Bewildering Stories just included “Llorona” in its Third Quarterly Review, a collection of the best stories from all its summer issues. I’m most pleased that Joaquin Murrieta’s encounter with the famous ghost was so honored!
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Central California historical anecdotes and local legends have inspired and informed many of my stories, especially those including Joaquin Murrieta. The Los Burros gold mining area has many ghostly tales and it is the setting for this story. Joaquin rides in to Manchester, a mining camp in the Santa Lucia, to search for a missing woman. He finds her and a treasure, as well.
P.S. A spoiler – Manchester really did burn down, but no one knows the true cause.
I wrote “Jerboa” while collaborating with John Miller on a teaching unit for his 7th graders. It reminded editor Beryl Belsky of a Kipling tale and she now has it up on her Writer’s Drawer site. I’ve included links to both the story and the lesson plans. I do hope students will have fun with it!
Jeboa’s Beautiful Tail: http://www.thewritersdrawer.net/jerboa-beautiful-tail.html
I first wrote Joaquin’s Gold more than thirty years ago. I used it in my classes and revised it many times. I later wrote half a dozen other stories featuring Joaquin Murrieta as my protagonist. Five of these stories have been published in print and on line. Now, Joaquin’s Gold has found a home in According to Adam, the Writers’ Drawer website’s just published anthology. I’m most appreciative that editor Beryl Belsky included it in this fine collection. For you teacher types, I’ll mention that my complete Common Core lesson plans for teaching this story are available on TPT. Pertinent links are below:
Here’s the Amazon link:
Here’s the TPT link: