Nickelodeon cartoons were a huge part of my childhood, especially when played on YTV on Saturday mornings. At the same time, Loyal Subjects are some of the best-made blind box figures I’ve ever come across. So, mix Nickelodeon cartoons with Loyal Subjects figures? Yeah, that’s a recipe for excellence if I ever saw one.

Entertainment Earth sent us a full case of these Nick blind boxes by Loyal Subjects, and we had a blast checking them out. If you were (or are!) a fan of any of the cartoons in this set, these are definitely figures worth having in your collection. Check them out!

Goals 2019: Week 8 in Review


What’s this? It’s Tuesday? Whoopsie! Ah well, I managed to go nearly two months getting these posts out on the right day. That’s probably a new personal record, to be honest.

The past week was a little iffy for me, mostly right at the end when my heart started acting a little fluttery again (don’t worry; I have a doctor’s appointment today) and I’ve been wicked tired. Plus (and I’m obviously not going to apologize for this one) I spent pretty much the entire weekend just hanging out with my daughter. I took her to the public skate at the town rink, and then we went to a lasertag birthday party where parents were encouraged to play too, and then we spent a ton of time building these Minecraft papercraft sets that we found at the local Dollarama. It was lots of fun, a bit of relaxation that I definitely needed, and some quality mommy-daughter time. Plus, lasertag is a blast, you guys. I kicked those 9-year-old’s butts! *cough cough*

So let’s get into the actual reporting and see how the week came together in the end.

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

Week 8 was a repeat of week 7, so far as I could have sworn I wrote more, but the numbers tell me I’m full of it. Still, it wasn’t a bad week or anything. I managed to write 4943 words of the 7108 wanted me to write, and I don’t think that’s half bad considering I fooled around all weekend.

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words.  Even better, 3610 (well over half) of those word were fictional ones. I wish I could say they were working toward the stuff I should be writing, but I let my brain wander a little and had some fun writing about zombies. Nowhere to Run will be an eventual sister-novel to Nowhere to Hide, but for right now it’s pure cathartic goodness, because I enjoy writing about horrific stuff. Does that make me a sociopath? Things to consider, my friends.

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

Last week I finished up the first in the Dorothy Must Die series: No Place Like Oz. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I definitely think it was written with a more pre-teen-aged audience in mind, and so I delved right into the second novella: The Witch Must Burn. I was surprised to find that the second book is told from a different character’s perspective, but now that I’ve gotten into it I can see the charm and reasoning. I don’t want to spoil anything, but suffice it to say that it would probably be difficult and likely boring to tell the entire story from Dorothy’s point of view.

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

I’ve been in and out with the social media, though I’ve definitely been trying to be conscious of focusing on it. Specifically I’m trying to catch up on my Instagram game, which has been difficult since I never seem to have the time required to take actual NICE-looking photos.

Week 8’s numbers?

  • The YouTube channel went down 3 subscribers (what the hell?!)
  • The YouTube Twitter account gained 1 follower
  • The YouTube Instagram account went up 6 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score changed by x points
  • The Author Twitter account gained 2 followers
  • The Author Instagram account went up 2 followers

So the number of the week for the author accounts is “2”. No issue there. Slow gains are still gains. The one that bugs me is obviously the YouTube channel subscribers, but I try not to focus too hard on that number because it can be so finicky. Everyone knows, at this point, that YouTube randomly does weird things, and we haven’t been immune to people being mysteriously unsubscribed to us. That said, that 3-sub loss could have easily genuinely been three people deciding to unsubscribe, but hey…what can you do?

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

I don’t think I played a single game in week 8! I’m struggling really hard to think about it, to be honest. I may have played a bit of Breath of the Wild, but I can’t remember if that was at the beginning of week 8, or the end of week 7. What I did play was a butt-load of Poker Assault with my family on the weekend. And that was great. Seriously you guys, if you’ve never heard of Poker Assault, check it out. It’s a blast and highly addictive.

