10/22/2020

For my small number of followers, I apologize for my absence. I need to keep in my thoughts that I will only succeed if I act on my passions. I have been writing. My novel Source has been in progression. Whilst I’m fighting the urge to work on another project, I know where this story is headed.

I have decided to organize this story into four parts, so it can probably be considered a collection of short stories, though the book possesses a prologue, and the central theme remains continuous. Even though a few elements are based on a dream I had, I can’t help but be inspired by true events. This includes the events of this year. I know that many horror writers will most likely write about this pandemic, I promise to keep mine unique, especially since that isn’t the point of the story. The plot is more complex.

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As for my writing schedule, I just write when I feel the urge. I try to write every day; however, only a few hundred words escape my thoughts. I no longer write 1,000 words per day. I think this is because I possess a stable career, and I can focus on the following: quality over quantity, and popularity over revenue. Though publishing eleven Stories since 2019 is impressive for a new author, they can all be much better.

Be safe out there, and remember: not everything is what it seems.

–Dakota Matos, published author

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10/01/2020

Hello, everyone. Welcome to another statement about me. Today marks the start of October, which, to me, means that this is a perfect time in life to focus on my horror writing. Source, my twelfth story, is coming along in a decent manner (though it is constantly shadowed by procrastination. I am constantly slapping myself).

I have recently re-activated my Wattpad. Since I am focused on popularity instead of on revenue, all past and future work is now free to view. (Formatted versions still on Kindle). I’m fortunate to possess stable employment, so I am now focused on quality, not quantity (though some of my stories are actually decent, if I may brag).

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When it comes to life, just in general, I’m doing well. I always remind myself that there are people who are experiencing a worse life than mine. I’m grateful to possess a stable career, a great and loving family, an engaging social media following, and an angel who appreciates me for who I am. (I love you, Gessille). While events do not always form the way I had imagined, I think they have turned out well. When something does go wrong, though, I move on to something else. Being haunted by the past will never be completely avoided; however, I can always shine a light on it.

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–Dakota Matos, published author

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A Scary Moment/Another Writing Day

I’m going to write before I go to bed because I was busy earlier. I was searching for one of my cats in the house. It turns out that she was underneath the reclining chair, her head stuck in between bars of metal. The only way I found her in time was because I happened to check under there. It took about twenty minutes because she was completely silent. Her mouth couldn’t open from her head’s position. She was shaken, but she’s fine now. It’s a reminder to keep your leg rests up, so your pets can walk in and out with ease. It’s also a reminder to never take the small moments for granted, since you never know what can happen. Tomorrow is NEVER promised.

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I’m still slowly working on Source, my current project. It’s a slow build, but I need to remain patient and not rush anything. I’ve made that mistake in the past. When it comes to previous sentences, I need to remind myself to not look back in the first draft (except to remember something). I just need to write, then go back and fix everything wrong. It will keep me from being too frustrated with myself.

I’m sorry; thinking about something interesting to share with you is difficult for me, even in a digital setting. I’m grateful that my posts do receive views, though a small number since this blog is still new. I need to write more, though. Let me now wander back to my dark world.

Be safe out there, and remember: not everything is what it seems.

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9/13/2020

I finished the second chapter of Source. When it comes to writing, I like creating my own universe even if it takes place on Earth, in modern times. Also, even though most of what I write revolves around the minds of characters, I still try to make the plot lucid (though it doesn’t always work). My first novel His Reality made little sense, mainly because it was originally two novellas. What Happened to the Tucker Family which is my third story, made even less sense. I sounded completely insane in there, and I left an unfinished ending. I know strange endings are common in horror stories, but I could have made it make even slight sense. Oh, well; let’s look towards the future.

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I think I mentioned in the past that Source is a combination of five stories set in the same plot. When it comes to writing them, I’m creating each of them one at a time. This will allow me to keep accurate continuity, and just avoid complete forgetfulness. I know I’ve made that mistake before.

