2022: The Year of Trying Desperately to Keep It Together (Week 3)

It’s totally Tuesday, isn’t it? Yeah, it’s 100% Tuesday. So…the first year of the month is going well and is totally being kept organized and efficient. >.>

Sue me, my brain hasn’t been working correctly lately. lol

So, normally I would talk about a few random things that happened throughout the week before I get into the goal stuff, but this week the few things that I was going to mention actually fall in well with the goal stuff, so I’m going to just go ahead and roll into it. I’m sure you’re alright with that? Okay, good.


Goal Set #1: Artistic Fulfilment

I can honestly say that I’m 95% pleased with the way artistic fulfilment went this past week. Starting off with something simple and a bit silly, I am now roughly 4/5ths of the way done with my gem painting project. I don’t know if I’d necessarily file that one under ‘artistic fulfilment’, since it doesn’t boil down to much more than ‘paint by numbers’ with one dot of color at a time, but I don’t care, I’m counting it. It’s art in the broad sense, it’s fun, it helps me turn my brain off for a while, and you end up getting something cool to hang on your wall out of it. I am definitely going to be getting more of them, without a doubt.

Moving on to something more, well…more, we have the writing, for which I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that I once again did not hit my weekly word count. The good news is that I’m getting closer and closer to it, so surely I’ll manage to hit it soon! Pacemaker.press wanted me to write 9348 words for last week, and I wound up finishing off the week with 8971 words. And, if I”m being quite honest, it likely would have been a lot more if it hadn’t been for the fact that I got my Covid booster shot on Thursday and my body didn’t like it. Whether it was because I was a bit dehydrated, or already hadn’t been getting quite enough sleep, or whether my system just doesn’t enjoy vaccines or whatever, the booster shot hit me like a ton of bricks. I got it Thursday afternoon, and by late that evening I was laying in bed, watching ‘Encanto’ and debating whether it was worth the gargantuan quantities of energy it would take to drag myself up vertical and go to the bathroom. Seriously, I was exhausted beyond the telling of it, and my whole body was sore as though I’d had the crap kicked out of me in an MMA fight. I spent damn near an entire 24 hours just laying down, watching things and reading until I passed out. It actually may have been a good time to get a bit of writing done, if my brain had been functioning in the slightest.

All that said, just under 9k words is nothing to sneeze at. And, even better, most of those words went toward ‘The Other World: Book Three’! No, really! I got three whole chapters written for it! I swear! XD

Lastly, on the artistic front, I not only finished the piece that I mentioned last week, but I also began and made wide strides toward the completion of another!

Firstly, the piece I mentioned last week. It is a gift for a fellow fanfic writer who goes by ‘Verdant Vulpus’. Their ‘The Trouble With Being a Demon’ series is one of my favorites, and not the least of the reasons is because having Book!Crowley and TV!Crowley together in the same story is just wonderfully fun and fantastic. So, bearing that in mind, I drew Vulpus the two demons hanging out, trying to look cool and suave for their angels:

I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out! I considered attempting to color it, but I’m just sooooo bad with color, and I didn’t want to ruin my satisfaction with it. 😛

Now, generally when I manage to pull off something half-decent like this, my desire to ART hibernates for a little while…but not in this case. Pulling the demon boys together inspired me to do something I’d been thinking about doing for ages. That is, taking some of my long fics and compiling them into downloadable ebook files, complete with cover art drawn by myself. :O

I decided to start with the one that really started it all, as far as the novel-length fics go: ‘In Silence Our Secrets Lie’. I’d had an image in my head for forever for how I wanted the cover to look, and so I finally put stylus to tablet and sketched something out. The next thing I knew I was also doing the line-art, and then I was sharing it to my Patreon! This one I will be coloring – or at least, attempting to – since it’s for a ‘book’ cover’, therefore I’m only going to share a small clip of it here for now.

