Matthew Sylvester
Film people - I need your help

Film people – I need your help

There’s a thing that a number of friends and I do on the odd Friday that we call #manfriday. No, we don’t do the hashtag thing (much), but it is a night when our respective partners boot us out of the house and we eat fine ales and whiskeys, amazing steaks and talk shit. Plus it’s on a Friday.

We also commit to do things, usually after we’ve sunk a few beverages. Something that we’ve decided to…

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Costa Short Story Awards are here

Costa Short Story Awards are here

Costa Book Awards - £3500 would get you a LOT of coffee!

Costa Book Awards – £3500 would get you a LOT of coffee!

Not only that, they’re offering a whopping £3500 first place, £1500 second place and £500 third. They’re going to shortlist six authors and then put them through the ringer by making them attend an all expenses-paid event in January 2015.

I think I’d be an emotional wreck by then, and I’m not sure that my version of fiction would be a…

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I actually WROTE last night

20140629-102923-37763647.jpg I’ve set myself a daily 1000 word target. Every night so far I have hit or exceeded that, with the result that I’m ahead.

The book that I’m writing will hopefully be a 75,000 word children’s novel and will tell the adventures of the airship Merry Sue and her crew – the one-eyed gnome bounty hunter Two Pistols Pariah, Stokes, the peg-legged enginair, Whipsaw, the wingless Tree Fairy and…

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Where I try to draw concepts for my next novel

Where I try to draw concepts for my next novel

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Believe it or not, I can’t draw. However, I can draw well enough to enable the ‘lucky’ artist chosen to turn these images into reality and actually look fairly decent. Added to the descriptions from the text and the fluff for the Two Pistols Pariah universe, I’m hoping that these will look absolutely epic. Or at least better than what I’ve managed at least!

And if you’re wondering what Two…

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To get further in life, surround yourself with people who inspire you

To get further in life, surround yourself with people who inspire you

Mr. B. the Gentleman Rhymer

Mr. B. the Gentleman Rhymer

That title is somewhat misleading. I don’t want this to come across as ‘use people to get where you want to be’ type post. That’s not what this is about, and anyone who does that is, in the words of Will Wheaton, a ‘Dick’.

As everyone is no doubt aware, my interests lie in a) hitting and kicking and locking and throwing people b) using swords to hit people c) writing…

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Fighting Fantasy Fest - YOU are the hero!

Fighting Fantasy Fest – YOU are the hero!

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Jonathan Green has announced that tickets for FIGHTING FANTASY FEST 2014 - the world’s first ever convention dedicated to Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks – are on sale now. Guests of Honour Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone will be giving a talk about how FF first came to be, artists Chris Achilleos, Russ Nicholson, Malcolm Barter and Tony Hough are guests, and the event will also feature the…

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The secret life of Walter Mitty

The secret life of Walter Mitty

Never before have I seen a film with which I can relate 100%. I don’t mean that I believe that I have lived as unfulfilling as Walter had up until the point of the film – although I do have certain periods where I know I closed the door of opportunity very firmly in my own face – but it was great to see someone whose brain just didn’t stop.

Granted, I don’t stare off in to space as if I’m blind…

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Potatoes – The anthology – Cover Reveal

 Potatoes, the anthology, edited by the awesome Stewart Hotston, will soon be released. I don’t have any links just yet, but rest assured that once I have them I shall indeed be letting everyone know.

Potatoes – The anthology – Cover Reveal

 Potatoes, the anthology, edited by the awesome Stewart Hotston, will soon be released. I don’t have any links just yet, but rest assured that once I have them I shall indeed be letting everyone know.

Alternative Realities - Join us!

Alternative Realities – Join us!

Alternative Realities is the name of my publishing venture. It’s very new indeed, and was only made public last week.

Since then however, we’ve had over 350 likes of the Facebook page, nearly 200 followers on twitter and over 1200 views of the website. LindkedIn has also seen a lot of connections being made very quickly.

If you’re an author, an artist or a reader, and want to be kept up-to-date…

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The Demon Knife - A poem by my eldest, aged 10.

The Demon Knife – A poem by my eldest, aged 10.

After the adulation that she received for her last poem, my eldest seems to have got the bug and wrote this. Right now she’s very much ‘bang them out in a couple of minutes’ which, if they are all as good as this, is fine by me!

It does have me thinking that maybe Alternative Realities Publishingshould do a book of Grimdark Poems by children in aid of charity. In fact, I have the perfect one in…

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