Van “Tactic” Vo is a Colosseum Combat veteran and professional mixed martial arts fighter from Dayton, Ohio. I had the pleasure of interviewing him leading up to his pay-per-view fight against Michael Shields at Colosseum Combat XLVIII in Indiana. John: You’ve been a pro since 2008 and have a tough fight coming up on February … Continue reading Interview with Pro MMA Fighter Van “Tactic” Vo
I wrote this piece for an On the Premises mini-contest. It didn't win, but I like how it turned out, so I wanted to share it with you here. The rules of the contest were: 30-50 words, and one must be "zebra". Pretty simple, right? How would you improve on this poem? If you have … Continue reading Mini-Flash Fiction: Zebra
The following standalone story was published in Sword and Sorcery Magazine and now appears in their August 2018 Archive under my pen name, T.S. Lance. "The Land of Sun" is one of my favorite stories, and to date, the only one I've had published. I hope that I'll find the chance to publish more stories … Continue reading A Tale of Emile — The Land of Sun
My old boss from when I was a paramedic recently survived a heart attack. You’re in luck because he’s a great writer, and you can check out his blog here: https://tonywassom.com/2018/09/08/i-survived-my-trip-to-the-gym/
“Here we go…!”
Not just the words I’m using to start this post; the words I said right before I went into V-Fib, Wednesday. There was a bit that happened before I coded, but I kept it on the DL until I knew I was coming home. Well, I’m in my chair at home, now, so…here we go!
Wednesday, Marie and I went to the YMCA for our workout. I’ve been so happy with the progress I’ve made! I’ve had some awesome gains, and the fat is sooo close to being ready to go bye-bye (I can just feel it)!
As we approached the weight room, Marie and I both commented on the temp. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the Xenia Y, but the weight room is in the lowest part of the building, and it’s usually hotter than…um…the rest of the place. Wednesday…
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The following blog post by Jess Lake originally appeared in 2017 on Facebook, but it is being shared today because it remains unfortunately relevant: I've decided I want to share a story that I've only told a handful of times. It is an experience in my life that was both traumatic and transformative. When I was 11 … Continue reading Response to Charlottesville by Jess Lake
I have good news. Winoc is back! Sort of. I'm really excited to have my first traditionally published piece--a short story in "Sword and Sorcery Magazine" called "The Land of Sun." I published it under my pen name, T.S. Lance. In a few months, I'll post it here in three parts. Hopefully, more stories about … Continue reading Sword and Sorcery Magazine
R.M. Hamrick discusses the latest book in her zombie series, "Chasing Redemption." She talks about her writing process, self-publishing, and the things that inspire her. Rebekah Hamrick lives in Savannah, GA and has published two books in her zombie apocalypse series. The first, Chasing a Cure, was written in a sprint during National Novel Writing … Continue reading An Interview with Author R.M. Hamrick
I know I said my plan was to come back to the web serial in May, and I really do enjoy writing it, but I want to give Winoc a chance to make it to prime time. I’m working on some short stories set in his world, which I hope to find homes for. One … Continue reading Winoc is Moving On
I haven't been published, and I’m talking about craft, so read on at your own peril. All the following opinions are best taken with a grain of salt. Writing is a team sport. Even though we spend most of our time working alone, we learn the most by listening to other people and seeing what kind … Continue reading Beta Reader, Critique, and Getting Good
I like to think fiction is vital. Stories can show us what it’s like to descent into chaos and find our way back out. They give us examples to live by, and the best heroes can inspire us to be the best version of ourselves. Stories help us learn empathy for people living lives different … Continue reading Idle Worship