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June 9, 2017

Greetings from NZ,

I’m happy and honored to report that Everest Rising has won two awards. In March, the book was awarded an Honorable Mention for fiction by the Northern California Publishers & Authors. In July, I will be attending the New Zealand Mountain Book Festival to accept the award for Mountain & Adventure Fiction.

Both of these accolades are wonderful to receive: writing a book is a great adventure in itself and satisfying in fundamental ways. Getting the book in front of readers, and ‘neutral’ parties who can judge it on its own merits, is a separate ballgame. It’s marvelous to get feedback that you are reaching people.

More from the NZ Book Festival once I return. I’m looking forward to sharing, learning, looking and loving all of it!

Cheers,
Matt


May 1, 2017

Hullo,

Long time no see!

I have been traveling in the USA. A tremendous time filled with cool reunions and adventure and music and food and walking and even writing. I wrote a guest blog post for the Visionary Fiction Alliance you can access here.

And also news that I have won an honorable mention award from the Northern California Publishers and Authors association for Everest Rising in the fiction category.

More interesting news when I get back to New Zealand.

Cheers,
Matt


January 29, 2017

Hullo,

Thanks to all the folks who have posted reviews on Amazon or Goodreads. If you’ve read and enjoyed EVEREST RISING, please consider a review. Or even if you haven’t enjoyed it. All feedback is good.

Also wanted to let everyone know I am now a member of the Visionary Fiction Alliance. Take a look at their cool website here.

As we head into February, I’m looking forward to some Maine snow.

Cheers,
Matt


January 13, 2017

Greetings,

 

I wanted to let everyone know that I find blogging generally un-useful to my creative goals (writing, illustrating, movie making, songwriting). Unless there’s some compelling reason to report what I’m up to, I will be appearing here only randomly. I’ll try once a month for starters.

All this said, I’d be happy to dialog with anyone interested in doing so. Just e-mail and say hello and we can get started. Or subscribe to my e-mail list (see bottom of home page). Subscribers will get the occasional preview piece from any of various Kambo media.

The act of creating is open to all of us, and I find in my current station in life receiving the time to do so is precious. I think if my work is at all of interest you’d much rather read the novel or see the movie or listen to the song than find out what kind of soup I like.

The universe is amazing. I’m here, you’re here. Onward…!

Cheers,
Matt


January 1, 2017

Hullo,

 

Let’s hear a hearty welcome for two-thousand and seventeen.

Although I don’t blog a great amount, I do appreciate the opportunity to reach out into the great ether with some nuggets of kambo-thought.

So to all of you who read my humble offerings, bless you. May your year be fabulous and– as Bilbo put it in the animated Hobbit– may the hair on your toes never fall out!

Cheers,
Matt


December 18, 2016

Hullo,

It’s been a busy couple weeks. Marketing a book takes time and energy. All fun, but certainly doesn’t provide space to be merrily blogging away. So forgive my absences here as I continue efforts to get Everest Rising read by more readers. And ponder my next set of creative ventures.

Here’s a link to an article about myself and the book that appeared in the Hamilton News this week. Thanks, Gary Farrow (article), and thanks Jason Haselden (photo).

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

Cheers,
Matt


December 5, 2016

Hullo,

 

Everest Rising is in several Hamilton, NZ, bookstores. Some on consignment, some bought outright. Thanks to all the stores for giving me the opportunity.

Cheers,
Matt


November 27, 2016

Hullo,

Greetings and a belated Happy Thanksgiving to my USA compadres,

I was busy all last week bounding around Hamilton and succeeded in getting copies of Everest Rising into 4 bookshops. T’was cool. Two of the shops took the book on consignment and two bought copies outright. So micro-nudging my novel out into the world continues. One can never be sure which efforts will lead to a wider, faster road forward. The dilemma becomes how do you balance your marketing hat with your creative hat? You just do the best you can, with the time, energy, funds and support at your disposal.

I will put in a plug here from my NZ brother-in-law, Murray Annals, who has just released the second volume of his Maratoto Trilogy. Murray is a fine writer, digger-of-and-into-history, and fearless purveyor of humanity’s multifaceted goodness-es and badness-es. Devil Boy is the book. Take it for a spin; a no-words-spared portrayal of a semi-psychotic fellow, his Puck-ish sidekick (of the title), and a stunning femme who is not necessarily fatale.

Matt


November 19, 2016

Hullo world,

Today is breezy, sunny, and crispy. New Zealand is looking quite fine.

I am just off a busy week teaching first year media arts students at a local college. Heading into next week I’ll be visiting regional bookshops and attempting to get some local exposure for Everest Rising.

I want to urge all of you to take the leap– try your hand at writing, painting, sculpture– anything that strikes you as engaging and enriching. You won’t regret your efforts. Art is here on earth to both enjoy and participate in. I’m thinking of so many things I want to try, including a short film, a wood carving, and more songwriting. I’m also teamed with some great people on a mission to produce the largest relief map in the universe. And of course, the ongoing writing of more books.

(I might even try my hand at food; I have this dream of cooking up habanero flavored potato chips. Used to be a deliciously hot version out of the USA from a brand called Rt. 11, but they ceased production of that particular flavor.)

It’s great to be here, world. (Cruunch.)

Cheers,
Matt


November 14, 2016

Hullo,

Slept through the earthquake, around midnight. Power went out and dog yapped.

I want to feel a mild earthquake someday, one in which no one is hurt or injured and nothing is damaged. They are fairly common here, along with the active volcanoes, tsunami risk, and cyclones. As I’ve been saying: laid back!

Cheers,
Matt


November 13, 2016

Hullo,

Off to Raglan with my wife to relax at the ocean for a day.

Thanks to everyone who has sent good vibes about Everest Rising.

