NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge Round 1 – Challenge 2: “Just For You”

This past week, those of who are participating in the ‘NYC Midnight’ Flash Fiction Challenge received our results for round 1. My story ‘Not Yet’ received 9 points (the most you can get is 15; over half of all participants get 0), which is pretty good!

Immediately after receiving our results we also received our prompts for the second challenge of round 1. My group received the rather interesting prompt of: ‘horror / a house for sale / brie cheese’.

I have to admit that I was a little thrown off by the brie cheese at first, but in the end I think I came up with a pretty decent way of incorporating it. That said, feel free to let me know what you think! This story, as with the first (and hopefully the future ones) will be exclusive to my Patrons until the end of the competition. Enjoy, my loves!

Plans & Goals 2020: Week 35 Review

Oh my dear…dear friends… You know those days when you get drinking with friends, and for one reason or another something doesn’t quite sit right and it ends up being this total disaster that results in a hangover so epic that you beg for death and promise to never ever drink again (even though you know damn well that that’s a lie)? Yeah. That was me this weekend.

Good way to start off the post, right? But seriously, let my horror story be a cautionary tale to anyone who has ever successfully quit drinking soda, only to have multiple whiskey-and-Sprite’s (plus shots and more than a few salty-and-sugary snack-foods) in a few hour’s time. It was not a good time, let me tell you. Well, I lie…the night itself was pretty awesome. But at some point near (thankfully) the end of the night, I blacked out, and from there on it was just…very much not good. Let’s just say that I spent the following day doing and consuming as little as possible. In fact, I spent a rather large portion of the day re-watching the entirety of Good Omens whilst basically dead on the couch.

So…yeah. Just thought I’d mention it and urge anyone who doesn’t drink a lot of sugary stuff to avoid it like the plague while consuming alcohol. Not that I don’t think the alcohol itself played a part, but it’s been a hell of a long time since I’ve had a hangover that bad, so I’m mostly blaming the soda.

In other news, Nova Scotia is starting to do better concerning Covid-19 over this past week. We ended up with roughly a dozen or so cases occurring at once, mostly in the Northern region, but we’ve gone a few days now without any new ones, and the previous ones are slowly but surely clearing up. I’ve got my fingers crossed that we continue to do well, because school is starting back next week and I can’t say that I haven’t been more than a little concerned. I’m not overly concerned about my daughter in particular because she’s otherwise healthy as a horse, and is very good for following protocols (masks and distancing and whatnot). It’s the population in general that I’m concerned about, especially since our province’s back-to-school plan actually specifies that kids beneath grade 4 don’t have to wear masks at school. The reasoning is supposed to be something along the lines of “young children may feel uncomfortable with masks on all day”, and I have to be honest…that thought process pisses me off a bit. I totally understand that lots of children are fussy and that it may be difficult to get them to do something that makes them uncomfortable, but guess what? Catching Covid is going to make them a hell of a lot more fucking uncomfortable that wearing a bit of fabric over their face during school hours. Just sayin’.

Annnnnd that’s my little rant for the day. 😀

So anyway, let’s go ahead and get into the goal stuff, shall we?


Goal #1: Be Healthier

Last week was a bit of a mess in a number of ways, I’ll just say that right now. *cough cough*

  • Eat better (and less) – Eating well was definitely the first of a wave of failures throughout the week. That’s not to say that I ate overly poorly, but while the little miss was off visiting family, hubby and I spent several days in a row working through a pile of leftovers that we didn’t want to end up having to throw away. The result was a lot of crap food going into my body at once. On top of that, there was the aforementioned night of drinking, during which I ate a metric ass-load of snacks. That said, those snacks didn’t, er…they didn’t stay in me all that long, so… Yeah, okay, let’s just pretend I didn’t say that.
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  • Drink more water – If I want to continue to make fun of myself, I drank enough water on Saturday to account for my totals for the entire week. Dehydration and all that. Yep yep.

