HUGE VIEWER MAIL UNBOXING!

PHEW! You guys, this one took a while to edit, but we finally managed to get it up! This vid is a HUGE viewer mail unboxing, courtesy of gifts sent to us by Robert (tmnt.tracks), River (cpleasedtk), Marie (mariebergqvistzombiapan), and Eric (carnage_41).

It’s a veritable tidal wave of awesomeness spanning a ton of our fandoms and favorite things to collect, including Ninja Turtles, Street Fighter, Overwatch, Supernatural, Predator, and more! This four absolutely spoiled us with fun, so give the video a watch and let us know what you thought of all the amazing stuff they sent! Don’t forget to let us know which of these fandoms you share with us, and which specific item you loved the most! ❤

“Revenge Omens” Chapter Seven – Times We Once Shared”

Okay, here we go, friends…things are about to make quite a shift! Lots of emotions coming our way, that’s for sure. Hold on to your hearts

Also, a note: due to time constraints I was a little rushed to get this chapter finished and didn’t go back through it like i usually do, so please let me know if you see any major typos or another issues so that I can fix them before this one goes up on AO3. ❤ 

Plans & Goals 2020: Week 32 Review

Some awesome news to start off this week’s post, courtesy of our local radio station: not only have there been no new Covid-19 cases in Nova Scotia reported today (meaning that we’re sitting at something like 10 days, I believe, with no new cases), but we also have no active cases now because those who were being monitored have recovered. So, at least for the current time, Nova Scotia is Covid-free! Fingers crossed that this trend continues!

Some entirely random news as well. So, I mentioned last week that we were going to be having company in the form of Jason’s cousin Justin. Well, as it happens, Justin has been playing Pokemon Go as a way to motivate himself to get out and walk more. Well, seeing him open the app and catch a few Pokemon outside my house made me curious to see what kind of stats I’d left my account at ages ago…and that made the kid want to start a new account on her phone (which she didn’t have back when we last played)…and that encouraged all three of us to go for a Pokemon walk together…which made Jason reluctantly re-download the app because he didn’t want to be left out… Annnnd, long story short, now we’re all bloody obsessed. We’ve played for at least an hour (occasionally up to four hours) each day for the past week now. It’s actually a bit of a problem since it’s stopping us getting other stuff done, but hey…we need the exercise, so it’s okay, right? RIGHT?! *cough cough*

And one more thing, for your information. Currently, you may already know, my household is income-free because the pandemic has put a very definitive halt on the type of work I normally do. Thus, we are taking the opportunity of all this free time to work on side projects that we hope will bring in a bit of cash here and there. I’ve already mentioned my Patreon many times, but today I’m also letting you know that we have an Ebay account, on which we’re selling all kinds of random geeky stuff. The current sales we have up are mostly Funko Pops, along with a smattering of other figures, Mega Construx sets, and an adorable Mickey Mouse teapot, but there will be lots more going up as we are able to snap photos and set up the listings. I’ll update here each week with new sales in case anyone is interested. ❤


Goal #1: Be Healthier

This may come as no surprise to those who have read my past weekly update posts, but having company tends to throw the health situation very much off kilter for a while. *cough*

  • Eat better (and less) – Yeaaaaaaaaah, so…you know, all things considered I don’t think that I did all that bad…but we did have a guest for four straight nights…and during those four straight nights there was a rather large quantity of alcohol…and fast food…and snack foods…*cough cough*

    Basically, three of those four days were a complete write-off. We actually got better on day four because we all felt so goddamn fat and disgusting that I cooked baked chicken and a pile of veggies for supper and we took it easy on the snacks that night. But still…each one of those beers/coolers/mixed drinks were between 100 and 200 calories, so things were pretty calorically gross for a while there. But considering that Justin is getting back to work this week, which meant that this was our last chance to have a multi-day booze-fest for a while, I stand by my decisions. 😛
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  • Drink more water – Oh BOY, did I fuck up here last week. lol To be fair, it’s been a while since I did poorly concerning water consumption. And to be even more fair, I was drinking vast quantities of alcohol all week. Okay, okay, to be fair in the opposite direction, doing all that drinking really means that I should have been more diligent to drink lots of water, but…come on man…I was drunk. What do you expect?
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  • Get more exercise – Now here’s a funny one. You’d likely expect that I got none of my exercising in while we had our company…and you’d be correct. In fact, I haven’t done any P90 videos since last Monday. However, there’s a bit of a glitch because of the aforementioned newfound addiction to Pokemon Go. Since we started playing as a family again we’ve all accumulated something like 25 km worth of walking, and most of that was during what accounts for a heatwave in Nova Scotia, so we were all sweating to death during it. So yeah, I wouldn’t be lying if I said that lots of calories were burned. Maybe not enough to totally counteract all the boozing and snacking, but still. We done good, my friends. lol
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  • Lose 2 lbs per month – Unfortunately, even with all that walking, the four nights of food and drink did a bit of damage. It’s not much, but I’m back up to 175.6 lbs (from 173.8 this time last week). I’m not overly upset because, to be honest, it’s less than I was expecting after four straight days of not giving AF. But obviously I hope to be able to report that I’ve killed that off by next week.
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Goal #2: Be an Author

