Whispering to Imaginary Friends

This morning after waking up around 5AM and finding myself unable to sleep I tried to utilize that energy to get Ch 22 down–at least in my notes.  I used to do that pretty regularly–I liked the idea of writing before I spoke to anyone or even before the sun was up. My first year in Illinois I would do that and I have to say I didn’t want to return but I find that way of drafting very productive. Of course, my teaching schedule and grading seems to go against that process. But the time is nice and quiet and calm. There is no distraction of the morning news or the morning cable news or any noises from the neighborhood or the neighbors. A nice quite place for me to type and get ideas down. Later in the day I am just too distracted.

If I can get the Romes material down and I know the Cornbread project needs Romes and those passages to send the enertia of the narrative woards the end. I need to get Romes to sprun Manito on or someone on to inform on Bea to Cornbread which causes the main problem in the book. How do I do this. That should be the challenge of early mornings to come. I want to finish this or at least finish the drafting so I can begin new chapters–I’ve got this idea for a whole chapter on the Abuelita’s novelas–Days of Our Lives and Santa Barbara.

I also have this idea for new projects. I have been toying with the idea of drafting a new project in 3rd person focused more on Lolo and more on Lolo’s youth with the Abuelito’s. The Rabbit Story I drafted based on some old stories helped to see that I might be able to do that. I mean I’d love to follow Lolo in this big sort of myth I am drafting about the Abuelito and Lolo’s place in all that.


A while back a friend told me that writers spend most of their time whispering to imaginary friends and I am more and more beginning to believe that.

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john paul jaramillo

John Paul Jaramillo’s debut story collection The House of Order was named a 2013 Int’l Latino Book Award Finalist, and his most recent work Little Mocos is now available from Twelve Winters Press. In 2013 Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature listed Jaramillo as one of its Top 10 New Latino Authors to Watch and Read. He is currently a professor of composition and literature at Lincoln Land College-Springfield, Illinois.

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