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The first pricklings of doubt have raised their ugly heads


Greasy-haired wanker

As many of you will be aware, I have been somewhat ill since October thanks to Kidney stone issues. Renal Colic is what they call it in medical parlance. On a side note I just realised that I used three words with foreign etymology in that last sentence.

Regardless. Since October I’ve been on strong painkillers and have barely written proper word in all that time. I felt that I was getting better and so started to submit existing works to windows held by Abaddon Publishing and pitched to Games Workshop.

For the latter I had to write 250 words on why they should have me as a freelance writer. Pain free, I wrote what I thought was a good proposition and was then sent a test.

I have to write two pieces about the one thing I don’t really enjoy writing about. Space Marines.

Unfortunately, on Monday I was struck down with a massive bout of pain and retreated into the world of Morphia. An already scheduled CT scan confirmed my fears. I had another kidney stone.

I therefore find myself doped up all day, trying to write two 250 word stories about Space Marines, and my fucking brain just won’t help. What made sense whilst addled was, quite frankly, fucking appalling whilst slightly less addled.

And those bastard niggly doubts, those back stabbing gobbo scum suckers have raised their heads and sunk their hooks deep. Grima Wormtongue is sat on my lap, whispering how I’m crap, that I’m wasting my time.

Well, they seem to have forgotten that I’ve got over two decades of martial arts experience. I’m going to beat the living shit out of them, and I’m going to submit something. Will it be the best I’ve ever written? No, but I’m not going to let my weak self stop my writer self from meeting a deadline.

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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