You may recall that last week I reported that I’d carried some of my word count over in order to help with what I was sure would be a few days of not touching anything as a result of having company. Well, it definitely helped, but also didn’t help as much as expected because I wasn’t originally expecting four days of company. lol

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year – So, for this past week my Pacemaker.press account wanted me to come up with 10,382 words. Based on the past several months that should have been totally doable, but unfortunately I did not, in fact, pull that one off, even with the words I brought forward from the previous week. All that drinking and eating and Pokemon Go-ing and so forth just did nothing for my word count. lol That said, I did still manage to pull off a week’s total of 9433, which isn’t exactly something to sneeze at.

    (But I definitely want to do better this week.)
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  • Promote published books – Well, I mean, it wasn’t exactly a full-scale ad campaign or anything, but yeah, I did promote my books a bit this past week. It was just a bit of social media pumping, and nothing much has come of it, but it’s better than nothing, right? Right.
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  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content Chapter Seven of Revenge Omens went up on the Patreon yesterday, in early-access, and I am very pleased to say that I gained two new Patrons since then. Neither of them has shared any social media info for me to shout them out with yet, so I’ll just wave digitally from here and say thank you so much! I’m very excited about the attention ‘Revenge Omens‘ has been getting lately, and especially that people are enjoying it enough to be willing to support me for early-access to chapters. It really gives me a push to start transcribing some of the other stories I’ve been working on!
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  • Work on Author social media – Understandably, social media was a bit of a bust this past week. I mean, come on…there was drinking to do and Pokemon to catch! I did still manage a bit of interaction though, and was rewarded with zero losses. lol The Twitter account stayed the same and the Instagram gained six new followers (*waves*).
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Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

I’m sure you’re getting tired of hearing about my company by this part of the post, soooo…

  • Film/edit/upload – Yeah, nothing got filmed or uploaded, I’ll just throw that out there right now. That said, there was a bit of editing done before and after company, but this darn mail vid is SO LONG that it’s been taking forever! It’s nearly done…mostly it just needs a few more pics added and a look-through to make sure there’s no mistakes or anything, but then it’s going to take quite a while to encode because of the sheer quantity of film and edits, so don’t expect it tonight or anything. Very soon though. Hopefully tomorrow. 🙂
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  • Promote and Interact (Social Media) – Similarly, not a whole lot went on here last week. I did get a couple of posts up on Instagram and chatted a bit on Twitter, but nothing really worth mentioning. Luckily, though, there were no losses here either. Basically everything remained stagnant. The Instagram gained one follower. 😛
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  • Expand website content – My throat is getting sore from all this incoherent screaming, so I’m just going to zip my lips this week.
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Goal #4: Be Fun!

Well you certainly can’t say that I didn’t have fun this past week. In between all the drinking and eating and Pokemon hunting there was also a plethora of board games, video games, hockey games, trivia games, and just general enjoyment. Go us!

  • Read 50 books throughout the year – One thing I didn’t do much of last week was read. I got a few more chapters of “Godsgrave” in early in the week, but that got set aside while company was here. For the sake of talking about books, though, “Godsgrave” is goddamn fantastic. I’m roughly halfway through now, and I feel like if I find a minute to sit down and get back into it I’m going to end up laying roots and refusing to move until it’s done.
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  • Play video games – As far as video games go it was a pretty quiet week again. We did have competitions on “World Games” and “Winter Games” on the C64 Mini, because that shit is just so much fun when we’re drinking. Other than that, though, it was all about the board games. We played “Unstable Unicorns”, “Risk”, “Poker Assault”, “Name That Tune: 80’s Edition”, and a few trivia games of our own design while Justin was visiting. All things considered, our minds were pretty damn active during all that booze-intake!
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  • Watch shows/movies – Watching things is something we don’t tend to do much of while company is up. That said, we watched several hockey games, which only served to allow us to watch both our teams (Leafs for us, Rangers for Justin) get beaten out of the playoffs. So that was a bit depressing. But we also finished season two of “The Umbrella Academy”, which was fantastic, as well as a few more episodes of “F is for Family”, which is funny as sin. Good stuff, my friends, good stuff.

