Jan 20 2016

Here We Go!

Posted by Mathias

It’s taken some time to get my head wrapped around the things that I need to do. You might have noticed that since my last post was April of last year!

Sometimes life just throws too many changes at you at once and things you love to do get pushed aside. For me, what was pushed aside was my writing.

I have been working on it, just not at a pace that was conducive to success. It was more at a pace that allowed me to keep it on the back burner while life sorted out all the other little and big things going on around me.

But in the end, the plan remains unchanged. I am going to keep writing with the intention of getting a publishing deal OR self publishing.

Because of the hectic pace of life this past year, I have focused on my short story projects. Specifically The Yoke and The Flames. Also, my two short stories that are prequels to my Daughters of Fate project have received a bit of attention.

The Daughters of Fate project is still moving forward and I do still plan to publish bits and pieces of it online as they come out in a workable draft. Right now, chapters 1 through 4 are the focus. Draft of draft is about 50% done.

The Yoke is about as good as I can make it. It is preparing for submission to a major writing competition this first quarter of 2016. The Flames will be a second quarter submission. By that time I hope to have the first four chapters of Daughters of Fate up for everyone who has been patiently waiting.

Outsider has made quite a bit of progress as well, and is coming along.

Under the Darkened Moon is still out there and I am preparing some new queries for it. It may get another “Final” edit, and if there are no takers it will be up on Amazon in the next year or two.

So that’s where everything stands. Hope the new year is treating you all with luck and joy. I’ll be talking to you soon!

Apr 04 2015

Very, very, very long time, no see!

Posted by Mathias

It has been a while? Hasn’t it?

Know where I’ve been? Dealing with a lot of stuff!

But that stuff is starting to come to a close and I am going to get back to writting in the near future. I’ve got a lot of new perspectives on a lot of things that I think will make me a better writter. When crap happens, sometimes it is for the best and I think some of the things that I have been quietly working on show a much deeper and more emotional aspect than I previously displayed in my writting.

Someone who read a short blurb I re-wrote for my in progress Awakening (Book 1 of the Unmaker’s Saga) said to me, “My, aren’t you a bit more jaded than before!” I suppose that I am. And I don’t suppose that is a bad thing either.

I’ll be honest with everyone. It’s going to take me a bit of time to get back in the groove of writting and posting here. But I do plan on it.

I still plan on publishing chapters online for Daughters of Fate.

I am contemplating what to do with Under the Darkened Moon after not getting any sniffs at that.

I think that I am going to be working simultaneously on Cry of the Golden Wyvern and Outsider simultaneously while scattering in other projects as I feel the need to change things up. Outside is currently approaching 80-90% done of the first draft as I have been quietly working on that story.

It’s been a bumpy ride, but I’m still here. And I’m stronger and better because of everything I’ve had to go through!

Hope I haven’t lost too many of you along the way due to my innactivity and I look forward to reconnecting with all my friends I’ve made due to the website.

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…)

Dec 13 2012

Is It Me, Or Is Dark Fantasy “Just Getting Lazier”?

Posted by Mathias

In an episode of Family Guy, Peter is listening to the police scanner.  Brian walks in and remarks, upon hearing a crime being reported, by saying, “Is it just me, or is rap music just getting lazier?”

Well, I have come to believe something similar when it comes to what is popularly known as “dark fantasy”.  Dark fantasy is that sort of fantasy where you have an anti-hero with morally questionable motives.  Decades ago, I read The Black Company by Glen Cook.  It’s a great piece of dark fantasy, following a band of anti-heroes (The Black Company) and narrated by an analyst (named Croaker) who has a knack for coming up with really fun, yet bizarre, ways of describing common occurrences and The Company’s exploits. (more…)

Dec 09 2012

Goodreads Choice Awards 2012

Posted by Mathias

In case you missed it, this past week Goodreads.com announced the winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards for 2012.  The winners are chosen by popular vote among Goodreads members.  There are 20 categories ranging from just general fiction and nonfiction to all sorts of sub genres for fantasy, etc.

This year, 1,156,852 votes were cast and the winners are in. (more…)

Dec 09 2012

I Finally Did It, I Downloaded Martin’s Game Of Thrones (A Song Of Fire And Ice Book 1)

Posted by Mathias

A lot of people might find it odd, but I have never read George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice Book 1).

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Nov 29 2012

“Never Give Up” And Other Stupid Advice

Posted by Mathias

“Never give up,” I hear that advice a lot.  It might sound good when you’re a child, or even a naive young adult.  But once you get older, you realize how stupid it sounds.

Think about it.  Really? “Never” give up?  Even when the path you are on is an obvious failure?  Seriously, would you tell the guy running towards the hundred foot cliff, jagged rocks below and all, to “never give up” his dream that he can really fly like a bird just by flapping his arms fast enough?  You really want to be the person standing there shouting, “you can do anything!”?
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Nov 25 2012

Best Fantasy/Fiction/Sci-Fi Books I Ever Read (31 Through 40)

Posted by Mathias

This list continues my previous ones which can be found at the following links:

Best Fantasy/Fiction/Sci-Fi Books I Ever Read (Top 10)
Best Fantasy/Fiction/Sci-Fi Books I Ever Read (11 Through 20)
Best Fantasy/Fiction/Sci-Fi Books I Ever Read (21 Through 30)

31. Alice‘s Adventures In Wonderland by: Lewis Carroll (4.5 / 5 Stars)

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Nov 17 2012

Books In My To Read Pile

Posted by Mathias

The following books are ones that I have not yet gotten to in my pile of things to read (in no particular order):

The Ambassador’s Mission

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Nov 12 2012

Why You Probably SHOULD Care About Bad Reviews

Posted by Mathias

I see a lot of authors (generally those who are self-publishing) dismiss bad reviews of their books.  Google the topic and there is no end to the number of budding authors explaining why they don’t care if someone gives their book a bad review.  Or, even worse, why they don’t even read what other people say about their book.

Well, I say that’s a bad attitude.  I think it is a dangerous stance to take where you choose to shelter yourself from criticism.  This is especially true, I believe, for indy, self-published authors.  I think you SHOULD care about bad reviews.

Look, unless you are Stephen King or J.K. Rowling, and going to sell books no matter what you write, then not caring about criticism only hurts you.  Face it, only once you are at a point in your career where you actually don’t have to worry about the critics, because you’ve proven yourself as someone who knows how to write and sell books, should you even remotely consider no longer worrying about the critics.  Frankly, most my fellow authors out there whom I have seen state they don’t care about their critics are not at this point in their careers yet.  In fact, most of them are FAR, FAR, FAR from that point. (more…)