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Time to get my thumb out and step up


Last year I made a bit of a private resolution. That resolution was that I would get published. With what seemed to be somewhat indecent ease, I was accepted for a number of publications and have some stories out there that I’m reasonably confident will be accepted at some point this year.

However, due to the usual ‘life’ and my absolutely amazing ability to procrastinate, I haven’t got as many stories out there as I should. 2014 will therefore see me using duotrope correctly and getting more submissions out there.

Tonight, or tomorrow night, I shall also be finalising my Angry Robot submission, Shattered Lands is going to them for consideration. Whether or not anything happens as a result of that does not matter, I shall be getting it out to as many people as I can. I unfortunately slowed down when I started to look at other stories and editing for the Raus! Untoten! series.

I also have to finish my Pater Syn story for the next edition of How the West Was Weird and get that submitted.

On top of that, I’m going to edit like mad for the Raus! Untoten! series and get the remaining 18 stories done, dusted and over to the publishers for adding into the pipeline.

2014 is going to be busy, but I’m determined to have fun doing all of the above. The fact that I’ve had to retire from martial arts for the foreseeable future due to a shoulder that is, quite frankly, fucked, will mean that I have another two evenings spare to do all of this.

As the title says, time to get my thumb out and step up.

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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