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.

{QUESTIONS and ANSWERS}

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.

{NOMINATIONS}

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
Jenn
Rutabaga
Revis Edgewater
Dave
Wiley Schmidt

Magic Vs. Reality Tug-Of-War Results

Those crazy wonderful folks over at Daily Prompt asked: “The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus . . .) : a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?”

I didn’t want to answer right away and then remembered that we have a great resource at our disposal for answering questions like this; so, I brought it up for a Tug-Of-War resolution.

And you played along…

The winner by an absolute avalanche is “fun and harmless fiction.”

The tallies:
fun fiction – 57
pointless lying – 19

Keeping the magic of being a child alive came out of the gates strong and pulled the truth into the mud before it could even start to put up a fight.  The truth did try and pull itself out of the mud but never got enough support to manage it.  Thus proving that magic trumps truth always and forever.

I’ve known it all along.  Magic does exist!

Magic:
http://evankropp.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-post-fantasy/
http://natalieelizabethbeech.com/2013/03/08/fiction-isnt-a-liebut-maybe-youre-liars/
http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://livingywf.com/2013/03/08/toothfairy-tales/
http://rightdownmyalley.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/pixie-dust-and-elfin-tales/
http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/fantasmagorical/
http://shireensingh.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/tooth-fairies-and-all-that-jazz/
http://sortaginger.com/these-peeps-are-making-me-dizzy/
http://minqan.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://smileyface80.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://beyondbeautytips.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/fantasy-and-happy-endings/
http://aleniaban.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/imagine-for-hope/
http://beingspecial.org/2013/03/08/fantasy_or_lying/
http://neverstationary.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/my-childhood-was-net-better/
http://linesbylinda.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy-lies-to-survive/
http://stuphblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/childhood-fables-yay-or-nay/
http://spunkywayfarer.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/stories-on-the-rock/
http://basicallybeyondbasic.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://findingthathappiness.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/how-my-childhood-insecurities-has-made-me-love-fantasies/
http://sharemydadsays.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/cupid-floating-over-rivers-of-sands-floods-and-gust-hear-me-hear-me/
http://thepigmentsoflife.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/a-lil-fantasy-takes-the-truth-a-long-way/
http://jaschmehl.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/mad-molly/
http://polysyllabicprofundities.com/2013/03/08/santas-not-real/
http://theloneshewolf.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/pass-the-mini-eggs/
http://jaycee68.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/fantasy-lies-who-cares/
http://angloswiss.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://randomencountersoftheinquisitivemind.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/aint-nowt-wrong-with-a-bit-of-fantasy/
http://paulscribbles.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/the-whole-tooth-and-nothing-but-the-tooth/
http://creativemysteries.net/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy-im-thankful-for-those-little-fairy-tales/
http://arayofsun.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/the-easter-bunny-and-other-life-characters/
http://daddysnaughtylittlegirl.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://zonbipurinsesu.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/the-tooth-fairy-sounded-kind-of-like-dad/
http://thoughtsofrkh.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/oh-come-on-let-the-kids-imagination-run-wild/
http://happymonkeyland.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/life-is-just-a-fantasy-can-you-live-this-fantasy-life/
http://ponderingspawned.com/2013/03/08/the-daily-post-fantasy/
http://mihirkamat.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/the-storytellers/
http://mcswhispers.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/guardians-of-fantasy/
http://klling.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompttug-of-war-fun-fiction-or-pointless-lie/
http://marysomnibus.com/2013/03/08/the-tooth-fairy/
http://artisticmilestone.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/tooth-fairy-mission-impossible/
http://life-with-the-topdown.com/2013/03/09/lies-or-leverage/
http://melinarepetti.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/its-a-kind-of-magic/
http://fairyspell.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/why-would-i-lie-to-my-kids/
http://atomickaleidoscope.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/caught-in-the-middle/
http://somedayiwilllearn.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/dpchallenge-tooth-fairy-troubles/
http://nightowlgail.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://dkoeker.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/horrors-of-childhood-fantasies/
http://makingitdaily.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/claire-lies-our-children-tell-us/
http://learnrunwrite.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/the-power-of-storytelling/
http://mikesensitivity.com/2013/03/believe-in-magic/
http://tirochelle.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://dramaqueenunderthesun.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/fantasy/
http://thebloggingpath.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/#more-195534
http://thebeltanedaily.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/93-daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://nevercryoverspilledmilk.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/daily-prompt-fantasy-a-fun-and-harmless-fiction-or-a-pointless-justification-for-lying-to-children/
http://colonialist.wordpress.com/about/
http://mycookinglife.com/blogging-about-blogging/

