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Liebster Award

I’ve been waiting for another tag recently, and Bonnie of Bonnie’s Blessings has just tagged me with the Liebster Award. I don’t understand the award part of it—it just looks like a tag to me—but I’m happy to do it nonetheless. Please be aware that I am in a sarcastic, satirical and critical mood and will therefore not be a good little boy and answer the questions just as they are.

Rules. All tags must have rules, I guess. I must first link back to the person who tagged me. Look in the first paragraph. Then I must answer all 11 questions. That’s down below. Next I must tag 11 bloggers who have less than a thousand readers. I object to the phrasing used here. Is it a thousand readers or a thousand followers? I officially follow one blog but read many more. It is nigh impossible to judge readers, so I will adjust the criticised statement to “11 bloggers who have less than a thousand followers”. Fourth I must ask these bloggers 11 questions, and lastly I have to make these people aware of their fortune through social media. (BTW. If you want a nice numbered list of the rules, pinch them off Bonnie’s post.)


 

1. What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
I…don’t know. I am not the sort of person who treats scary things as thrilling challenges. Does reading scary books count? Imagining scary book ideas? I recall being scared the first time I abseiled. And trying to phone people. (I do not like ringing people up.)

2. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what advice would you give them?
You don’t find time. You make time.

3. Who are some famous people (currently alive) that you would like to meet someday?
What constitutes a famous person? There are some people I know of and respect and would love to meet in person, so I’ll go with them. Daniel Schwabauer. Brandon Sanderson. Christopher Hopper. Probably a few more who I can’t think of at this point. But really I’d prefer to meet the friends I haven’t spent time with in person.

4. Do you like to plan things out in detail or be spontaneous?
Oh, I plan my books out in detail. And then I’m spontaneous when I write them. Basically I build upon my plans with spontaneity. (I find the fact that I do so quite amusing.)

5. What is your favourite joke?
I have no favourite joke. I appreciate most jokes, but I do not have a favourite one.

6. Who or what in your life has influenced you the most?
That’s really not a fair question. How am I meant to calculate the influence of everyone and everything I have encountered? My parents, my siblings, my grandparents and my extended family have all served to shape me into the person I am today. So have the authors I’ve read, especially Bryan Davis, Jerry B. Jenkins, Anthony Hope and Brandon Sanderson among others. My faith. My church. The Bible. What has had the most influence on me this year is the study How to Develop a Quiet Time by Eddie Rasnake. Even my own writings have helped to shape me. I’ve learned things about myself from The Teller’s Apprentice. I am who I am because of many influences, not just one.

7. Do you like spicy food?
If you would like to know the answer to this question, you may come to my place for lunch one day.

8. If you could try out any job for a day, which job would you pick?
I would argue that trying out a job for a day would not give me an accurate impression of the job. Most if not all jobs would be new and exciting the first day. It’s the persistence and discipline in a job that shows you what the job is actually like. Still, I would like to see what it’s like being a wilderness guide.

9. If you could learn one random skill, which skill would it be?
A natural proficiency at phone conversations.

10. What is the biggest personal change you have ever made?
I can think of a few.

11. If someone were to make a movie about your life so far, what would that movie be called?
I’m pretty sure the title would be chosen by the producer, not me. Why don’t you ask him? I’m thinking Matthew Sampson: The Greatest Author of All Time, but I’m open to suggestions.


 

And now for my questions. Should you read this, consider yourself tagged. Bwahaha. Have fun. Please observe my love of satire.

  1. What is your full name?
  2. When is your birthday?
  3. Where do you live?
  4. What is your family like?
  5. What faith do you profess?
  6. What is your secret dream?
  7. What is your secret fear?
  8. Who do you want to be like?
  9. What is one thing you’ve never told anyone?
  10. What is your calling in life?
  11. Why do you believe I am a stalker?

Matthew

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2016 in Tags

 

Seven, Seven, Seven

(I quite like the title I came up with. It makes me think of 666, but perfected.)

I have been nominated for another blog challenge! Since I haven’t been tagged for a few months, I’m quite pleased to be able to do another one, and this one looks interesting. Thanks to Leilani Sunblade of Light and Shadows for this nomination!

The blog rules follow. I’m going to post lines rather than sentences, since my average sentence is much shorter than a line. (That way I get to post more.)

