About me

I live in a small town in Georgia near the Alabama state line. On my daily commute, I pass by old brick buildings and lampposts with American flags hanging from them. I also ride past open fields, cows, and dilapidated barns. I work at the local recycling center, a business that turns plastic soda bottles into carpet. I drive a bright yellow forklift. I move giant boxes of chopped up plastic. In my free time, I collect vinyl records. I love jazz, Motown, electronica, and alternative rock. I’m also fascinated with old TV commercials on YouTube, especially ones from the 1980’s. Old commercials are like precious fossils. They’re little chunks of the past. You can see the way people used to talk, dress, and comb their hair. I can watch them for hours.

I devote most of my energy to writing books and drawing pictures. Writing is one of my basic needs, just like eating and breathing. Because I’m a perfectionist, writing also stresses me out. I often tell myself I’m going to take a break from writing and let myself rest, but another idea pops into my head. So I start writing anyway.

I like to write in restaurants while drinking coffee. When the waitresses see me leaning down and scribbling in a notebook, they think I’m a health inspector. They get nervous and ask questions.

Drawing is also one of my basic needs. Sometimes I draw simple portraits of people I know and admire. Sometimes I draw bizarre, outrageous pictures that look like fever dreams. I used to work with colored pencils, but that was too tedious. It took weeks to draw a single picture.  A few years ago, I moved away from colored pencils and started drawing black and white pictures with regular graphite pencils.

One of my books is called How to Make an Artist Miserable. It’s an essay about the annoying little things that well-meaning people say when they find out I can draw. For me, drawing is a deeply personal activity. In order to draw a picture, I have to care about the subject matter. I have to want to draw it. Throughout my life, people have asked me to draw their children. Some people have hounded me and pressured me to do it. After I finally learned to say no to them, I wrote a book about it.

I also write science fiction. I grew up watching old Doctor Who episodes on Georgia Public Television, so my science fiction has a Doctor Who flavor. Finding Drake Novak is a book about an alien who feeds on the pain and misery of other living things. He arrives on Earth and takes over a factory. He sabotages all the machines, causing the workers to stay frustrated and depressed. A rookie policeman from the Galactic Precinct comes to Earth to find him and arrest him. The Quality of Life in Outer Space is another science fiction story. It’s about an eagle with a human head who lives in the bottom of a spaceship. One day, he looks out the window and sees an asteroid approaching. He flies upstairs to warn the people in charge, but no one will listen to him. The people on the ship are divided into two parties. They spend all their time screaming and arguing with each other. No one realizes the ship is flying in circles.

On this site, you’ll see samples from my books and some of the pictures I’ve drawn. You can also read stories about my everyday life.

You can see more of my drawings on my Facebook page. You can also find my drawings on posters and coffee mugs in my CafePress store.

Thank you for visiting.

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52 thoughts on “About me

  1. So… I get the journalism thing. I worked as a copy writer for almost two years. Loved the writing part, hated what I was writing. So then I moved home and couldn’t find a job. Ended up teaching in Asia for three years. Best three years of my life. Now? Lord knows where I’ll end up next. I’m just enjoying the ride. Good for you for pursuing your passion of writing fiction. I want to write creative nonfiction based on personal experiences. To each his own… 🙂 Cheers!

    • You taught in Asia for three years? That’s fascinating! I enjoy reading your work, by the way. I’m sorry to hear about your copywriting experience, though. I can definitely feel your pain there.

  2. Hi Matthew! I’ve just been presented with the Super Sweet Award and wanted to present it to you! I hope you don’t mind! You have been keeping me so entertained with your wonderful stories and super funny comments!! 🙂 This is just to say that it’s much appreciated. If you would like to accept it it’s here: http://jilllondon.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/super-sweet-award/ To do with as you wish. You’re such a sweet blogger. With my thanks and best wishes xx

    • Thank you very much, Jill! I appreciate that! And you’re very sweet, yourself. 🙂 But I think I’ll pass on the award. I’m kind of swamped at the moment. But I’ll tell you what I WILL do …. I’ll try, if I have time one day, to draw a caricature of you. I can’t promise I’ll do it, because I wouldn’t want to disappoint you. I have all kinds of ideas bouncing around inside my head. Some of them make it to the paper and some don’t. But I will definitely try, at some point, to draw a picture of your beautiful English face. How’s that? Does that make up for me turning down the award? 😉 xxx

  3. Hi Matthew, nice to meet you. Thank you for your visit and follow at art rat cafe – I am honoured, especially after seeing your wonderful drawings on Carl’s blog and here on your site – will keep in touch…

    • Thank you so much! I appreciate you thinking about me. I can’t really do this right now because I’m swamped with so many other things. 😦

      I hope you’re doing well!

  4. Hey, Matthew, always great to run across another newspaper person — past, present or future. Been perusing your blog and really enjoying it. Looking forward to following your posts. Congrats on the book and your current venture. Cheers!

  5. My Goodness, you are so talented! I’m loving your artwork and style 🙂 I think it’s really cool that you’ve found a way to use your blog as an outlet for your artwork. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with next 🙂

  6. Just happened to run into your blog. You have got a beautiful space running here. Loved some of your write-ups. Its very subtle. I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. 🙂 Great work

  7. Hmmmm. A dark comedy set in Alabama! Interesting! Next week I fly home (Sweet Home) to Alabama for the holidays.

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