Open Wounds

Road Trip: Day 5 – Matt Rush

Matthew Rush at the Buckhead Diner

I dropped Karen and Max off at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and went to meet Matthew Rush, the incredible blogger who writes on writing, specializes in the query letter, is working on his first novel, and is an overall good guy. Check out his blog and post at the The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment about our lunch. I’m still laughing about what he wrote. He’s also got an interesting post about the publishing industry that’s part of a blog chain that’s worth checking out – specifically about self-publishing.

In person I was lucky enough to hear him speak about his work-in-progress novel – which sounds terrific – and to talk shop about writing with someone who quickly felt like an old friend. I’ve been a fan of his website and his writing for a while so it was great to get a chance to meet him in person. There’s still nothing quite like a face-to-face.

Now with Atlanta behind us and sitting in our room in Valdosta, just within the border of Georgia and not quite in Florida, I’m about ready for Universal on the morrow.

4 responses

  1. Joe,

    I don’t quite know what to say. It was obvious from the moment you walked in the door that we were kindred spirits who would end up experiencing a meeting of the minds and hearts, but I also think there was something more worth recognizing.

    Like every Master to his pupil, and like every father to his son, I learned far more from you today than you are probably ready to take responsibility for, but it can’t be denied. You gave my heart a boost, you gave my mind a pump, but more than anything you showed me that being an awesome published author is just like every other bullshit job. Full of worry, full of scorn, but occasionally worth every ounce of energy any person has ever invested into it.

    I’m not gonna cry, and I’m not gonna go eat ice cream (right now), but I will say that it’s a beautiful thing to know you, and I can’t wait to collaborate on an old school D&D module that really honors the power of Gary Gygax’s writing.

    Peace and love,


    August 22, 2011 at 12:42 am

    • First, Gary Gygax rocks. Right back at you.

      August 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm

  2. I’m having so much fun on this trip with you! Thanks for sharing!

    August 22, 2011 at 11:55 am

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