    In all seriousness though, water has definitely not been a problem, although perhaps I should have drank a few extra glasses Friday evening before I headed down to our friend’s house.
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  • Get more exercise – Exercise has been all over the place. I did two days of strength training, which was good, but the extent of my cardio the past week has been Pokemon Go hunts. Mind you, that has definitely accounted for a lot of walking, but it was also less proper cardio and more…casual strolling. We either need to learn to walk faster while we’re hunting, or I need to start doing cardio videos again to make up the slack.
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  • Lose 2 lbs per month – I’m going to be honest, I don’t really trust the scale at the moment because, for one thing, there was all that drinking, which resulted in both massive dehydration and the complete and utter emptying of my entire digestive system. Then there’s the fact that I couldn’t force myself to eat for nearly a full day after all that nonsense. Then I pigged out on Sunday because I was finally feeling better and starving at that point.

    So, I mean, my system is all kinds of confused at the moment, thus I don’t really know what, precisely, the scale is reflecting at the moment. That said, for the sake of making a report, I was 172 lbs this morning, down approximately one pound from last week.
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Goal #2: Be an Author

A note concerning this section of the goals: I received my results for Round 1, Challenge 1 of the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge this past week. To understand the scoring, there are a few points I must make.

Firstly, the competitors are divided into groups of roughly 30 people per group. Each individual group receives a prompt (my group had ‘action/adventure, railroad tracks, a starfish’ for our first story).

Secondly, each group is judged separately, with points being given to the top 15 stories. The best story gets 15 points, the second gets 14, and so on, down to the 15th story getting 1 point and everyone else getting 0. The process is then repeated for the second story, and whoever the top 5 point scorers are in each individual group, they get to go on to the next round.

So we’ve done the one story so far, and I finished 7th in my group, earning myself 9 points. That’s pretty decent! A little higher would have been nice, but 9 points is nothing to sneeze at and definitely keeps me in the possible running to finish in the top 5 after the next challenge.

On that note, the second challenge occurred over the weekend. My second prompt was ‘horror, a house for sale, brie cheese’, and I think I managed to put together something pretty decent. Here’s hoping I manage to score some more points come the end of judging!

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year – So anyway, now that all that is out of the way, what about my actual word count for the week? Well, there were a few less-than-stellar days, but in an overall capacity I did perfectly well. My Pacemaker.press wanted me to write 11,057 words, and I just managed to squeak by with 11,569. As long as I manage the week’s goal, I’m happy, so that’s all good. I’m hoping to write a little more this week, however, because I wrote precisely nothing toward ‘The Other World: Book Three’ last week, and that’s absolutely unacceptable.
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  • Promote published books – I’ve been doing very small promotions here and there, mostly through social media, but I have to admit that it has accomplished absolutely bugger all. I haven’t had a single book sale now in about a month. It’s really quite depressing and infuriating. For the love of puppies, someone give me some bloody advice (that doesn’t involve spending money I don’t have on ads that don’t work).
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  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content – My lovely Patrons were given early-access to ‘Revenge Omens: Chapter Nine’ a few days ago, so I’m covered on that front. There will also be a couple more exclusives coming to the Patreon shortly. I’m going to share the aforementioned second challenge for the Flash Fiction Challenge as an exclusive post, and I’ve also got a second part to a previous ‘Good Omens’ fanfic short that will be going up as early-access sometime soon. Yay for accomplishing things!
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  • Work on Author social media – Social media in general went a little sideways on me over the weekend. I’m betting that you can guess why if you’ve read the rest of this post. Long story short, I didn’t do overly well or overly bad. The Twitter account, surprisingly, gained a little boost of 7 new followers, while the Instagram lost 1. I’m not entirely sure what I did on Twitter to warrant new peeps, but I hope I’m able to repeat it this week.
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Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

There’s no point in making excuses: we basically did nothing concerning the YouTube channel this past week. That said, I’m sure you’ll forgive us because we were concentrating on the currently much more important task of getting stuff up for sale on our Ebay account. Finances are tight and there’s no telling when I’m going to be able to find work again, so that’s simply where our time needed to go recently.

