Cryptkins UNLEASHED!

They’re the cutest monsters ever!

Cryptkins have stolen our hearts before, but now Cryptozoic Entertainment has released a new line of oversized “Cryptkins Unleashed”! They sent us the first four – Cthulhu, Chupacabra, Nessie, and Bob – to show off to you guys and we’re absolutely in love with them.

But that’s not all! We’ve also got an awesome set of enamel pins depicting the Cryptkins logo and the “Four Cryptkins of the Apocalypse”, and we’re giving them away to one of you!

To enter for a chance to win this limited-run set of five pins, click the link in the video’s description box on YouTube and follow the instructions. Don’t forget to also comment on the video with your favorite cryptid for a bonus entry!

Plans & Goals 2020: Week 43 Review

Happy Halloween-Week everyone! The spooking hour grows near!

I have a few things to talk about before we get into the goals this week, starting with the fact that the job I’ve been talking about the past two weeks…yeah, that’s over already. :\ After one 10-day shift the company decided to pull the plug. I’m not saying that I’m sitting here bawling my eyes out or anything, but it’s definitely a bit disappointing. Even though the work was back-breaking and mind-numbing I was hoping to at least get enough hours out of it for a new unemployment claim. No such luck, unfortunately. I suppose they decided that it was a job much better suited to a warmer season – which, to be honest, they should have realized right from the beginning.

Looking on the bright side, however, coming home ridiculously early means that I’m not going to miss Halloween now. It’s a small comfort in the face of losing significant income, but it’s a comfort none-the-less, considering that I’ve never yet missed a Halloween with my family. The only question now is what I’m going to dress up as. I’ll have to look through our random assorted stuff and see what actually fits. *cough cough*

In other news, we’re down to the last less-than-six days for the “Nowhere to Hide” 99 cent ebook sale, so grab it now while it’s still cheap! Give yourself the gift of a spooky read for Halloween! 😀

Annnnd, I’m positive that I had other things to talk about, but for the life of me they aren’t coming to my head right now, so I suppose I’ll just go ahead and move on!


Goal #1: Be Healthier

Well you can hardly say that I wasn’t physical for those ten days while I was working, buuutttt….

  • Eat better (and less) –  Aside from my first day back home (which consisted mainly of lounging around and gorging on snacks while watching horror movies), I was doing pretty well last week. I’ll admit to having stuffed myself a bit at dinner time each day, but after a ten-hour day of shovelling mud you can hardly blame me. Counting calories was all but impossible considering that I had no way of knowing the nutritional info on the camp food, but I do believe that, over all, I burned more calories than I ate throughout the week.
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  • Drink more water – Ohhhh, there was a lot of drinking, believe you me. Lots of water, lots of herbal tea, the occasional coffee, and lots more water. Even though the weather was cold and disgusting, doing all that shovelling burnt a lot of energy, so regular hydration was definitely required. And now that I’m back home again I’m back to regularly gulping down water and coffee, so all is well on this front.
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  • Get more exercise – Traditional exercise? No. But there was, of course, the aforementioned shovelling. I worked my ass off Monday through Thursday, then spent a bunch of time on Friday wandering around airports (I may or may not have been catching Pokemon…). Since being home I haven’t really done anything because I’m stuck doing government-mandated self-quarantine because of re-entering the province. Yes, I could have started doing exercise vids again, but at the moment every inch of our house is covered in the Halloween decorations that can’t go outside until the big day, so there isn’t really anywhere to do something like that. So, until Halloween is over, I’ll just have to do my best to wander around the house a lot. 😛
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  • Lose 2 lbs per month – I’ve only weighed myself once since coming home, and the number made me cringe. I’m trying not to think about it too much because I guarantee that I gained a ton of muscle while doing all that shovelling. So for the time being we’ll just say that, no, I didn’t lose any weight.
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Goal #2: Be an Author

I’m going to admit something: I’ve been getting wickedly discouraged lately concerning the whole author deal. I know that I’ll never give it up, because if nothing else, writing makes me happy. But the fruits of my labor have been pretty rotten lately. Or perhaps they’re just refusing to grow at all? Yeah, that sounds about right.

