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.

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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!

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:

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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.