Plans & Goals 2021: Week 34

Happy Monday, my loves!

Can you believe that the summer is practically over? I’m having a hard time dealing with it, myself. Not to say that I haven’t had a great summer overall, but it certainly feels as though I blinked and it was over. 😦 The kid will be returning to school next week, and I’m going to be putting a hard drive on to find some work for the Fall, and it all just feels a little bit melancholy.

That said, I do enjoy Fall… It gets a little cooler, so I’m not sweating to death and having trouble sleeping at night. There are tons of awesome treats (yeah, I know it’s basic, but I adore pumpkin-spice sweets). Halloween comes along, so we get to be even more obsessed with horror than usual. It’s just a good time overall. So I suppose I can’t be too sad that summer is fading away.

Before I delve into the meat of the post, a bit of an update:

Last week I mentioned that hubby and I had something rather exciting coming up, but that I wasn’t sure how much I was allowed to share. Now I know that I can happily tell you that hubs and I will be appearing on Season Two of Action Figure Adventure! If you don’t know of it, it’s a great little docu-series that follows an avid collector travelling around in search of good deals on retro toys that he then auctions off to make money to donate to Children’s Health charities. It’s an awesome concept, and in between the toy hunting the crew intersperses interviews with collectors, shop owners, toy designers, and so on. For Season Two they decided to pop in to Nova Scotia, and they contacted us about being part of the interview process! Of course we were super-excited to be involved, and it finally happened this past weekend. Plus, while they had us, we also did two separate interviews to be used on their regularly occurring ‘Toy Show’, as well as another documentary focusing on old Filmation cartoons.

Long story short, it was great fun, the guys were lovely, and sometime in the future we are going to get to see our ugly mugs on an actual television show on Amazon Prime and Superchannel! How bloody cool is that? I’m all a-flutter. XD

But okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get the rest of this post going.


Health

A big high, followed by a big low this week.

I still haven’t gotten into a new exercise program, but in the run-up to our interviews, hubby and I actually did really well concerning food. Not that we thought we were going to magically lose a bunch of weight in a week or anything, but being good and consuming lots of water definitely made a difference as far as puffiness, complexion, and energy levels. It all went rather well, truly.

Then the interview actually happened, and we went a bit overboard in the celebrations afterward. We also had cousin-in-law visiting, and spent an evening at our friends’ place for drinks and games, so suffice it to say that there was a full weekend of over-indulgence. Lots of alcohol, lots of junky food, very little physical movement.

Plus, when we drove cousin-in-law back home afterward, we visited my parents, who fed us fried chicken and taters, before visiting Jason’s grandmother, whose boyfriend cooked us pork chops and mashed potatoes.

Suffice it to say that by the time we got home last night we were bloated and feeling a little bit disappointed in ourselves, and had vowed to do better this week.

Wish us luck.


Creativity

Let’s go with art first, because I didn’t do much, but I do still have one piece to share. Last week I shared two rough sketches that I did for ‘Draw This in Your Style’ challenges. This week I can share the completed digital lineart for one of those pieces:

I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out, and now I’m just dreading attempting to color it. Wish me luck! I really want to do a decent job on this one because the DTIYS challenge comes from one of my favorite artists on Twitter/Instagram. ❤

Moving into the writing side of things, I’m quite pleased to be able to tell you that I did, in fact, beat my Pacemaker.press goal for the week. Huzzah! Pacemaker wanted me to write 13,261 words, and I managed to go a fair bit above that with 14,535 words. The majority of the writing was spread across ‘The Prince’s Consort’ (which is rapidly approaching completion!) and a new idea I had that is tentatively titled ‘Angels and Demons’. The words were really flowing all week, let me tell you, and I honestly think I would have written quite a bit more if it hadn’t been for all the travelling and celebrating we did over the course of the weekend. It certainly gives me hope for this week, which should be quite a lot quieter. Pacemaker has set me another pretty steep goal, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that I manage to be as productive as I was last week.


Down-Time

I mean, if you really want to get technical about it, I had three straight days of down-time as a result of all the drinking and gaming and what-not. Just sayin’. But if we want to go into a littl emore detail…

Reading:
Yeah. Nope. Still no proper books. THAT SAID, I did read a couple of excellent fics that had me hooked from the get-go. One is called ‘Wednesday’, and is basically Crowley in a ‘Groundhog’s Day’ situation, in which a demon version of Aziraphale keeps killing him over and over again. The other is called ‘You’ve Got Kudos’, and is a very meta story in which Aziraphale discovers that an entire fandom has sprung up around a book and show based on his own life, and subsequently starts writing fanfiction as a way to express his explicit desires around Crowley. Both stories were extremely cute, with lots of humor and softness, and I definitely recommend them.

