A New Dawn…or Something

A New Dawn…or Something

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Matty Says, Random, Writing | 0 comments

In my lack of attention to the blog, I realize reviewing the comments section here that I receive a lot of spam. I deleted well over a hundred comments that were garbage links. It reminds to use this space more constructively. Disappearing for months at a time helps no one, myself included. Which means I need to think of ways to use the blog that work for me. It’s not a place simply to talk about my books, because let’s be honest, there aren’t that many of them. It isn’t a place to promise more books, again, because I don’t write full-time anymore. But it is a place for me to write. To tell the bits of story that fill my mind but don’t have a place in a book, at least not yet. Perhaps one day. Today, after a short hiatus I took to educate myself on a few things, I emerge from the dim light of my reading nook a new man, or, at the very least, a man reminded of all the beauty language holds. In these moments I rediscovered a many great things. First, I don’t read nearly enough. That’s a sad truth; I love the written word, and the story writers produce with little more than a recognized language and an understanding of vision. Second, I don’t keep myself spurring forward with creative output. When I’m not writing a new book, my mind wanders aimlessly from one Fantasy world to another. I dream of fire and magic spurring in skies that dance with Northern Lights, and I find myself elsewhere. To an ancient forest, the dirt padded with the footprints of soldiers. Their gods abandoned them in a time of need, and the mythical forces behind their demons overpowered their armies. It’s fun, that is for certain, but a world uncreated is left in the imagination. Therefore, going forward, I’ll be using my blog as a creative outlet to spit ideas. Some will stay here and live for as long as the website is running. But a few might hold the potential as the hunting grounds for new stories I plan to tell. Only time will tell. One of the more important things I’ve learned the past few weeks is that whether reading fiction, or a book on craft, I have much to learn. This is a fact I refuted for no other reason than arrogance. I didn’t want to have much to learn. I wanted greatness fresh out of the gate, and as I look back on some of my earlier works, I realize they could have benefited from knowledge I didn’t have at the time. That’s not to discredit them, only to say going forward I have new tools to work with. I find myself, even when stepping away from books on writing, language, style, and craft to discover someone else’s fabricated world, learning. I’m taking things away...

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Release Day Blitz – Honor (Book 5 NOLA Zombie Series) by Gillian Zane

Release Day Blitz – Honor (Book 5 NOLA Zombie Series) by Gillian Zane

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Author, Blog Events, Cover Reveal, Matty Says |

Today I’m taking part in the Release Day Blitz for Gillian Zane’s new book! If it sounds like something you might enjoy, check it out. And be sure to enter the giveaway below!   The NOLA Zombie series comes to a close with this emotional and action-packed installment. Since the SHTF, Romeo is good at one thing, killing zombies. He doesn’t want to waste his time with anything else. His fellow survivors think of him as a machine and he’s fine with that. There isn’t any time to waste on things, like feelings, or other nonsense. Lena Dervay, former movie star, current walking victim has barely been surviving in a repurposed middle school run by an incompetent Army Lieutenant. She and her group of survivors are as good as dead if they stay put.  When Lena finally gets in touch with Romeo, she knows that if anyone can come in and save the day, it’s him. Problem is, Romeo isn’t the charming, white knight, hero that she remembers. Lena is still drawn to him, though, and as their paths intersect she knows she might not come out intact in the end, body or soul.     Gillian Zane is the author of the NOLA Zombie series. Zane is the pen name of a prominent blogger in the publishing industry, which will remain a mystery unless you Google it. Since she can remember her goal has been to become Master of the Universe and has decided to focus first on the literary world. Things are progressing nicely. Zane has been a freelance writer for the last ten years and has published a few non-fiction works, none of which was very exciting. Zombies are much more exciting and a way for her to combine her two current obsessions, hot boys with guns and Doomsday Prepping. When she isn’t stockpiling MREs (Meal’s Ready to Eat) or researching how to build a cistern on a budget, she’s taking care of her little family and exploring the city that she loves, New Orleans. You can find Gillian Zane on twitter @GillianZane.   Sign up for her newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bmCzWf Web: romance.rocks twitter: @gillianzane facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GillianZaneAuthor/     a Rafflecopter...

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The Reign of Typhon

The Reign of Typhon

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Matty Says, Writing |

As of yesterday, I completed the outline for The Reign of Typhon, the sequel to The Rise of Genesis. The story, as it stands, is well laid-out, and theoretically I shouldn’t have any “hmmm, what the hell do I do now?” moments. When I fly by the seat of my pants, sometimes the characters go in a strange direction and I get stuck trying to figure my way out. Of course, the characters are going to do what they’re going to do so an outline doesn’t necessarily prevent that, but it should reduce the struggle somewhat. Fingers crossed. I made a promise to myself that no matter what I would complete this outline. Halfway through I nearly gave up. There was so much excitement to get started, I almost fell into my old pattern of drop the outline and run. It’s important to note, however, that I didn’t. I stuck to my guns and saw the outline through, and I’m damn glad I did. This outline has me so jacked up to write the book. My mind is racing with ideas, and the layers I managed to incorporate during the pre-planning seem beautifully complex in their own way. Of course, there are still a few question marks that remain. I haven’t decided which direction I want to go with certain aspects of the story, but I am more excited now than ever before about a story. The struggle these characters have already faced is nothing in comparison to what is coming for them. Deranged? Perhaps. But I’m excited to experience the torment alongside them. An outline is just that, a skeleton. And although this skeleton has a great many layers for me to start with, it’s only the beginning. As each chapter is written, it expands, and I’m looking forward to peeling back those layers and filling out the body of this book. If I’m certain about anything right now, it’s that The Reign of Typhon is going to be a whirlwind adventure filled with a great cast of characters, both good and…less than good, and a story worth telling. The adventure begins Monday. See you on the other side of the...