  • Film/edit/upload – As explained above, there’s just a whole lot of ‘nope’ here. But we do have some stuff that we want to film over this coming week, so cross your fingers!
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  • Promote and Interact (Social Media) – Similarly to the Author accounts, not a whole lot went on here last week, particularly over the weekend. I did get a few good posts out before that, but my phone literally just languished beside me for nearly two days after all that “Just let me die!” nonsense. It’s not hard to understand, then, how the week was a wash. The Twitter account gained 2 followers and the Instagram lost 2. So, yeah, we’ll just call it even here.
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  • Expand website content – Don’t yell at me just yet! No, I did not get anything new upon the website last week and no, I technically didn’t even glance at the website. BUT! I have started working through some ideas for articles that I’ll be putting up on the site as soon as I remember how all that stuff bloody-well works. I’ve got a rather decent list of article ideas, and have started a folder for them in my docs, so there should be some stuff to read on there somewhere in the roughly-near future. *cough cough*
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Goal #4: Be Fun!

Hoo-ee, I definitely had a lot of fun Friday night! Saturday morning, afternoon, evening, and night, not so much. 😛

  • Read 50 books throughout the year – Reading was definitely not a top priority last week, which means that I still haven’t finished ‘Godsgrave’, which I’m actually quite disappointed in myself about. It’s an amazing book that deserves to be finished, ASAP. After that I have an ARC that I’ve been waiting to read so that I can write a review for it, and then it’s all about ‘Jaws’, which finally showed up in the mail recently and is something I’ve been intending to read for a while. Last week, though? Yeah…nothing. Gomen nasi.
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  • Play video games – Games, also, have just not really been on the radar recently. I did play a bit of ‘Fall Guys’ with the little one, which is fun and hysterical but also a little infuriating at times. Other than that, I mean…I guess you could say that I’ve been playing ‘Pokemon Go’, but I always have a hard time considering mobile games to be actual video games. It’s just not the bloody same.
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  • Watch shows/movies – Okay, now here I can say there’s been some movement for sure. Specifically, the family and I watched both the ‘Bill & Ted’ movies on Saturday while Jason and I recovered from the drinking and little miss recovered from being away from home for a week. Then, the next day, we watched the new movie, ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’, and enjoyed it quite well. I mean, it was dumb as sin, but it was fun and on-brand with the originals, and it was amusing watching grown-up Keanu fight with multiple versions of himself. XD

    Aside from devouring that series, I already mentioned that I watched the entirety of ‘Good Omens’ again (though I napped through some of it), and Jason and I have been watching a Netflix show called ‘Hoops’. Definitely not for kids. Definitely funny and worth a watch if you like offbeat humor.

So that is pretty much that! It wasn’t exactly the best week, if I’m being honest, but we got a bunch more stuff up on Ebay (and sold a couple of things!) and I managed to hit my word count goal, so I suppose I can be happy with that. But still, here’s hoping that next week is a better report overall!


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

“Revenge Omens” Chapter Nine: Let Me Undo What I Have Done

Deep breaths, my loves. There is little doubt that this chapter contains our requisite portion of angst for the day, but it also includes a scene that I think may actually help to ease a little bit of the pain. At least, that’s how I feel but please feel free to let me know if it actually worked for you. ❤

In Chapter Nine we find ourselves back at the bookshop, our angel and demon so close, and yet so far, neither with any ideas as to what the future might hold for them. 

Plans & Goals 2020: Week 34 Review

Happy Monday everyone! At least, I hope it’s a happy one for you all. If not, rest assured that I am sending you lots of virtual hugs and cookies. Keep on trucking!

Since it’s become a bit of a tradition at this point, I’ll give a bit of a report concerning Covid in Nova Scotia. Unfortunately it’s not necessarily great news. We’re still doing a lot better than some places, but we have been finding cases popping up recently, mostly in relation to people who are travelling via plane. Currently we have, I believe, seven active cases, which is the most we’ve had in weeks, so that’s not particularly encouraging. We’re definitely still doing quite well, all things considered, but it’s definitely a bit concerning to start to see flare-ups so close to when the kids are going to be attempting to go back to school.

In other news, things got a bit sidetracked this week when we got some unexpected visitors. We had plans for cousin-in-law to come up on Saturday night, but then on Friday we got a message from an old school friend and his wife, telling us that they were going to be passing through that day and asking if it would be okay for them to stay a night. We hadn’t seen this particular school friend in roughly six or so years, and before that it had been a good decade, so of course we said yes. And since cousin-in-law hadn’t seen the friend in ages either, he ended up deciding to come a day early. Long story short, we filled an entire recyclables bag with beer and cooler cans, and had a few random shots and cocktails as well. It was a great time, but the resulting next-day hangover was fairly epic. Less pain-and-misery and more I-could-lay-here-and-sleep-for-a-week, but hard on the system none-the-less. Cousin-in-law ended up staying Saturday night as well, but we were all off to bed several hours earlier than usual because we just couldn’t handle anymore.

All this is, of course, to say that the weekend was pretty much a write-off in all avenues. That’s not to say that this is going to be a whiny post or anything though. It was still a pretty decent week all things considered. So let’s have a look, shall we?


Goal #1: Be Healthier

I’m not going to lie; things definitely went off the rails over the weekend. That’s just a given. That said, it wasn’t as bad as it could be, and the first part of the week was really decent, so the consequences weren’t nearly as bad as they could have been.

  • Eat better (and less) – This one was going perfectly fine over the course of the first part of the week. I was doing my best to focus on fruits and veggies, and doing all the calorie counting and whatnot. The weekend definitely threw all that out the window, although I honestly don’t think I did as bad as I usually do while drinking. The drinks themselves are a lot of calories, of course, but I did less snacking than usual, which is really something considering the fact that we ordered pizza and garlic fingers, and had picked up sugar cookies and apple turnovers for people to snack on. The second night I ate an entire family-size bag of chips to myself, but since I didn’t really eat all that much throughout the rest of the day it didn’t affect me all that much…and I really needed the salt at that point. *cough cough*
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  • Drink more water – Isn’t it funny how when you need water the most, that seems to be the time you aren’t drinking it? That is to say, I’ve been drinking massive quantities of water, but that basically came to a grinding halt during Friday and Saturday. I made up for it on Sunday though, believe me. I was so dehydrated by that point that I was pretty sure I was going to just have to lie down and let myself fade away into the mists.
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  • Get more exercise – Though having visitors definitely always throws a wrench in these kinds of things, it really wasn’t all that bad this time around. I’ve been doing strength training every second day, so I only got a day off-schedule over the weekend, and my cardio has been coming from Pokemon Go, which we only skipped out on for the period of time that friend-and-wife were here. We still got lots of wandering in over the weekend, so all in all, this one didn’t really get too mussed up.
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  • Lose 2 lbs per month – Weight, however, always goes a little wonky when there’s been drinking and partying going on. Even if I think I snacked less than I usually do, the fact of the matter is still that we were eating crap food in fairly large quantities. The results speak for themselves. Last week I reported that I was at 172.4 lbs. This morning I weighed myself at just over 173. Not too big a deal, all in all, and some of that is probably water weight from all the drinking, so I’m hoping that I’ll have a nicer number to report by this time next week.
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Goal #2: Be an Author

Little by little by little I feel like I’m becoming something approaching a ‘proper’ writer. 😛

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year – I was worried that I was going to fall behind for another week because of the aforementioned company and hangover. Surprisingly enough, however, I actually managed to do enough earlier in the week that it was a hop-skip-and-jump at the end of the week to surpass the given goal. Pacemaker.press was looking for a word count of 8793, and with a bit of extra scribbling on Sunday night I managed to go right past that and end up with a week’s word count of 10,192 words. Not too shabby if I do say so myself!

    I’m also up to 68% of my goal for the year, which is pretty exciting. Only around 160k left to go to actually pull this one off, which would be a nice boon after the complete clusterfuck that was 2020.
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  • Promote published books – I cannot lie…I don’t think I really promoted my books at all this past week. There may have been an Instagram post somewhere along the line, but that would have pretty much been it. And it certain shows, considering that I haven’t sold a book in…fuck, I don’t even want to go back and check. Let’s move on from this one.
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  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content – No new Patreon posts since “Revenge Omens” Chapter Eight, which is a bit of a sin considering I’ve picked up several amazing new Patrons since last week. *waves to awesome people* That said, I am currently working on Chapter Nine, as well as a sequel to a one-shot that people have been asking about, and I plan to have those up on the Patreon as soon as possible. I’d also like to do something a little special – perhaps a sketch of some kind – to say thank you to the lovely people who are supporting me, but that will depend on whether I manage to squeeze out some free time somewhere.
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  • Work on Author social media – Social media has been fine enough, if a little lazy. I believe I posted every day throughout the week – I may have missed a day on the weekend, I’m not sure. That said, the numbers are a bit wonky this week. I gained seven new followers on the Instagram account, which is great, but the Twitter account went down by two for whatever reason. Could have very well just been bots that got deleted, but I tend to assume it was something that I did. lol Here’s hoping that turns around next week.
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Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

I’m going to be completely honest: I don’t even know what went so sideways this past week. Things just…didn’t happen. I mean, a big part of it is that we were putting so much focus on getting stuff listed up on Ebay, but even still, I just…have no excuses, really. Things just didn’t happen. :\

  • Film/edit/upload – Yeah, no, just…nope. Didn’t happen. The week just up and seemed to disappear beneath us, and suddenly it was the weekend and we had company, and…yeah. Didn’t happen.
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  • Promote and Interact (Social Media) – The social media stuff did, in fact, continue, even if nothing else seemed to be going on. Mostly I shared tons of pics of the stuff we got in that viewer mail vid we posted last week, because all of that stuff is awesome. That said, there were no real number changes to speak of. The Instagram account gained two followers and the Twitter account stayed exactly the same. I think I need to come up with some schemes for attracting people.
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  • Expand website content – HA ha ha ha, well, I mean, you guys knew I wasn’t going to have anything to report here, because you’re smart folks. That said, you remember last week when I said I was starting to think about articles because Jason is encouraging it as a way to work on channel stuff and still get word count in? Well, I made a pretty decent list of article ideas, so now all there is to do is to, you know…actually get to work on it. *cough cough*
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Goal #4: Be Fun!

There is definitely no denying that I had fun this past week, though perhaps not in the way that I usually report in this section of the post. But hey, we partied with someone we hadn’t seen in ages, I had a great time chatting with said friend’s wife, we had some fun with cousin-in-law the next day…it was all good stuff. That said…

  • Read 50 books throughout the year – I definitely did not get much reading done this past week. And I honestly feel like shit about it, because a book as amazing as ‘Godsgrave’ does not deserve to be sitting, half-read, on my bookshelf. I just simply didn’t seem to be able to find the time this past week. When I wasn’t writing or doing adult junk, I was helping Jason with Ebay ads or taking the kid for Pokemon Go walks. The only reading I really did the entire work was a couple of short GO fics that I scrolled through during moments of waiting in line at stores or in the moments between steps while cooking.
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  • Play video games – Now this one is actually a little frustrating, because here’s the thing… A friend of mine has been warning me about upcoming Splat-Fests (‘Splatoon 2’) and Bug-Offs (‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’) for ages now, and I always seem to miss the for one reason or the other. That tradition continued this weekend, when all the aforementioned company came up. The youngun did get into the Splat-Fest for a little while, but I didn’t manage to find a moment. So yep…missed another one (of each).

    That said, we did do a Smash-Down in ‘Smash Bros’ while cousin-in-law was here, which is always a blast, and I played a little bit of ‘Rush of Blood’ to show our company what the VR was like, so that’s something!
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  • Watch shows/movies – The main one that I can report here is that we finished the Harley Quinn animated series that has been going on, and let me just say that if you’re a DC fan, it’s fan-freakin’-tastic. It definitely plays with canon a LOT, but it’s funny as sin and extremely violent. Not one to share with the kids, but definitely worth a watch.

    Other than that I honestly can’t remember what we watched this past week. I feel like there must have been a movie or two somewhere in there, but I can’t recall for the life of me. I’m going to have to start taking notes or something because clearly my memory is not something to be trusted.

So that was week 34 of the dreaded 2020. It wasn’t exactly a “woo-hoo” kind of week, but there also wasn’t anything huge to complain about, so I’ll just keep smiling and see where we go from here. That’s all you can really do in this particular climate, right? Right. Have a great week everyone. *hugs!*


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

Plans & Goals 2020: Week 33 Review

This is totally random, inconsequential information that affects absolutely none of you, but every week when I write this post I copy-and-paste the previous week’s post and delete the paragraphs rather than re-type all the goal headings and subheadings…and every time I do this, any emojis I happened to have in the post blow up to the size of the entire page. Thus I keep finding myself being attacked by smiley faces the size of my entire Chromebook screen. I don’t know why this amuses me, but it does, and so now you know about it. You’re welcome, I suppose.

Unfortunately I have to report this week that Covid has weaselled its way back into Nova Scotia. There are three new cases in the Northern zone that are apparently all travel-related, and there could be more because there was an Air Canada flight involved. This gives me pause for a few reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the majority of my family and in-law family live in the Northern zone, within a half-hour drive of the airport in question, so I really, really hope that they are all being safe and smart. Another related thought, however, is that airlines such as Air Canada should not have been allowed to return to full-capacity flights. I understand that massive amounts of money are lost when a flight is allowed to take off half-empty, but we all know that airplane seating is disgustingly cramped at the best of times, and a flimsy face mask isn’t going to do much when you’re pressed shoulder-to-knee to the person next to you (and lord help you if you’re in a center seat). Just my two cents there.

And speaking of the frustration of the pandemic as a whole; it’s looking more and more likely that I’m going to be out of work until 2021. There is a local job that I held previously that I am fairly confident I could get back into, but to be terribly blunt I would actually be making less money than I’ve been getting from unemployment, even if I worked more than a 40-hour week, so financially that still leaves me in an uncomfortable position. So, with that said, please consider checking out my books, possibly joining my Patreon, and if you’re in the market for some toys and collectibles, check out what we have up on Ebay right now.

And now that I’ve thoroughly plugged my various nonsense, let’s get through this week’s post together.


Goal #1: Be Healthier

You know, if you look at individual moments you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’d completely fallen off the wagon. But if you look at the week as a whole, you realize that it’s actually much better than you had imagined. So don’t worry, I’ll forgive you.

  • Eat better (and less) – There were some definite bad moments throughout last week, including but not limited to the two days in a row during which we, as a family, had a dessert bonanza of nearly 700 calories each after supper. But believe it or not, those calories were all but negligible when taking into account the sheer amount of walking we’ve all been doing recently (more on that later).