  • Turn to the 7th page of your WIP.
  • Go down 7 lines.
  • Post the next 7 lines or sentences, including that one.
  • Tag 7 other people.

This is from The Teller’s Apprentice, my current WIP since…well, I first envisioned the world in June last year, but I started writing in February this year with the OYAN course. Seventh page, seven lines down, seven lines to post.


 

I twisted in my chair. And sighed.

A girl about three years my junior with freckles sprinkling her nose grinned at me. “What would you like, sir? Temman cordial, cerrion punch, or white slethan cider?”

“Essy, how did you get in here?” I whispered, then noticed her server’s uniform—the white bands around her forearms and the gold and brown livery of a hall attendant. “What colour of anchorsoul possessed Rill to make you a server?”

She scowled. “Anchorsoul colours is a myth.”


 

I found the section I landed at…interesting. I probably wouldn’t have chosen that part had I chosen seven lines I wanted to post. There you are. I’m not going to tag anyone, since I have only a few writers I know who follow my blog and the person I want to tag doesn’t have an active blog. (That’s you, Aviar.)

Hope you enjoyed!

Matthew

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2015 in My Books, Tags

 

Books and Reading: A Book Tag

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I was nominated by Bonnie from Bonnie’s Blessings with this tag. Thanks! I’m going to be a little Owliburdish and not repost the rules, since I won’t be tagging anyone in this post. (There you go. You can breathe a sigh of relief now.)


1. To be read in May?

I’ve already burned through eight books this month, including The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson—and those two are not light reading, either. Each is about 400,000 words long. The next book on my reading list is The Final Storm by Wayne Thomas Batson. After that, I have no more reading plans, so I’ll be returning to the bookshelves to search out some more good material for the rest of the month.

2. Overhyped book/author?
Hmm…I can’t think of an overhyped book I’ve read recently or one I want to read.

3. Best book series you’ve ever read?
The Prisoner of Zenda and its sequel Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope. Zenda dates back from 1894, and it’s my favourite even a century and a few decades after publication. The high point of this series, for me, is the main character, Rudolf Rassendyl. Read the books and you’ll find out why I love him.

The Prisoner of Zenda was originally written as a standalone, which is why I didn’t discover the existence of Rupert of Hentzau until much later. But I can tell you, Hentzau is just as good as Zenda, and that’s a rare thing in sequels, especially standalone sequels. It’s an excellent series. I highly recommend it.

4. Book-to-movie adaption that was really bad?
I don’t recall seeing an adaption that was really bad. If you want a book-to-movie adaption that was really bad in that it strayed from the book in a major way, then the adaption of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I did not think the movie was bad, but if you’re looking at the adaption from a purist stance, then you’ll disagree with me.

5. Books that made you cry?
I haven’t cried over a book for years. Only a few have pushed me close to it recently, Rupert of Hentzau being one of them. But I do remember crying over the book The Happy Prince when I was much younger. The audiobook, really. It contains so much emotion that I used to run away and cover my ears when the audiobook was playing. I can still remember the half-sung words—“Swallow, little swallow, will you stay with me tonight? Will you be my messenger for just one more night?”

6. Book you are reading at the moment?
The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson. Rereading, really. I’m up to Chapter 5, which is about a fourth of the way through.

7. Book series that you just didn’t like?
The Terrestria Chronicles by Ed Dunlop. Now understand, this is the only series I can think of that fits this question. The Terrestria Chronicles did have its good points. However, several scenes are basically copy-pasted between books with just the names changed—mainly two fight scenes—and Book 5, The Dragon’s Egg, is just… I cannot read The Dragon’s Egg again. Believe me, I’ve tried. But the story is just so exasperating that I put down the book and don’t come back to it every time I try to read it.

8. Books you really need to read but haven’t read yet?
More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell. This has been on my reading list for a while and I haven’t made any effort to read it yet. Similarly, The Clockwork Muse by Eviatar Zerubavel, which I have read, is still sitting on my list since I decided to mark it as to-read. Also, and this is kind of ironic, but Getting Results for Dummies. I’m procrastinating on reading a book that’s about dealing with procrastinating.

9. EXTRA QUESTION: What is it about reading that fascinates you?
Being able to step into another world and explore. Oh, I know, not all books are set on different planets, but even the places on Earth I investigate through reading are other worlds for me. For me, reading is a solace and a companion all in one. I don’t talk much, but my desire for conversation is sated by talking with characters, mine or not. And on a related note about writing, I find writing much easier than speaking…writing doesn’t force you to reply instantly, unlike a conversation or a phone call. (I don’t like phones.)

