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Apocalypse Hill Cracks is NOW OUT!

Hey there, Strangers!

Well, part two of the Apoc Hill Miniseries is now available to buy on Amazon. But why would you pay cash money? If you have part one, and you’re on my mailing list, just drop me a line and I’ll send you it for FREE.

Yes. I am awesome.

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The astronaut must fall or the Hill will crack.

The ancient game of apocalypse has begun, but it is far from over. New characters enter the frame, fresh pawns to be used in the battle between the dark and the light.

Cali Reed, Bill Reed’s daughter, has been a plaything of the Yellow Man’s since she was a child and first moved to Apoc Hill. Will she be the creatures final playing piece? Will Cali cause the Hill to crack and Hell to rise?

‘Apocalypse Hill Cracks’ is the second part in author Matthew Stott’s thrilling 3 part supernatural, fantasy miniseries.
Part One: Apocalypse Hill
Part Two: Apocalypse Hill Cracks
Part Three: Apocalypse Hill Rises (Coming Soon)

If you would rather just grab it yourself, here’s the AMAZON LINK

 


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Enjoying Doctor Who

Hey there, Strangers! Here’s what’s on my mind:

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Doctor Who

I like Doctor Who. I enjoy watching it. I mean, I really look forward to watching it. I go into each episode hopeful that it’s going to be a good one. Thinking about the show brings a little joy to my tired, battered little heart. It may not always be the ‘best’ show on TV, but it’s always my favourite. Oh sure, there are some eras I prefer over others, and I’m not blind to faults, but every season has good stuff in it. Even season 24. Honest.

I just really like Doctor Who.

I know, to some sections of Who ‘fandom’, those opening few sentences WILL NOT COMPUTE. Doctor Who is something they love part of. A show that they now endure because…. because…? Because there is that part of it they used to love. And they hope it’ll be just like it was again for that specially selected period of time. But a little heads up: it probably won’t be like that again. Not quite. It can’t be. It’s not just one thing this show, it’s been made by too many different people, people who must bring themselves to it. Who must steer the ship in a slightly different direction.

So some fans claim it as their favourite show, but because it won’t conform to their specific taste anymore, they feel like they are justified in ‘hate watching’. In identifying themselves as a fan, but then putting nothing but negative thoughts about the show out into the world. Retweeting others who share their opinion in an attempt to show they very rightness of their opinion. “Look! Look! Someone else on Twitter didn’t like it, therefore I am right and justified!”

People want to moan. Pick at. Belittle. Pretend what they just saw was the worst abomination ever created. Nothing bad, or illogical, or underwhelming, or just plain awful ever went down on their show for the period they deign praiseworthy. But NOW? Stone me, the show can do no right. It’s an end to end crap-heap.

What happened to the pure joy of sitting down to watch this daft, fun show?

Let’s be clear, just like in the 80s, there are people who consider themselves fans who would dance a delighted jig and laugh in the faces of people who watch if the show were to be cancelled. Because then that would somehow be proof that they were ‘right’. Not that Who doesn’t work for them anymore, but that it was objectively terrible. They point at the ratings joyfully each week and make claims of the audience deserting the show. They WANT the audience to desert the show. They’d rather the show died than carry on as something that has stepped outside of their own personal tastes. Selfish? Entitled? You betcha. They don’t enjoy the game anymore so want to take the ball home. Doesn’t matter that it’s not their ball and plenty of others are happily kicking it around.

Doctor Who fans can just be THE WORST.

I’d like to think if I ever became so curdled, I’d step away from the show, because why put myself through it? ‘Oh, the old if you don’t like it you shouldn’t watch it anymore argument. How shallow, how silly, how…’ SHUT UP. Watch it if you want. Complain and complain if you have to. But by gosh, it’s a strange way to want to carry on.

In our bid to poke at, critique, bash, highlight ‘problems’, and declare it imperfect, many of us forget to simply revel in the sheer joy of this daft, scary, goofy, bold, unique show. We think it’s more important to scold its imperfections, or decry it for failing to squeeze into the tiny mold we decide it best fits in. In our rush towards the disdain, we give short shrift to the praise. Too much ‘I want it to do this and it won’t’, and not enough taking the show as presented.

No, jerk, I’m not saying we should not critique the show. Just realise that Who not being exactly like you want it to be does not automatically mean it is terrible.

Now maybe I’m easy. There is no era of the show that I would ever put the word ‘Hate’ close to. All of it has moments to treasure. Stories to cheer for. Yeah, I even like BOTH the RTD era and the Moffat era. I KNOW! Incredible. I am a special and unique flower.

Watching Doctor Who should be fun. If it isn’t for you, then that sucks, but it can’t always be what you demand of it.

‘I just want my show back!’ Some of the slack-jawed miseries screech as they stamp their feet. Sorry, bub, but it’s not your show.

