OWFI Contest Deadlines, Novel Progress and More

It’s a week into January, and I’ve started revisions on my first novel-length work, Bone Sliver.  I’m nearly done with chapter two (fixing plot holes, slowing the pace, deepening characters, developing side-stories, etc) and will be starting chapter three by day’s end with any luck.  The last couple of months have been a whirlwind, and I suspect that it’s only going to get busier as I gear up for Spring Semester at school.

With the deadline for the OWFI (Oklahoma Writers’ Federation) contest looming (February 1), I am racing the clock to get the manuscript ready.  OWFI is a group of writers’ groups and independent writers from all over the Oklahoma area.  By that I mean, we have people from all over come to conference, enter the contest and receive The Report on a regular basis.  Part of their motto is, “Supporting writers and the craft of writing in Oklahoma, The United States and around the world.”  If you or someone you know might be interested you can check out the OWFI website for more information.  I went to my first big conference last year, and it was amazing!

This semester at school holds two Literature courses (English Lit 1 and American Lit 1), Humanities and Nutrition.  The Nutrition course will help me in developing the healthy clean-food recipes for my upcoming cookbook.  I think I even have the title pinned down.  

Does all this leave a lot of time for social media?  No,  but a moment can be found here and there to let folks know I haven’t been abducted by aliens (at least not long term…).  It also doesn’t leave a lot of time for socializing, but I will make some time for family and friends when I can.  There will also be an ongoing Doctor Who marathon this weekend as my incredibly supportive hubby said I could have seasons 1 and 2 for my birthday!  But I can’t write and geek out on British sci-fi at the same time, so it must be relegated to breakfast and lunch breaks.

Between the classes, blog, novel, starting the spring garden and getting back in the gym; making time to do photo shoots or play in the paints is probably going to be scarce too.  At least for now.

Apparently 2014 is going to be another breathless year.  Hang onto your hats!

Be well,

D.E. Chandler