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

There wasn’t a big press on the YouTube channel in week 8, although we did do one unboxing of a case of Nickelodeon Loyal Subjects. I would definitely have been nice to get more done, but I’ve been having a really hard time getting into it recently. I’ve been super-tired (really missing caffeine, you guys), and I haven’t been in the best of moods either because of my heath. Those two things are not conducive to good videos, so I’ve been laying off, hoping that I’ll start to perk up soon and get back into it.

And that’s all there is to that. My week consisted primarily of a bit of writing and a lot of hanging out with my family. Aside from the actual work, of course, which is half the reason I’ve been so tired. But I’ll save that rant for another day. In the meantime, I’m generally okay with the way week 8 turned out, even if it wasn’t as productive as it could have been.

How was your week? Did you accomplish any goals? Make any new ones? Do anything else that made you feel awesome and accomplished? Feel free to share in the comments!

Goals 2019: Week 7 in Review


Another week, another report, and before I get into it this week I thought I’d give a quick health update.

So the good news is that the blood pressure meds I was prescribed are working quite well. I only needed a low dose option as well, so they’re both affordable and aren’t hitting me with a bunch of annoying side effects. So that’s definitely great and a huge relief to my mental state. Unfortunately, trial and error has revealed something that’s not so pleasant. It turns out that somewhere along the line I must have developed some kind of sensitivity to caffeine. Every time I have a coffee, for example, my blood pressure spikes by about 20/10 points and I start to get that funny flutter in my chest again.

You guys, I can’t express how much of a kick in the head it is to suddenly have to cut out caffeine all together. I can easily go without things like pop and energy drinks, but I’ve been drinking tea and coffee for years and it’s hard getting used to going without them. Sure I can still have things like herbal tea, which I do like as well, but when you’ve had coffee every morning since your daughter was born it’s a bit of a punch to the brain to suddenly have to go without it.

That said, I’m NOT SUPPOSED TO BE LETTING STRESS GET TO ME, so let’s just get this report post over with so I can go back to forcing myself to relax.

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

Phew! I, uh…I honestly could have sworn that I wrote more this past week, but apparently I’m just losing my mind. I wrote 3762 words all together, which isn’t exactly horrible, but man…I really would have sworn that I did more than that. It was once again less than half of what my account wanted me to write, so that’s frustrating. Luckily the coming week is asking me for lower numbers, so hopefully I’ll be able to actually pull that one off.

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words.  On the plus side of a low-word week, about two thirds of my word count was fictional this time around. 2598 words came across my Final Fantasy novelization and a bit of work toward the sister-book to Nowhere to Hide: Nowhere to Run.

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

Reading has slowed down a little bit in the past week, mainly because my brain has been slow from lack of caffeine and I keep drifting whenever I try. That said, I’ve been picking through There’s No Place Like Oz in the Dorothy Must Die series during my lunch breaks at work, and I’m loving it. I definitely intend to go through the entire series because it’s a very fun little imagining of what happens when Dorothy returns to Oz.

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

Social media has been all over the place recently. I’ve definitely been spending a lot of time on Twitter, mostly because New York Toy Fair is on and I love sharing all the awesome new toys and collectibles different companies are showing off. Instagram, on the other hand, has been a slow slog, mostly because, well…I’ve been too lazy to take pictures. #SorryNotSorry

Additionally, my SnapChat account is on a temporary hiatus because the front-facing camera on my phone is busted. And yes, I realize that SnapChat isn’t all about selfies and that I can use the rear-facing camera to take pics for it, but for some reason SnapChat doesn’t accept that explanation. It keeps glitching up every time I open it, showing a black screen whether I put it on front or rear camera. So until I figure that one out, SnapChat will just have to be put on the back burner.

So what about the actual numbers?