Oh, one more thing: I LOVE Doctor Who! It’s often silly, often scary, sometimes it’s even brilliant. I hope I always have more joy than misery for it.

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Okay, that was a bit on the long side, so a quick update:

I’m a few weeks away from handing in Apocalypse (something or other) in to my editor, and about two-thirds of the way through the second book in the three book mini-series. As is usual at this point, I’m swinging wildly between ‘Some of this is awesome!’ and ‘God, this is awful, should I scrap it and start properly on that NEW EXCITING SHINY THING?!?!?!’

Oh, and there is a NEW EXCITING SHINY THING. Oh yes.

But I’m getting ahead of myself there….

Speak soon, Strangers!

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Finishing the Draft & Transparent Girls

‘What’s the matter, Bill? We did good, didn’t we?’

Writing

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Hey there, Strangers! Well howdy-doodly-doo, looks like I just finished the latest draft of Apocalypse Book 1…!

*does a little dance, gets down tonight*

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I wanted part one to be forty-five thousand words, and somehow it came out at exactly that. That seems to happen A  LOT when I give something an arbitrary word goal to work towards.

So yeah, first hybrid draft done. First draft halfway between the original story and the fresh take. Now I can have that sit for a week, before diving in and really making it into something.

In the meantime, I guess I should start shaking Part 2 around, and working out exactly how this whole thing is going to play out in Part 3…

Tales From Between

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I just had the third Tale From Between book back from my editor, which means it’s almost ready to unleash upon an indifferent world. It’ll probably be out there to buy in around two weeks time.

This might, might, be it for the series. Let’s wait and see. It’s not as though they’re flying off the digital shelves, so how enjoyable they are to write aside, there’s no pressing reason to add further tales to the line. Now, that could change of course. Now the third one is ready, I’m going to really up the promotion for the series. Really look for new ways to show it off, for new places to throw it at. I think the books are pretty good, they’re fun, and they deserve a chance to be seen.

Who knows what form this promotion will take, but I’m going to try to do my best for the series, and see if that, coupled with a third release, will really bring the Tales From Between series to life. If it does look like it’s working, then there’s no reason for me not to revisit every now and again and put out more tales in the series. One reviewer likened it to a modern-day Goosebumps, and it would be awesome to see that become a reality. To see an audience really take to Between so I (and perhaps others, even) can carry on adding more spooky goodness into the series.

Anyway, we’ll see. I’ll let you all know (repeatedly) when this third book in the series is available. If you’ve read Monstrous, this one may or may not see a familiar face or two return.

Alright, that’s it for now, Nerds!

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Lost Themes & Rivers

“The Yellow Man approached.”

Writing

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Hey there Strangers, what’s shakin’?

I’m almost there…! I have around three or four more scenes to write, then the latest draft of book one in the Apocalypse miniseries is finito. I really can’t wait to get it done, because then I can really start knocking this hybrid draft into shape. At the moment it’s halfway between the abandoned zombie (well, not ACTUAL zombies…) take and this new fantasy direction. So that’ll need kicked around the room a bit to make sure all is well and good. But I know there’s some really hot-to-trot chunks in there.

I think I’ve found a good way to stay focused whilst bashing my dumb fists against the keyboard: stick my earphones in and blast some music to block outside distractions. I already (well, sometimes….) use an internet blocker so I can’t get tempted into hitting that browser when I hit a snag, but lately I’ve found music helps block out distractions and get me in the flow. Yesterday it was John Carpenter’s Lost Themes that pulled me along. Spooky-ass music to help write spooky-ass scenes.

Reading

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I can be a slow reader sometimes, which is bad. By slow, what I really mean is I don’t slot enough time into my day to tackle what I’m currently rubbing my eyes against. Sometimes days can go past, or I’ll snatch a quick ten minutes before going to bed.

I want to change this, because a) I LIKE READING STORIES, and b) if you write stories, you should read stories. Obvs.

Last month I finished the third in the Rivers of London series, Whispers Underground, by Ben Aaronovitch (who is responsible for one of my FAVE Dr Who stories, fact fans). Rivers is just a super fun, easy to read series. Like the second book, Whispers doesn’t have the greatest of endings, but the whole experience is so enjoyable that it doesn’t matter too much.

I’m planning to start my own urban fantasy series this year, set in my home county of Cumbria, so reading this series kinda counts as research, too. My own series will be darker than Rivers, but it’s always a good idea to scope out what’s working in a field you’re entering. (And to see which bits you can shamelessly steal.)

That’s it for now, nerds!

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Revenge of The Lazy Writer

“The Knot Man had a warning to deliver.”

Writing

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On Friday I declared on Twitter that I would complete the latest draft of Apocalypse over the weekend. Well, it’s Monday, and I’m clearly a big, fat, handsome liar with an ass that’s too legit to quit.