Cheers,
Matt


November 7, 2016

Hullo,

Rainy day here in Middle Earth.

Thinking about the wide world, the US elections, the orcs and the Rangers of the North, the Cubs and the Steelers, the upcoming summer & winter crossover/hybrid/merge I experience as my personal habitat tracks warm while my homestead back in Pittsburgh thinks snow. All good…!

(Not to mention Everest Rising is spawning at online booksellers worldwide.)

Cheers and blessings,

Matt


November 5, 2016

Greetings,

Today’s the day: Everest Rising joins the ‘world’s library’.

Writing is a lot of things: a passion, fun, wild, a learning space, a place to reveal, conceal, appeal and wield.

I’ll continue: there’s a lot more to do with these 26 letters we have to work with.

Cheers and blessings,

Matt


November 4, 2016

Greetings…

Tomorrow’s the day; Everest Rising released unto the world. Of course, tomorrow is still only the day AFTER tomorrow in the USA, where theoretically, the book will find most of its audience, simply by way of potential reader volume in the population.

Cool to be in the scrum with other authors and all of you readers. Here we go……!

Cheers,
Matt


October 31, 2016

Hullo-ween!

Halloween was/is always one of my favorite holidays. Here in New Zealand it is more of a sideshow, as it is Spring and getting warm and blossoms are budding. One needs those crackling orange leaves underfoot, glowing pumpkins on doorsteps, and chill winds in the night airs, to feel the appropriate spookyness.

But November beckons, so across the threshold we all go, into a month that is– in the USA– grey and dank but wonderfully moody, and in New Zealand brighter and fresher and the month when Everest Rising is sent forth. And that’s cool– in either hemisphere.

Cheers,
Matt


October 26, 2016

Hullo!

Just back from a 4 day trip around the spectacular East Cape of New Zealand’s North Island with my lovely spouse Alison. Refreshed and ready to tackle the next phase of getting my book out into the word and in front of eyes. It’s about a week and a half until the Everest Rising book launch on November 5th.

I’m busy posting author material to both GoodReads and Amazon. Also working with my publisher Amy Rogers to prep various Everest Rising informational/promotional pieces. This is quite fun, since I’ve spent decades as a graphic artist, content developer and marketing team member, usually working on material for my employer or contractor. It’s cool to get to design for a personal campaign!

Cheers,
Matt


October 17, 2016

Hullo!

Just about three weeks left until the Everest Rising book launch on November 5th. While it won’t be much of a blip on the world’s radars, with some tenacity, and good fortune, and chanting, and karma-coddling, and copacetic-vibe-enabling, and other variations on these types of things, I’m hoping myself and my publisher can get the word out to a slightly larger segment of the globe’s population. The hope of all writers… to be but read!

Cheers,
Matt

 


October 13, 2016

Hullo!

Next month Everest Rising goes on sale. I’m looking forward to the whole wild journey. I want to give advance credit to four people who have been key to getting this book written and out into the world.

Ray Diroll – my good buddy from way back who read a very early draft and ‘took no prisoners’ as far as telling me what he thought. Mostly that I had a lot of work left to do. After a brief stint thinking he didn’t realize what he was trying to say, I realized everything he suggested was correct. Thanks, Ray.

Ken Gormley – another good buddy from the old neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Ken is a New York Times best-selling author and President of Duquesne University. His unbridled enthusiasm for creative madness goes way back, and we’ve enjoyed more than a few cool collaborations through the years. He always encourages and he also provides specifics that deal with the nitty-gritty of both writing and publishing. Thanks, Ken.

Amy Rogers – writer, editor and publisher/owner of ScienceThrillers Media, Amy found her interest piqued when I sent her an Everest Rising query letter. She lead me through a crucible of learning about writing. Early drafts turned into middle drafts turned into final drafts, and then I really started to write. Thanks, Amy.

Alison Annals – my spouse is probably the most well-read human I know. She’s also a teacher of the craft of writing and a professional editor. Placing my early (pre-Amy) manuscript in her hands was an act of faith, and hope, and featured more than a snippet of (her) charity. She will tell you– or maybe would rather not– how far the novel has truly come. Thanks, Ally.

Okay, back to the drawing and writing board I go.

Cheers,
Matt

 


October 9, 2016

Hullo!

What’s it like to move from Pittsburgh, USA to Hamilton, NZ?

It’s slightly wild, to say the least. I brought quite a bit of luggage on my flight over (in 2013), but also shipped four large cardboard boxes (using UPS) that floated (theoretically) over the Pacific ocean, taking two plus months to arrive.

Suffice to say all of my precious items did not arrive intact. However, I found that I could survive with less, after having culled my belongings appreciably before the great move took place.

My first few months in New Zealand were unsettling: but my wife Alison (the reason I was here, after all) kept me functioning, and I slowly felt my inner clock, inner Pittsburgh sensibilities, melting into a new configuration.

Not that I lost all the marvelous things that were part of my life there. Just that I blended them with a newfound, startling reality. I was on an island in the South Pacific, surrounded by fresh air, (mostly) hearty and (mostly) hardy folk, a slower pace of life, and various other slowly discovered aspects.

I felt a natural affinity to the Middle-Earthian tonalities of New Zealand. And they weren’t all generated by Jackson’s movies. More than anything, I realized (again) that life was short, and reaching beyond yourself was a disruptive but useful way to help find all that existence might offer.

More on the morrow…
Matt

 


October 7, 2016

Hullo!

Today is October 7, 2016, here in New Zealand. It’s October 6 in the USA.

I’m living in the future and it’s very interesting.

I expect to be blogging away soon, but first must attend to the production and publishing details for Everest Rising, as November looms.

Stay tuned!

Cheers and good morning to all,
Matt