Some time ago, I went through my online presence, disposed of a great deal of excess, and created NoPageLeftBlank.wordpress.com as a place to bring what was most important to me into one spot. At the time it worked wonders, but over the years that have passed since then quite a lot has changed. I am now a published author and a growing YouTuber, and as a result of those things my online presence has once again gotten convoluted. So, with that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to what I’m hoping will be my new-and-improved personal space.
This blog will not be specifically for me as an author, or me as a YouTuber, and it will not be a place specifically meant for blogging or marketing or any other individual issue. TraceyTobin.Wordpress.com will be for me, in whatever form that takes. I will talk about the writing process and what’s happening with my books, I’ll share my YouTube videos and other geeky nonsense as I see fit, and I’ll blog as I desire. This site will be me in my entirety, as I see fit.
So if you’ve come here from NoPageLeftBlank.wordpress.com, thank you very much for following me into this new venture, and if you’re new, welcome! You may see some strange things happening here in the following weeks as I create back-dated posts to share older YouTube videos, but moving forward expect to see lots more of, well…me!
If I had a nickel for every time I mentioned how quickly the week seemed to speed by without me, I’d never have to worry about money again. Let’s add another coin to the pile.
In all seriousness, summers have always tended to be a strangely busy for us, despite there being no school, often no work, and just as often nothing pressing that needs to be done. Somehow, regardless of the fact that all three of us are basically ‘free’ for the season, it seems as though we’ve always got things going on that make the time pass in a flash.
This past weekend, for a silly example, was ‘Pokemon GO Fest’, the anniversary celebration that the Pokemon GO team puts on every year. In the past year we’ve been casual GO’ers, but it always ramps up a bit when the weather gets nice enough to feel comfortable walking around for extended periods of time. And this summer came with the unexpected surprise of new cohorts for the game. Our friend’s oldest kid got into the game and wanted to start joining us for our ‘hunts’; soon after, the friend saw how much fun we were all having and decided to give it a go himself. Now we have a group of five to go out hunting, and that made ‘GO Fest’ even more fun. We spent nearly the full two days out and about, catching all the different Pokemon that popped up during each special hour, plus doing a pile of raids to pick up some legendaries we didn’t have (and get our friends their first legendaries). It was a blast, and completely destroyed the weekend as far as noticing time passing.
Add to that regular walks for any reason we can come up with, since the whole family is now on Fitbit and we’re constantly competing with friends for the best step-counts. Plus we had a swimming-and-ice cream afternoon, plus we had a few evenings at our friends’ place to play board games, plus we had a couple of fires in the backyard, plus… Well, I’m sure you get the idea at this point. Just, suffice it to say, we’ve been making the most of the summer, even if that doesn’t necessarily equate to productivity in certain neglected aspects of our everyday lives. *cough cough*
So, just keep that in mind, is what I’m getting at. 😛
You guys, I am so close to the end of ‘Morning Meltdown 100’ that I can taste it. I completed exercises 83 and 84 today, which were the third and fourth videos in the final phase on the program. They were not easy, let me tell you, but I can definitely feel a major difference in what my body is able to pull off these days. I’m quite pleased with the program, in general, but I’ll also be more pleased to complete it, both to be able to say that I did, and to be open to try something else. There are a metric ton of programs on Beachbody, so I’m sure that if I start looking now I’ll find something excellent by the time I finish MM100 next week.
Plus, you know, all that ‘Pokemon GO’ walking and trying to beat my friends in steps has definitely added to the fitness minutes count.
Food-related stuff continues to be more than a little…vexing. Mainly the issue is that it’s summer, and summer brings with it alcoholic beverage, and cold treats like ice cream, both of which are virtually impossible for me to turn down. When we went swimming the other day, for example, we stopped by an ice cream place our friends told us about, and by the time we left I’m pretty sure I’d eaten a day’s worth of calories in ‘S’mores G’lore’ in a waffle cone. It was bloody delicious, and I refuse to feel bad about eating it, but it definitely did my waistline no favors. All the exercise is definitely helping to counteract some of the calories, but I haven’t lost anything on the scale for a while, which is definitely starting to bother me a bit.
On another related note, I’ve been bloody exhausted the past few days. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a bit dehydrated from all the wandering around in hot weather, or if drinking less coffee lately is becoming an issue, but I’ve just been wicked tired and I’m not enjoying it. I might be getting older, but I’m still too young to be needing a nap in the middle of the afternoon even when I’ve gotten eight hours of sleep the night before.
My dears, my dears…I am rather embarrassed to admit how unproductive the week was concerning creative ventures. First of all, there was absolutely nothing as far as art is concerned. That’s not for lack of desire or ideas…I’ve got a dozen things I want to draw, not to mention all the ‘draw this in your style’ challenges that have been showing up on Instagram, plus the fact that I’d like to start making fanart for some of my favorite fanfics. But I can just never seem to find the time to sit down with my phone and tablet. I might have to start carrying around a sketchbook to get some of my ideas started, at the very least.
