This is The Year

So, many of you that have come across this website know that I’ve been writing professionally for a couple of years but that I am generally pretty secretive about everything I write. I’ve done that, and continue doing it, for a number of reasons–none of which I regret. Not having my pseudonyms attached to my real identity has afforded me considerable freedom in sharing information with friends and family that I wouldn’t share, otherwise. But at that freedom has still come at the cost of not actually sharing the stories and characters that I’ve worked hard to create.

Well, I’m excited to say that 2015 is going to be a  year of change, for me–both personally and professionally. The most significant of those changes? I’m going to begin publishing novels under this pseudonym (Mat Morris) and I will be claiming it publicly as my own. I’m terrified by it. I’m exhilarated by it. But, most importantly, I feel liberated by it. And the liberation is the one thing I’m relishing the most.

So, with liberation in mind…

I’m not only going to share my finished products, but I’m going to be sharing my work every step of the way. I’m going to achieve this by live streaming the majority of my work sessions, just as I live streamed the three 50,000 word days this past November. I will be giving, what I’m guessing is, unprecedented access into how a professional author and publisher approaches the day-to-day grind, so that anyone who is interested will be able to witness and live it, first hand.

Want to know something humorous?

I’m less scared about live streaming all of my work than I am about publishing stuff under my own name… Make of that what you will–all I know is that 2015 is going to be an incredible year.

There is a long list of other things that I’m going to be getting myself into, this year, but I’ll save those for another update, in the future. For now, it’s time for me to enjoy the last few hours of my vacation before beginning the return to Texas, tomorrow.

All my best,



50,000 Words – One More Time

Hey everyone,


Late notice for those not following me on Twitter, Instagram (which I’ve just started using), or FB… I’m starting the Day 3 50,000 word stream in about an hour. I’ll be doing a couple hours of plotting/outlining/hanging-out before the writing begins at 12am CST.

Would love it if everyone stopped by to hang out 🙂

Hopefully posting an update once I’ve successfully completed it!


50,000 Words – 24 Hour Live Stream – Day 2

Nano 2014 - 50K Day 1 FB PostAs some of you may know, for last year’s NaNoWriMo I completed 50,000 words in 24 hours on November 1st, 2013. This year, I repeated that feat, and I even managed to live stream most of it on and then via Google Hangouts when Twitch started giving me problems. But this year, I decided to up the ante a bit, and I’m going to do the 50,000 word event again. 

Actually, I’m not just going to do it one more time, I’m going to do it two more times!

The first of those is going to begin at midnight tonight… that’s less than 12 hours from now! The second will be on the 30th. The last day of the month. Just to motivate all of you Wrimos who may be slipping behind on your monthly goals. 

Tonight’s event will be live streamed on again. Hopefully this time we won’t have any technical issues like two weeks ago. If we do, then I will likely be quick to move the stream to a Google Hangout. Hopefully I should have everything setup and ready to go ahead of time for that move so it doesn’t take 90 minutes like it did, before.

(Seriously, there’s nothing worse than a 90 minute technical delay when you’re trying to write 50,000 words in 24 hours…)

Twitch Stream Link:

I hope you can all stop by to cheer me on, leave me some words of encouragement, or just hang out. We’ll be doing some word sprints where you’ll probably see my friend Jessi humble me with her typing speed. You’ll probably also get to see me playing my guitar while wondering why my word count isn’t increasing, along with any number of my usual antics.

I also want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone that has been supporting me so far this month. I’ll be nearly at 120,000 words on the month by the time this event is done, tying my biggest month ever. It wouldn’t have been possible without the likes of all of the other writers around me that keep pushing and motivating me.

Thank You! 🙂

And before I go, here’s the last 6 hours or so of the Day 1 event, via Google Hangout (one of the cool features of using the Hangout). Sorry for the confusion, I had no idea how to get the Hangout stream setup, and was frustrated that I had to figure it all out while trying to write 50,000 words… 🙂


June Challenge Begins!

Wow, it’s June 1st already! If you read my last post, you know what that means… Time to get a ton of writing done!