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year – I did get a decent bit of writing done last week. It wasn’t as much as I was hoping for, because instead of having a few days off from work to relax and do nothing but write, I was actually travelling to get home. Even still, I managed to surpass my Pacemaker.press goal by about a thousand words. Pacemaker wanted me to write 8323 words, and I came out on top with 9363. Once more the majority of those were non-fiction words, but the fiction is starting to crawl back up and get closer to a 50/50 split, so I can deal with that. I expect the fiction to begin flowing a lot more in November anyway.
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  • Promote published books – Guys, I’ve been promoting the 99 cent sale, I really have! I’m just getting absolutely no reaction from it, and it’s incredibly frustrating. In fact, I don’t even really want to talk about this one. It’s just too much of a migraine for my poor skull right now.
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  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content –  The most recent chapter of “Revenge Omens” made it’s way onto the Patreon last week, and I already have the next chapter prepared for this week. Go me! I was intending to have a Halloween-related story prepared for the Patreon, but I just never got around to it with everything else I’ve had on my plate. At this point, if I even manage to get the thing written, it will likely go live on AO3 right away so that people can actually enjoy it for the season. That said, when “Revenge Omens” is finished (which will be soon!) I’ll be diving right into another story that I’ve been working with on and off for a while. Chapters will be released to my Patreons weekly, going live on AO3 the following week. Yes, I plan to have a proper release schedule for this one. 😛
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  • Work on Author social media – I was more than a little busy and distracted last week, but somehow or other I did, actually, manage to post to the social media every day. And hey! It was actually an all-positives week for a change! Finally, something to smile about! Concerning the author accounts specifically, I gained 2 new Twitter followers and 5 new Instagram followers. *waves* Hiya, newbies!
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Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

Obviously I didn’t get much done on the YouTube front this past week, but that’s not to say that nothing got done.

  • Film/edit/upload – Concerning videos, Jason managed to finish editing and uploaded the mail-call video that we filmed before I left. There were some awesome items from our buddies Kerry and Derek, so you should definitely check it out!
    We also have a “Cryptkins Unleashed” video that should be going up in the near future; it’s just a bit delayed for numerous personal and unavoidable reasons. But it’s coming!
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  • Promote and Interact (Social Media) – The social media has been a joint effort lately, with Jason posting pics of stuff from our horror collection, and me posting images of the horror movies we’ve been watching, along with an invitation to check out my reviews on TraceysBasement.com. The resulting gains have…not been substantial. But at least they were positive ones last week. The Twitter account gained 1 follower, and the Instagram gained 2.
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  • Expand website content – For the third week in a row I’ve been posting to the website with mini-reviews of each of the horror movies we’ve been watching throughout October. I’m not entirely certain that anyone is reading them since none of them have received any comments, but I’ve been mostly enjoying writing them, so that’s good at least. Once the month ends I’m going to start up with some list articles and see if I can’t bully anyone into clicking on them out of curiosity. 😛
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Goal #4: Be Fun!

I’m sure you probably realize that it’s difficult to find the time to do anything fun while working ten hour days, writing movie reviews, sneaking in social media posts, and also trying to continue writing a significant amount of fiction. I have to say, though, that I think I’ve been doing a half-decent job.

  • Read 50 books throughout the year – I’m currently about 3/4 of the way through the “Hocus Pocus” sequel and expect to have it finished before Halloween. I’m enjoying it so far, although I do find that it has the feel of being written more for children. I mean, the movie is fairly kid-centric, so I shouldn’t be surprised, but it’s definitely a little more-so than I was expecting.
    I also finished ‘reading’ (i.e. ‘listening’) to the “Invisible Man” audio book last week. All things told I expect I might have enjoyed it more if I’d read it the traditional way. I just don’t think that audio books are for me. I didn’t hate it or anything, but I found there were long chapters where it felt like nothing was happening. And while that may have been just as true while reading with my own eyes, I’m a rather fast reader so those moments would have passed a lot faster that way. A failed experiment, I would call it, and I don’t see myself reading any more audio books in the near future.
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  • Play video games – Nope! Just…nope!
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  • Watch shows/movies – Of course, here we have the plethora of horror movies that I’ve been enjoying for October. Even while working I still managed to cram in each of the movies that Jason and Adrianna were also watching at home, so I had a lovely week of screams and spooks. If you’re interested in what we’ve been watching, go check out TraceysBasement.com for the daily reviews! Maybe you’ll find something interesting that you’ve never seen before!

And that pretty much covers it for the third week of October 2020. I have to admit, I’m getting a bit antsy for this year to just be…done. Not that I expect 2021 to be any better, but you can’t argue that 2020 has just been a shit year all around and we surely all want it in our rear-view mirror. Just two more months, my friends, and maybe if we all cross our fingers and hope our very hardest 2021 won’t be the epic clusterfuck that this year has been. If you believe in any Gods, for the love of them, start praying. lol


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 Fifteen: As It Shall End

I’ve been waiting to get to get here for ages, my friends, and here we finally are. This isn’t the end, as the title of the chapter may imply, but it is getting close. This chapter is a little shorter, because I wanted the following scenes to be their own chapter, but don’t worry! Chapter Sixteen is already written and will go up next Saturday! :O Yes, that’s right, I’m actually ahead! lol

Enjoy, my loves!

Plans & Goals 2020: Week 42 Review

Hurglghfshgowiowagohgf… *vague sounds of exhaustion*

Oh, my friends, my friends. I come to you today as a broken pile of aches and pains that was once a woman…

Okay, I’m being vastly over-dramatic. lol So, remember last week when I explained that I’d just come out West for a short job? Well I was expecting the kinds of work that I did last time, which mostly involved monitoring construction crews doing hot work or confined space work. But oh no, my loves…this is something much, much different. Without going into the highly-technical details of the job, what I and my coworkers are basically doing is…digging a hole. A bigass hole. Under a giant electrical tower. In winter. Through dirt moistened and made exceptionally heavy by groundwater.

Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

So, okay, I’m making it sound worse than it really is for dramatic effect, and I’m actually not bothered by it at all, but it is definitely 100% more physically demanding than the kind of work I’m used to. After the past six days of it I am more than a little sore and tired and anxious for my days off so that I can lay perfectly still for at least one full day. Four more days (including today) and I can do that! Cheer me on, my lovelies, I think I’m gonna make it!

On a plus side, I’m gonna be toned AF by the time the job is done. lol

Normally I would have a few more things to say here before getting into the goals, but not this week, and probably not until I get back home. Right now my entire life is sleep, go to work, come back and watch horror movie, pass out, so there’s not a whole lot extra to say. 😛


Goal #1: Be Healthier

What I can definitely say is that I’ve been an all-new kind of healthy this first week at work!

  • Eat better (and less) –  Okay, the first few days were admittedly bad. I was getting used to being back in a work camp, readjusting to the lifestyle, and extremely sore from those first couple of shifts moving ridiculous amounts of almost-mud. But after those first few sooky days I got back into a system. I’ve been eating more vegetables in the past few days than I have in the past few weeks, and have been avoiding the sweets like the plague unless I calculate a good calorie deficit by the end of the night. I even started doing intermittent fasting again yesterday, which I didn’t think would be possible out here but actually went just fine. Hopefully my efforts, combined with all the physical exertion I’m getting at work, will achieve some results by the time I go home.
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  • Drink more water – I think I’m doing okay, but I could honestly almost definitely be drinking more, considering all that physical exertion I just mentioned. It’s a little difficult to get the cups in when you’re working outdoors in the mud (I obviously don’t want my bottle down in the hole with me). I’ve been guzzling as much as I can in the mornings, though, and getting quite a bit in at the end of the day as well, so I do think that I’m still doing okay. Plus I’ve been ‘spiking’ my water with pre-workout or Ener-C to help keep me going. Two birds with one stone.
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  • Get more exercise – Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…did you read the first part of this post? YEAH. I’m getting exercise. No bloody doubt about that. Literally scooping, lifting, and throwing what feels like squishy lead for ten hours a day. If my arms, at least, aren’t toned AF by the time I go home I’ll be incredibly surprised (and, honestly, a little pissed).
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  • Lose 2 lbs per month – Now here, I have no idea. Being in a work camp, I currently have no access to a scale (unless maybe I go to the med center, which I doubt they would appreciate), so I have no idea what I weigh at the moment. I could check in town on my days off, but I’d be fully clothed so it wouldn’t be accurate. So, I suppose, for the time being I’ll just have to set this one aside, and I can weigh myself when I get home after the job. Fingers crossed for weight loss then, because I’ll be extraordinarily frustrated if I’m eating this well an doing all this exercise and getting nothing out of it.
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Goal #2: Be an Author

Despite the long work days, the physical exhaustion, and everything else that comes with a job out here, I do, in fact, continue to write as often as possible. On the bus, on my breaks, first thing in the morning before work (like right now), whenever a moment arises. THUS-

