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.

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

–Dakota Matos, published author

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9/24/2020

I’m back, for the select few that actually read these. I realize that trying to post a blog every day will force me to create shorter content, since I’ll have less to discuss. One longer one every week seems decent. I have decided to release all of my published works on Wattpad; the paid versions will remain on Kindle. The free will (hopefully) attract a wider range of readers. All future works will also be available on that platform.

I’m still working on Source. I’ll admit that I haven’t been writing as much as I should, but I have a decent idea of where part one is going. I’ll still keep the five parts under one novel, instead of splitting it into five novellas, since many people prefer longer books. Also, the story will make more sense in my formatting, though the pace of all will differ from each other.

I’ve been working on progressing my social media following. It is working; however, I dislike being forced into the “Jail” that a certain social media platform possesses. It does remind me to not take my followers for granted, though. I’m grateful for the (active) personnel who care about my work.

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I need to remind myself to focus on my literature’s popularity, but to also favor quality over quantity. I possess a stable income, so I can take my time. I will focus on my current projects (twenty-two that are pending), and I will practice gaining a larger following by advertising my previous works. (Did I mention that they are all now free)? I’m also focused on reading more, especially during my lunch breaks. Reading is fantastic, especially when I make time. I’ve also finished my second model home since last we spoke. It’s a nice hobby, especially when you are able to build the structures yourself. One more statement: I’m watching Antebellum this weekend, as I’ve wanted to see it for months. It should be great!

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

–Dakota Matos, published author

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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.

–Dakota Matos, published author

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

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9/4/2020

I have officially started another business through Channillo. As I publish stories on Amazon’s Kindle, I will publish the same version on Channillo; however, all profits will be set to transfer to the World Wildlife Fund, per my e-mail confirmation request with Channillo’s personnel.

I’ve been working on my short story “Angel on the Hill.” Don’t worry; I’m still eager to complete my next two novels. “Source” and “The Students” will be intense ones, for sure.

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I’m still procrastinating on both reading and writing, like a terrible person. I need to stop, and sit down this weekend and work. I’m clear, since all my homework is complete for the week. Tomorrow’s blog will be much longer, since it will be a movie review of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet! I finally get to see it after waiting a whole year!!!

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

–Dakota Matos, published author

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Vivid Imagery

I’ll keep this post brief so I don’t bore you. (It’s also free to view, so……no reason to complain). I would like to talk about the concept of showing in a story. This is such an important part of literature, as I’m sure you all know. J. R. R. Tolkien, in my opinion, uses such imagery in the most detailed manner. (I’ve narrowed my authors, so there be many more. I’m biased).

I’ve tried my best to use vivid imagery in my books; however, it is not always simple. This is especially true when most of my wording consists of unreliable narration, since my stories are from the perspective of one or more characters; all of whom are in plots of psychological horror.

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I’ve used far more vivid imagery in my short stories than in my longer works, but that isn’t really of such importance, at least for the different styles of both horror and children’s literature. (I’m expanding genres after a few more books. Baby steps).

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

–Dakota Matos, published author

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Horror

I would like to talk about the concept of horror, and how it correlates with what humans and other animals experience. Let’s discuss what deserves to be labeled as a subcategory of horror. To me, it is not always about ghosts, ghouls, goblins, monsters, jump-scares, slasher moments, among others. To me, true horror revolves around the unknown, and for what we perceive to be real. When it comes to writing, I will admit that even I don’t know for certain if what my characters experience is real.

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When it comes to the hints of horror, unreliable narration, foreshadowing, reverse character development (meaning that the people lose touch with themselves), lack of human description, subtle, repetitive themes, among others, are what constitute this different style of horror. I try my best to incorporate these in horror genre of my writing. Though my earlier works are all over the place, these vivid themes helped play a part in creating a semi-decent story of mine.

For “Source,” it will be the darkest story I have ever written, as stated before. I promise to not hold back on anything, as long as these moments of horror make sense to the plot. I’m working on making every chapter mean something, both to me and especially to you, as a reader. Also, I know it’s impossible for a story today to be completely unique, but the style can still be brand new.; dark and mysterious, but still able to grab your attention.

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

–Dakota Matos, published author

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8/27/2020

I took a break from writing today to read another chapter of a book. As many people know, reading allows someone to live many lives, visit many places, meet different people, and even fall in love many times over. As for my writing, I’ve noticed that longer books are more favored than shorter, even if both are the same price. This is making me possess the desire to change many of my future plans of writing; all of which will force me to not rush a publication. Since I’m currently employed, I shouldn’t feel the need to rush to try to make a sale. This definitely didn’t work in the past, since I had no digital following on social media. The change in my perspective has helped.

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I also want to mention that I’ve noticed the hate being created on various social media platforms. While I remain neutral about most concepts of politics, I do want to state that the many terrible arguments are pointless and full of logical flaws, especially when there are more important issues to be resolved. I’m sorry for this boring blog post, but I needed to say this.

Tomorrow’s Friday, and the weekend is near; time to return to my world on the digital page, and I promise I will have more interesting things to say on here. Be safe out there, and remember: not everything is what it seems.

–Dakota Matos, published author

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8/26/2020

Do you ever feel as if you are wasting the moments of your life? Well, it’s how I feel most of the time. For example: even though I rise early in the morning, I always avoid doing something productive. This is a habit I am looking to break as soon as possible.

I wrote a little today, but I didn’t read. Most of it is due to poor management of time, but I also possess a busy part of my life. I’m working on five streams of income as a 22-year old. While I am proud of where I am as a person, I know that I can always do better. It’s one of the reasons why I rushed my writing so much that I had ten publications in the last year. I need to slow down and take my time. While some of my older storied are actually decent, you can tell that the rest were rushed, especially my first book, “His Reality.”

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Back to the blog: I do consider “His Reality” to be something of great horror, and even I don’t know if what happened was real to Michael Nuth; however, I did learn some of what NOT to do whilst writing. My second story, “What Happened to the Tucker Family,” incorporated decent use of imagery, but I left the story unfinished. It led to my first negative review. Lesson learned.

I’m sorry if my blog posts are depressing, but this is the mind of a horror writer (at least to me). I’m making progress on my eleventh book, though, and I hope it will be a story nobody regrets reading.

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

–Dakota Matos, published author

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8/25/2020

I didn’t write today; completely my fault. I’ve been thinking about life today. I’ve taken the time to think of how fortunate I am to be doing what I love, even though it is not what I am doing full-time (yet). I’m very grateful for what I have been able to obtain over the past few years, even though I’m never settling for a stagnant path of potential. I’m going to continue pursuing my passions as much as possible. I’m grateful for those reading this (a small number right now). There are many things I want to do in life, and writing plays a major role in this story. I may become irritated of certain aspects of what I both witness and experience, but I know that my life could always be worse.

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

–Dakota Matos, published author

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8/22/2020

I wrote a little today. It’s strange, because I tried to make my dialogue sound modern, but my descriptions are detailed and, well, not simple. I’ll work on it. I bought a clunky keyboard. (Not the typewriter, since that is expensive). This will make writing more fun, and it will force me to move slower; I will have to think more about what I write.

I’m going to start collecting dioramas of houses and landscapes. Staring at them will allow me to create stories with invisible characters; it’s like they are frozen in time. These structures are small, so I can take them anywhere. Also, the mini-lights work with batteries.

My dog had a little scare today, but she’s fine now. I never like seeing my loved ones in pain.

That’s it until next time. Be safe out there, and remember: not everything is what it seems.