Gonzalez, award-winning author of Chulito. She was formerly an editor at Simon & Schuster.
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Thank you, Marcela.
I was so honored to see students at the Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif., perform a story from my book, RED RIDIN’ IN THE HOOD AND OTHER CUENTOS. They did a great job from what I saw, and I wished I had been there for the performance.
Many thanks to Eric Ladau and Houston Public Media for the interview with me about VERDICT IN THE DESERT.
You can list to the interview at the following site: