Hello and welcome to mattselznick.com! If you’ve come here after meeting me at the DIY Days conference in Los Angeles, it’s great to see you!
Here’s what’s up with me right now:
That’s the big news these days! For the last two years, I’ve been gainfully employed as an interactive marketing producer and writer for a small, award-winning Los Angeles agency. The regularity of incoming work when your clients are some of the biggest entertainment conglomerates in the world is surprisingly inconsistent, so I find myself laid off and available for freelance and contract work on a project to project or short- or long-term contract basis. What can I do for you? Check out my resume, learn more about my guiding ethics and standards, read some selected endorsements, explore my web hosting and WordPress services… and let’s talk!
The Sovereign Era: A Shared Storyworld
I bet you didn’t know how lucky you are for visiting today! This hasn’t been officially announced anywhere — in fact, you might say the whole project is in kind of a public alpha test at this stage — but let’s blow the roof off it anyway: I’ve opened my popular Sovereign Era universe (setting of the Parsec Award nominated, Amazon Top 100 book “Brave Men Run – A Novel of the Sovereign Era”) as a shared storyworld. As of yesterday, I’m accepting submissions for prose narratives (short stories, novelettes and novellas) that, if they are approved as canon, will be commercially released in a variety of media. Naturally, profits will be generously shared with creators. Learn more about The Sovereign Era storyworld, and come play in my sandbox!
I’m writing two blog series these days, both in line with my interest and passion in the development of storyworlds and modern mythology in the form of popular, and especially genre, fiction. Down the line, each series will be available in expanded form through a series of e-books, but for now, you can check them out right here:
Worldbuilding for Writers, Gamers and Other Creatives
In this blog series, I explore how to design a realistic, science-based fictional Earth-like planet from the top down. I won’t sugar-coat it for you: there’s some math! Still, it’s all pretty easily tackled if you have a decent spreadsheet application. Together, we’re working our way from the appropriate star for your planet to orbit, to the duration and distance of that orbit, to the length of day, gravity, atmosphere… and eventually we’ll suss out continents and climate, ecology and biomes, culture, technology, language, fantasy subjects like magic, gods and monsters, and the like.
By the time Worldbuilding for Writers, Gamers and Other Creatives is complete, I’ll have a comprehensive “subcreation” resource available for anyone interested in making sure their storyworld settings are internally consistent and carry the ring of truth. Check out Worldbuilding for Writers, Gamers and Other Creatives and please let me know what you think!
Reading The Amazing Spider-Man
Since 1963, issue after issue, Marvel Comics’ The Amazing Spider-Man has built a modern mythology with deeply rich, complex characters and story arcs. I wondered — what could we learn, what example could we study, if I attacked a critical review of every issue from number one through number five hundred?
That’s Reading The Amazing Spider-Man… a look at one of the most enduring American story franchises from the perspective of a storyteller. Every issue has lessons for us… and I have to admit, it’s just a heck of a lot of fun to re-visit these wonderful stories. Try Reading The Amazing Spider-Man with me!
Enough About Me – How About You?
That’s what’s up in my world — now, I want to know what you’re up to and what you’re about. Whether we just met at DIY Days or you’re a regular reader with something to hype, I want you to spill the beans, toot the horns and lay it all out for me (and my readers and followers) in the comments. Don’t be bashful! Let’s get to know each other… maybe before long we’ll be making something together.