May 22

The Case Against Lightsabers

Summer doesn’t only bring with it sun, heat and swimming, it also brings us some of the biggest comic and sci-fi conventions in America. These conventions don’t just bring us the biggest announcements regarding TV shows, movies and comics but they also bring fanboys and fangirls. I’m not talking about your normal fan who owns a “Han shot first” t-shirt, but hardcore “I built my own Master Chief Armor in my Mom’s basement” fans. Continue reading

January 2

Kicking 2013 in the Face

GoalsHappy New Year!

Here we are staring down another year, a fresh start, and another chance to make the best of the days ahead. After a rough and often tumultuous 2012 I can only hope to kick this year in the face and make it a better year than 2012 was. In order to do that I have taken the time to set some goals for myself to make sure that I am doing what I can to make this year the best yet. I have organized these goals into three categories: Manageable, Challenging, and Extreme.

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November 18

Calling All Authors

Are you an aspiring author, or have you already written a novel? Are you published, self-published, or looking to be published? Would you like more exposure for your novel?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then I want to hear from you. I am looking for authors who would like to have their novel or short story collection reviewed as part of a regular book review feature on the A Tree Grew Here blog. In addition to reading and reviewing your novel, I would also like to interview you on your process, your style, why you write.

If you are interested, please contact me either through the Contact page, or by emailing me at

I look forward to hearing from you soon,

Matthew Abram Matz

Category: Writing
November 14

10 Tips for a Successful NaNoWriMo

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There is a certain level of joy that comes with the month of November and the exhilarating work that is writing a novel in 30 days. It is a journey that we undertake together with reckless abandon, kissing our friends, families, and televisions goodbye, but it is all worth it in the end.

Last year I stayed up until midnight, waiting for the clock to roll over so I could put my fingers to the keyboard and knocked out the first thousand words before getting some sleep. Unfortunately, I was not able to do that this year as my schedule is dramatically different. I wish luck to everyone who did stay up all night to get their first words in.

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August 13

Deadlines Can Make You More Productive

     What’s that you say? Deadlines can make me more productive? In the three weeks since the end of Camp NaNoWriMo I have come to understand just how true that is. Without a deadline I have suffered a complete lack of productivity. The first week I planned to take off anyway, but the second two weeks without writing have been an utter failure on my part.

    Now, I sat at my computer almost every night the last two weeks and have managed to write close to seven words. However, I have been able to view hundreds of funny pictures on the internet. Unfortunately, funny pictures don’t help me finish my novel. Continue reading

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