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Vicious Whispers with Mark Tullius
34 minutes | 3 days ago
Episode 94: Brain Health and "Marked"
I couldn't be happier with my mother's brain scans and testing from Vital Head and Spine in Pasadena. With 40 sessions of neurofeedback, she greatly increased the amount and quality of her sleep and turned around the mild cognitive decline she wasn't even aware of. I'm so grateful that she probably just avoided a path toward dementia. I had the pleasure of reading an early copy of Dr. Michael Simpson's upcoming book. The book is incredibly well-written and full of great information. Immediately after reading it I took his advice and scheduled six long-overdue doctor appointments. The first week of teaching writing is nearly over and I'm loving it. Feels great passing on this skill and the students seem to be learning and enjoying themselves. Includes the short story "Marked" from Untold Mayhem. Narrated by Angelo Di Loreto
22 minutes | 13 days ago
Episode 93: Writing Class and "Numbered Days"
I'm back after taking a short break from the podcast. My new website is up, I'm launching my writing class next week, and I've been doing great with my goals including twelve days in a row of cold water therapy. Includes the short story "Numbered Days" from Untold Mayhem narrated by Michael David Axtell
18 minutes | a month ago
Episode 92: Christmas Kitten and "Surviving the Holidays"
We gave my son his Christmas present early. The kitten is incredibly cute but he's also kept me up the last two nights. Let's see if he makes it to the new year. I go over a much more realistic book release schedule than I had previously planned. I read the short story "Surviving the Holidays" from Twisted Reunion
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 91: Building My Business and the Short Story "Counting On It"
Talking about the changes I'm implementing in my business to give me the best chance at crushing it in 2021. A reminder that both Brightside and Somber Stroll are now permanently free on all retailers. New covers for both Twisted Reunion and Untold Mayhem. How writing Try Not to Die: Super High has been makine me sick. What to expect from the revamped newsletter and the kind of people I want to interact with. The short story "Counting On It" from Untold Mayhem narrated by Angelo Di Loreto
20 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 90: The Thanksgiving Story "Stuffed"
I read my Thanksgiving story "Stuffed" taken from the short story collection Morsels of Mayhem. Free for newsletter subscribers at www.MarkTullius.com
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 89: Overwhelmed and "The Season"
Once again I'm overwhelmed with balancing family, writing projects, and the business side of things. As much as I look forward to releasing books, the anxiety seems to be part of the package. On the bright side, the ebooks Brightside and Somber Stroll are available for free at all retailers (except Amazon for now) and Beyond Brightside is on sale at all retailers for $0.99. Morsels of Mayhem is free to newsletter subscribers and available everywhere else for $0.99 (10:05) Includes the short story "The Season" from Untold Mayhem narrated by Landon Woodson.
22 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 88: Quick Update and the Short Story "Exposed"
The paperbacks for Beyond Brightside and Try Not to Die: In the Pandemic are finally arriving. Also about to release Morsels of Mayhem just in time for Thanksgiving. (7:00) The short story "Exposed" from Untold Mayhem narrated by Angelo Di Loreto
52 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 87: Playing Injured Podcast and the Short Story "No Service"
My special guest is Josh Dillingham, the co-host of the Playing Injured podcast. I had the pleasure of being on Josh's podcast the week prior and enjoyed talking with him so much I wanted to continue the conversation on here. Josh talks about his past and what he's learned from his podcast. We also go into how he can create a book to pass on the powerful lessons he's getting from all of his interviews. (35:40) The short story "No Service" from Untold Mayhem narrated by Landon Woodson
35 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 86: Morsels of Mayhem and the Short Horror Story "The Hole"
Why I don't follow politics or watch the news. An update on Morsels of Mayhem releasing in a few weeks. Practicing German on audiobook and "Cowboys from Hell" on guitar. The short story "The Hole" from Untold Mayhem narrated by Amadeo Fusca .
24 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 85: TNTD PandemicContest Update and the Short Horror Story "Dead to Me"
I'm nearly finished with putting up a video a day about a heavy metal band for my month of metal playlist. I've enjoyed doing it but it has been more work than anticipated. The Try Not to Die: In the Pandemic contest is wrapping up and the ebook is about to release. I managed to screw up the pre-order on Amazon but hopefully you guys will help me share the book to regain momentum. Almost finished writing "Stuffed." I plan on releasing that along with "The Rules" and "31 Others" for a small audiobook/ebook just in time for Thanksgiving. I had a great time being a guest on the Playing Injured podcast and am looking forward to having Josh Dillingham, the co-host, on this podcast soon. The short story "Dead to Me" from Untold Mayhem.