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Genesis Release Details

Genesis Release Details

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Matty Says, Publishing, Release Date, Writing |

Three days. THREE DAYS! That’s how long we have to wait until the cover reveal for The Rise of Genesis. It feels like I’ve been sitting on this one forever, but I didn’t want to reveal it until shortly before the release of the book. Now that the time is almost upon us, I don’t feel nearly as prepared as I should. Everything is ready. Everything is in order, The cover is gorgeous, the book is fantastic (I think). Yet I’m nervous. Not for the cover reveal, but for what comes after. March 16th will mark the release date for this story, and I feel like I have no clue what I’m doing. For those of you that don’t know, writing is like a roller coaster. It takes forever for you claw your way to the top, and once you`re there, it seems like a blink for you to reach the bottom. From the birth of an idea, to the execution of your first draft, to the publication after rounds and rounds of rewrites and edits, this never stop. What I mean is, you work very hard to do one thing, and when you start to feel good about it, doubt creeps in. That`s the drop. It drags you down hard and fast and before you know what hit you, you`re uncertain about everything. But like a roller coaster, it`s a loop. You don`t stop at the top or the bottom, you just keep going round and round. Getting off the roller coaster means the ride is over, and as hard as it can be, nobody wants it to be over. Not when you`re having so much fun and loving the ride. The good news is, it isn`t a roller coaster for one. Although often times you feel like you`re alone, the reality is I`m on it with you. You just don`t know it yet! But on March 16th. You...

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The Rise of Genesis: The Rise of 2016

The Rise of Genesis: The Rise of 2016

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Matty Says, Uncategorized, Writing | 2 comments

On social media and the blog the past year I`ve spent a lot of time talking about struggling with writing and making sure I put out the best book that I can. Because of that desire, it`s been over a year-and-a-half since my last book, Endure, came out. It`s been a long wait for both you and for me. My readers have been so supportive and incredible, I feel blessed for the opportunity to put out another story. Over the past few years I`ve gone through ups and down in my personal life (who hasn’t), which derailed both my desire to write and my discipline to do so. What surprised me most about this experience is how hard it was to get back to that place. A place where every night after work I sat down and…well, got back to work, but on something I had a passion about. It was a real eye-opener to me on how difficult it can be to not just create routine, but regain it once you’ve lost it. I think it`s important to point out that I wasn’t just trying to create routine, I was trying to obtain the exact routine and work ethic I had years ago. An impossible feat. My life is a lot different now with two kids and a different job, and a small army of pets, and different commitments, etc. But thus far, over the past six months, I’ve managed to carve out a system that seems to be working, and every month I get a little more productive. So that brings us to this, what have I been working on? The Rise of Genesis is a surprise project for me. It wasn’t what was supposed to come next. Originally I had been writing The Nova Chronicles, an Urban Fantasy series still in the works, but after my long writing break, I wasn’t ready for it. I began writing Sacred cities, which in the end, I re-wrote three times and the last draft ended at 183k words. I know. I scrapped that book multiple times and started over, I couldn’t nail down what I was trying to accomplish. Maybe I didn’t even know. The reality was that it wasn’t a story ready to be told, and halfway through the second draft of that monstrous book, I said “no more.” I put it aside in a dusty digital folder and decided to give it a break. At that point I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Did I  have only one series in me? Were all these ideas and exciting plots in my mind garbage? Maybe I’m not a real writer. These are the thoughts I battled with for a long time, and a part of me knows that the only reason I kept writing was for the few people in my life that continued to encourage me....

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A Power Riddle

A Power Riddle

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Matty Says, Random, You Tell Me |

Most of us use them every day, although sometimes in the wrong way. They can break hearts or mend them. They can change lives, or ruin them. They can be invisible, or seen anywhere. They can tear us down, or lift us up. They can hurt us, or they can heal us. They can take us on adventures, or bring us back to reality. They can confuse us, or help us understand. They mean nothing to anyone, but everything to us. What are they?       Words. They’re interesting things. If you didn’t know it already, now that you have the answer, you can see how everything above applies.   They mean nothing to anyone, but everything to us.    Water is my zone. It’s not my element, it’s not part of my astral sign, but it’s my place of comfort. It helps me think and sort through thoughts and ideas, and on occasion, it gets me clean. While in my zone, I realized something: words are powerful. You didn’t need me to tell you that, and when I thought it, I didn’t think it was news. What really had me thinking is how a word(s) can mean something to one person, and nothing to another. Sometimes it matters who is saying those words. Or does that person matter at all? Do words themselves hold power? The word hate and the word love can mean everything or nothing to us. It really depends how we feel at the moment they’re said, and who might be saying them. If somebody you don’t care about, or perhaps don’t even like, says I love you, what do those words mean to you? Probably nothing. On the other hand, if somebody you’ve been dating for a while says it, and they’re the type of person that makes you feel like butterflies are shooting cannonballs across your stomach while tap dancing to Living the Vida Loca, it’s a pretty powerful thing. It’s not that the words mean anything different in theory, but they mean something different because of how we perceive them. We don’t care that the first person loves us, but those words were powerful to them. That’s why they said it. But we wanted the second person to love us, and it meant the world to both of us. Can the same thing be applied to books? Art? Everything? Someone might hate your book and that doesn’t bother you, but someone else can hate it and it tears you up inside. It’s the power we give. Words are in the ears(?) of the beholder. They mean to us what we let them, or in some cases, want them to.  That’s a strange thought. We all know what it means to hate something, yet we can throw the word around a hundred times in a day, hear it from a hundred people, and it only matters a part...

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