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  1. Pre-challenge workout update! Warmup: 10 burpees 5 inverted rows 90-second jog Workout: Assisted pistols 5x3 - I'm trying to fix my forms with the assistance. It's...progressing. But I'm still disappointed in myself. Incline one-arm push-ups 1x4 plus one set of 3 - Better than last time, especially now that my form is correct Box jumps (approx. 2 feet) 5x3 - Okay, stair jumps. It's the only stable surface of any significant height in the "gym"! Pull-ups 1x4 plus one Time Lord Hollow holds 2x25secs arms down, plus 1x10secs arms out - honestly, I did these to failure every time. It was supposed to be 30-30-15. I suck I think yoga took my lunch money. Today I couldn't even get into lotus pose. I've been doing it for weeks now. I don't know what's up. I actually managed to hold an advanced frog pose for like two seconds. I tried to get back up in it, but then my elbow just folded under me in the wrongest way. I'm fine, but as you can reasonably assume, I decided to call it a day at that point. Today is one of those days where I feel like I'm getting nothing done at all. Bleagh.
  2. All your pics must now be in a suit and tie MINIMUM. Black tie, tuxedo, and white tie are also acceptable.
  3. So, I sat down to do some writing today. It took me nearly an hour to bang out about 1000 words. Okay, NOW I'm scared. But, hey, I can still do it.
  4. That sounds more like a Monk slogan.
  5. Scrivener sounds great for more serious long works, but, honestly, I have no intention of taking NaNo seriously. Once I finish NaNo, I'll probably take a week or two off writing, then actually be all "i r srs and this r srs novl". And then after many months of work I'll think about taking my first REAL novel to a publisher and then I'll try to get screencaps of the faces they make. Not that my NaNo novel is going to suck. I'm actually really good at writing stream-of-consciousness style. But even a good writer needs lots of editing, and editing takes even more time. I only want to be a little burned out at the end, not dead. So, yeah, plot holes and inconsistencies ahoy.
  6. You haven't seen Blasto, the Hanar Specter? "This one does not recall whether it has used its entire heat clip. This one wonders if you are feeling lucky."
  7. Good luck on handstands, sir. I am still working on them. I managed to get from two to five seconds last time (inconsistently, even). Please be sure to practice every day and WORK ON YOUR ABS.
  8. I'm sure I can find some cool places to do crow here in rural Japan. I just need a photographer. Or to figure out how to make my camera have a timer.
  9. I don't double space, and I use Calibri 11 (standard on the new MS Word for whatever reason and I don't feel like changing it), so I actually fit a lot more per page. However, I'll be sure to try and get an average benchmark early on so I don't end up trudging. Good advice! That's the plan! Also stealing Tom_Kenobi's "Time Lord" exercise. No! Not the squirrels! Squirrels! Squiiiirrrellllls! They're in my eeeyes!
  10. I don't do it often enough, but I once learned (and REALLY need to get back into) dream meditation. You know lucid dreaming? Imagine being able to do it without going to bed. Yeah, it's pretty awesome, but you need practice in lucid dreaming AND transcendental-style meditation to do it. I've never actually achieved it, because I fell out of practice when I was getting close (I was able to induce lucid dreams during sleep). I keep telling myself to start a dream journal, and I keep not doing it, because excuses. Hopefully I can get myself back into it.
  11. I once contemplated a "song a week" challenge. I've never had the courage for it. Maybe after NaNoWriMo... I wish you luck, courage, and strength.
  12. Love the elements setup. I may steal that for a future Challenge.
  13. Physical rehab is hardcore stuff, man. I'm rooting for you.
  14. The trick is editing as little as possible. NaNoWriMo basically acknowledges that what you make is NOT supposed to be publishing-quality. It's just something to get you moving. To put it in an exercise metaphor, professional novel-writing is sort of like the Olympics. NaNoWriMo is basically running a sack race at the state fair. Sure, in either case, you're going the same distance, and they use the same skill/muscles, but your expectations and approach end up being really different. Also, I tend to edit my own writing pretty minimally in the first place. It's a weakness of mine. But not one I plan to tackle in NaNoWriMo. I encourage you to join, if it's something you want. Hm. I need some kind of place to put my short stories. A blog of some kind, maybe? Maybe I should get a tumblr, since I do visual art and music, too... Thanks for all the encouragement, guys! Expect frequent updates. Hopefully, some of them will be entertaining and encouraging.
  15. Well, at least you speak Rammstein, eh?
  16. I'd certainly like to see some explanations of those movements. I'm guessing they're capoeira-related, but... Anyway, I'm looking forward to the videos. Your videos always make me think "I should be doing videos". I require the guilt-based motivation!
  17. That samurai diet looks interesting! I think I'll give it a shot when I have more control over my food options (right now, I don't even get to do my own grocery shopping, let alone choose individual meals). Also, I'm Brickwall on NaNoWriMo. This will be my first one. Be my writer buddy!
