Tropes Traveled

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      #Fit4RTX Week Seven - Peak Week

      1 day ago

      So this was peak week. Sumo deadlift 255, Bench, row and squat 175, overhead press at 115 and pullup assistance down to 32 pounds. I can also now do parallel-grip chinups pretty effectively.


      I've also started my diet, which consists primarily of chicken and vegetables interspersed throughout the day with some oats in the morning and rice on some other days, with one cheat day per week.


      So next week is my deload week before I stat trying to progress again. I do have to say that, even though I'll be doing pyramids I need to psychologically acknowledge that I may not hit a new PR every week. Normally if I am doing pyramid sets it's with that intent, but since I'll be on a calorie deficit I can't expect my strength to improve as fast as before. Add to that the calories lost from walking around all day at work and it looks like I'll be losing weight fast.


      Best of luck with your goals for this week, everyone!

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      A window to my day off

      3 days ago

      So after snorting garlic powder for a video I wrote lyrics to a song and, to keep track of the cadence, screamed them into my webcam microphone to record it alongside writing the lyrics down.


      Now I do what's called "false chord" screaming which might be incomprehensible to some people (or coming from certain people) but I figure that metal songwriters put as much time and effort into their lyrics as people who do clean vocals and deserve to be understood. So one of my main influences is Johan Hegg, who does a metal growl but is perfectly easy to understand. And in the tutorials I've seen one explanation of how to make understandable words while metal growling is to essentially talk like Batman from the Dark Knight.


      So there have been times when I'm simply speaking, but speaking like Batman. And usually because my mind lives in the gutter I talk about the (I think half joking?) fan theory that Batman is a pederast. In a Batman voice. Yeah, kinda weird.


      So I'm warming up to do another song and this literally comes out of my mouth:


      "(Clean, speaking) Hey, hey, hey, (Suddenly screaming/singing) I'M A PEDERAST BATMA- (returns to speaking) ah shit now I have to actually write that as a song."


      Not going to do it right now but expect "Pederast Batman" to drop someday if I don't think DC would sue over it.

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      #Fit4RTX Week Six and a Half - Things Go Well

      3 days ago

      So this is really me just pointing out that I'm fast approaching one major goal, which is being able to do unassisted conventional pullups. Since today is my rest day and yesterday's shoulder routine worked so well I decided to check one thing, and it winds up I can do at least two sets of five parallel-grip pullups without assistance, although form breaks down for the last few reps. So I'm definitely making progress and may implement those into my Wednesday shoulder routine as a rule, just to help speed my lagging back along to catch up with the rest of me (plus that grip is really good for the biceps, which I'll always consider a good thing).


      This week is peak week so I'm testing myself and smashing PRs throughout (so far my rows and squats are 175 and my overhead press is 115 (I lost the paper with my previous PR on it but I'm pretty sure that's a 10-pound jump).


      I'll go into more details on my Saturday post but it's a good week so far.

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      #Fit4RTX Week Six - Back to the Grind

      1 week ago

      So I shook my sickness - whatever it was. I'm back on the grind and have decided that my diet has started this week, and I'd say I did okay for week one. Although a few things came up to make some stumbling blocks later in the week but, meh, oh well.


      The thing is, I've been keeping up on my workouts by virtue of now working at Gold's Gym. I also walk back and forth from there, as I did when I would only be there to work out. The thing I didn't expect was how much walking, stairs and lifting are involved in being a janitor. So my "calories out" are actually so much higher than before that those stumbling blocks really aren't as important as they would be when I had my sedentary desk job.


      Aside from that this is the last week of my 5x5 progression program. I'll be reverting back to the pyramiding program that the Buff Dudes 12-week program originally called for, except instead of doing four sets of most of the major movements I'm upping it to five to account for my increase in skill since I started it.


      Speaking of major movements my new co-workers are awesome. One of them happened to be taking his own workout at the same time as me on Thursday morning when I was doing deadlifts. This is a personal trainer but he was on his own personal time, and he interrupted his workout to fix my form on the deadlift and give me a few tips. He also recommended I switch to Sumo Deadlifts since my back tends to arch (damn you sedentary desk job!) and it's easier to get low without arching using that variation, however I do have to lower the weight to do so correctly, especially because the knurling (for beginners - the rougher parts of the barbell that help with grip) isn't where I have to keep my hands on a Sumo lift. I still was at 245 pounds for a maximum lift Sumo, not bad for my first day ever trying it. Since I already did that as a pyramid I will just do deadlift as a pyramid this week as well and add maybe 5-10 pounds to each step to see if that helps me progress.


      I do acknowledge that the only movement that will probably go up at the same pace as before is the pullup due to the relative lack of calories - and even then that's because I'll also be losing weight. All the same, I'll weigh in tomorrow at work before I do anything else and use that as my baseline to find my goal weight for RTX, but at the moment I'm thinking the 180 to 185 range. I'd also like to have some visible abs for once, and a little more definition overall but especially my arms and shoulders.


      So there you have it, my goals and aspirations for RTX. Feel free to share yours in the comments (or make your own journal series - I find it helps to keep me on task and better aware of what I'm doing if I have to tell y'all every single week)

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      #Fit4RTX Week Five - Sick This Week

      2 weeks ago

      So this week I was sick. Like the gross way. Like surprise vomiting sick. While I feel better now I'm still far from 100%, unfortunately, so I've had to do a few clever tricks (or try to) to get my workouts in properly. So far I've done squats, chinups, rows and overhead presses but bench and deadlift are still not done. In fact I was supposed to work those today but I felt slightly sick again so I figured I would try to recover and hope for the best tomorrow.


      If not I'm not sure how I'll handle next week - I may reset and do this week's totals again, even on the movements. Or maybe I'll feel fine tomorrow and just get my workouts done. We'll see!


      Either way my plan for the upcoming weeks is to officially start my diet Monday so I can finish about a week or two before RTX and be able to sort of go nuts when y'all are here. Hope that winds up working out but we'll see.


      Best of luck on this week's goals, everyone!

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      #Fit4RTX Week Four - Almost Forgot This!

      3 weeks ago

      Wow, I almost forgot to post about this. That's crazy, but it's been a really full day so I'll keep it quick.


      So I've added swimming as cardio to a few days a week, now, since it's consistently in the upper 70s to mid 80s here in Austin. It's quite nice and very refreshing. As for my weights they have, predictably, gone up by the numbers as always.


      My weight today was roughly 193. So I'm still gaining weight and strength which makes sense because I am eating a lot. Some of that is celebratory eating, but I try to keep it mostly stuff that isn't too unreasonable. As far as this week I did drink more than I should have on two occasions, so I'm not doing flawlessly well but I'd still consider myself on-track.


      Okay, I hope you all are having a great week and are succeeding in your goals, fitness and otherwise!

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      #Fit4RTX Week Three - Rejuvanated

      4 weeks ago

      Okay, so I'm back up to my working weights from the week before SXSW, as planned. The next steps are to go above and beyond what I was formerly capable of. Ideally one-rep max'es with at least one "full plate" unit above what my previous ones were (so 225 for the 155 ones, 315 for deadlift) but we'll see how it goes when I get there. As for now, my working weights are now higher than my goal q-rep maximums were even less than a year ago. Which is a pretty cool thing to realize and is a major confidence-booster. So is looking in the mirror to check your form and realizing your arms are getting defined.


      It's been very interesting going to the gym as my strength has rocketed up. Because while I try not to pay attention to what anyone else is doing it's apparent more and more that there's less and less people in the gym who are stronger than me. Obviously there's always someone better, but it's obvious that I'm making fast progress and I'm happy about it.


      As for today specifically, it was my favorite day - namely deadlift and bench. I've noticed the only time I hit an actual problem is this day as well. This program is hard but doable, and this is hard but doable, but as whiny as it may sound... well, pullups (even assisted ones) after deadlifts are not easy on the hands! It's fine, I can and do power through it, but it's just an interesting thing I noticed about my workout routine. Deadlift was 225 pounds for a 5x5, bench was 135 pounds for the same, and I had 44 pounds of assistance on the pullup. I was honestly surprised by it, too, since I was very low energy this morning and didn't know if I'd be able to get all this to work.


      I tried to weigh myself but I ate breakfast beforehand, so I'll try again tomorrow and try to remember not to eat beforehand, but like I said I was low-energy today and needed fuel. Chili, rice, and shin ramyun spicy ramen leftovers (I made chili earlier this week and I often add rice to it, and last night I also added the ramen because I felt like it).


      Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!

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      Screeching (Screaming?) Halt

      1 month ago

      Bloooooooooorp.


      Okay, so long story short, between job interviews and getting ABSOLUTELY TANKED on my birthday I haven't exactly been blogging or doing much of anything outside of subsistence "get a day job and cook food" stuff since last weekend. Screamer practice I sort of fell off and writing, well, actually has been okay since I'm just preparing for April, where I'm going to try to do a NaNoWriMo style thing. Blogging took a major hit too.


      So yeah, I'm tired but pretty content today. Waiting for some bank stuff and I'll be buying an RT SideQuest ticket because, no disrespect intended to the main RTX event crew, SideQuest is why I go by and large with RTX being a neat little bonus thing. Ideally by the time the bank stuff is done I'll either have a job or have a job confirmed for the immediate future. Hopefully, and I do mean that.


      So yeah. I watched some gaming industry news last night so I'm pretty much not interested in playing video games today because that's how I react to video game culture, apparently. It's also a bit too late in the day for screaming (eh, well, kinda) so that probably means movies or Netflix for me tonight. I've been watching one show - not named to avoid spoilers in case some angry kid reacts to my gamer culture comment - but I may want to go for a comedy instead. I have only seen a few episodes of Always Sunny, so that's a maybe?

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      #Fit4RTX Week Two - Minor Stumble

      1 month ago

      Okay, by stumble I mean scheduling. I was feeling a bit off yesterday and figured I'd shift my workouts but today I remembered that it's Easter - I'll be skyping in with family all day tomorrow. It's not too bad since it's just a secondary day, but I do wish I'd realized it.


      However, I do think it was a good choice - I hit all my goal weights with great form today but I don't know if I would have had the power to get through it yesterday.


      Today I weighed myself as well, on an empty(ish) stomach and I clocked in at 190 even. Not bad, and I look better at 190 than I did at 180 because I've been basically careful about my intake before SXSW so most of that 10-pound gain has been muscular. I feel like I may try to weigh in every week just to see how it'll go, especially after I start dieting. As for when that'll happen the date is at the very latest May 1st, probably a week or so before that depending on certain things I plan to do in the near future.


      As for today, I'm going to get back to screamer practice then go out and do pre-birthday shenanigans.

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      Learning to Scream Days 4 and 5

      1 month ago

      So okay, literally nothing went as planned. Cool.


      Thing one, instead of four songs I just sang and screamed along with the entire Actor|Observer LP The Longer Now. And honestly if you haven't bought that album already you're fucking up big time. (By the way, they're going on tour so go see them if you can).


      Thing two, while my throat is already at the stage where it feels fine I had no energy today, no drive to do much of anything. Things are up in the air if I'll take today to rest or if I'll try to find a few songs to do after I eat, but still, something about today is weighing me down, like a prelude to a cold or something. I already shifted my workout to tomorrow and Sunday (I do that from time to time, still training six days but shifting when in the week I rest if needed). But I'm not sure.


      Either way, I think TLN is a great album to practice with since it has both screaming and clean singing, so I was able to practice both. Fun fact - volume wise my clean singing is WAY louder. Like by orders of magnitude louder. Not sure why that is but I'll just roll with it.

  • 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 (39)

    • DiMono 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 Traveled

        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

      2 years ago

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

      • Tropes Traveled

        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 r00kie

      2 years ago

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

    • RAGEgirl r00kie

      2 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

      2 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 Prof Oak

        2 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 Traveled

        2 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

      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

      3 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

        3 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 Traveled

        3 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 Joker SR2

      3 years ago

      Met you at RvBTO!!!

    • Jteeth Prof Oak

      3 years ago

      Uhhhhh A LITERARY DEVICE!

      • Tropes Traveled

        3 years ago

        Good, you remembered!

    • williams

      3 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

      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 Traveled

        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 Traveled

        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 Traveled

        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

      4 years ago

      hahahahaaaa----yeaaaaah

    • williams

      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

      4 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....!!

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    • williams

      4 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

      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

      5 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

      5 years ago

      Great answer! smiley1.gifsmiley8.gif

    • Fuck_Berries

      5 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 Traveled

      6 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

      6 years ago

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

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