Monday, August 24, 2015

Here ye! Here ye! I'm back and I'm inviting all to participate in Realms Faire!

During the actual family road trip part of my absence, staying off the internet was fairly easy although I did randomly post images of our trip via instagram, twitter, and facebook. Posting things like that from my phone didn't take more than three minutes and felt like a good way to stay connected with friends and family near and far.

I could ramble on more about my ultra-packed family road trip but I'll try to sum it up in just fourteen phrases:
1. Rained out book festival blues.
2. Long drive(s).
3. Mega roller coasters for my daughter's 14th birthday at Magic Mountain.
Yes, they were making faces while waiting for the Batman coaster, but this is a part of our family fun.

4. A college campus visit.
5. Nationals opening ceremony involved a torch run at the Olympic training center in Chula Vista, CA.
6. Daughters both in medal-winning races!
7. Heat, humidity, and a spider bite caused some health concerns.
8. Our team won Nationals for the 4th year in a row!
They're holding up four fingers to celebrate winning four times in a row. We were at an Olympic Training venue and they lit the torch for the event! :)

9. A visit to old town San Diego.
My family's sense of humor on display.

10. Boogie-boarding at Huntington Beach.
We hardly ever take pictures while actually doing things, so this is afterwards . . .

11. Hiking with friends in Yosemite National Park.
12. A visit with friends in Nevada.
13. A doctor visit and antibiotics for that same horrible spider bite.
14. A decision to come home two days early, a beautiful drive, and some rain relief from the heat.

And, it took us a week to adjust to being at home as I started my "book journey" part of my blog absence.

My writing and revision felt like slogging through mud uphill into mountainous terrain with high humidity and I wanted to turn to the internet for any distraction it could offer, and I lurked just a little. Mostly though, I just wrote and revised and paced. (Plus, I celebrated a 19th anniversary with my husband and my birthday.)

Anyway, I'm back. And, I still ramble even when I'm trying not to ramble.

So, without any further distraction, I would like to invite all, near and far, to participate in the annual Realms Faire, started by the one and only M Pax, and co-hosted by several bloggers and blogs including: River Fairchild, Cassandra Webb, L. Diane Wolfe, Untethered Realms, Christine Rains, Julie Flanders, Cherie Reich, Misha Gericke, Mary Waibel, and VelociRaffle. Oh, and me, too.


I'll be hosting the Hero's Dilemma



Hero's beware! Here at the House of Hero's Dilemma, a new cliff-hanging adventure will dangle new heroes above the depths of destiny or despair. In 100 words or less, a hero will face a danger in story form.

Each day, the people of Realsmdom will decide the fate of these heroes in three sentences or less. If fateful endings are giving answer in poetic form, an extra entry for prizes will be awarded. For each Dilemma, the entries must by in by midnight, Pacific time. 

Daily e-book prizes will be awarded via random name-pulling from the entries. Winners will be announced regularly. Everyone is invited to participate in the comments section.

People of Realmsdom, you have the power of storytelling might to decide the fate of the would-be heroes. Will they die in glory or shame, live in victory or defeat? It is up to you.

And, after you have decided the fate of the Hero's Dilemma, try your hand at the other Realms Faire Events for more fun and prizes!




To find out more, visit Realms Faire!

All events have daily drop-in opportunities to participate and a few require some advance sign-ups like jousting. Check it out! Join the fun of the one and only online Realms Faire! You can dress up in your knightly wear or your nightly wear while participating.












34 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

What a trip! Sorry about the spider bite, but congratulations on the Nationals win. And to your anniversary.
Pass on the roller coasters though.
All signed up for the Vortex.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Sounds like it was a good trip overall! And congrats on all the celebrations! :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

What a busy trip! And yahoo for 4 medals in a row. Happy Birthday and anniversary.

Susan Says

Maria Zannini said...

When you guys vacation, you really vacation. The cactus photo reminds me of one time when I took a picture of my husband in front of saguaro cactus. I asked him to back up a little...and well you can guess the rest. :)

Welcome back.

Murees Dupé said...

Sounds like you had an amazing trip! Congratulations on the winning of Nationals. Happy belated birthday! Sorry about the spider bite.

Tyrean Martinson said...

No roller coasters? I had to take them easier this year, but I still love them. :)

And way to go with the Vortex sign up!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Madeline!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Susan!

Tyrean Martinson said...

I can definitely guess the rest. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Overall, it's been a great summer.

Sarah Foster said...

Sounds like it was a fun and busy trip! Happy late birthday and anniversary!

Cherie Reich said...

Wow! It sounds like you had a great time--minus the spider bite! Yay for the upcoming Realms Faire!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I've added my name to the Realm's Faire contender list. Not sure what I'm doing, but I'm in great company, so how could I ever say no?

Looks like you had a great vacation. Love the humor. The world can use as much humor as we can squeeze out of it!

Patricia Lynne said...

Other than the spider bite, it sounded like a lot of fun.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Sarah!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Cherie!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Glad you've signed up for Realms Faire, Elizabeth!

And yes, the world can use all the humor we can find! :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

It definitely was. The spider bite wasn't, but my daughter toughed it out and didn't say anything until it got really awful. So, then, we needed doctor help, and thankfully, we found it easily - Walmart has minute clinics. I didn't know that until we were on the road trip.

Nick Wilford said...

You definitely packed a lot in! Congrats on the win. Realms Faire will be much fun, I'm taking part for the first time this year!

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Another reason to hate spiders! (Sorry, I'm arachnophobic.) Welcome back and congrats on the Nationals win!! Sounds like you had an eventful trip. Love the cactus photo. Happy belated anniversary and birthday! Good luck with your revisions. I'll check out the Realms Faire. It sounds like fun.

Ava Quinn said...

Your vacation looks and sounded like fun! Yay realms faire!!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Cool! I'm glad you're joining us, Nick!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thank you, Lori!

Tyrean Martinson said...

:)

Michelle Wallace said...

Sounds like you guys had loads of FUN!
Realms Faire? I'll definitely be there! Last year I won about 4 e-books at the Realms Faire. I had a blast!

M Pax said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip! I'm still on a mini Holiday. The Realms Faire should be a blast!

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! said...

Hi human, Tyrean,

Nothing like a family road trip. Sorry to read about the spider bite. Not pleasant. Of course, I see a spider and I start playing with it :)

I'm sure you'll enjoy all the fun of the Faire....

Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

Penny xx

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Tyrean Martinson said...

Awesome!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Enjoy your holiday, M!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for wagging by, Penny! Pawsitive wishes to you, too. :)

Yolanda Renee said...

Spider bite, how horrible.
But lovely photos of what looks to be a fantastic time!
Yeah for the Realms Faire!
I still need a vacation - hubby says October. :(

Heather R. Holden said...

Wow, that's one jam-packed vacation! I'd been on a road trip this month, too, but could never imagine doing so much during it. Congrats on winning Nationals for the fourth time in a row! :)