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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Unwarranted ATM excitement

By mattyd | October 15, 2020

I spotted this sign in the entrance of Thornes Marketplace in Northampton, MA. Weird. Right? If it were 1982, perhaps there was reason to be excited, but in 2020? Slow your roll, UMassFive College Federal…

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NFL 2020 is a strange thing

By mattyd | October 14, 2020

A decade or two from now, I’ll  show this screenshot to an NFL fan and wait for the quizzical look. Then the questions will come. “Why was the Broncos – Patriots game postponed?” “Why is…

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I don’t like referring to JK Rowling as transphobic.

By mattyd | October 13, 2020

If you watched Saturday Night Live this weekend, you heard Pete Davidson criticize JK Rowling for a slew of what Davidson and cast mate Colin Jost referred to as “transphobic” comments. I agree with Davidson…

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Heavy lifting before sunrise

By mattyd | October 12, 2020

I don’t have COVID-19. At least as far as I know. The disease is asymptomatic, so the virus could be raging through my body without me even being aware, which is one of the many…

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Blink-182 does it differently

By mattyd | October 11, 2020

I am constantly advising people to zig when everyone else is zagging. The very last thing you want to do is what everyone else is doing. Find the path that has not been taken, and…

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The Other Mother: It’s reportedly good! Preorder!

By mattyd | October 10, 2020

My next novel, The Other Mother, publishes on January 12. It was originally slated to publish in the fall of 2019, but the pandemic set things back a bit. If you’d like to assist me…

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The White House is a viral dumpster fire

By mattyd | October 9, 2020

New COVID-19 cases in past week: Vietnam – 5 Taiwan – 9 Yemen – 10 New Zealand – 25 White House – 34 This says it all. Doesn’t it? Not to mention that Trump tried…

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Local author

By mattyd | October 8, 2020

I was sitting in the barber’s chair, getting my hair cut. The woman doing the cutting had been chatting with me for quite a while as she snipped. We had talked about, among other things,…

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Last time I ever…

By mattyd | October 7, 2020

Here’s a fun game for someone who likes lists. Given that my last novel is written entirely in lists, that’s me. Maybe it’s you, too. You can use my categories or create your own. Last…

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Speak Up Storytelling: John DeMeo

By mattyd | October 6, 2020

On episode #104 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks are back, talking storytelling! In our follow up segment, we discuss our absence, talk about upcoming shows, Speak Up merchandise, and workshops,…

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