Another thing that fascinates me about reading is my love of story. I have absorbed stories for years, and I’m not full of them yet. I doubt I’ll ever be.


Matthew

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Tags

 

The Children of Húrin, Thalassophobia, and Excuses for Procrastination

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I have been tagged.

Sarah of Light and Shadows has tagged with the Liebster Award. According to her blog, there are four steps to this process. I’ve copied them below.

  1. List 11 facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given by the person who gave you the award.
  3. Write 11 questions of your own.
  4. Tag 11 people (or however many you can think of).

Facts. Let’s see. Eleven facts about me.

  1. I am a fast and avid reader. These past two weeks, I’ve read Runt the Brave and Runt the Hunted (Legends of Tira-Nor books 1 and 2); A Cast of Stones, The Hero’s Lot, and A Draw of Kings (all three books of the Staff and the Sword Trilogy); Taken, Risk, and Unleash (books 1, 2, and 3 of Brock Eastman’s The Quest for Truth); Diviner and Liberator (books 3 and 4 of Dragons of Starlight by Bryan Davis); Beyond the Reflection’s Edge, Eternity’s Edge, and Nightmare’s Edge (all three books of Bryan Davis’s Echoes from the Edge); and The Authority Card‘s first draft. That, along with major work on The Authority Card, has made for a quite busy two weeks of holidays.
  2. I have recently been told that I drink too much water, and I was told ages ago that I clean my teeth too well. Talk about an overachiever.
  3. I am currently sitting at my desk, using bad ergonomics, with The Children of Húrin right in front of me. Before I read it, however, I need to wash the dishes.
  4. My favourite part of writing is creating and developing the characters. In one storyworld, I have 476 named characters and counting.
  5. Today I went to a first aid course and was reminded of all the things I learned several years ago. I also took notes, and now I know what to do when my characters are hurt.
  6. I personally think the teacher of that particular first aid course would make a great character in one of my books.
  7. Yesterday, I built The Authority Card‘s protagonist, antagonist and several supporting and opposing characters with Lego. I think Rike, my protagonist, was the most accurate out of all of them.
  8. I can find myriads of excuses for procrastination. Currently, I’m procrastinating from two things by writing this blog post. One is getting my next water bottle out of the fridge. The other is washing the dishes.
  9. I have written and performed a drama called When Grandma Went to Sea, with which I won a humorous speech competition. I am available to perform it in person per request. However, if you want to see it, you’ll either have to come here or pay my passage to wherever you are.
  10. I am claustrophobic, thalassophobic, and…um…telephonophobic. For lack of a better word.
  11. I have now been ordered away from the computer to wash the dishes.

Back from washing the dishes, now on to answering the questions.

Questions.

1. Pie or cake?

Pie, thank you. Preferably a mince pie. I love mince pies.

2. If you could have any accent in the world, what would you choose?

I would have an Umbaran accent. That’s an accent that I made up. In the Umbaran accent, v is pronounced as w, z is often pronounced as s, and d is sometimes pronounced as th. (For example, Jorus Travar’s last name is pronounced tra-WAHR.) Along with a whole range of pronunciation quirks.

3. You wake up and find yourself in a room with the hero and main villain of whatever book you’re writing (or reading, if you’re not writing something at the moment). There are no doors or windows that you can see, and the hero and villain both know you’re their author. What happens next?

First, I would question how I got into this situation and how Rike Steel and Vett Lanteri got into this situation. Then I would conclude that it is a dream, since I couldn’t have entered the room any other way, and wake up. In the situation where it would turn out not to be a dream…Vett and Rike would start fighting, since they don’t particularly like one another. I would watch and make notes as to the moves they use so I can write their stories better. Vett, if he won, would most likely turn on me for giving him a rotten backstory, and Rike, if he won, would start looking for a way to get out before Vett returns to consciousness.

4. Do you like hummus?

Well, that is a fact reserved for those who know me in real life. Come and visit me with a jar of hummus, and we’ll see what happens, won’t we?

5. What book are you planning to read next?

The Children of Húrin by J. R. R. Tolkien, which is still sitting on my desk in front of me.

