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    • Where Is That Beard Care Shirt?

      2 days ago

      Tropes Magical

      So this week I've been looking into getting myself some beard care supplies again and while the original contenders were between Beard Monster and Grimfrost I decided to be a little experimental and ordered a box from Dollar Beard Club - a riff on Dollar Shave Club where you can build a box of beard care supplies from the ground up starting from as low as a dollar plus shipping each month. It might be beneficial to people if I explain some of what sold me on them (at least this month).


      1. Price. Their oil, in the small (almost sample) size is only $1USD per box, so for someone who is shopping around for a supplier of beard care that it actually perfect. They have other products which can be more expensive (my total box, including shipping, comes to $12.99) but for me just wanting to give it a try it was great.


      2. Humor. Their videos are a cross between Old Spice and Red Stripe in comedy levels and I appreciate people who can commit to comedy as a part of the brand. 


      3. Referral links. Full disclosure, but if you click here, build a box of your own that comes to $5 or more per month they'll send me a one-time finder's fee. They sent me that even before I'd purchased anything and it definitely made up my mind for the month as far as where I'd be getting my own supplies.


      That last one was the deciding factor in a big way at the moment because if enough people use my link I can more than cover the cost of my own beard care very quickly, and even get me the extra money for the Pattillo & Ellis Beard Care shirt in the RT store if I'm lucky. 


      And on a personal note I'm finally getting okay at putting my bronze beard ring in, unsteady hands be damned!

    • Dear Canadians

      1 week ago

      Tropes Magical

      So I just browsed the "Come to Canada" page and some stuff I couldn't suss out some things on the page. So I have a few questions for y'all if you have any links or information.


      1. I apparently don't qualify for the express entry - does that mean I just don't qualify for entry at all, or are there other (slower) means I could go through?

      2. Would a work visa would allow me to live there for some length of time as I work on getting myself permanent (ish) residency?

      3. What qualifies as a "serious financial problem?" I have student debt that's a little behind but, uh, yeah, it's not crippling.


      Any links to information or any information you, yourselves had would be super appreciated! I plan on moving internationally at some point but, well, y'all have seen how this election year is going and as I've said before if Trump wins I'm leaving and never looking back. 

    • "FOIST" - Geoff Ramsey

      1 week ago

      Tropes Magical

      If you can find that comment (or were there when he first did that) I love you forever. That said, I've reinstated my FIRST membership because I got paid at both my jobs today. Couldn't get it back at the old rate but what's a few extra cents a month for the level of enjoyment the FIRST-exclusive content brings me, amirite?

    • I Did A Whoops

      3 weeks ago

      Tropes Magical

      So I'm between checks right now and I accidentally let my FIRST membership lapse. Mostly just saying it here so I remember to get that reinstated once I get my first checks from my new jobs and can afford it back - just hope I can get it back at the original rate.

    • A Bit of Catch-Up

      3 weeks ago

      Tropes Magical

      Okay, so this was a thing.


      You may have noticed I was absent from the site for the last few weeks. Some of that was me being extraordinarily busy - I was looking for new work after my move. So first things first, found two new jobs. Both part time at the moment but one is scooping ice cream and the other is


      Wait for it


      Fitness coaching.


      Oh right, remember how I wanted to become a trainer/coach by next September? Yeah I beat that by a full year. So... that's neat.


      Also, I need to find a means of returning my old TWC modem because I need to return it to get my payment for August back and the rep gave me an address for a toenail painting studio instead of a TWC retailer. Because of course they did.


      Also, my computer is dying. In fact is has been dead for the last week or so. For some reason it lurched back from it's grave this morning and I'm seeing if I can do something to make a more permanent fix. I've managed to back up some things and have done some vital tasks that my phone isn't suitable for, but I don't know if this will turn on again next time I restart.


      I'll talk more about my job hunt and that when I've done some other comuterbox stuff. Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later, but we'll see if it dies again.

