Ladies and gentlefolk, do you know what is a recipe for disaster?
A 40th birthday party. A 40th birthday party is a recipe for disaster. And I say that in the most loving, enjoyable way possible.
This past weekend was my eldest cousin’s (on my mother’s side) birthday party, and I was obviously going to attend. It was a good time, and as these things often do, it alluded itself to a rather magnificent hangover. Not the worst one I’ve ever had – my guts stayed firmly inside my body this time around – but certainly not the easiest morning-after I’ve had. But, I suppose, if you can’t make yourself violently ill in honor of you and the people you grew up with storming ever closer toward old age, what’s the point, right? Right.
In other news, the kid got the splint off her hand, and all is looking well. She had no pain making a fist, so she was declared good to go, although she was encouraged to stay away from anything high-impact for another three weeks while the bones continue to fuse. I don’t see that being a big problem since the two main things she wanted to do upon regaining use of her hand was to draw and play video games.
In other, other news, hubby and I will be doing something rather exciting in a few days from now. I don’t want to go into too much detail because I don’t know how much I’m really allowed to share, but suffice it to say that it involves being interviewed for not one, but two documentaries that will eventually be aired on actual television channels. Obviously we’re incredibly nervous and excited! Given the topics we’ll be discussing, it should be a ton of fun. Wish us luck!
And now that I’ve gone on a little bit, here are the deeds of the day (i.e. what happened last week):
I’m not even sure what to say about this, to be honest…
Okay, so, dealing with the negative side of things first, I’m pretty sure I haven’t done any proper exercise since I finished the ‘Morning Meltdown 100’ program. I mean, I’ve gone for a few walks, a few swims…but that’s pretty much it. I have yet to return to an actual exercise program, and I can already tell that it’s affecting me negatively. I really have to get back into something, but I’ve just been so busy lately that I haven’t been able to convince myself to dedicate to anything. That’s no excuse, but I’m sure you know what I mean.
On the eating side of things, it’s actually a more positive outlook. After a few weeks in a row of being rather awful, I’ve more or less gotten my bad habits back under control. I’ve been eating a lot of fruit, restricting my portions to more reasonable ones, and have been doing a pretty good job of keeping myself from snacking at ridiculous times of night. Mind you, I could have done with a little more snacking on the night of the 40th birthday party, in order to space out the alcohol, but, uh…yeah. lol
On a related note, it’s really too bad that watermelon is normally so blood expensive, because it really satiates me for a lot longer than might sound normal.
You’re not going to believe it! I actually have art news to share this week!
I decided to try returning to the lofty origins of pencil-and-paper drawing to see if it would spark anything, and I ended up with two half-decent first drafts of ‘draw this in your style’ challenges that I should be able to digitize and fix up. The first was a challenge from an Instagram user who I, to be honest, don’t really know:
And the second is a challenge from ‘ObaGams’, who is one of my favorite fan-artists out there right now. I adore her versions of Aziraphale and Crowley, so I couldn’t resist trying my hand at this cute movie-theatre scene she provided:
I started digitizing the second one right away, but I didn’t get very far yet because by then my wrist was getting a little sore. While I’m here, though, I may as well share it:
I’m pretty pleased with it so far! A bit more cartoon-y than the kind of stuff I’ve been drawing in recent days, but don’t they look adorable? XD
Moving on to the writing side of things, I have to admit that I did not hit my Pacemaker.press goal for last week, though I’m not exactly disappointed with what I did pull off. Pacemaker wanted me to write 14,882 words, and by the end of the week I’d managed to pull off 12,567. Bit of a discrepancy between those numbers, but you definitely can’t be too upset with over 12k words. Honestly, the only reason that I didn’t get to the goal-point is because of the dangerous birthday party I keep bringing up. 😛
Most of what I wrote last week was for ‘The Prince’s Consort’, which is getting closer and closer to being complete. I’m on a bit of a role at the moment, which has been great for motivation. This proves to be my longest fic yet, as well. The published chapters currently add up to a little over 70k words, and I have eight unpublished chapters plus a handful of unwritten chapters yet to go. In fact, now that I’m really looking at the numbers, this may turn out to be my first fic that hits a word count of over 100k! Crazy-sauce!
Something else that I worked on last week, however, was a collaboration with one of my favorite fic-writers, AppleSeeds. She wrote an adorable fic, Angelic Whispers in which ASMR YouTube star Crowley, and ASMR Spa employee Aziraphale meet up and do a collaboration video, resulting in falling in love, of course. I ‘lamented’ that the story ends before getting to the sexy bits, so she suggested a collaboration-follow-up! Thus, Demonic Whispers was born, and I’m quite pleased with it. ^_^
On a note related to both art and writing, after getting a pretty good response to my ‘interest check’ on social media, I’ve decided to start formatting my finished novel-length fics as e-books, complete with cover art by yours truly. The art side of things is going to take some time and effort, but it should also be fun, and I love the idea of seeing my fics ‘published’. Wish me luck!
I’m going to start with video-games this week, just for fun. 😛
Firstly, I did continue along with a bit more ‘Pokemon Snap’. Nothing really to say about it; just that I am continuing to enjoy the relaxing cuteness of it.
Secondly, hubby has been playing ‘Arkham Asylum’ and ‘Arkham City’ recently, and I just wanted to mention that I find it amazing how well those two games hold up after all this time. I mean, I know that what he downloaded were the upgrades, but even still, that’s just graphical…the gameplay itself is just as it was in the PS3 era, and yet the games are still absolutely astounding.
Thirdly, I finished ‘Little Nightmares 2’ the other day. Fun, if infuriating, with a great storyline (which is saying something since there’s absolutely no dialogue). That said, I just wanted to mention…for a game that’s marketed more toward a younger audience…the plot is goddamn dark. Like…fuck. If you never have any intention of playing the games, I encourage you to read up on the lore just to see how goddamn dark it is. Sheesh.
You already know what I’m going to say about reading, soooo…let’s just skip it for this week, shall we?
WATCHING! Uh…what have we been watching lately? I really have to start scribbling this stuff down somewhere so I remember it later…
Well, we’ve been continuing to watch ‘IT Crowd’ with the kid, which never fails to please. And we’ve also been re-watching the ‘Angry Video-Game Nerd’ episodes at bedtime, because no matter how old we get the pathetically immature humor remains gigglishly, foolishly wonderful. (Gotta stay young, right?)
We also watched the ‘Demon Slayer’ movie last week, and were thoroughly pleased by it. Basically it’s just a really long episode of the show, but it also had an emotionally devastating ending that I totally would have cried over if I hadn’t been fighting it back on account of hubby and kid being heartless torments. 😛
I feel like I might be missing something somewhere, but I might just be misremembering because it was a busy week, so we’ll just end it there for now.
And I shall close out this post by stating that I can’t believe the summer is almost over. I need to either learn how to more efficiently use my time, or how to exist on significantly less sleep, because fuck if I managed to do even a quarter of the things I intended to have done this summer. 😛
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! ❤