I’ve Got Fan-Art! 😍

If you guys have been paying attention AT ALL, you’ll know that I’ve become somewhat obsessed with writing Good Omens fan-fiction. All of what I’ve written so far has gotten an excellent reception on An Archive of Our Own, but in particular the in-progress In Silence Our Secrets Lie has been getting lots of amazing attention. Every chapter I post gets a wave of absolutely beautiful comments, and for the first time in my life I’ve been getting fan-art! I mean, technically it’s Good Omens fan-art, but it’s for MY STORY. And that’s amazing to me! So I thought I’d share. ^_^

I’ve posted these pieces in what I believe is the order I received them, with a bit of info and link to the artists’ Instagram accounts in the captions. Check them out and give them some love!

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This right here is the first fan-art I’ve ever received, and it simultaneously made me squeal and smirk. It’s from a scene in Chapter Three in which voiceless Crowley gives himself horns to remind Aziraphale that he’s a demon. XD  kittykazoo_art
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  This piece is from Chapter Four, when Aziraphale gifts Crowley a blanket he’d been caught cuddling. I actually drew the scene myself and put it up on Instagram as a #DrawThisInYourStyle challenge, and this was my first entrant! I was super exited to get this, and GLC did a great job! greenleaf_loves_cats
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         Similar to the previous picture, this piece was created for my DTIYS challenge from Chapter Four. I love MJ’s very unique style, so getting this put another huge smile on my face! mjfitzarrow
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This lovely – and a little bit sad – piece comes from Chapter Two in the story, when Aziraphale wakes Crowley to offer him a bath and inadvertently scares the poor thing to near-discorporation. ;_; vusster
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And last, but definitely not least, we have this absolutely gorgeous mini-comic that outlines the last few lines of Chapter One. I was absolutely astounded when I saw this for the first time and have honestly not been able to stop staring at it since. ❤ ❤ ❤   la_dame_du_warren

Plan & Goals 2020: Week 13 Review

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It is shaping out to be a weird year, my friends. It’s been a few weird years in a row, if we’re being honest, but 2020 is shaping up to be the weirdest one yet. There aren’t any prophecies about 2020 being the end of the world, are there? No, you know what? I know there probably are, so I’m just gonna put an end to that line of thinking right now. MOVING ON.

Earlier today I had an 8-way video chat with some of my cousins, aunts, uncles, and my mom, and while it was actually quite amusing (my poor uncle couldn’t figure out how to switch to his front-facing camera, so we were looking at his table the entire time), it kinda put into perspective for me just how scary this whole thing really is. I mean, I was never one of the naysayers or anything – if you saw last week’s post you know that I’ve been shouting at people to stay home on pain of my fist in their face – but something about having that group chat and seeing all my family members sequestered at home gave me a bit of a strange chill. It made me wonder how long this is all going to last, and what it’s going to take to recover from it once it is all over.

But I guess all we can really do for now is try to stay safe and keep life moving forward as normally as possible, right? So I’ll keep writing and reading, enjoying the various arts of others, and try to keep my spirits high!

So, okay ‘spirits’…let’s do a rundown of week 13 of 2020.


Goal #1: Be Healthier

I’ll be totally honest; I had a few minor emotional breakdowns concerning my health over the past week. A combination of lack of willpower and lack of results has gotten me down, there’s just no two ways around it. So forgive me if I’m less than enthusiastic about this particular part of the post.

  • Eat better (and less) – UGH. Okay, so…you can probably forgive me for not eating the absolute best food combinations while we’re under quarantine rules. You can only keep so many fresh fruits and vegetables in the house when you can’t just run out and buy more at any given time, after all. That said, I’ve got no excuse for snacking on leftover Halloween candy, making fudge, and grazing on whatever is within arm’s reach all throughout the day and night. I just feel like I’m hungry all the bloody time lately! I even took – not one, but TWO – pregnancy tests just out of pure morbid curiosity, because I can’t understand why my gut seems to want to be eating ALL THE BLOODY TIME.
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  • Drink more water – Regarding the above paragraph, I’m sure at least one of you is thinking that I just need to take in more fluids, but nah, screw you, I’m actually doing well in that particular venue. I’ve been drinking nothing but water, tea, and coffee, and generally just one cup of each of the caffeine drinks per day. So lots of water, basically. I’ve also tried to incorporate some apple cider vinegar into the mix, because it’s supposed to be good for gut health, blood pressure, and a bunch of other things, but DAMNED if it’s not difficult to drink! Just putting it in water is god awful, and mixing it in hot water with honey and lemon juice honestly wasn’t all that much better. In fact, if anyone reading this has any ideas on how to make consuming that crap any easier, I’m definitely open to suggestions.
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  • Get more exercise – I did manage to catch up on my exercises after screwing up the schedule last weekend. I did a day with two videos (rather exhausting) and did the final video on what would have been my rest day. Now I’m officially into week 6 of P90X, and this is honestly where most of the “feeling down” is coming from, because I don’t feel like I’ve been accomplishing anything at all. Weight is one thing (talk about that in a moment), but I’m not seeing any improvement anywhere else either. I’m not seeing any size change, any strength increases, any improved stamina…just about the only thing I’ve noticed is that I’ve gotten a bit more flexible with some of the stretches. Woo-frikkin’-hoo. I know that a bit part of this issue is that I haven’t been eating all that well, but with a program as intense as P90X I still expected to see something by now. The first time I did the program (back before Jason and I were getting married) I lost something like 15 lbs over the course of the three months and toned up spectacularly. This time I’m nearly halfway through and have seen absolutely bumpkiss.
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  • Lose 2 lbs per month – And yes, when we’re specifically talking about weight, I’m still in the wrong direction. I’ve managed to stop gaining extra (thank bloody fuck), but I’m not losing either. Again, I haven’t been eating great, so I can’t say too much, but given the intensity of P90X I figured I’d still go down a little, even if it was glacially slow. Instead I’ve been staring at roughly the same number on the scale for nearly a month now and it’s definitely starting to get to me.
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Goal #2: Be an Author

If there’s one thing to be said about being stuck in self-isolation quarantine, it’s the fact that I’ve been having no trouble finding time to write. Silver linings, right?

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year – To be honest, after looking at the numbers for last week, I didn’t actually write as much as I’d thought I did, but I can mostly blame the fact that I was working really hard on getting two particular chapters of In Silence Our Secrets Lie exactly right, so there was a lot of time spent staring at my Chromebook screen trying to decide what would be the best way to write the next line. Writing fan fiction has had the really strange side effect of turning me into a literary perfectionist.

    I’ve gotten off-topic. Anyway, I still did great for the week. My Pacemaker account wanted me to write 8590 words, and I blew past that with 9803 words. Aside from a couple of blog posts, all of those words went directly to ISOSL because I’m completely and utterly obsessed with finishing that story now. Blame the awesome Good Omens fans on AO3 who have been drowning me in waves of beautiful comments every time I post a chapter. 😛
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  • Promote published books – Oh shit! I can actually report something here this week! You may have actually already seen the post I put up about this, but I recently decided to put all three of my books (the ebook versions) on “Social Distancing Sale”. Each of the three novels are now on sale for 99 cents each, indefinitely (or, roughly, until we can end social distancing). I’ve been promoting the sale all over my social media and wherever else I can find, so that pretty much covers the promotion aspect of my author career for a while!
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  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content – No new Patreon content yet, although I’ve been getting a few lovely people begging for an update to Revenge Omens recently, so changes are that I’ll be putting up something for that sometime in the near future. I also thought that maybe I’d do something special for my birthday. I haven’t quite decided yet though. If you have any ideas, let me know!
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  • Work on Author social media – I’ll admit, I got a little lazy with the social media during the second half of last week. I had other things on my mind, sorry! All things considered, though, I don’t think I’ve been doing all that bad. That said, I lost a couple of Twitter followers last week, which is annoying, but I also gained eight Instagram followers, so I’ll give a thumbs up to that. *waves to new Insta-peeps*
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Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

Does anyone remember when Jason and I said we were planning on coming back to YouTube in March? *looks at date on Chromebook clock* Yeah, let’s…let’s pretend that never happened.

