J.K. Riki

How Much Do You Want It?

National Novel Writing Month has begun. Day 1 produced 3,332 words, several main characters, and a location. Before beginning to type yesterday afternoon, I had no idea what the novel was about. When November 30th rolls around, I will have a 50,000+ word novel that I did not have at the end of October. Whether it’s ever published or not, it will exist. If you want to realize a dream,…
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Note to Self

I recently started the research process for a potential future book. I won’t go into details, because there’s no way to know this early in the game if anything will come from it or be taken all the way through to book-form, but there’s one thing that continued to stick out as I went along. I found myself, multiple times, writing down thoughts and ideas for different aspects of the…
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Limitations

For my birthday this year, my wife got me $100 in iTunes gift cards. It was a fantastic gift because I have a tendency to listen to the same 12 songs on my phone over and over until either I get sick of them (unlikely) or the people I’m in the car with go crazy (pretty likely). It’s also helpful because songs take up no physical space, and I don’t…
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The Most Terrifying Compliment Ever Received

If you’ve been around since the days of FredtheMonkey.com you probably know Mr. Deutsch. He’s the math teacher character who pops in now and then to inject some numerical humor into the cartoons. What you may not know is that he’s a real person as well as a cartoon character. Mr. Deutsch the character is voiced by my old math teacher Mr. Deutsch the human being. I don’t get to…
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The 15 Day Creativity Boot Camp is Here!

After quite a bit of time in the works, my book the 15 Day Creativity Boot Camp has arrived! You can find and order a copy right here in both print and e-Book versions. The book is designed to walk the reader step by step through the creative process. It begins by explaining the necessary shift in mindset to work in “Creativity Mode.” Without this mental change, creativity is hampered,…
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Inktober

Looking for something to exercise your creativity? In 2009, artist Jake Parker started a challenge called “Inktober.” Each October since then people from around the world take part by pledging to do one ink artwork every day during the month. Not “an artist?” No problem! The beautiful thing about doing this is that you don’t have to have any previous skill with ink drawings. The challenge is in the doing…
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Top Five Lessons Learned Publishing My First Book

The edits are finished and boxes full of books have arrived, and I wanted to take today’s post to share some things I learned from publishing The 15 Day Creativity Boot Camp! Whether you have aspirations of writing yourself or not, hopefully you can absorb some of these lessons into your own journey, whatever that journey may be. 5. It’s better than the dreams. I always dreamed of being “a…
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Where Do You Keep Your Tension?

The world is a busy place. The faster we go, the more stressed we can become. Today we’re going to do a simple exercise that can really make a big difference every time you practice it. Without thinking, we can carry a great deal of tension and “stress” in certain particular parts of our bodies. We tense up without realizing we are tense, and this state of being becomes our…
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A Fascinating Perspective (Part 2)

Last week I started a post about my use of the word fascinating, but another post leaped onto the page instead. I’ve long since learned not to get in the way when the words flow freely. My job as a writer is to move over and let them speak. With that unscheduled post out of the way, let’s get back to what I was going to say originally. I use…
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A Fascinating Perspective (Part 1)

I use the word fascinating a lot. It wasn’t until recently I realized just how much it has become a go-to word for me. Sometimes a word simply becomes part of our everyday vocabulary without much thought. In those times, the word can actually lose a lot of its original meaning. Take “awesome.” Today, everything is awesome. (Not just the song from The Lego Movie.) Awesome has become a go-to…
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