The Pandemic Has Given Me Time to Write Fiction, and Think. How About You?

It’s been a weird year. I don’t know any other year like it. Even 2016 with its celebrity deaths, Brexit vote, and Trump’s shock election doesn’t even come close to the worst Australian wildfires ever, the biggest social justice marches ever, and a pandemic that led to many countries shutting right down.

You Are the Brand: Selling Yourself While Introverted or Camera-Shy

“You are the brand!” That applies to whatever it is you are trying to sell: books, photographs, business services, fudge, recipes… it doesn’t matter. But trying to sell yourself when you’re an introvert is one of the hardest things to do. If you’re camera-shy, private, or simply don’t like seeing photos/videos of yourself, it’s difficultContinue reading “You Are the Brand: Selling Yourself While Introverted or Camera-Shy”

YouTube Vloggers All Readers and Writers Should Follow

It’s been a quiet start to 2020 for Freelancer Matt. Rather than crying into my cornflakes each morning I’ve used that time to brush up on some book marketing skills. You may have noticed most efforts channelled towards social media marketing. This marketing has led me inevitably to spending more time on “The Tube”.

I Made Inauthentic Roman Honey Cake – My Excuse is “Research”

Anyone who knows me will know I am a big dessert person. Since 2015, I have made a Christmas Pudding every year without fail. I also occasionally feel the need to make a Spotted Dick or Jam Roly Poly. After watching the Fantastic Beasts Harry Potter prequel I made my most ambitious yet – AppleContinue reading “I Made Inauthentic Roman Honey Cake – My Excuse is “Research””

Announcing Phobetor’s Children 2020 Release

Welcome to the official announcement blog for Phobetor’s Children! How excited are you for this? Not nearly as excited as I am. Once named Romans vs Aliens, I started this in 2013 and on 5th October this year I will finally unleash it on the world. Seven years in the making, this is all youContinue reading “Announcing Phobetor’s Children 2020 Release”

2020 Vision – What Happens Next?

As I’m blogging a lot less these days (thanks to expanding social media presence in 2019), I guess I should sign off for the year and wish you all a great 2020. With 13 days to, it would normally feel too early to do so, but I’m unlikely to post again in 2019.

My 2019 Maltese Adventure – Part 2

I wanted to break these posts down because the last two days of my holiday were arguably the busiest. Realising we were running out of time to see the things we wanted to see on the islands, we decided to make a plan. But the plan never went, um, according to plan.

My 2019 Maltese Adventure – Part 1

I promised I’d blog about my holiday to Malta and here I am, finally here with some images and a run through of our holiday. After a difficult year in many ways, Cat and I were looking forward to this much needed holiday to Malta, (Ancient Roman Melite, the honey island although by rights itContinue reading “My 2019 Maltese Adventure – Part 1”

The Most Difficult Scenes A Novelist Will Ever Write

Or, a recipe for psychologically torturing your characters. 250g of resenting dependency of others 150g of feeling like a failure 100ml of selflessness and being used by people 100ml of social pressures 3tbsp essence of personal injustice 5 medium sized organic unrequited love pods