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Dennis Coslett, Writer

This is my blog and website, where I hope to be able to keep you informed of my efforts as a writer. I will discuss Works in Progress and announce new releases here. On this site, you will also find links to sites where you may purchase my published stories and novels.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

All of a sudden . . .

it is the middle of July, and I realize I haven't posted in five weeks or so.

I am about to buy a house. I am excited but a bit nervous. I will own the most expensive thing I've ever had, and build up some equity as I do so. This will be an unusual sale: because of my current employment situation, I am planning to pay cash for the house. That has the advantage, however, that I won't have to worry about being evicted in a foreclosure proceeding.

And, if I can take care of my housing needs, I will eliminate one less worry in my life. Maybe then I can focus on my writing and some other means of passive income that will allow me to have at least some money coming in, money that will stretch further if it doesn't have to include monthly mortgage payments.

And maybe I can continue working on my next novel, Dirty Laundry. I am makng an effort to read more fiction lately, as I suspect that may be part of the reason I haven't been working on my edits. If all goes well, perhaps I can soon report the release.

9:41 am cdt 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

2:54 pm cdt 

It's been too long

I suddenly realized that it has been several months since I posted last. Clearly, I must make it a habit to post more often.

I have some ideas about how to expand my earnings with some passive income. People do it all the time; I understand there are people who make a living from blogging or posting Youtube videos and have no need of a full-time job. I don't know that I want to go that far, but I would like to do something that will bring in money as a supplement to what I can earn through writing and full-time work. I have a few ides in mind, including owning rental property and posting videos, but I know these things can be a crapshoot. Additionally, every time I try to do something, I get discouraged by slow progress, and don't stick with it. This is going to be my biggest hurdle.

As for the novel, that is stalled. I will admit, I have to go through my edits, but I don't seem to have any interest. I don't know what the problem is. I will be attending a social gathering next Sunday with a group of independently published Minnesota writers. I hope doing so will impel me to get my edits done and move on to the next stage of publishing. It might, at that; the last time I attended this get-together, I published two short stories right afterward.

Meanwhile, a very good friend and fellow writer, Craig Hansen, whom I have known since my college days in the 1980s, has suffered a stroke with brain bleeding. He is two years younger than me, only 48, which has me a bit rattled. 48 is young for a stroke. It shows how important it is to stay healthy in your later years.

That's all for now. I just wish I had more good news to report.

2:50 pm cdt 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Finally, done

I have finally finished the first draft of my latest novel, Discovery. It has been a long and somewhat frustrating road, full of challenges.

However, I am pleased to say that I have finally managed to finish what I plan to be the third novel in my Charlie Rowe series. I am also moving on with getting the second closer to publication. This week, I shall start looking for new beta-readers, in case the ones I have now fail to come through for me.

That means I could publish two detective novels this year. I also have two noveletts that I want to rewrite and expand, as well as several other stories and novels that I hope to either finish, revise, or expand, as the case may be.

As always, much on my plate. As always, I would rather have too many projects than not enough.

3:58 pm cst 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Two New Stories Published

This weekend, I pulled the trigger and published two new short stories on Amazon.

I have already mentioned their titles and given brief descriptions, but here is a short recap:

Friends Take Care of Friends is a short-short story that I wrote in a few hours one evening at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. I got the idea on the drive up there. Once I got there, I took advantage of having my laptop and internet access to write the story.

The Body of the Crime is a story involving a private investigator and a ghost, set in a fictional seaside resort town.

I hope you read them and enjoy them, dear reader. And, if you enjoy them, please tell your friends about them.

10:15 am cst 

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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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