Tropes Traveled

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      New routines

      1 day ago

      So I'm changing up my workout routine, and it's brand new to me in a lot of ways.

      First off, it's the first time I'm using someone else's method, at least in part. I'm using the Arnold Schwarzenegger Mass Blueprint, only modified to be three "main" days when the actual blueprint calls for six, three days repeated twice a week (eg., chest/back, arms/shoulders, legs, chest/back, arms/shoulders, legs, rest). I do Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays using the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday routines in the Blueprint then do a light day of calisthenics and explosive strength at home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I've also added extra posterior deltoid movements to Monday and Wednesday, they're still a weak point relatively speaking. A pretty far cry from my entirely self-made routine before.

      Second, I'm using a lot of new movements as listed in the program and giving a few old favorites a rest. Swings are only on my light day, deadlifts are a leg day special now, goblet squats are going back in the cupboard. And that's good, the human body is really good at adapting to stress so changing it up should help my development overall.

      Today was my first Arnold arm day and I definitely felt it. At my current level of athleticism if I had decided to start with the full six-day version I probably wouldn't have been able to make it through the whole thing. But I squeezed out those last reps, somehow.

      So my overall goals post-RTX are to continue lean bulking and, when I'm strong enough, do the full two-month Arnold mass blueprint followed by the full two-month Arnold cut blueprint. As I've grown fond of saying, if an exercise routine is good enough for Arnold Schwarzenegger it's damn well good enough for you.

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      4 days ago

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      The UnCon Journal

      4 days ago

      Okay, I'm back, I'm settled in and my friends are married. Now I can talk.

      UnCon was phenomenal, as always. Ever since I went to it under the name RvBTO it has been a wonderful experience, and this time was no different. I'm glad to have seen some of my friends again, missed the ones who couldn't make it and was overjoyed to make some new ones as well.

      The Jeff Rupert show on Saturday night was definitely a highlight for me, because it took my favorite Boston-like setting, a show in a bar, and combined it with the UnCon family.

      I'm already working out my plans for how to get myself up there next year, since I'll still be living in Texas at the time. But I already can't wait to see all of you again, and am excited to see some of you as early as RTX!

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      First Things First

      1 week ago

      So I'm back from my 15-hour, wi-fi-less Greyhound trip from Toronto and am giving the new site an honest go-around now. I'm led to understand that a lot of bugs (or at least some of the worst ones) are already fixed, which is nice.

      I did look around at the beta for a while and expected there'd be some load-bearing problems when everyone was migrated, and we'll see where it goes. So far because I missed yesterday I experienced no breakages, and as Adam and the tech team work tirelessly to get things fixed I'd bet the site is as usable or more than the old site by the end of the week.

      So be patient and play nice, they're trying very hard.

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      3/14/09

      1 week ago

      March 14th, 2009 I joined this website when I learned that season 5 was not the actual end of Red vs. Blue.

      Now I'm sitting in a hotel room in Toronto post TOUnCon, the current name for the RvBTO equivalent event. I've spent so much time and energy hanging out with friends, including an all-nighter, that I'm completely drained and lack the energy to even take a quick walk down the street. The best kind of vacation-ending tired.

      I have my member page open as a background tab at any time my personal computer is on. I've checked out the beta of the new site, and it's pretty cool. But far more important is that it's still our place, our Provisional House, our Space-That-Is-Not-A-Space, even if the House has been remodeled.

      I expect technical difficulties and stumbling blocks, but that;s fine. Maybe because UnCon is winding down right now I'm contemplative about this site and my place on it, but I'm not the least bit worried. I'll still just be camped here, watching content and making journals and saying hi.

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      Eaton Lobby

      2 weeks ago

      I'm in the Eaton lobby again, I'm going to hang out here for a few minutes then grab dinner if anyone is good to hang out. Considering fishing for interest in a semi-low-key room party afterwards as well, but it looks like a lot of people aren't quite in yet

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      Note

      2 weeks ago

      I have unicum and crown royal after pregame hangout round one. Let me know if you're down to share.

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      Really dirty joke

      3 weeks ago

      "So I want to make cake-" I started
      "Cakes have layers!" Said my roommate K.
      "Like an ogre!" Said my other roommate, G.

      I clapped once and pointed at them both, each on either side of my playing their respective video games. "And now this joke has layers! I was originally going to say I want to make cakes to sell to baby showers only they're in the shape of vaginas. Only now I'm going to make cakes to sell to baby showers in the shape of ogre vaginas!"

      I literally found, picked up and dropped K.'s microphone, raised both hands above my head into the universal solo-fingered salute and strode triumphant into my room.

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      4 weeks ago

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      Well this is pretty

      4 weeks ago

      It's very shiny and 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 (39)

    • DiMono

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      3 months 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

        Tropes Traveled

        2 months 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

      StryfeRyder

      1 year ago

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

      • Tropes

        Tropes Traveled

        1 year 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

      RAGEgirl

      2 years ago

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

    • RAGEgirl

      RAGEgirl

      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

      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

        Jteeth

        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

        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

      williams

      2 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

      williams

      2 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

        williams

        2 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

        Tropes Traveled

        2 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

      THAYT

      2 years ago

      Met you at RvBTO!!!

    • Jteeth

      Jteeth

      2 years ago

      Uhhhhh A LITERARY DEVICE!

      • Tropes

        Tropes Traveled

        2 years ago

        Good, you remembered!

    • williams

      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!