Conditions in The Matticus Kingdom today: long periods of SUNSHINE

Julie Chicklitasaurus over at Julie’s Chick Lit nominated me for a Sunshine Award:

Sunshine Award

“The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere. The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!”

Thank you very much for the nomination Julie.  We here in the kingdom really enjoy knowing that we are positively and creatively inspiring others throughout the blogosphere!  Thank you, thank you, thank you.


What inspired you to start blogging?
I finally joined the blogging madness shortly after finding out I was going to be a father.  Initially the idea was to use the space as an archive for the journey towards becoming a parent and beyond, but…  well, the jester took over and now it is what it is.

How did you come up with the name to your blog?
The Matticus Kingdom – This is the name of a mix album I put together several years ago that spanned the various styles of my entire catalog of records: it started very low key with some progressive house, moved into some breakbeat, picked up the pace a bit with some trance (progressive, cyber, psy), and then finished off in a crescendo of furiously flying happy hardcore beats.  It encompassed who I was as a dj, and this blog encompasses who I am as a writer… it just makes sense.

What is your favorite blog you like to read?
What?!  What kind of question is that?  I’m not even sure I could narrow that down even if the question was more specific.  For example, even if the question was “What is your favorite blog from someone who lives in San Diego and has a son that went to the same college as you and has a husband who is a tugboat captain?” even as specific as that is, there are just too many wonderful choices to pick from.  Therefore, I’m declining to answer this question.

Tell about your dream job.
Writing novels.  Fantasy, mystery, westerns, comedies, yes, yes, yes, yes… getting paid to write the silliness that my mind comes up with.  That would be swell, thanks.  Why, can you hook that up for me?

Is your glass half empty or half full?
Half full.  However, it would be empty because I don’t leave glasses just lying around.  I’d either down what was left in it, or dump the contents down the drain and place the empty glass in the washer.  I don’t like leaving things around like that.

If you could go anywhere for a week’s vacation, where would you go?
Where I do go every summer: camping and/or backpacking in the Sierra.

What food can you absolutely not eat?
Mold.  I don’t have any food allergies, that I know of, yet.  However, I can absolutely not take mold based medicines.  Something about hallucinations and hives and just general unpleasantness.

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
Yes.  In copious amounts please.  *holding my hand out waiting patiently for the chocolatey goodness to be delivered*

How much time do you spend blogging?
Far too little and far too much.  I don’t get to read and comment as much on all the wonderful blogs out there as I’d like, but I also spend more time than I should scrolling through them, liking them, commenting, replying to comments, replying to replies, thinking of new posts, writing new posts, checking stats, etc…

Do you watch TV, and if so, what are some of your favorite shows?
Bones, Castle, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, Simpsons…  those are the staples.  I thoroughly enjoyed Sopranos and Deadwood.  I also really enjoyed Dead Like Me.  I watch Dexter when I can but I’m a few seasons behind right now.  I will also watch Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and NCIS if they are on and there is nothing else competing with them.  CSI used to be in that rotation too, but I haven’t been catching it nearly as much as I used to.  Hmm, I think I might watch too much TV.


Each of these bloggers has inspired me through their words, through their artwork, and through their creativity.  I think that fits the Sunshine Award bill perfectly:

Jonathan Hilton
Matrone Bell
The Imaginator
Steph Rogers
Jen Rosenberry
Revis Edgewater
Wiley Schmidt

58 thoughts on “Conditions in The Matticus Kingdom today: long periods of SUNSHINE

  1. Awwww thank you DJ. I’m blushing again!
    My blog didn’t turn out how I planned either. It just seems to take on a life of its own.
    I hope baby prep is going well. I’m assuming there will be some kind of post on here or twitter as to when we can start virtually high fiving you on your excellent sperm and smoking cigars.

    • Now I’m the one blushing. Too funny. 😀 Yes, I’ll post and tweet and tweet about posting and post about tweeting and email and call and climb the nearby mountain top so I can shout it out… when the time comes. We are all baby prepped up, as much as is possible anyway.

      • Kind of wishing I had one of those cigars now… you know, to calm my nerves.
        What do you mean cigars would only rile me up?
        How about some whiskey instead?

      • Shouldn’t you be in the sober stretch, you know just in case the baby decides that now, while you are tanked on half a bottle of whiskey, is the best time to arrive? Don’t want to be catching the bus to the hospital. Or are you home birthing?

      • home birthing 😉
        but, yeah, you do have a good point
        though, the first time usually takes a long time anyway, right? so, I might sober up before the main event regardless
        (my St. Paddy’s day shenanigans this past weekend consisted of 3 whole beers… look at me go.)

      • Ha ha. 3 beers and I’m drunk! Pregnancy then 15 months of breastfeeding means I have to build up alcohol tolerance again. Until then I get to save money, hurrah!

      • Hooray for saving money! The three beers were spread out over 5 hours, and I had a huge plate of corned beef and cabbage while I was drinking too. Would have taken a lot more to get me drunk. I don’t have the tolerance I had right out of college because I don’t drink nearly as often or anywhere near as much, but… I don’t actually miss the tolerance I used to have. It’s nice to just kick back at home with a few, when it used to take way more than a few.

      • YouTube – I have one mix up, just search the matticus kingdom and it should come up. You can also fine the link for it on my 200th post here on Word Press. Happy listening. 🙂

    • Dashboard – Appearance – Widgets – Drag and Drop the Image Widget into the Footer Widget Areas and add in the information it needs, voila! 😀

  2. Dear friend, I am so flattered by the nomination! I know you are an avid reader of our little WordPress blogosphere, so it means a lot. Thank you from the bottom of my little doggie heart. 🙂

  3. Thank you, sir, but that’s not sunshine. That’s just light reflecting off of my huge pretend ego, which has nothing to do with me saying, “Of course, I deserve an award!!!!”

    • Of course, of course. Ego, blah, blah, blah, obscure men in black reference, blah, blah, blah, totally inspiring and creative, blah, blah, blah. You deserve an award!

      • You don’t know the power of styrofoam!….I mean, obscure movie references. Do you know who hates obscure movie references? Communists. Do you know why? Because it was obscure movie references that allowed us to defeat them during the Cold War. Seriously, it’s an almost true story. Don’t believe me? Ask yourself this, then: When was the last time you ever heard a communist make an obscure movie reference? Aha! You can’t answer that because you’ve never heard one do it! My logic prevails again!
        It is also with that logic that I’m able to tell people that before I got married, I dated Jessica Alba and you know it must be true because you’ve never heard her deny it.

      • LOL! That’s fine and all, but next time I see her I’m going to be asking her about you specifically… definitely calling that bluff. 😛

  4. Hello there! Well, this is a fitting award. It’s always sunny when I visit your blog.

    You can’t take anything that has or is derived from mold? You allergic to penicillin?

    • Yep, penicillin. I try to steer clear of the whole omoxicillin family just to be on the safe side. Makes me happy to hear that it’s always sunny when you stop by the kingdom for a visit! I guess what we pay the wizard to keep that way is worthwhile. 😀

  5. I didn’t even read this. I skipped to the end to see if I was nominated. I wasn’t. 😛 Rude, man. Totes rude. Now that I am feeling rejected (again), I guess I will go up and read what you wrote now. 😦

    • LOL!!
      Oh my goodness. That was terribly rude of me. I’ll work with the powers at be here in the kingdom and we will try to rectify this situation as quickly as possible. How can we fix this? Do you want the Sunshine? Or a Liebster? Or the Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness?

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