  • Film/edit/upload – I feel like I should just skip past this entire section until I actually have something to report, but I keep thinking that maybe making myself feel bad about it will be motivational somehow? Meh, I’m probably just being a dumbass. Either way, we haven’t gotten around to filming anything yet. At least half of the problem is good old fashioned just not buckling down and fucking doing it, but in our defence there have been a variety of other small issues as well, emotional well-being not-withstanding. Maybe in April, eh?
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  • Promote and Interact (Social Media) – As mentioned above, I got a little lazy with the social media during the second half of the week, but I still don’t think I did so badly. I’m not sure if I said or did anything on Twitter to annoy people, but I lost on this account last week as well; 3 followers flew the coop. The Instagram actually went up for once though. It was only a single follower, but it still makes my eye twitch a little less when I look at the numbers and see a positive. 😛
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  • Expand website content – I said it last week and I’ll say it again: UGH. Bah. Humbug.
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Goal #4: Be Fun!

Consuming various media has definitely become a thing lately, hasn’t it? Just saying…if I could actually go through this post without writing anything of consequence in this section these days, there’d obviously be something wrong with me.

  • Read 50 books throughout the year – You guys, I fucking finally finished Nevernight last week. I genuinely feel like a failure for taking so long with the book because it was goddamn amazing. That said, since my brain obviously doesn’t want to hook onto long pieces lately, I’m moving to some shorter things before I go on to Godsgrave. First up on the docket (and I’m already about a fifth of the way through it) is the Good Omens Script Book, because of-fucking-course it is. Then I think I’ll relax my brain further with some manga. Then, once I’ve more or less regained my ability to focus for more than five minutes, maybe I’ll move on to Godsgrave. Wish me luck.
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  • Play video games – I was temporarily distracted by the demo of the Predator: Hunting Grounds game that was available over the weekend. It was fun, but it definitely has some issues that I’d want ironed out, and there really isn’t enough content to justify a full-priced game, if I’m being blunt. I enjoy the concept of human marines trying to complete a mission while also trying to fend off the Predator, but there’s only really, like…four or so missions, and they’re all basically identical. It makes the novelty wear off really fast. Just saying.

    Aside from that though, I’ve also been continuing to play Borderlands 3, which is a bloody blast. I absolutely love it. Mind you, currently I’m at a boss that I JUST CAN’T BLOODY BEAT and it’s ENRAGING ME, but…well, I mean, still fun. *cough cough*
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  • Watch shows/movies – I’m sure we watched more than these two things over the past week, but there are two things in particular that I want to bring up in this post. The first is a series called Kingdom, which is on Netflix. WATCH. THIS. SHOW. Jason and I had watched the first season a while back, and the second recently popped up so we binged it pretty easily. It’s a Korean show, so it’s subtitled, but please please please don’t skip it just because you don’t like reading while you watch a show. It is well worth it, trust me. I’m not even going to tell you what it’s about. Just go bloody watch it. You’re in quarantine. You’ve got time.

    The other thing I wanted to mention is a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie called Replicant that also stars Michael Rooker. It’s from 2001, and Jason clicked on it on Amazon Prime the other night out of pure curiosity. It has an absolutely fucking ludicrous premise, but it’s played completely serious, and we ended up watching the entire thing even though we expected to turn it off after ten minutes. I can’t even explain why we ended up watching it all the way through. It was LUDICROUS. Yet, somehow, strangely entertaining. Maybe we were just in a weird mood. Either way…watch it. You’re in quarantine. You’ve got time.


So that’s about it for this week! Jason has declared a movie day, so I’m off to see what kind of schlock I’ll be sharing with you in next week’s post. Hope you’re all staying safe and doing well! ❤

How was your week? Any accomplishments you want to share? Goals you worked hard on? Feel free to share in the comments! ❤

Social Distancing E-Book Sale!

