Summer Rewrites!

Okay, so as a writer grows, he or she one day looks back on his or her works and realizes “this looks like beginner stuff!” When that happens we can do one of two things.  We can either pitch it or rewrite it.  So this summer will see me spending …

Bone Sliver Back Matter Idea

So I’m thinking that since Bone Sliver is written in first person, the back matter should be too.  Let me know what you think!  Hit me up on Facebook or by email! Thanks, D.E. Chandler BONE SLIVER So, I’m the guy who failed.  I failed to save the world, and …

All About Beginnings

Let it be known far and wide that this is NOT a New Year’s resolution.  My only resolution this year was to not make any resolutions.  If that hasn’t created a paradox, nothing will.  That said, I do want to set forth with some intention, and not wander around aimlessly …

All About Endings

If I learned anything from this semester at college, it’s that a strong finish can make you or break you. Confession time: All semester my Math grade teetered back and forth between a B and a D.  I knew I was never coming out of a math class with a …

Post Conference Slump and Craziness

So, you might have guessed by now, that I didn’t get pictures at the conference.  Ran off and left my camera, sitting in its pack in the living room floor.  The conference was great though, and I did take notes.  Here’s the thing.  I haven’t posted here in nearly a …

Nimrod Conference and More

Tomorrow I will be attending Nimrod Journal’s annual writers’ conference at TU.  This conference is smaller than some, and offers several concurrent panels and classes.  They also offer one on one critique sessions with an editor.  The most affordable conference I’ve ever heard of, the cost is only $50.00 without …

New Semester and Chapter 9

School will be starting Monday for me, but if my grades hold, I will graduate with my Associate’s degree this year.  Starting Fall 2015, I plan to be pursuing my Bachelor’s.  Still looking at transfer college options, but OSU and NSU are likely candidates.  Not sure what I’ll do after …

A Word From the Feline Overlord

And that was exactly the look she gave me as kitty took over my map as I was world-building a while back.  As I was working on an urban fantasy, I was using an actual world map, which kitty decided was a great place for her to flop.  After a …

Conference, Finals and Summer!

Well, what a whirlwind the last week or so has been!  Say that three times fast.  It felt like I lived it three times fast.  I love, love, love the conference the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation puts on every year, but it is a busy three days. If you take advantage …

Back On Track

(But maybe with a new direction…)

 

Okay, so the book is going much slower than anticipated, but the longer I wait, the more I think it needs.  That is alright, I think.  I want it to mature into a good book.  In the mean time, still working on the degree, but thinking very seriously about shifting focus to work more with the photography, short fiction and nonfiction.  That means journalism, photoshop and digital photography classes.

Physically, photography and journalism would be better for me, as I would be out and about instead of just sitting in front of the computer all day.  Also, it would get me out of my comfort zone, and make me engage the real world, and thereby, make me learn more about the real world.  Believe me, I already have a healthy imagination.  Also, books can be written around PAYING gigs.  Keyword is paying.

I LOVE taking pictures and telling people about them, and I love being out in nature.  I’m still learning my way around the whole travel thing, but the more I learn, the more I like it.  I love meeting people, but seem to need the kind of push that having an actual assignment would give me.

Okay, so I’m just throwing up on the keyboard here, but writing helps me think.  Also putting all of this out there may help someone else in a similar situation.  There really is a lot to learn about the writing world, so much that finding one’s place in it may be the hardest part of getting started.

But then it took me forty years to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.  I still feel like hedging my bets, but I need a direction or I’ll just keep spinning my wheels, so for the moment it’s short work, build a body of work, earn that degree and find a way to make money in writing and/or photography.