Then there’s the writing side of things… Oh, my friends, my friends…I am honestly quite disgusted to admit that I didn’t get anywhere near the week’s Pacemaker.press goal, despite it being an entirely reasonable one. I was supposed to write 9609 words – which should have been easily doable – but by the end of the week I’d only managed a paltry 5953 words. To be honest, I could hardly believe it when I counted up my numbers this morning. It feels like I wrote much more than that, and yet… *sigh*
Most of the issue with my productivity is likely little more than the fact that I’ve been so busy with everything else that’s been going on, but a bit of writer’s block is certainly not helping. I’ve got numerous works in progress at the moment and have been hopping between them as I have ideas, but I’ve also been spending a lot of my writing time staring at screens or pages while my brain struggles to work out which words should come next. Maybe it’s a symptom of how tired I’ve been feeling.
Maybe I should start getting B12 shots again, instead of taking the tablets…just a random thought. Maybe it would help. *shrug*
You’ve likely gathered from the previous parts of this post that ‘down-time’ hasn’t exactly been in any shortage recently, but here are a few more details.
Reading continues to be something that taunts the back of my head. I haven’t set eyes on a single book or comic or anything of the like in weeks. I have still been reading updates to some of the fics that I’m subscribed to, but even those have been 10-15 minute stints whenever a new chapter pops up. As with other subjects mentioned earlier, I just haven’t been able to find the time required to sit down, by myself, in a quiet setting, and read a bloody book.
Watching things has been much easier, both because I can multitask with other things I want/need to do while watching something, and also because it’s more of a family affair. In particular, hubby and I have been watching a pile of old, ridiculous b-movies on Tubi recently. In fact, as I type this we are watching ‘Absurd’ and having a blast making fun of the dialog. It’s become a bit of a thing in recent days to throw on one of these movies whenever we’re exhausted from the day’s events, and it generally turns into watching two or three.
We’ve also been watching the fifth series of ‘Jo-Jo’s Bizarre Adventure’, which is by far the most…homoerotic of the series. That’s not a bad thing; I just find it hysterical. The number of male characters who have tit-windows in their shirts is fantastically hysterical.
When it comes to gaming, the trend lately has been more toward tabletop games than video games. I’ve still been playing ‘Pokemon Snap’, but that’s pretty much been it for video games. On the other hand, we’ve been hanging out with our friends to play ‘Love Letter’, ‘Five Crowns’, ‘Selfish’, ‘Blokus’, ‘Marbles’, and more. It’s quite nice, actually, since hubby and I have always rather enjoyed board and card games, but in the past haven’t really had anyone to play with. Nothing quite beats a board game with a few friends, a few drinks, and some snacks. It makes for a good night all around. 🙂
So the short version of the whole story is that there’s been tons going on, all good, but hardly anything productive. I hope to be able to turn that around, somehow, but I’m not going to hold my breath given that it’s summer and there’s so much happening. Fingers crossed though!
Feel free to let me know how your year is going so far! Do you have any big goals? Specific plans? Anything awesome on the horizon? Share what’s going on with you! ❤
It feels as though it’s taken a terribly long time, but finally our boys are on the same page, in more ways than one. Things are starting to heat up, Anthony is learning some important things, and Aziraphale seems quite determined to be the sweetest man who ever lived.
Happy, uh…er…Tuesday! Yeah, for some reason I don’t seem to be able to get these things out on Monday lately. Better late than never, right? 😀
A few things to talk about first…
Firstly, this past Sunday was my and the hubby’s anniversary! It’s been 12 years, and he continues to make me laugh like a lunatic all the time, even when I don’t want to. That’s surely the definition of love, right? I think so. ^_^
We spent our anniversary playing washer toss with hubby’s family, since we’d decided to visit for the niece’s birthday. It was a fun time full of drinks, food, my continued inability to play washer toss, and a couple of the family babies, who never fail to make me smile. We were all well-exhausted by the time we got home. 🙂
Second thing: this past Thursday I got my second Covid vaccination, so now I am fully vaccinated. 😀 I got Pfizer for the second shot, and the injection itself went as easily as the first one. The following day, however…hoo-ee…it hit me this time! I didn’t feel sick, but I felt like someone had kicked the ever-living crap out of me. I was sore all over – the kind of sore that makes you cringe just to change position when you’re sitting down – and I was ridiculously tired. I’d slept a good 7-8 hours that night, but I couldn’t keep my eyes open for most of the day. I was trying to keep my mind occupied with writing, but I just kept drifting. Aside from a brief moment when I went out with hubby and kid to do a Pokemon Go raid, I didn’t leave the couch the entire day. Mostly I watched hubby playing a game, and fell asleep multiple times. That said, by the following morning I felt perfectly fine and haven’t had any issues since. So huzzah for that!
Third thing: hubby got his second Covid vaccine this morning, so I’m fully expecting to be dealing with a massive sook tomorrow. Wish me luck. 😛
Fourth thing: my current ‘Good Omens’ novel-length WIP fic just hit the fifth spot in my ‘Top 5 by Hits’ list on AO3. That might not sound all that impressive, since it’s only my works, but when you consider that my top fic recently passed 30,000 hits, things come a bit more into perspective. I am pleased. And I just wanted to share that fact.
