Moving to Ritzville

Well folks, you have noticed it’s been a few months since I’ve actively posted on this site. I recently moved from Cheney to Ritzville for work purposes. After three-and-a-half years at the Cheney Free Press, I took the chance and moved west to work at the Ritzville Adams County Journal.

It’s similar to the Free Press in that it’s a weekly newspaper – both are owned by Free Press Publishing. However, the office is smaller and our coverage area is a little smaller. The Journal covers more towns, however they’re small compared to the West Plains and there’s not a lot happening in regards to development. Ritzville is small compared to Cheney but it has a rich history.

The transition has had its bumps but it’s been a good experience. The people in Ritzville are friendly and they say hello. Some folks don’t go beyond a hello, which can be frustrating. Some people think they know you as a person through your writing or from information others give them. There are people who I’ve met and gotten to know, but there’s still a way to go.

Part of this transition has been rough because I’ve spent a lot of time by myself. I was kind of a loner before, but I was always within driving distance to friends. Now I’m a good hour away from Spokane and I’ve had to find ways to keep myself entertained – which includes getting back into World of Warcraft and becoming familiar with some of the restaurants and the one watering hole in town. It’s been a combination of appreciating, loving and respecting myself and coming out of my shell.

I’ve also been writing fiction again, which has been a lot of fun and I’ll try and post some stories on here.

But as much as I miss my hanging out with my friends, I don’t miss the drama. What I mean is there was a lot of drama surrounding a particular group of friends which led to a falling out between them. There was one person in particular who I’ve grown to resent because of things that have happened in our lives – I’ll put it this way, he and I are like family, but I would not want my child to date him. Now I’m no longer in the area where I have to choose sides or anything like that.

Now that I’ve settled in, I’ll continue to post on this site – my goal is to hit 3,000 before the end of the year. I probably won’t be doing lengthy news-type posts about MMA or wrestling, but I’ll have reviews and videos. I’ll also be posting more Pokemon stuff. I’m also going to focus on making the Journal better and helping my Editor meet her goals of what she wants to do with the paper.

Now I’m off to the office, but first I’ll catch that Magikarp at the Courthouse.

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#7Fav (Insert Category)

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There’s been a recent trend going around on social media with the #7Fav(insert category) here. I fell into the trap and here are my list of #7Fav(insert category)

#7FavMovies
Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon
Beavis & Butthead Do America
Toy Story
The Bourne Identity
The Avengers
Batman Begins
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

#7FavTVShows
Supernatural
Pokemon
DBZ
Parks and Rec
Scrubs
Psych

#7FavWrestlers
The Undertaker
Shawn Michaels
Sasha Banks
The New Day (Freebird Rule)
Triple H
Chris Jericho
Rey Mysterio

#7FavSongs
Duran Duran’s “Electric Barbarella”
KT Tunstall’s “Madame Trudeaux”
Raspberries “Go All The Way
The Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter”
Fleetwood Mac’s “Sister of the Moon”
Styx’s “Too Much Time on My Hands’
The Rolling Stones “Sympathy For the Devil”

#7FavCereals
Honey Nut Cheerios
Frosted Mini Wheats
Frosted Flakes
Raisin Bran
Cheerio’s
Wheaties
Lucky Charms

#7FavKnots (stole from Marc Bernardin)
Figure 8
Monkey’s Fist
Spanish Bowline
Diamond Hitch
Versatackle
Alpine Butterfly
Landing

#7FavDogs
My dog Pystol
My dog Jewell
My friend Tina’s dog Yogi
My friend Dawn’s dog
My sister’s dog
My sister’s other dog
Every other one

Update from Alman

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Hello there writing and fight fans, this is trusty Al Stover. You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted anything in the past few weeks. There was some personal stuff going on, not to serious but I had to find myself and work on some things. Speaking of work, I recently started a new Sports blog dubbed “The Fighter’s Circle.” It’s where I’ll have a lot of MMA-related content and posts, which I’ll still try and post onto here.

http://fighterscircle.sportsblog.com/

I’ve also been working on some Pokemon-related things. I wrote a few fictional pieces before Christmas and entered them into a writing content. More on that later. My mom also bought me “Pokemon Omega Ruby” so I’ll hopefully have some Poke Posts up here as well.

I just wanted to thank you all for a great year and taking the time to look at, like and comment on my blog. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas – or a great holiday – and I hope you have a great New Year.

Update Sept. 20, 2017

Well folks, you have noticed it’s been a few months since I’ve actively posted on this site. I recently moved from Cheney to Ritzville for work purposes. After three-and-a-half years at the Cheney Free Press, I took the chance and moved west to work at the Ritzville Adams County Journal.

It’s similar to the Free Press in that it’s a weekly newspaper – both are owned by Free Press Publishing. However, the office is smaller and our coverage area is a little smaller. The Journal covers more towns, however they’re small compared to the West Plains and there’s not a lot happening in regards to development. Ritzville is small compared to Cheney but it has a rich history.

