Plans & Goals 2021: Week 7

Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you a tale…it is a tale of pain and woe, wrapped in a tale of friendship and festivity…

Which is to say that I got fantastically drunk this past Friday, to the point that I’m only pretty much properly okay as of this morning. @_@

Backtracking just a tad… Last week Jason’s cousin went into the hospital and had her second child, our new little family cutie: Monty. Justin (a.k.a. ‘Cousin-in-Law’, a.k.a. the brother of the one who just had the baby) suggested that we take a trip ‘down home’ to meet the new little bundle, and in the process meet and have a few drinks with his girlfriend. We concurred, and thus babies were cooed over, a girlfriend was introduced, and a quite spectacular amount of alcohol was drunk.

All things considered it was a pretty good night…at least, the first half of it. I got along spectacularly with Justin’s girl, who is much more like me than either of us are like any of the rest of the family, so that’s nice! The problem is that she and I, as well as Justin, all got so magnificently pissed, that Jason was actually the voice of reason.

Long story short, it was a fun night, but when I finally managed to claw my way out of bed on Saturday I was as sick as I’ve ever been after a night of drinking. So sick, in fact, that I couldn’t even keep down water. It was a bad scene, and I’m honestly, genuinely considering going perma-sober, because…damn. I seriously thought I might pass out of dehydration by the time liquids finally started staying where I was putting them. Even the following day (Sunday, if you’re not paying attention) was miserable to the point of barely leaving the couch until it was time to go back to bed.

And all of this is, of course, a very roundabout way of explaining why I got absolutely nothing done from Friday through to this morning.

And with that nonsense out of the way, let’s see what I did manage to pull off last week.


Okay, so, considering the story I just told you’re probably going to assume that health-related stuff wasn’t exactly piling up on my “Wins” stack this past week. Surprisingly, you’d be mostly wrong.

Yes, obviously the weekend is pretty up there with one of the unhealthiest three-day periods I’ve had in quite a while, but when you look at the week as a whole it actually wasn’t all that bad.

Concerning food, I had a pretty decent week for paying attention to my calorie count, avoiding snacking, avoiding high-fat foods, and cramming myself full of vegetables. Did I have little muck-ups? Sure I did! But overall, I was pretty diligent and managed to avoid any major missteps. Normally Friday night’s escapades definitely would have been the dagger in my diet’s back, so to speak, but I was so occupied with bonding with my new friend that I barely ended up snacking at all…which, in retrospect, was probably half of the reason I got so bloody sick, but…at least I didn’t sabotage my weight loss? Yeah, no, it sounded stunned even as I was typing it. I deserved my two days of sickness.

Anyway, regarding exercise, you might remember that last week at this time I had started “PiYo”, which is one of the Beachbody programs. That lasted precisely two days. Not to say that it’s a bad program or anything, but it definitely wasn’t for me. For one thing, it’s a fusion of pilates and yoga (something I probably should have caught on to), and I’m not the biggest fan of yoga. For another thing, I’m so much over my healthy weight at the moment that half of the moves made my joints feel like they were going to snap. It wasn’t challenging, it was painful. So I stopped. Instead, I did some “Just Dance” and some around-the-house stuff for a few days while looking for a new program to try.

And on that topic I can inform you that, as of this morning, I’m giving “Morning Meltdown 100” a go. They’re short videos (less than 30 mins each) of high-intensity workouts designed for you to move with the dance-club-style music that is being played in the background. Right now I’m doing the “Prep” month, which I was going to skip, but I’m glad I didn’t. The first vid kicked my ass, so I obviously need the prep. Here’s to seeing how I feel after the 28 days of the prep schedule. In the meantime I’ll do my best to continue not eating like a sow. 😛


I’m going to make a statement here: if I were actually, like…properly making a living wage from all the drawing and writing I’ve been doing, I would be a genuinely, mindblowingly happy woman.

That shouldn’t be a shocker or anything; I’m just making a statement. I’ve been seriously happy with the art I’ve been creating – both the visual and literary types – and pretty much the only thing at this point keeping me from a kind of creative nirvana is the fact that I’m only making nickles and dimes doing it. But hey…you never know what can happen, right?

On that note, I did a good bit of drawing last week, as evidenced by the three pieces I’m sharing this week. Firstly is a piece that I was commissioned to do out of one of my own fan-fics, in which Aziraphale loses any sense of shame or inhibition because of a lust potion:

Second is a little something I threw together for Valentine’s Day. It’s basically a redraw of a piece I did a while back for a scene from another fan-fic that got rather popular on AO3, “In Silence Our Secrets Lie”:

And lastly, a bit of a content warning on this one before you continue to scroll, as it is somewhat NSFW. The Twitter “Good Omens” fans came up with a fun idea for a bit of an artistic group project. Back when the GO crew created their little quarantine video last year, it was strongly suggested that Crowley was planning to sleep until the pandemic was over. As it is still going on, Neil Gaiman has regularly teased that, yes, Crowley is still sleeping, which prompted a fan-counter-tease (hey, you come up with a better thing to call it…) known as #WakeTheSnake. There have been lots of pieces of artwork, fics, comics, and more centered around the idea of waking Crowley up because he and Aziraphale should be spending their hard-earned freedom together. The most recent offshoot of this “movement” has been #ForbiddenFruit which, to put things simply, has involved filling the Twitter timeline with drawings of a certain naked angel in order to entice a certain demon to wake the hell up already.

Yeah, we’re a particular brand of especially passionate geek, so sue us.

Anyway, the point that I’m obviously coming to is that I did my own naked-angel piece. There’s nothing explicit shown, but just in case you’re not personally comfortable with a naked dude sitting with his legs crossed strategically, you should maybe scroll past the following image:

And with that bit of exposition out of the way, I shall finish off the visual art section of this post by simply stating, once again, that all the drawing has been making me quite happy. ^_^

AS HAS all the writing! See what I did there?

Now, to be perfectly honest, my word count went a bit sideways this past week. For one thing, I had a wee bit of writer’s block going on; I kept staring at every word file and finding it impossible to work out the next sentence. It was rather infuriating, all things told. Even still, I did manage to get a fair bit of writing done, and was set to get a fair bit more done…when the weekend hit. Really, you’d think that being laid up on the couch for two days would have actually resulted in some writing getting done, but that’s how sick I really was. I couldn’t even brain properly. Thus, as a result of those two days (plus the one on which the actual drinking took place), last week was the first week of 2021 during which I did not manage to keep up with the goal had set for me. Pacemaker wanted me to write 6786 words, and I only wrote 5967.

That said, I’m not too upset, because I’ve destroyed every other week thus far, meaning that I’m still ahead of the curve as far as what Pacemaker is expecting of me. Plus, looking more specifically at what I actually did manage to write last week, the majority of it was toward “The Other World: Book Three”, so yay for that!


Okay, so, obviously you’re already assuming that I’m going to once again point out the weekend as an example of how things went off the rails for this post. And that would (again, obviously) be quite fair. What you might not be expecting me to say is that the black hole that was this weekend also managed to suck away any semblance of memory as to what occurred in the first four days of the week.

Yeah, I’m being a little overly dramatic about it. Shush.

The point being that I honestly can’t recall much of what got done in the early part of last week aside from selling a few things and doing that second art commission. And I really wish that I could remember, because if you look at the social media numbers you’ll find that everything went up. ._. We’re not talking big numbers or anything, but it so rarely happens that I can’t help but feel that I did something right…and now I can’t remember what it was. Figures.

FYI, if you’re interested in the actual numbers, the YouTube Twitter gained one follower, while the Instagram gained two; meanwhile the Author Twitter gained seven followers, with a gain of four on the Instagram.


I mean, if you really want to be technical about it, you can pretty much just say that the entire weekend was downtime and leave it at that.

But if you want to look at it in more specifics…

I did, in fact, play a game last week, in the form of returning to “Jedi: Fallen Order”. I only played for about an hour and a half, but that’s probably more than the previous 2-3 weeks combined, so, hey, it’s something! I’m very near to actually finishing the game as well, so that will be nice for a change. *cough cough* Once that’s over with I might return to “Borderlands 3”, which I can pick up whenever I want now that the PS4 is in a different room. That, or I might go back to “Mary Skelter”, which is a weird but enjoyable Vita game.

On an unrelated (but kinda related?) note, my daughter downloaded and tried out the demo for “Little Nightmares 2” yesterday, and it made me really interested to try out the original. But not for the bloody price they’re still asking for it. Geez, retailers…

Back on topic and moving on to books, I am still working my way through “Darkdawn” because I haven’t really been doing a lot of sitting down to read recently. I’ve picked at a few short fanfics here and there, but I haven’t carved out any decent pockets of time during which to get through a book. I’m hoping to finish it up soon though, because I’ve been antsy for a number of other books on my list.

