MASSIVE BOX OF AWESOME from Marie in Sweden! Nendoroid, NECA, Doctor Who & More!

We got a massive box PACKED with awesomeness from our girl Marie in Sweden! She sent us a bit of everything in this box, including Doctor Who, Conan, Breath of the Wild, Street Fighter, AND figures from both NECA and Good Smile Company! o.o Thank you so much again, Marie!!!

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 16 Review

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I am in a genuinely good mood this week! Hard to fathom, I’m sure, but even though the past week was by no means perfect, it was a good one, and I sit myself at my laptop now with a smile on my face. That, it itself, is an incredible achievement for me, since reporting day generally only serves to make me cranky.

There’s also a possibility that the changes in weather are perking me up. Did you know it’s been snowing in Nova Scotia as recently as this past Friday? How disgusting is that? But it seems to have petered off now, and we’re getting reports of actual Spring weather for the coming week, so here’s hoping that the sudden influx of vitamin D continues to keep me in a chipper state of mind. 🙂

With that said, let’s get on into the goals.


Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
did focus on my writing this week! Maybe not necessarily as much as I would have liked, but hot damn if I didn’t start moving forward in the correct direction again!

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. I finally have a number worth reporting this week! Through a combination of blog posts and the project I mentioned last week (“rewriting” The Other World: Book One from Jacob’s perspective), I actually managed a reasonable total word count for the week. I wrote 3079 blogging words and 3477 fiction words, for a total of 6556, which is more than the past 2.5 weeks combined, and my second highest week overall so far this year. Woo! That brings my total up to 75,824 for the year so far, and brings my daily average up (yay!) to 683. Now let’s just see if I can continue that trend for two weeks in a row!
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Book selling! ARG! This is one section that I’m definitely grumpy about, simply because it’s just so frustratingly difficult! I mentioned last week that the only days I see a few says are the days I pester the hell out of everyone on my social media, and that continues to be extremely frustrating. I just wish there was a little overlap, you know what I mean? Like, if I pester the internet about my books today, I would hope that there might be a few aftershock sales tomorrow and maybe the next day…but it’ll only be today. Mark my words, because I’ve seen it happen time and time again now. That said, I’ve gotten a few kind words from some people who have picked up the books recently, so that definitely puts a smile on my face.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. There has actually been progress on this, in a way… The side-project of rewriting Book OneBook One from Jacob’s perspective has definitely been helping to re-spark my interest in the story overall, but it has also helped to point out a huge plot-hole that I had otherwise missed. You see, in Book Two our heroes travel to the Howling Mountains, which is all well and good, but they do so by foot and it takes a couple of weeks. Yet, I’d forgotten that near the beginning of Book One Jacob tells Tori that they are currently 300 miles from the Howling Mountains. For those who don’t care for the math, I’ll spell it out for you…if they walked 24-hours a day it would still take them approximately 75 days to travel that far on foot. So….yeah. I’d better do something with that!

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
I’ll be perfectly honest and admit that the focus has been decidedly off YouTube this past week. Whoops?

  • Goal #1: Film more often. We only filmed and published two videos during week 16, which is a little depressing, but there are a number of reasons. For one, Jason got a little sick during the week. For another we had half a dozen appointments that dramatically reduced our available waking hours. Add on top that Jason’s computer (which is our editing computer) had some annoying glitches, the kid had to come home from school early one day, and we got stuck in another town for the full day on Friday because our car needed new tires, and, yeah. Here’s hoping week 17 goes a little more smoothly!
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t really been thinking about this one too much recently, so I’m not quite certain how to report. I’m pretty sure my Twitter game has been on point, and I know I posted a few nice Instagram posts recently, but I think I may have tapered off on everything near the end of the week when we got so tossed around. I’m sure my focus will return, assuming that the coming week isn’t a pain in the butt like last week was.

#3: Focus more on myself.
Despite the busyness of the week, I did manage to focus on myself a bit, particularly during the time that Jason wasn’t feeling well.

