Goals 2019: Week 47 in Review


Holy hell, you guys…do you realize that it’s nearly December? What the literal hell? When did this happen? I can not abide by this foolishness!

In all seriousness though, I’m flabbergasted by the fact that November as a whole just kinda…disappeared. Is anyone else experiencing this? It’s like the month didn’t even exist. I still feel like Halloween just ended, and here we are almost into Christmas month. Satan save me.

Anyway, that’s enough of my foolishness for today.

How did last week go? Well it was a bit all over the place to be perfectly honest. For one thing I’ve been experiencing some health issues that have been throwing me off quite a bit (nothing serious, no worries, but definitely the kind of thing that affects you on a day-to-day basis). For another I’ve been wickedly tired and lethargic, probably because the weather has just been terrible and grey and miserable. For another thing I keep getting distracted by things that have been keeping me from getting back to my exercises, so I haven’t been having that additional boost of, like…endorphins and whatnot. I dunno, I’m not a health scientist.

Point being, as I’m sitting here typing this I’m yawning and feeling like crawling back into bed even though it’s just shy of noon. Winter is the worst, you guys. THE WORST.

So since I can’t seem to stop the yawning, and also because I have other things I need to do today, let’s go right ahead and jump into the goal stuff.

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

So, for the first time in quite a while I have to report a moderately disappointing week. It wasn’t bad, per se, but definitely not great compared to the past few months of awesome weeks. Long story short, Pacemaker wanted me to write 9920 words, which is the smallest amount it’s asked me for in months…and I failed. I only wrote 6494 words. Which is still a great number, just obviously not as great as 10k+.

Here’s the thing though: I actually have a very, VERY good reason for not getting a bunch of writing done last week. And that’s because I was busy editing! Yes, my lovely people, you heard it here first! The Other World: Book Two is officially coming! In fact, you can preorder the ebook right now! The only delay now is waiting for my proof copy to get here so I can make sure that the formatting is correct for the paperback. That should come this week, and as soon as it does and I’ve done that one final check, I’ll launch the book for sale. I am SO happy that this one is finally going to be behind me because I’ve been wanting so much to work on books 3 through 5, but I felt like a moron working on those without getting 2 actually out and available for people to read.

I FEEL ACCOMPLISHED. And now, for the remainder of 2019, I can just focus on writing what I feel like writing! (Which, FYI, is mostly going to be a Good Omens FanFic Advent Calendar for throughout December, because I am STILL ON MY BULLSHIT.)

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words.  The number of words written last week wasn’t up to my more recent snuff, but they were still almost entirely fictional words, so that’s definitely awesome. Of those 6496 words I wrote last week, 5377 of them were fictional, mostly edited scenes for Book 2, a couple of short stories I’ve been playing with for The Other World’s universe, and the aforementioned Good Omens fic stuff. It wasn’t much, but it was still good!

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

I technically read my own book…does that count?

But seriously, ya’ll, I just didn’t have time to read at all this past week. Between the editing, a shopping trip, cleaning the house and decorating for Christmas (YES WE DID IT THIS EARLY SHUT UP IT DOESN’T AFFECT YOU), and the little bit of writing and sketching I did, there was just no free time to sit back and relax with a book. And even if there had been I think my mind would have just been too busy to focus on it, so it’s best I didn’t bother.

That said, I’m dedicating myself to reading A Christmas Carol in December, because I’ve been intending to read that for what feels like forever, but I never got around to it and I’m GOING TO BLOODY FIX THAT DAMMIT.

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

You know what? I’m too tired for excuses. I did poorly concerning social media last week. Period.

Last week’s numbers are as follows:

  • The YouTube channel lost 1 subscriber
  • The YouTube Twitter account stayed the same
  • The YouTube Instagram account stayed the same
  • The Snapchat account’s score went up 10 points
  • The Author Twitter account went down 1 follower
  • The Author Instagram account gained 9 followers

So, more or less, you could just say that everything stagnated. The only thing that’s really moved is the Author Instagram, and I’m pretty sure that’s just because I keep sharing sketches I’ve been doing of Crowley and Aziraphale, and the Good Omens fandom is deep and loving and overwhelmingly supportive. So…yeah, I’ll probably keep doing that. Just FYI.

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

don’t believe that I played any games last week, but I’ve got to be honest and say that I’m actually having a hard time remembering. It was a bit of a whirlwind week as far as my scattered brain is concerned. But I’m going to go ahead and assume that I didn’t. Mostly I just watched Jason play Uncharted 4 so we could experience the end of Nathan Drake’s story together. It was quite lovely.