What do you think? ^_^ I chose this part to share because I’m especially pleased with Crowley’s face, which is supposed to look very tired and kinda destroyed, but also a bit relieved because he’s just been rescued (don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler…it happens in the first chapter). It came out precisely the way I wanted it, and I especially like Aziraphale’s wing wrapping around his back. I’m honestly grinning like an idiot just looking at it. I really hope that I don’t fuck it up trying to color it. :O


Goal Set #2: Physical Focus

In terms of physical health and the like, I must first bring your attention back to my booster shot and the fact that it caused me to basically lose a day and a half of the week. Do I regret getting the booster? Absolutely not. I am 100% pro-vaccination. I’m just stating facts: the shot hit me like a truck full of bricks straight to the face, so I spent the second half of Thursday and the entirety of Friday pretty much sedentary. So, that was one issue.

Well, that was the only issue, really…unless you count the fact that it’s been uncomfortably cold this past week, so I’ve been spending a lot of time snuggled up under a couch blanket, trying to keep warm. Which is a nice way of saying that I haven’t been doing what one might call exercise. Like, at all. I did do one of Sharona Hill’s dancing vids, but that was it because – let’s be blunt about it – I was just to bloody lazy. And sooky. And contrary.

Lord I hate Winter. Why do New Year’s resolutions and the like have to take place in the middle of Winter? I’d do so much better if these kinds of things happened in mid-Spring.

ANYWAY.

The consumption side of things has been a bit more to the positive side of things. It’s difficult not to shove every available morsel down my throat in Winter, but I’m beginning to relearn how to restrain myself when I’m not genuinely hungry, and to make better choices when I am. Hard habits to break, but it’s getting better…I chose yogurt over a chocolate-covered granola bar the other day. 😛


Goal Set #3: Self-Promotion/Branding

Well, I will say this: I did get a little taste last week of what can happen when you actually show off your books… I did a joke-y TikTok about my three published novels, shared it to Twitter as well, and immediately someone who had stumbled across the post went and bought all three. To say that I was pleasantly surprised would definitely be an understatement.

So I obviously turned around and repeated the results, right? Well…uh, no. No I didn’t. I, uh…I didn’t even try. No excuse for that, really. But obviously I should at least attempt to do so. *cough cough*

As far as other things go, most of the social media accounts have been pretty stagnant of late, which isn’t a huge surprise since I haven’t been posting much to them. And the YouTube channels have been even more stagnant, mostly because the basement is bloody freezing right now and neither my husband nor I want to be done there. It’s just not enjoyable. We’re going to have to at some point, but for now we’re being stubborn because COLD. Goddamn cold!


Goal Set #4: Mental Wellbeing

For the most part I’m calling this section a win for last week. There were a couple of rough days – one of them being the day that I spent feeling like I’d been beaten up – but overall it was pretty decent.

I spent a fair bit of time last week reading, although I have to admit that it was entirely fan-fiction. No regrets though; it was all excellent fan-fiction.

I also spent a fair bit of time watching movies and shows, particularly while I was doing a great impression of an invalid. I finally watched Encanto, which I absolutely adored, followed by the entire last season of Final Space, which is a strange animated show that can’t decide if it wants to be funny or heartbreaking. Hubby and I watched the third season of Cobra Kai, finished off F is for Family, and have gotten about halfway through Hellbound, which is a strange Korean horror-show that I can’t decide whether I’m enjoying or not. The overall theme seems to be a strong commentary on the dangers of blindly following ‘authority’, but it also has weird religious connotations that I can’t seem to get a grip on, because the moral seems to be ‘God sucks and is a ridiculously unfair douchebag’. Maybe that’s what they’re going for, I dunno. It just seems odd to me.

I continue to spent an inordinate amount of time on TikTok, although it has been lessening over the past few days. I’m tempted to say that the app is a terrible choice for my mental wellbeing, but I can’t honestly say that because it makes me smile and introduces me to people with similar issues to mine. So, screw it, I’m counting it as good for my mental health.


So what’s the final judgement on week 3? Well, writing and drawing were good, physical and health stuff was somewhat passable, self-promo was no better or worse than it ever is, and mental health was as good as can be expected under the circumstances. That all works out to a positive, right? Right. Go me!

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! ❤

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