  • The YouTube channel went up 17 subscribers
  • The YouTube Twitter account gained 5 followers
  • The YouTube Instagram account went down 1 follower
  • The Snapchat account’s score changed by x points
  • The Author Twitter account stayed the exact same
  • The Author Instagram account went down 2 followers

I must say that it’s nice to see the YouTube channel get a little boost, and I can’t complain about the Twitter accounts, but I’m obviously annoyed with the Instagram accounts. I really can’t whine though, since I’ve been neglecting both of them pretty badly. I definitely need to try to fix that in the coming week.

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

One thing I definitely did a good bit of last week was play video games. (Hello, I’m relaxing!) I didn’t get back into Shadow of the Colossus yet because Jason’s been playing Resident Evil 2 on the PS4, but I’ve been getting back into Breath of the Wild, and I’ve become obsessed with Tetris 99. If you haven’t heard of it, Nintendo just released it as a free download on the Switch, and it’s basically Tetris battle royale. You’re playing against 98 other people, and their completed lines become attacks that throw incomplete lines into other people’s screens. It can be extraordinarily frustrating, but is also super-fun, and I swear I won’t rest until I’ve gotten first place at least once. So far my record is 3rd, which is just close enough to make me want to beat my head against a wall, but not actually stop playing.

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

YouTube has been very slow lately, but part of that is due to my work hours making it extraordinarily difficult to find the time required to film, and part is that I’m refusing to STRESS myself into filming. However, I did manage to film a short update video last week that went over pretty well, and then Jason and I did a Valentine’s Day video courtesy of Entertainment Earth. Those two videos are more than I’d pulled off in the previous two weeks combined, so yay for that. There’s lots more that I want to do though, so hopefully things start to settle out a little soon and I find my groove again. Fingers crossed!

Looking back through what I’ve written for this post, I have to conclude that it wasn’t exactly the best week by a long shot, but at least I got a bit of writing and a couple of videos done. Now if I could just find an alternative to caffeine, maybe we’d be getting somewhere in the coming weeks!

How was your week? Did you accomplish any goals? Make any new ones? Do anything else that made you feel awesome and accomplished? Feel free to share in the comments!

Entertainment Earth Sent Us A Dozen “Roses” for Valentines Day!

Jason and I don’t really make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day, honestly, because we both know the value of showing your love all year through. But that’s not to say that we can’t have fun with the holiday!

This year we got a Valentine’s Day surprise in the form of a package from our friends over at Entertainment Earth! To say that this package made us giggle would be a massive understatement. To whomever came up with the idea for this holiday sale and it’s accompanying pun-to-end-all-puns, I salute you. I wasn’t sure I was ever going to stop snickering over this one. XD

Happy Valentine’s Day, fellow geeks! Whether you’re celebrating with a special someone, or snuggling alone on the couch for a well-deserved night of relaxation, I hope you’ve had a great day!

Goals 2019: Week 6 in Review


Okay, let’s start off this weekly review with a little recap for anyone who may have missed this post from a couple of days ago. The important information is thus: I had a couple of scary days in a row during which my blood pressure was rising into genuine hypertension levels, followed by a trip to outpatients where I found out that my BP had, in fact, gone into “holy shit” territory. It was extremely frightening, but luckily all the tests they did showed that I wasn’t having a heart attack or any other extremely concerning situation. Basically it all came down to (presumably) a mixture of genetics and stress, and probably also a little bit the fact that I eat like crap. So after a good scare, I got myself a shiny new prescription to keep my blood pressure down, along with orders to relax.

I’m not good at relaxing, you guys. I mentioned that in the aforementioned previous post. In particular, I’m not good at relaxing when I feel like I’ve been failing to accomplish things. Hence, doing these weekly reviews is going to require a lot of deep breathing and doing my very best not to get worked up over any perceived “failures”.

TLDR; bear with me while I try to grin my way through and appreciate that some accomplishment is still accomplishment. Look at me being totally not stressed at all! *cough*

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

As you might imagine, those few days during which I was panicking over my health took a bit out of me, both physically and mentally. On the one hand I obviously didn’t feel like doing anything other than curling in a ball under a blanket and rocking back and forth. On the other hand, I physically couldn’t do much because I caught a bug while I was at the hospital, and the mixture of that and my new prescription working into my system had me feeling like I’d been run over by a transfer truck.

