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Bitter Defeat, Writing

Bitter Defeat update

A couple of days I wrote about how I was now working on my Blaise Maximillian short story anthology, set in an alternative Britain in the 1920s after the Bitter Defeat at the hands of the Germans after the 1914 – 1922 World War.

The contents list will contain stories titled as below (working titles);

  • Baptism of Fire – previously unpublished
  • Getting Stuck In – previously unpublished
  • The Sniper – revised
  • The Trench – revised
  • All quiet on the Western Front – previously unpublished
  • What’s a man to do? – previously unpublished
  • The Orphan Robber – revised
  • The German Captain – revised
  • Perfurme, the scent of love – revised
  • An essay on striking and being struck – revised
  • Jam Roly Poly, custard and lead. Spiffing – revised
  • A meal ruined. Again – revised
  • No good story starts with a salad – previously unpublished
  • Good shoes – previously unpublished
  • A fine cut of cloth – previously unpublished

As you can see, there are 7 brand new stories and all of those that have previously been published on this blog have been completely revised. Each story has an explanation behind it, which also details just how much the story has grown. For example, ‘The German Captain’ has grown from 580 words or so, to a whopping 3,118 words.

They are completely unrecognisable from their flash fiction ancestors and I can’t wait to unleash this  book upon you all. Yes, all three of you 🙂

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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