Where in the world has Ócháni Lele been, you ask?
Out of his head is the answer!
I’ve been very busy, people. Here is a sampling of what I’ve been doing:
1. Finishing the manuscript for my Knickerbocker Circus release. My goddaughter started up this publishing label, and she seems to be doing quite well with it. So, I decided to keep my 16 volume set of books in the family, per se, and publish those collections of short stories with her. We’re playing it by ear, and doing it one volume at a time, and hopefully I should have the first collection of stories complete and in her hands by the second week of December.
2. Outlining my novel for the NaNoWriMo challenge. It’s not easy. Of course, I’m writing about the orishas . . . and if I finish this, it will be the first of a series of novels about the orishas. On my website, http://www.lit.org, our techno-mage, Chrispian, has opened a NaNoWriMo subsection. Lots of lit writers are taking the challenge with me, and we’ll be posting our daily offerings there in the NaNoWriMo section. So, if you want to know more about my current novel, or the novels of our members, register for litdotorg today and take this incredible (and I’m sure it will be exhausting) journey with us. And remember – 50,000 words in one month will result in a horrible rough draft, I’m sure, so don’t expect polished writing!
3. Rearranging my house! When you own hundreds upon hundreds of books, it’s no easy task. We’ve made quite a few changes down here . . . too many to speak of.
4. Doing misas! That’s right, we’re attempting to host bi-monthly misas again! And they are becoming a bit experimental!
5. Getting ready for classes . . . again! I’m about to go back to college . . . again! I’ve got 148 credits and no degree, but this time, I’m going to stay focused on two courses of study: Nursing and English. No more basket weaving for me!
6. Planning for “Four Seasons of litdotorg.” Yes, it’s our new literary magazine, and I’m reading submissions, looking for those gems to premiere in our first issue. There’s a small chance that the launch date might have to be postponed, but, hopefully, I can work around this. I really want to get this magazine launched.
Add that to a full-time job, an ilé full of godchildren, and a small semblance of life, and I’ve been very overworked and underpaid. But, such is the life of an artist, no?