(Eldritch b-day cake in honor of Matt; taken from here.)
Matt Staggs has come to be a close friend over the last 18 months or so. He entered my life at a time when I was feeling beaten down, and somewhat drained of confidence. (The scar tissue in this business can be ridiculous at times, even though I don’t usually mention it here.)
As I recall, he emailed me to say he enjoyed my work and would love to help me get the word out about it, and help forge creative relationships–in short, act as a kind of unofficial publicist and ideas guy. Within literally a week or two, he’d put me in touch with all kinds of interesting people, had suggested various projects that might be of use to me, and in general given me a huge boost. His energy lifted me up, and it was his energy that really helped take me out of that negative space. Ever since, he’s been a trusted confidante and co-conspirator.
It’s his birthday today, and I just want to say thanks–and to suggest that if you know Matt, or you’re just in a positive, outgoing mood, you send him happy birthday greetings. There’re several ways to do that:
Say it on twitter.
Say it on his blog (any current entry will do–just pick one!)
Say it via email at mattormeg(at)gmail.com.
It’s a momentous event, because Matt’s turning 80 this year. Unfortunately, although he had been remarkably well-preserved, his age has now caught up with him because of working with me and other writers. (Another good reason to wish him the best–another year of this and he might not be around.) This is what he looked like just a year ago: