It's been a crazy month, one in which I've found little time to blog. And obviously, I haven't. But I wanted to share some general life stuff and news from the past month. First off, happy holidays to all of you out there! We had a fun day fighting off invaders as they tried to breach the walls of Eagle Talon Castle. My son and I were working hard on keeping my husband and his crew of knights plus one ogre out when we realized we were as much into the battle as our son was. It was also fun for me because, hey, fantasy. And of course, I write fantasy. Lot's of fun ways to spurn my son's imagination.
In my last blog post, much too long ago, I talked about my son wanting a dollhouse for Christmas and gender roles. Let me tell you a story about a man I am currently referring to as "Douchebag Santa." My son's school had a little holiday party recently, featuring none other than Santa as the guest of honor. When my son finally got his turn to sit on Douchebag Santa's lap, Santa asked my son what he wanted for Christmas. When my son answered, "a doll house," he screwed up his face as if he couldn't quite understand what he was saying. So I helped him out.
"He said a dollhouse," I said with a smile.
"That's what I thought he said . . . Are you going to put soldiers into the dollhouse?" Douchebag Santa asked, turning to my son.
My son, grinning away and fortunately too young to catch the full ridiculousness behind Douchebag Santa's words, just grinned and nodded his head.
Then Douchebag Santa, laughing with his stomach like a bowl full of . . . I'm just going to stop right there and move on, said, "Are you going to ask for an Easy Bake Oven next?"
Now, I'm not usually one to publicly air my grievances. But I'll cross that self-imposed line when someone is obnoxiously ignorant in regards to my child. So I stand by my nickname. Douchebag Santa needs another line of work.
As for the dollhouse. I looked online but it's hard to find ones that are gender neutral or as cool as they had them back in my day. So I went on Ebay and won one of those vintage Fisher Price Little People houses many of parents my age may have had back in the day. It was beaten up a bit, but solid enough that I could work with it. My sister has an artistic flair, so she came over and the two of us spruced it up. We didn't have enough of the same kind of blue, so it's different tones of blues on different sides, which I actually like better. I have to say, I'm in love with how unique and beautiful it is. It's not perfect, but it's from the heart and my son's eyes grew wide when he asked if it was his this Christmas morning. Slideshow below!
K.M. Randall writes fantasy and paranormal for both a general and young adult audience. Her debut novel, an epic fantasy called Fractured Dream, launched in June 2014, and her second book, The Reaper's Daughter, launched May 2015. Randall also published Fairytale Lost, a prequel to Fractured Dream, as an exclusive on Wattpad. She blogs about dreams, female heroines, and activism and its relevancy to the literary and fictional world. And when in the season, sometimes she just likes to talk about Halloween. She is currently hard at work on the second book in the Dreamer Saga series, Shattered World.