And that just about covers it for this week. It was a party week, basically. But that means that things are back to normal (or as normal as they get these days) this week. So expect some good news next week (*cough cough*)!


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 31 Review

Happy Long Weekend, Canada! And to everyone else: I heartily apologize for angering you just there. 😛

A few random things on this fine Monday morning before I dive into the goals…

Firstly, since last we spoke masks have become mandatory when in public spaces in Nova Scotia. It’s not being enforced legally, but individual stores/services/etc are completely within their rights to turn you away at the door if you aren’t wearing a mask. I personally was expecting a lot of fights and angry, screaming customers during those first few days, but I’m pleasantly surprised to be able to say that I haven’t seen or heard of any such issues yet. When we went out on Friday we saw maybe three people who still weren’t wearing a mask, and we saw no altercations. It was an uplifting surprise, to be honest. Nova Scotia has actually been doing really well with Covid – we’ve had multiple stretches of a week or more without any new cases and have had fewer than a hundred overall deaths – so I honestly figured people would be whiny little bitches about adding precautions. But so far it seems to be going really well.

That said, I would like to point out that if you’re wearing your mask under your nose…FFS, smarten up. I’ll give some people the benefit of the doubt because I’ve spoken to a few retail workers who have complained that their masks tend to slip down beneath their nose without them noticing sometimes, but it’s easy to tell that some people just don’t want to have the mask on their nose, and guys…that defeats the whole purpose. The idea is to not BREATHE on each other. If you refuse to wear it properly you may as well not be wearing it at all.

Okay, that’s enough soapboxing for me today.

In other news, we’ve been experiencing something of a heat wave. The temperatures we’ve hit might not sound all that terrible to people who live further South, but it’s all about relativity, my friends. When you’re used to hitting a maximum temp of around 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 Fahrenheit), it feels like Hell has risen when it hits nearly 40 (104). Mind, those numbers are after adjusting for the humidity, but GODDAMN, you guys…the bloody humidity. We live on the ocean, and also tend to get streaks of several days of rain at a time, so when it gets hot like this the humidity shoots through the roof and makes it feel like the air is literally pushing down on you. The other day I just collapsed on the couch and felt like gravity was crushing me. It’s gross. And I mention this because it will become important later on in the goals.

(On a side note, did you know that it’s possible to hit 100% humidity? I never thought about it until it happened, but apparently it is the point at which there is so much moisture in the air that any more would be rain.)

And one more random thing before I move along:
Have you ever seen those little black-and-white spiders that can jump short distances? They’re less than half the size of the nail on your little finger and they just kinda bounce forward when they come across a gap or blockage? Well we have piles of them around here, and apparently they bloody love me. I’ve been spending a lot of time out on the back deck when I’m reading or writing, and at least one of those little spiders finds me each day and just kinda bounces back and forth between my legs. It’s oddly amusing, and also a huge sign of how dramatically my anxiety levels have changed, because a few years ago I would have freaked-the-fuck out to see a spider crawling on me, but now I’m like, “Aww, you go little dude.”

Okay! Enough of that. Let’s get through these goals!


Goal #1: Be Healthier

This past week was a good one! There were a few little hiccups, but all in all I really have no complaints about how the week went!

  • Eat better (and less) – As I said, there were a few hiccups, but only really small ones. Once or twice I gave into temptation and broke my calorie cap, or used remaining calories on terrible treats instead of decent foods. On the whole, however, I ate really well and stayed within my limits. I’m getting used to cramming as many veggies as possible into our dinner meals, and I’ve been working with fruit as a way to allow us to have dessert without going too nuts. I’ve still been having treats (Nestle Drumsticks are just a necessity in the dead of summer), but I’ve been watching my calories to make sure that I can have them without throwing myself horribly off track.
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  • Drink more water – No troubles here! Lots of water, lots of black coffee, the occasional black tea, and I’ve been having Bubly when I want something that’s more like juice or pop. It’s a lightly flavored carbonated water with no calories, and it takes a bit of getting used to, but I enjoy it now.
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  • Get more exercise – Another hiccup here, as just kinda gave up on Saturday and Sunday. lol I did end up going for a walk on both of those days though, so it more or less worked out okay. I think I just needed a break from exercise vids. They tend to get brainless after a while and I find my mind wandering to all the other things I want to be doing. But I’m back at it as of this morning, so it’s all good!
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  • Lose 2 lbs per month – I bounced around a bit after the rebound-disaster that was last week, but I do, in fact, get to report a loss this week! Last week I had to report that I’d gone back up to 177.2 lbs. Today I get to tell you that I’m back down to 173.8. Now…disclaimer…that’s a bit more than 3 lbs, which is actually more than they suggest you should lose in a single week for health reasons. But I’m not particularly concerned because some of that was very likely water-weight put on as a result of all the drinking and related-consumption from the previous week. So, yeah, just let me have this one, okay? 😛
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Goal #2: Be an Author

