Plans and Goals 2018: Week 21 Review


Hey, look at that! It’s Wednesday! My procrastination skills are growing!

Okay, yeah, that’s not a good thing, and big thanks to my friend Marie for reminding me to do this today because I’d genuinely forgotten again and before I knew what had happened it would have been time to write this week’s post, and then I’d be irreversibly messed up.

Before I get into it this week I just want to once again bring up something that I’ve mentioned in the past few previous weekly review posts, and that is the fact that I truly feel like my brain has stopped working of late. I have no idea what the cause could be – it could easily be anything from stress, to hormonal changes screwing with my brain, to a subconscious form of self-sabotage – but it remains a fact, and it’s something I’d very much like to reverse. So if anyone has any thoughts or ideas, please feel free to let me know. It’s very much like my brain has turned to fog; like I’m in a constant daydream that makes it very difficult to focus, and sees me forgetting things before I’ve even had a chance to tell myself to remember them. If I didn’t know better I’d say it was medical, but I do think that’s an extreme observation. Chances are it’s something much simpler.

Anyway, let’s set that side for now and get into the point of this post.

Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
While “focus” has become a bad word in relation to these posts, I can at least say that week 21’s report is much better than it’s predecessor.

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. I didn’t get as much writing done as I was hoping to, due in quite a large deal to the fact that omfg I can’t think straight at all someone send me some goddamn ritalin or something! Ahem. But it was also an infinitely better week than the previous two. I did a little bit of blogging, to the tune of 1303 words, a bit of fiction to the tune of 2865 words, and a bit of “other” stuff, to the tune of 211 words. The fiction bit, amusingly enough, was split between another erotic tale for my pen name’s repertoire…and a children’s chapter book that I started with my daughter in mind. Yeah, my brain goes in some wildly different directions sometimes. Annnnnnyway, those words totaled 4379 for the week, bringing my year’s total up to 91001 and keeping my daily average steady at 619.
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. I actually recently posed this one as a question to my entire Facebook friends list because goddammit it is so hard to sell self-published books without spending money! A few people had good ideas, mostly involving social media (oh good, because I don’t spend enough time on there already…lol), a few people made suggestions of things I’ve actually already tried, and a couple of people were mildly asshat-ish. “Forget about YouTube” came up once, which I will heartily admit made me twitch.
    Anyway, long story short, it hasn’t been going well on the sales front, although my post asking for thoughts and suggestions did end with a Facebook friend picking up both of my books for her Kindle and promising to review them on Amazon. So that was nice.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. There hasn’t been a whole lot of movement here, aside from a little further work on the “codex”, as I’m now referring to it. I did work out a few ideas for improvements to the manuscript though, which I’m hoping to implement as soon as possible.

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
I have to be honest: YouTube just hasn’t been a priority lately. There’s been a lot going on, and I’ve had to focus energy into more important avenues, on top of other smaller things that have been holding us off, which I’ll explain below.

  • Goal #1: Film more often. We did manage to get two videos up in week 21, one of which was sponsored by Entertainment Earth, so that was awesome. I wish it could have been more, but as mentioned, there’s been lots of little issues. We had a couple of days in a row of travel last week, which exhausted us so badly that we took the third day to pretty much curl up and die on the couch with our respective video games. Following that we had the return of whatever-the-hell has been going on with Jason’s eye, on top of a strange and worrisome throat tickle on my end – the past few years I’ve been randomly picking up a laryngitis-like condition that screws up my throat quickly if I don’t allow it to rest the second the tickle begins. When you mix all that in with the more-important stuff I’ve been focusing on (one such example is looking for paying work), and there just hasn’t been enough time or energy in the world to get me down in the basement in front of a camera. Here’s hoping some things settle down soon.
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. Let me preface this one by asking a question: when the hell did Instagram start doing “Stories”, and do people really ever watch them? I mean, in the back of my mind I think I knew the option  has been there for a while, but it just seems like such a SnapChat thing, and I personally have never watched a single person’s story before this past week, so when Jason suggested we start posting to our story my honest reaction was, “What? Why?” A friend of mine who runs an at-home business claims that Instagram Stories are actually much more likely to be scene than individual posts, but I just don’t get it myself. That said, I’ve been trying to make an effort to post to it, and in the process have practically given up on SnapChat, since it just feels so much like doing the exact same thing twice. In fact, I’m thinking I might actually officially give up on SnapChat as it just doesn’t seem to be the social media mogul it once was (or was it? I don’t even know). I get very little interaction through it, even when I’m posting a lot, and that little bit of interaction just seems to be from family and close friends anyway, so it seems like a waste of time and energy to me. If you think I’m wrong, feel free to let me know, but I think for the time being I’m just going to strike that one from my daily “to-do’s”.
    Twitter is, as always, the big one for me, and that’s all going quite well. I’ve also been trying to put a little more time into the Basement Geeks Facebook group because I seem to have distanced myself from it mentally in recent months for some reason.