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Look, we’re all struggling with this strange and discomforting situation that has cropped up and changed our lives so much so quickly. Social distancing / self-isolation can be incredibly difficult when we’re so used to being able to just go where we want when we want. But it’s also currently our best method for fighting the spread of Covid-19, so let’s swallow down our urges to throw caution to the wind by heading out into the world, and focus on slaking our boredom in other ways.

My little contribution to social distancing is an open-ended (it’ll end when social distancing does) sale on all three of my e-books. Each book will be on sale for just 99 cents, indefinitely. You can easily find them by searching my name, “Tracey Tobin”, on the Amazon website of your country, or directly on the (free!) Kindle app. Each book is roughly 50k words, so they should keep you busy for at least a little while, and you’ll be supporting a jobless indie while you’re at it. ^_~

Keep safe and keep reading, everyone!

Plan & Goals 2020: Week 11 & 12 Review

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Okay my lovelies, let’s start this out by addressing the extraordinarily contagious viral elephant in the room. I missed doing last week’s update, mainly out of pure lack of desire to write it (if I’m being honest), and I just wanted to let ya’ll know that the Tobin household has not been affected by Covid-19 in the time I’ve been failing to talk to you guys.

That said, I wanted to take a moment to point out – since a surprisingly frightening percentage of people don’t seem to realize it – that this is some serious shit. I know there are lots of stubborn-ass people out there who like to think that they know better than the CDC and the WHO, but if there’s one thing I can possibly say to convince you all, it’s to look at the money. We all know damn well that money makes the world go round. And right now, because of Covid-19, the transferring of money throughout the world economy has ground to a bloody halt. Even if you’re one of those people who think this is all a major overreaction, you can’t deny the fact that all of these businesses would not be shutting down and/or dramatically reducing their hours if it weren’t absolutely necessary.

And on a related note… There are a lot of healthy – mostly younger – people going around right now assuming that even if they catch the virus it won’t really affect them. Yeah, maybe not. I personally have every confidence that my husband, my daughter, and myself would be able to fight the virus off if we contracted it. But that’s not the point. The point is that Covid-19 is outrageously contagious, and it takes several days for any symptoms to appear, meaning that you could be spreading the virus to dozens of people before you even suspect you might have it. And those people will infect dozens more before they know they have it. And so on and so on. And some of those people you infect might be elderly, or have regular contact with infants, or have respiratory problems that make the virus ten times deadlier.

In other words, what I’m trying to say here is: don’t be a selfish, ignorant asshole. This is a big deal, and it’s going to take all of us doing our damnedest to keep it from spreading and spreading and killing more and more people. So for the love of fuck…if you don’t need to go out for supplies or because your job has been deemed essential, keep your damned ass at home. I know it can be boring, I know you can get shack-whacky after a few days, but I repeat: don’t be a selfish, ignorant asshole. Find shit to keep yourself occupied. Binge Netflix and Amazon Prime Vid. Read all those books you never got around to. Clean the parts of your house that haven’t seen a vacuum in a decade. Play board games. Play video games. Learn to draw. Use that treadmill that’s been sitting in your basement since three New Years’ ago. Write your damn memoirs. I could go on. I’ll email you a comprehensive list of things you can do while you self-isolate. I will fucking do that for you. Just keep your ass home unless you have to go out.

We can lessen the damage this thing does if we just suck it up for a little while and do what we’re told for a change.

And now that I’ve got all that out of the way, let’s take a quick look at what I’ve been up to for the past two weeks.


Goal #1: Be Healthier

It seems funny that I’m talking about health now after ranting about Covid-19 for the first chunk of this post. And if I’m being totally honest, while I have been practising social isolation and all that, my dedication to my personal health has been waning terribly in the past few weeks.

