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And now we come to…the end of an era

Today, oddly enough was supposed to be the pay off FINALLY for a number of posts about relationships that I thought might be better than all my previous ruthless on relationships post. And indeed I’ll get to that later.

 

Instead,

Today is a day I bring us to a place I knew could happen, but was happy every time it didn’t. Today we end the hour for the last time. What do I mean? Today is the beginning of a goodbye party. For this blog. Oh it will continue to exist, but a transition is afoot. And so with all transitions, some things remain the same, while other change or are left behind.

If you would have told me 3 years ago as I was studying for the bar that we would be here I would be shocked. But if you would have told me that we would get here after 450 thousand views I’d also be shocked so much attention happened. Words Don’t Do It Justice started as an idea, a bit of fun, and a lot of me. I have buried hatchets with enemies because of this blog, reconnected with old friends, and made new ones because of this blog, found meaning in the midst of my own personal depression because of this place. I have consumed it, and let it consume me. I love it. But loving this blog means knowing what to do. And taking a good long look I know the thing to do is let it go.

But I said this was transition not destruction.

And indeed it is. I’ll be taking Words Don’t Do It Justice away from our blogging past into a show based future. For me, the question was one of logistics. Was it better to end everything and walk away from these years of effort, or find a way to keep the place alive in the hearts of all of you who have supported us? I choose to believe that you will keep supporting us, and I chose to keep this place alive in a new way.

That means giving you what we planned. Give No Quarter, The Wrath of Ruthless, and Words Don’t Do It Justice are the three pillars of Ruthless Radio. 3 shows with different formats that bring you many of the topics you might see written about here, but in a new form and with some new and old faces/voices. Over the next few weeks as we ready to for the relaunch of Words Don’t Do It Justice as a podcast, you’ll get to read some farewells from various alums, and hear from the incoming folks for these shows. You’ll also see the Words Don’t Do It Justice site itself undergo various changes. With plenty of hard work, luck, and you listening in, I hope to earn your trust for these new shows, and continue to hold our interest.

SO! What about Weekend’s Don’t Do It Justice?

Well I’m happy to say our little casual interest site is growing well. And it is going to continue. We had a nice response to the sample chapter from Project 13, and now that game of thrones is done you’ll see a lot of other reviews, news, and related content there. Our gamers are doing their thing, and if Vantinel’s CEO appearance is any indication of commitment, we will only continue to grow over there.

As I end for now I just want to say thank you, and of course to keep watching what we do. But more than that, thank you for being a force for us. We continued to push because you were there with us. 100,000 visitors, 450,000 views, and 3 years of growth, While things must change, I am glad to have made it to this point. A point that let’s me look back and say that YOU made us more than I imagined. And though Words Don’t Do It Justice…Thank you.

 

“THE Ruthless Wonder” Matthew Elisha Williams

Founder of Words Don’t Do It Justice

And now… at the end of the hour

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This week we debuted a brand new podcast with a livestream. We said goodbye to one of the founders. We tackled coons, and hoteps. As well as assault, and the HIV & AIDS treatment drug Truvada.

 

 

I skipped a couple lines to let that sink in.

When this started I literally just wanted to take my usual facebook ranting to a website. I figured it would be like the old days of my Xanga page. Now, now I deal with potential sponsors, have production meetings, worry about our average listening and reading time, and look for brand expansion.

I remind you, I was so bored in the last semester of law school I decided to make a blog to archive the things I would normally rant about on Facebook.

 

So you can understand that having gone from that place to now is rather…amazing if I’m honest. I had no idea. We’ve added and lost people over that time. But more than their contributions or mine, we’ve gotten to know a lot of you. As of this writing, 92,000 of you have come to get to know us over these 3 years of Words Don’t Do It Justice. And you must like it here, because you’ve dropped in 302,000 times.

300000

That is astounding. That is epic. And to think that it has all come before we put up a single ad, before we shilled a single product, without a marketing team, and mostly from the effort of our authors, and their friends and family who have additionally believed in us and shared us with other people.  I can’t tell you enough thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do. It really has made the difference.