    In general, the week was a decent one. We’ve been eating more vegetables than we’ve ever eaten, have been having small quantities of things like rice instead of higher-calorie food bombs like buttered potatoes, and Jason and I in particular have drastically reduced the hours during which we allow ourselves to eat. Intermittent fasting works, my friends. Look it up.
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  • Drink more water – After the ridiculous amount of alcohol that I mentioned in last week’s post I started to refocus my efforts on drinking lots and lots of water. It’s been going well. I’m back to just water, black coffee, and sometimes black tea, with the occasional calorie-free soda water when I want something fizzy, and the overall amount of liquid I’ve been putting in myself is definitely enough to keep myself hydrated and mostly avoiding phantom hunger.
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  • Get more exercise – Now, here I have to admit that I only did a proper exercise, like…once last week. Perhaps twice, I can’t quite recall. That said, I have definitely been burning calories. I mentioned last week that Jason, Adrianna, and I had begun playing Pokemon Go again. Well, that has turned into something of a temporary insanity, particularly once we learned that this coming Tuesday will have a double-XP hour.

    We instantly began planning an “evolution day”, the intention being to gather as much as we can that is capable of evolving, so that we can each drop a “lucky egg” and thus get quadruple XP for each of those evolutions. What does any of that have to do with burning calories? Well, my friend, we’ve been doing a lot – a lot – of walking to gather all those Pokemon and their associated evolution candy.

    Long story short, we walked more than 50 km last week, just while playing Pokemon Go. For you yanks, that’s roughly 31 miles. And a lot of that was done during rather disgustingly hot weather too, which meant more sweating, more heart-beating, and more calories burned overall. Burning calories while playing a game. You can’t beat that.

    On a related note, I’ve found, over the course of all this Pokemon hunting, that my breathing has been getting better, my legs have been taking longer to start getting sore, and all-in-all it’s taking more to tire me out. That’s called progress, my friends, and it’s really quite exciting to poor, old, tired, sore me. 😛
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  • Lose 2 lbs per month – I really should adjust the wording of this one since I spent the first half of the year completely failing to do anything of the sort, but let’s just set that aside for now.

    Last week I reported that I’d gone up as a result of all that drinking and eating and whatnot. I had to report that I was once more up to 175.6 lbs. This week I get to report that I am once again moving in the proper direction! Thanks, likely, to the positively ridiculous amount of walking (in conjunction with counting my calories each day), I’ve gone down to 172.4 lbs, which is the lowest I’ve been since I started reporting actual numbers here. That’s a 3.2 lb loss over a week, which I would normally label as being an unhealthy loss, but a good bit of that was likely water weight caused by the aforementioned drinking and whatnot, so I’m going to let myself have it. 😛
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Goal #2: Be an Author

Oooh, okay, I’m not going to lie…things went a little sideways on me this past week, but it’s not as bad as I’m currently making it sound. Just a few little bumps in the road, I promise.

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year – The main bump is that I didn’t hit my weekly goal last week, and I’m not going to mince words: the main reason for that is likely all the Pokemon Go playing. I mean…come on…do you realize how much time we spent outside, wandering around town, in order to hit over 50 km worth of walking? But also there was some focus required in other areas of life, not the least of which is dealing with the absolute nuclear bomb of stuff that we’re selling (and the related giant piles of shipping boxes) that are currently devouring the main floor of our house.

    But enough with the excuses; here are the numbers. Last week my Pacemaker.press account wanted me to write 8915 words, which should have been easily doable, but I only managed to get up to 7846 words. That is still totally respectable, but I’m dedicating myself to finding the time, one way or the other, to do better this week. I have lots going on, including trying desperately to finish a beta-reader copy of “The Other World: Book Three”. I should honestly have no excuse not to be able to write a couple thousand words per day. So lets fucking DO THIS THING.
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  • Promote published books – I’m struggling to recall, but I don’t think I really promoted my books last week, which is entirely idiotic of me at this point in my life, given all the financial crap I mentioned earlier. So, yeah, I’m dedicating myself to doing better this coming week, one way or the other.
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  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content – Within the words that I did write last week, I managed to rip out another chapter of “Revenge Omens“, which I then immediately put up as a Patreon Early-Access post. So if you’re interested in reading Chapter Eight more than a week before it goes live on AO3, consider joining my Patrons!
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  • Work on Author social media – As far as productivity, last week was definitely my best one in a while for social media. That’s not to say that I’m a social maven or anything; I just managed to actually post something each day throughout the week. And I was rewarded with an all-positive week! Concerning the author accounts specifically, the Twitter only gained one follower, but the Instagram gained six.
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Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