Playing:
I went a bit light on games this past week, simply because there was a lot going on. I did give a try to ‘Hades’, which hubby had recently bought and was having a blast with. It’s quite fun, but I haven’t gotten back into it yet because, again, I’ve had a lot going on.
I also played a few songs in ‘Guitar Hero: World Tour’ after getting the X-Box 360 added to the conglomeration in the retro-gaming area of the house. It made me remember how fun those games can be, so I definitely see me doing some more of that in the near future.
That’s it for video games, but we also played a few board/card games over the course of the weekend, which is always good fun. ‘Blokus’ has become a favorite of mine, and ‘Five Crowns’ always serves to devolve into a lot of playful swearing at one another. The Batman version of ‘Love Letter’ is also excellent, especially when my 10-year-old child is successfully bluffing her way to a win. It never gets old!

Watching:
The obsession of the moment has been ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’. Hubby and I came across this anime way back in high school, and it was one of those ones that you couldn’t help but fall in love with…despite the fact that it’s so out in left field that you end up feeling like your head is going to explode by the end. So much is SUPER vague, and it’s ostensibly based on the creator’s mental health problems, which makes for a real brain-twister of a plot, particularly coming on the end.
What happened later on, though, is that the creator basically remade the series into a group of movies with roughly the same plot but some major differences made along the way. Last week we watched three of the four movies, and we’ve definitely been enjoying them despite some really rather extreme changes. We’re probably going to be watching the fourth tonight, and I’m really hoping for it to make a bit more sense then the end of the original series. I’m all for leaving some stuff to the imagination, but you have no idea unless you’ve watched the original series…it’s just…mind-melting.


And that, my friends, was basically the last update of the summer. When I speak to you again next week it will be September and the kid will be ‘enjoying’ the first day of school. Here’s hoping for a fun and fanciful Fall, because the past two years have been a real pain in the arse and I’m ready for some levity. How about you?

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! ❤

Plans & Goals 2021: Week 28

If I had a nickel for every time I mentioned how quickly the week seemed to speed by without me, I’d never have to worry about money again. Let’s add another coin to the pile.

In all seriousness, summers have always tended to be a strangely busy for us, despite there being no school, often no work, and just as often nothing pressing that needs to be done. Somehow, regardless of the fact that all three of us are basically ‘free’ for the season, it seems as though we’ve always got things going on that make the time pass in a flash.

This past weekend, for a silly example, was ‘Pokemon GO Fest’, the anniversary celebration that the Pokemon GO team puts on every year. In the past year we’ve been casual GO’ers, but it always ramps up a bit when the weather gets nice enough to feel comfortable walking around for extended periods of time. And this summer came with the unexpected surprise of new cohorts for the game. Our friend’s oldest kid got into the game and wanted to start joining us for our ‘hunts’; soon after, the friend saw how much fun we were all having and decided to give it a go himself. Now we have a group of five to go out hunting, and that made ‘GO Fest’ even more fun. We spent nearly the full two days out and about, catching all the different Pokemon that popped up during each special hour, plus doing a pile of raids to pick up some legendaries we didn’t have (and get our friends their first legendaries). It was a blast, and completely destroyed the weekend as far as noticing time passing.

Add to that regular walks for any reason we can come up with, since the whole family is now on Fitbit and we’re constantly competing with friends for the best step-counts. Plus we had a swimming-and-ice cream afternoon, plus we had a few evenings at our friends’ place to play board games, plus we had a couple of fires in the backyard, plus… Well, I’m sure you get the idea at this point. Just, suffice it to say, we’ve been making the most of the summer, even if that doesn’t necessarily equate to productivity in certain neglected aspects of our everyday lives. *cough cough*

So, just keep that in mind, is what I’m getting at. 😛


Health

You guys, I am so close to the end of ‘Morning Meltdown 100’ that I can taste it. I completed exercises 83 and 84 today, which were the third and fourth videos in the final phase on the program. They were not easy, let me tell you, but I can definitely feel a major difference in what my body is able to pull off these days. I’m quite pleased with the program, in general, but I’ll also be more pleased to complete it, both to be able to say that I did, and to be open to try something else. There are a metric ton of programs on Beachbody, so I’m sure that if I start looking now I’ll find something excellent by the time I finish MM100 next week.

Plus, you know, all that ‘Pokemon GO’ walking and trying to beat my friends in steps has definitely added to the fitness minutes count.