  • Eat better (and less) – Here’s the problem. Every morning I wake up full of piss and vinegar, ready to kick ass and take names. I exercise, I drink lots of water, I take my vitamins, I avoid excess calories…and then by the time supper rolls around I just want to eat all the things and have completely demolished any willpower I had built up. It happens every day. I do great for the first half of the day, and then end up gorging on treats in the evening. And FYI, please don’t tell me that I could avoid this by eating a healthy, fiber-filled breakfast. Because that’s bullshit. It doesn’t matter what I eat in the first half of the day, the second half of the day plays out exactly the same.

    Yeah yeah, excuses excuses, I know. I’m the worst.
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  • Drink more water – I’m still doing okay with the water intake, although perhaps not has well the past few days, since we did rather a lot of boozing over the weekend. In general though, I feel like I’m doing well here. I just need to, perhaps, spread the intake throughout the day a bit, as I tend to guzzle in waves and then drink nothing for hours.
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  • Get more exercise – This one I can give myself a bit thumbs up for. I’m currently on week five of P90X Lean Schedule. Unfortunately I missed yesterday’s workout because of the aforementioned boozing, but I have a plan to make it up, so it’s all good.

    The question is: am I seeing any results from all that exercise? And the answer is…meh…not really. Not that I can tell, anyway. I haven’t taken any measurements recently so I don’t know if my body size has changed any, but I don’t suspect so. My flexibility might be getting a bit better, but if I had to guess I’d say that’s about it. It’s a wee bit frustrating, to be honest, considering the time dedication required for P90X.
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  • Lose 2 lbs per month – OMFG you guys, just…just no. I’m so frustrated. I know I haven’t exactly been doing well when it comes to diet, but I have been doing well with the exercise, so you think I’d at least stay kinda steady, right? But nope! I’m still fucking gaining weight. What the hell is up with that? I’m astoundingly angry about this. My body is a bitch.
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Goal #2: Be an Author

If there’s one thing that social distancing might actually help me with, it’s getting more writing done. lol Not that I’ve been having trouble with that for the past while, but if I can’t go out at all? That’s just more time for writing! XD

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year – Over the course of the past two weeks, week one was excellent but didn’t quite hit my Pacemaker.press goal, while week two was fan-fucking-tastic, beating my Pacemaker goal by over 4k words! All together for the two weeks, Pacemaker wanted 17,463 words, and I killed it with 19,982 words. That’s nearly 10k per week! I am very happy with that, I must say! The overwhelming majority of those words were also fictional (*cough*fan-fictional*cough*), so that’s pretty wicked.
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  • Promote published books – I haven’t been the best at this for a while now, but I thought I’d been doing okay for the past couple of weeks… I have no results to report in conjunction with that claim, however. I’ve not sold a single book in, like…a month now. That’s harsh. Maybe I’ll put on a “Self-Isolation Sale” on the ebooks and see if I can get a few downloads from people with cabin fever. 😛
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  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content – I haven’t been promoting the Patreon at all recently, but that’s mainly because I haven’t had any new content to put up there recently either. I need to start thinking of April content for sure.
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  • Work on Author social media – Twitter hasn’t been a big thing for me lately because, honestly, I just don’t want to deal with all the lunatics and idiots who are on there right now shouting at each other about Covid-19. That said, I did gain TWO WHOLE FOLLOWERS on the Author Twitter in the past two weeks. 😛

    The Instagram, on the other hand, has been more my jam because of all the writing and drawing I’ve been doing and sharing. I ended up with twenty-seven new followers on there over the two weeks. *waves to Good Omens fangirls*
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Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

