art, literature, writing

Let’s Get Experimental

I've been thinking a lot about what to do on this blog. I'm not thrilled about "book reviews," not that I do those often, because there are a million reviews out there for every single book. No matter how good mine are, they won't add much to that noise. I'm also not thrilled with the… Continue reading Let’s Get Experimental

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literature, writing

Are the Self-Publishing Gurus Out of Touch?

Let me start by saying that I appreciate all the free content people in the self-publishing world put out. It's quite generous and high quality. There must be ten or more hours of podcasts each week that come to my phone, not to mention blog posts and youtube and e-mails. That's just me, meaning it's… Continue reading Are the Self-Publishing Gurus Out of Touch?

art, literature, writing

The Character/Caricature Balance

One of the most important things we can do as writers is to acknowledge our weaknesses and then work on them. I think too often we get comfortable with "our thing" and then try to hide our weaknesses by going all in on our strength. I've spent an enormous amount of time over the past… Continue reading The Character/Caricature Balance

art, literature, writing

Year of Mysteries, Part 7: The Intuitionist

This was a somewhat enjoyable, quick read, but I had a lot of problems with it. The Intuitionist takes place in a strange alternate world. It's presumably alternate history, because much of the politics has to do with integration and Lila being the first female, black elevator inspector. But it's not quite our world, because… Continue reading Year of Mysteries, Part 7: The Intuitionist

literature, philosophy, physics, writing

The Three-Body Problem is Awesome

If you've been around this blog this year, then you know I fell into a bit of a slump. I was reading things, but nothing seemed to connect. In fact, it all seemed derivative, flat, and downright bad. I've gotten out of that somehow, and I seem to have hit a period where most things… Continue reading The Three-Body Problem is Awesome

art, literature, math, other, writing

New Site and Future Plans

We're closing in on September, and since my brain still thinks of Sept-Sept as "the proper year" from all that time in academia, I got to thinking about my plans for this upcoming year. I decided it no longer made sense to have my internet presence so spread out. I originally created "matthewwardbooks.com" as the… Continue reading New Site and Future Plans

literature, writing

Year of Mysteries, Part 6: A Crime in the Neighborhood

This month I read A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne for the Year of Mysteries. I'm not going to wait to the end for spoilers, so be warned! This book reminded me a lot of Mystic River, the second book we did for the series, in that it presented a crime and then… Continue reading Year of Mysteries, Part 6: A Crime in the Neighborhood