Welcome! New Here?

Headshot2011Welcome! Think of this as my own little Echo Base on the internet.

My name is F. Ted Atchley, III. I write computer code by day and fiction stories (novels, short stories, fan fiction, flash fiction) by night. I’m still a long ways from publishing a full length novel. Currently, I’m published in four short story collections. You can see My Books here.

Ted the Third

I chose the name Ted the Third for my online presence. I come from a very close knit family. During my formative years, I had four generations of my family (up to my Great Grand Parents) living within a 20 mile radius. We would get together, at least once a week, and sometimes more often than that.

The men in my family are not horribly original in naming their boys, so I wound up being F. Ted Atchley, III. At family gatherings, if someone yelled for Ted, three heads would turn (me, my dad and my grandfather). People started calling us Ted Senior for my grandfather, Ted Junior for my dad, and I became Ted the Third.

The F. stands for Fielding which is usually a last name. I often jest that I have two last names rather than two first names. Two first names being the rule rather than the exception in the deep south. I use F. Ted Atchley because I think it looks a little like F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Getting around

I’ve structured the blog so you can concentrate on the topics that appeal to you most


On my blog I talk about my faith. I know for many, that’s an immediate turn off.

I need to apologize.

My blog is a safe place where all views are welcomed and respected. If I have ever failed on this, contact me and I’ll address it.

If you aren’t a follower of Christ, the only message I’m trying to get across is that I’m a very satisfied customer.

bibleI love Christ and I love the community of people I’ve found in my home church. My faith has made a positive impact on my lifemy marriage and my parenting.

This post explains how my own personal journey led me to want to write about being a dad and a husband. Why a Dad blog?

One of the first things I learned was that I had the relationship between the three roles (Person, Partner, Parent) all confused. Here’s the post where I got straightened out. Better Man, a Better Husband, and a Better Father.


booksMaybe you want to skip the faith posts.

As I mentioned in the open, I write novels, short stories, flash fiction, and fan fiction. I’m learning as I go (nothing like a little OJT!) and occasionally share something I’ve learned on the blog.

As an prepublished writer, part of my training is reading inside and outside of my genres. After I read a book, I like to post a review of it here on the blog. along with anything fun or helpful I find on my adventure as a writer.


ID-100109838I’ve been blogging for over 7 years and this is the fourth blog I’ve launched. I’d like to think I’ve learned a thing or four during that time and I’ll be sharing that incredible wisdom in my Blogging posts. I also include a page that show all the tools I use to make this site. If you want to know what themes, and pluggins I’m using, check it out.

Nothing like a blogger blogging about blogging! Its recursive to the third power!

Off Topic

Sometimes I will read or hear something that will light a spark in me and I use the blog to comment on the situation. These posts often hit on religion and politics and other taboo topics. I know I’m not supposed to ‘go there’ as it may alienate potential readers. You don’t have to agree with my religion or politics to like my stories. I welcome opposing viewpoints and try to learn from each person (as long as they follow my Comment policy – see below). Outside a few, bedrock beliefs that I have a fairly open mind on most topics.

Off Topic posts


Comment Policy

I allow people to comment on my blog, and I strongly believe in building a community of people who discuss posts. You can disagree with me, and other commenters. I’m always learning, and I’m always ready to hear another viewpoint. I don’t need to be the smartest guy in the room.

Do not voice your disagreement with obscenities and foul language. Do not voice your disagreement in personal attacks.

I will delete comments that are insulting or full of profanity.

I will not delete a comment just because I don’t agree with you.

You are not required to use your real name to comment. You don’t even need an account. I use LiveFyre which will allow you post using an account from one of the many social media services like Twitter, Facebook or Google+. You can also comment simply by leaving a name and email.

If a spam comment gets through, I’ll do my best to delete as quickly as possible.



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