I’m really gonna have to play something in December though. I’ll try to get through my daughter’s birthday first. Hahaha, I’m so good at putting things off, aren’t I?

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

We, uh….we did a livestream! That’s good, right? Not actually ON YouTube, mind you, but still…we talked to people! *cough cough*

Yeah, as mentioned in last week’s post, the whole COPPA and the FTC thing really had us down and fucked up in the head. Some new info came out last week and some thoughts and decisions were made, and we’re going to be moving forward basically as normal from here on out. That said, by the time this stuff happened we had some other things to focus on (see aforementioned shopping trip), so everything got shuffled again. But don’t worry! We’ll get back into it! I’m…moderately confident of that fact! ._.

Annnnnnd that is that. Not the most positive or well-thought-out of posts, but as I said before, I’m just too tired to care at the moment. I’m sure you’ll forgive me. On a related note, if anyone reading this suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder and has any ideas of things that help, please feel free to share because I could really use it.

Cheers everyone! ❤

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 46 in Review


You guys, I have to ask: do you feel like November is just vanishing in a puff of smoke behind us? I know I say things like this all the time, but I’ve heard a few other people around town say the same thing and now I’m wondering if it’s a worldwide phenomena. It could be some horrible humankind-wide curse! IT’S THE END TIMES!

Yeah, I’m feeling a little goofy today.

In all seriousness though, it’s crazy to me that we’re two thirds of the way through November already. I feel like it was just Halloween for bugger’s sake. I actually had a bit of a panic attack this past weekend when I realized how close it is to my daughter’s birthday and that I haven’t done a damn thing yet. Wish me luck and sanity, my lovelies.

On more specific topics…

I may have mentioned last week that I was going to be starting P90X, and I did technically start, yes. Then I took several days off in a row. But there’s a reason! A good one, even! Long story short, the first video was Core Synergistics, and I woke up the day after doing that video with two pulled muscles: one in each thigh. It wasn’t a good time. I hurt every time I bloody well moved. So I did not exercise that day. Nor did I exercise the following day because the muscles were still sore as sin. Then the day after that my parents were visiting so I was too busy cleaning  like a madwoman.

Long story short, I RE-started today. I decided to just skip to the second video rather than start over, because I didn’t want to risk just pulling the same muscles all over again before I’d had a chance to do anything else.

In other non-goal-related news, we’ve got (nearly) all our Christmas stuff out! I missed almost all of Halloween month, which is a big deal in our house, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to celebrate Christmas a little longer than usual. And you know what? As we speak I have a veritable army of polar bears staring at me, and it’s making me happy, so hey…good things. Good things!

Okay, clearly my brain is a little wonky at the moment, so let’s skip on into the goal stuff!

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

Once again, this week I did not meet my Pacemaker.press goal, but once again I will point out that Pacemaker is trying to drown me in words right now because I’ve got my account set to give me the last few weeks of the year off. So it’s really not that big a deal. There is plenty of time, and I’m telling you guys…I’m smashing this goal. You just wait.

Last week I wrote a total of 14,702 words, which is definitely lots of awesome. It would have been more if not for the parental visit and corresponding cleaning, but nearly 15k is still obviously nothing to sneeze at. Those words have officially put me up over 410k, which is just amazing to me. I really can’t believe I’m actually seeing that number. It’s glorious! I’ve never written so much in one calendar year, and that’s considering that I started off the year horribly! I’m so bloody pleased with myself right now, you guys, you have no idea.

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words.  Once again the fictional words vastly overpowered the non-fiction ones this week. I wrote 1723 words worth of blog posts and everything else went toward fan-fiction, short stories, and The Other World. I’m going to have to take a closer look over all the numbers for the year to see if I actually accomplished this goal properly, but I’m willing to bet at this point that the answer is yes.

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

Don’t you fucking judge me.

Yes. I’m still reading fan-fiction. Bite my arse. It’s enjoyable. And also I’ve been writing a lot of it, which means I have to read a lot of it to get an idea for what people like, right? Right. Fuck you, I’m right!

Okay, okay, sorry, I didn’t mean to get defensive. *cough cough*

To be honest, there’s pretty much no chance that I’m going to properly accomplish this goal, but I’m still satisfied to be able to say that I DEFINITELY read more than 50 books worth of words. Trust me, you guys…I’ve got 73 bookmarks on An Archive of Our Own, and a quick glance shows me that just the first three of those equalled over 100k words. So. Yeah. I’VE BEEN READING PLENTY.

