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27 years old
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from Boston, MA

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    • RWBY V4E4

      2 weeks ago

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      It's a pretty good reminder that even though the world is going to Hell all around us it's not wrong of you to take pleasure in the little things. I mean, you think Remnant has it tough? My country just elected an actual fascist for President, and everything since is just getting worse and worse. Real chance we're all going to die in the next decade. 


      But like Tai, Port and Oobleck in S4E4 of RWBY you have to acknowledge that even when there's something you're morally obligated to fight tooth and nail against you do still need to live your life sometimes. 


      Iunno, it's a gloomy Sunday and I'm tired so that's a thought.

    • 3 Weeks, WUT? #RippedLikeGoku and #VegetaStrong

      1 month ago

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      Sup guys. So it's been a few weeks since my last post. It's been a rough few weeks, mostly because of election anxiety. Those of you who follow me on Twitter or who are friends with me on Facebook probably know I'm pretty hot right now, very firmly in the anti-Trump camp. But either way, we've got about two days (not counting the rest of today) until this is past or until it's perpetual. But at least I can appreciate the comedy in the man who wants access to the nuclear codes having his Twitter account taken away by aides because they don't trust his self-control.


      There's a lot of tension between my family and I because several of them are Trump supporters and I've hit the point in my anti-Trump fervor that I refuse to have any empathy for his voters. Basically I consider Trump voters, at this stage after everything he's said and done, to be bad people who implicitly approve of sexual assault, racism and fascism. Yes, including my own family. So that's a bit tense since I do still live here with my parents post-Austin (one of which, predictably my Dad, is a Trump supporter) as I apartment-hunt and save my money up to actually do it, but hopefully that will start to get moving better soon once I'm out of here.


      I'm doing NaNoWriMo 2016, as well. It's still Buffer Week for me, where I write four pages, roughly 3,000 words, per day to give myself a buffer for later in the month. The only problem is between the move, my new job and election anxiety I did none of my usual planning and I'm now 18,000 words committed to a book that isn't working. It's fine, I can basically convert it to practice for nightmarish imagery and dialog, but it's still a bit of a slog. Maybe it'll get easier when the election is over. If Trump loses, at least. If it doesn't I've never failed a NaNoWriMo since I started doing them and I don't mean to start now!


      My saving grace and guiding light, though, through all of this is fitness. Both regarding work and regarding my general life. It makes me happy to work out, and as I do my NASM study and get more knowledge I see my future career becoming more solid. And it's primarily the fitness stuff I want to talk to y'all about today. 


      So I have a new routine! I scaled back a bit during my moving period and I've now amped it back up. This week I did a full workout six days and a run today. So I figure for shits and giggles I'd let you guys know what I work on each day. In general, I'm trying to get into as good or better shape than I was at RTX2016, which was when I would consider myself in the best shape I've ever been in (175 pounds, about 15% bodyfat by a hair, my current stats being about 185 pounds and 17%-18% bodyfat).


      So first off, I do a set of 15-minute HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) cardio before and after every workout, which means I do 12 of those per week. Normally I'm on a treadmill or a stepmill/stairmaster when I do that. So plonk those in before and after each routine that follows on the list below. Some of this is a little bit malleable and I'll explain why after.


      Day 1: Lower Body. Deadlifts (formerly part of my back days because of their work on the erector spinae but since I do sumo-style thanks to my flexibility issues I've shifted them), squats, kettlebell swings and calves, with some other hamstring work as needed. 


      2. Koko FitClub Smartraining. I work at a Koko FitClub (the robot gym Ryan Haywood used to use in Austin before those franchises closed!) and do the workout prescribed to me on their Smartrainer machine. It's a full-body workout with varying emphasis depending on the point you've reached in your chosen program.


      3. Chest, back and arms. Rows, pullups, bench, and having a lot of fun arm stuff. 


      4. Koko Smartraining


      5. Shoulders and more kettlebell swings


      6. The Leftovers - namely, anything that wasn't hit between my own routines and Smartraining. This week is was my calves (since I forgot them on Tuesday), my traps and my abs between the cardio sessions.


      So this can be malleable for a number of reasons. First off, since Smartraining is a full-body routine with a varied focus when I check my workouts it might make more sense for me to do them on a day before one of my freeweight routines, which happened this week. Additionally, I might shift it for scheduling since when I do Smartraining I do it before leaving work, and the other stuff I stop in and change at home first. So this upcoming week I'll do Smartraining on Monday and go vote to stop Trump on Tuesday before heading into the gym then continue as normal. 


      Either way, it feels great to be back up to six workouts a week. Now I just need to fix the fact that when it comes to fatty, greasy, delicious comfort food, things like pizza, cheeseburgers, burritos and steak bomb sandwiches, I have a will as weak as wet paper. If I can do that (which I have done before when I lived alone) I should meet or exceed my RTX shape in no time!


      And if (which is a VERY BIG if) I can figure out how to do cosplay by RTX and manage to get myself as buff as I hope to be, you might see a "Savage" variation of a certain wild man of the woods in an iconic bearskin walking around. HMMMMM.


      Ciao, bois and grrls. I'll try to keep more consistent on the RT site in the future. Love all y'all, and wish me luck as I try to get #RippedLikeGoku and #VegetaStrong


      Yes, I am hype for DB Super to come stateside. 


      EDIT: Oh also, leave a comment letting me know what you think a fair price would be for me to do online coaching of some description. I have a few plans but just spitball at me, okay?



    • Progress (NASM cert started!)

      1 month ago

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      So I've had some very hard hits the last few weeks. But out the other side of it I am being upgraded to a full-time coach and am in the process of getting my NASM cert. Obviously I'm super hype for that, and I'm rearranging my life to be a bit more career focused for the moment in general. I need to make it so I'm not constantly scraping by check to check doing low-level dead-end jobs, so this certification is my ticket to options on top of the coaching I'm already doing!


      Also, I don't know where I'm going next. At the moment I'm still in Boston and will be for at least my next lease cycle but after that who knows? I'm more homesick for Austin than I ever was for Boston but I would also like to live up in Toronto soon or maybe somewhere I've never been. But these are post-cert things when I can virtually guarantee myself a job in any American city (and possibly some Canadian ones). 


      Beyond that, I plan on not drinking until I get the cert. Career focus, time to grind and there's no space in the grind for alcohol the way y'all know I tend to use it. Which means I really need to get this done before RTX, doesn't it? Can't let Team Grif down at BarLympics after all.

    • Where Is That Beard Care Shirt?

      2 months ago

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      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

      2 months ago

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      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

      2 months ago

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      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 months ago

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      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 months ago

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      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

      3 months ago

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      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!

      3 months ago

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      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!


  • 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

      5 months ago

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

    • Austin0434

      5 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

      6 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

        6 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

      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 Displaced

        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 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

      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 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

      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 Displaced

        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

      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

      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

      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

      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 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.

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