We got viewer mail from Miss Nicole! All three of us got a separate package for this particular mail call, and there’s tons of fun enclosed. Frozen QPoskets and a Nendoroid for Adrianna, a tricky Friday the 13th mug for Jason, and a Harley Quinn QPosket for me! Take a look and let us know in the comment section which items you like and whether you have any of them yourself!
Thank you again Nicole!
River sent us a massive mail haul! These two boxes were stuffed with awesome stuff for the whole Tobin family, and we can’t thank River enough. There was horror, cuteness, sci-fi, and classic literature…clearly our tastes are rather eclectic, but River has them down for sure. lol
Check out the unboxing video and let us know in the comment section what your favorite item was!
Geeks be aware! If a subscription box shows up to your door and it feels heavier than usual: you just got a new mug.
I joke, of course, but it’s happened so often now that I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the case 9 times out of 10.
With that said, we’ve got September’s My Geek Box today and it features some pretty cool items from Batman, Star Wars, and The Last of Us, plus a really neat shirt design. Give the video a watch and let us know what your favorite item is! Pus if you’re interested in checking out My Geek Box for yourself, we have a coupon code for UK subscribers as well as a discount link for US subscribers down in the description box. Check it out!
Week 38 was one of those ups-and-downs kinds of weeks. As far as this post and my plans/goals are concerned it wasn’t a bad week at all. But when it comes to emotional well-being, there were definitely some rough moments. I’m currently experiencing a significant amount of stress as the result of a wave of “okay life, give me a break already” moments. I’m not going to get into that, because it’s mostly stuff that’s either personal or is “wait it out” more than “I can do something about this”. I just wanted to bring it up because, logically, the stress affects my productivity.
That said, as I already mentioned it was actually a decent week, so let’s bounce into it and see what I managed to accomplish.
Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
First and foremost we have the writing situation, as always. My productivity tanked at the end of the week, mainly because we attended CaperCon (which I’ll mention later), which basically destroyed the weekend. I did, however, do well in the first few days of the week, so let’s look at that.
- Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. I was hoping to have a better week, I won’t lie, but given the loss of my weekend I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out, actually. I wrote nearly equal parts blog posts and fiction in week 38. Blog posts accounted for 4061 words, and fictional words came up to 4126. That’s a week’s total of 8187, which is pretty damn good. I didn’t break my record for 2018, but I did do better than the previous week, so I’m pretty happy with that. The year’s total is now up at 178,295, and my daily average is thankfully continuing to go up; it now sits at 670. Go me!
- Goal #2: Sell more books. Well, I intended to try to drum up some sales during CaperCon, but it didn’t really work out as I intended. Without getting into too much detail, the basics is that the panel Jason and I were running was a complete joke. Since the intention was to direct attendees to where they could grab my books, that ended up being a joke as well. Long story short, I didn’t sell any books.
In other related news, some of you may have heard about how CreateSpace is more-or-less shutting down. I’ve been asked if this affects me and my books, and the answer is that it doesn’t hurt me, but the jury is out on whether it will affect me in any particular way. Basically, while CreateSpace will no longer exist (as such), my books will still be available on Amazon because Kindle is taking up the mantel of hosting both the ebook and paperback versions of the self-published books that were on CreateSpace. That means that from the purchaser/reader’s perspective, nothing has changed. From the author perspective I’ll obviously have to learn how this new system works when it comes time to publish something new, but that might be the only thing I have to deal with. Then again, there could be other issues that come up in the future, but I’ll just have to wait and see what happens. For now the main, most important thing is that my books are still readily available for purchase.
- Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. Still working on it! A good chunk of the fictional words I wrote in week 38 were directly attributed to scene changes and additions in my manuscript. I’m nearing the end of this round of edits and revisions now, but I’d also be lying if I said I was confident about the manuscript. The more I think about it the more I think that I should change this, add that, and so on. So I find myself in a weird spot where I want to hand the manuscript over to my beta-readers to see what they think, but I also kinda want to go back to the beginning and do yet another round of edits and revisions. Which one I’m leaning more toward depends on the day of the week and the mood I’m in at the time, so the final decision likely won’t come until I’m actually sitting here with the manuscript uploaded into an email that’s ready to go out. So, I guess, stay tuned?
Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
Oh thank goodness, we actually got a little bit done last week. Someone shoot off some fireworks; we deserve it! lol
- Goal #1: Film more often. We managed to post three videos last week, one of which had been filmed previously, and two of which we actually filmed last week. We also filmed a fourth video which hasn’t been posted yet because we need to splice in a bit with missy that we haven’t gotten the chance to film yet. So three films up and another that will be soon ready to go. That’s not too bad at all, especially considering the previously-mentioned losing of the weekend! And on top of that we actually did a livestream in the Basement Geeks group on Saturday night, which was good old fashioned silly fun. If anyone who attended that is reading this now, don’t forget the dentist. Never forget the dentist. XD
- Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. In general social media has been going okay, and we had a good bit of fun with it during CaperCon. Since our panel turned out to be a total waste of time, we instead decided to wander around looking at the stuff for sale and taking pictures with cosplayers while handing out business cards. We got some fun pics with people in awesome costumes (Jason spotted the Fairly Odd Parents and looks like a happy-as-hell goon posing with them), and some of them did in fact find our Instagram account, so that went pretty well! We also managed to convince a lady selling geeky purses and wooden toys to sign up for Instagram. That obviously has nothing to do with us personally, but I consider it a win because she was dead-set that she was too old to learn the platform, and less than 24 hours I was tagging her in pics I took of her wares. Go team Insta!
#3: Focus more on myself.
I had good days and bad days with this one throughout the week, which is pretty par for the course. Obviously the continually-mentioned CaperCon stole a ton of time away from me and my ability to sneak off, but I still managed to get a bit of awesomeness in.
- Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. I devoured Hunting Prince Dracula. If you guys haven’t read Stalking Jack the Ripper, I sincerely suggest you check it out, and afterwards you’ll be speeding to your local book store to grab Dracula. Both books are awesomely well-written and feature a main character who is equal parts feminine and “I’ll do and be whatever I damn well please, thank you”, and it’s perfect, in my opinion. There’s also a bit of romance, which I don’t mind at all, and both books are written in such a way that you really think you know who the killer is, and then you don’t, and then you change your mind, and then you’re just confused, and it’s wicked. Read the books. Just do it.
Okay, so obviously I got in some reading. lol Jason and I have also started picking through some spooky stories for the countdown to Halloween, which is always fun. We watched The Gorgon last night, and I’m thinking about writing a review on it for TraceysBasement.com.
Lastly, we have the “playing” bit, and though it’s only been a moment here and there, I can tell you that I’ve been picking up Dead Nation on my PSVita whenever I get the chance. Mowing down hoards of zombies just never gets old. Plus I’m working on trying to pick up the last few trophies that I never managed to grab when I first started playing the game.
- Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. Activity has been a four-letter-word for me lately, but I swear I am planning to get into it. I’ve been so busy that I’ve been finding it hard to put together enough time required to really go do anything, but if I can work through this stress-induced fatigue sometime soon I intend to start getting up a little earlier in the morning so that I can go for a run before taking missy to school. I miss my Zombies! Run! app, and there’s no doubting that I need a bit of cardio in my life. Watching the little one at her Tae Kwon Do class has been reminding me of that a lot lately.
So that was week 38! I hardly think that it was the best week ever or anything, but given all that I’ve been putting up with lately (both externally and emotionally) I will wholeheartedly say that I did pretty well. Things are getting done, even if it sometimes feels like the slowest slog of all time, and I’ve got a renewed desire to keep pressing forward this Monday. Here’s hoping that sticks around longer than the end of the day! Wish me luck!
How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!
Dead-Eye Duck has joined the Righteous Indignation! The awesome people over at Boss Fight Studio have sent us along their exclusive variant Dead-Eye Duck for a first look for our viewers. This awesome repainted version of the base Dead-Eye comes packaged in an amazing tin lunch-box, and comes with all the awesome accessories and interchangeable parts that the Boss Fight figures have become known for. We’re super-excited to be able to show him off, and in the description box of the video there’s a link where you can pre-order this Righteous figure for yourself! He ships this Fall and makes an amazing Christmas present….for yourself!