55 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 84: Jonathan Gonzales and the Short Horror Story "Left Unfinished"
My special guest is my friend Jonathan Gonzales, a fellow 10th Planet purple belt and metalhead. After a little talk about jiu jitsu and why we aren't currently training, we dive into heavy metal and why we enjoy listening to it. (36:40) The shrt story "Left Unfinished" from Untold Mayhem. Narrated by Chris Andrew Ciulla.
48 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 83: Talking Metal with Marc Saenz and the short story "Last in Line"
My special guest is my longtime friend Marc Saenz. Marc and I have a history of listening to metal and going to shows and had a great time going over some memories and talking about why music is important to him. (36:20) Includes the short story "Last in Line" off of Untold Mayhem. narrated by Vivienne Leheny
61 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 82: Mcor Cervantez and "The Feeling's Back"
I have my friend and fellow heavy metal dad, Mcor Cervantez, on to discuss metal music and some of our favorite bands. (36:30) The short story "The Feeling's Back."
59 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 81: Comedian/Magician Zach Waldman and Last Will and Testament
Today's special guest is my friend Zach Waldman who's a professional comedian, magician, YouTuber and a 10th Planet Brown Belt. Zach shares his jiu jitsu journey and how it helped him overcome anxiety, PTSD, and improved his life. (17:20) How Covid has affected his training. (23:45) Zach shares his magic and comedy journey. (39:30) Despite Covid shutting down work opportunities, Zach is refocused and building a career as a YouTuber. (52:00) My short story "Last Will and Testament" Subscribe to Zach on https://www.youtube.com/user/ZachWaldman You can also check him out at ZachWaldman.com
26 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 80: ICE Hysterectomies and the short story "Eight Out of Nine"
This episode includes two quick book reviews of Brian Posehn's Forever Nerdy and Stephen King's Salem's Lot. An update on my recovering from traumatic brain injury book and the the Try Not to Die contest. (8:45) News of alleged hysterectomies at ICE detention centers inspired me to read my short story "Eight Out of Nine" from 25 Perfect Days.
66 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 79: YouCanFollow.Me and "The Fine Print"
My good friend Jason Stanley is this episode's special guest. We talk reading, writing, and why I love his product YouCanFollow.Me which is the equivalent of an online business card. You can check out mine at https://youcanfollow.me/MarkTullius (48:10) Also includes the short horror story "The Fine Print" narrated by Vivienne Leheny.
23 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 78: Elisha's Book Review and the short story "Taking Out the Trash"
My special guest was going to be Elisha Roberts of Elishasbookreview.com but I lost the footage of our interview. Dealing with a recent power outage. Advance ebook copy of Beyond Brightside being sent out tomorrow. TNTD in the Pandemic contest kicks off on Oct. 7 (10:10) Includes my short story "Taking Out the Trash" narrated by Chris Andrew Ciulla
53 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 77: Guest - Ric Chetter and the short story "Inthe Cards"
This episode's special guest is Ric Chetter. In addition to being the narrator for Ain't No Messiah, Ric has narrated about 50 other books, is the owner of Radio-Memphis, and has spent 30 years in broadcasting with radio, TV, and film. (32:00) Includes my short story "In the Cards" narrated by Stacy Gonzalez You can check out Radio-Memphis - https://www.radio-memphis.com/
73 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 76: BOOKS Yada, Yada and the short story "News First"
My special guest for this podcast is Deana Eager from BOOKS Yada, Yada. We went over authors that have made an impact on Deana, including Neil Gaiman, Michael Faber, Thomas Harris, Douglas Coupland, and Alice Hoffman. I admit just how sorry my reading list has been. I also share my secret to writing strong female characters and bringing character's to life in a few pages. (55:00) "News First" a short story from my collection Untold Mayhem. You can check out and subscribe to Deana's BookTube channel here - https://bit.ly/2YAROey All links to the podcast in one place - https://youcanfollow.me/MarkTullius
46 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 75: Crushing Goals and Ain't No Messiah Chapter 24
For my 48th birthday I nailed two goals: Dropping 23 pounds in 45 days and finishing the writing of Try Not to Die: In the Pandemic. Sept. 1 will be the start of Heavy Metal Inspired Fiction. Improving my son's imagination by working on Try Not to Die: In Minecraft with him. (13:00) The final chapter of the Ain't No Messiah audiobook narrated by Ric Chetter.
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