Food-related stuff continues to be more than a little…vexing. Mainly the issue is that it’s summer, and summer brings with it alcoholic beverage, and cold treats like ice cream, both of which are virtually impossible for me to turn down. When we went swimming the other day, for example, we stopped by an ice cream place our friends told us about, and by the time we left I’m pretty sure I’d eaten a day’s worth of calories in ‘S’mores G’lore’ in a waffle cone. It was bloody delicious, and I refuse to feel bad about eating it, but it definitely did my waistline no favors. All the exercise is definitely helping to counteract some of the calories, but I haven’t lost anything on the scale for a while, which is definitely starting to bother me a bit.

On another related note, I’ve been bloody exhausted the past few days. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a bit dehydrated from all the wandering around in hot weather, or if drinking less coffee lately is becoming an issue, but I’ve just been wicked tired and I’m not enjoying it. I might be getting older, but I’m still too young to be needing a nap in the middle of the afternoon even when I’ve gotten eight hours of sleep the night before.


Creativity

My dears, my dears…I am rather embarrassed to admit how unproductive the week was concerning creative ventures. First of all, there was absolutely nothing as far as art is concerned. That’s not for lack of desire or ideas…I’ve got a dozen things I want to draw, not to mention all the ‘draw this in your style’ challenges that have been showing up on Instagram, plus the fact that I’d like to start making fanart for some of my favorite fanfics. But I can just never seem to find the time to sit down with my phone and tablet. I might have to start carrying around a sketchbook to get some of my ideas started, at the very least.

Then there’s the writing side of things… Oh, my friends, my friends…I am honestly quite disgusted to admit that I didn’t get anywhere near the week’s Pacemaker.press goal, despite it being an entirely reasonable one. I was supposed to write 9609 words – which should have been easily doable – but by the end of the week I’d only managed a paltry 5953 words. To be honest, I could hardly believe it when I counted up my numbers this morning. It feels like I wrote much more than that, and yet… *sigh*

Most of the issue with my productivity is likely little more than the fact that I’ve been so busy with everything else that’s been going on, but a bit of writer’s block is certainly not helping. I’ve got numerous works in progress at the moment and have been hopping between them as I have ideas, but I’ve also been spending a lot of my writing time staring at screens or pages while my brain struggles to work out which words should come next. Maybe it’s a symptom of how tired I’ve been feeling.

Maybe I should start getting B12 shots again, instead of taking the tablets…just a random thought. Maybe it would help. *shrug*


Down-Time

You’ve likely gathered from the previous parts of this post that ‘down-time’ hasn’t exactly been in any shortage recently, but here are a few more details.

Reading continues to be something that taunts the back of my head. I haven’t set eyes on a single book or comic or anything of the like in weeks. I have still been reading updates to some of the fics that I’m subscribed to, but even those have been 10-15 minute stints whenever a new chapter pops up. As with other subjects mentioned earlier, I just haven’t been able to find the time required to sit down, by myself, in a quiet setting, and read a bloody book.

Watching things has been much easier, both because I can multitask with other things I want/need to do while watching something, and also because it’s more of a family affair. In particular, hubby and I have been watching a pile of old, ridiculous b-movies on Tubi recently. In fact, as I type this we are watching ‘Absurd’ and having a blast making fun of the dialog. It’s become a bit of a thing in recent days to throw on one of these movies whenever we’re exhausted from the day’s events, and it generally turns into watching two or three.

We’ve also been watching the fifth series of ‘Jo-Jo’s Bizarre Adventure’, which is by far the most…homoerotic of the series. That’s not a bad thing; I just find it hysterical. The number of male characters who have tit-windows in their shirts is fantastically hysterical.

When it comes to gaming, the trend lately has been more toward tabletop games than video games. I’ve still been playing ‘Pokemon Snap’, but that’s pretty much been it for video games. On the other hand, we’ve been hanging out with our friends to play ‘Love Letter’, ‘Five Crowns’, ‘Selfish’, ‘Blokus’, ‘Marbles’, and more. It’s quite nice, actually, since hubby and I have always rather enjoyed board and card games, but in the past haven’t really had anyone to play with. Nothing quite beats a board game with a few friends, a few drinks, and some snacks. It makes for a good night all around. 🙂


So the short version of the whole story is that there’s been tons going on, all good, but hardly anything productive. I hope to be able to turn that around, somehow, but I’m not going to hold my breath given that it’s summer and there’s so much happening. Fingers crossed though!

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! ❤

Goals 2019: Week 50 in Review

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Holy hell, you guys! It’s nearly Christmas! o.o I hope you’re all having a holly jolly time and haven’t been letting yourself get too stressed out with the holidays! I’ve been pretty chill, for the most part. I’m a little cranky that the shopping isn’t quite done yet, but I’ll get over that with enough tea and spiked eggnog.