As far as TV and movies are concerned, we’ve been binging the ever-loving hell out of “Community” lately. In retrospect it’s really hard to believe that this is one we skipped while it was actually airing. All the constant pop-culture references make it pretty much the perfect show for Jason and I. Aside from that, though, I’ve been picking away at “Supernatural” here and there while doing chores, and that’s pretty much been it unless you count all the hockey games we’ve been watching.

And hence we come to the end of another Monday post. All in all the week was…uh…you know, I don’t even really know how to describe it. It just…happened. And now it’s done. Soo…let’s hope that next week’s post is more positive and less…fantastically hungover. Sound good? Sounds good.

Feel free to let me know how your year is going so far! Do you have any big goals? Specific plans? Anything awesome on the horizon? Share what’s going on with you! ❤

“The Scent of Desire” – Chapter 16 [A Good Omens AU]

It’s time for a short intermission, of sorts! I know, I know, I’ve gotten you all used to the smutty goodness, but I thought it had been quite long enough since Crowley and Anathema had enjoyed one another’s company. So let’s have some sweet bestie love, shall we?

(And don’t worry, the smut will be back soon enough…lol)

Enjoy Chapter 16, my loves!

“The Scent of Desire” – Chapter 15 [A Good Omens AU]

Monday means updates! Chapter 14 of The Scent of Desire has headed on over to AO3, and Chapter 15 is now in early-access for my lovely Patrons! ❤

It’s been a few days, and our lovely boys are still all over each other, though things are beginning to change a bit… An important conversation is had in this chapter; it involves a tiny bit of angst, but it’s all good, I promise. ^_~

And THEN…more smut. Bwa ha ha ha ha ha….

Enjoy! ❤

Plans & Goals 2021: Week 6

Happy Monday, and Happy Heritage Day, fellow Canadians! Or Family Day or whatever else you might call it, because apparently every province chose something different for reasons that I can not quite comprehend. Whatever day it is for you, though, I hope you’re having a great one.

If I seem significantly cheerier than I was last week, well, that’s because I am. Lots of things have been going wrong lately, but some things have been going write, and other things have been challenging but rewarding, and all in all, I’m just doing my best to keep myself together. Moving forward. Willpower and all that. It’s worth a shot, right? Right.

So, we’re now halfway through February. Yesterday was Valentine’s Day! I hope you were able to celebrate it with someone special, but even if you weren’t, I hope you ate something delicious and enjoyed your own delightful company. Myself, I baked chocolate cupcakes with pink frosting for Jason and Adrianna, and they gave me some sweet little gifts (that were actually Christmas gifts that didn’t ship in time, but screw it, I still got gifts…lol).

Halfway through February also means super-screwed-up weather for Nova Scotia, which hasn’t been the best of fun. We’ve got snow one day, rain the next, hurricane-level winds after that, and occasionally bright, sunshine-y days that make you feel like Spring is on the horizon. Then more snow. It’s an incredibly frustrating time of year, honestly, but our new car has ridiculously high-powered seat warmers, and I’m quickly becoming addicted to them.

Anyway, I’m just off on weird rambles and tangents now, so let’s go ahead and move on to the usual stuff.


For the second week in a row, I have to tell you that I’m not going to lie to you: the week was one heck of a bust all around. I have excuses, but most of them are complete bullshit, so let’s just get this out of the way.

Aside from two days in a row of shovelling, I did no exercise at all last week. I can blame some of my laziness on the fact that those two days of shovelling made me feel like my I’d shattered a hip, but once that was feeling better it was just pure laziness. I just plainly and simply didn’t want to do anything and couldn’t convince myself otherwise. It happens sometimes, especially in winter.

Food is another story all together. I’ll give myself a little bit of credit in that I wasn’t exactly pigging out and eating everything in sight. But I wasn’t exactly restraining myself either. In particular, I did some unnecessary snacking during movie and hockey game time, and subsequently felt bad about it, only to do it again the next night.

The good news is that I got annoyed enough with myself to decide to kick things back into gear this week. Concerning exercise, I’ve gone and got myself the “PiYo” program for something new to try, because the fact of the matter is that I’m getting board with the P90 programs. I did the first video this morning, and I don’t know if it’s going to be for me or not, but it’s worth a try, and if I don’t like it I’ll just try another program until I find one that suits me. Concerning food, well…all I’m going to say on the matter right now is that I have a metric ass-ton of homemade vegetable soup in the fridge right now, sooooo… Yup.


The creative world continues to be the one that I’m most comfortable in right at this point in my life. I mentioned last week that I’d opened art commissions on my Ko-Fi account, and soon after I got my first request. Very exciting stuff, since I’d never done paid commissions before! The request was for a scene from a human AU story in which Aziraphale walks in on Crowley snuggling and sniffing a sweater of his that had mysteriously gone missing. I’m really happy with the way it turned out, and the lovely lady who commissioned it seems to be as well. ^_^

So soft and snuggly!

