Goals and Aspirations in Review – September 2017

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Remember last month when I gushed about how I had a great month and practically everything went to plan and it was an overall very successful period of time in my life? Good times, good times.

September was not like that. For a variety of reasons (the main one being that I just pretty much felt like an enormous ball of crap for most of the month), September was not a good month at all. I got very little done and built up a lot of stress as a result. So let’s try to get through this one as quickly as we can.

Goal #1. WRITE WRITE WRITE WRITE WRITE.
The month didn’t start off too badly. I’d set myself a 400-words-per-day goal and I did pretty well for the first couple of weeks. But then it all kinda went sideways on me and I ended up writing effectively NOTHING for the second half of the month. All in all I ended up with 3201 blogging words, and 7186 words toward The Other World: Book Two, for a monthly total of 10,387 words. That’s not a bad number at all, but it’s 6000 words less than last month, and given how awesome I was doing at the beginning of the month, it could have been a really good total if I’d kept up the steam.

Mini-Goal #1.a. Publish more erotic fairy tales.
As previously mentioned, I’m removing this goal for the remainder of the year, as I’ve decided to focus my time and energy on The Other World: Book Two instead.

Mini-Goal #1.b. Start writing blog posts again.
If you’ve been hanging around here you know that this has definitely not been happening. I think I wrote one or two posts in September that weren’t just me sharing our YouTube videos, and that was about it. I’m still struggling for topics, to be perfectly honest. I just don’t know what to talk about these days! If you’ve got any ideas, please feel free to let me know!

Mini-Goal #1.c. Find ways to promote the book(s).
This continues to be the goal that I expect to take me to my grave, especially since any substantial effort I do put in is thoroughly NOT rewarded. For example, I recently put the “Nowhere to Hide” e-book up for sale for 99 cents until Halloween. I shared that sale on this blog, my author Twitter account and YouTube Twitter account, our Instagram account, my personal Facebook page, author Facebook page, YouTube Facebook page, and Basement Geeks Facebook group, and my Snapchat account, and I went back and re-tweeted and re-Instagrammed a few times to make sure people were seeing it. So far from that effort I’ve gotten a grand total of 5 sales, and at a 35% royalty rate that comes to a whopping $1.73

Go. Me.

#2. Get healthier.
The way I bounce around on this goal is kinda sad, really. I get super-motivated for a little while and then it all just drains away. Part of it is a lack of results to help keep me pushing forward. We’re an instant-gratification society, but that’s not even what I’m talking about. For example, I put myself through a routine of gradually increasing squats/pushups/lunges/crunches for two months. I didn’t miss a day, and by the end of it I was doing ridiculous numbers of those four exercises. But I didn’t see a single change in myself. I supposed, technically, yeah, I saw a change in the fact that I was actually able to DO those numbers of exercises, but no visual changes, which is what I’m looking for. I couldn’t see any toning, any tightening, or anything of the sort as a result of my efforts, and I actually GAINED weight during the ordeal – probably muscle weight, but it still feels like a kick in the teeth when you’re working so hard. And thus I end up failing to the way-side because it just doesn’t feel worth it if I’m not getting anything out of it.

Mini-Goal #2.a. Walk/run 10k 8k steps per day.
Along with the above goal, this one got demolished in September. I got really lethargic and sedentary in the second half of the month. The first 12 days of the month I hit the 8k goal every day. Then I lost my motivation, as mentioned above. I did get a few more 8k days when we had shopping trips and the like, but I didn’t record them so I can’t report them. I’d say, if I were to guess, I probably had about 15 8k days, but my daily average is likely through the floor because once the lethargy hit I had a ton of days with 4k steps or less. *grimace*

Mini-Goal #2.b. Take daily “me time”.
As previously mentioned, I’m leaving out this goal for the rest of the year because I’m not sure how to quantify and report it.

#3. Work on my online presence – specifically, YouTube.
I need to put this one up higher on the list so that I’m not always ending on a particularly sour note. September was not a good month for YouTube. We were doing pretty good at the beginning of the month, but as I keep mentioning, the second half of the month went to hell and we didn’t record a damn thing for over two straight weeks. There’s not much more I can say about it than that.

Mini-Goal #3.a. Learn to respond immediately.
This, I can actually say, I am getting better at. Particularly when it comes to comment replies on social media. I’m still a little slow with emails because they take more time, but I’m getting there, slowly but surely.

Mini-Goal #3.b. Focus more on daily social media.
And last but not least, this one was also affected by the terrible second half of the month, but probably the least-affected. I still managed to mostly keep up with Twitter and Instagram, and Facebook to a lesser extent. Snapchat suffered the most, but that’s also where I have the fewest followers anyway, so it’s not a huge deal.


Okay, now that I’ve thoroughly exhausted myself by discussing my failures, tell me how your month went! Did you accomplish anything in September? Finish anything? Start anything new? Meet any goals? Feel free to let me know!

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My Geek Box Unboxing – August 2017

Look at the look on my face in the image below, and you can probably guess what might be happening… Yeah, that’s right: it’s My Geek Box, so Jason’s terrible British accent is back in full force. XD

This is August’s My Geek Box, and it includes items from Doctor Who, The Dark Tower, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Captain America: Winter Soldier. Check out the unboxing below!

Halloween VLOG! Time for Some Spooky Fun!

In the Tobin household we love Halloween, and everything it encompasses. As such, we regularly spend a good bit of time wandering through the seasonal stores the second they open, looking at all the displays, ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the awesome animatronics, and considering the wide variety of costume possibilities. This year we decided to have an extra bit of fun with it and do a Halloween Hunting VLOG for the YouTube channel! It was our first vlog, so it might be a little bit rough around the edges, but I think Jason did an amazing job of editing it all together, and it was a ton of fun to create. Enjoy!

‘Nowhere to Hide’ Only $0.99 Until Halloween!

Some people roll their eyes when Halloween addicts begin talking about the holiday in September, but in the Tobin household we bounce on our heels and giggle like fools waiting for the witching hour to come upon us. It’s for this reason that I found myself completely unable to wait until October to roll out this deal, so from now until midnight on Halloween, Nowhere to Hide is only $0.99 on e-book! There’s no better time to check it out! I mean, what can you buy for a dollar, really? You can’t even get a coffee for that! So please check it out, and of course don’t forget to leave a rating/review on Amazon once you have! It does a great deal toward bumping the book up in search results, as well as convincing prospective readers to give the book a chance. Plus it makes you one of my favorite people ever! 😀

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Enjoy the early treat, everyone! (Tricks to come. ^_~)

Unboxing a FULL CASE! Kidrobot Sonic the Hedgehog Vinyl Keychains!

These vinyl keychain blind boxes from Kidrobot are a total blast from the past! The awesome people over at Entertainment Earth sent Jason and I a full case of Sonic the Hedgehog blind boxes and we had a blast opening them up, seeing what we got, and reveling in the nostalgia. Did you play the original Sonic the Hedgehog games as a child? If so you’ll totally appreciate these awesome little keychains!