protagonized.pngAuthor Marc Aucoin has been an active member of the writing community Protagonize since 2008, writing, collaborating, and sharing writing exercises every day at his personal site. Follow this link to read his work at Protagonize.

Protagonize founder Nick Bouton praised his work: “Marc has been a prolific author and exceptional member of our community, as well as one of our most influential authors, since he joined the site nearly two years ago. Like the authors and fans he refers to in his description of A Fighting Chance, a 61-chapter solo effort he’s been crafting on the site, Marc has done double-duty as a Protagonize moderator for the last year, helping me to control and guide the chaos of our vibrant writing community.”

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Here’s a brief excerpt from A Fighting Chance by Marc Aucoin (a.k.a. Eloosive)

I could feel the bad news coming. Doc always made me wait longer when he knew I wouldn’t like the diagnosis.

I sat hunched over in his examining room, staring at my swollen knuckles and wondering if this last bodily betrayal would be the end of me. I flexed my fingers, winced at the wave of pain that rushed up my arms and released them. I shook my head, knowing what Doc would have to say about that.

I heard his footsteps in the hall and sat up straight; he would not find a defeated and dejected man made pale by those glaring overhead lights that stole away shadows. He would find a fighter, a man filled with determination and steel.