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I actually WROTE last night


My cool wife bough this for me one christmas. Now it’s finally getting used.

I’ve set myself a daily 1000 word target. Every night so far I have hit or exceeded that, with the result that I’m ahead.


Gnippah – Two Pistol Pariah’s battlemouse. Trust me, these buggers don’t eat cheese.

The book that I’m writing will hopefully be a 75,000 word children’s novel and will tell the adventures of the airship Merry Sue and her crew – the one-eyed gnome bounty hunter Two Pistols Pariah, Stokes, the peg-legged enginair, Whipsaw, the wingless Tree Fairy and Jiggledash the cabin boy – as they ply their trade trough the Misterbee Forest.

Last night I took a break from the computer and actually wrote. In a leather-bound notebook no less. In pencil. And I have to admit that it made a lovely change. I was nowhere near as fast at handwriting as I was typing, but it was great to write the old-fashioned way.

I also did some sketches as to what sort of illustrations I want in my book, something that – whilst absolutely dire – would at least give a clear direction to the artist(s) who finally illustrates it.

All in all, even though I didn’t hit target, I still managed to be very productive indeed.

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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