6. You’re inviting three of your favourite fictional characters over for lunch! Who’s coming?

Jorus Travar, my favourite CaC2 character, is coming. I would also invite Merodach from Patrick W. Carr’s The Staff and the Sword Trilogy and Cruedwyn Creed from D. Barkley Briggs’s Legends of Karac Tor.

7. Also, what are you serving for lunch?

I would serve them a good old Sampson lunch: rice with curry, bread and an assortment of spreads through jam, honey, Vegemite, and even melted cheese, fruit, and finally a massive banana cake with chocolate icing and their names written in the icing with chocolate chips.

8. While you and the characters are eating lunch, the antagonist from one of their stories shows up. What happens next?

Let’s see. If it’s any antagonist from any of Jorus’s stories, which would probably be one of Gadorin the Grey, Arman Scorn, Lord Kantin, or Argol Dos, Jorus would leap up to fight. Since Merodach and Cruedwyn are also master fighters, they would probably help him. I would sit, watch, and take notes. Now let’s say Belaaz from The Staff and the Sword Trilogy turns up. Merodach would shoot him while Jorus and Cruedwyn venture out to fight. Or maybe it’s Nemesia from Legends of Karac Tor. Um…I don’t know what they’d do then. Capture her, probably, and avert her troublemaking.

9. Who’s your favorite superhero?

Jesus. ;)

10. You find a secret passage in your room that seems to lead to a beautiful fairyland of sorts. The keeper of that realm says you’re free to return as often as you like, on the condition that you’ll search for a way to free him from his captivity there. Do you accept? Why or why not?

I would accept, and I would search for a way to free him. He never said anything about my needing to find a way to free him, so I can explore the world, take notes, and search for his freedom as a subplot.

11. Do you think dragons might’ve existed at one point?

They did. We have archaeological evidence. See here. If that’s not a dragon, I don’t know what it is.

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Questions over, now I need to write up eleven questions of my own. And here they are. I’m actually going to split these into two lists of questions. The first one is for writers. The second one is for readers. If you’re both a writer and a reader and I tagged you, you have to do both.

The Writer’s Half

  1. Out of all your own characters, who is your favourite?
  2. What is the worst thing you’ve ever done to that character?
  3. Do you prefer writing fantasy or science fiction? Or maybe another genre?
  4. Here’s the scenario. Your most hated villain of all time and all storyworlds is lying on the ground, the victim of a car crash…or a wagon crash, or a spaceship crash, whatever his time period. There is no one else around. What do you do?
  5. Let’s say for now that you go over to check on him, and he’s alive, conscious, and knows who you are and that you hate him. What do you do?

The Reader’s Half

  1. Who is your favourite book character? Or, at least, who is one of your favourite book characters?
  2. Do you prefer reading fantasy or science fiction? Or maybe another genre?
  3. What sort of character interests you more? The protagonist, the antagonist, supporting characters, or opposing characters? (My terminology is thus: The protagonist is the main character, the antagonist is the adversary, and the supporting and opposing characters are the minor characters that do just that.)
  4. What books have you recently read?
  5. What book is next on your reading list?

The Eleventh Question

  1. What do you value most in a book? Strong characters, a good theme, perfect or close-to-perfect grammar…the list goes on and on.

I am now going to tag several people. Not eleven, however. These (unlucky?) Tagged Ones are:

And…that’s it. Three of you. Get moving. Forwards…march! Left! Right! Left! Right! Halt! About…turn!

Matthew

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Tags

 

Tagged…How Many Times, I Don’t Know

I was tagged by Bonnie of Bonnie’s Blessings. With a very…interesting…tag.

1. If the main villain of your favorite book/movie/TV series showed up on your front doorstep, what would you do? (Explain who it is first…)

Let’s get one thing straight. I hate ‘favourites’ questions about books, movies, and TV series. So I’m going to choose something entirely different. I’m going to do this from one of my books. Namely, Brotherhood: Shadow Hunter. And this main villain is Sorne, whom I happen to like as a character.

If he showed up on my front doorstep, I’d fight him. You see, Sorne doesn’t go into fighting much. He prefers to be the tactical mind behind the attacks of his Skullhunters. And we’d see who would win. If I didn’t win, I’d delete his character and all would be right…apart from the fact that I want to keep Sorne as a character.

