Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Matthew Wayne Selznick

Matthew Wayne Selznick is a creator and creative services provider working with words, music, pictures and people. He's the creator of the popular Sovereign Era storyworld, including "Brave Men Run -- A Novel of the Sovereign Era" and "Pilgrimage," coming in the first quarter of 2013.  He lives in Long Beach, California.

6 Questions with Matthew Wayne Selznick:

1. What are your favorite and your least favorite words?

I'll warn you that I'm not a big fan of absolutes.
I think some things just don't lend themselves to binary
categorization. Words are tools. Answering this question would be like
saying, "This is my least favorite / favorite hammer," when really,
how good a hammer is at driving nails often has more to do with how
one holds it, or how good one's aim is.
My favorite word is the right one at the right time.
My least favorite word is entirely my fault for using it at the wrong
time, so my least favorite word is really my least favorite choice,
and it occurs too frequently to pick just one. It may have just
happened, in fact. Several times.

2. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, emotionally?

Intelligence and compassion, both intrinsic and expressed.

3. What turns you off creatively, spiritually, emotionally?

The only thing that really could turn me off creatively would be...
me! We're all responsible for our own creativity. If you're turned off
from creating at a particular moment, it's probably because you're too
distracted, fatigued or scared. Get with it.
As for spiritual and emotional turn-offs, pardon the shortcut, but an
absence of intelligence and compassion would do it for me.

4. What decision in your career do you regret most?

Letting life get in the way of creative productivity. See the first
part of number three.

5. What is the strangest thing you have ever done while creating?

Strange according to..?

I'm not sure how to answer this one. I don't think anything I do as a
creator is strange. We all do what works for us, so it can't be
strange. Now, objectively, I'd have to say every creator's entire
creative process likely appears to be strange!

6. Assuming heaven exists, what would you like to hear God (or Allah
or Yahweh or Odin. Generally the Supreme Being of your choice.) say
when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Let's run with this:

"Hi. The bad news is, objectively, you're picoseconds away from being
dead. Everything you are is about to end, forever and absolutely.
You've reached the singularity of your own life.
The good news is, just like what one might experience on the edge of a
physical singularity, your subjective experience of time has slowed
nearly to a stop. This is your perceived eternity.
"The really good news is, it's all in your head, it lasts subjectively
forever, and you get to decide how you'd like to spend it.
"So. What'll it be?
Oh -- yes, the truly excellent news is, you can change your mind in a
subjective 'while,' so feel free to play around with the whole thing,
as much and as often as you like."

That was a brilliant answer! If you'd like to know more about Mr Selznick he can be found online at or at the online community he administers, Indie Author Marketing Info (

Thanks to Matthew for doing this and thanks to you for reading!
Until next time!

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