Why hello there, April! How are you? Are you going to treat us as poorly as the first three months of the year did? No, no…I’m just curious is all. Please put down the butcher’s knife, there’s a nice month.
Yeah, so, welcome to week…what, like, six-ish…of social distancing, depending on where you live and when everything began for you! I hope everyone is doing well, that you’re staying safe and healthy, and that you’ve not completely lost your mind yet. The Tobins are still doing fairly well thanks to video games, books, movies, tv shows, and a history of years of introvertism. We have ventured out into the world once or twice for supplies and to check the mail (our town doesn’t have house-to-house delivery), but other than that we’ve been staying safely sequestered inside, hoping that the world is able to go back to normal sooner rather than later.
I have a few more things to mention that relate somewhat to self-isolation, but they actually apply to some of the goals below, so let’s just go ahead and dive right down into it!
Goal #1: Be Healthier
I am one of those many people who are slowly but surely discovering that being stuck at home all day every day makes it a lot more difficult to take care of your health than you might imagine. And the thing is, you’re probably imagining that it’s difficult, so…just, like, quadruple your assumptions and you might be fairly close. The thing is that putting off supply runs as long as possible means that if you run out of healthy food options…you eat crap. And while there are plenty of at-home exercise options, there’s also a lot of sitting and lounging that comes naturally as a result of not having a day job to go out to. So, I mean…things are definitely not easy. Let’s just go ahead and accept that as fact.
- Eat better (and less) – Food is really becoming my best frenemy during the social distancing age. As previously mentioned, it’s quite difficult to keep healthy options available when you have to put off supply runs as long as possible. For example, we are currently out of things like lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. Might not seem like a big deal, but it makes salads impossible and knocks out tons of options like, for instance, BLT’s. On the same side we have things like milk and bread that go bad too fast to stock up on, and when you’re out of them you knock a ton more options off the list. I’m just throwing the more obvious examples out there, but long story short, running out of things and not being able to just run out and replace them immediately really makes things more difficult.
This is, clearly, all a convoluted way of saying that I haven’t been eating well. And I’ve also been gorging. And snacking. And being bad in general.
- Drink more water – Water continues to be the easiest of all my goals. I’ve even started mixing my whiskey with water when I drink. How’s that for dedication? Yeah, you know it. Health nut right here.
- Get more exercise – Definitely no problem here either! Well…I say that, but…
Okay, so I’ve been doing a great job at P90X, there’s no doubt about that. I haven’t missed a day yet (including the days I caught up on after a weekend of drinking…*cough cough*), and some of the exercises are even starting to get easier, which must be a good sign, right? RIGHT?!
The problem is that I’m not seeing any, you know…results. Soooo…
I mean, part of that is definitely the fact that I haven’t been eating well, but part of it is also probably due to how much sitting (and laying) during the other 23 hours a day that I’m not doing P90X vids.
Conclusion: ya girl needs to get off her ass more often.
- Lose 2 lbs per month – Remember what I literally just said about not seeing any results? Yeah, this is one of the main results that I am very much not seeing. On the plus side, I think I’ve managed to halt weight gain, so there is that. But I definitely need to start actually exhibiting some willpower so that all the effort I’m putting into exercise can, you know…result in something.
For the time being, though, the honest facts of the matter are that I’ve now gone three months without actually losing anything at all, therefore I am 6 lbs behind. Is getting caught up even a possibility at this point?
Goal #2: Be an Author
You know, I don’t think I’ve ever gone such a significant period of time during which I’ve kept my motivation to write going strong! And if I’m being totally honest about it, I probably owe a lot of that to the Good Omens fandom. There’s just no two ways about it: writing fanfiction has gotten my creative juices flowing like they haven’t in years.
That said, I’ve been doing a hell of a lot of fanfic writing and very little original writing, so my mini-goal for the rest of April is to get as much of The Other World: Book Three’s working draft finished as possible. Preferably I would have something that I could show to a beta reader or two, but I’m not going to hold my breath or anything. I’ve got lots of ideas for the progression of Book Three, so I’m sure I’ll have no trouble actually writing, but this addition to the series is looking to be longer than the first two, so I don’t really have a concept of how long it will take to write.
- Write 500,000 words throughout the year – Playing in to my mini-goal explained above, I actually did write a bit toward Book Three last week, along with the work I did toward the two main fanfictions that I’m focused on. With those three I had a pretty decent week. My Pacemaker.press account wanted me to write 6677 words, and I blew that away with 9274. I probably could have written even more, but I took a bit of time off over the weekend, which I’ll take about more in a bit.
- Promote published books – I’ve been continuing to promote my 99 cent sale as often as possible without annoying people, and it’s going fairly well. I mean, my sales are still abysmal, realistically speaking, but they’re way up compared to the past several months, and I even got a couple of new reviews, which is awesome! I intend to keep all of my ebooks on sale roughly for as long as social distancing continues to be a necessity, so I’m hoping the steady trickle of sales will continue.