……….

Reality:
http://jitterygt.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/you-cant-handle-the-truth/
http://notsoprompt.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/trust-me/
http://starvingactivist.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-ho-ho-huh/
http://adityaviyer.com/2013/03/08/fantasies-when-the-truth-isnt-good-enough/
http://jacksdavie.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/one-of-lifes-dreamers/
http://thelissachronicles.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/fantasy-or-reality-childhood-tales/
http://myatheistblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://untilmyheartexplodes.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/darn-lies/
http://alldayrandom.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/fantasy/
http://crazyasnormal.com/2013/03/08/the-one-with-santa-claus-in-march/
http://layedbacklife.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy-two-days-in-a-row/
http://lenadealmeida.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://nowwritingeveryday.com/2013/03/08/fantasy-or-lack-thereof/
http://thewritingculturist.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/the-easter-bunny-is-scary/
http://daydreamingagain.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/joyueux-anniversaire/
http://movingnotion.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://likereadingontrains.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/unmatched-by-any-present-daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://dianarasmussen.com/2013/03/09/happily-ever-after/
http://theimaginator.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/daily-prompt-tug-of-war-fun-or-deception/

Some of these were very hard to place properly, according to the official counter.  They did their best, but if you feel your support went behind the wrong team let us know and we will adjust the numbers accordingly.

As a clarifying example: for those who said they wouldn’t perpetuate these stories to their own children we decided that should count on the Reality side of the tug-of-war despite any other arguments for Magic they had.

Thanks for playing.  The shower for those who need to rinse the mud off is just down the hall and to the left.  There are plenty of towels.

Definitely not a picnic

Well, I guess it could be a picnic, but it isn’t a very nutritious one because the main food on hand is candy, candy, and more candy.  Yes, it is that time again: Halloween.  And in honor of this fun-filled day of flights of fancy and other such fantastic frivolities, I humbly submit the following:

If you go out in the streets tonight you’re sure of a big surprise
If you go out in the streets tonight you’d better go in disguise
For every ghoul that ever there was will wander there for certain
Because tonight the trick-or-treaters will go door to door

Every ghoul or ghost who’s been bad is sure of a treat today
There’s lots of marvelous things to eat and wonderful tricks to play
Beneath the dimming street lamps they’ll trick and treat as long as they please
When the trick-or-treaters go door to door

Candy time for those who dare
Costumed mischief makers are having a lovely time I fear
Goblins, zombies and vampires, wandering the dark streets without a care
See them stealthly creep about
They love to hear you shout
And they travel in pairs
And twelve o’clock their Mummies and Daddies will turn off all the lights
‘Cause they’ve learned to not wait for their sprites

If you go out in the streets tonight you better not go alone
It’s lovely out in the streets tonight and not much safer at home
For every ghost that ever there was will go in search of candy
Because tonight the trick-or-treaters will knock on your door

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Obviously, adapted from “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic.”  

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Halloween: one of the rare opportunities to either experiment with a personality/wardrobe that you wouldn’t normally chance or to let your true self (the one you normally have to keep hidden) out to roam the street for a few hours.

Plus, there is candy involved.  That makes everything better anyway. 

Whatever your case may be, trying out a new identity or breaking free from the shackles that bind you normally, remember to have fun out there tonight: partying, trick-or-treating, visiting a haunted house (staged or otherwise) or going for a moonlit walk through your local cemetery.

 And don’t forget the chocolate!