J.K. Riki

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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Flexibility is Always Required

I don’t do some weird experiment every month or anything, but following my attempts to eat all the food in the house  and cut back on Internet use recently, I decided to try something else new. I’ve talked in the past about the problem I have with my overstuffed wardrobe and finally determined to do something about it. Earlier this month I scooped up armfuls of clothes and banished them…
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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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