I had the opportunity to interview Danielle Ackley-McPhail. Author of six novels and numerous short stories, Danielle is an owner of E-Spec Books--an independent publishing house that specializes in speculative fiction. Her latest book Eternal Wanderings released April 1st. John – Congratulations on getting your new book Eternal Wanderings out there. This is the fourth … Continue reading Author Interview — Danielle Ackley-McPhail
The story begins here! Chapter 4 Chloe slipped off the bed. Her feet were silent against the stone floor. She stood there, watching the slow rise and fall of Ada’s chest. She put everyone else first, every time. Her mind was iron. Somehow, Ada had mastered the ability to focus, just … Continue reading Wayfaring Princess–Web Serial–Chapter 4
The story begins here. Chapter 3 Ada didn’t stop running until the sacred oaks were out of sight. The thought of Pallas’ burning eyes kept her feet moving, though after a mile she slowed to a jog. She cursed herself for not leaving her things at camp. Her bow, clothes, and … Continue reading Wayfaring Princess–Web Serial–Chapter 3
The story begins here! Chapter 2 Pallas woke in the shade of a plane tree to a panpipe’s gentle melody. He hadn’t expected to wake up at all. Frost had covered the bare ground when the nymph enchanted him, but now he was sweating. Must have been out for a long time. He yawned, stretched … Continue reading Wayfaring Princess–Chapter 2–Web Serial
Welcome to "Wayfaring Princess." This sweet, romantic sword and sorcery tale will run for 20+ weeks and come to a conclusion, I promise. Chapter 1 The stone tiles of the temple courtyard burned in the summer sun. Mountain air swirled through the open doors and surrounding columns, carrying the scent of pine. Ada knelt … Continue reading Wayfaring Princess–Chapter 1–Web Serial
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