May I just take this moment to point out that it is nearly May already? What the literal hell, you guys? I am genuinely shook. We are a third of the way through 2021, you guys. Mental.
On a somewhat-related note, I hope you are all staying sane and safe, because it seems a bit as though the world is falling apart all over again, doesn’t it? I’d been hearing a few things weeks ago from other countries, but in the past couple of weeks specifically Canada has really seemed to be hit hard again. Nova Scotia has had an influx of Covid cases in the past few days, with the government considering shutting us down again, Alberta has multiple oil sands sites falling apart as literally hundreds of employees test positive, and the less said about Ontario, the better. I don’t mean to fear-monger or anything, but I feel like a lot of the issue can be directly attributed to non-vaccinated people assuming that because other people are vaccinated now, it means that everything is fine now. Spoiler alert: EVERYTHING IS NOT FINE NOW. Please, please, please continue to make intelligent decisions, people. I know we’re all just bloody DONE with Covid, but it isn’t done with us, and if we act like spoiled brats we’re just going to cause much more damage.
With that having been said… Last week I hinted good news that I’d gotten, which I didn’t want to share yet at the time because apparently I’m incredibly superstitious these days. I’m now feeling more comfortable with sharing, although I promise you that if something happens now I will never share anything of this nature ever again. *cough*
Disclaimer aside, the news is that I managed to pick up some work, finally. The somewhat-rough side of that is that I’m currently out in Alberta again, which is kinda Covid-central at the moment. Luckily the site I’m on is doing pretty well at keeping things under control. It’s also pretty easy work, on a pretty friendly crew, and I’m in one of the more tolerable work camps, so yay for all that! Am I a bit nervous right now? Sure. Am I grateful for getting the work? Fuck yes. Until my books or art commissions start pulling in a LOT more cash, I will continue to be extremely grateful for the work.
Now excuse me while I knock on some wood to ward off the jinx that I just placed upon myself.
Okay, so, now that you know that I’ve been back to work (for a week now, fyi), you may understand some of the concerns I expressed in last week’s post in relation to my health. Covid concerns aside, camp food isn’t exactly the healthiest of fare, and it can be difficult to convince yourself to sneak in a workout when you’re working 10.5-hour days (plus an hour each day worth of bus rides).
That said, things haven’t been going all that terribly so far. For a significant portion of the first week I was definitely eating way too many baked goods, but I’ve gotten myself more under control the past few days and have been focusing much more on veggies and protein. It’s definitely not easy, when all your food is provided in an “either eat it or starve” situation, but I think I’ve mostly got a grip on it. Wish me continued luck, my friends.
On the exercise page, I’ve switched things up again (yeah, I’m fickle, I know), and am now trying out a Beachbody program called “Core de Force”. The ridiculously named program focuses on MMA-style moves blended together to create cardio routines that also work quite a few muscles at once. In numerous other programs my favorite videos have always been the fighting-style ones, so “Core de Force” sounded perfect for me. Yesterday I tried out the four short “Learn It” videos that teach you what the moves are going to look like so you can figure them out faster, and today I did the first full-length video, “MMA Speed”. If you were standing back and watching it you probably wouldn’t think that it really looks all that intense, but believe me…it bloody was. It all depends on how much energy you put into your punches and kicks, of course, but rest assured that I put a good deal of energy in. It was a sweat-feast, my friends, and I think it’s going to be a great program for me.
Let’s start out with art this week!
I haven’t had all that much time for art since starting the new job, because both drawing and coloring are things that are extremely slow processes for me. I did, however, manage to pull off two pieces last week, one of them fully colored! Go me!
Firstly, we have a bit of line-art done for a ‘Draw This in Your Style’ challenge on Instagram, featuring our favorite angel and demon hanging out in Eden:
I had fun playing with this one, and I fully intend to attempt coloring it at some point, but I’ve got plenty of time since the DTIYS challenge doesn’t close until June. I’ll probably set it aside for a little while, therefore, because I’ve got about a million other things I want to draw as well. XD
Secondly, we have a commission for a friend, who had mocked up a simple cartoon concept and asked me to make it something more realistic-looking:
I was more than a bit worried about what kind of disaster I was going to create when attempting to color and shade this one, but I think that, for the most part, I did a pretty okay job! I’m genuinely pretty proud of the results here, especially as it’s something quite a bit different from what I usually do. ❤
Moving on to writing, let me assure you that I still managed to kill it, despite returning to work last week. I mostly focused on fanfic, I’ll admit that, but the results still speak for themselves. Pacemaker.press took it a little harder on me last week, wanting me to pull out 12,887 words – on a week when I was starting a new job! And against all odds and my belief in myself (it’s pretty low, you guys…*cough cough*) I managed to surpass that by a significant chunk with a final total of 14,542 words for the week. WOO!
A large part of what I wrote last week went toward the final chapters of “The Scent of Desire”, which is now complete and will end on AO3 with next week’s chapter post. An even larger part of what I wrote last week went toward “The Prince’s Consort”, which is the new fic I’ll be posting weekly on AO3 (starting next week) and Patreon (started today). Most of the rest of what I wrote went toward a masseuse fic that I’ve been scribbling in a notebook whenever I’m not around my Chromebook. Yep. That’s a lot of fanfic, I know. Don’t judge me. I’m writing. WRITING.
You may reasonably assume that now that I’m working again, I probably have less down-time. You would assume right. The first thing that I can tell you on this topic is that anything even remotely resembling a video game has basically been shut down completely. I did take my PS Vita out to work with me, but I haven’t really bothered with it yet, as the down-time I have gotten has been time that I preferred to spend with my face rammed into a pillow and something playing on Netflix.
So, watching then, eh? Well, not a pile of stuff, but a few things, yes. Yesterday was my day off, and I spent a significant portion of it with the aforementioned pillow, watching “Escape Room” and three episodes of “Black Mirror”.
Concerning “Escape Room”, I feel the need to let you know that it was the 2019 movie directed by Adam Robitel, because there are, like…four movies from the last decade called “Escape Room”, plus one called “No Escape Room”. I’m tempted to watch them all just to see what the differences are. Focusing on the one I did watch, it was okay. Just okay. The actors did a decent job, and I enjoyed a lot of the clues, hints, and traps in the rooms, but the plot was a bit silly and I felt zero attachment to the main protagonist. I’m not annoyed that I watched it or anything, I’ll just never watch it again.
“Black Mirror”, on the other hand, intrigues me something fierce. I’d watched the first two episodes a while back, but I rewatched them while getting a few chores done before moving on to the third, and thus far I think they’re all amazing in weird and wonderful ways. That first episode has got to be the most bloody fucked-up thing though…I’m genuinely a bit concerned for everyone involved in bringing that concept to life.
Oh, and what about books! Uh…yeah…what about them? *cough cough* I do have the first three “Witcher” books with me here, but I haven’t touched them over the course of the past week. That’s not a critique on the books, of which I’ve finished about half of the first, rather than a simple kind of mental laziness. I haven’t wanted to think much while on my down-time, as I’ve been generally fairly fatigued by the end of each work day. Maybe once I’ve gotten a little more used to the long days (after so bloody long without work) I’ll find myself leaning back into reading as a relaxation tool again.
So there you have it. Ten-hour work days, tons of writing, a bit of drawing, some exercise and attempts to eat well, and a day of slugging in bed with Netflix. That pretty much gathers up my past week for you, gathered together into a neat little package. Now, if you’re all finished with me, I’m off to go mourn the fact that April is seriously almost over already. WHAT the LITERAL hell?
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! ❤