I’m sorry; I still have trouble thinking of interesting things to say on here. I’ll have more as the plot thickens.

Be safe out there, and remember: not everything is what it seems.

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Angel on the Hill: 9/11/2020

Before I begin, I would like to take a moment to pay my respects to the many men, women, and children who have suffered the fate of death by some of the most evil individuals on the planet. I know that most organisms want to dominate their environment, but humans have taken it too far. Instead of focusing on defending pieces of land, why can’t we all just live in peace and harmony?

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Now, I am proud to state that I have finished my new children’s story, Angel on the Hill. It’s going to be published tomorrow, but I won’t officially advertise it until Sunday, as that is when my initial promotion of five free days will begin. It’s a nice little story, and I hope you will like it.

I’m resuming my work on Source, the next novel. It’s going to be both a beast of a book, and a bi**h to write. Five different storylines right now exist. I’m making it easier on myself by writing one view at a time. I’m being careful to avoid both continuity errors and plot holes. This should be fun.

I do have many stories in my head, with most of the topics written for reference. I’m not going anywhere anytime soon. Some of my older stories are all over the place, but I am noticing the improvement. Just writing and reading more help to keep me in line. I do need to remember that I still have real-world responsibilities, though. I’m not yet completely lost.

Be safe out there, and remember: not everything is what it seems.

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Angel on the Hill: 9/9/2020

I’m almost finished with “Angel on the Hill,” my short story. I’m writing it along with my new novel. I’ll keep this post brief, but I would like to talk about desires. What makes someone desire to create a story? Is it for fame? Money? The desire to share what’s in a mind? Hidden compulsions? Think of some answers. It’s late, so I’ll discuss more tomorrow.

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Stories

Today’s post will revolve around stories in a general sense. What makes something a story? It it the plot? The characters? The development of characters? The setting? The beginning, middle, or end? I don’t possess the answer; I’m sure no person does.

What I do know, though, is that a story usually houses a combination of the many items listed. In my opinion, genre does not matter when it comes to the many details being incorporated in a story. For romance, characters could develop by turning from a bully into a gentle-hearted lover. For science-fiction, the setting could originate on a planet, and expand to another. For horror, very subtle foreshadowing can exist, which could count as the following: a small detail in the description of a character or setting; a sentence someone says; the events of a dream.

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When it comes to the length of a story, it is left decided by the author. Some stories possess better flow as short stories, while others work well as novels. Most of my stories are short, but all but one have a complete ending.

When it comes to actually writing the story, I’m still procrastinating, and I’m always angry at myself after. It’s completely my fault, and I just need to change my ways for the better. As I was actually able to gain more interested readers in the past month, I need to be more efficient with the electronic wording being placed on the computer’s Word device.

Be safe out there, and remember: not everything is what it seems.

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Angel on the Hill

I have decided to take a break from “Source” (my main horror novel/eleventh publication) to focus on a new short story. “Angel on the Hill” is the title. You may be wondering why I am switching to another short story, when I have a vast novel still mostly in my head. This is due to a very angelic person inspiring me to write this, based on a beautiful photograph of her standing in front of a hill. (Thank you, ‘Zel).

I have only a few sentences written, but I know how the story will play. I promise, this will be the last time I publish a short story on its own (still free for the first five days after initial release). All new short stories after will be published as a bundle, so that I don’t cheat the reader.

I should mention that “Angel on the Hill” is NOT a horror story. I would feel strange dedicating something dark to someone for whom I care. It’s probably not a major concern, though.

As for “Source,” I’m still on the second chapter (including the prologue). While most of this due to procrastination, I am always tempted to go back and write everything again. I’m avoiding falling victim to said temptation by just writing and not looking back (unless I forget something). The first draft is almost always terrible for writers (except for J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Leaf by Niggle.” I heard it was published as a first draft. It’s a masterpiece).

I think that’s it for now. I’m very excited for my future. I hope you all are, too.

Be safe out there, and remember: not everything is what it seems.

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