Author Archives: Matthew

About Matthew

Matt likes writing, fancy chairs and procrastination.

14
Aug
15

Urban exploration on the deserted islands of Second Life

Think back to 2007. Remember Second Life hitting the news? We were all meant to be living there, meeting our partners and spending vast amounts of money in its virtual worlds. It's still alive and well but some people moved out long ago.

Think back to 2007. Remember Second Life hitting the news? We were all meant to be living there, meeting our partners and spending vast amounts of money in its virtual worlds. It’s still alive and well but some people moved out long ago.

25
Jun
15

Ira Glass on storytelling

Ira Glass of radio show This American Life talks to Public Radio International in this series of videos. Partly about storytelling but also covers some tips for starting a career as a storyteller. All very interesting.

Ira Glass of radio show This American Life talks to Public Radio International in this series of videos. Partly about storytelling but also covers some tips for starting a career as a storyteller. All very interesting.

31
Oct
14

NaNoWriMo: the good and the bad

On the stroke of midnight, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will begin a quest: to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. For these people, November is National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo for short.

On the stroke of midnight, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will begin a quest: to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. For these people, November is National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo for short.

03
Apr
14

Who killed Twin Peaks?

When the death of Laura Palmer sent the fictional town of Twin Peaks into turmoil, it also stirred television audiences around the world. It heralded a new era of US drama in the 1990s and took viewers to strange, unfathomable places. For all its cult status today, it achieved this in a prime-time slot with massive acclaim from the mainstream press. But what was the secret behind the show's overnight success, and why did it burn out after only 30 episodes?

When the death of Laura Palmer sent the fictional town of Twin Peaks into turmoil, it also stirred television audiences around the world. It heralded a new era of US drama in the 1990s and took viewers to strange, unfathomable places. For all its cult status today, it achieved this in a prime-time slot with massive acclaim from the mainstream press. But what was the secret behind the show’s overnight success, and why did it burn out after only 30 episodes?

15
Mar
14

Video games: do players get in the way of a good story?

Video games contain great tales that take place in detailed worlds and with fantastic characters. But does the player get in the way of the overall story?

Video games contain great tales that take place in detailed worlds and with fantastic characters. But does the player get in the way of the overall story?

08
Mar
14

Twelve ways that stories help people learn

I write for learning, and a lot of my time is in identifying engaging and authentic stories to help people get to grips with new concepts and skills. Here are ten ways that stories can make even the most difficult subjects interesting.

I write for learning, and a lot of my time is in identifying engaging and authentic stories to help people get to grips with new concepts and skills. Here are ten ways that stories can make even the most difficult subjects interesting.

06
Mar
14

Five obscure and captivating movies

Some movies hold a special place in your heart. They're the kind that you stumble across at 1:30am on a Monday morning, watch bleary-eyed to the end and then spend years trying to remember their names. You spend the next few years insisting everyone should watch them.

Some movies hold a special place in your heart. They’re the kind that you stumble across at 1:30am on a Monday morning, watch bleary-eyed to the end and then spend years trying to remember their names. You spend the next few years insisting everyone should watch them.

28
Feb
14

Ten writing prompts

Stuck for something to write? Here are some prompts to kickstart things.

Stuck for something to write? Here are some prompts to kickstart things.

20
Feb
14

Choose a palette that highlights your story’s themes

Themes are what your story's really about and how it affects your characters on a human level. But once you've defined them, how can you make sure that your story builds on them?

Themes are what your story’s really about and how it affects your characters on a human level. But once you’ve defined them, how can you make sure that your story builds on them?

15
Feb
14

Is streaming changing the TV show as a concept?

In a great interview with Beau Willimon (the man behind the US remake of House of Cards), The Atlantic explores how original programming on services like Netflix has changed TV.

In a great interview with Beau Willimon (the man behind the US remake of House of Cards), The Atlantic explores how original programming on services like Netflix has changed TV.