What that means is even what I’ve done in the past year isn’t enough. I have to do more. And I am. While we lost a podcast co-host today, I’m proud to say we gained 2 new ones for our show Give No Quarter. While we have Reason on break for a while, I’m happy to say we will be launching Weekends Don’t Do It Justice as its own site (www.wkndlife.com www.weekendsdontdoitjustice.net www.weekendsdontdoitjustice.com). Look for a review of a hilariously bad movie coming over there soon from me.

Heck, go buy a shirt, phone case, hoodie or tank. https://www.teepublic.com/user/314publishing

Check out our current Shirt and cases designs. Buy one now while you wait for more. Click the photo to go straight to the store!

Check out our current Shirt and cases designs. Buy one now while you wait for more.
Click the photo to go straight to the store!

 

I’m also happy to say that I’m teaming with Mr. 9 to 5 gamer himself Bami O to open a new gaming site and channel called “Save State Society” (www.savestatesociety.com www.savestatesociety.net) here soon as well. And we’re open with some great games and reviews. But that is going to take a lot to talk about, and I’ve got work to do there.

You’re here reading because this is about Words Don’t Do it Justice. The granddaddy of them all. Okay, the origin of them all. Three years in, and even though health wise I’ve dealt with issues. Professional life wise, I’ve had great forward steps but also set backs. Heck life in general being strange. After all that I’m proud of where we are. Where you’ve brought us. And so for the third time we come to the end of the hour. Where I say thank you without any reservations. Where for the third time ever, I get to step out of my role as Head Blogger, Editor, Podcast host, Lucremo, THE Ruthless Wonder, and everything that comes with it, and instead just talk to you as Matt Williams. We have a few reflection pieces and some alumni coming back to give us a piece. And we are going to celebrate all the way to my personal birthday on March 14th. But right now I’m just going to end by saying thank you all for bringing me and us from where we were to where we are and pushing us forward to where we are going next. As always Words Don’t Do YOU Justice.

“THE Ruthless Wonder” Matthew Elisha Williams

The WRATH of Ruthless Holiday Special: The Wrong Kind Of Progress

The WRATH of Ruthless is back!

Before our actual relaunch we got together for a Holiday special with a couple topics and some old friends.

The WRATH of Ruthless Holiday Special: The Wrong Kind Of Progress <-Click this and you can download or listen from our SoundCloud

Here you can listen from our soundcloud right here on WDDIJ. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/239005820″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”100″ iframe=”true” /]

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CHICAGO - DECEMBER 01: Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) listens as President-elect Barack Obama introduces her as his choice for secretary of state during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel December 01, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Other members of the National Security Team named by Obama at the press conference include Washington attorney Eric Holder as attorney general, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as his choice for homeland security and he said Robert Gates would remain as defense secretary. Retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones was selected for the position of national security adviser and Susan Rice as U.N. ambassador. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Yes our Holiday Special is going to cover all of this.

Words Don’t Do It Justice: YOU are Forty Thousand Strong on our 2nd Anniversary

Just a reminder where we started.

Just a reminder where we started.

Words Don’t Do It Justice

“It was all a dream.

I used read word up magazine.”

I could keep going with that, but really I don’t feel like quoting too much of anyone else today. So let me address this with the style most comforting.

When this all began it was an idea.

The thought that we could give the world something in this blog that would be read by our friends, maybe a few co-workers and classmates. And every once in a while I’d get to deal with the issues I have to face on a daily basis by just ranting into a text window for 30 minutes to an hour and let the world read. Certainly if we accomplished that I would have called this a successful idea and when the view dwindled I’d close it up and say I had a good time.

But that isn’t what you did. And I say that isn’t what YOU did, because it is true. You are the reason this fun time didn’t turn into just another thing I used to do. YOU made it worth it to find Rufus, Ronin, Roddo, Rebellionista, Realistic Royalty, Princess Devy, Reign, The Revanchist, The Radical Ref, Carl McPhail, Xion, Driving Misty, Rhapsodic, Reason, Kudo, Rhythmic Journey, Revolution In A Jar, causeandeffect88, Bami O, Render Verdicts, Ruminated Thoughts, Keith Labell, Smooth Phuzion, Bree the V, TEH Bobbo, and all the people who wanted to commit but just didn’t have the time to write, be on the podcast, contribute music, or be interviewed.

