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Matthew De Abaitua

Storytelling and Chance — Lessons from Magic: The Gathering

In this ongoing series, we ask SF/F authors to describe a specialty in their lives that has nothing (or very little) to do with writing. Join us as we discover what draws authors to their various hobbies, how they fit into their daily lives, and how and they inform the author’s literary identity!

After a long day writing, I like to play a game. It has to be short. Something quick to clear my head. It’s either that or beer. Through the summer of 2015, when finishing my novel If Then, I marked the end of the working day by playing two games of soccer on the Playstation 2. Yes, the Playstation 2. The soccer game dated from 2006 but I’d persisted with it to the point that its virtual footballers were playing the season of 2022-2023…

Unfortunately, halfway through writing my current novel The Destructives, my cat decided to put these tired old players out of their misery and snipped the cable of the Playstation 2 controller with his claw. So I took the hint and returned to a game that is my old school favorite—Magic: The Gathering. A game I was avoiding because I can become so imaginatively involved in it, I tend to stop writing altogether.

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