    • Brunch is Hardcore

      1 month ago

      Tropes Magical

      I had one meal yesterday at about 11, it was a super nice brunch with friends. It kept me at least functionally full until something like 11PM. Which is hardcore.

      I need to brunch more often.

    • It's back!

      1 month ago

      Tropes Magical

      It's back! Yeah I'm still on my shit camera but at least I'm keeping the ball rolling until I can afford a real one.


      Hope y'all enjoy!


    • I think I need a planner

      1 month ago

      Tropes Magical

      Between dinners, parties, gym sessions, job interviews and family stuff I'm definitely having trouble keeping track of myself this last week. I think I'm almost up to speed with Boston and can sort of stop and take a breath by tomorrow, or possibly Thursday, but I suppose we'll see.


      Does suck I missed UnCon. But that's just the way it fell out this year. I have half of a half-baked scheme to see if any RTNE folks want to try to get a big event going in the next few months, but that's going to have to be a back-burner idea until I know what's what between work and artistic endeavors.

    • My UC&U Comment/Story

      1 month ago

      Tropes Magical

      I am really bad at chronology and remembering things (and my story kind of explains why) but if I have the timeline right my earliest memory is when I had my first of many experiences with high velocity head impacts.


      I must have been three or four. I was running around the dining room with my head down like a pachycephalosaurus (I was a big dinosaur kid, but that means it may be my second or third memory after a family night where we watched Jurassic Park and make me a little older, but whatever). Either way I, running at top speed with my head down, went straight into a wall dome-first.


      I remember crying and shouting, and I guess I slipped in and out of consciousness for a while since the next thing I know my Papa (paternal grandfather) was driving my parents and I to the nearest hospital. I saw it looming on what my kid brain interpreted as a horizon in the dark and started screaming at the top of my lungs about how I didn't want to go to the doctors because I didn't want a shot. That, above all, terrified me.


      Then we were in the room that smells like cotton swabs, tongue depressors and sanitizer before that was a common word and I was sitting on the little leather bed with the paper draped over it, the same stuff they make toilet seat covers out of to keep your ass cheeks from sticking to the material in the humidity. My Mom was there and so was a woman, I guess a night doctor, in a blue dress with tiny white spots. I was still crying but no longer screaming and I believe I was muttering "no shots, no shots, no shots" until the doctor asked "are their any shots involved?"


      I freaked all the way the fuck out. I mean legit, who brings up shots in front of a kid clearly already terrified of shots and begging for none to be involved in the procedure in progress? I know she was just a night doctor asking the questions that she had to ask but I think I would have preferred if she asked my Mom that out of earshot. Either way I thought she was a mean, dumb bitch and panicked. Then I don't remember anything else.


      Throughout the years I've had a spotty memory, but this isn't my only childhood head injury - just the one I'm pretty sure is the first one. And unless my timeline is off and I did see Jurassic Park first then this is my earliest memory. Either way this and Jurassic Park combined led to my childhood, tentatively titled Like A Scaredy-Cat Ralph Wiggum Only A Douchebag.


      I mean I got better. But Still.

    • The Arcanum Anthology is out!

      2 months ago

      Tropes Magical

      And it's still kinda sinking in.


      So I've done assisted self-publishing before, which means that if you dig hard enough into the bowels of the internet you'll find troubled 20-year-old Joe's work sitting around somewhere (and troubled 16-year-old Joe's fanfiction if you're really diligent). But this is a real story I'm actually pretty proud of that went through an actual editing process for a real anthology that was successfully crowdfunded in a week or so.


      Yes, it's true and it's out: The End Of Nine Worlds, my short story about the Norse Ragnarok myth, has been released alongside art and fifteen other stories about myths and legends from all over the world in the Arcanum anthology! Now, with the permission and blessing of the Arcanum team I get to share it with everyone FOR FUCKING FREE in PDF form!