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

Ugh. Social media can get in the bin, seriously.

Last week’s numbers are as follows:

  • The YouTube channel lost 2 subscribers
  • The YouTube Twitter account went down 3 follower
  • The YouTube Instagram account gained 2 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score went up 14 points
  • The Author Twitter account went up 2 follower
  • The Author Instagram account gained 5 followers

I’ve been trying to keep up, I really have been, but the YouTube stuff in general took a bit of a back-burner this past week, mainly for a reason that I’ll discuss below. But suffice it to say that things haven’t been overly productive when it comes to this stuff. The author stuff has been going okay, I suppose, though those gains aren’t exactly staggering ones.

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

Holy shit, I played some games this week! Okay, maybe nothing major, but still! Gaming! Me! Wooooo! I played some more Smash Bros with Jason and Adrianna, plus we had a round of Mario Party on one night. I’ve also gotten back into Tetris 99, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how many chores I have to do at any given time. And I’ve also been vicariously playing the Uncharted series through Jason. Yeah, that sounds kinda lame, I know, but I genuinely enjoy just relaxing and watching him play games. And the Uncharted series has some awesome story and wicked characters.

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

Have you heard about all the COPPA stuff going on with YouTube? Honestly, if you haven’t I’d be surprised, but what you might not know is how badly it’s going to be affecting channels like ours. I’m not going to get into explaining it because lots of people have already done so, but the short version for the sake of this post is that the new rules have made it so that you either risk a massive, life-destroying fine, or you voluntarily make it so that your videos are virtually undiscoverable.

In other words, Jason and I have both been pretty cranky and depressed and unmotivated concerning all things YouTube.

That said, things will be chugging along as usual soon enough, but don’t expect us to be highly-motivated at the moment.

So that’s that, I suppose! It was a great week writing-wise, and more-or-less relaxing with plenty of gaming and reading. The overall productivity wasn’t exactly outstanding, but nothing to whinge over either. All in all, I’m satisfied! Here’s to another good week in the making!

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!

Revenge Omens – Chapter One

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If there’s one thing I’m as obsessed with as Good Omens itself, it’s all the beautiful fan-art that’s been created by the fandom. I have a number of favorites, but one such is the talented miss Masao Miichi, who regularly uploads short little comics, cutesy sketches, and lots of fun alternate universe ideas. One of her ideas, which she uploads sketches for regularly, is an AU in which Aziraphale Falls, Crowley Rises, and each are lead to believe that the other is dead.

Masao alternates between being extremely angsty/dark and excruciatingly adorable with this particular idea, which I absolutely love her for. But every time she would upload a new sketch or mini-comic I’d think about how amazing this idea would be as an all-out dark-and-angsty-as-sin fan-fiction. Eventually I decided to through caution to the wind and ask for her permission to borrow the idea and write the fic myself. She was overwhelmingly positive in her response, and so here we are, my friends!

This first chapter is more of a Prologue than anything – a little taste that gives just enough information to explain where we are when the real story begins – but since AO3 doesn’t have an option to have something be labelled as a Prologue we’ll just go ahead and say that it’s Chapter One.

Here lies pain and suffering, my friends, so if you’re a sick fuck emotionally-unstable lunatic sad-sack like me who is into that sort of thing, press on and check out Revenge Omens!

Zanini Box – November 2019 Unboxing

It feels like it’s been ages since I got to unbox a Zanini Box myself…which may be because it has been ages! I was, therefore, super-excited to finally delve into November’s box! This was my first proper video since coming back from my four-month work-stay in Alberta, and I think it went pretty darn well! The box itself was awesome too, but what I really want to know is what your favorite from the November pins was, so check out the vid and let me know!

Haunting Yards Since Time Immemorial!

Okay, that title might be a tad bit misleading, but Jason and I have been yard-haunting at Halloween for several years now, and we’re getting better all the time! I know I’m ridiculously late sharing this year’s Yard Haunt on here, but to be perfectly honest…I forgot! 😛 It’s a busy time of year, you guys! But I know you all are big fans of spooky stuff in general, so I’m quite certain you’ll enjoy watching none-the-less. And just wait until you see our discount post-Halloween haul and what we got to add to the yard next year! Look forward to it!