Intro

Hi! I’m Ross. I’m happy to be here, in a world where faces, introductions, and ideals are all shared through prose. I’m a guy with a sharp memory, a lion-like sense of compassion for people, and a dozen stories I’ll tell time and time again, getting a little bit better the older I get. When…

Buffalo Springs 70.3 Race Report and Lessons to Practice

Hey bloggers and friendly followers! I just wanted to give you all a quick update after my Half-Ironman in Lubbock. This was my second year in a row competing in the Buffalo Springs Lake Ironman 70.3 race, and it was a fantastic personal outing with just the right level of challenging race conditions. I am…

Sounds of Summer: Affinity

This post is a day late because I was brave and took a step in a new direction last night: I went to a grief support group for young adults who have lost a loved one. Just typing that feels like a huge exhale. I knew it was a major leap that my heart and…

Lessons to Practice #20: Writing in the Company of Grief

Howdy everyone! How’s life on your end of the internet? Hopefully you’re staying cool in this sweltering summer heat and making some awesome memories! Emotions rule me from time to time. I own that aspect of myself, and I know that I swing from completely logical and in my head to raw and unfiltered pretty…

Sounds of Summer 2017: Resonance

The summer tunes just keep coming! I have to say that I’m already falling in love with the Sounds of Summer: those songs that have struck an emotional chord with me this season. But at the heart of this seemingly carefree topic is an important takeway, for every song that I’m blogging about has, in…

Lessons to Practice #19: Organizing Principles and the Deepest of Themes

Hello and good evening! How is everyone doing tonight? I myself am feeling pretty phenomenal. Work, triathlon, Acro Yoga, and creative writing have all kept me sharp and cheerful this past week. I hope that all of you also have many accomplishments and experiences to revel in! Thematic elements of fiction can feel very subjective…

The Needle Drop

I have a little bit of poetry for you all tonight. I wrote this in the summer of 2012, back when I was riding the highs and lows of my romantic attraction to a special friend and triathlon teammate. To my fellow bloggers, writers, and poets: I hope you all find something memorable and captivating…

Lessons to Practice #18: Blogging and Networking

Happy Tuesday to you, fellow bloggers. May you all continue to have a good week with plenty of time for your writing! Networking and blogging are perhaps the most difficult peripheral aspects of becoming a writer. Speaking from my own experience, it’s challenging to establish a consistent and concentrated blogging platform, one that amasses a…

Creative Musings and Inspirations

Good evening! How’s everyone out there in the WordPress world? I myself am feeling phenomenal and really enjoying life as of lately. If you’ll entertain the thought, I feel like exploring our creative muses as writers tonight. What personal joys drive your writing endeavors? For me, it’s the following: all kinds of music (and I…

Lessons to Practice #17: The Eloquence of Your Voice

Writing without using your own true voice is writing without merit, plain and simple. Even if you happen to luck out and pen stories that land you a multi-million-dollar deal, going back and reading “your” own work will feel inauthentic at best, and painful at worst. Still, I have to honor the fact that finding…

Sounds of Summer 2017: Endeavour

Let’s be honest: You can’t have an unforgettable summer without that one special song. You know what I’m talking about: the song that makes you scramble for your earbuds first thing in the morning, before you even think about rolling out from under your cocoon of sheets. The one you blare as you’re cruising in your…

Lessons to Practice #16: Perfecting Act Two of Your Story

¡Buenas tardes! We’re right in the midst of a new week, and for some of us that means getting back into the rhythm of work, self-care, and all the usual adult responsibilities. My hope is that, no matter how busy your schedule gets, you can still find time to get your creative writing and blogging…

Stalder Press to Handstand – Chapter 1 (Revised)

Good evening, WordPress community! I hope your night has been treating you well. I’m happy to report that I successfully moved into my new apartment this past weekend! There’s nothing quite as peaceful as living alone, and I’m starting to get used to this newfound freedom. I’m also looking forward to hosting small dinners and…