Yeah. I didn’t finish.

The main reason is psychological: I let myself be lazy. I thought I was in a rush, but then nailed down a new schedule for all three parts of the miniseries with my editor, and suddenly I didn’t seem too pressed for time, and so my mind refused to let me finish, because my mind is a lazy son-of-a-turd.

MIND: “Work?! Really?!  Relax, ya’ idiot! You got WEEKS now! Sit back, watch YouTube for a couple of hours.”

ME: “Really? Because I’m kinda close to the end, I should just power through anyway. I’ll feel REALLY good and happy and ace if I get this draft done…”

MIND: “You know what I just heard? ‘Wah-wah-wah’. Like a baby. Like you’re a big, dumb, bearded baby. A freak show baby. Is that what you are? A giggly little freak show baby? How about you let ME do the thinking, buddy?”

ME: “You’re the boss!” *Clicks on YouTube*

So….yeah. That was bad of me. I managed to turn it around a little at the end of Sunday and power through a thousand words, but really I should have had this thing done and dusted. Ah well. It’ll get there this week.

MIND: “Yeah, chuckles, we’ll see about that….”

ME: *falls to knees and screams*

CUT TO BLACK

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Everyone’s a Critic & The X-Files

“The Hill will Crack…”

Writing

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Hey there, Strangers!

*looks above* Writing stories with a pen and paper?! Get hip, granddad, we in the future now, bruv. I write by projecting my brain-burps against a 3D printer.

So the last couple of days I’ve been fiddling with Apocalypse still (ooh, what IS the full title?!?!), trying to further shape the thing. I’ve been blocking the internet for a couple of hours a night, to try to stop myself getting distracted, which is good. Next, I need to start sooner rather than mooching around for 90 minutes, before actually putting my butt in the chair and slapping words out.

I feel like I’m getting into things now though; the trouble has been that this is something I’d already written that I’ve tore pieces from, rearranged, and tried to add new bits too. So trying to get to grips with that and make the new shine through has slowed progress. Hopefully I should be on the right track now.

That’s How Stories Happen, Dummy

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One thing that bugs the crap out of me just bugged the crap out of me again whilst scrolling through Twitter. ‘Oh, the writer probably just made this up as they went along.’

Uh, duh, no kidding; that’s LITERALLY how all stories are created. ALL OF THEM. How else do you think story-tellers create their tales? Even if a writer plans every twist and turn out before they start writing the actual thing, guess what? Whilst making that lovely plan, they were MAKING IT UP AS THEY WENT ALONG.

The X-Files

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I stopped watching The X-Files a few seasons before the end. Still haven’t watched those final few seasons. (Doggett? What is a ‘Doggett’?) But for the first four or five seasons, I loved the crap out of that show. I mean LOOOOOOOOOVED. When my Dad gave me control over my bank account, I cleared that sucker out and bought as many X-Files videos as I could afford.

Sorry, Dad!

Now the show is back, for a limited run, and I am INTRIGUED. I see it’s been getting a swift boot to the nethers by many critics, but I’m still gonna watch the heck out it. This was one of the shows that made me want to write my own spooky stories, and I’m pulling for the sucker; please don’t be terrible!

Will you be watching? And which episode rocked you happy from the original run?

Okay, that’s all for now; stay odd, nerds!

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Apocalypse & The Rise of Chibbers

Hey nerds,

I thought I’d try to update this blog more often. Get things cooking nice and hot. Or something.

Anyway. Here’s a picture of a young Jon Pertwee for no reason:

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I thought the best way to make sure I drop something here more often often would be to post regular short updates, rather than try to spend time crafting each post. Quick updates about what I’m writing, and what I’m thinking about.

So rub your eyes against his lot, you animals:

The writing on Apocalypse, my next series, is going great. I think. It will be going even better when I actually put the hours in that it needs. But I will. I mean, probably. I am a lazy so-and-so. I’ve done much better so far this year, actually getting my sweet-butt into the chair and smashing my fingers against my laptop on an (almost) daily basis.

But yeah, I think some of it is good. Strong, dark stuff. It’s looking like the first book in the miniseries will tap out at around 45-to-50 thousand words.

The other thing occupying my brain-meat, is the fact that Moffat announced his departure as head writer of Doctor Who. WAHHHHH! *weeps*

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He’s gonna be replaced by Chris Chibnall, who has written, at best, ‘decent’ episodes of Doctor Who, terrible episodes of Torchwood, and the super-smash-hit Broadchurch; which didn’t really do it for me, but which you probably lost your God damn mind over.

So.

I like to be positive when it comes to my fave story world, so fingers crossed that ‘ol Chibbers (as he shall now always be referred to) raises his game and gives us some ace Who. And if not, well, we’ve got another year of Moff-Who to enjoy yet.

Okay, that’s it for now.

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