YouTube has gone a wee bit sideways, partly because of all the time we’ve been spending out of the house, but also partly because of the recent dedication to focusing on getting things up on Ebay. Keep that in mind…

  • Film/edit/upload – So, we didn’t film anything again this past week, but we did finally manage to finish editing and upload the huge viewer mail vid, which I shared on here a few days ago. It was a pretty massive video, and we did our best to make it entertaining with lots of fun little random jokes and whatnot, so I’m sure you’ll forgive us for how long it took. 😛
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  • Promote and Interact (Social Media) – I shared some rather fun pictures on the Instagram this week! Some of the stuff we opened in the aforementioned mail video was extremely photogenic so I caught some really cute shots that people seem to be enjoying.

    As with the author accounts, the YouTube accounts both went up this week, almost evenly. The Twitter gained four new followers, and the Instagram gained five. I must say, it’s nice to see the Instagram going back up a bit again. I’ll have to keep finding fun toy shots because I am so very done with seeing that account hover uselessly in the same 20-ish-range.
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  • Expand website content – *takes a deep breath* Okay, okay…no more incoherent screaming, I promise.

    I did not, in fact, do anything with the website last week, which brings us up to the thirty-third consecutive week of doing fuck all with it. However, Jason is encouraging me to start writing article-style posts for the site, such as “Top X” lists, as a way of promoting our brand while also building my word count (and hopefully having a bit of fun, obviously), so I’m motivated. No really. I swear.

    Why are you looking at me like that?
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Goal #4: Be Fun!

I mean….Pokemon Go is fun, so that should pretty much cover this one, right? No? Okay, fiiiiiine…

  • Read 50 books throughout the year – Unfortunately, your girl did not manage to find any time last week to sit herself down in a quiet environment and get further into “Godsgrave”. I did a tiny bit of fanfic reading during moments like waiting in line at the grocery store and whatnot, but that’s about all the reading I did the entire week. I expect Pokemon Go to slow down a bit this week, however, once we’ve gotten through this double XP insanity, so I’m sure I’ll manage to find a few minutes here and there soon…*cough cough*
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  • Play video games – Does Pokemon Go count? I mean, it totally should, right? Even though it’s a mobile game? Right?

    Are you guys sick of me bringing up Pokemon Go yet? Okay, okay, I’m sorry.

    As far as “proper” video games go, the only one I really played this week was “Fall Guys”, which was a free download on the PS4 recently. Adrianna and I both gave it a try, and while it can be extraordinarily frustrating sometimes – due to the ragdoll physics and the sheer quantity of things trying to smack you down – it’s also extremely fun and pants-wettingly funny to watch. If I’d paid for it I might be a little annoyed with the limited number of events, but since it was free I’m totally on board. It’s highly amusing watching up to 60 little characters all scrambling to try to be one of the ones to make it through the Wipeout-style events at once.
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  • Watch shows/movies – For the most part indulging in shows and movies has been shunted aside somewhat in favor of the exercise-mobile-game-that-shall-no-longer-be-named. That said, we, as a family, indulged in all three live action Ninja Turtles movies this past week (yes, even the third), and we also watched the second season of “Scissor Seven”, which is a really odd and unique kinda-anime series that’s on Netflix. Jason and I also watched a horror called “We Summon the Darkness”, which had some amusing points and an interesting take on religious fanatics, but is also something that I’d probably never be bothered to watch again.

So here we are at the end, and looking back it really wasn’t a terrible week, all things considered. I mean, there definitely could have been more productivity in all avenues if a certain no-longer-nameable game hadn’t devoured our souls, but still, not too shabby all over. I’m more or less pleased. Or maybe I’m just in a particular good mood. That’s okay too!


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