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year – I still managed to murder my Pacemaker.press goal for the week. It wanted me to write 6704 words, and I blew past that with 9649 words. More than half of those were non-fiction, as I continue to post movie reviews to TraceysBasement.com, but hey, writing is writing. I do intend to step up my fiction game on my days off, however. I’ll be spending two full days in town without a whole lot to do, so my plan is to hunker down in the hotel room bed for at least one of those and just write as much as I possibly can. Wish me luck!
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  • Promote published books – Honestly, I don’t know why I bother… Yeah, I’ve been promoting the 99 cent sale on “Nowhere to Hide”, but it’s accomplishing positively fuck all. I’ve seen, like…two or three ebook purchases and a handful of Kindle Unlimited page reads since the month began, and it’s honestly very discouraging. I really wish I could afford proper promotional options, but even with this job I’m working right now it’s just not an expenditure that’s in the budget right now.
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  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content –  I did get something up for my lovely Patrons! Chapter 14 of Revenge Omens is now up in early-access, and I’m hard at work on Chapter 15, hoping to get it up at the end of this week. I’m nearing endgame on this one, so I’m eager to get it written and wrapped so I can move on to one of the other half-finished fics I’ve got going on.
    I’ve also been picking at a few “Draw This In Your Style” projects from Instagram, which I share on the Patreon as well, though they aren’t exclusive items. I was, however, considering possibly trying to work up some actual exclusive drawings, either of scenes from my actual books, or from some of my more popular fanfics. We’ll see what happens and whether I have the time.
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  • Work on Author social media – Okay, now, here? I’m frustrated. I’m not sure what’s been going on with social media in general lately, but it seems like no matter what I do (or don’t do) there is either no growth, or tiny growth that later draws back so that the net result is no growth. I posted every day this week, including some art, some self-promo, and the announcements for new Revenge Omens chapters, and my reward was one new Twitter follower and one lost Instagram follower.
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Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

Obviously you know that I haven’t got a whole lot going on here personally, since I’m thousands of miles away from the Basement, but that doesn’t mean that absolutely nothing is going on.

  • Film/edit/upload – Jason is currently working on editing the two videos we managed to film right before I left, one of which will include a cute giveaway courtesy of the awesome people at Cryptozoic. Jason has a lot on his plate right now, what with losing his better half for a while (^_~) so he might be moving a wee bit slower than usual, but the videos should be ready fairly soon. I will, of course, share them here when they are available.
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  • Promote and Interact (Social Media) – Again we have the curse of the social media, or whatever-the-hell has been going on lately. Between myself and Jason we’ve been posting more on Instagram than we have in ages (because of the 31 Days of Horror and all that entails for us each October), and yet the big result is a single new follower. Meanwhile, my Twitter account inexplicably lost four followers last week. I simply have no more comments on this topic. The numbers are infuriating to watch.
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  • Expand website content – Well at least I can say that I’m still getting some progress pulled off here! I’ve been continuing with the daily movie reviews, and somehow managing to get them all up on time, so that’s great. Go me, am I right? Of course I’m right.
    Go check out TraceysBasement.com for the reviews! Maybe you’ll find something that sounds interesting to check out for yourself!
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Goal #4: Be Fun!

You know, considering that I have only a couple of hours each day right now with which to do anything for myself…I’ve actually been pulling it off fairly well.

  • Read 50 books throughout the year – I finished Stephen King’s “Full Dark No Stars” last week, a book that is both rather large and rather excellent. It contains four short stories (although 1922 is long enough to have been published separately as its own book) that are very uncomfortable for a variety of reasons. I’ll leave it at that and say that if you enjoy King, you’ll probably enjoy this book.
    I’ve moved on to the “Hocus Pocus Sequel”, which I think is probably the perfect October read, don’t you? I’m only about a tenth of the way in at the moment, but I expect to devour it pretty quickly.
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  • Play video games – This one has been a big nope, because there simply isn’t time if I want to squeeze in all the other important stuff while working ten-hour days. That said, I’ve been opening Pokemon Go randomly throughout the day, just to catch a few things and make sure I get a Pokestop spin in. There happens to be a gym in the camp across the parking lot from us, but I have a hard time keeping it for more than a few hours because there are actually several other people out here also playing. Unfortunately it seems as though there are equal numbers of red, blue, and yellow teammates playing, so we all just keep snagging the gym from each other for a couple of hours at a time and no one is getting any real amount of coins.
    Okay, nerd, yeah, enough of that now.
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  • Watch shows/movies – Finally we have the watchables, and I will once again repeat: nightly movies and reviews on TraceysBasement.com. To see what I’ve watched this past week, simply go there, but the short version is “a horror movie each night”. It sucks not to be able to watch them with Jason and Adrianna, but at least I can participate with the family tradition from afar.

So that’s that for another week. By the time next week rolls around I’ll have had three days off to rest and recuperate, so hopefully I’ll have some decent stuff to talk about at that point. In the meantime, I hope this post was mostly lucid, as I typed quite a lot of it with my eyes closed (no, I’m not kidding). Cheers!


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 Fourteen: A Message

We are approaching endgame, my friends. With this chapter our angel and demon now know what they need to do, even if they have no way of knowing how it will all turn out in the end. It’s time to have a little faith… 

This chapter also brings me to a point I’ve been waiting desperately to write, so if you’ll excuse me, I’m just going to go ahead and get to work on Chapter Fifteen! ❤