Writing, of course, has been going decently as well. I was a bit distracted in the days coming up to Valentine’s with an idea for a two-part mini-fic for my favorite celestial boys, but I also got a reasonable bit of Book Three written as well, which I’m obviously happy about. I’m still entrenched in some of the most annoying, hard-to-write parts of the book, but it’s getting there, bit by bit. Before you know it my beta-readers will be checking it out (at least I hope so, as I’m pretty sure a couple of them are plotting my imminent murder otherwise).

All in all I ended up writing 9177 words for the week, which is a good bit beyond the 8440 that wanted me to write. Yay me! Unfortunately I didn’t end up finishing Part 2 of that mini-fic for Valentine’s Day, but people seemed happy with Part 1, so I’ll try to go ahead and finish the second part up today. A creator’s work is never done!


First things first, I just want to say that if I had disposable income, I would be seriously considering hiring someone to deal with all of my social media for me. *epic eye roll* I feel like I’ve been getting better at some things, but worse at others, and the numbers don’t really reflect either possibility. Concerning this past week, the YouTube Twitter gained a follower, while the Author account lost one, and the YouTube Instagram lost four followers, while the Author account gained one. So…yeah. I don’t bloody know. It’s all a genuine mystery to me.

In more broad strokes, last week was a very lazy one (as you may have gathered from earlier), but I also, surprisingly, got a fair few number of things done. For one, there was the aforementioned commissioned art. For another, I got a few things up for sale on the local pages (while Jason worked on getting other stuff up on Ebay), and managed to sell an old slow cooker. Plus, I picked up some funds from the consignment place where we bring our old clothes and whatnot. And on top of that there were errands (groceries, mostly), cleaning, cooking, and so on. Most of what I’m listing is shit that every adult has to do, but trust me, if you understood how sluggish I get at this time of year, you’d be proud of me for managing this much.


In the down-time world, I can’t claim to have done too much, although I did have a couple of baths last week to relax and read and block out the rest of the world for a little while, so that was nice. I mentioned last week that I was reading “Darkdawn” now, and I still am because they’re long books and I read in snippets of time these days. It’s bloody fucking good though. I’m sure that if I was given the chance, I’d engulf it in a single sitting, not even pausing to eat. It’s that good.

Related note: when I went to Goodreads to mark off “Godsgrave”, I saw negative reviews for it and I balked. This is honestly cold, hard proof to me that you’ll never be able to please everyone, because that book is goddamn amazing. Period.


I still haven’t been playing any games lately, but I’m firmly entrenched in the spectator role at the moment. Jason finished up “Control” (which never did really make any more sense, but was awesome none-the-less), and I needled him into playing “Resident Evil VII” in preparation for the upcoming “Resident Evil VIII”. There were some good jump scares and some fun game play (as well as some infuriating game play, if Jason’s rage is anything to look at), and overall it seems to have been a good game. I must say, however, that the number of plot holes and foolish decisions is downright flabbergasting. For example, the game takes place in 2017, yet no one has a cellphone and you use cassette and VHS tapes throughout… Like…damn.

In the TV and movies category, Jason and I finished catching up on “Wandavision” and have continued working our way through “Community”, and we also had a family movie night on the weekend, on which we showed Adrianna “Poltergeist” (the original). That’s pretty much it because most of our “watching” time has been relegated to hockey games these days, but that’s okay. The Leafs have actually been doing well, so it’s been enjoyable to watch. 😛

So that just about covers that for another week. Nothing particularly big to report, but lots of little things, I suppose. Now, excuse me while I wander off to work on the second part of that Valentine’s fic, as well as the new commission request I got this morning. ^_^ Cheers!

Feel free to let me know how your year is going so far! Do you have any big goals? Specific plans? Anything awesome on the horizon? Share what’s going on with you! ❤

“The Scent of Desire” – Chapter 14 [A Good Omens AU]

The fun continues with our adorable alpha-omega couple! Chapter 13 of “The Scent of Desire” has been shipped off to AO3, which means that my lovely Patrons get Chapter 14!

Our boys have been having a lot of fun together lately, as you likely know, and there will be more fun had for sure. It’s time for a short reprieve, however. Chapter 14 involves some fluff, some snuggling, some cute banter, a protective/possessive Zira, and a little bit of necessary conversation. Don’t worry, it’s all good stuff. ^_~

Enjoy, my loves!