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    • #Fit4RTX 2017 Week 16 - We Have New Toys

      4 days ago

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      Yo!


      So we got some new toys at work. we've been using the Acumobility tools a lot but we also have one of those physical therapy electro-zap massage things. Which is great, because my right shoulder tends to have a bit of stiffness and soreness in it - not necessarily pain but my range of motion is sometimes a little limited. So we've been zapping my shoulder with this thing alongside my training. 


      Worked out six times this week, too, although yesterday was a little lacking because I was so tired from a buttload of work. Despite all evidence I'm actually an introvert, and since I've had no alone time thanks to perpetual appointment after appointment this week I'm beat. So today I'm just watching vids and chilling.

    • #Fit4RTX 2017 Week 15 - More on track

      1 week ago

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      This one is gonna be short and sweet because it's Easter and I'm faffing about before a family dinner. This week I did do my mealprep and got all my workouts in, so I'd say I'm on-track to be gaining size without too much extra fat between now and my pre-RTX mini-cut.


      Also, if you don't already know, the Booze Cruise/RvBoat tickets are active, so that's mad hype! 

    • #Fit4RTX 2017 Week 14 - Bulk Progress So Far - CPT Aquired!

      2 weeks ago

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      Yo!


      So damn do I feel great. Training in a calorie surplus feels fantastic, and being less strict than before on my diet (although still being somewhat careful) means I can have some fun treats with my wiggle room.


      That being said, I am still supposed to be careful. My calorie ceiling is 3,010. I usually don't bust through that but I do sometimes. In addition, I've been talking with a Strength and Conditioning Coach I work with who has given me some nutrient goals to hit but unfortunately I haven't been as effective at that .


      So my plan is to keep this surplus up until mid-May then shred down again just in time for RTX in early July. I'm also trying to think of a long-term structure and progression for myself.


      I'm also now a certified NASM personal trainer. I mentioned that but when I was in a state of semi-delirious exhaustion. So I'm wondering if I might want to do a bit of a bonus for people on the RT site where I may write a few Fit4RTX programs for people either free or hella cheap. Something to think about!

    • SassyKay asked Tropes a question

      Hello! I recently joined the RTNE group & see that you are a mod. I was wondering if you might be able to give me some tips on setting up & running a group? I want to get an active RTNH group going :)

      Answered: Apr 5, 2017

      Be able to dedicate a lot of time! I'm actually looking for someone to take over the RTNE group because my work schedule has expanded significantly and I think the community deserves someone who can give it the time. So if you don't think you can commit and commit HARD then I'd say to wait until you can.


      Also, be prepared to start slow. The first few events may be only one or two people, and sometimes no one may show up at all. That's okay, don't get discouraged! Things pick up eventually, but only after a lot of time and energy has been poured in.


      Best of luck! :)

    • #Fit4RTX 2017 Week 13 - Busy busy busy

      3 weeks ago

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      So this week I moved, I also got a tattoo. I also did some really good workouts too, but since my week was so busy I didn't focus on it as much as I should. That said, at least I was able to get my workouts in. 


      I also am taking my NASM CPT exam this week, so that'll finally be finished. 


      As for now, I'm beat from moving so I'm going to leave it there. Later, y'all

    • #Fit4RTX 2017 Week 12 - Now for the Baby Bulk

      1 month ago

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      All right! So I finished phase one of #fit4RTX 2017! I managed to go from 183 to 160 in terms of weight, but I've also got myself down to about 10% bodyfat. So I'm not at exactly where I wanted to be but I am also not quite done yet!


      So here's the plan for the next four to six weeks: Get big. Only do it healthy, though. Still tracking calories, still giving myself a max cap, and still eating healthy food (clean carbs, healthy fats and lean proteins). On MyFitnessPal I've basically set it to the slowest possible size gaining option and am going to reorganize my workouts around hypertrophy. Then, in mid-May, I'm going to shred down again. Ideally, I'll have gained so little fat when doing my muscle that I'll be able to get down to my original goal of 9% bodyfat or lower.


      Kinda makes me wish I had the time and ability to cosplay - I feel like I would be great as a "Savage" variant of Mogar or Broly if everything goes according to plan.

