Hello again, dear readers.
Some of you may find yourself asking, “Matt Booker, what’s going on?”
Maybe even, “Y U NO POST MOAR?” or “What does purple taste like?” and “Weren’t you writing a book?”
Those answers and more, after the jump!
Did I just use blog lingo? ‘After the jump.’ It sounds like some kind of bumper for a CBS Saturday morning show. With lasers and a T-rex playing guitar.
So! MattBooker.info has been around for a few years now, and over that course it has strayed a bit from its original intentions of focusing my writing, with more posts centering around potty humor and helping people accidentally cut themselves modify their transformers.
Not that I plan on stopping those posts. :)
But as some of you may have noticed, the blog gets updated a lot less than it used to. Part of that is for lack of transformers in need of modding. Part of it is that in my personal life, I’m a full time writer and that gets first dibs on my attention. I’m not great at multi-tasking, so doing a blog post requires switching gears for me.
And I switch gears like a cement truck– there’s a stick and a lot of momentum involved.
However, from now on I’m going to make more of an effort at doing so. I know that most of you come here for the transformers related things, but I’d like to introduce you more to what I do for a living. You’ll get to know me just a bit more, and might even find yourself interested in the stories I tell.
For the past couple of years things have been tightly under wraps while I got started in doing this. Becoming a full time writer isn’t easy, and takes patience, and I’m still in the process of it. But I’m a good way through the process.
Just what is that process?
I mentioned part of it last November when I started my second NaNoWriMo. It took a year for me to write a close to 150,000 word book, and it’s since been edited and is currently being illustrated. Once that’s taken care of it’s probably going to be put through one of the Print On Demand publishers, or at the very least an ebook.
“But Matt Booker, isn’t that vanity publishing and only for chumps?”
It’s not exactly vanity publishing, and it ain’t exactly for chumps. There’s A LOT to talk about in regards to my choices with this, book publishing in general, and the ego traps I’ve encountered. Expect individual posts on these.
But the main reason is simply that CiW is weird. Awesome, but weird.
Traditional publishing is like expensive gambling, and the best bets are ones the most people will enjoy. I don’t write for most people. I write for badass geeks like you.
People who, whether you liked the John Carter movie or not, don’t understand how a movie critic could describe it as ‘cheesy’ or ‘undeniably silly.’
People who can recognize that five giant magical robot space lions coming together to form a giant magical robot man with lion heads for feet and hands is both ridiculous and awesome.
To be quite honest, my favorite books are adventure stories, things labeled ‘pulp’. I see beauty in Howard’s Conan, in the prose and the telling, the wondrous landscapes and the bloody battles. I can’t help feeling inspired when reading Burroughs’s Tarzan and John Carter, or chilled by the creeping dread of Lovecraft’s concepts.
These are the things that I love in books. And that’s the kind of things that I write.
Some things are more marketable than others, like the book I’m working on now. But CiW, as much as I love it, would be a hard sell to a traditional publisher.
But how do you, dear reader, feel when someone mentions a book is about a man with a cursed chainsaw, an amnesiac cattle farmer, a timelost starship captain, RPG nerds, androids, a rogue demigod, and a creeping horror from between dimensions? And what if Alice and Wonderland are involved?
Leave a comment and let me know.
And that’s what purple tastes like.