About Me … Again

January 28, 2012

Matthew Sawyer

About me … I don’t have any awards – not even an honorable mention. Heck, I didn’t even go to school to become a Writer – I was going to be a Fine Art Painter. Yet I had to pay my student loans. After college, I worked in Mental Health – as in schizophrenics and other assortment of severe mental disorders. All the while, I painted and drew – and wrote. I’m a Stephen King fan, so that may have something to do with my latter ambition in life. I was reading The Waste Lands (Dark Tower Book 3), much to my disappointment, and the Master‘s words spoke to me. King once said something about knowing you’re ready to write a book when you recognize the fact – paraphrased – “You can do better.” Grandiose, I know, but I knew the story I wanted to read – years of drawing monsters had spun my own mythology and I hoped for something comparable and real.

The book I wanted to write would fulfill a fading desire and breathe life into the chimeras I had sketched into my notebooks. That visual mythology was collectively called “The Mortui Philosophies.” I had tried animation, but the repetitive work only produced frustration. So much in fact, I joined the ‘sane‘ world and switched careers into Internet Technology. Secure, I had stopped painting and focused on a very rewarding career. After a few years lacking expression from my creative self and a disenchanting experience with the Gunslinger, my Pazuzu Trilogy took its first breath.

The trilogy was originally one untitled book – the one I had self-published at Llumina after a short list of rejection letters and a vast database of submissions to which publishers and agents never bothered to reply. I knew I needed help writing this epic and yet none seemed forthcoming – nobody really wanted to read my books, so I couldn’t even find a proofreader. That miserable year has passed and I since found guidance from other struggling authors at Authonomy.com. Still, that resource was drawn-out and improvements were made in small steps.

The only thing that stopped me from abandoning my Pazuzu Trilogy was an inability to find work – yeah I had since quite my job at a popular ISP. I do think my old age ( 44 ) stopped my entrance back into the world of technology. Faced with the obstacle, I worked hard to improve technical aspects of my writing – typing, revisions, reading, etc. My effort generated several revisions of my Pazuzu Trilogy and a story I again believe is an epic and not a horrid tangle of typos, tense missteps and incomplete sentences.

And there is the reason readers should read my Pazuzu Trilogy – it is a unique, blasphemous, scrubbed-til-Sunday epic. The Eighth Revision is the first pass in which I did not make major changes – I found typos and a few obtuse sentences, but other than those, the changes are smattering instances of changing blocks of text into dialogue. If my 4,000+ readers would please try Pazuzu – Manifestation again, I don’t think they’ll be disappointed – it’s the same story now told with an Active Voice and looks downright professional opposed my miserable self-publishing effort to date. I hope readers will enjoy the free ebook version of Manifestation – the first book in the trilogy – then tell everyone they know and buy the second and third books. Manifestation is background and Emergence is when the story really picks-up speed. The Seventh Revision was good, but the Eighth is better.

Matthew Sawyer's Pazuzu Trilogy

Purchase Pazuzu Trilogy Pocket books and Hardcovers at LULU.


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