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[4 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on New Blog | ]

Hello! Please note that I have a new blog at www.matthewkressel.net.  I’ll be pretty much blogging there from now on.  The Senses Five Press website will remain here for archival purposes, but I won’t be adding anything new for the foreseeable future. This is not to say there will never be another Sybil’s Garage or another publication from Senses Five Press, only that due to time constraints I have to adjust my priorities, and for the time being that is toward my novel and short-fiction writing.  I do hope you’ll join …

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[21 Feb 2012 | Comments Off on On Novel Writing | ]

So I’m nearly halfway done with a novel revision.  And I find that I’m changing quite a bit from the first draft.  It’s more than polishing.  It’s making the thing flow.  It’s fleshing out characters and making sure they are not caricatures.  I’m adding words, somehow, even though I feel like I’m cutting a lot of stuff.  I’ve added 9K words already, and I’m only halfway through.  It’s up to about 119K and growing.  It’s a fantasy novel.  Based on a Jewish myth, so hopefully non-traditional, even though it’s epic.  …

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[27 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on The Cover and ToC of AFTER | ]
The Cover and ToC of AFTER

Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have officially released the cover and table of contents for After, their young-adult dystopian anthology coming out in October of this year.  The anthology contains my story, “The Great Game at the End of the World,” a story which I’m very proud of (and got to read a part of at the last World Fantasy Convention).  I’m also floored by the many talented people I’ll be sharing the table of contents with.  Check it out! The Segment by Genevieve Valentine After the Cure by Carrie Ryan Valedictorian by …

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[10 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on 2011, The Year in Review | ]
2011, The Year in Review

2011 was a pretty good year for me.  When I began writing this post I felt as if I hadn’t done all that much in the past twelve months.  But after listing everything I’ve done I see now that I have accomplished quite a bit.  Before time carves these events permanently out of my brain, I thought I’d document them here. Early in the year, my story “The History Within Us” was reprinted in The People of the Book.  An excellent anthology of Jewish-themed science fiction & fantasy, I was pretty …

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[29 Dec 2011 | Comments Off on I Indulge Myself | ]

I’m a writer, so I indulge in fantasy.  One of these fantasies is one day owning a bar-slash-coffee shop, a place where people would come in and hang.  And I’ve gone so far as to craft a playlist for it.  The bar would be themed “retro-future,” that is it would be themed in the way the 80s envisioned our collective (and sometimes dystopian) future.  You know what I’m talking about.  In the 80s, when it was becoming apparent that the computer age would soon be rushing upon us, we got …