J.K. Riki

Don’t Confuse the Start From the Finish

I have a friend who I don’t see too often, but every time we get together he asks me “How are the book sales?” I usually smile and say “Still chugging along!” I’m certainly grateful for his interest, but truthfully I didn’t write The 15 Day Creativity Boot Camp for “the sales.” Sure, having it make enough to pay for printing costs (still working towards that goal) is nice, but…
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Stealing Ideas Is Wrong (so Borrow Them Instead)

  Today we’ve got a guest post from author (and friend) Adam Stück. You can find more of his writing on his blog Typewriter Monkey Task Force, and in his novel The Trials of Lance Eliot! Every time someone invites me to write a post for their blog, I face an old question: Do I write about J.R.R. Tolkien, or do I write about literally anything else? I usually write about Tolkien.…
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Rest Well

In our busy, hurried lives, we don’t tend to rest very well. Even when we take vacations, they are often spent packing as much to-do in as possible. Sometimes we return even more tired than when we left, needing a vacation to recuperate from our vacation. Beyond that, even single days-off are often spent “catching up” on one project or another, rather than truly switching off. This is a shame,…
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The Curse of the Debut

There’s an old saying that goes “You only have one chance to make a first impression.” It’s wise advice, and very true, but sadly it can also lead to a very dangerous side effect: Never making any impression at all. The Curse of the Debut happens when you get so caught up in making a great first impression that you put off your debut forever. You keep waiting for the…
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Another New Year

In spite of celebrating New Year’s just a month ago, today is another new year! More specifically Chinese New Year. Which I think is also the Lunar New Year, but I never quite figured that out. At any rate, the zodiac for this year is the Monkey, which brings back fond memories from twelve years ago and the last Year of the Monkey. In 2004, FredtheMonkey.com had just recently launched,…
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5 Lessons From Limiting My Time Online

If you missed it, last month I decided to limit my Internet use to one hour per day. Recently Victoria left a comment asking: Hey just curious – what have you been able to do now with all of the time that you haven’t been spending on the internet? Today I thought I’d share five things I learned/did as a result of cutting back on time spent online! #5 The…
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Brain Blinking

Every time you blink, your eyes go through a self-cleaning process. Moisture is spread by the eyelids, and debris or irritants – some of which you might not even feel – are removed. Blinking isn’t an option. If you don’t do it, or can’t, you will go blind. Imagine if it wasn’t a natural response of our bodies. How many people would try to squeeze out a few extra minutes…
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Everything Sucks (At First)

Two or three years ago, I bought a guitar so my wife and I could learn to play. Since then, I’ve messed around with it once or twice, but as anyone who has ever learned to play the guitar will tell you: When you first try to play a guitar, it sucks. Not only do the chord fingerings feel impossible to switch between, the steel strings eat into your fingertips…
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My 2016 List of Goals

Ever since 2011, I’ve sat down in January and created a list of goals for the upcoming year. I find it to be a helpful way to make sure December doesn’t roll around with my thinking “Where did that year go? What did I even do?” I also amend my previous list with any major accomplishments I didn’t have planned. If you’ve never put your goals into concrete form like…
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Why I’m Leaving the Internet in 2016

Okay, that headline is a little misleading, I’ll admit it. More accurately, I’ve decided that during the month of January I’m going to limit all Internet use to one hour per day. That includes Email Instant Messaging Message Boards Twitter General Online Searching and Perusing and Time Wasting Why would I do such a crazy thing? For starters, I’ve kept tabs on where I spend a vast majority of my…
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