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And so it ends

2012 has ended. Not with a bang, but with a torrential downpour. I must admit that I was a tad disappointed the world as we know it didn’t end. It would have been quite exciting, and could well have been the fresh start that humanity needed.

It has been a busy year, what with Shattered Lands: Torquemaster Rising finally being finished, the Black Library Weekender – which was awesome – a new job, the martial arts club joining TKDSOE, auditioning for – and getting – a part in a television series, kicking this blog off properly, getting a kitten (two days ago), attending Asylum, submitting to Abaddon Book’s open window, and having a Steampunk birthday. None of which was in order.

I’m sure that there are a lot of things I’ve forgotten, but on the whole it has been a fairly good year, with the usual highs and very low lows. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2013 has to offer, but I will be avoiding the New Year’s Eve japery this year as I’ve over-indulged and my IBS has put a firm ‘no’ on further high jinks. So, I will be having a nice night in with the family, the first NYE that the girls have experienced.

I shall also be putting the final touches to a submission. Happy New Year everyone.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


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