J.K. Riki

Still Spinning!

Unfortunately my vertigo is still hanging around, and what makes it most severe is using the computer. I can do almost any activity and it merely nags me in the background, but when I look at the screen on my desk the room starts whooshing around like I’m on a boat. Sorry about the break in updates, if it was up to me I’d be fully back to normal by…
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Verti-go-away!

I am suffering from vertigo, so no post right now. Hopefully back to it once the world stops spinning so much!

Stein’s One-Plus-One Writing Tip

While I generally keep the blog topics broad, today we’re going to dig in to one specific creative pursuit: Writing. (You might want to read this post even if you’re not a writer, but regardless, normal creativity and inspiration posts will return next week.) I’ve always enjoyed writing. Unfortunately – as can happen when you have a knack for something – I spent most of my life resting on my…
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Are You Procrastinating?

Procrastination is a tricky bit of business. This month I’m taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo, which is a lighter, looser version of National Novel Writing Month. I intended to write while in Hawaii, to keep up with word count goalposts as I continued towards 50,000 words. As jam-packed as the trip ended up being, I only wrote a few words one of the days I was there. The past week,…
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The Creativity of Ziplining

I had a chance to try ziplining during my recent trip to Maui, Hawaii. It was an interesting experience, given that I normally have a small fear of heights. I didn’t feel any of those misgivings during the courses, though. By the end I was running off the platforms to get up to full speed and just enjoying the moment. One of our guides, Melvin, talked a bit about how…
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Delayed Post – Jetlagging

I had the fantastic opportunity to visit the island of Maui, Hawaii last week, but arrived home just before midnight on Sunday. Today’s blog post will see a slight delay as I try to readjust to East Coast time! Thanks for your patience. In the meantime, here’s a picture of a waterfall near Hana called The Three Bears. I hopped off the road and under a bridge to climb down…
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Train When The Sun is Shining

It’s rather difficult to practice tennis in the rain. Even if you’re on a clay court, a storm usually means keeping the racket bag zipped up and waiting for clear skies. It’s important to practice your serves and ground strokes when the sun is shining, because you won’t be able to when it’s raining. The same holds true for life. The hardest time to practice being positive is when clouds…
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When You Know Everything There Is To Know

Over the weekend I read the book Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White. It’s a writing manual that pulls no punches. In spite of being under 100 pages long, every word is carefully chosen and there is no fluff to be found. (Fluff, for those who don’t know, is what writers naturally fill books with and then attempt to remove during editing, to mixed results.) After finishing,…
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H2O Reminder

Short and to the point post today! Your body is around 60% water. This water does a lot for you, including assisting with digestion, food absorption, circulation, distributing nutrients, and even maintenance of body temperature. When you don’t have enough fluid in you, these functions can go out of balance and lead to serious issues. Plus you don’t have to be doing a physically demanding task to have your fluid…
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No Need to Wait

My 2016 Goals list includes “read two books on writing” under the Writing category. I recently reviewed that goal list and picked this item out to push forward, with the first two (of four) writing books arriving from the library this past week. I bring this up because often we set goals at the start of the year, but by March have long forgotten them. You don’t have to wait…
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