So, unfortunately it's been a month since I updated - the result of a lot going on in the world of Matt, but not a lot going on in the world of writing. If you're reading this and wondering where I've been, I'm sorry.
Chiefly, tomorrow will be the one year anniversary of my father's death, a date which has overshadowed most of the last few months. Suffice to say, I'm dreading it.
As a result of this, though I would be naive to think this was the only cause, I've barely written this past month. A few flash pieces here and there, though nothing substantial enough to think it could spark a longer story (and not anything that is worth posting here).
I've been preparing The Keeper of Tales on and off for the past month, having a few people read the (almost) final version, with my sights firmly placed on a competition hosted by Fantasy Faction for their upcoming anthology. First Prize is $500, but I'd be happy with simply having my work published in the anthology. The competition seems to be a bit of a career maker, with the winning entries being published alongside several renowned authors. I'd be a fool not to submit, and The Keeper of Tales seems a perfect fit.
Apart from this? A little planning for The Shadow of Death, and a lot of sitting around considering what to do with my novel-in-progress, Lucian (Working Title). This is the big one, and it needs finished. Fast. Before I go insane and set fire to the manuscript.
Before we wrap up, I'd just like to take a moment to plug Eschatology Journal, which I was previously published in. They really are a great journal, specialising in apocalyptic fiction, and are great for aspiring writers to get their work out there. They're currently looking for donations, and I'm happy to say I donated what I could. If even half their readers donated $1, they could raise their payscale from Token Payment to Semi-Professional, so every penny donated goes back to the writers they publish. Just click 'become a patron' if you are interested. I want to see this, and all literary journals, succeed.
I have a few ideas for upcoming entries, so hopefully I'll get them written hard and fast. Aside from this, any writing games, competitions, or updates on my many works in progress will be posted here!
Thanks for reading folks. As usual, any suggestions for blog entries are very appreciated.