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Musings, Writing

A change of direction, and a bit more focus


Those few of you that read this blog will know that I have one published martial arts book, a number of published and to be published short stories and one steampunk novel that is currently doing the rounds.

Aside from those I also have a number of stories that have either been rejected, or that I have written for personal pleasure. Some of the latter I have decided to self-publish as collections of short stories based around Spring Heeled Jack, also set in the Shattered Lands universe, and Blaise Maximilian which are set in the Bitter Defeat Dieselpunk universe.

And, to add to the pile of things I have written, I have a number of stories that I told my daughters at night, wrote down and have since expanded on. Two Pistols Pariah is one character I would dearly like to see hunting down baddies in the children’s section.

Now, I’m not sure how many words that represents, and I’m actually scared of working out how many words I have managed to put down on paper. What this does mean, is that I’m not achieving what I set out to do back in January 2013, first to be published, and secondly to be published as a novelist.

Frustratingly, I don’t know whether I’m actually a good writer. I like to think I am, but I can’t be sure. This is mainly because people obviously have personal tastes, and these tastes vary almost as widely as the genres I’ve written for.

What all the stuff I’ve written down also shows is that I flit between ideas and stories like a fairy on speed. And BING I have another bloody idea!

Focus. And I’m back.

What this slightly meandering post means is that for the next couple of months I shall work on completing the Two Pistols Pariah story, and then move on to the ‘Nagar: The Nanowiz’ story.

This will then give me three novels to submit to agents and publishers and hopefully a better chance at getting one of my universes out there and in to people’s minds.

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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