J.K. Riki

Creative Life

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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Birthday Thoughts

This past Saturday was my birthday, and while I don’t generally do a “Birthday Post,” the milestone of 35 years on this planet seems like a good time for a few reflections! Here is some wisdom I’ve picked up along the way, use it as you see fit: 1) You get more with honey than you do with vinegar. A lesson taught to me by my mother, this advice keeps…
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Positivity is a Choice

Every day we experience things both good and bad. How you approach each and every experience will have a major affect on your life overall. Dwelling on negative things keeps them fresh in your mind, and strengthens the parts of your brain where negativity resides. On the other hand, finding silver linings and looking at challenges as opportunities to improve literally makes being more positive easier for you in the…
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Q&A: Creativity, Art, Fred the Monkey, and Negativity

Today we’ve got some questions and answers, so let’s jump right in! “What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the creative process? Does each creative experience have moments that are predictably pleasant or unpleasant for you?” –Adam My personal favorite part is definitely the beginning. When all ideas are still on the table, and the table doesn’t even exist in your mind yet, the possibilities are endless! The…
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Questions and Answers Open Here

Today I’m opening up the blog for a little Q&A. Do you have anything you’re struggling with right now, and would like to hear another perspective about? Ask away. It can be about anything, from creativity to writing to motivation to art to just general life stuff. I’ll do the best I can to help! Feel free to leave the question in the comment section, or email me via the…
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Another Time I was Wrong: “Anyone Can Make It”

I’m wrong sometimes. I’m grateful for the opportunity to live long enough to discover many instances in my life where I’ve thought about things the wrong way. Some people don’t get that chance. Others don’t take the opportunity and just go on believing they are, and have always been, right. This is often due to pride, fear, or a simple lack of knowledge. At any rate, today I want to…
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Work Art vs. Fun Art

I normally post my art on Instagram, Twitter, and DeviantArt rather than this blog, but today’s entry is based on an idea I put down in comic form: I spent a large portion of the past few years working and worrying about practicing art. It had become a routine done through gritted teeth. This is necessary sometimes when we’re practicing a skill, especially early on when we aren’t any good…
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I Think Science is More Important Than Art

Let me start at the end. “Until we treat Art as equally important as things like Science, we will never find the balance needed to produce the fullest human beings.” Now let me explain what brought me to the idea above. First, there’s something you need to understand. Until now it has been a secret of mine. Something I’ve tried to hide due to how unpopular it is among my…
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On Allowing Yourself to be Changed

In the past few weeks I have changed in some rather significant ways. I’d like to believe that this change is permanent and for the better, but that remains to be seen. In the meantime, here are how and why those changes took place:  I have been reading a number of books that challenge me to approach things in a different way. Not radically different, because a radical change is…
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Does Your Blog Matter?

Bloggers have a tough job at times, especially early on. To do good work requires a lot of effort. Many times it seems like there’s no one reading what you write. I share this because it’s something all bloggers experience. I want to let others know they’re not alone. We all go through periods where we wonder “Does what I’m doing even matter?” It’s a personal question I can’t answer…
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