The good part about working for Major Spoilers is having the creative outlet to talk about the things that preoccupy me and access to an audience that cares about comic books, bad movies, D&D and the adventures of Captain Marvelous and his intrepid crew.  (Well, at least parts of the audience care about some of those things.)  The only real downside, other than random d-bag internet comments and the inevitable grammar Nazis, comes when I don’t know if I’m up to the task of writing.  Even I lose my smile sometimes, and it can be a difficult task to recharge your creative batteries in the face of deadlines, real life, and spilling a quart of water in your laptop because you are $&@#ing stupid.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wanders the streets, covered with mice, licking a tiny piece of wood that it found in the gutter, asking: What helps you to regroup and refocus your creative energies?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Whenever my head is spinning or I’m just losing focus, I do like 30 seconds of really bad Kung-Fu and it gets my awesome-ness flowing again. BTW, Matthew, I was about 14 when MMPR came on Fox Kids and I loathed it. Now that I have a 6 year old girl and 4 year old boy I have realized how wrong I was about the Rangers. My kids love it and I do too. Maybe it’s because I no longer have to worry about my friends calling me a loser for liking super hero stuff. Go Go Power Rangers HEEEEYAH!!!!

  2. Sleep, watching a “good” bad movie (like a great cheesy B-Movie or MST3K), spending time playing with any of my friend’s kids or just focusing on something else in general (such as playing a game or working on a different story).

    Side note: Super Sentai is where I got the idea that all of the “magical” items in my one setting are actually super advanced tech. Unlike the Power Rangers equivalents, most Super Sentai powers are tools rather than actual powers granted to an individual (such as when the kid stole the Shinken Red key on Gokaiger), and I found the idea fascinating.

  3. Sleep, coffee, power metal, exercises in pure stupidity (wait until you see Professor Slapshot!), not necessarily in that order or combination. …also, metal that is not power.

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