Archive for October, 2008

Fall, Pumpkins and Carousels

Posted in babies, Life, Writing on October 19, 2008 by Matt

It should come as no surprise that this is my favorite time of year.  I suspect that if you polled writers in general you’d get the same answer as often as not.  There is something about the chill in the air, the early evenings and the changing leaves that sparks the imagination.  Bradbury captured this time of year wonderfully in Something Wicked This Way Comes, devilish, time-reversing carousels and all.

It’s the season of stories really – beginning now with ghost stories at night by the fire (or for us city folk, by the radiator), stories of thankfulness and remembrance in November and, of course, tales of Christmas and Hannakah to usher in the long winter months.

Today was sunny and crisp – jacket and long scarf weather outside.  Tea and warm socks weather inside.  It was the perfect day to stay in and finish that space story I owe my writers group.

Instead, we went to the carousel.  Thankfully, everyone was the same age getting off, as they were getting on.

The Loviest Family

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My Recent Reads – The Fiction Edition

Posted in Speculative Fiction, Writing, YA Books on October 13, 2008 by Matt

In the midst of all this chaotic business, I’m always glad when I find time to do some reading.  And because lists are fun and easy, here’s one:

MY RECENT READS (fiction):

Thirsty by M.T. Anderson – Dark, funny young adult vampire story done right.  Did I mention it was dark?

Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman – I’ve been holding off on reading this until Powerless was off to the presses.  It was well worth the wait.  Human nuances and complex relationships painted with bold, primary colors.  My kind of stuff.

Starman Omnibus Vol. One by James Robinson and Tony Harris – I’d always heard good things about this comic, and now with the hardcover omnibus I can see for myself.  So far, so very good.  Waiting for Vol. Two.

Steampunk Anthology, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer – Another kick-ass anthology from Florida’s speculative power couple.  I can’t wait for their anthology of pet fiction.

Holes by Louis Sachar – I read this for a course I’m teaching and I was very glad that I did.  Folklore, tall-tales and yellow-spotted lizards.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – That Holmes thinks he is so smart.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – Shoot.  That Holmes really is so smart.

Have you read any of these?  Do you want me to spoil the ending?

I’ve been (mostly) working.

Posted in Life, Powerless, Uncategorized, Writing, YA Books with tags , on October 12, 2008 by Matt

I’ve been gone a long time, but due to the demand of thousands of worried readers (well, one) I’m back for some more intermittent nonsense.  By the way, check out Kater’s story in this creepy-cool anthology, hot off the presses!

I’ve been teaching nights in an English immersion program at LaGuardia Community College – a really wonderful city initiative that is rewarding and a whole lot of work.  The plus side is that I’ve now got my days free to spend with my baby boy, and I will proudly brag that his first words were ” Da-Da”.  Snap.

Some updates on Powerless:

Final edits on Powerless have been approved, I’ve seen some terrific cover art and now I’m just waiting on notes from the copy editor.  We’re still looking at a Fall ’09 release, but I hope to get advance copies before the NY Comic-Con.  I don’t know if we’ll be able to swing that but it would be nice to hand out a few copies to the kiddies and chubby stormtroopers at the con.  I can’t wait to see it in actual book form.

I’ve also begun two new novels, which is incredibly frustrating because I only have one brain and seeing as how its a rather small and feeble brain anyway I’m having a hard time focusing on one.  I’ve been showing bits and pieces of both to my agent, my editor and, of course, my wife.  Hopefully they will provide some objective perspective and I’ll get cracking on just the one book.

So I’ll either be spending my autumn with American revolutionary magicians or steampunk explorers.  Both sound like good company right about now.

On that note, here are some more Steampunk Star Wars figures.  Check out the Ewok!

oh, and I started playing City of Heroes this weekend.  So, you know, goodbye writing career.  Goodbye family . . .