Life the past week has been pretty much dedicated to shopping, wrapping, baking, watching Christmas specials, and working hard to remember all the things that I’m quite certain I’m forgetting. Previously mentioned health problems are still plaguing me, but I’m surviving. The extent of my exercising has been walking around stores and the occasional bout of Just Dance 2020 with the kid, and I’ve been eating WAY too many sweets. Meh, it’s nearly the end of the year. I’ll do better in the new year.

(She said with a chuckle.)

There’s not really all that much more to say besides that, to be honest. Beyond all the holiday stuff I’ve mostly just been writing and watching shows/movies with my hubby. The world in general is too stressful during this time of year to be bothered working myself up too much with nonsense.

So let’s get on with the goals, shall we?


Goal #1: Write half a million words.

I’ve reached a point at which Pacemaker.press is just telling me to write ALL my remaining words today. If I fail to do so, it’ll tell me to write them all tomorrow. It’s being a saucy brat, is what I’m getting at.

Last week I wrote a total of 8701 words. It could have been significantly more, but we spent two full days out shopping, plus a day cleaning in anticipation of company, so that put a bit of a dent in my available writing time. As it stands right now, I need to write 46,753 words by the end of December to reach this goal. I don’t know if that’s going to be possible or not, but I’m definitely still going to try. As I’ve mentioned in the previous few posts, I’m happy either way because I’ve demolished my previous “high scores”, but it would obviously be awesome to actually hit the goal point. And I still have Ineffable Advent stories to write, plus a little New Years idea I had as well, plus I had a short non-canon idea for a “The Other World” Christmas story. Hmm…I’m running out of time for this stuff. Better get through this post so I can write!

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words.  I won’t look at the official numbers until the last post of the year, but I’m pretty confident that I pulled this one off. Once late summer hit I was all about the fiction, so I feel like all those words must add up to at least a quarter mill. For this week specifically, 6908 of my words were fictional ones, but for the big final number you’ll have to wait just a bit longer.

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

Still working on A Christmas Carol. I’ll definitely finish it before Christmas (it’s not exactly a long book), but there’s also been lots of other stuff to focus on, so I haven’t been devoting huge chunks of time to it.

On a related note though, I’m pretty sure my husband got me, like…six or seven new books for Christmas, not counting the fact that my parents and in-laws usually get me a couple, so I’ll have plenty to read in the coming year!

Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!

I understand social media less and less as time goes on. I know I haven’t been the most overwhelmingly active of people recently, but…

Last week’s numbers are as follows:

  • The YouTube channel lost 1 subscriber
  • The YouTube Twitter account lost 2 followers
  • The YouTube Instagram went down 2 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score went up 15 points
  • The Author Twitter account went down 1 follower
  • The Author Instagram account gained 5 followers

That’s a lot of negatives. Mind you they’re only small negatives, but still. The Author Instagram seems to be the only thing moving in an upward direction, and I know that’s only because the Ineffable Fandom is ravenous. I don’t know what’s going on with everything else lately, but hopefully it begins to turn around in the new year.

Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games.

Honestly, the days are starting to melt into one another a bit, so I’m not 100% certain on this one. But I don’t THINK I played anything last week…except maybe a little bit of trainer assist on Pikachu Let’s Go with the little one. There just hasn’t been time! Or when there has been time I’ve been focusing on writing. Yeah, I sow the seeds of my own destruction, I know. 😛

Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel. 

The videos that I mentioned last week got edited, uploaded, and went live. There hasn’t been much effort put into the channel since then, but I again bring you back to my points about shopping and cleaning and so on. Gimmi a break, k? Thanks. I knew you’d understand.


And that’s pretty much all there is to that! It wasn’t an unproductive week by a long shot; I just wasn’t overly focused on the topics of these posts because of more important stuff taking precedent. But, in general, things are going okay. It’s almost Christmas, almost the end of the year, and almost time to reset everything for another 365 days! :O


How was your week? Did you accomplish any goals? Make any new ones? Do anything else that made you feel awesome and accomplished? Feel free to share in the comments!

Ineffable Advent – Day 6: Snow Angel

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Whoops! I’ve been forgetting to post these! :O How could I do this!? Time to rectify!

Day 6 was “Snow Angel“. This was a different kind of little scene for me because it’s almost entirely about the setting and the aesthetic of it than the dialog, of which there is very little. I think I managed to capture the lovely, soft, winter feelings though, because I’ve gotten some sweet comments on it. ^_^

General audiences for this one: enjoy! ❤

Ineffable Advent – Day 4: Reindeer

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Day 4 of my Ineffable Advent is live! I’m not going to lie, you guys…I struggled a bit for what to do with the prompt of “Reindeer“. But I think what I eventually came up with is pretty on-character and works well. 😀 This one is also safe for general audiences, so everyone can enjoy! (Fair warning though…the smut is coming soon…ke ke ke…)