Goals 2019: Week 4 in Review


Have you ever felt like the world was just against you? Like you were being punished for something you never even realized you did, or like someone took a vicious dislike to you and cast some kind of particularly nasty curse?

I hate to sound like I’m whining, but damn if I haven’t been having just the worst bloody time lately. I won’t go into a bunch of details because, frankly, you guys don’t want to hear about it, but between working really stupid hours, our Roomba breaking down, our car breaking down, and a bunch of bills that we simply can’t afford…yeah, I haven’t been in the cheeriest of moods recently.

I’m trying not to let it all get to me. I’m trying to hold my head high and just keep pressing forward. But I feel exhausted, like I haven’t had a proper night’s sleep since 2016, so please bear with me if I get a little cranky during this post.

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

The week started off so well. Then, to be perfectly frank about it, I started working some new hours. On the one hand this is a good thing, because it’s more hours than I was working before, which obviously means more money (that I desperately need). On the other hand, those hours have been incredibly crap ones. I’ve been working noon to 8 in the evening. That means, basically, that I get up in the morning, get the kid off to school, have enough time to shower, eat, etc, and then I’m pretty much going to work. Then, when I get off in the evening, it’s already nighttime, and although I don’t go immediately to bed or anything, it’s a dark, tiring time of the day and nothing gets done. As much as I keep trying to convince myself that today is the day I manage to get this shift to work for me, I’m just too tired at night to pull anything off, and there’s just too much adulting to do first thing in the morning before the shift starts. Thus, the only writing I got done last week was before this new shift began, plus a tiny bit during a couple of my lunch hours. The result is 5503 words. I wouldn’t consider that too bad except for the fact that my Pacemaker.press account wanted me to write 13,198 words, so I’m nearly 60% behind for the week. Blarg.

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. Of the words I did manage to write, they were almost all for blog posts and TraceysBasement.com posts. I only wrote 1322 fictional words, all of them toward my Final Fantasy fan-fiction. That said, at least I nearly have something worth uploading as an exclusive for my BuyMeaCoffee page. Keep an eye out for it!

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

Oh man, no, just….just no. Okay, I did manage to get through the first Sailor Moon manga, but I don’t exactly consider that an enormous achievement given that it’s all dialog and there’s probably fewer words in the entire book that most prose books have in their first chapter. But, I suppose, at least it’s something. I did try to get a bit more reading done last week, but with how tired I’ve been from everything else, every time I try to read I seem to start drifting off. Someone hook some caffeine directly to my veins, will ya?

Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!

I’m cutting my losses when it comes to week 4 and anything relating to social media. Honestly, looking at the numbers below, it’s not like it was an absolutely horrible week or anything; I’m just washing my hands of it all because it was not a good week for me actually being social. Again I have to refer to the hours I’ve been working. Because of the weird shift my social time has been mostly first thing in the morning, which is not my best time when it comes to being clever, or creative, or anything even remotely close to, well, social. Twitter hasn’t been too bad, but Instagram has been a struggle, and both author accounts have honestly been suffering because what little energy I have been able to find has been going directly to the channel accounts.

  • The YouTube channel went up 9 subscribers
  • The YouTube Twitter account dropped 1 follower
  • The YouTube Instagram account stayed the exact same
  • The Snapchat account’s score raised by 16 points
  • The Author Twitter account gained 2 followers
  • The Author Instagram account went up 2 followers

Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games. 

HA. If you’ve made it this far in this post you can probably take a wild guess as to where this one is heading. I did play a tiny bit of Legend of Zelda (the original!) on the Switch last night. And I played a little bit more Shadow of the Colossus at the very beginning of the week. And that’s it. Again, I just couldn’t find the time, and whenever I tried to play anything I had the same effect as when trying to read: I’d be drifting off while sitting there with the controller. It just wasn’t in the stars.

Where’s that caffeine I ordered?

Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.

I can report that, earlier in the week, we managed to edit and publish both vids we’d recorded on the Batman ’66 statues from Diamond Select. And thank goodness for that, because we didn’t manage to get a single damn thing filmed since those. Again, I just can’t do enough to explain how horrid this shift is. In the evenings when I get home I’m too exhausted to film, and in the mornings there just isn’t enough time once you factor in the things I have to do. Something is going to have to change somewhere along the line, but I have no idea what or how. All I know is that, as I write this with the final half-hour I have before I have to leave for work, I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

Okay, the post wasn’t as cranky as I was expecting, but it was still pretty whiny, so if you made it this far I’d like to thank you and give you a big ol’ digital hug. I’m not sure what I’m going to do to try to rectify all these issues that are plaguing me, but here’s hoping that next week isn’t quite so glum. Fingers crossed!

