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MATTHEW EBEL
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I Get To Do Cool Shit For A Living


Phase One of the Nerf Barricade steampunk conversion is complete: Main body colors changed from “please don’t shoot me, officer, this is a toy gun” to more subtle shades. The bright yellow became a hammered bronze look (which does that right out of the can… SCIENCE!). The orange parts became a more realistic gunmetal grey,  … Read More »

10 Rules for Writing Your First Draft


Re-blogged with permission (hell, even encouragement) from Copyblogger.

I Can’t Solder (In Bed)


You know you do it, I do too. You end every fortune cookie with a given phrase: …in bed. …except in bed. …with animals. (My old church youth leader taught us that one, actually.) Here’s a new one for you: Yet. There’s a huge difference between “I can’t do that” and “I can’t do that  … Read More »

How Twitter Can Help Your Storytelling Skills


If you weren’t there at FWA 2013, you may have missed the fact that I told the entire story of The Lives of Dexter Peterson between songs while on stage. The concert was scheduled for 90 minutes, but at least an hour of that was all music and applause breaks. How the heck was I  … Read More »

Telling Stories Through Song


I’ll admit, I’m a little nervous about this Saturday’s show at FWA. I’ve never used an entire concert to tell one story before. Usually I just sort of shoot the shit between songs, making corny jokes and employing every attention getting device in my arsenal. Usually I leave the storytelling to the songs: Jesse: An  … Read More »

Creativity Part Two: Inviting Others Into Your Reality


In my last post about creativity I introduced you to my imaginary friend, Fazaar. He lives in a thoroughly constructed world that I’ve been building inside my head for the past twenty years. Now what? What’s the purpose of all this detail and what are my responsibilities to this being whom, for all intents and  … Read More »

Creativity Part One: Creating Your Own Reality


I still had an imaginary friend in College, his name is Fazaar. He is a six-foot-tall osprey that drinks too much and is a cynical bastard. Imaginary friends are kind of a misnomer, actually, they’re real. Everything is real- ghosts, leprechauns, Narnia, sparkly vampire teens… all of it exists. Descartes once theorized cogito ergo sum,  … Read More »

Coming Soon to a Planet Near You


This January, with your help, I will be realizing a dream that I’ve had for the past five years. Did I mention that my album Goodbye Planet Earth was released five years ago already? You may have heard it, you may have even liked it. What you may not know, though, is that the entire  … Read More »

Giving You What I Want


One of the hardest things to do in my line of work is figuring out what you want to listen to. The only task harder than that is to stop thinking about what you want to listen to. As a businessman, I’m encouraged by every publication, mentor, free advice donor, and fortune cookie to “start  … Read More »

The First Pirates


So the webcomic has now made it into chapter two, where Dexter becomes a wealthy land owner in the new world. When I first started writing The Lives of Dexter Peterson, I wasn’t exactly starting with zero research. As I’ve said before, the entire story was the product of NaNoWriMo in 2005, so I hadn’t  … Read More »