Okay, I think I’m good now, so let’s get into the bulk bits.
Okay, first off, I have a confession to make…this past Thursday I…*gasp;sob*…I skipped my ‘Morning Meltdown 100’ exercises! *dramatic sobs of abject agony*
No, seriously though, I fully expected that if I had any reaction to the second vaccine it was going to mean a missed exercise day. What I wasn’t expecting was that I was going to end up doing the birthday/washer toss/etc thing over the weekend, and not get home until rather late at night, thus accidentally missing another day of exercises.
But here’s the good news: I made it all up! Since I inadvertently had a rest day due to the vaccine, I did the exercises I missed then on what should have been my actual rest day. Then, after I missed a day because of the revelries, I made them up by doing two days in a row of three vids. Now I’m caught back up and have still yet to truly miss a single vid. Only roughly two weeks to go and I’ll have completed the program! How wicked is that?!
No, seriously though, I haven’t properly finished an exercise body since hubby and I did P90X in the lead-up to our wedding TWELVE YEARS AGO, so, yeah, I’m pretty pleased with myself.
The food side of things has been a little more difficult, especially with things like the aforementioned revelries throwing things a bit out in left field. But it hasn’t been bad-bad. Mostly it’s just been hard restricting calories while things like birthday cake are floating around. But I’m definitely betting better at not going crazy whenever there is alcohol around. So…forward momentum, I suppose.
I’m still not taking any measurements yet, aside from my morning step on the scale, so I don’t know how successful I’ve been overall. Weight loss has been at a bit of a standstill, but that may be because I’ve been building muscle, so we’ll have to wait and see what things look like once I take some actual measurements. That said, I have noticed some of my clothes fitting better, so that’s obviously a good sign.
In the creativity column, I have absolutely nothing to report for art from last week. I did start an attempt at coloring the kiss-in-the-rain pic that I shared last week, but I didn’t get very far at all. I also intend to start making fanart for some of my favorite fics, and I’d like to do some DTIYS challenges as well, but I just haven’t been finding a lot of time to sit down with my tablet and draw. Plus I draw much more slowly than I write, so the process requires more of the time that I haven’t been finding.
So, okay, no art then. What about writing?
Oh, I did plenty of writing last week… The thing is, my Pacemaker.press wanted me to write a ridiculous number of words…just shy of 14k…and that definitely wasn’t happening. I mean, it probably could have, if I’d been capable of keeping my eyes open on the day the vaccine broke my body. But as it stands, I only ended up managing to pull off 10,118 words for the week.
That said…10k is nothing to bloody sneeze at! I’m definitely quite pleased with that number. I’m hoping to hit that again this week, since Pacemaker is taking it a little easier on me with a goal of 9609.
So what did I spend the week writing? Well, I hate to admit it…but I started working on more Good Omens fics. Yeah, don’t worry, I’m cringing while you sit there judging me. I just can’t help myself! I keep coming up with more and more ideas, and these characters are just so fun and easy to write!
Hey, it’s still writing, yes? *cough cough*
For your information, if you’re actually interested, the other fics that I’m now working on are a College AU in which Crowley is an artist who falls hard for literature major-Aziraphale, an Architect AU in which dig-director Aziraphale discovers an ancient ruin in which he awakens snake-God Crowley, and a series of short stories which will be based on, *ahem*…porn tropes.
No, seriously, I totally understand. Judge away.
I can’t believe that I’m saying this again this week, but I still haven’t managed to get around to reading anything that isn’t an update to one of the fics I’m currently subscribed too. On that note, though, a few of those fics have actually recently ended, so that time will be freed up anyway. Assuming that I don’t find more to subscribe to…*sheepish grin*
Games have been a little bouncy, but hardly non-existent. Mostly I’ve been playing ‘Pokemon Snap’, which continues to be big dumb fun, but I also played a little bit of ‘Little Nightmares 2’ and ‘Borderlands 3’ last week as well. I also helped hubby play ‘A Plague Tale’, which basically means that I kept an eye out for collectibles and helped him solve a few minor puzzles, but it’s something! FYI, if you’re planning to play that game, be forewarned that it is most certainly not a pleasant story. I don’t know how you could think it would be, considering the premise, but it doesn’t hurt to remind people.
The watching side has been slow. I finally finished watching the fourth ‘season’ of ‘Jo-Jo’s Bizarre Adventure’, and we’ve continued on with ‘Godzilla: Single Point’. Hubby has also been putting ‘Black Books’ on at night when we’re in bed, and while I’ve mostly been falling asleep to it, I thought it worth mentioning because that is an excellent show if you’ve never seen. Funny as sin. Other than those, though, I can’t think of much that we’ve really sat down and watched recently.
So I suppose that’s pretty much it! I felt like I had more to report this week, but I must have been imagining things! Or I wasn’t, and those things will just go unsaid. No major loss either way. 😛
Feel free to let me know how your year is going so far! Do you have any big goals? Specific plans? Anything awesome on the horizon? Share what’s going on with you! ❤