I’m starting to feel like this is never going to actually happen, but…uh…

  • Film/edit/upload – Yeah, we still haven’t gotten back into the actual filming part, which sucks, but at least we’re getting closer. I’ve been fighting with the audio-recording laptop (which is old and full of junk that slows it down), and we’ve both been fighting with things like the lights and camera set-up to make the new background actually look correct once we get back into it. Then we had a busy weekend and nothing else happened. So, uh..maybe this week? >.>
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  • Promote and Interact (Social Media) – For the same reasons I gave for the Author Twitter, I didn’t spend a lot of time on the YouTube Twitter the past couple of weeks. I’m starting to gravitate back toward it again now, but…yeah, sorry, I just don’t want to watch the internet scream at each other about Covid-19. I’ll get my info from more reputable sources, thank you. With that said, over the past two weeks I’ve gained a SINGLE follower on the YouTube Twitter.
    The Instagram, however, has been more active…but not in the growing sense. People just don’t seem to be interested at the moment. I did gain two followers, but given how many posts I made in the past two weeks that feels pretty pathetic.
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  • Expand website content – Bah. No new web content until we start making video content. Bah. Humbug.
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Goal #4: Be Fun!

Funny enough, self-isolation actually works for this goal a bit. No, seriously, here me out…

  • Read 50 books throughout the year – I haven’t gotten a lot of reading done lately because I’ve been focused more on writing, but I am almost finished of Nevernight now, and I picked through a few short fanfics at random times throughout the past two weeks. I’m trying to work out a new personal schedule as well to make sure that I get in at least a half hour of reading actual books per day. I’ve got a hell of a lot of catching up to do at this point, but there’s plenty of time left in the year so I’m sure I can catch up if I dedicate a bit of time a day to it.
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  • Play video games – Dudes, Borderlands 3 is the tits. I mean, overall it’s pretty damn similar to the first two games…but I loved the first two games, sooooooo. Yeah, I’ve been playing B3 steady, and it’s been pretty awesome. That said, this is another thing I need to work into my little personal schedule, because it’s really easy to sit down intending to play for an hour and not move until three hours later.
    On an unrelated note, I’ve been picking here and there at the “The Room” games since I introduced them to my daughter. She absolutely loves them, and they’re pretty amazing for critical thinking skills, so if you’ve got kids who are currently being kept home from school, maybe take a look at these games as something you can play together!
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  • Watch shows/movies – For the most part Jason and I have, strangely enough (considering the circumstances), been in a bit of a slump when it comes to watching things. Mostly we’ve just been putting on old shows we’ve seen a million times at bedtime, and that’s it. However, we did recently notice that a few things we’ve been waiting for are becoming available, such as the second season of Kingdom on Netflix. And while I’m on that topic, guys…if you enjoy zombie stuff, and also more serious and genuinely upsetting takes on zombie stuff, you should absolutely check out Kingdom. It’s amazing. It’s set in feudal Japan, so yes, there are subtitles, but seriously…this is one of those things worth putting aside your stubbornness for. It’s a bloody great show.

So from start to finish we’ve got a set of two weeks during which I was moderately productive (mostly concerning writing and exercise), had a bit of fun, and continued to fail to promote myself and my endeavours in any way, shape, or form. All in all, a pretty par-for-the-course fourteen days.

How was your week? Any accomplishments you want to share? Goals you worked hard on? Feel free to share in the comments! ❤

Plan & Goals 2020: Week 10 Review

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Uh oh! Someone is a day late on her goals post! You know what that means? Well, to be honest it means that I spent most of yesterday hungover and refusing to do anything productive. So…yeah.

Since the kid’s tae kwon do class was cancelled on Sunday we spent almost the entire day out, off to the local (i.e. an hour’s drive away) flea market, then taking in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie (it was fun!) before heading back home. Then, when we were halfway there, we got word that Cousin-in-Law would be dropping in on his way through from a trip, and what that meant, of course, was booze and food. Quite extraordinary amounts of booze and food. We ended up being up until 4 am, drinking, eating, playing trivia games, and watching Jim Jeffries on Netflix.

(Note: Jim Jeffries is funny AF, but if you’re a sensitive soul, you might want to take a pass on his stand-up.)

So, what I’m getting to here is that Monday (yesterday) was not my day at all. I fell asleep at roughly 4:30 am, got up again at 7:30 to make sure the kid got off to the school bus, went back to bed, passed out until roughly 11:30, then got up, somehow convinced myself to do my P90X workout for the day, and finally spent the rest of the day doing my best to be as lazy as physically possible.

