roar

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The roar of the edge slicing through the hard pack assaults my ears.  The cold wind bites my face.  My nerves are frayed and my muscles ache from the strain needed to stay upright.  Every sense is telling me to stop.

But I’m not listening.  All of that is secondary to the serenity and joy of being on the mountain again.

They call to me, as I’ve said before.

They whisper, they shout, they beg, they demand.

I’ve been listening for them and to them my whole life and I know there is only one way to placate them.  I must go.  I must.

And so I do.

As often as I can.

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On being five

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Little Prince,

 Now you are five…

 I think some of the earliest memories I have are from when I was five.  At least, that’s the way it seems.  And that shapes how I interact with you to some regard.  You are no longer a baby.  At times that means I am harder on you than you like and we have more disagreements than we used to.  I’m sorry about that.  I am.  I won’t change, though, and I can only hope that one day you will look back and be thankful for the hard stance I took on some of these things in my attempts to help guide you into becoming the good person I know you are capable of… just as I did eventually with my own parents.

 Not that it’s all rough.  Your dimpled smile flashes often and your wild laugh fills even the largest rooms.  You are boisterous and imaginative.  You are insightful and charming.  You can be tender and you dote on your brother, the Littler Prince, far more than I had hoped you would before his arrival.  You’ve stepped into that role happily, lovingly.  The Queen and I are grateful for that, even as you do occasionally encourage him to do things that will get you both in trouble.  I call shenanigans.  You both grin mischievously and laugh and laugh.

 Your understanding of the world beyond our home, beyond the Kingdom, is growing daily.  That makes me proud and sad at the same time.  You continue to be wicked smart, picking up new concepts and skills with ease, and questioning everything.  That means, however, that you are becoming exposed more frequently to the harder truths of being alive.  The world is beautiful but it is dangerous, too.  We find what we seek but sometimes there are unintended consequences even when our intentions are pure.  You are learning.  I have no doubt you’ll get there.

 So, I continue to be proud and excited that I get to help you grow and learn and achieve.  You have a busy year ahead.  Kindergarten and everything that comes with your first official year of “school.”  Your very own season pass for skiing or snowboarding, whichever it is you end up deciding on.  Or both, perhaps.  I can’t wait to have you on the mountain with us.  And other sports too, perhaps?  And another backpacking trip or two?  And more trips across the country?  And…

 We’ll have to see where our adventures take us.

 I’m honored to share them all with you.

 Love you,

 Dad / Matticus / The Jester

A call for submissions

Okay, okay… so, it’s actually a reminder about a call for submissions…

But, that’s just semantics, or something like that.

Anyway…

Silver Star Labs is still accepting submissions for the Father’s Words to their Children charitable project.  Please take a moment to click on this link, write something up, and submit it.  Not only is it an opportunity to get your words published but it is also for a good cause!

Plus!!  (But wait, there’s more…)

Silver Star has two more charitable projects you can contribute to as well:

Letters of Loss

Letter from Pets

Please consider submitting for any and all of these anthologies.  Your voices are what will make them great!

 

more writing opportunities

As I mentioned in my last post, where I talked about the open call for submissions to the fathers’ words to their children charitable project (which you still have time to be a part of), that crazy awesome little publishing company, Silver Star Labs, is also going to be doing two more anthologies for charity.

We (the wonderful blogging authors and authoring bloggers at SSL) are now also accepting submissions for a Letters of Loss anthology.  We’ve all experienced loss and we’ve all learned that there is no one right way to say goodbye, move on, hang on, mourn, remember, cherish, … all of it.  100% of the proceeds from the book will go to a charity that focuses on helping people with their grief.  For full details and to submit, CLICK HERE.

And, we are now also accepting submissions for a Letters from Pets anthology.  We fully expect this one to have a lighter spirit than the other two anthologies, but that certainly doesn’t mean your poem, prose, or other art can’t be serious.  What would your pet say to you?  You know you’ve thought about it before and now is your chance to write it out and have it included in a published work.  All proceeds from this book will go to a charity that works on the care and safety of animals.  For full details and to submit, CLICK HERE.

That’s three different chances to get your name associated with a published book.  That’s three different chances to help get some money to a worthy charity, to help with a good cause.  That’s three different projects you can do.  There’s no limit.  Do one, two, or all three.  We’d love to see your words and include them in the final publication.

As always, I’m (and we are) here to help.  Questions, comments, concerns?  Let me know.  Let’s do this thing!  Let’s make some great books!

Words from fathers to their children…

So, you may have heard rumors (or more than rumors) about some of us blogging/author types creating a little publishing company of our own…

I’m here, as the Jester, to tell you…

It’s true. It’s all true.

And, as we are working on figuring out what that means and how we can use this shiny new toy best, for ourselves and for all of you other blogging/author types, we are embarking on a philanthropic adventure that we believe many of you might be interested in taking part in as well.

Here are the details:

Silver Star Laboratory is seeking submissions for an anthology of contemporary poetry, prose, and short essays.

The topic: FATHERHOOD.

With 100 percent of the proceeds going to charity, the theme of the book is “…fathers’ words to their children, in the now…and the now yet to come”.

We are accepting both new and previously published work, as long as the rights to that work belong to the authors. The submission deadline is April 15th, with the book scheduled for release on Father’s Day, June 17, 2018.

Guidelines for submission are as follows:

Poetry, prose or essay, 0 to 400 words, maximum.
One submission per author.
The theme is “… fathers, words to their children, in the now… and the now yet to come”.

As mentioned, above, 100 percent of the proceeds generated in the writing, publishing, sales, and distribution of the book go to charity. No authors or publishers will be compensated for their work.

How does that sound? Pretty darn awesome, right?

So, how do you join in?

Easy!

Submissions should be sent to Silver Star Laboratory at:

CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE

And, if you are thinking to yourself, “WOW, that sounds awesome, but I’m not a father…,” don’t fret because we have two more anthologies coming up we will be looking for submissions for as well. That will be communicated shortly. That’s a Jester promise.

And, if you are thinking, “Wow, that sounds awesome, but I don’t know what to write…,” reach out to myself or any of the other wonderful folks at Silver Star Labs, and we will help you get started. That is also a Jester promise.