Episode 170 – “Constructing With Luke Matthews”

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Luke Matthews

An unabashed geek, Luke is a fervent reader, cinephile, gamer, and comic book fan, and he has been an avid poker player since his early twenties. A life filled with so many hobbies doesn’t lend itself to easy devotion to a craft, but when the beginnings of CONSTRUCT found the page, those words pulled him inexorably toward writing, now the primary passion in his life.

Luke lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, three cats, and a rambunctious German wirehaired pointer. You can find more of his words on his blog at geekelite.geekerific.com, or listen to him babble on about comic books on the Trade Secrets Podcast at Geekerific.com.

CONSTRUCT is his debut novel.
  The essence of every construct resides in their core. A fist-sized stone, carefully saturated with khet, mounted in a walking shell – the    vessel through which experience will shape them. Wipe a construct’s core – strip all that away – and what’s left?

It’s a quandary that now haunts Samuel’s every step. Hundreds of years of life – the chronicle of his experience – taken from him. All that he once was, replaced by visions of a gruesome murder, the piercing silver eyes of a ruthless hunter, and premonitions of his own destruction. All of it punctuated by the one thing that no construct is supposed to be capable of: emotion.

Relentlessly pursued and adrift in a world that sees constructs as little more than property, Samuel now faces the hardest challenge of all – knowing who to trust.

Contact Luke via e-mail at luke@chroniclersaga.com

You can get more information about my book – CONSTRUCT – at www.chroniclersaga.com. You can also find out a bit more about me and my comic book podcast – Trade Secrets! – at www.geekerific.com.


What kind of family should you have? Create your ideal family – either the kind who would have nurtured you and made you the best you could be, or the really dysfunctional kind that would have made for an excellent memoir. Write out the family you were meant to have.

Tortured Sentences:

Based on your research are all illness and death based on a personal decision or inadequate health care?

Word of the Week:

From A.Word.A.Day

with Anu Garg





verb tr., intr.: To walk through; to roam.


From Latin perambulare (to walk through), from per- (through) + ambulare (to walk). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ambhi- (around), which is also the source of ambulance, alley, preamble, bivouac, and obambulate. Earliest documented use: 1450.

Shout Outs:

Anzac Day poem and shout out.

Sonnet for ANZAC Day

Sound the Last Post again, lest we forget
the freedom that we cherish has been bought –
not found like mushrooms in the field; the debt
is ours to pay, mindful of those who fought
and fell – yet still they held the torch aloft!
May we remain as zealous to withstand
the traitors who would make our fibres soft,
as well as enemies beyond the land.

The trumpet has the power to move us still,
and though the debris of a flood of years
lies over hand and mind, an aching thrill
comes rising perilously close to tears.
Sound the Last Post to hold the memory bright,
then sound the Rouse and keep the torch alight.

Alf Wood

From our listeners:

If you’d like to send us feedback, please email podcast@newbiewriters.com and we’ll give you a shout out… maybe even a free link or ad for your book!

I recently discovered your podcast and having been running through your archives. I’m nearly up to date, but I had to write you – you guys are hilarious! I listen in the car and now even at work and sometimes I have to stop myself from laughing out loud (that would get me some funny looks)! Damien, the grumpy cat, the perfect description – yes, it is. Catharine, you\’re a saint to put up with him. The two of you together manage to be entertaining and educational. Yes, occasionally I actually learn something! Don’t worry, Damien. that doesn’t diminish your grumpy cat status.
I just finished your second episode on slang and it confirmed for me what I’ve always said: Australian is NOT English. Sorry, Damien, there’s just no way. On the other hand, I love your accent. And I can say that, because I live just outside New York City, and talk like a true \”New Yawka.\”
Thanks for all the work you do!
Thanks Monica!

Her website is: http://monicatrodriguez.com/


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