I got a bluebird singing freedom


I just wanted to slip in here and let you all know that I survived Christmas.

As old as my kids are, you wouldn’t think that would be a problem, would you? It was kinda sad, actually.

I got Ricky a new motherboard but I didn’t realize that he has an AMD CPU, so I got him an Intel board. Needless to say, I’m returning the thing and getting a refund and a different motherboard. And, just to play it safe, I’m also getting him a new CPU — his current one seems old enough to remember Windows 95 — as part of a package deal.

BUT none of that matters to him in the least because I also got him new headphones and that was enough to actually inspire him to give me a hug.

(If you knew Ricky, you would know how amazing that is, all by itself.)
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Comes the time we have to say so long


Dia contemplates bringing her visit to the imperial palace to a close.

“I am not on the hunt for a husband,” Dia told him calmly.

“Nonsense, my lady,” Prince Maermat argued. “Somehow I cannot see you dwindling into spinsterhood, hanging on your brother’s sleeve.”

“Very likely not,” she said, unable to contain her amusement. “Poor Daerus! In any event, I am sure that my parents and my brother share the hope that I shall meet many suitable gentlemen among his Majesty’s court and shall receive an acceptable offer from among them.”

“And do you expect such an offer?”

Again, she fixed him with a level stare. Imperial prince or no, the fellow was mightily impertinent. “Really, Prince Maermat, you take an inordinate interest in my matrimonial prospects!” she finally protested.

“I take an interest in everything about you, my lady,” he replied meaningfully, his speculative gaze holding hers.

“How very dull that must be for you!” Dia said cheerfully, hoping to douse some of his ardor. His Highness, in Dia’s opinion, had all the subtlety of an enraged bull.

Another weekend is here! I’m excited, how about you? There’s another chapter of The Rise of The Phoenix now up for your reading pleasure.

Happy reading! Happy Saturday and enjoy your last week of Daylight Savings Time. 🙂

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Smiling at the frowns


Chapter 7

Lord Saeros outsmarts his emperor and Caelon finds amusement in the palace.

In company with his father, Caelon strode through the palace halls on his way to the throne room. He knew he ought, in truth, to be focused upon the upcoming meeting with Emperor Kaerkas but the strange interlude just before lunch still disturbed him.

He could not tell if Lady Dia were being honest or not when she implied that the dark and deadly chill he had experienced today for the second time was not somehow her doing. Of course, he knew he had no real reason to imagine that hers might be the hand at work. Yet, he could not rid himself of the feeling that it did have very much to do with her. The only question he really needed to answer was whether she was the potential threat or the potential victim.

Welcome to the weekend! I don’t know about you but I could definitely use the breather this week. I have another chapter of The Rise of The Phoenix to share with you and, as always, comments and feedback and even raw adulation are welcome. Enjoy!

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