Physical fitness instructor Zach Springer joins us to talk about his job keeping HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) fighters in shape. We chat about Sony’s equipment grant for female photographers, the fall of Barnes & Noble, Banksy’s latest stunt, and the massive legacy of George Romero. Zach answers some of our burning fitness questions, and reveals how he handles the suckitude of cardio training. Story time takes yellow-panted Gronk the Stronk to the World Fighting Championships, where he makes new friends and with their Aid battles his Koolest foe yet… Ohhh noooooo!
Indie author Olivia Flaggert joins us today for discussion and storytelling! Right before her recent cross-country move, Olivia published ‘Fractured’, a romance thriller. We talk about her process, the possibilities of expanded distribution for independent authors, the use of pen names in writing, and take a sideways detour to the Body Farm. Story Time gets deep in the heart of Texas with reluctant heroine Emma witnessing the possible muscial apocalypse of the Greater El Paso Metropolitan District. Will she find a way to save the day, where did those wings come from, and who is that mysterious fat man in the bunny mask? You’ll just have to listen in.
Our good friend and euphonium player Eric Matthews is in the studio today to talk to us about all things nerdy! We talk about cosplay as a hobby, music’s role when informing feelings, anime and video games, and the demise of Blockbuster. Story Time takes warrior Princess Meredith on a strange cartographic yachting trip with an excess of dairy product tomfoolery. Like, comment, and subscribe for Boat Dog.
Eric Matthews is a member of the Tennessee Wind Symphony, which has a website (@tnwindsymphony.org) and a Facebook page (@TennesseeWindSymphony). You might see him in the wild at Anime Weekend Atlanta and Momocon!
It’s a British Invasion for Authors In Abstract as we welcome our first international guest, HEMA fencing instructor and grimdark fantasy author Fran Terminiello! We talk about Fran’s busy life, the reasons people play with swords, and why we procrastinate. Story Time takes Millie the cheerful ex-military dwarf on a beachy adventure with Justice the dog and Minty the orc. Will they be able to roast up some summer fun?
Fran Terminiello is a lead instructor for The School of the Sword. You can find out more about her on their website (https://sword.school), keep up with her on her blog ‘Scribbling in my car‘, or follow her on any of her professional Instagram accounts @wessexleaguehema; @swordwomen; @sword.school; @waterloosparring.
HEMA is an acronym for “Historical European Martial Arts”.