The Grig Story

by Doc Coleman on August 19, 2020 · 0 comments

in Asides, Balticon, Novels

This post is the result of this tweet from Morgan Hazelwood. Morgan does a lot of writer outreach on Twitter. This week, she asked writers to “Share a happy writer moment that keeps you going when the writing gets tough.” I considered for a while, but the one story that kept coming to mind was an event that I think of as “The Grig Story”. It was a bit long for putting into Twitter, so I decided it would be better to publish it here, and link as needed.

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I haven’t had a lot of time to update this blog of late. For that, I apologize. But the good news is that I haven’t been goofing off. I’ve been writing and publishing, and very soon now, that work will bear fruit. So what have I been working on? Well, I’ve been putting together a collection of six Steampunk short stories. And for #WriterWednesday, I’m going to give you a sneak peek at the beautiful Designed By Starla cover! [click to continue…]


As you can see, I’m still having some technical difficulties with my site’s images. I’ve had a few issues from hackers who’ve been playing with site privileges without asking for permission, but I think I’ve managed to repair most of the damage. Unfortunately this little issue with images under WordPress Multi-site is still thwarting me. But that’s not why I’m posting today… [click to continue…]


Pondering Patreon

by Doc Coleman on March 30, 2016 · 0 comments

in Asides

Life has kept me busy with a lot of different things lately and unfortunately it has kept me from doing my regular updates on the blog. The day job has been frenetic. I’ve got friends who’ve gone through some tough times that I’ve tried to help out, the Balticon Podcast to keep on schedule, and the everyday effort to keep the home fires burning.

I’ve done a lot of serious thinking about my novel, and I just started the work on Draft 6. But it is still going to be a while before I can announce the book is ready.

prague charles bridggeSo, I am thinking about creating a Patreon campaign to help defray the costs of publishing. The past year of trying to get The Perils of Prague ready for publication has taught me a lot about the industry. Cover art, editing passes, layouts, they all add up. I’ve managed on my own so far, but it all takes away from the process. Working on a small scale as I do, it takes time to raise the funds needed while keeping a roof over my head and food on my table.

For those that aren’t familiar with Patreon, it is a crowd-funding method that allows creators to raise funds for their art by getting donations from patrons, who in turn receive rewards for their monthly donations. Rewards vary depending on the level of donation, on the creator, and on the type of project. Some common rewards from writers include sneak peaks of chapters in work, an early look at short stories, and even copies of finished projects.

I’ve got at least five more stories set in the same world as Perils, and a young adult trilogy in the works. I want people to be able to read these stories and a lot more.  The problem is making those stories a reality. In terms of time, and money. The time is up to me. I need to simplify my life so I can devote more time to writing and editing. Part of that is setting aside daily writing time.

Patreon may be a step towards solving the money problem. Maybe not. The big question is, do I have enough supporters willing to donate a few bucks a month to help make these stories a reality? Would you support a Patreon campaign? Patreon patrons pay as little as $1 a month, depending on the level of rewards they want. What do you think? Should I try Patreon?


This announcement has actually been a long time coming. I should have posted it months ago, but I’ve been up against the wall with different projects and haven’t had the time to post. For the time being, I’m going to have to put a hold on audio projects. We have a number of unfinished repairs to the studio area that have been put off too long. So, for the time being, the studio will get packed away until the repairs are complete. [click to continue…]


Swimming Cat Studios LogoIt has been a while since I’ve been able to post. A number of things, personal, dayjob, and writing related are involved in the delay, but that is a tale for another time. The reason for this post is that I’ve felt a bit remiss in not keeping folks informed with the progress of the various projects here at Swimming Cat Studios. To help remedy this situation, We’re launching a new newsletter. [click to continue…]


Last night, a light went out in the podcasting firmament. We lost one of our own, P.G. Holyfield. This past weekend, it was announced on the site of PG’s latest project SpecFic Media, that PG had been diagnosed with a particular type of fast acting cancer. His first symptoms were noticed in July, and by the time he was diagnosed, the cancer had already progressed beyond the point of any treatment. With that announcement, a fund was started to raise money to help defray P.G.’s medical bills, and to help provide for his three daughters. In 24 hours that fund raised over $10,000 dollars. Unfortunately, that is still a drop in the bucket with the outrageous medical costs in the States. P.G. may be gone, but he still needs our help. [click to continue…]


There is a big kerfuffle going on in writer’s circles. Actually, it isn’t so much going on as it is going on and on and on… It is one of those arguments that won’t seem to die. This is what usually happens when people are arguing back and forth between two choices that aren’t right for the question. It is like asking what should we have for breakfast and arguing back and forth between tennis shoes and a feeling of vague disappointment. Neither one answers the question, and they aren’t really opposing choices in their own right. But people will continue to argue, and will deny the fact that the question itself may not be the right question. This case is no exception. [click to continue…]


b48_bannerSo, a number of thing happened Memorial Day weekend. First off there was Balticon. This was full of fun and cool things and great friends, and regrettably, this is not what this post is about. We’ll come back to Balticon in another post. The second and third things that happened Memorial Day weekend weren’t cool at all, but they triggered the fourth thing, which is proving to be increasingly cool by pointing out things that are not cool. Not following along? Let me explain… [click to continue…]


Jeff Hite tagged me on a Blog Hop meme and gave me some interview questions that I was supposed to answer on May 12th. And then a family emergency came up, and I had to make an unplanned trip to Raleigh. So… didn’t get a chance to answer the questions. Never fear, I will answer them, it may just be delayed a few days.  Sorry folks.

In the meantime, here is a short movie of some kittens on a Roomba.