That wasn’t just me plodding through on my own. That was you reading. That was you sharing. That was YOU telling the world our little corner of the internet was worth checking out. in the first year we did 3500 views. In 2 years we have done 40,000! Because of all of you. And now things are possible that weren’t not long ago. YOU made this happen. People asked me when I started what I expected. They asked me what I wanted. I just wanted people to listen to my thoughts sometimes. It was so simple back then. Now? Now I want the sky and everything beyond. lol just kidding.

Now I want to give you more of what you come here for. So covering Gaming, and other topics, We’re proud to announce that Nine To Five Gamer will be joining us run by Bami O. Look for the official page as well as forums soon. You’re going to read pieces from many of our alumni writers. And that long-awaited revamp/update to the site. I can’t promise you we’ll turn into a Super Villain run Huffington Post by tomorrow. Heck I can’t even promise that by next year. But I can promise we will keep hitting these hot topics with our cold analysis. I can promise we are committed to giving you what you came here for. And I can promise you I WILL NEVER FORGET what drives Words Don’t Do It Justice. Because what drives us is YOU!

My humanity wants to cry by my Super Villainy is smiling too hard and is too excited. Thank you all. THANK YOU. Every super fan. Every random reader Every casual person who checked us out a few times or just once. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THIS FROM ALL OF US! We couldn’t have done all this without you. Words Do Not Do YOU Justice!

– THE Ruthless Wonder

Words Don’t Do It Justice: Breaking News

Just a reminder where we started.

Just a reminder where we started.

Over the weekend we were very close to an amazing achievement.

On Monday it was so tantalizingly close I was thinking of dropping a post just to help push it over after the Holidays Don’t Do It Justice post.

But Tuesday Night after Posts from Ruminated Thoughts and of course from THE Ruthless Wonder reacting to the decision by the Darren Wilson Grand Jury, we hit a milestone that if I’m honest I didn’t expect until 2015.

SO

On Behalf of the Weekends Don’t Do It Justice Writers Reason, Kudo, Xion, and Lucremo.

On Behalf of the Words Don’t Do It Justice Guest Bloggers, The Justice League.

On Behalf of the Words Don’t Do It Justice Alumni writers

On Behalf of the Keith Labell and Smooth Phuzion who provide music for The WDDIJcast and The WRATH of Ruthless.

On Behalf of Reign, The Revanchist, Ruminated thoughts, and Ronin

And on Behalf of 314 Publishing, Imperial Dreams Productions, and WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE

THE Ruthless Wonder is proud to announce that as of November 25th, 2014 Words Don’t Do It Justice has reached 9,200 views!

ALL Because of YOU!

ALL Because of YOU! Photo edit credit: JohnHenry Balsa

And we have you to thank.

Every one of you who shares us with you friends on facebook and your followers on twitter.

Every one of you who comes back even on days when no one has posted just to see if something is dropping.

Every one of you who has stuck by us since my very first post to this very day.

Thank you for being our superfans.

Thank you for believing in us.

Words do no do you justice.

 

I could say it a thousand times and it wouldn’t be enough. But I’ll say it one more time.

We love you all.

Thank you!

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU! Photo Edit Credit: Steven Cockrell

– YOUR Ruthless Wonder

The Once and Future King Episode 4: Let the Battle begin

Desmond laughed for a moment to himself. The two were very close and exchanges such as this were an often occurrence within the household. ” Do you think I’ve got Cancer mom….” Desmond was genuinely concerned for his own well being not for his own mental peace but more for his mother’s. His mother pulled the car over quickly, before answering his question. ” No…I don’t believe you have cancer. I have never heard of a glowing red part of the body when cancer is present…have you?” His mother’s words were strangely comforting as he began to slightly rationalize and eliminate possible conditions. His mother noticed his face grow slightly calm, and in turn went back to the task of driving them home.

The rest of the drive was pleasant, the two simply remained silent as the sweets of smooth jazz resonated from the speaks around them. As he listened, Desmond would think to himself about what he would do, should he be told it was something more major then he hoped. As the fear had begun to well up within him, the boy managed to calm himself remembering that only the lord could know what was to come and that the lord would protect him. If only the boy knew what was really going on or could even remotely fathom it, he might not have to calm himself.

