April 13, 2011
Sorry about the lack of updates lately. I’ve been busy on a few different projects. The first project is my new website.
Apparently I’ve been doing this whole self promotion thing all wrong. So I decided to put together a new website that people will actually be able to identify with a human. 😉
Anyway I’ll be posting on the new blog as Matt Mayner. Instead of Moose1942. That username is going to be “retired.”
I had planned on keeping this site “Alone: King of One” up as a kind of “sandbox” but it looks like I’m not really posting much on both blogs. So this one will be shutting down eventually. But that’s okay because http://matthewmayner.wordpress.com is going to be much better. I’ll probably keep this blog up until I finish Magic Ink. I know, I know I’ve delayed it a couple of times already but I plan on finishing it, really I do.
My second project is a new novel Alone: Psi-Mage (working title.) Basically I’m rewriting the parts that didn’t suck of Alone: King of One in the third person from multiple perspectives. With Sarah, our beloved M1 Carbine slinging, psychic with a cat monkey alien companion, as the main character.
I’m also going to handle the distribution of the book a bit differently. See this blog post, for more details on how to become an Alpha Reader.
So if you haven’t already go check out my new blog and bookmark it, update your blogrolls etc.
February 1, 2011
Well I did it. I bit the bullet and submitted a short story entitled, “Hank Iowa: Interstellar Public Relations” to an online Sci-Fi magazine called, Ray Gun Revival.
Hank is your average ship board public relations man. Since the public his captain serves are typically the lowest scum in the galaxy, Hank usually handles their complaints with a blaster.
It was a whole lot of fun to write. I hope the publishers at Ray Gun Revival think it’s half as fun to read as I had writing it.
So anyway my dear readers, wish me luck.
December 9, 2010
Alone: King of One is in the hands of a very competent proofreader / copy editor.
I’m sure the pages will come back bleeding red ink.
Speaking of Ink, I’m over halfway through the next chapter. I’ve just been a wee bit slow on punching the keys for some dumb reason.
August 23, 2010
Interspeciated Workplace is a silly short story I came up with by using the writing prompt of the same name from a Writing Excuses podcast.
Think of it as “The Office” meets “Star Wars.”
August 19, 2010
I think having a Sci-Fi and Fantasy writing group would be a good thing. I’ve looked around online and all I can really find in the greater Boise area are a bunch of hippie groups. So I’m thinking of starting a writing group that meets one a month in the Boise Barnes and Noble. I love the internet and all but there is something to be gained by talking face to face with other people. You know human interaction.
If you are in the Boise area and are interested PLEASE leave a comment.
July 26, 2010
So this weekend I finished reading Footfall by Larry Niven and, Jerry Pournelle. I really liked it. Heck I liked it so much in Alone I have Marty reading Footfall. BUT the ending is SCREAMING for another chapter. (Hmm this gives me an idea…) There are so many loose ends it feels like the editor just forgot to put the last chapter in the book.
I liked it but I felt there were too many characters to keep track of sometimes. Despite the ending it was one heck of a ride. I do recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Sci-Fi. It really is a hard sci-fi, but it’s not one of those “The technology is the story” type books. The story is the people dealing with the end of THEIR world.
You have people dealing with flooded dams, their loved ones dead. Others are captured by the aliens and have to figure out how to live among them on the “mother ship.” And you have the president and his subordinates struggling to defeat the Snouts and watching the world come crashing down around their ears. And you have the perspective of the Aliens trying to figure out why humans are SO weird.
Really the science just sets the stage but you could know nothing about spinning spaceships, Bussard Ramjets, or kinetic kill weapons and still enjoy the story because it’s about people, not technology.
July 21, 2010
Chapter 5 is finished. Go take a look and let me know what you think.