  18. So, I am a fairly flexible guy, compared to the average guy. I can pop myself up into a full bridge with pretty much no problem, and honestly, I can hold it for a decent amount of time without any discomfort. So, uh, time to challenge myself, I guess. I kind of want to be able to go into a bridge from standing. But I honestly have NO IDEA what I need to work on to make that possible. What's my focus? Back muscles? Leg muscles? Core muscles? Increased flexibility? All of those?
  19. I hope "yoga-bombing" turns into a thing. It should be a thing. When I get back to the States (where I can't be deported), I'm totally going to start some yoga-bombing. Maybe get some yoga friends to help.
  20. In the dim light of dawn, a shadow stood atop a tall building. The assassin surveyed his territory. A city full of corruption, greed, arrogance, and way too many squirrels. It was his challenge to face. He gazed at his hands. His tools, his weapons, none of them meant anything if his hands were unskilled or weak. He reflected on the humility and patience he had learned from the last challenge. As the rays of the sun overtook the street lights, he could see the city in quiet glory, and in sinful slumber. The city was greater than any man, and lesser than the most pitiful among them. The assassin tested the weight of the pack beside him. He already knew his plan. His disguise was ready. This delay was only for sentiment. He whispered to the wind, "I'll be back." And as his long coat twirled, it floated off the building, without a body, leaving the roof empty. ------------------ F*** yeah urban fantasy. Alright, kids, RBW setting down some goals for a CHALLENGE. Aw yeah. Since I'm in Nowhere, Japan, I have to adjust to my area. Fitness Goal 1: 5 PULL-UPS My goal from last challenge. This time I'm gonna do it. I'm starting at 1 pull-up (okay, 2 when I'm fully rested) Reward: +2 STR, +2 STA DID IT. A. Fitness Goal 2: ONE-ARM PUSH-UP I wanna do this. Right now I'm doing incline one-arm push-ups. Previously, I wasn't doing them in good form. I am now. I will get to the floor with these. Reward: +3 STR DID IT. A. Fitness Goal 3: PARKOUR RUNS I will spend a half-hour 3 times per week going out running (using C25K as a guide) or scouting for parkour (and performing it). I need to learn to identify obstacles that I can pass, practice on, and use without disturbing the residents of this area. Reward: +2 DEX, +2 STA MOSTLY DID IT. B. Life Goal: WRITING I've always wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo, but I keep wimping out. TIME TO STOP THAT SHIT. So, I'm making a plan of attack. I will grade myself on percent completion. In the first 5 weeks of the challenge, I will warm up. NNWM is HARD WORK over a long time. I will loosen my creative muscles. To complete NNWM, you must write 50,000 words of a single novel by the end of November 30th. To do this, you must write an average of 1667 words per day the entire month. That's insane, yes, but that's NNWM. So, for the first 5 weeks, I will write an average that is half(ish) that. 800 words per day, average. However, I need to be flexible, so I'll grade myself per week. That's 5600 words per week. However, I'm putting an additional qualifier: by the end of the week, I will only count FINISHED things towards the goal, to force myself to work on SMALL things (again: warmup). Whether it be chapters to my MLP fanfic (shut up), or short stories, it has to be something complete. From November 1st to November 5th, I will write a total of AT LEAST 10,000 words in my novel. Yes, that's more than required for my daily average. However, I know for a FACT that I have some days in November where I won't be able to write, so a head start is important. DIDN'T REALLY DO IT BUT DID SOME. C. Reward: +2 WIS, +2 CHA I've got a number of life goals I'm tackling right now, but this is the most measurable. Grading on this challenge is gonna be tricky. In any case, I am going to attempt for eligibility in the 6-week challenge competition. So, expect updates from me 3 times a week, and expect me to kick butt on the guild mini-challenges. Also, here's my tumblr, where a lot of my writing will go: http://realbrickwall.tumblr.com/ WEEK 1 Parkour sessions/runs: 3/3 Completed work wordcount: 5971/5600 WEEK 2 Parkour sessions/runs: 3/3 Completed work wordcount: 0/5600 (wrote over 5600, just didn't finish anything) WEEK 3 Parkour sessions/runs: 2/3 Completed work wordcount: 5479/5600 (wrote over 5600) WEEK 4 Parkour sessions/runs: 0/3 Completed work wordcount: 0/5600 WEEK 5 Parkour sessions/runs: 0/3 Completed work wordcount: 0/5600 WEEK 6 Parkour sessions/runs: 0/3 Completed work wordcount: 0/5600
  21. 11.8%? Okay, yeah, you can get below 10%. I'm rooting for you! There's no better way to keep yourself accountable for a training regimen than telling other people about it. Remember: we're all dorks here anyway.
  22. I came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum. And I'm aaaallll outta ass. Wait. Anyway, good luck on the GRE! But I know you won't need it, because you're going to work for it!
  23. Buddy, I am stealing the HELL out of that Time Lord exercise.
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