A left, and then a right, and then another left. Their house happened to be situated within a beautiful neighborhood on the east side of town. Just before making the final left onto their street; loud crashing and the sound of metal slamming into metal could be heard from down the street. ” What the hell is that?” his question would soon be answered as the two drove upon a site most interesting. Upon arriving on the street, Desmond’s mother would bring the car to screeching halt just a few feet away from what was causing the commotion. ” Are those two Knights????” Before the boy and his mother were two massive beings clad completely in armor. The two were exchange rather large blows with their swords . It would seem the two hadn’t been notice but it was not long until all the members of the neighborhood came out on the street to see what was going on.

” Get the hell out of there!!!!” The sound of Desmond’s father’s voice rang out above the sounds of the two warriors clashing. His mother, acting strictly on reflex, grabbed the boy’s arm and made a run for their home which was slightly to the right of them, about four car lengths away. As the two sprinted towards their home, one of the metal warriors punched the other in what would appear to be the head, causing it to stumble back. ” Strange metallic sounding voice, blurted forth from the massive metal warrior which punched the other. It turning to face the two. ” Found you at last….and it looks like you don’t know how to summon the armor…perfect…” Ignoring the warrior’s words, Desmond’s mother continued to run for a moment before noticing that Desmond was brought down to his right knee. He clutched his arm, screaming in agony as the scar had begun to glow am even brighter red then before.

” Shit…ahhhh…why now of all times….I have to move….”  He could barely speak let alone move. The massive armor clad warrior had begun to approach the boy. After a few moments, the warrior would be upon Desmond, simply raising sword above the boy in preparation to end his life. Desmond had begun to panic, but the pain was so intense the boy couldn’t bring himself to move.

” I’m gonna die…I’m gonna die….” The boy’s frantic words could be heard by everyone around him who had begun to scream for help, yet they themselves were frozen in fear. All hope the boy had was beginning to fade quickly as he knew his life would shortly be over. All hope would appear lost to the boy, until he heard a strange voice from a strange place deep within himself.

” Why have you not yet claimed your birth right…young warrior?” The voice was deep yet inviting and Desmond had found it to be calming in what he believed to be his final moments. ” My birth right?,,,What do you mean?” Desmond was slightly puzzled by the male voice’s words yet he could feel the urge to close his eyes, and in turn did so. As the blade from the warrior would come down towards the boy, a strange light would erupt from the boy, completely eclipsing the entire area with in it’s radiance. ” The power you were born to possess young man….Be filled with pride and rejoice for you may now claim your birth right…for you are!!!!!” Desmond would yell out the final portion of the voice’s words aloud uncontrollably. ” The Once and Future King…..King Arthur!!!!!”

The Once and Future King Episode 3: Health & Good Fortune

His mother was quick on her feet like always, and before the boy knew it he was whisked away into the car and taken to the local hospital. The entire trip to the hospital only took about ten minutes and yet for the boy, it felt like an eternity. The scar on his arm continued to glow a brilliant red; that was until the moment his mother put her small white BMW into park just outside of the hospital. As quickly as the pain and glowing had come it had gone. In response to the sudden relief, the boy slumped deep down into the supple leather seat he was being contained within. He let out a deep breathe just in time for his mother to notice the glowing had stopped. ” I thought your arm was glowing? How did you get it to stop?….” The concern in his mother’s voice let the boy know his mother was not only worried but also frightened. After all, not everyday did you see your son’s arm glowing mysteriously.

His mother being the worrier she is, forced the boy to go through the entire testing process at the Hospital. A CAT scan, an EKG, X-Rays, and a full blood panel were completed. All the scans and X-Rays came up clean which much to his mother’s dismay didn’t help to ease her fears. After several hours the boy was released and told the blood work would take a day to come back. After leaving the hospital, his mother would wait until the third stop light before asking him questions. ” Are you drugs on?” The boy had been taken a back before the look in his mother’s eyes let him know his mother was fishing. ” Yes Mom…I’m a drug addicted thief who runs with the Chavs that live down the road from us…I also happen to like having sex with animals and dead people….” The boy laughed hysterically before his mother simply slapped him in the arm before giggling herself. ” Maybe we were hallucinating….either way, we will have to wait for your blood work to come back…”

Desmond shook his head in response to his mother’s statement before patting his body over for his phone. In his mother’s manic movements, he managed to forget his phone on his desk back at the house. ” My Kingdom for my phone…” His mother giggled for a moment before turning to him at a stop light. ” Too bad your a frog and not a prince…..but lucky for you you’re my frog…”