a return to a new adventure

I haven’t posted in a bit… a long bit…
There was real consideration given to the notion of walking away completely. I’m not sure why I didn’t… I’m not sure why I would…
To say that things in the Kingdom have been hectic recently would be an understatement.

Change.

It happens.

The Queen and I (and the Little and Littler Princes to an extent) are being forced to change right along with all the upheaval around us. Some of it has been good. Some of it has been sad. Some of it has felt like a betrayal to loyal friends… (Look at me vaguebooking like a pro.)
And all of that is to say that I know there is no expectation on when I might post again – the days of having a weekly routine where all my faithful kingdomites knew what type of post they’d find waiting for them in their feeds have been a thing of the past for years now – YEARS – but that doesn’t quell the guilt I feel for leaving this space static, un-updated, left behind. Which is why I almost left.

I’ve been shedding the parts of my life that bring me stress to reduce my responsibilities down to the core things that are needed to keep my family happy and healthy (including myself). Stress had been making me sick. I’d stretched myself thin trying to be too many things for too many people. And yet, I found that my blog didn’t need to be on that chopping block.

There is guilt, yes, when I realize it has been months since I posted last. But, that’s okay. Over time, this wonderful Kingdom has returned to what it was when I first started blogging over five years ago… a place for me to play with words and see what comes of them. No expectations from all of you. No expectations from myself.

I have no idea how that will play out.

And that’s okay.

It is an adventure after all… why would I want to know how it ends?

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Who Is In Charge?

Two days ago, I was enjoying my train commute home. My eyes were closed but my mind knew the stops.

Three stops prior to mine, the train hesitated for much longer than normal. I hoped an accident or someone who decided to commit suicide, wasn’t the cause.

Fear not, you emerged, an elderly lady with a pink stocking cap and a basket. You entered the car.

You had your fare.
You paid your fare.
You get to ride.

The conductor was annoyed when you departed. He barked out orders to walk around you, as if you were an object.

I was ill yesterday so I do not know what happened.

Tonight, I am following my train routine. The train stops three stops prior to mine. The train hesitated much longer than normal. You entered with your pink stocking cap and basket. Deja Vu, but this time, not so much.

This time, the conductor was not as patient. He yelled at you for making the train late for “this” as he pointed to your basket.

You responded by telling him to shut up.

You had your fare.
You paid your fare.
You get to ride.

As he reached the door, he decided he wasn’t going to take your words. He stomped his feet and screamed so that everyone in the car paid attention.

“I am in charge. You are not. You do not talk to me like that.”

You laughed in his face and told him that he would have to scream louder hecause you are deaf. He stormed off in a huff.

You had your fare.
You paid your fare.
You get to ride.

I don’t condone mean words, but yours were reactive. I don’t know your situation. I don’t know his. I also don’t believe that the customer is always right. In this case, you seemed to be right.

You had the fare.
You paid the fare.
You get to ride.

To the conductor, who is in charge? She pays your salary and so do I as long as we can afford to ride. We are, if we are not abusive. You are not allowed to be rude to her for taking precious time loading her basket. I hope you are never in her shoes. You will break your ankles under the weight of your arrogance.

I Miss You Already

Crying and shedding tears.

I miss you and you haven’t even left.

But you will.

We’ve shared secrets.

I will never tell. Your secrets travel with me to the grave.

I hope mine enjoy the same journey.

We will not share anymore. I want you to know.

I miss you already.

You haven’t even left and I miss you.

a signed book up for grabs

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Hear ye, hear ye…

(Or, is it here ye, here ye?  I can never remember.  Really, as Jester of the Kingdom I should know these things… but, it’s not like they hand out a owner’s manual when you find yourself running a kingdom.  I’m having to make all this up as I go along.)

Anyway…

The time has come, once again, for a contest… an official Matticus Kingdom contest… the kind where you all compete in some sort of game and the winner gets a book… a signed book…  a signed book delivered to their mailbox or front door, and all I ask in return is you leave a fair and accurate review of the book on Amazon once you’ve read it.  That seems straightforward, right?  And well worth it when you get the fun of playing the game, the book delivered for free, and the emotional rollercoaster of reading the stories within…  Right?  Right!

Okay!

Here we go.

The book in question is none other than The Seven Sceptres… the recently published fantasy anthology that includes stories from myself, Revis, Arden and Ethan, good authors all.

The prize in question is none other than a signed (by myself) copy of The Seven Sceptres delivered free of charge to the winner of the game.

The game in question:  Link Party!!  Share this post across any and all platforms, linking to it as you can or leaving a comment here on where it was shared so I can go and find it, and whoever shares it the most times over the next three days is the winner!  (I will friend or like or follow or whatever anyone who plays along on any of the platforms I already use as another thank you for playing and sharing.)

Then get the book.  Read the book.  Review the book!

Simple, yes?  Fun, yes?  What are you waiting for!!

This is likely the first of a couple of these types of games.  I have several books that I’m hoping to exchange for reviews.  So, don’t fret if you play along and don’t win this one.  Play along now and then play along again.

 Thank you, as always, for the support!

Adana the Earth Dragon

Today, faithful kingdomites, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Debbie Manber Kupfer and her newest book.

You might recognize her name from Fauxpocalypse, where she also had a short story like I did…. but, it is actually more likely you recognize her from one of her many other novels and projects.  She is quite prolific.

So, without further adieu, Adana, her newest character, is here to talk a little bit about what’s going on….

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Happy Earth Day! Adana the Earth Dragon is officially out in the World Today!

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Hi everyone! I’m here! Today’s the day that my book ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON finally is released into the world. Want to read a sample? Sure you do:
Once upon a time there was a small brown dragon called Adana. Adana was an earth dragon and Adana was very sad. She longed to play with the other dragons, but none of them would accept her as a friend. “It’s because I’m small and brown and boring” she said. “No one wants to be friends with an earth dragon.”
The air dragons would soar through the sky, their wings outstretched. Adana wished she could join them up in their playground of clouds, but she had no wings.
The water dragons would glide effortlessly through the lagoon, playing tag and Marco Polo. Adana yearned to join in their games, but sadly she could not swim.
The fire dragons scared little Adana with their tremendous scaly scarlet forms and flames that could toast two hundred marshmallows with one puff. Adana secretly tried gargling with fire water to see if she might make a flame, but she only gave herself a sore throat. Poor Adana, she could never be a fire dragon.
So sad little Adana slunk into her cave, curled up in a corner, and took a nap.
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Now you can’t just leave little me like this – Can you? So pick up a copy of my story, ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON today.
It’s available in paperback from Amazon or directly from this site. There’s even a companion coloring and activity book available.
Prefer to read on Kindle or listen on Audible? I can do that too and the book is available free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

AND as a bonus, the first TEN people to order a copy from this website today will pick up a free audio book of Adana narrated by the awesome Fiona Thraille. This offer is available for orders from the US or the UK. (If you’re in the UK message me for shipping costs – I will be traveling to the UK in June, so if you can wait until then to receive your books I can make the shipping costs a bit cheaper!)
PLUS all orders receive a signed Adana bookmark and a coloring sheet!
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So Happy Earth Day folks. Remember to protect the flowers from those big bad giants!
Peace and Love,
Adana

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So, my faithful kingdomites, what are you waiting for?  Click those links and get your very own copy of Adana!