April 24, 2017


Tyler Willson



[Novella] [Short] [Poem] [Essay]

Novella

The Prisoner, Part 1 (2008-11-17) cover story fiction

Tyler Willson has been a lot of places, and done a lot of things. In order to provide for his wonderful wife and four (practically...) perfect children Tyler has worked as a ditch digger, preschool teacher, telephone survey taker, hand-truck builder, forklift driver, combat engineer, finance clerk, training manager, help desk analyst, database administrator, logistical overseer, and IT manager... Still, in his dreams, he is always a writer.

The Prisoner, Part 2 (2008-11-24) fiction

Cliff is a loser. His wife married him just to have someone to torture and control. His father-in-law would love to see him dead, and the prisoners at the Death Valley Penitentiary would be more than happy to make it happen...

The Prisoner, Part 3 (2008-12-01) fiction

When a prisoner manages to escape, Cliff finds himself all alone in the middle of the desert, tracking the armed and dangerous killer...

The Prisoner, Part 4 (2008-12-08) fiction

Cliff finds himself all alone in the middle of the desert, tracking the armed and dangerous killer with no food or water, and a shotgun with only one shell...

The Prisoner, Part 5 (2008-12-15) fiction

. As the desert wears away at him and the prisoner, will Cliff find the inner strength to finally succeed at something?

The Prisoner, Part 6 (2008-12-22) fiction

Conclusion. Cliff finds himself all alone in the middle of the desert, tracking the armed and dangerous killer with no food or water, and a shotgun with only one shell. As the desert wears away at him and the prisoner, will Cliff find the inner strength to finally succeed at something?


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Short

Mercenary, Part 2 (2009-01-05) short fiction fantasy

Raka is learning a lot as he searches for Ol' Bob, not the least of which is that all his weaponry and money are gone ...

Mercenary, Part 3 (2009-01-12) short fiction fantasy

Crouched in a concrete pipe, with metal-jacketed slugs being fired at the rate of about 300 rounds per minute is not the most comfortable place in the world ...

The Zoo (2009-03-30) short fiction humor family zoo

What could be more wholesome than a family trip to the zoo?

That Stupid Bird (2009-06-22) short fiction humor birds

I don't care what the police said. It was that stupid bird's fault.

On The Wagon (2009-08-24) short science fiction

Dint your Momma ever tell you that gettin' pie-faced drunk could get you took advantage of?

Ready To Die? (2009-10-19) short fiction witches

Nate and Sammy have a dangerous job -- protecting humanity from the witches who attack and hide from the government. But isn't there a kind of shell-shock from battles like that?

Ready To Die? Part 2 (2009-10-26) short fiction witches

The battle is staged, but Command has given them no backup... what do they expect them to do?

Schrodinger's Mother-In-Law's Cat (2010-01-04) cover story science fiction time travel

Will is tired of that cat, and knows just the way to get rid of it. He just doesn't know enough about quantum mechanics to understand the consequences of his plan.

Traveling With Kids (2010-01-25) short fiction humor

Here's the recipe: icy winter, grumpy wife, over-stuffed car, add a new baby, and mix all together in a move ...

Roger's Revenge (2010-03-22) short fiction

Rude people who don't want to take the time to talk to people are just asking for it ...

Hoops With Lenin (2010-04-12) short fiction fun

Word is out on the street: Great Lenin plays some mean ball. Do you care to join him?

The Phantom (2010-05-31) cover story short fiction

The entire navy is on the lookout for him, but the morning fog is on his side.

"Next ..." (2010-11-29) short fiction

He was a "go get it" kind of guy, and nothing would stand in his way to get what he wanted ...

With No Announcement (2011-03-28) short fiction

The Man with a Problem has a solution ...

Mercenary (2011-04-25) fiction fantasy

Suspicious of magic, the mercenary soldier Raka keeps his distance from its practitioners as much as possible. Until the feeble old shaman named Ol' Bob gives him a trinket in thanks for a good deed and his opinion begins to change... (Originally appeared 2008-12-29)

Road Rage (2011-11-28) cover story short fiction road rage

Well, sure, they're built with taxpayer money, but who is it that really owns the road?

Castaways (2017-02-20) science fiction

If you were marooned on an inaccessible island with just one person, who would that person be? Think again -- would you really want to risk spending the rest of your life with that one?

Castaways, Part 2 (2017-02-27) short science fiction

To be able to hear another's thought is like being suddenly put inside another's skin ...


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Poem

A Million Miles Away (2009-03-02) poem, unrhymed

Poetry by Tyler Willson.

Utterly Abandoned (2009-04-20) poem, unrhymed

Ah, Muse, where have you gone?

My Mother's Smile (2009-05-04) poem, unrhymed

For all mothers with an understanding heart ...

Diving At Midnight (2009-06-01) poem, unrhymed

Poetry about a thrill in the dark ...

Self Destruction (2009-07-06) poem, unrhymed

Poetry about looking around for the source of the mud that clogs our vision ...

The Games People Play (2009-08-03) poem, unrhymed

Why do we say the game-talk? We all know what it really means ...

Juniper (2010-01-18) poem unrhymed

A vision in words of desert survivor.

Combat Boots (2010-02-01) poem unrhymed

Tribute to those old friends who are so essential to our work ...

Left Alone in the Winter (2010-03-15) poem unrhymed

Poetry for a cold and lonely time.

Sonnet Number One (2010-04-05) poem rhymed

Tyler Willson begins Poetry Month with a sonnet to his wife.

For Reasons Hidden Even Better (2010-04-19) poem unrhymed

One thing to be said, but kept from being said ...

Sonnet 2 (2010-04-26) poem rhymed

Another sonnet from Tyler Willson to his wife.

Sonnet 3 (2010-05-10) poem rhymed sonnet

Tyler Willson continues his verse about family and love.

Fishing (2010-06-07) poem unrhymed

I haven't had so much as a bite, but this is still the best/ time of my life...

Night Rain (2010-07-05) poem unrhymed

Bright moon lights dark nightscape; Black clouds come unbidden to mar the beauty ...

Drunk Senses (2010-08-02) poem unrhymed

Insignificant things contain
the meaning of life ...

Sonnet #4 (2010-08-30) poem rhymed

A list of projects as long as my arm -- Where to begin? How to endure, finish?

Heinrich the Beetle (2010-11-15) poem rhymed

A whimsical look at the life and death of a pet beetle, told in the style of Dr. Seuss.


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Essay

An Interesting Emotion (2009-11-02) essay psychological grief death

Grief is an emotion we dread, yet need to embrace ...


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Tyler Willson
Tyler Willson


Tyler Willson has been a lot of places, and done a lot of things. Raised on a dirt farm in a town called Elmo, Utah (population: 312 - including dogs and cattle...) Tyler made a spur of the moment decision that resulted in eight years of service in the US Army as a combat engineer. Leaving the Army to make his fortune in the technology sector, he finished school just in time to experience the dot-com collapse firsthand. As a civilian defense contractor he has drug his family all over the continent, finally landing in the verdant hills of Northern Virginia. In order to provide for his wonderful wife and five (practically...) perfect children Tyler has worked as a ditch digger, preschool teacher, telephone survey taker, hand-truck builder, forklift driver, combat engineer, finance clerk, training manager, help desk analyst, database administrator, logistical overseer, and IT manager. Still, in his dreams he is always a writer.