Crack

Author’s note:  this one is pretty dark… and I feel like I should mention on the outset, this isn’t me and you don’t need to worry about it.  I’m exploring characters and I had the first line in my head.  As I put the words down the rest sort of filled in to explore the theme of the echoing “cracks.”  So, trigger warning for suicide.  Skip this one if that will set you off.  And, don’t worry about me!  Everything is a-okay in the kingdom!

Another Author’s note:  Feels like there has been a bunch of darker posts recently.  Feels that way because I wrote them all at the same time and have since scheduled them out across the month.  I can’t promise that I’ll write anything happier any time soon but I have noticed the trend and I will make an effort to turn some of these things into something a bit lighter.

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I opened my eyes to a world bathed in colors I couldn’t name. I blinked and the world remained. I breathed and my lungs filled cleanly. I snapped my fingers and the crack echoed between my ears before fading to nothingness.

Crack

Crack

Crack

Crack

Crack
Crack

I woke with a start. I kept my eyes squeezed shut, though. I didn’t want to see that it had only been a dream. I didn’t want to miss the colors. As long as my eyes were shut I could ignore the cacophony and the oily air. But then a crash from outside echoed across the room and my eyes flew open.

Crack

Crack

Crack

Crack

Crack
Crack

Another accident. Another twisting of metal and flesh because of one reason or another and none of them worthwhile. I didn’t need to rise to see it. I could hear the horns and shouts and cries of pain. Son the sirens would come and drown out all else. I would smell the blood and fire but still only see the drab of greys of reality.
I longed for sleep to take me before the worst of it. To sleep. To dream. To return to the beauty of would could be if only…
But sleep did not come. Would not. Refused to come.
I knew how to force it though.
A rope. A fall. And then…

Crack

Crack

Crack

Crack

Crack
Crack
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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!

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!

 

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.

okay, one last time… at least for now

Hey there….

Have you seen this around the kingdom a bit lately?  This brilliant cover?  These wonderful authors?  Have you purchased a copy for yourself?  For your loves?  For your neighbors?  For you old roommate’s, third cousin’s, ex-mother-in-law’s, retired hairdresser?

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Image shows the cover of the completely captivating new anthology, The Seven Sceptres, written by the talented quartet of authors: Michael Hansen, Matthew Blashill, Arden Ruth and Ethan Stein.

Good.  Glad to hear it.  I knew I could count on you, my wonderful, faithful kingdomites.

Making the rounds in the author interviews, Arden has submitted her answers to my silly questions:

Q: What did you enjoy most about the story(stories) you wrote for this anthology?
A: Surprisingly, I loved the challenge of it the most. Having to go off an idea that was not my own from the start was very difficult at first, but I found it exciting to jump into a world that had already been built, and I found I was still able to bend and shape it into my own vision. Also, knowing all these stories had to weave together as seamlessly as possible was a scary undertaking, but I must say that I’m pretty proud at how well we pulled it off. It was a lot of fun to work with these guys!
Q: What else have you written that fans of your story (stories) can read?
A: You can find my digital portfolio at my website, though it tends to collect dust nowadays as I work on a bigger project behind the scenes (more on that below!). I was also a finalist in Fiction War’s spring edition in 2017. My story will be published in Issue #3 later this year.
Q: What is your quest?
A: Honestly, if I’m able to sit down and put some words to the page each day, then I consider my personal quest fulfilled. Life tries very hard to get in the way, but I make sure my butt is in the chair at least thirty minutes of every day. No excuses.
Q: What is your favorite color?
A: Purple!
Q: And what else are you currently working on that you hope to publish?
A: Currently, I am working on the first novel of my Hybrid trilogy, where I am neck-deep in edits and the killing of darlings. If all goes to plan, I’ll have it cleaned up and out for queries later this year.
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And now, without further teasing or adieu, here is what some of you have patiently be waiting for! I’m going to have a handful of the books available to purchase a signed copy…  All you have to do is clink on this link:
then send me $20, who you want the signature made out to, and the address to send the book to, and I will ship it as quickly as I can.  (As I don’t actually have the book to sign and ship yet, that may take a little bit, but what’s a few days here and there among friends, am I right?!)