What are your goals for 2019? Do you have anything specific you’re hoping to accomplish? Any carryovers from 2018? Feel free to share in the comments!

Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel!

We recently added a few wicked-amazing show-stoppers to our collection. Two of them were my big Christmas present to Jason, and the third he picked up afterward when the shop gave him a great deal on it. Together, the three make an amazing display that you really can’t help but smile at!

They are from the Premier Statue collection of Batman ’66 statues by Diamond Select, and they are unbelievably awesome.

First up is Batman himself, or should I say Adam West? Because honestly, this statue is Adam West for sure. The face is perfect, the costume is perfect, and the stance is perfect. There just aren’t enough good things to say about how wickedly cool this statue is!

Then we have the two ladies of the line: Julie Newmar’s Catwoman, and Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl. Both are beautiful representations of the actresses in their iconic roles, and they’re so frikkin’ sparkly! How can you not love epic amounts of glitter? These two ladies are absolutely gorgeous and compliment Batman beautifully.

There’s also two more statues in the collection – The Joker and Robin – but we haven’t found those as of yet. It seems likely that they’ll be added to our collection at some point if we can find them though! This line is absolutely gorgeous and a must have for any huge fan of the Batman 1966 TV show. We LOVE them!

My Geek Box Unboxing (January 2019) GREAT BOX!

If I didn’t know better, I’d say that the first My Geek Box of 2019 was designed specifically for me! It included two awesome clothing items with retro gaming and a fan favorite anime in mind, as well as a full-sized action figure of one of my favorite characters to collect, plus a handful of blind boxes other fun stuff. There didn’t seem to be any kind of theme, like the previous month’s box, but that hardly mattered. What was in the box was a ton of fun, and I’m absolutely obsessed with the wearables. Let’s keep up the rest of the year just like this, My Geek Box!

Goals 2019: Week 3 in Review


Week 3 has left the building, ladies and gentlemen! We are more than halfway through January already! That is…disconcerting, somehow. I’m not sure exactly why, but it is. Maybe it’s proof that I’m getting old or something.


Week 3 was neither particularly good or particularly bad; it was simply there, if I’m being honest. If I’m being really honest, it was a little more bad than good, more because of massive quantities of stress rather than anything involving this actual report post. Things have just been…grr. Adulting is the literal worst.

But such is life, and all we can really do is move forward one step at a time (even if those steps come from the result of being chased by something vicious), so let’s move on from that for now and delve into this week’s report, shall we?

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

Week 3 was definitely better than week 2, although I still didn’t hit the goal set for me by my Pacemaker.press schedule. I ended up writing 7889 words for the week, which is absolutely respectable. My Pacemaker schedule, unfortunately, wanted me to write 10,435 words. Honestly, I probably would have hit it, but I had two days this past week during which I wrote absolutely nothing. One of those days was a bit of a mess, with a surprise visit from some family which meant spending a good bit of time cleaning, followed by a good bit of time entertaining. The other day was a lazy day; no point in mincing words. Even though I didn’t reach the Pacemaker goal, though, I’m really rather happy with what I did manage for week 3.

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! Even if I didn’t meet my week’s goal for overall words, I’m quite happy with the fact that I actually did manage to make half my words for week fictional ones. In fact, the numbers are almost perfectly half. I wrote 3964 non-fiction words and 3925 fiction words. That’s a nice ration right there.
    The fiction words in question came from getting a push on The Other World: Book Three, as well as a chapter of my Final Fantasy novelization rewrite, which will be made available as an exclusive gift on my BuyMeaCoffee page.

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

Phew! Finally getting somewhere! I finished Escaping from Houdini a few nights ago – it was absolutely fabulous, by the way – and logged it as my first book read for the 2019 Goodreads Challenge. Then I moved into a few easier pieces that I can bang out quickly (and have been wanting to read for ages). First up was the first issue of the Food Wars! manga, which Adrianna picked out for me at Christmas. I read that one in practically a single sweep. Then I moved onto the Sailor Moon manga, which I’ve actually been meaning to read for ages, especially since we bought the entire series for Adrianna. I’m only halfway through the first book so far, but I don’t expect plowing through all twelve to take very long at all. Once I’ve got those out of the way and bolstered my book count a bit, I plan to move on to a few Stephen King novels I never got around to, of the type that are long enough to keep me busy for a while.

Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!

I may have slacked off on the social media stuff a little in the past week. That’s not to say that I wasn’t around; I just wasn’t as talkative (and picture…a…tive?) as usual. That stress thing again is mostly to blame (my brain shuts down in these types of situations), but there’s also a bit of good old fashioned laziness afoot. I’ll try to be better next week!

  • The YouTube channel went up 6 subscribers
  • The YouTube Twitter account gained 6 followers
  • The YouTube Instagram account went up 9 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score raised by 11 points
  • The Author Twitter account lost 1 follower
  • The Author Instagram account went up 17 followers

What is it with the YouTube channel stuff and the number 6? Give me another number, you guys! Preferably a higher one!

The Author Instagram account was the clear winner this week, with a gain of 17 followers. I expect most of those people found me because I’ve been taking part in an author challenge on there (which I’m actually still catching up on, since I started two weeks late), but the how isn’t important. What’s important is that these are 17 new people checking out my photos who may, in turn, check out my books. So that’s pretty sweet!

Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games. 

Oh man, I’ve been all over the place with the video games lately! I definitely need to find some focus and actually stick to a game long enough to properly finish it, but on the bright side, I’ve been getting some games played. 

One thing I’ve been fooling around with since we got it set up with an old TV is the Atari 2600 Jason got me for Christmas. The graphics are terrible, and the signal is so bad that sometimes the color disappears, but it’s been so much fun reliving my childhood. I especially love Plaque Attack, although it is difficult to do well with the old, stiff controllers. My daughter is amusingly obsessed with California Games. And none of us can seem to figure out how to get past the crocodiles on Pitfall. I know I used to do it as a kid! But it seems absolutely impossible now, for some reason.

I’ve also fooled around a bit with the SNES Classic Jason got for Christmas. I haven’t gotten too deep into anything yet, but I tried out the Sailor Moon RPG that never came to Canada, and I reminded myself of how the SNES Star Wars games are absolutely BRUTAL in terms of difficulty.

Plus, I downloaded a prior PS Plus free game on my Vita called Draw Slasher, and I ended up playing that one for nearly three hours straight one night. It’s not a long game, and not especially involved, but it was quickly addicting and had some cute humor. How can you resist a young ninja fighting zombie pirate monkeys?

Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.

It’s been so hard you guys! I don’t really know how to explain it, exactly, but it’s really difficult to get into the state of mind to film an entertaining video when you’re stressed out about significantly more important life issues. And, of course, we don’t want to make bad videos just for the sake of having something up, so the decision most days has been to simply take a break. We did manage to get three vids filmed in week 3 though (one up, with two more in the process of being edited), so at least I can say we got something accomplished!

So, as I said at the beginning of this post: it was neither a particularly bad or particularly good week. Though, I did previously say it was more bad than good, whereas now I’m looking at it and thinking that it was actually probably a bit more good than bad. Goals weren’t necessarily met, and I think I spent more time fooling around and playing games than actually accomplishing anything, but given my current stressful situation I’m going to go ahead and say that that’s been the best option at the moment. If you don’t agree, well…you’ve obviously never been in a properly stressful situation. Lucky you.

What are your goals for 2019? Do you have anything specific you’re hoping to accomplish? Any carryovers from 2018? Feel free to share in the comments!

Goals 2019: Week 2 in Review


Oh wow, are we past week 2 already? I’m sure you’re getting tired of hearing this, but I honestly have no idea where the seven days went. My brain is still stuck in immediately-post-Christmas, if I’m honest.

But there’s not really any sense in moaning about it! Let’s just get right into the post.

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

Dag nabbit, Tracey, what is it with you and being incapable of having two good weeks in a row? Week 2 wasn’t exactly a great week for me mentally, for a number of reasons, but if I’m being totally honest I was also pretty lazy when it came to writing during those days. I kept trying to finish up the backlog of TraceysBasement.com posts, but WordPress (not this site, but the professional version) has been acting up with me lately, and ever time it does another stupid thing I end up getting frustrated and pushing the post off for later. Not a great attitude to be certain, and for that I must apologize to myself. All in all I managed to pull off 3854 words all together for the week, which isn’t horrid or anything, just not at all where it should be. My Pacemaker.press setup wanted me to write 8733 for the week, so I didn’t even get halfway. BOO.