In my last post I made an error when I said I needed to write 3,000 words a day. Anyone with a third grade education would tell you that would only get me 90,000 words this month. I actually need to write 4,000 words per day! That extra thousand may seem like a trivial number, but I assure you, over the stretch of the month, it adds up to quite a bit (some might say it adds up to around 30,000).

In any case, this morning I created a Scrivener project just for my June writing so it would be easier to work on multiple projects and still accurately track my daily word counts. I really like the idea of keeping a monthly scrivener file, though I’m not sure how practical it would actually be to do it on a regular basis. It’s something I’ll have to consider going forward.

Okay, enough rambling from me. Here’s where we stand today…

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Now it’s time to munch on my breakfast while I get my morning word count going.

Wish me luck this month, I’m going to need it! And don’t forget to check in on my Facebook page for more frequent updates throughout the month. I’ll be posting the above screenshot everyday over there to keep myself accountable, though I’ll only be blogging about my experience intermittently (these blog updates don’t count toward my overall word count!).

All the best,



June Writing Goals

So it’s been a few months since I have really practiced good writing habits, and I finally have a bulk of time in my schedule that will allow me to really sink into some projects. I have been thinking about trying to make June a banner month for writing, and had been hoping that it would also be a Camp Nano month so I would have a little extra motivation. Unfortunately, the next Camp Nano isn’t until July, so I’ll have to go this one on my own. So I decided to blog about it, instead!

My writing goal for this upcoming month is going to be the most I’ve ever written in a single month. Many have heard about my exploits and successes in writing 50,000 words in one day on November 1st, 2013, but I’ve still yet to break the 100,000 word mark in a single month (that I’m aware of, I know I’ve come close a few times). I want June 2014 to be that month. In fact, I want to go above and beyond.

My goal for June 2014 is 120,000 words!

There are a few projects I plan to be working on as I make my way toward this goal, and I will be blogging about my successes and failures as the month progresses. I will try to update my daily word counts on My Facebook Page and Twitter, so make sure you follow me on those locations to get more real-time updates between blog posts.

As of now, I’m editing a novella that I wrote a while back and hoping to get it published sometime in the coming weeks. Then I’ll be doing a bit of planning to prepare for the upcoming months. I’ve only got a few days before I have to start pumping out some serious daily word counts (3,000 words / day is nothing to sneeze at).



First Public Appearance!

Hey everyone!

As I may have mentioned before, I’m going to be doing my first public speaking appearance at this year’s Comicpalooza here in Houston. I didn’t make much of a big deal about it before because I didn’t know what the final schedule was going to look like, but I just received an email confirming everything.

I’ll be speaking on 4 panels spread across Friday through Monday. Here’s how the schedule lines up…

Fri 5/23, 12pm-1pm – From Roleplay to Novels: Turning Stories into Books
Sat 5/24, 11am-12pm – Victorian Gothic (Steampunk)
Sun 5/25, 1pm-2pm – Humor in Science Fiction andFantasy
Mon 5/26, 2pm-3pm – Indie, Self, and Traditional Publishing.

I’d love it everyone could make it out to support me. Leave me a comment below or shoot me an email if you can and we’ll be sure to get together and I’ll share all my feelings of inadequacy with you.

Here’s Comicpalooza’s website with more details about all the other people you’ll want to see while you’re there!


Getting Organized

Screen Shot 2014-05-04 at 4.11.25 PMOrganization is one of those things that I love but am horribly bad about practicing. I see the value in it, I see how I can improve all aspects of my life by getting better organized,
but I am constantly struggling to implement the little things that can help keep me organized on a daily basis. Because of this, I’ve decided to do a little series of blog posts about organization, and the various things I do in my life to try and keep myself on the straight and narrow.

This first post is going to be an overview of the various tools I use in my day-to-day life to keep myself from going insane. I’m not going to go into details on any of these programs, but rather just list out what they are and their various uses. I’ll go into more detail on them in future posts.

