Thank you

The Kingdom turned four on August 1st.


It’s been an interesting journey, that’s for sure.

I never thought I would be a blogger, until I was.

Looking back, I hardly recognize the beginning.

So much has changed, me included.

Thank you for your role in making the Kingdom a success.

Thank you for the comments and encouragement and love.

It is the Kingdom’s turn for celebration, but we here would rather celebrate you.

Without you, the words here would mean less.

Without you, the kingdom would have fallen long ago.


This little kingdom wouldn’t shine, nearly as bright or true,
If not for all the time you spend here and if not for all you do.
So, I’ll keep on trying to write truths and beauty for you,
Because, silly rhymes aside, my words are the best thank yous.

Getting the Stuph treatment

Or… something like that.

Hey all, did you notice the big change?  The banner and theme change and total layout reconfiguration are all the work of the one and only Twindaddy.

Very nice, right?  Do you concur, like a … well, you know.  No?  Maybe?  I’d love to hear what you think about it, and of course, you should definitely jump over and say hello to Twindaddy as well.

And, there might be a few more changes to the look and flow of the kingdom today, if my head can ever release itself from the cold medicine fog its been in the last couple days, as I play around with settings and other such stuph.

One last thing: start the imperial march song in your head, or actually play it if you have it readily available, and link drop:

Boom BoomBoom!

An Official Message From The Kingdom

What were you all thinking?!

Matticus here, your official tour guide, jester, scribe, and all around nuisance, from the kingdom…

I am at a loss for words.

I started this blog in August 2012 without a clear idea of what I was doing, or why I was doing it.  I knew I liked writing.  The idea of a creative outlet was appealing.  But, I had no thoughts about how much fun this would become, how many of you I would interact with on a regular basis, and how much positive feedback and encouragement you would send my way regarding my writing.

I am flabbergasted.

(Yes, I just like using that word.)

So… without knowing how to say it more elegantly:


I keep coming back because you are here.  I keep writing more and trying different styles and challenges because you encourage me to.  I keep testing the limits of my abilities because I know you will catch me if I fall.  You, my faithful readers, my wonderful kingdomites, my amazing followers have helped turn this kingdom into something special for me, and there is no way I can thank you properly for that.

But, I will try.

Do you have a request for me?  Something you want me to write about?  A new series you want me to start?  A guest post you want me to write for you?

You have done so much for me, what can I do for you?

Ask of me what you will and I will do my best to make it happen.

a year ago today

I started The Matticus Kingdom here on Word Press with a small amount of rambling and one sentence that summed it all up: “It’s an adventure.”

And an adventure it has been.

I’ve had some friends over and gone visiting too.  We had some great times and even managed a game or two of tug-of-war.  I’ve written an entire story and have been steadily working a second, while also typing up some fiction in response to challenges here and hereAwards were received and re-gifted.  And you all suffered patiently through me waxing philosophical about the beautiful game from time to time.  And you’ve been even more patient with my movie quoting madness.

Looking back, there have been some great moments:

I was Freshly Pressed for my “Potential.”
I told you about the day I got married, it was surreal.
And wrote a love poem to my wife.
I let out my inner cadence.
I brought a friend to tears.
I explained why Tuesday is the worst day of the week.  (It’s true, it is.)
I may have laughed at the expense of others.
I welcomed my son into the world.  (I still haven’t given him the keys to the kingdom.)

And, well, all of them.  I’d link back to all my posts because I’ve enjoyed every single one of them and every single moment spent on Word Press.  That is entirely because of you dear readers, faithful followers, wonderful kingdomites.  You’ve made this whole crazy ride worthwhile.

So, thank you.

Now, go click on a few links so my stats for today pick up a bit.

The Matticus Kingdom # 200

It isn't a party without balloons.Please welcome to my kingdom: Enchanted Seashells, a tugboat captain’s wife.  She specializes in stories, and making feasts, and finding great videos, and sharing pictures, and… hmmm, can you specialize in everything?  I think perhaps she does.

Plus, she has a great earworm to share with you:

“It’s a small world”

That annoying tune that’s going to be stuck in your head for the next twenty-four hours (you’re welcome) speaks the truth.

It really is a small world; I’m shaking my head in wonder and amazement.

Somehow, I’m not sure if it was thematticuskingdom who found me first, or whether I discovered his blog first—but however it happened, it happened.

All shapes and sizes and colors inhabit this wild and wonderful blogosphere and sometimes life paths cross or parallel or crisscross or become two ships that pass in the night, or…I’m out of analogies, people.

But here’s a major coinky-dinky;  happenchance.  djmatticus and my son both went to the same university (UCSD), same college (Revelle), and graduated the same year!  His family and my family attended the graduation ceremonies in 2003, most probably sitting near each other.  He wore the obligatory Hawaiian lei; my son wore the obligatory Hawaiian lei.  Do I feel OLD, or what?

Why are we here?
I wrote my 200th post on February 10. It was dedicated to my daughter-in-law because she encouraged me to start a blog. thematticuskingdom sent his congrats which led to a convo about his upcoming 200th.  I thought it was an event deserving of a celebration and a virtual party and here it is!

This is it!

Congratulations from Enchanted Seashells, who’s apparently old enough to be your mother.Happy 200


How crazy is that, right?  It is a small world…. after all.

I’ve been meaning to post something like this for awhile, and decided that in honor of my two-hundreth post I would finally do it.

I wanted to just post the music, but apparently that’s more difficult than it would seem.  So, then I thought I’d upload the music to YouTube, and that also turned out nearly impossible.  So, I threw some pictures together with the tracks and created a video for the very first time.

(*pats self on back* Look at me go!)

I present for your enjoyment: Neuro.  This set is a little dated, but I still love all the songs.  And don’t judge the pictures – the most recent one is from 2006 (how has it been 7 years?!)  This is one of the demos I put together that got me a few gigs when I first started spinning.

Here are the tracks:
Watergate – Heart of Asia (DJ Quicksilver’s Q Mix Edit)
Mark Van Dale with Enrico – Water Wave (DJ Quicksilver Extended Mix)
DJ Quicksilver – Timerider (Extended Mix)
Scooter – Ramp (The Logical Songs) (Club Mix)
DJ Energy – Serenity (Club Mix)
TM – Fade To Grey (Steve L Remix)
DJ Tatana meets DJ Energy – Feel (Energy Anthem) (DJ Energy Retake)
Scooter – Jigga Jigga (Clubmix)
Sunbeam – High Adventure
DJ Energy – Step Into The Arena (Extended Version)
Watergate – Mull Of The Kintyre (DJ Quicksilver Remix)
Nu Romantix and DJ John Bora – Mad World (Pulsedriver Remix)
Sunbeam – Solar Surfing

This is what happens when you Google "confetti explosion."I completely understand if you don’t make it through the whole hour+ long set.  But, there are some good pictures in there, so… maybe just scroll through it?  It’s up to you.  I won’t judge.  But, you should definitely check out these great posts from our favorite tugboat captain’s wife:

I really need Photoshop because playing with Paint is just a pain in the you know what.