A New Dawn…or Something

A New Dawn…or Something

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

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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A Glimmer of Hope

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Rant And Ramble, Writing | 4 comments

Today marks an interesting day. A turning point perhaps. As I’ve allowed myself to struggle the past year on what I wanted to do with writing and publishing, I decided late last week that I didn’t want a life in which writing didn’t exist. I will write, I will publish, and maybe nothing will come of that, but maybe something will. Regardless, the stories that burn inside me continue to churn, and I will follow suit and write them on the digital parchment I’ve done so many times before. Some of them I will publish, some of them I will scrap, and some will be kept just for me, but all of them will be written to the best of my ability. Which brings me to why today is an interesting day. All the decisions of writing aside, today I completed something. Not a word count or a story, no, nothing so grand, but a single chapter. A single first chapter, to be exact. It’s an important milestone for many reasons. In part, it’s important because I’ve tried to write it for months, but anytime I sat down to write I only revised the 8 or so pages I’d already written, never adding more to the end tally. Part of the reason is doubt in my ability to write, part is doubt in my desire to write, and part is fear of failure. Today all of those reasons fell short. They weren’t enough to stop me and I completed it. It’s also a milestone because this story, Sacred Cities, I’ve written many times before. Perhaps that’s why there is so much at stake for me here. The story refuses to die inside me, yet thus far I’ve failed to produce it in the way I dreamed. So today I finished a first chapter that I’m certain is right. It might not be good, and it will most definitely be subject to change, but at the core of what it is and everything it represents, it is right. Today is an important day. A great day even. It marks my first day back after an absence I’m sad to have taken. Today promises nothing, but today I delivered something for myself. Something I have refused to do for a while, and with it comes a chance at gaining forward momentum. Today marks a day I feel proud of myself. Not for word count or writing, but for completion. It’s a day of success, and nothing makes me more eager to create more successes than after a day I’ve already done just that. Something about it makes it seem not so…impossible. It’s not everything, but it’s something, and sometimes a glimmer–no matter how small–is all we...

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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: The Sequel

Genesis: The Sequel

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Genesis, News, Writing | 2 comments

Since the release of The Rise of Genesis, I’ve taken what I believe to be a well-deserved break, but alas, binge watching shows on Netflix cannot last forever. In a perfect world perhaps. Although I will tell you that The Magicians is fantastic. Supernatural is having a great season, although the dead/not dead thing has been old for a while. The Walking Dead has redeemed itself in my eyes from the past few seasons. And I’m still not excited about Fear the Walking Dead. However, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, the season premier has set up what will surely be some delicious and heart-wrenching story lines. *sigh* I digress. Over the past month I’ve been working selectively on the outline for the sequel to Genesis. The truth is, it’s been a struggle (as outlines always are for me). The reason being is because I always start an outline, but partway through I get excited, impatience takes over, and I jump into writing mode. This is both good and bad. Good that I’m excited to get to work, bad because it makes constructing a cohesive story more difficult. When I write a story without an outline, new ideas come and go as I write. Things change along the way, and my subconscious sometimes brings great things to the forefront: things I didn’t realize have to happen, things that make everything that much stronger, things that make me excited about the future of the story. When this occurs, I need to go back in the story and adjust/rewrite accordingly. With an outline and a guide of where I’ve been, it’s a little easier to see where those changes need to be made. I find an outline easier to work with when moving pieces of the puzzle around. This way you pick up and move a small piece(s) rather than combing through the entire first half to make sure you’ve caught each necessary detail. So this time around, I committed myself to doing a full outline of at least the major events I wanted to incorporate. The details will fill themselves in as I go, and I’m certain new ideas and paths will open up as the characters take hold of the story. With an outline though, what won’t happen (probably) is getting stuck and wondering “What now?” This outline is the rough edges of the path, and with it, I shall remain somewhat on course. I hope. With that said, you might be wondering what on earth this next story could be? What will it be called? Well, I won’t tell you too much about it right now in hopes of avoiding spoilers from Genesis. What I will tell you is the title. The second book in the Ash Lawson series will be called… Dun Dun Duuuuuuuh! The Reign of Typhon An Ash Lawson Novel  Book...

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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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