- Promote Patreon & exclusive content – Not going to lie here; I haven’t gotten anything prepared for the Patreon at all. I expect to get a Revenge Omens chapter up on there at some point, but my focus has been elsewhere recently so I don’t even have that started. I’ve been considering some other exclusives though, like short stories based on the supporting characters from The Other World and Nowhere to Hide. I’m just in the planning stages, but I’m sure I can come up with some fun stuff!
- Work on Author social media – You know, it’s actually a little bit amazing how little time I’ve been spending on social media since social distancing began. You’d think I’d be on there a thousand times a day, but strangely I’m actually finding myself not going on the socials enough. I mean, not that it’s some kind of daily necessity or anything, but you know what I mean.
Point being, the author social accounts have been acting pretty much the same way as they have for the past three or so weeks. The Twitter account went down a follower (has anyone noticed that Twitter has become an even crankier place recently), and the Instagram has gone up nine followers (hello lovely people!)
Goal #3: Be a YouTuber
So, here’s where I admit that little to nothing has been done regarding the YouTube channel yet again this week. But there is a bit to report. Mainly, the fact that I did a livestream (and Jason joined me for quite a bit of it) on the YouTube Instagram account on the weekend. Partly it was for a bit of fun, to get people hanging out and chatting while we’re all stuck at home and bored to death, but it was also a chance to chat about what’s been going on in our lives, what we’ve been working on, what we’re hoping will happen with the YouTube channel eventually, and some other related stuff. All in all, it was a fun time. We even ended up coining a hashtag, which was hysterical.
(FYI, the hashtag was #ShitsandShowers, and the explanation is the kind of thing that you just had to be there for, sorry. lol)
- Film/edit/upload – So yeah, to reiterate: there has been no filming as of yet. But, hey, livestream! That’s a step in the right direction, yes?
- Promote and Interact (Social Media) – Just like above with the author accounts, I haven’t been hugely active on the YouTube socials, but I think I’m doing half decently, considering. Twitter is the weird one here again, that account losing two followers last week, but the Instagram gained four, so that’s nice. I’m not sure what’s up with the Twitter accounts lately – they’ve both been losing for several weeks now – but I’m going to take my win with the Instagram because that one has been really difficult to get into the positives for ages now.
- Expand website content – Third week in a row of reiterating: no website content until we get our asses in some videos.
Goal #4: Be Fun!
I just want to take this moment to say that I hope you’re all out there trying to get some fun in your lives during these weird times. It might be difficult right now, especially if you’re the extrovert type, but there’s plenty we can do at home to keep ourselves busy, keep our minds sharp, and put a smile on our faces. See my YouTube Twitter account for a comprehensive list of “Things to Do During Quarantine” if you’re getting a bit shack-whacky.
- Read 50 books throughout the year – I didn’t finish any books last week, but I’m currently most of the way through the Good Omens Script Book, and I figure I’ll pick up a bit of manga after that. Related note: Kindle Unlimited has a surprising amount of manga on it. I was annoyed to find out that it only has the first six or so issues of Attack on Titan, but as near as I can figure it has all of Fairy Tale, and lots of other stuff too. Plus graphic novels! If you’re a KU subscriber, don’t hesitate to do some searches! (Also, btw, all of my books are on there as well. :P)
- Play video games – I’m still all about Borderlands 3 right now, although I’m a little stuck because Katagawa Ball, OMFG I hate him so much I want to kiiiiilllll hiiiiiiim!
There’s been some other gaming going on though, specifically in the retro category! Jason and Adrianna gave me my birthday present early, and it was a C64 (Commodore 64) Mini, so that’s wicked hysterical. Jason suuuucks at every game, it’s great. Also, Adrianna kicked my ass at Winter Games, and that’s just…unacceptable.
In the same vein, Jason loaded some more games on to our SNES Classic, and we had a bit of a showdown the past two days. We’ve played Mortal Kombat, TMNT Fighter Tournament, Jeopardy (we’re both so bloody stupid), and Tetris Attack, among others. It’s been a good time! The nostalgia is great, and Adrianna loves playing the old games too. In fact, as we speak, there’s a daddy-daughter Turtles in Time session going on. ^_^
- Watch shows/movies – I want to take this moment to remind everyone to watch Kingdom on Netflix. It’s bloody amazing. Just do it.
In newly-watched stuff, however, Jason and I have been on a little bit of a movie kick. This past week we watched Birds of Prey, Bloodshot, Bad Boys 4, and UnderWater. All four were enjoyable movies, and UnderWater in particular really put the thumbscrews to my psyche (not a fan of open water, me).
We’ve also been watching episodes of Brooklyn 99 during supper every day, and if you haven’t seen it, you should check it out. It’s such a fun show, and Terry Crews is always fantastic in everything.
Now that I’m looking back over this post, last week was a pretty damn good one. I mean, there were definite downsides, like the lack of filming videos, and the fact that I’m emotionally unable to keep junk food out of my stupid face, but other than that there really isn’t anything to complain about. I’m writing, exercising, reading, watching stuff…all in all I’d have to say that I’m living social distancing pretty damn well. Two thumbs up for me! 😛
How was your week? Any accomplishments you want to share? Goals you worked hard on? Feel free to share in the comments! ❤