Dennis Coslett

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Monday, April 15, 2013


WOW! Has it really been this long since I posted last? Apparently so.

It's been a busy time, which may be why I haven't written much. As Bruce Springsteen wrote, "I got a little lost along the way." This thing called life has been keeping me busy.

I had to repeat my Paralegal internship. I withdrew the first time because I couldn't handle the environment. I found a different location for the internship, a much smaller law firm that was more to my liking, and I successfully completed it the second time. I graduated from Globe University in March, and I am now a Paralegal (on the civilian side: I already was a paralegal for the U.S. military.) Now I am getting busy looking for a job.

But I am starting to write again, after several months of inactivity, during which I have tried more than once to get something going. I started a new project called Casualties several weeks ago. I intend for this to be the third novel in my Charlie Rowe series. In it, Charlie, a veteran, tries to help another veteran who appears to be suffering from PTSD. There is, of course, more to it than that.

The problem is, I haven't been satisfied with what I've written so far. I think it lacks depth and gives away too much too soon. I think I need to stop here and start again from the ground up, redoing my outline and adding some character sketches so I get a better handle on my lead characters. I would also like to add a secondary case. a subplot, that somehow ties in to the primary case, in the time-honored tradition of private eye novels (and similar to what I did in Taylor Made, only moreso.) I believe some of it is worth saving; I just have to figure out what stays and what goes.

I also have two other Charlie Rowe stories completed and awaiting beta-reading, False Witness and Evil Twin.I have to find the time to get these done so I can release them later this year. With Casualties stalled, this might be the ideal time to give these stories the attention they deserve.

I also have a number of short stories and other projects I can work on in the meantime. One way or another, I will get something done soon. I just need to start something and stick with it until I can finish it.

Am I discourage? No. I am just glad to be writing again after several months of not getting anything done. As for the need to restart Casualties, and the other work I have to do, well, that's just part of writing. I have been through this before, and I'm sure I will again.

As is keeping this blog more up to date. I must try and post more often in the future, too.

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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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