But it’s not all bad, since I did get a bit done before my body tried to off itself, and a bit done afterward as well once the bug passed. All total I wrote 3963 words throughout week 6. That’s not even half of the 9526 words my account wanted me to write, but it’s still pretty decent considering I was totally out for the count for three straight days.

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. Thhhhiiiiiissss one was pretty down for this week, however. Of those nearly 4k words, only 594 of them were fictional words, scribbled down toward my Final Fantasy 3 novelization.  Everything else was blog posts, but in this situation I think I can give myself a pass. I did write quite a bit concerning my health once I had begun to perk up.

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

BOOKS! Books-a-plenty! Believe it or not, I’m actually ahead of schedule on my Goodreads challenge! Mind you, that’s because four of the seven books I’ve read so far were manga, but screw you, Goodreads says they count, so I’m counting them! 😛

In all seriousness though, I read the second and third volumes of Sailor Moon last week, along with Stephen King’s Elevation, and I’ve started reading the first in the Dorothy Must Die series. I’m not doing half-bad! I could get used to this actually-getting-stuff-read thing!

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

Social media started off slow in the week, but believe it or not it actually blossomed pretty well after my little heart scare. Transitioning to my blood pressure meds seems to have rectified the extreme lethargy I’d developed in the days leading up to hospital day, so I’ve found myself spending more time browsing fun tweets, chatting with people, and taking fun pics for both Instagram accounts. Plus I’ve become re-addicted to Snapchat filters. Damn you Snapchat filters for making me act like a goofy teenager!

  • The YouTube channel went up 5 subscribers
  • The YouTube Twitter account gained 6  followers
  • The YouTube Instagram account went up 3 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score raised by 6 points
  • The Author Twitter account gained 1 follower
  • The Author Instagram account went up 1 follower

And here we have….wait a minute…is this the first week I’ve had where everything went up? I think it might be! o.o I mean, those aren’t exactly bragging numbers, but they’re ALL forward momentum! That’s actually awesome! I’ve gotta keep this up!

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

I’m honestly drawing a blank here… I don’t think I played any video games this week! *thinks about it* No, wait, wait…yes! I played a bit of Pikachu Let’s Go with the little one! And about five minutes of River City Rampage before I rage-quit! XD

But seriously, there were bits and pieces of gaming (I was playing Smash Bros Ultimate with the family before my hospital visit); just nothing really worth mentioning. When I have my day off this week I hope to get back into Shadow of the Colossus before I forget the basic movements.

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

You can probably go ahead and take a wild guess as to where this entry is headed right away. Yeah, although I did continue doing things like the social media, I definitely turned my entire brain off concerning the channel in the days leading up to and away from my hospital trip. Much as I love doing YouTube, it’s definitely a stressor in many ways that I just didn’t need this past week.

That said, I did eventually relax, give myself permission to not be AWESOME, and filmed a little update vid on the weekend. It should be up some time this evening, and basically states why there’s been no videos lately, what we intend to do about it, and what we have going on in the immediate future. In the coming week (assuming we can manage it with my stupid, stupid work schedule) we plan to do a fair bit of filming, in particular some long-overdue mail and a couple of awesome items we were sent by the awesome people over at Entertainment Earth. So, hopefully, look forward to that!

And coming from a totally I’m-not-stressing-YOU’RE-stressing! standpoint, I can honestly say that week 6 wasn’t really all that bad at all. It would have been nice if I’d gotten more writing done, but everything else is actually pretty on par, and hopefully I’ll be able to find more time to scribble out some words in the coming week to catch up. Wish me luck! (And a healthy heart!)

How was your week? Did you accomplish any goals? Make any new ones? Do anything else that made you feel awesome and accomplished? Feel free to share in the comments!