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last updated 04/25/2017

Character Details

Name:  James Parker

Gender:  female

Age:  30

Location:  Twin Cities, Minnesota [originally from southern Louisiana]

Day Job:  office manager and accountant for a small law firm


Not-So-Secret Identity:  the Cracked Belle

Archetype:  cracked southern belle

Class:  Raconteuring Ranger

Level:  3



  • Mental:  the strength and endurance of the mind

    • examples:  intelligence, wisdom, comprehension

  • Creativity:  the strength and endurance of the imagination

    • examples:  writing, drawing, character creation, table-top gaming

  • Physical:  the strength and endurance of the body

    • examples:  weight loss, cardio improvements, lifting PRs

  • Soulful:  the strength and endurance of the spirit or sense of self

    • examples:  personal development, meditation, spa-like self-love

  • Adventure:  the seeking out of new experiences

    • examples:  meeting new people, travelling, adrenaline seeking

  • Responsibility:  providing for those who depend upon me (self included)

    • examples:  having a job, volunteering, having a positive reputation


Adventures in Badassery

Quests List

  • Mental Quests

    • be conversationally fluent in at one additional language

    • produce something using a coding language

    • complete another Coursera course

    • complete my Master’s Degree / another Bachelor’s Degree

  • Creativity Quests

    • popularize my blog

    • start “Boyfriend & Kitty” comic

    • win a writing contest

    • publish a novel/novella

    • publish a collection of short stories

    • publish a collection of poetry

    • win NaNoWriMo again

    • monetize my blog

  • Physical Quests

    • drop to 130 lbs

    • bike 14 miles easily

    • do five consecutive pull-ups

    • jog 5k with minimal walks/breaks

  • Soulful Quests

    • determine my Goal

    • work through LaPorte’s "The Fire Starter Sessions"

    • attend a self-improvement workshop

    • work through Covey’s "Seven Habits"

  • Adventure Quests

    • go sky diving

    • kayak the Ocoee (in Tennessee)

    • own a motorcycle

    • participate in Minneapolis’s Polar Bear Plunge

    • particiapte in a Tough Mudder

  • Responsibility Quests

    • bring home $33k/year doing something I enjoy

    • be worth net $25,000

    • complete my Will & Testament

Active Quests

  • Mental:  be conversationally fluent in at one additional language

    • practice Duolingo 20 minutes twice a day for 12 months

    • join a Spanish language forum

    • Skype with a Spanish-speaker (without making them cringe)

    • watch a Spanish film with no subtitles and get its gist

    • read a Spanish work of prose and understand it

    • save up enough money to go to a Spainish-speaking location by 2025

    • BOSS:  go to aforementioned location and carry out a full conversation

  • Creativity:  popularize my blog

    • create list of topics

    • create and adhere to a writing schedule

    • connect with other bloggers

      • how many, how often

    • give reader appreciation

      • promptly respond to comments

      • give thanks for likes and follows

    • activate ads or another source of income

    • BOSS:  get a proper domain name

  • Physical:  drop to 130 lbs

    • follow the workout program for the Tough Mudder Half

      • on its Rest Days, I need to at least do a 1-mile walk

    • create and adhere to an eating schedule

      • cook one Week’s Meal every weekend, to be eaten for each each day

      • Friday dinner with Brian

      • keep caloric intake under 1600 average

    • BOSS:  

  • Soulful:  work through LaPorte’s "The Fire Starter Sessions"

    • So many people are looking for it: their Big Life Purpose. [...]  YOU are the very purpose of your existence.”  ~ Danielle LaPorte, “Fire Starter Sessions”

    • create and adhere to a reading schedule

    • BOSS:  

  • Adventure:  participate in a Tough Mudder

    • follow the workout program for the Tough Mudder Half

      • on its Rest Days, I need to at least do a 1-mile walk

    • park further away; always take the stairs

    • BOSS:  the actual run!

      • skip as few obstacles as possible.

  • Responsibility:  goal

    • task

    • BOSS:  


Rewards and Consequences

  • Rewards

  • Consequences



The Narrative

The Story So Far...

when things are broken, we are naturally inclined to dispose of them.  but kintsukuroi, or “kintsugi”, is the Japanese practice of making a broken item (e.g. pottery) into something even better.  the damaged endured by the item -- this becomes part of its strength.


James Parker was always an overachiever.  her values were clear, and her honour respectable.  but James’s brain was flawed; doctors and society gave the bad wiring names like “bipolar” or “anxiety”, “obsessive compulsive disorder” and “eating disorder”, “addictive personality” and “adrenaline junkie”.  no matter what James did, she could never be who she wanted to be or do the things she wanted to do-- not as long as she left the wiring as it was.


later in her life, James stumbled upon a group of Nerds who fashioned themselves as heroes.  unbeknownst to her at the time, they were Heroes.  James befriended many of them, and used the knowledge she acquired from them to begin the art of kintsugi on herself -- she started to reconnected one wire to a totally different port in her mind, thus completely changing how she thought and reacted.


James was always a natural storyteller.  however, when she started rewiring, or practicing self-kintsugi, she noticed her Raconteur Powers, along with many others, beginning to increase and improve.  in short time, James would become the Cracked Belle from the south.  as a superhero, she would ringing out her and others’ stories and adventures. she didn’t just save people; she began to teach people how to save themselves.  and all the while she would still be mending and embracing the “broken” parts of herself.


Level 50

after many years of training, self-kintsugi, and general improvements, James Parker and the Cracked Belle had finally become one.  the Cracked Belle no longer hid in the shadows and went by a pseudonym; and James Parker no longer feared pursuing her dreams and raising her voice.  who she was and who she wanted to be had finally become one.


James still regularly posts in her blog; however, she now has thousands of readers.  she has also been published a few times, both prose and poetry.

physically, she is in the best shape of her life.  she is capable of running a 5k with relative ease, and struggling to do a pull-up is bygone concern.  her diet allows for frivolity, but she maintains controls of both eating and drinking urges.


James is polyglot, being at least conversationally fluent in several languages.  she also has a small “kitchen” garden, cooks most of her own food, and has numerous other D.I.Y. projects both in progress and completed.


one thing that never changes was James’s love of stories.  she still engulfs tales, and then shares her learnings with others.  she also still focuses highly on constant improvement.  every mistaken or error is just a chance to practice self-kintsugi and make it even better.  so long as this remains true of her, she will always be the Cracked Belle.




Nerd Fitness Challenges

Past and Present Challenges

just another cracked southern belle,

and a specialist in self-kintsukuroi.

Current Challenge Accountability:  Health & Happiness Are Hard: Wherein the Cracked_Belle Un-Dies

Epic Quest:  Adventures in Badassery  [under construction]


There is never a sudden revelation, a complete and tidy explanation for why it happened, or why it ends, or why or who you are. You want one and I want one, but there isn't one. It comes in bits and pieces, and you stitch them together wherever they fit, and when you are done you hold yourself up, and still there are holes and you are a rag doll, invented, imperfect. And yet you are all that you have, so you must be enough. There is no other way.
― Marya Hornbacher, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

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