2. Now supposing the heroes opposite this villain showed up just after your exchange. What would you do then?

Oh, really? I’d say ‘hello’ and let Sorv (Sorne’s brother) and his men take down Sorne.

3. So… moving on, the heroes defeat the villain (with some help from you, of course- whatever it may be. ;) But the next day, you’re just walking along, minding your own business, when you suddenly come across the same villain… who is now lying in the dust severely wounded and unconscious. What do you do?

Well, I think it would be a challenge, but I’d take him home and try to help him.
4. Now his minions show up and kidnap both you and him and take you to their universe (or version of your universe, whatever it happens to be.) Your reaction?
 
My reaction, hmm? I’m not sure if I want to fight the Skullhunters, so I’d probably surrender and wait for a chance to sneak away.

5. Your fantastic heroes have arrived to rescue you- but now you’re faced with a choice. The villain, out of gratitude for your earlier help, (assuming you actually did help him when he was wounded) has offered you a chance to travel back to your own universe. However, the heroes warn you not to trust him. The only other way for you to get back home is to travel with the heroes on a long and dangerous journey… and there’s no guarantee that you’ll survive.
What. Do. You. Do.

I’d go with Sorv, but I’d thank Sorne for his kind offer and quickly leave before he got angry. Yeah…I’d like to go to Soaryn and travel with Sorv through the mystical places that abound there. Who knows? I might even meet my favourite character from all my books (Midge the midgling).
I’m not going to tag anyone. >:) Spoilsport, I know. But every blog I regularly check and comment on has already been tagged.
—Matthew
 
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Posted by on August 5, 2013 in Tags

 

Tagged again.

Daniel tagged me. I must write ten random facts about myself. Then tag ten other people.

 

  1. I am compiling a list of monsters both of my own creation and from legend.
  2. I have probably a hundred writing projects on my desktop.
  3. I keep books in a shelf near my computer for research. Fantasy books.
  4. I dislike collecting jokes to post here.
  5. I recently built an ettin with Lego.
  6. My stories come from really random places. My dreams, everyday inspirations, other’s dreams.
  7. I really like the Spider King’s quote from Venom and Song: “Thrones are for bloated despots who speak often and rule little.”
  8. In my mind, I am redoing the plot of the sequel to The Dzoei Stone. Before, it changed main characters. So I had to change it.
  9. I have a stalker on this blog.
  10. Some of my characters are really annoying to me.

That’s ten. I won’t tag anyone.

 

—Matthew

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Tags

 

I was tagged…

Bonnie, of Bonnie’s Blessings, tagged me. Now, I must write ten random facts about myself and then tag ten other people.

  1. I love writing. (You probably already knew that.)
  2. I have this annoying owl character that hacks my blog.
  3. I have 50+ writing projects on this computer.
  4. I wear pink crocs.
  5. I wear slippers.
  6. I am inspired to write by the smallest things.
  7. I have a very messy school desk that I have to pack up in the two weeks of holidays that lie ahead.
  8. I like making maps for my stories.
  9. I drew concept art of one of the creatures in my books, and it reminds me of Bryan Davis.
  10. I like Weebly better than WordPress, and WordPress better than Blogspot.

There, those are my ten random facts. Now, I’ll tag ten people.

  1.  Bonnie at Bonnie’s Blessings
  2. Philip at Philip Sampson’s Blog

And I’ll leave it at that. Two people, not ten.

 

—Matthew

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Tags

 

I’ve Been Tagged

Bonnie tagged me.

1) Post rules.

So this is the tag game and rules.

If you are tagged, you must:

1.) Post these same rules on your blog
2.) Post at least 5 facts/oddities/confessions/likes/dislikes about yourself that most of your friends don’t even know.
3.) Tag someone else!
4.) Let them know they’ve been tagged (in case they don’t read your blog very often)

Then they in turn must post the rules [quoted section], post the facts and tag another blogger.

2) Post facts.

  1. I have about a hundred writing projects saved in various places on a total of five computers.
  2. I have eight blogs, only two of which are currently active. Four of them are protected against viewing.
  3. I enjoy sketching monsters. Colouring isn’t really my thing.
  4. I write books/sagas while on road journeys in our large Transit.
  5. I am very bad at daily posting. :|

3. Tag someone.

I tag…Sayna!

4. Notify that someone.

 

Skipping off to Sayna’s blog now,

—Matthew

 

Postscript. This is my third post today. :O

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Tags