It was a good time.

But now it’s Tuesday, I have no excuses, and there are things to be done, so let’s get this post out of the way first!


Goal #1: Be Healthier

If anyone wants to take on the mantle of personal trainer (i.e. whip me when I’m bad…NOT in a sexual way!) I would be open to taking a look at some resumes. Honestly I’m just…I’m just the worst. Okay, maybe not the worst, but I’m definitely not great.

  • Eat better (and less) – This is my main problem right here. Most days I’m okay in the morning and afternoon, grabbing something healthy, drinking lots of water, all that good stuff… But by the time supper rolls around I’m a ravenous beast with absolutely no willpower. Nine times out of ten I’ll snack on ingredients while making supper, and nearly ten times out of ten I’ll end up gorging on things like candy and chips after supper because it’s like some kind of black hole opens in my gut in the evening. And lately I’ve had zero willpower when it comes to things like chocolate. I’m blaming hormones, but I also know that’s a big pile of bullshit and that I have to do better.
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  • Drink more water – Water consumption is good some days, not so great others. I tend to drink a lot in the morning, before and after my workout, but then I seem to peter off and forget to drink any more throughout the remainder of the day. I haven’t been using my bottle recently though, so maybe getting back to that will help out. I find it easier to realize that I haven’t been drinking when I can see the still-full bottle sitting there staring at me.
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  • Get more exercise – This is the one health-related goal that I’ve actually been accomplishing. I ended up skipping my workout on Sunday because of the aforementioned day out + visitor, but that’s the only day I’ve missed of P90X so far. I’m in the third week of the Lean schedule now and looking forward to changing it up a bit in week 4. I did make a small adjustment to the plan… I know it’s good for you, but I just can’t fucking stand doing nearly an hour and a half of yoga, so I’ve been replacing that video with more cardio or Kenpo on yoga days.
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  • Lose 2 lbs per month – I don’t even want to talk about it, you guys…I goddamn gained weight. The 2-3 lbs that I had previously lost? Yeah, I gained that back PLUS another 2. -_- I’m trying to grit my teeth and tell myself that it’s probably muscle, but the truth is that I’ve been eating like shit and it’s probably fat. I have to do better. I’ll never get my tattoo at this rate.
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Goal #2: Be an Author

Writing has been going well, although my brain has felt a little blank lately when it comes to my current WsIP. Don’t get me wrong; I have plenty of ideas! They just aren’t for the stories that I’m supposed to be writing.

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year – I disappointed a tad on my Pacemaker.press goal for last week. I still did quite well, it’s just that I lost all of Sunday and hadn’t really written ahead to make up for any issues. Pacemaker wanted me to write a total of 11,276 throughout the week; I ended the week with 8758. Still a totally acceptable number, for sure! I just hope to beat Pacemaker next week, because it always feels so good to see my number go past the one I’m aiming for.
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  • Promote published books – Ugh. I just…no. I am SO bad at this. Mind, in my defence, there’s very little effective that you can do without spending money (which I can’t afford), so there’s that… But still. This is, like…my biggest failure as an author.
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  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content – I actually posted two new pieces to my Patreon recently! The first is the fourth chapter of my ongoing Revenge Omens fan-fiction, and if you like stories with lots of pain, suffering, and angst, this one is for you, believe me. The second is a 2k Good Omens one-shot fan-fiction called I Want You To Be Mine. It’s saucy, but not explicit, and is based on this fun animatic that I’ve watched about a thousand times. I just thought it would be fun to write, to be honest!
    Both of these pieces will be posted publicly on AO3 next week, but if you’re a wonderful person who wants to support my broke ass, you can read both for just a $2 donation to my Patreon. ❤
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  • Work on Author social media – I think I’ve been doing okay in this field for a while now, though the Twitter account has been dead as a door-nail. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I guess I’m just not connecting with people there. My follower count on that account stayed the same last week. That said, the Instagram account gained another 13 followers, thanks in most part (I’m assuming) to the continuously lovely Good Omens fandom. Ya’ll are amazing, and I love you so much! Especially the lovely ladies who have recently been making me fan-art for my fan-fics! (Remind me to share those with you guys in another post!)
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Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

