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This is the Nearzone, home base of writer J Onwuka. You'll find my thoughts on science fantasy, pro wrestling, and storytelling here, so have a look around! It'll feel a little weird at first, that's perfectly okay.

Another Arc Complete!

Astronaut Christmas

So there it is! “She Walks Into Darkness”: short and to the point, and hopefully enough action for you! If you haven’t checked out this gritty catacomb hunt it’s best to do so from the beginning. And if you don’t know about Mara Neptune yet, catch up on the scrappy heroine’s first adventure “In and Out … Keep reading→

A Crooked Corner…

A Promising and Attractive Young Black Woman

So as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve got a self-published book out on Amazon right now, A Promising and Attractive Young Black Woman. There are three stories in it; the first one (“Sexism”, about a confused single dad) is short enough that you can read it all in the preview and still get a good sense … Keep reading→

Mara’s First Story is Done!

Fireworks over Shuttle Atlantis

Thanks to everybody who stuck around for the entire first story-run of The Ballad of Mara Neptune! That one is called “In and Out of The Between.” If you missed it or just want to get it again from the beginning, check out the first episode and use the More in The Ballad of Mara … Keep reading→

Me on a Wrestling Podcast


Couple days back, I was invited onto the Street Fight radio show/podcast for their monthly-ish Fight Report. We basically recapped and reviewed WWE’s just-past Money in the Bank pay-per-view. All you wrestling heads should definitely check it out for a fun convo. Money in the Bank Fight Report @ Street Fight Also, tiny bit of … Keep reading→

Fatima and Jerod


A short sketch I wrote years ago, I believe in college. Fatima and Jerod were married in a small chapel called the Canticle of Light. Fatima’s family — her mother, two sisters, and brother — attended and dabbed at their eyes in the pews. Jerod had no family he cared to invite. The pastor was … Keep reading→