Mar 25 2014

End of March Update …

Posted by Mathias

When last I posted, I mentioned the idea of writing a novel on this site, and publishing it, as I go.  I’ve actually been working on this, believe it or not.  I’ve been toying around with the opening chapters for Daughter of Fate, and things are going pretty well.

The rough part, so far, is knowing that as I publish chapters they will be set in stone – good, bad, or indifferent.  I’ve had to think long and hard, not just about the overall plot, but also all the little sub plots that will eventually make up the story.  If I were to decide, say, in Chapter 30 that a character named Jimbob was required and that he needed to be introduced earlier on in the story, but wasn’t, well … that just sucks! (more…)

Feb 05 2014

Toying with idea of writing a novel here for free

Posted by Mathias

This idea is something that I’ve been pondering the last few days.  I’m thinking about writing a story, a full novel, and posting the entire thing here on my website as I go, a chapter at a time.

Doing this will require a serious commitment of time though.  It means that, in between writing all my other stories, I will have to find time to regularly commit to finishing and posting chapters here.

I’ve been thinking about using my recently dusted off, and unfinished, novel Daughters of Fate for this experiment.  The story is there.  It just needs rewritten from the previous attempts.

However, the idea intrigues me.  And it would be very interesting to see if I can do it.  From a standpoint of being disciplined enough to regularly post updates, I mean.  And, of course, to see what kind of feedback I get.

Feb 01 2014

New Short Story Drafted: Ayra’s Fall

Posted by Mathias

Spent some time last night and today laying out the plot of a new short story idea that came to me out of nowhere.

Title: Ayra’s Fall

It’s a story about what happens when an Angel entrusted with keeping the world safe fails in her task.  So watch this space for updates on this title, and of course other ongoing projects.

Jan 29 2014

This year’s plan

Posted by Mathias

So, 2014 is underway.  Time to layout the plan for this year.

As of right now, I am still shopping my manuscript for Under the Darkened Moon around.  Been a little lazy about it, and will keep chugging away.  Nothing’s changing on this front.

I now have 3 short stories that, I think, and so does my focus group, are ready to go out into the world.  These will be submitted to various contests and publications throughout 2014 to see if they can garner any attention.

Hopefully one or more of them will be noticed and published.  If not, I plan on releasing them in various formats for download.  Plans are right now that they will be free, in preparation for what might be the need to self-publish my manuscript at some point in the furture.

I’ll keep everyone appraised of my progress on these plans as the year unfolds.  Wish me luck!

Jan 28 2014

Old Projects Get Some New Life

Posted by Mathias

At the risk of adding even more to my already crowded plate, I have decided to resurrect two very, very old projects that were once dear to me.

These are two of the first novels I attempted to write, and later adandoned to other interests and were sacrificed due to lack of time.

I will get around to adding pages on this site for both Daughters of Fate and Circle of the Hunt as time permits me to. (more…)

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Dec 12 2013

Sometimes I Think I Have Too Many Ideas

Posted by Mathias

It’s hard to know whether or not I have too many ideas that distract me from my other, more pressing projects.  For example, I’d really like to get the first drafts of Her Lovely Blood and Cry of the Golden Wyvern done.  Plus I’d like to make progess on Awakening, which is the first book of the Unmaker’s Saga.
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Nov 07 2013

Hello There! Long Time No Post!

Posted by Mathias

Well, it’s been a long time since I updated this site!  There has been a lot of things going on in my life from a divorce, shifting to being a single patent of my two wonderful children, and, surprisingly in the midst of all that, meeting the woman of my dreams.

So yeah, this site has been a little neglected!  I’ve still been working on my writing though.  I have several short stories either done or near done, and work on my second novel, Outsider, has been slow but steady.

I have taken a hiatus from looking for a publisher for Under the Darkened Moon, but hope to resume down that path soon.

I have some plans about expanding the contents of this site a little as well.  We’ll see how that goes.

I also want to thank everyone who has supported me and shown concern over this past year.

But, for now, keep watching this space.  New stuff coming soon!

Jan 13 2013

Giving Your Own Book A Five Star Rating Is Just Outlandish

Posted by Mathias

Some people have no shame.  I see it all the time with authors who give their own book a “5 star” rating on Goodreads and other, similar sites.

And the worst part about it is that they aren’t even shy about it.  They plop it up there and are almost so proud that they are beaming with joy over their actions.

Does any author really not like their own work?  If they don’t, they why are they publishing it?  It is sort of implied that, when an author publishes a book, they think it is a great story that other people should read.  But to advertise this by giving it a rating in such a bold manner is, frankly, outlandish behaviour that to me borders on narcissism.   Especially when you consider how willing other people are to give even average works five stars whether for free, for a little quid pro quo, or even for money. (more…)

Jan 12 2013

Let The Submission Process Begin!!!

Posted by Mathias

Last week I officially started sending out queries for my epic fantasy novel Under the Darkened Moon.  I started by selecting five literary agents and sent them all queries.  I followed their submission guidelines and sent what they requested, whether it was just a query, a query plus a synopsis, or a query plus a synopsis plus sample pages.

A couple days later I got my first official rejection.  It was a rejection based only on a query letter and a synopsis and not the actual story itself, but a rejection none-the-less.  Now I am looking at my set of next five lit agents to send letters to. (more…)

Jan 02 2013

January 2nd 2013 Book Reviews And Recomendations From Friends On Goodreads

Posted by Mathias
15849478       12/31  Joanna Penn  gave 5 stars to: The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin

 

status:           Read in December, 2012

I was part of Seth’s Kickstarter so I bought this early, and reading is has totally fired me up to commit to creating and sharing my own art.

There were many parts of the book that resonated with me, but in combination with Steven Pressfield’s Turning Pro, the message is really to pick yourself, and persist at the practice of creation. “Creating art is a habit, one that we practice daily or hourly until we get good at it … Art isn’t about the rush of victory that comes from being picked. Nor does it involve compliance. Art in the post-industrial age is a lifelong habit, a stepwise process that incrementally allows us to create more art.”

This book is useful for writers, but I would also urge parents to read it in order to understand the world your children are growing up in.The industrial world is disappearing. The old world of standardized exams, tick-box education and guaranteed jobs won’t be there for much longer, and people need to be creative to survive the future. But more than that, life’s too short to spend it doing something that isn’t rewarding. So aim to thrive and not just survive.

I spent 13 years as an IT consultant, a miserable cubicle worker, rewarding myself with sugar and alcohol in order to make it through each day. In September 2011, I finally broke out of that old life, and I couldn’t be happier. Sure, I have less money now, fewer trappings of (so-called) worldly success, but I am making my art, and this feels like real life.
I know some of you are struggling around the same issues, so as you move into 2013, I would recommend reading “The Icarus Deception” for some inspiration. (more…)