#3: Focus more on myself.
If there’s something I’ve been managing to do lately, it’s been focusing on myself, although not necessarily in a good way. I think that between the brain fog thing and the fact that I’ve been doing annoying things like looking for work, I’ve been tending to put my personal enjoyment above all else recently. Part of me thinks that I deserve that, but it’s also a slippery slope. It’s much easier to let yourself fall into the game of “I’ll do what I want!” than it is to climb back out of the hole of procrastination you’ve dug for yourself.

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. As with the previous report, I can say that I’ve been playing a lot of games. Well, a lot of A game, anyway. I’ve fluttered about a little bit, but mostly I’ve been a little obsessed with Rayman Legends on my PS Vita. For one thing, it’s just genuinely a fun, challenging game with tons of stuff to find and regular new modes and challenges to check out. For another thing, though, I think it’s the prospect of an ENDGAME that has been appealing to me. Everything else I’ve been doing seems endless – just a constant stream of things that come one after the other with no promise of reprieve – whereas this game has a finality point, a place at which I can say that I’ve literally done everything it has to offer and I am DONE. It’s an achievable goal point during a time when none of my personal goals feel achievable.
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. Oh man, see that word “obsess”? I may have – just may have – become a little obsessed. Not in a bad way though! I wrote the wording of this goal with the idea that I didn’t want to torture myself over my weight or anything, but to just work on my health a little, and that’s what I’ve been doing. But yeah…oh man am I obsessed with Zombies Run! I got a tip on Twitter to do the “race” missions before continuing on with Season 2 of the game because of hidden story elements, and geez… I ended up doing 40 km worth of missions in just under a week. And that’s counting the fact that I neglected to go out on two recent days when it was raining really badly. So…yeah. I think it’s safe to say that I’m “staying active”.

So that’s pretty much it. I feel like I was a little chattier than usual, which is a bit funny considering I didn’t really have all that much to report. But hey, at least I managed to settle my brain long enough to actually make the post, right? Right. 😛

How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!

The Archer Collection Titans Vinyl Full Case Unboxing – Did We Get Any Mystery Chase Figures?

Hiiiiiighway to the DANGER ZONE! XD

Seriously though, if you don’t already watch and love Archer, we can’t be friends, so shoo on off to your nearest television if you have to and then come back here and bask in the awesomeness of these Archer Titan vinyls blind boxes!

Loot Gaming “Hunt” April 2018 Unboxing ft. Dark Souls, Farcry 5, Monster Hunter World, & Arkham City

So being extremely late is just the new regular, is it? 😛

Yeah, I got confused again because of the time of month these boxes keep showing up, but this is, in fact, April’s Loot Gaming, with the theme “Hunt”. It features items from Dark Souls 3, FarCry 5, Monster Hunter World, & Batman: Arkham City, and it’s all crammed into a teeny-tiny, nearly flat little box. Let’s see how they managed to pull that one off!

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 20 Review


Is it Tuesday? Dammit, it’s Tuesday, isn’t it? Late again! Well, at least you can easily see that my organizational skills have not improved. ^_~

This week’s report might be a little all over the place, in conjunction with the all-over-the-place-ed-ness that has been my brain recently. It was another one of those weird, “what the hell happened and what did I do?” kind of weeks. I seem to be having more and more of those lately. Maybe I’m getting old.

ANYWAY, I’ve been trying to catch up on things and get myself into a more organized (ha ha ha ha ha) state of mind, so let’s bounce right into it and get this report posted!

Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
I took some advice from a friend and let myself relax on this one during week 20. I’ve been getting more and more stressed out as my inability to get any writing done gets worse and worse, so she suggested that I take a week off, don’t worry about my word count, and just try to relax, and I honestly think that it’s been very good for me. 🙂

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. Obviously, as a result of the break mentioned above, I didn’t get a huge amount of writing done in week 20. I did, however, get a little, so it wasn’t a monstrous loss. There was a tiny bit of blogging, for a total of 1728 words, and I managed 741 fiction words toward a new side-project. Adding a new project to the plate probably seems like a horrible idea, but it’s just something I intend to mess about with in my spare time, and maybe it will become something in the future. Either way, between those two things I totaled 2469 words for the past week, bringing my year’s total up to 86,622 and my daily average down to 619.
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Absolutely nada to report here. Other than a few page reads through Kindle Unlimited (which I effectively make no money from), there’s been no movement on the book sales front. I’ve been trying to brainstorm some new ideas for promoting them, but I haven’t honestly had the time required to really sit down and work on it.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. I didn’t get anything in the way of editing/revising/etc done in week 20, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t get anything done toward this goal. I’ve been having a few issues with the manuscript for book two in that I keep forgetting little details and having to go scouring through book one to try and hunt them down. Then I forget them again, because I’m a moron who never writes anything down when she needs to. That’s why I decided to start a special notebook specifically for the Other World series. I started it with a sketch and description of the main character, Tori, and followed it up with descriptions of what happens in each chapter, with important points written in a different color. So far I’ve gotten up to chapter three, plus started a sketch-and-description page for the supporting character, Jacob, and I intend to finish up book one this week. Then I’ll outline the important stuff for book two as I’m going through the manuscript edits, and hopefully when I’m done I’ll have all the necessary information to move on to book three without having to constantly go back and forth between the books to remind myself of what the hell is going on. See? Sometimes I have good ideas!

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
Oh goodness gracious no, what happened here? 😛

  • Goal #1: Film more often. In week 20 I did one video by myself and one more with Jason. Not exactly a huge push on productivity, but as I keep pointing out, it’s still published videos. We’ve really slowed down lately for a number of reasons, but we also started brainstorming ideas for different types of videos we can do in the future, so go us! Hopefully we’ll be able to start pumping out some more of them in future weeks and I’ll have more interesting stuff to report here.
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. Twitter is still, by far, the easiest platform for me to be productive on, but I haven’t been too bad on the others lately either. A few company contests and challenges have made Instagram a little easier to focus on. Facebook, as always, is mostly a copy of what happens on Twitter and Instagram, so as long as those are doing well, so is Facebook. Snapchat is where I petered out as of late, but I’m not worrying about it. I still intend to use it, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’ll never be a big player for us. It’s just not that big a deal anymore, and is mostly just used for good friends to torment each other with weird filters.

#3: Focus more on myself.
On this front I’m still going strong, mainly because if I wasn’t focusing on myself, I’d probably have crawled into bed and stayed there by now. 😛

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. Again it’s been mostly playing. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I’m just pointing out that reading has definitely not been my go-to lately, although I do still have a pile of books I want to read. Instead I’ve been playing a bunch of different games when I have a moment or two, including Rayman Legends on the Vita, Burnout Paradise on the PS4, and Cooking Frenzy on my phone. Plus I’ve been enjoying the tears and recriminations of playing Overcooked with the little one on the Switch. And you know what? I suppose if I’m bringing her into it I can also mention that I actually have been reading a bit, since I’ve been reading Coraline to the little miss (she’s been rather enjoying it too). As far as watching, I’m very nearly caught up to the last available episodes of Supernatural now. 🙂
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. The one thing on this list that I’m genuinely proud of is that I’ve been definitely staying active. On the one had I have to admit that I decided to give up on P90. It’s not that it was too difficult or anything; I just found that it was taking up more time than I feel I have, and since I enjoy Zombies Run more than I enjoy following along to the same two exercise videos every other day, I decided that P90 would be the one to go. I may try out something different in the future, but for the meantime I’ve been putting more of the focus on my running, with the strength exercise coming mostly from everyday tasks and the occasional mini-exercise. That said, even without P90 I’m confident that I got more exercise in week 20 than any of the previous weeks. I’ve been taking fast runs, and sometimes longer ones, and on occasion been doing multiple in the same day. I genuinely love the Zombies Run app, and it’s made getting outside and moving fun for me. And on a related note, I’ve finally (just barely) dropped below my first weight-loss goal, so I’m more motivated than ever! Go me!

And that was week 20! Some reports weren’t exactly the greatest, but all things considered I’m mostly happy with the way the week went.

How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!

My Geek Box Unboxing (May 2018) – DAMN YOU REGINALD!!!

What was the last My Geek Box again? Because this one is May’s, and I could have sworn…ah, you know what? Forget it. We’ve got another box of geeky collectibles to show off! This one features a pretty sweet shirt design, along with two Funko products (neither of which are Pops!), a color-changing glass (NOT a mug!), and a pretty snazzy wallet!