J.K. Riki

An Exciting and Terrifying Leap

This past Friday my wife gave her two week’s notice at a job she’s had for thirteen years. She is leaving to team up with me and run our own business. I am a healthy mix of excited and terrified. Excited because it’s always been a dream of mine to work alongside her full time. My wife is my best friend, and to spend nine hours of every weekday apart…
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Once Upon A Time (A Story of the Future)

Once upon a time I launched JKRiki.com, right around the launch of my first book. A large part of creating the site was centered around the book, and supporting the book. After all, “the experts” tell you to have blogs and newsletters and all sorts of things to support sales of your product, whatever that product might be. What the experts don’t often tell you is that it can feel…
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What’s Next…?

After giving it a great deal of thought, I decided on what would be next for JKRiki.com and future updates. Then some other things changed, and I had to go back to the drawing board! At the moment I’m still a little unclear about what the future holds (do we ever really know?) so I am going to keep focusing on getting over my recent dizziness issue and working towards…
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Short Hiatus While Figuring This Out!

As I discussed last week, I’m not totally clear what I want for this website going forward. In order to figure it out in full, I’m going to put blog updates on a temporary hiatus. September 4th I plan to be back with news of what’s been decided! In the meantime I hope you’ll stop by Twitter or Instagram (@JK_Riki both places!) and say hello any time. I’ll keep posting…
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What Do I Want This Site to Be?

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been considering what to do with the future of JKRiki.com as a whole. Originally I had intended just to keep my weekly blog thing going, and also have it be a waypoint for The 15 Day Creativity Boot Camp, the book I wrote a few years ago. (Wow, has it really been a few years already?) I’m not short on knowledge as…
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Trashed Idea: A Video Log

On my way back from Calgary Canada recently I spent part of the flight jotting down ideas for when I returned to my office. Feeling refreshed from the time spent with nature, possibilities flowed from my pen onto the paper with ease and grace. I was psyched and ready to get back to work. Once my feet were back on the ground and a few days had passed, I revisited…
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Twitter Experiment: Failure

Last month I decided to dramatically reduce my time on Twitter. So how did it go? Well… not so great. To start, let me explain what changed for the better. Along with a reduction of time, I went through and unfollowed a lot of the folks who were causing me grief with their constant negativity and pseudo-activism. (Activism is great when you work to accomplish things, but unhelpful when you…
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Art Post: Then and Now

Today I have some art to share, seen below. I also want to walk through the process, for all who might be interested in an analysis of redoing a drawing fifteen years after the original creation. I found the drawing on the left, done in 2002, in an old sketchbook from my early art-school days. Back then I had a particular affinity for anime/manga, which is the art style predominately…
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Gone Travelin’

Sorry for the spotty updates, summer is in full swing and I’ve been fortunate enough to do some traveling lately. Figured I’d share a few photos from a journey around Arizona! We drove from Phoenix to Sedona and back, with a stop at a little roadside restaurant that had the best pie I’ve ever eaten. Would have expected such things to be found in a New Jersey diner rather than…
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Why I’m Leaving Twitter in 2017

Much like the time I “left the Internet” last year, today’s blog title is misleading. Let me explain. In early 2016, I chose to limit my time online to one hour per day. It was a useful experience, and I learned a number of great lessons. I rediscovered that post a few weeks ago, and now it’s time for Round Two of the experiment. This time the focus is Twitter.…
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