The paperback will be out as soon as it passes the review phase but the kindle version is ready now, now, now! It’s called The Information Broker. (I bet you already guessed that). As with our previous stories, I’m sure games and other shenanigans related to this new work will be forthcoming. For now… I’m just going to leave this here…
Ten years ago we stood on the side of a mountain, in front of our friends and family, and promised adventure. Yes, we promised to love and honor and cherish and all that too. But mostly we promised adventure. I believe we have kept that promise to each other. They haven’t always been glamorous. They haven’t always been perfect. But, there have been adventures aplenty and we have survived them, enjoyed them, struggled through them, planned them, been pulled into them, won hard-fought victories over them, and all side by side. I wouldn’t want anyone else standing by me.
Ten years ago we stood on the side of a mountain, a mountain we have continued to go back to and enjoy, and little did we know what our lives would look like. We could have guessed. We probably would have gotten pretty close but we wouldn’t have known all the little things have that made each day an adventure of its own. Job changes. Cats. Home projects. Children. Some of those have been easier than others. All of them were great because we went through them together.
Ten years ago we stood on the side of a mountain, a mountain covered in snow, having already fallen in love with it and each other and we vowed to face all of our future adventures as one. One force. One team. It was a brilliant day, blue skies from horizon to horizon and the warm spring sun made everything shine, and pretty much every day since has been brilliant as well. We adventure together. We shine together. We are brilliant together.
Dear Little Prince,
Though you aren’t so little anymore, are you? With six years behind you. With most of Kindergarten behind you. With all of the adventures you’ve had in the last year. Piano lessons. Archery lessons. Snowboarding in Mammoth. Snowboarding in Colorado. Growing into the role of big brother, champion of and for the Littler Prince. I don’t have the right words to tell you how proud I am of you, but that won’t stop me from trying.
I catch glimpses of the person you are becoming and have no doubt that you will change the world. You are fiercely passionate and, while that can get you in trouble from time to time, that drive will see you take control of your environment and shape it into what it should be. You are a leader and will have the charisma to inspire. You still ask thousands of questions a day, and that curiosity about the world, that drive to understand, will also work for you. It already is as you grasp new concepts and better yourself, gain knowledge. You happily tackle new projects. You want to over-achieve not because you want to be better than anyone else but because you genuinely are interested in things beyond what society has deemed appropriate for your age. Your passion and your inquisitiveness will help you succeed in whatever you choose to with your life.
You love your brother and want to see him succeed as well. That too can get you in trouble when you try to be a parent to him but the two of you will figure that out over the coming years and will be friends for life. That friendship will be more valuable than you know. You are putting in the hard work now to build that relationship when he is too young to understand more than it is fun to drive you crazy. Stick with it and he will support you in everything you ever do. As a younger brother myself, I know this to be true.
We have our rough moments, of course. You still have so much to learn about being a part of this family and being a part of this world. Every single day, though, you surprise me with how much you’ve already learned and sometimes that makes me forget how much you still need to learn. I do my best to be patient and to give you the space and time you need to figure things out and I’m sorry that I sometimes fail you. We’ll get there eventually. We’ll figure this thing out together. I have no doubts about that. We are both too stubborn not to.
So, I’ll continue doing everything I can to help you become the best person you can be and I’m looking forward to seeing what the next year brings for you. New adventures. New knowledge. New wisdom. I think your sixth year will be even more amazing than your fifth.
The waves glowed as they crested and crashed under the moonlit sky. It had been a long time since I’d been to the beach in the dark. I had forgotten the serene beauty of the water, sand and sky. The constant churning of the ocean even seemed muted so as not to disturb the moment. A couple planets watched on with the multitude of stars. I stepped to the edge of the tide’s reach up the shore and waited for the last of the sun’s influence to slip away from the far horizon and decided it really should not be so long between nighttime visits to the coast.
I may speak often of my love for the mountains but there is magic in all wild places and that magic calls to me. Have you ever watched the stars wink on the tide? Have you ever seen the moon echo beyond the breakers? Have you ever felt the memory of the day’s heat fading away in the soft sand between your toes? What could any of these be but magic? I hear the call of all the wild places. It tugs at my heart and directs my eyes and ears. As always, I must answer.
The kingdom is full of ninjas. Full. Of. Ninjas.
One minute you are alone in the room and then you look over your shoulder and there is someone standing there watching you. You jump. Your heart stops for a second. Time stands still and your life flashes before your eyes for this is the moment of your doom…
What happens next depends on which ninja it is.
If it is one of the cat ninjas, they usually lick a paw and then walk away as quietly as they arrived, content in the knowledge that they could have destroyed you if they didn’t have more pressing matters, like a nap.
If it is a baby ninja, however, all bets are off. Chaos and adventure will likely ensue. What else would you expect from a baby ninja?
So quiet. So stealth. Appearing as if from thin air. Yet still capable of absolute devastation…
It is truly remarkable I have lasted this long.
How much longer will my luck hold?
I may need reinforcements… Any volunteers out there?