Organizational Tools

  • Scrivener
    • This is the writing software  I use for all of my projects. But what sets it apart from most writing programs is that it’s more like project management software than just intended for writing. It’s action packed with features, and I could probably dedicate an entire website to sharing how I use Scrivener and the various things it can do.
  • Calendar App
    • The more diligent I am about staying on top of my calendar, the most productive I am. I work my best when I’m looking at my calendar everyday so I have a sense on what I need to get done to meet both short term and long term goals. If I have a blank calendar, I’m probably being very inefficient.
  • Trello
    • This is project management software I just found that actually inspired me to make this post in the first place. I only just began using it, but so far I’m a fan. Looking forward to sharing how I setup projects and tasks to make sure I get everything done.
  • Wunderlist
    • This is a list app that I’ve been using for about a year now. I don’t use it as diligently as I used to, but I’m still pretty good about adding things to it that I don’t want to forget.
  • Daily To Do Lists
    • This isn’t an app at all. Just grab a piece of paper and make a to-do list for your day. I’ll go into more details on how, why, and when I make these lists. They’re very important.
  • Freshbooks
    • I’m slowly transitioning everything over to QuickBooks, but for most of the year I’ve been using Freshbooks to track business expenses. Even after switching to QB for accounting purposes, I’ll still be using Freshbooks for time tracking purposes. I’ve found a wonderful app called ChronoMate that syncs to my Freshbooks account and lets me quickly and easily track all of my time. I’ll go more into the importance of this later on.

So that’s a quick overview of some of the things that I do and use on a daily basis to keep myself organized and on task. What do you do to make sure you’re meeting all of your personal and professional goals?

Leave a comment with your thoughts :).


Amazon Store

Earlier today I was messing around on Amazon and decided to put together a little store of some of my favorite books and authors. It’s a short list for now, but I’ll likely be adding to it in the future. So if you’re curious about what I enjoy reading and some of the authors I enjoy reading, go ahead and click the link below or the menu link in the menu bar.

Mat Morris’s Amazon Store

I should have more updates coming soon about the series I’m working on right now. I’ve had a few meetings with a developmental editor I’m working with and I’m really excited about the direction the project is taking. Until then, check out some of the books I’ve linked above, and check back regularly for future updates.


Back To Work

The last few weeks have been a little crazy for me. I took a spontaneous trip out to Arizona and ultimately Las Vegas for a little needed rest and relaxation. It’s important to kick back every now and then and take in everything life has to offer. Otherwise, what’s the point?

What I’m most happy about, however, is that my fuel tanks have been recharged. I spent most of March distracted and without focus. I wasn’t getting much written and it was frustrating, to say the least. But now I’m able to sit down at the desk with renewed purpose, and I’m happy to say that I’m working on a new series that I hope will be the first fully published series under my own name.

I’m not quite certain what the series will be called, but I’m very excited about it. It started as a concept that I’ve been rolling around in my head for quite a while–just the seed of a thought, barely even a premise. After sitting down last week to nurture that seed and see where it would take me, I was surprised to find myself working on something unexpected. What I had thought would be a dystopian series quickly turned into cyberpunk–a genre that has interested me since I was a kid watching “Hackers” for the first time.

I’ve spent most of this week exploring a new world, and working on the premise of what will be the first novel, still untitled. Today I sat down and began writing what will be an introductory novella–a story based on a scene that’s been in my head for quite some time. It feels good to actually be writing again. Planning is fun, but there is no substitute for getting new words on paper.

I don’t have any sort of expectation as to when I will be launching this series. I want to write 3-4 complete novels before releasing any of them, and that will take a while, to say the least. Aside from that, I’m quite the busy person over the next few months. I’ll be traveling every weekend this month, and then will be back in Arizona for the first half of June. The series may be ready for a late summer launch, but until that time draws closer I won’t be able to say with any certainty.

If you’re interested in beta reading these works before they’re available, please feel free to use the link above to signup as a beta reader. I’ll be sending out more correspondence as the appropriate time draws nearer. Until then, I hope everyone is having a wonderful spring!


Free Book!

As a part of the Rocking Self Publishing Podcast interview, I’ve decided to share the unedited manuscript that I wrote on November 1, 2013. This is 50,001 words long, and I haven’t looked at it since I wrote it on that day.  Click the cover for it below to be taken to the download link :).

The Game