February 2014

A writer’s fears

by Doc Coleman on February 26, 2014 · 2 comments

in Writing

A number of authors have talked about their fears on their blogs, but this has never been a topic where I’ve had a lot to say on the subject. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that I’m perfect and everyone else is flawed. Quite the contrary. We all have the same doubts. We all look at our writing at one time or another and say “This is crap!” For some, this becomes a paralyzing fear. They can’t move on and many consider quitting writing altogether. They figure that if the writing is crap now, it will always be crap, so why bother? I take a different view. To me, crap is a necessary stage. Everything has to start as crap. The difference is if you leave it as crap, or if you make it into something better. So, I pretty much haven’t been bothered by writing fears.

Until now. [click to continue…]

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I want your money.

This is a generally true statement, but I have this thing about providing value in exchange for payment, so I spend a good bit of time writing stories and creating voicework so that you’ll have something to make you feel a bit better about turning your money over to me. The rest? The rest is just to keep you interested until I have something ready to convince you to turn your money over to me.

Today is a little different.

Oh, I still want your money, I just don’t want you to turn it over to me. I want you to hand it over to someone else. [click to continue…]

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Another busy week here at Swimming Cat Central. Home improvement continues to be a major theme here. With the ceiling repairs complete, out next step was to prepare the living room for the rest of the carpeting to be removed and a new subfloor put down. That meant packing up all the loose stuff that was still in the living room so that the workers could play furniture Tetris. [click to continue…]

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Today I get to be part of a momentous event that has been years in the making. Up until now, my role has been solely as a spectator, so I’m pleased to be offered the chance to add “presenter” to my name tag. It all started many years ago with a story of magic and madness set in the distant shores of New Zealand. A story, told ably by a native daughter of the land, one Philippa Ballantine. Pip podcast this story back in the day, and it was met with great enthusiasm and demands for print copies. Only one problem: publishers in the big markets (read the U.S. of A.) didn’t think that anyone would buy a book set in New Zealand. This was no doubt because they couldn’t find it on the map, and their ideas of what the reading public would like to buy were works of fiction in themselves. Many years went by… [click to continue…]

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And we’re off!

by Doc Coleman on February 5, 2014 · 13 comments

in Novels, WIP

If you’ve visited the site in the past couple days, you might have noticed that the progress bar at the top of the sidebar has updated! That’s right, the third draft of Perils has started! I’ve got all my Alpha Readers past the halfway mark. In fact, I’ve got all of them, except one, past the 70% mark and we seem to be on track to finish the Alpha Read by Valentine’s Day. I know I’ve had great fun transcribing the comments into Scrivener. My readers have helped me find a bunch of typos that managed to make it through the second draft, pointed out some of their favorite moments in the story, and shown me the places where I need to provide more information. Even better… [click to continue…]

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