      There are physical books in limited supply but I don't have word on how that will work, aside from the fact that profits will go to (I am 99% sure) We Need Diverse Books.


      Okay, enough of my chattering. You can find The End Of Nine Worlds along with the rest of the stories here, so give them a read:


      The Arcanum: Mythology of the Ancient World


      Thanks so much for the support over time and look out for more from me in the future!

  • About Me

    I write books. That will always be the most important part.

    When I'm not writing books, I like the usual, I guess. Reading, video games, etc., even though the writing and the day job means I only get to play those rarely.

    Huge fantasy nerd. It's what I love to read and what I love to write, but as you can see above historical and sci-fi are also favorites even though I've written sci-fi only rarely and my only attempt at historical fiction was the worst book (thankfully unpublished) I'd ever written.

    I prefer to know people before friending them, either in person or through interacting meaningfully on the site, FYI.

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  • Comments (43)

    • Shoban FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nabohs

      2 months ago

      Dude! You became featured user! Happy FU day man!

    • Austin0434

      3 months ago

      I know this random but it looks like you just came of three movies either and early Bond movie, The Godfather series, or a Dianel Daylewis film. In others you have a badass profile picture and I would be honored to have you as friend.

    • Cinomari FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of N00bs

      4 months ago

      Elegant writing! See you at RTX?

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Magical

        4 months ago

        Thank you! I'll be there

    • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

      1 year ago

      Ursula K Le Guin on where ideas come from and about the writing process. Figured you'd find this as interesting as I did.

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Magical

        1 year ago

        Definitely interesting! A lot of it is validating, especially the bits emphasizing the importance of hard work over finding some "secret" that transforms you into a writer.

    • StryfeRyder FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Awesome meeting you at PAX, did you manage to get into the RT line at all?

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Magical

        2 years ago

        Nah, but that's fine. I'd met them all before and got to hang out with other awesome people anyhow. Good meeting you too!

    • RAGEgirl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold r00kie

      3 years ago

      Also: I just noticed that I'm in your profile pic. That's pretty awesome. =P

    • RAGEgirl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold r00kie

      3 years ago

      Definitely makes sense. Definitely annoying when writers do that.

      It's so weird to me that they keep creating these characters and/or writing them up in that way, when I feel like readers have voiced enough of a distaste for that kind of character/writing. It's almost like they don't realize that not everything has to be super-amazingly-impressive for us to like them. I like ice cream, but it doesn't have to blow my mind for me to enjoy eating it.

    • Nero Nero Maxim

      3 years ago

      Hey @Tropes @halo_dudette and @Jteeth

      We got like a week to go, and I'm just wondering if it's a good idea to maybe exchange cell phone numbers so people can coordinate upon arrival and stuff?

      But other than that, it might be good to just go over everyone's arrival plans and stuff like that.

      I personally will be arriving in Toronto (pending no delays on the train) on Train 57 at Union Station downtown at 3:35pm on Thursday the 6th. I'm leaving on Monday the 10th at 5:35pm. When I get there I'm just gonna walk to the hotel, it's maybe a 20 minute walk so I should be at the hotel for 4pm

      • Jteeth FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Prof Oak

        3 years ago

        I'll be coming in on the Thursday at 5ish. Then once I check in at the hotel I'll be going to see fast 6!

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Magical

        3 years ago

        I'll likely be there later than that. I'm taking a bus to Dundas Station. Last year we were delayed at customs and so arrived at 10, but the scheduled arrival is 8PM. I can see the hotel from Dundas, it's no more than a five-minute walk.

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      That's great, thank you!! Yes I think I will be around on Friday, but I really dont know for sure yet.

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Hey man!! Thanks!! Yeah, it's cool to find new ways to use the characters themes. Try to tie it in...without wearing it out....you know?

      • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        Very kind of to say that---thanks so much. It's a really fun riff to play on gtr so I dont even think I thought about it at all, just did it. smiley13.gif

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Magical

        4 years ago

        well I think you're doing just that. I mean, Plagam Extremam Infligere was, I thought, a single-scene wonder but by swapping out the drum for guitar along with the other changes you've changed it up enough to call back that chill while still having it be fresh.

    • THAYT FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Joker SR2

      4 years ago

      Met you at RvBTO!!!

    • Jteeth FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Prof Oak

      4 years ago

      Uhhhhh A LITERARY DEVICE!

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Magical

        4 years ago

        Good, you remembered!

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Thats awesome, I'm so glad that people seemed to like that. The first version of the song is so aggressive I was worried that people would take it as...ummm, i dunno....ridiculous, maybe. If that makes sense. Thanks man, I truly appreciate the kind word!

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Thanks for being there with us!!!! It was a lot of fun, great to see you as always.

    • Oaktownpull

      4 years ago

      Hey man, saw your post from PAX, and you're doing RvBTO, but are you also hitting up RTX this year?

      • Oaktownpull

        4 years ago

        Right on. Hopefully the planets will align and RTX will happen.

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Magical

        4 years ago

        I wish! I only had the money for one, and since this is going to be the last RvBTO I'm going to do that this year and then RTX 2013 instead.

        Or, well, that's what's probably going to happen. There is a sequence of increasingly unlikely events that, if they all happened just so, would allow me to do both. I'm not holding my breath though :(

    • magicookie

      4 years ago

      TV Tropes ruined my life. smiley1.gif

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Magical

        4 years ago

        Yeah, someone once said that seeing the strings might make it worse, but instead I read books that I already liked and say "AAAH! I see what you did there!"

      • magicookie

        4 years ago

        Lycantropes, i.e. tropes about werewolves!

        TV Tropes has done both, just like Reddit... For some reason, understanding WHY something is funny makes it way funnier. It also makes me much better at perceiving writing mechanics.

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Magical

        4 years ago

        Ruined or enriched?

        Funny thing, I actually didn't get this name based on my uncanny awareness of tropes. I got it because a British man in a chatroom couldn't spell "lycanthropy."

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      hahahahaaaa----yeaaaaah

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Thanks thanks thanks man!!! Yeah I cant wait to be able to TAKE a road trip...or even a day trip sounds incredible right now.

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      In reply to Tropes, #7:

      Thank YOU!!! I feel very lucky to make music for RvB and you guys. Hope you like the new stuff....!!

      smiley13.gifsmiley13.gif

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      The soundtrack is going to come out piecemeal on iTunes, and those versions will be the OST versions. So, they will be very much like what you hear in the episodes. For the CD, I will probably do something similar to the Revelation CD, where I will make extended fancier versions .

    • elpez124

      5 years ago

      If you have Morrowind for the PC and would be interested in participating in an experiment, please email [email protected]

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      Cuz you're the best. The BEST. EVER!!!!!!


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    • Orion255

      5 years ago

      Hey mate, going to PAX East again this year?

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      Hey!

      I really really want to thank you for such kind words. Actually eleventy billion aren't saying it, it's just been a nice handful of people who have noticed.

      It's very much appreciated, I am so very glad that you like it. I can't wait for you to have the whole CD (soon, soon!!).

      Thanks again and best wishes,
      Jeff

    • Chagrin

      6 years ago

      Great answer! smiley1.gifsmiley8.gif

    • Fuck_Berries

      6 years ago

      Hahaha, lol. It's probably one of my favorite Tucker lines.

    • TheJas

      6 years ago

      I don't know. Try sending me a request and maybe it'll get fixed?

    • Chagrin

      6 years ago

      See you @ Pax! Come say hi if you see me first. smiley1.gif

    • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Magical

      7 years ago

      Yeah, see, I didn't actually do that. I joined the group and everyone (all two of them) vanished. So now I'm "in charge."

    • BigGuns117 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      yo the griff fan club image needs to be cropped better.

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