    • #Fit4RTX 2017 Week 11 - Blizzards, Boi

      1 month ago

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      Well, not like the kind you get at fast food places. As in the literal blizzard in Massachusetts kind of effected things. Also, I can definitely see that it's almost time to stop. 


      So as for the blizzard, not only did that stop me from getting a proper workout on Tuesday, and the cold tends to make it easier for me to convince myself to cheat. So that's already problematic, but also my lean muscle plummeted a little bit this week. That makes me think it's time to stop and work on building muscle back. 


      So for this week my plan is to go super hardcore from Monday to Friday. Saturday morning I'm going to do my final measurements and let you know, then one way or another my twelve week weight loss run will be finished and we'll be on to Fit$RTX 2017 Stage 2 - Muscle Building! I'll talk more about that next weekend (when I've actually figured out what the hell I'm doing).


      Have a great Sunday, y'all!

    • #fit4RTX 2017 Week 10 - Let the Final Stretch Begin (The First One Anyhow)!

      1 month ago

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      Yo!


      I was really on track last week but then PAX happened. That's also why this is late, but I can definitely say progress is still being made. I'm between 10%-11% bodyfat now, or I was at last check in, which means I'm super close!


      So this week has a blizzard, probably the last one of the season, and that will effect things. But the shoveling and the comfort food may well wind up just leveling themselves out in the end, so who can say if my final steps will be fast or slow?


      Either way, every workout at Elite39 for the past few weeks has been close to or in excess of 1,000 calories, tracked through the MyZone belts we use. So I'd say I'm on track to finish this whole thing out by my birthday, and I plan to gradually increase my calories so I don't just balloon back up.


      So here we go for the final stretch of my initial weight loss! Then it's on to strength gain!

    • #Fit4RTX 2017 week 9 - Sick

      1 month ago

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      Yeah no stats this week. I wasn't feeling well so both my nutrition and workouts were off. But it feels like today I'll be done with this cold and I'll be back to it full speed ahead this week!

    • #Fit4RTX 2017 Week 8 - Back To Full Speed Ahead

      2 months ago

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      Yo! So it looks like that week I took not really on the diet has been made up for and then some. I don't have the time or inclination to make it look pretty today,so I'll just go ahead and say I made it down to 164 pounds this week, and my bodyfat percentage is somewhere between 11 and 12, so I'm starting to get to the range I want.


      As for this weekend, though, I've been a lot more relaxed since I know I'm back on track. Today, my one day off in the week, I've basically treated like a vacation. The only time I went out was to take a walk to pick up a pizza, of all things! Balance is important, I guess, and that cheat-meal was well earned.


      As for how I feel, I've honestly never felt better. That said, I'm excited to hit 9% so I can switch gears and focus on gaining muscle size and strength for a few months. I have definitely revealed some musculature but that also means I can see what lags behind everything else.


      I didn't train for either yesterday or today, so tomorrow's workout is going to have to be killer to make up for it. I'm excited to dive right back in!

  • 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'm also a coach and am working my way to getting a personal training certification!

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

  • Comments (43)

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

      9 months ago

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

    • Austin0434

      10 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

      11 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 Displaced

        11 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 Displaced

        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

      3 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 Displaced

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

        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

      4 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 Displaced

        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 Displaced

        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

      5 years ago

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

    • Oaktownpull

      5 years ago

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

      • Oaktownpull

        5 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 Displaced

        5 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

      5 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 Displaced

        5 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

        5 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 Displaced

        5 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

      5 years ago

      hahahahaaaa----yeaaaaah

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

      5 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

      6 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

      6 years ago

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


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    • Orion255

      6 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

      7 years ago

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

    • Chagrin

      7 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 Displaced

      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.

  • Questions answered by Tropes

    Be able to dedicate a lot of time! I'm actually looking for someone to take over the RTNE group because my work schedule has expanded significantly and I think the community deserves someone who can give it the time. So if you don't think you can commit and commit HARD then I'd say to wait until you can.


    Also, be prepared to start slow. The first few events may be only one or two people, and sometimes no one may show up at all. That's okay, don't get discouraged! Things pick up eventually, but only after a lot of time and energy has been poured in.


    Best of luck! :)