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 …

New Page and Story

Heya all! I have just posted a new short story.  “Hand of Justice” is now listed in the brand new page Flash Fiction here at dechandlerwrites.com ! Give it a look!  If you like it and would like to get all the latest updates on the site, my life, and writing, along …

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 …

An Aspiring Writer’s Life, Summer 2014

If I thought summer was going to be slow and relaxing, I think I have another thing coming.  With Intermediate Algebra class and learning the ins and outs of self-publishing, along with novel revisions, photography practice, class scheduling for fall, gardening and chores, I’m not sure just how much relaxing …

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.

Pity Party Pep Talk

The wind is howling today.  It is sill cold, though March is almost half-over.  They might be used to that kind of thing up north, but down here in Oklahoma it’s downright daunting.   You’d think I’d at least be happy with sunshine, but it only makes me wish I …

February!

Okay, I’m probably not the only one in the area, but I am getting really hyped about spring.  I know what the groundhog said, but February is when the garden thinking starts in earnest around my house. We have tons of seed we saved from last year, and I’m looking …

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 …