*cough cough* I, um…that is…you see, the thing is…

  • Film/edit/upload – Yeah, no, I’m serious you guys, we’re STILL working on the basement. It’s getting really really close to being ready, but it just…isn’t quite. Yet. It is way more difficult to get everything straightened away than you might think. Plus we’ve been having all these random other little issues, such as the fact that the bulbs we used for our lighting seem to just…not exist anymore. So we’ve had to hunt around for something that’s similar and powerful enough that we won’t have to add half a dozen extra lights to make up for the difference in intensity. Plus plus, the weather has been bouncing up and down like crazy lately, meaning that the basement is freezing one day, and then the next day we’re both feeling like crap because of the weird temperature shifts.

    Yeah, I know, excuses excuses, but…them’s the facts.
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  • Promote and Interact (Social Media) – I feel like I’ve been doing a decent job with the social media lately, and yet… Obviously I’m not expecting pile of new followers to the channel when we haven’t been making videos (although, we did gain one follower last week), but the fact that the Twitter account has been dead and the Instagram has actually lost another follower is pretty frustrating. I can deal with things plateauing every now and then, but the slow and steady shrinkage of the Instagram account is starting to get really, really annoying.
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  • Expand website content – No new content equals no need or desire to work on the website. But that said, Jason had an interesting idea for posts in the future that I thought was fun. He pointed out that today is Mario Day (Mar 10th), and that it might be fun to do silly posts on the site when geeky “holidays” come around. I could do a little write-up about Mario, for example, and share some pics of related collectibles we have! What do you guys think?
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Goal #4: Be Fun

I’M FUN! I’M THE FUNNEST F*CKER IN THIS JOINT!

(Yeah, I’m still laughing at myself for that heading.)

  • Read 50 books throughout the year – There needs to be a way for me to report the hundreds of thousands of fan-fiction words I’ve been reading as novels on my Goodreads challenge. Hit me up with some ideas, people! X*D

    That said, as hysterical as it might sound, I’m actually starting to run out of decent Good Omens fan-fictions on AO3 (BECAUSE I’VE BLOODY READ THEM ALL), so I might actually get some, you know…actual books read sometime soon. *cough cough*
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  • Play video games – I did a bit of gaming in the past week. Nothing really substantial or anything, but I did some Smash Bros with the family, a bit of Mortal Kombat 11 with them as well, and Jason and I also popped in Burnout Paradise Remastered and have been enjoying the absolute destruction that’s possible in that game. It’s really rather cathartic. I highly recommend it if for no other reason than the Showtime events.
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  • Watch shows/movies – As previously mentioned, the fam and I went to see Sonic the Hedgehog the other day, and I was thoroughly pleased. It was a fun little family film with some amusing Easter eggs for people who grew up with the games, and my daughter enjoyed the heck out of it. Near the end she was literally on the edge of her seat making victory sounds. It was bloody adorable.

    In shows, Jason and I binged the third season of Castlevania on Netflix, and it was awesome and quite enjoyable. I also can’t recall whether I mentioned or not, but I watched the first episode of Prodigal Son, and I’m very keen to see more. Tom Payne is really interesting as Malcolm Bright, and you guys already know that I love the hell out of Michael Sheen, so it’s a definite win for me. I’m very interested to see where the story is going to go.


All told, it wasn’t a bad week at all, just not quite as productive as I would have liked it to be. But that said, I currently have an actual graphic artist chatting with me about a watercolor piece she’s going to do for a scene from one of my Good Omens fan-fics, and I’ve been smiling about it for two straight days now so I can’t really be in a bad mood about anything.

So there you have it. Apparently the key to my heart is fan-art. Take a note, lovely people! ❤

How was your week? Any accomplishments you want to share? Goals you worked hard on? Feel free to share in the comments! ❤