Author stuff is getting interrupted a lot these days in favor of other things – some important, some not – but I promise you that I’m still doing quite well and am pretty proud of myself. 🙂

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year – Okay, first off, this week I’m fudging my numbers a bit, but not in the way you might think. I actually wrote quite a bit more than what I’m reporting. But here’s the thing: there’s a very good possibility that cousin-in-law is going to visit for a few days this week, which always naturally results in a period of lost writing time. So instead of just jamming all my word count into week 31, I decided to cut myself off at a certain point and apply the remaining numbers to next week so that I hopefully keep up the count even with the visitor. Everyone okay with that? Well it doesn’t matter because I’m doing it anyway. 😛
    With that said, Pacemaker.press wanted me to write 8582, and I murdered that number, but I’m only going to be reporting a word count of 9389 for this week (which, hey, is still awesome).
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  • Promote published books – Ye gods have I ever been failing to do this! I just doing know where to go with this one, you guys. I bring up my books on the social media every so often, but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. And as previously discussed, paid ads have not been kind to me. So, yeah. I need bloody ideas.
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  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content – The big post for last week was the upload of ‘Revenge Omens: Chapter Six‘. It is in early-access right now and will be posted to AO3 this coming weekend. I’m hoping to have the next chapter available for Patreon early-access by the time this one goes up to the public, but I’ve got a lot of different stuff going on at once right now, so we’ll see what happens!
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  • Work on Author social media – Social media was a bit of an unusual bust this week. Twitter was fine, with a gain of two new followers, but the unusual bit is that the Instagram lost five followers. Not enough to be genuinely concerned, but it does make me wonder because the author Instagram generally only tends to move in the positive direction. Hopefully those five losses will turn out to have been bots or something that got cleansed.
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Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

We’re not a whirlwind of content by any stretch, but we’re still doing perfectly well, thank you very much!

  • Film/edit/upload – We only filmed one video last week, mainly due to the fact that the heat and humidity was so desperate on a few of those days that we thought we were going to actually melt. It was disgusting, I tell you! But we did eventually manage to get a not-disgusting-enough day to sit down and film a big viewer mail video we’d been working up to. It was a long one, coming up at just over an hour worth of video, so it’s been a bit of a trial to edit. It took me two days just to do the basic stuff (cutting out useless footage and stitching everything else back together), and since then Jason has been working on the more detailed stuff (photos, pop-ups, fun little effects that make the vid more interesting). In the end it will be worth it, but just give us a bit more time to get through the editing slog.
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  • Promote and Interact (Social Media) – The channel social media was a bit of a bust last week as well, although in this case I can honestly say that it was probably my fault. I just kinda…stopped posting to Instagram halfway through the week. I kept telling myself I was going to take some fun pics to post, but it just kept not happening. As a result the Instagram lost two followers, although the Twitter did gain five, so that’s not bad at all. I definitely have to try to do better this week, though.
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  • Expand website content – *continuing the incoherent screaming*
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Goal #4: Be Fun!

  • Read 50 books throughout the year – Okay, okay, okay…I’m finally actually reading books again! I haven’t stopped reading fanfiction by a long shot, but I’m absolutely focus my attention back onto proper books again. What brought this new motivation on? Well, I found a paperback copy of ‘Darkdawn’ (the third in the ‘Nevernight’ series), which I’d been waiting for so that all three of my books would match, but I hadn’t even read ‘Godsgrave’ yet (the second in the series). So I told myself, “Okay, self…this is fucked. Get your shit together.” And now I’m reading Godsgrave. I’m about a third of the way through now and it’s goddamn excellent, so I’m sure I’ll probably swing right into ‘Darkdawn’ as soon as I finish it.
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  • Play video games – Video games seem to have gone by the wayside again, it seems, as I’ve been so distracted with everything else. Pretty much the only gaming I’ve done recently is a little bit of ‘Mary Skelter: Nightmares’ and a couple of rounds of ‘Overwatch’ with mini-me.
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  • Watch shows/movies – I know we watched a few movies last week, but I’m honestly having a difficult time remembering what they were because my brain is completely and entirely taken up by ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2, which just came out on Netflix recently and is fan-fucking-tastic, in my opinion. We’ve got three episodes left, which we’ll probably finish off tonight, and thus far I have been enjoying it immensely. I love Klaus so bloody much, you guys. He is my umbrella-boi.

In conclusion: it was a pretty damn good week. Not overly productive in some areas, but absolutely excellent in others. And really, can I ask for much more than that? No I can not.


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