If you look at it a little more broadly though, I’m up to 12,729 words for the year so far, with my Pacemaker wanting me to have hit 16,637, so I haven’t gotten too far behind. The key is going to be whether or not I can catch up before I start spiraling downward into un-catchable levels of being behind, like I did last year.

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. Oooh…I don’t even really want to talk about this. What little time I spent writing last week was entirely for blog and TraceysBasement.com posts, so my fictional words are still suffering at the moment. All I write was 176 words, which I scribbled in a notebook during my 15-minute break at work the other day. I really need to fix this in the coming week, whether it’s by working on The Other World: Book Three, or some more fan-fiction, or whatever. It just needs to be rectified in short order.

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

I honestly can’t believe that I haven’t finished Escaping from Houdini yet! In my defense, it does seem to be quite a bit longer than the previous books in the series. I hadn’t realized it because I don’t normally read hardcover books (which this one is), but it’s definitely quite a bit more wordy. That’s not a bad thing, just a meager excuse for why it’s taking me so long to read. It’s an awesome book so far and I definitely want to just sit down and devour it; it just hasn’t been happening. I’m in desperate need of a “Everyone leave me the hell alone, all I’m doing today is reading and writing!” day.

So, in short, I have yet to finish 1 of the 50 books I pledged to read this year. That said, we’re still very early in the year, and several of the books I plan to read are manga which can be devoured in a single sitting, so I’m not too concerned yet.

Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!

Social media got a little wonky by the end of the week, mainly because we had an overnight visit from my parents, which meant a good day worth of cleaning before they came, followed by a day of trying my hardest not to be farting around on my phone while they were here (even though that’s what they do…*ahem* :P).

That said, while the gains are very small, they are, in fact, all gains! No random little plunges on the Instagram account this week!

  • The YouTube channel went up 1 subscriber
  • The YouTube Twitter account gained 4 followers
  • The YouTube Instagram account went up 4 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score raised by 11 points
  • The Author Twitter account went up 2 followers
  • The Author Instagram account went up 16 followers

The nicest number there is obviously the Author account, with everything else barely being worth mentioning (how does SnapChat’s “score” system even work, anyway?), but they’re still gains, so I’m happy. Let’s keep moving those numbers upward!

Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games. 

I haven’t had a chance to get back into Shadow of the Colossus since week 1, but that’s not to say that there wasn’t a bit of gaming done here and there! Jason hooked up the SNES Classic he got for Christmas, which resulted in some Mario Kart with the little one, followed by a session of Kirby’s Super Star with her, followed by a session of the same with Jason (I keep having to be the 2nd player…rawr). We’ve all also been messing around with the Atari I got for Christmas; I’m loving being able to play Plaque Attack again! It seems like such a lame game, but it’s basically dual-sided Space Invaders and I bloody love it.

I also popped on the PS Vita for the first time in a while and downloaded some of the backlog of PS Plus games I’d let build up. I tried a few of them, some of them being very odd, some of them being strangely addictive, and at least one of them making me go, “What in the name of hell-cats is this thing supposed to be?”

Last but not least, we had a family session of Mario Party on the Switch last night. We tried the “River Ride” mode, which was amusing but also annoying, since it’s a mode in which everyone has to work together at all times. It’s a friendship-ruiner type of mode for sure.

Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.

At the very beginning of the week we filmed, edited, and uploaded two videos. In the following two days I went nuts with the blog and TraceysBasement.com posts, attempting to catch up on all the backlog. Since then…nothing. Now, mind you, a lot of that can be attributed to the aforementioned cleaning and having company. But there were also a couple of days there when we just couldn’t bloody handle it because of poor sleep, crappy work shifts, and so on.

We did, however, do one night of Instagram Live, which was pretty fun. It works so much better than YouTube Live, with less lag, less skipping and jumpiness, and just an overall much simpler experience. Get your act together, YT.

And that, in a nut shell, was week 2 of 2019. Not exactly a tip-top week, but still half-decent, and we’re still quite early in the year so I’m not going to be too hard on myself.

Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to go finish off the last batch of TraceysBasement.com posts so I can stop letting them drag me back!

What are your goals for 2019? Do you have anything specific you’re hoping to accomplish? Any carryovers from 2018? Feel free to share in the comments!