Life, it has been said, is what happens while you were making other plans. My last post talked about some of the things that life has brought me, recently. This post, is about the other plans I’ve made. Last year, at Balticon, I started what I had termed my “summer project” to get my novel The Perils of Prague ready for publication by the end of the summer. That project did not go off as planned… [click to continue…]


This is going to be a short, and somewhat late, #WriterWednesday post. Work has kicked my ass of late, and while I was Posty McPosterson last week, a few things have happened that are going to take up a bit of my time. So it may be a little tough to keep the posts coming on time. Part of this is because I am dealing with edits, again. [click to continue…]


On Wednesday I hinted that there was likely to be another update on my writing this week, and I was right! Last Sunday I was looking at milestones for my progress, and realized that based on the rate of progress I had made on the second draft of The Perils of Prague, I was right on track to complete the draft this week. Then I had several days in a row when I had to spend my daily writing time working on other projects. I got my daily writing in, I just didn’t make any progress on editing Perils. At the time I published Wednesday’s update, I figured I should still be able to finish by the end of the day on Sunday, provided I could edit at least 3000 words a day… [click to continue…]


They say that brevity is the soul of wit. Well, after last week’s post, perhaps I should try to be witty. Who knows, it might work.

Last week I also promised that I would speak of more writerly things, and that is a promise that I can keep. I have kept with the habit of writing every day and have leveled up to writing 300 words a day. This past week I’ve actually been more likely to write over 500 words a day, which is a little surprising… [click to continue…]


I must say, right at this moment, I feel like the Magic Spreadsheet works wonders. I started using the Magic Spreadsheet on February 1st. Now, as I’m writing this on the evening of February 12th, I’ve racked up over twelve thousand words written! And what’s more, I broke my streak last Wednesday when I had an event in the evening that kept me from stealing any keyboard time. And that’s not counting the words in this post. That’s over a thousand words a day! More than just racking up a lot of words, I finished the first draft of my short story for The Way of the Gun Anthology. It came in a bit long. Almost 14 thousand words, but I think I’ve got a pretty good story. Now I just need to figure out what to write next…

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The Next Big Thing

by Doc Coleman on February 1, 2013 · 4 comments

in Novels, WIP

P.C. Haring tagged me on his blog with this writing meme – The Next Big Thing. This meme shows off a little about the next Work in Process we writers are working on. It is an opportunity to give readers a little sneak peek and some inside information on the next new manuscript.

First, the Rules:

1. Mention the person who tagged you at the beginning of your post (done)
2. Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress) and/or new release on your blog (see below).
3. Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them. They’re supposed to answer the questions within the week. (Personally, I hate tagging people.)

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A week has passed since my last update, and I haven’t been entirely idle. I have, however, narrowed down the scope of the projects that I’ve been working on to something more manageable. In 2012, I managed to start a number of new projects, but I didn’t really succeed in finishing off any of the ones that had carried over from 2011. Soooo… top priority right now is finish off existing projects before starting any of the new ones.

Fortunately, it looks like I just finished off one of those projects… [click to continue…]


Yes, I went there.

So…. It’s been two weeks since I’ve been able to post an update here, so I’m past due to provide you one. NaNoWriMo has ended, and while The Bright Lands still has a LOT of work to be done to it, I have to take a step back from it for a little while. If you’ve been following along with my Twitter or Facebook feeds, you may have noticed that I’ve put a fair bit of effort behind promoting the IndieGoGo fundraiser for the Way of the Gun anthology. That fundraiser has ended now, and while we didn’t make the goal we’d hoped for, enough funds were raised that Scott Roche, the instigator of this little project, has determined that there are enough funds to pay the authors. That means me. But if I’m going to get paid, I have to write the story. If you HAVEN’T been following along with the Way of the Gun anthology, let me take a little bit of time to catch you up…

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Why am I celebrating failure? Well, I am going to explain that, but first, I think I’d better catch you up.

When last we spoke, it was the 20th, and I’d hit 32,067 words after three straight days of over 2500 words a day. On the 21st, we set out to visit my father for Thanksgiving, my wife driving, and me in the passenger seat writing away. I managed to get in 1191 words on the trip. I probably would have done better, but the trip wasn’t very long. Then, once we arrived, family tended to get into the way of much writing. I tried to do some writing on Thanksgiving day, but only got in another 523 words what with the feasting and games of dominos. On Friday, we headed back home, but my wife was too tired and I had to do the driving. After we got home and unloaded, I was too tired to write, so Friday was a total goose egg. Saturday, the 24th, I plugged in to make up some of the backlog, and wrote 3009 words. A very promising day and it looked like I was going to be able to catch up nicely. Sunday didn’t go so well, but I did get in 1710 words, holding my own, and bringing my word count up to 38500 words. Monday, it was back to work, and a tough day at work it was. I came home and wrote another 830 words, but soon tuckered out. And at this point, I realized that I just wasn’t going to make it. I had too few days left and too much of a deficit to make up. So I tapped out at 39,330 words.

I had intended to put in some more writing and push over at least 40,000 words, but I just didn’t make the time. Also, I’d written myself up against a wall and I didn’t know where else to take the story. I finally figured out where to take the story on the 30th, just after I’d gotten to work. Unfortunately, after work, I went to take a nap and ended up sleeping through until December.

So what happened with Casey in these 7000 words?

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I was surprisingly productive yesterday! I got home from work in excellent time, and despite feeling tired all day, I was wide awake when I got home. Seeing that the nap I had expected to claim me was no where to be found, I decided to put my wakefulness to productive use and started writing!

By the time my wife came home from her errands, I had a good 800 words down and was speeding rapidly towards a thousand. This section was part of Casey’s being tested by the Primus, and the images were coming thick and fast, I just needed to type them! I quickly passed the daily word count and started making up some of the deficit. By the time I took a break for dinner, my story had hit 31,666 words, the target word count for the 19th! I was now less than a day’s writing behind. I stopped for dinner, then came back and did some additional writing before I had to stop for the day and see about packing for our Thanksgiving visit. When all the words were accounted, I had written 2,876 words for the day!

I’m still behind where I should be, but I’ve gone a good way towards closing the gap. And I’ve just had three days in a row when I’ve turned out an average of over 2500 words! For today, if I just break even, I think I’ll be in a good place to get through the Thanksgiving holiday.

And then there is the story…

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