The transition has had its bumps but it’s been a good experience. The people in Ritzville are friendly and they say hello. Some folks don’t go beyond a hello, which can be frustrating. Some people think they know you as a person through your writing or from information others give them. There are people who I’ve met and gotten to know, but there’s still a way to go.

Part of this transition has been rough because I’ve spent a lot of time by myself. I was kind of a loner before, but I was always within driving distance to friends. Now I’m a good hour away from Spokane and I’ve had to find ways to keep myself entertained – which includes getting back into World of Warcraft and becoming familiar with some of the restaurants and the one watering hole in town. It’s been a combination of appreciating, loving and respecting myself and coming out of my shell.

I’ve also been writing fiction again, which has been a lot of fun and I’ll try and post some stories on here.

But as much as I miss my hanging out with my friends, I don’t miss the drama. What I mean is there was a lot of drama surrounding a particular group of friends which led to a falling out between them. There was one person in particular who I’ve grown to resent because of things that have happened in our lives – I’ll put it this way, he and I are like family, but I would not want my child to date him. Now I’m no longer in the area where I have to choose sides or anything like that.

Now that I’ve settled in, I’ll continue to post on this site – my goal is to hit 3,000 before the end of the year. I probably won’t be doing lengthy news-type posts about MMA or wrestling, but I’ll have reviews and videos. I’ll also be posting more Pokemon stuff. I’m also going to focus on making the Journal better and helping my Editor meet her goals of what she wants to do with the paper.

Now I’m off to the office, but first I’ll catch that Magikarp at the Courthouse.

Blog name changes

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This morning I decided to rename my main blogs – From The Desk of Mr. Stover is now just Mr. Stover’s Desk and From the Blue Corner is now Stover’s Sports Desk.

This came about for a couple of different reasons. One, I felt the names were too long and I wanted to shorten them. The other – and this mostly relates to the Stover’s Sports Desk – is because I wanted to go with a title that encompassed more sports.

From the Blue Corner started mainly as a combat sports blog where I’d dump articles and columns I wrote onto the page. Since then I’ve added different types of posts and have expanded my topics to include all sports. This comes from working at the Cheney Free Press and writing about different sports.

While the titles of both blogs have changed, everything else will remain the same. Thank you and have a great day. – Al

Cleaning out Fansided drawer – The Living Daylights

I recently took a position as Editor for The Living Daylights, a boxing blog for Fansided. Similar to my gig on Cage Pages, this focuses on writing articles, generating content and trying to get eyes on the site. I’ll admit the first month was a grind, mostly due to sharing the space with the former editor. Now I’m in control and trying to implement some changes.

Anyways, here are some of what I would consider my better articles from August.

Scotty Cardle ready for more gold

English prospect Scotty Cardle is ready to take the next step in his career when he takes on Kirk Goodings for the English title, Sept. 13 at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester.

Cardle (15-0, 3 KOs) had a good 2014 so far. He’s coming off back-to-back wins over Paul Appleby and Sylbain Chapelle.

Goodings made his first successful title defense back in March after he finished Gary Fox in the eighth-round via TKO.

This isn’t Cardle’s first taste of gold. Back in April 2013 he beat Maxi Hughes for the Central Area lightweight title.

In addition to this being for Gooding’s title, this match is a title eliminator for the British lightweight title, currently held by Terry Flanagan. According to Matchroom Boxing, Cardle is hoping to have the match with Flanagan – assuming he beats Goodings – before Christmas.

Cardle said he is knows he is getting a challenge with Goodings.

Marianne Marston fights for first title

English Prospect Marianne Marston is gearing up for the biggest fight in her career – so far – when she meets Marianna Gulyas of Hungary, Oct. 25 at York Hall in Bethnal Green, on the “Capital Punishment” card, which is promoted by Dave Murphy Acourtier Events.

According to the Women’s Boxing Archive News, Marston (2-1, 2KOs) and Gulyas (13-18, 2KOs) are fighting for the vacant MBC International super bantamweight title.

Marston, known to fans as “Golden Girl” made her professional boxing debut in 2013, scoring back-to-back first-round TKO wins over Gabriella Roman and Catalina Lazar. She is coming off a split-decision loss against Hana Horakova back in March.

According to her website, Marston is a protégé of former world champions Joe Frazier and Steve Cunningham. She is also a licensed manager promoter and instructor. The Golden Girl is also the “prime mover” of World Boxing Federation Women’s World Boxing Championships – which promotes cards of some of the top women boxers in the world.

Yvonne Caples returns to boxing

Charmaine Tweet teaches Veronica Rothenhausler a lesson

Boxer Jodie Esquibel wins at Invicta FC 8

Jillian Lybarger impresses in boxing debut

Melissa McMorrow speaks after fight

Marco Huck could break record

Anthony Joshua fights for title