Dennis Coslett

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Too Long

So much for my resolve to post more often. I knew I had gone a while without posting, but I didn't realize I had gone this long.

I am still working on Old Wounds, and a short story, the original Guardian Angel, now re-titled Designated Angel. I am also doing the test scoring gig that I have done each of the last several summers. I am trying to fit my writing work in and around that schedule. I am also still investigating the possibility of creating a Patreon page.

Unfortunately, it has been difficult to find the motivation to get much done. My mother, who seemed to be in good health, died suddenly almost a month ago at age 86,, and I am still adjusting to the realities of her being gone.

Among other things, I have to keep an eye on my father, widowed at 87 after more than 59 years of marriage, and I have new responsibilities around the house.

To sum it all up: I am trying to keep writing, but it is slow going.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Still hard at work

This week I shall continue with the revision of Old Wounds. I read through it already, and now I plan to read through it again, making notes as I go, and incorporating my sublplot. I also want to extract character names and descriptions so that I can make character sketches, as characterization is something I am always weak in.

The problem is one of length. I have 33000 word, which is nowhere near enough for a novel. I need 50000 - 55000, which is still short for a novel, but I think the PI genre can get away with it, as some of the classic books of the genre are not doorstoppers.

Adding the subplot should give me 5000 - 7000 words, but I will still need to expand the novel to the proper length without padding it out. If I have to, I will go chapter by chapter, adding description, characterization, and the necessary depth a  novel demands.

And as if that's not enough, I also have at least four short stories in the works. I can't seem to commit to any one. I bounce back and forth from one to the other without pulling the trigger on any of them. I want to put out quality work, and am making an effort to do better, which means taking the time to do things right.

However, I also want to get things done and published, and the slow deliberate approach makes this difficult.

I may have to work on one project at a time until it is finished, from first draft to publishing, then move on to the next. That way, I could get things finished and published and continue building my audience and you, dear reader, would have the pleasure of buying and reading my latest story or novel in a much more timely fashion.

But, as I have said before many times, at least I have plenty to work on. I'd rather have too many ideas than not enough.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Dad's Legacy released today

As I promised, I have uploaded my short story Dad's Legacy to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords for release to all the ebook formats.

Now, I think I might take a little time to figure out what my next project is going to be. I have several stories and novels I want to work on, but I want to do them in some kind of logial order, so I can actually get things done and released.

As always, I will keep you posted on this site.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

My next release

In my previous entry, I mentioned having an old story that I might try to release this month.

I have deided to put it out on Thursday, January 5th. The title is Dad's Legacy. This is a story I wrote just more than 10 years ago, while I was in Iraq. When I got home, I sent it to Gary Lovisi, publisher and editor of Hardboiled magazine, and he accepted it.

Dad's Legacy hadn't seen the light of day by the time Hardboiled ceased publication, which meant the rights reverted to me, so now I am going to release it as an eBook. I have the cover ready to go, and my cover artist did a bang-up job. I will be preparing a blurb today or tomorrow, and things should be well in hand for publication as planned on Thursday.

This is the first time in too long that I have released two stories so close together, and I hope it marks the start of a more productive period for me.

As for other projects, I am still working on my next Charlie Rowe novel, Old Wounds, as well as several other stories and novels, some of which have been on my hard drive or in the back of my mind for quite a while.

I have to do some work to expand Old Wounds, but I have an idea for a subplot that should add some words, as well as harkening back to the previous novel, False Witness (I have always been interested in the consequences of what happens in a story. Are things over when the author writes 'The End,' or is there some sort of fall-out for the surviving characters to deal with? This subplot will address that issue to some degree.) Apart from the subplot, I will have to do some expansion of my first draft of Old Wounds to get it to where it is ready to go. 

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Monday, December 26, 2016

New Release

As I promised, I have released my novella Striking Out to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You may have to wait a short while to see it in your preferred format, but it is already available at Amazon, and is pending at B & N.

As always, I am thinking about the next project. I have several short stories and novelettes to work on, as well as my novel Old Wounds. I have a story I wrote long ago that I may prep for release in January, assuming I can make the timing work.

Whatever I do next, I hope to have a productive 2017.

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About me: I have been writing since the early 1980s, ever since discovering a passion for writing during my senior year in High School. My completed writings include novels, short stories, and newspaper articles. I have completed four novels in that time, and have partially completed two others. I have had little success in finding an agent or a publisher for any of my novels, and have recently taken my efforts online. During the years that I have been writing, I have also served my country as a member of the United States Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps. In the last five years, I have been deployed to Army bases in Iraq, Kansas, and Virginia.

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