Matto

Freestyle Haiku

Back in 2010, I went through an extraordinarily painful event. My high school sweetheart and I, who had gotten married in 2003, split up and got a divorce. In the beginning of that painful process, my emotions were difficult to understand and control, and they had a...

My Author Platform 2.0

I recently decided to rebuild my website and platform. I had been using a simple WordPress site and had been paying a significant monthly fee for an email list management / bulk sending provider. I have a hosting plan and I can install WordPress on my sites, so...

Why my First Newsletter (and platform) Failed

Back in 2017 I launched my first platform. I had websites prior to that, but a platform can be so much more. Basically a system of integrated tools that provide certain services to me and my audience, a platform is where I can highlight my creative / professional work...

Birth of Matto

I wasn't born with the name Matto. Eventually though I adopted the nickname and now I am known more by that name than by my birth name. My partners use it, my friends use it, and some of my family uses it (I've asked them to all use it, but…). To me it's not just a...

I’m a professional at not touching my face…

...but to make the world better, I need your help. Photo by Augen Photographic. Union Station, Washington DC. I’m really good at not touching my face. I learned that restraint in Kung Fu class, back in college. If class had started, and you fidgeted, scratched, or...

State of the Matto (Jan-2020)

2019 had some rough spots, but I overcame them. Now, I'm looking forward with a fresh outlook. In 2019 I wrote a book and started its sequel, I started world-building a fantasy realm, and I started to learn game design by inventing some space-themed board games. I had...

Side Effects

In 2019 I went from 195 pounds after my surgery to 155 pounds. I decided I wanted to eat less and move more, and I did. But something else happened too. I almost entirely stopped drinking. I had been in the habit of enjoying a drink at night, even when my partners...

Changes Ahead

In January, 2019, we realized that our house had old termite damage that wasn't disclosed, an active termite infestation, and a lot of water entering the house and causing damage. This significantly impacted the home renovation timeline, and I put a lot of my personal...

I swear, World, you will not stop me!

I started writing the new book yesterday, then it stormed like crazy and water started flowing into my house like a river... I didn't get much done on the book. But I've got a plan, and after a late run to the hardware store for materials, I'll really get to work....