monte stories–revision notes

The projects Highland Stories and Little Lolo Stories are pretty much done which means Monte Stories and the Cornbread project need to get fully drafted this summer. I am a week and a half away from some time to focus on my own work and I need to get a revision plan down. I remember when Jenny Cornell assigned this for the Highland Stories. It was tremendously helpful. So I do it now out of habit. Here is what I came up with:

Monte Stories:


  • Carlos Stories–intro of family and Carlos and necessity for these stories

Section 1–sets up community, village ideals, gossip, infidelities of marriage and friendship

  • San Luis
  • South Fork
  • Felipa
  • Pifanio
  • Carlos and Pifanio
  • Delores
  • Pifanio and Felipa
  • Pifanio’s Wives
  • Felipa Pregnant
  • *Church Community*

Section 2–follows Carlos’ downfall, crash sites, drinking and reliance on Lena

  • Carlos Unexplained Sighting
  • Carlos and the Sugar
  • Felipa’s Pregnancy
  • Carlos’ Foreclosure
  • Carlos and Felipa Trip to Market
  • *more argument in market*
  • Daughter’s Trip Home

Section 3–Carlos’ background, Felipa’s regret, motherhood

  • Carlos Back in his Day–maybe move to previous section?
  • Felipa Haunts Lena
  • *more Felipa following Lena and Bruna
  • Carlos Without Felipa
  • Carlos’ Amputation
  • *more with Carlos’ reaction in hospital

Section 4–future monte stories, lost monte stories, lost family, loss of community, future?

  • Lena Visits Felipa and Carlos
  • Lena’s Kitchen
  • *Future in Lena’s Kitchen?
  • *?

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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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