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. I can’t report any reading (good thing I didn’t make a TBR list for April!), but I was able to finish season 12 and start season 13 of Supernatural while cooking and the like, and I finally got back into playing Breath of the Wild. That game is seriously so much fun, you have no idea. It’s like Skyrim, but in Hyrule. I’m certain I’ve played upwards of 20 hours at this point and done barely anything toward the main goals of the game because it is just too much fun to run around taming horses, gathering materials, cooking, climbing, exploring, mastering temples, and so on and so forth. If I had unlimited time I’m sure I’d easily be able to play for 20 hours straight without actually accomplishing anything. That might sound ridiculous, but it’s actually incredibly relaxing. I’m definitely going to be sneaking in another few hours in the coming week because there is so much more left for me to discover.
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. I’ve been active! I’ve been genuinely active this past week! Specifically, I’ve started running again. I decided to try out the “proper” Zombies Run! app instead of the 5k training version that I’ve used in the past, and I’m hitting myself for not trying it sooner. The 5k training app is great, but it has significantly fewer options and fun stuff than the full main app. In the main one I can set zombie chases to give me reasons to run more often. I can do story missions or set up alternate missions that allow me to pick up extra supplies, hear side stories, train, and so on. And the virtual supplies that I pick up during each run allow me to build up my little Able Township, which is way more fun than it sounds, trust me. It’s highly addictive. It makes exercise a game, which is definitely something that I need in order to motivate me. In addition to that, I bought myself a new pair of ASICS running shoes, so I’m motivated to make the purchase worth it. 😛

So, as you can see, I’ve got reason enough to be in a good mood for this post. While not the most productive week in the history of my life or anything, things definitely seem to be moving in a more positive direction than in previous weeks. Now, if we can just keep this whole sunlight thing going, we definitely might be on to something!

How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 2 Review

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I feel like I say this often, but the past week seemed to have disappeared on me in the blink of an eye. I feel like I literally just wrote last week’s post, although seven more days have mysteriously passed. Happily, part of the reason time has escaped me again is because I was rather busy getting things done. What a concept, right? So let’s take a look…


Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
I didn’t reach my writing goals for the week at all, unfortunately, but I did manage to write something every day of this past week, which is a real accomplish for me, believe it or not. I also managed to get a few other things out of the way (which I’ll mention shortly), so I should be able to (hopefully) catch up a bit in the second half of the month.

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. I only succeeded in writing 1370 words on one day this week, which is a bit of a downer, but as mentioned I did manage to write daily, if only a little. All told I wrote 3108 words toward blog posts, 1528 words toward The Other World: Book 2, and 379 words toward a random personal project I began. That’s 5015 words total for the week, which isn’t much, but at least it’s something. For the sake of argument, I’m now at 9179 words for the year so far, which is an average of 706 words per day. Nowhere near the goal to reach half a million by the end of the year, but it’s definitely better than nothing!
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Thus far this year I haven’t sold any books online, which is a bummer, but I believe I’ve sold a few via the collectibles shop I mentioned last week. I haven’t been able to get a hold of the owner, as he’s currently on a trip to the other side of the country, but the last time I was in the store it seemed like a few of the books were missing from the stack, so fingers crossed!
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. The little that I did write toward TOW2 this week brought me very close to the end. There are a few things near the beginning of the manuscript that I have to go back to before it can be a complete draft, but I’m nearing the point when I’ll be able to wrap it up and ship it off to my beta readers.

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
Jason and I KICKED ASS on this goal in the second week. I don’t know where the energy and motivation came from, but I’m definitely not complaining!

  • Goal #1: Film more often. In the past week I filmed 8 videos, which I haven’t done in AGES, and between myself and Jason we actually managed to get every one of them edited and published, shocking some of our closest YouTube friends with our sudden burst of output. It was awesome!
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. I petered off with this one at the end of the week when I started to get exhausted (and then Adrianna had a friend over for a sleepover, and pretty much everything came to a grinding halt…lol), but the majority of the week was good. Lots of tweeting, Instagramming, and talking to people on Facebook. I’m still getting used to getting back into SnapChat – it just doesn’t seem as important since there’s not really a lot of interaction there – but I’m working on it. I want to try to bolster the Instagram posts in the coming week, as that’s where we have the most followers and interaction.

Plan #3: Focus more on myself.
And here’s the real test? Did I take care of myself during all this work? Well, yeah, for the most part, I did!

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. I’ll willingly admit that a lot of my “me time” this past week consisted of crashing on the couch and playing Sailor Drops on my phone, but given how much I was getting done with the YouTube channel, I’m going to forgive myself for defaulting to brainless mobile games for a bit. I also began reading A Clockwork Orange, which proves to be very interesting, and last night when the girls were finally quieting down a bit I absolutely devoured Gyo, which I’ll have to write a review of soon because…damn. I’m going to be having nightmares for weeks!
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. The overwhelming majority of my physical activity this week involved cleaning, but hey, it needs to be done, and at least I was up and moving around! I also played a bit of  Just Dance with Adrianna, which never fails to remind me how out of shape I am, and while this doesn’t necessarily fall under “stay active”, I also started taking vitamin D to combat the winter blues, as well as guzzling more water to keep myself hydrated. So far I think both things are helping because I’ve been feeling more awake and alert, which is never a bad thing.

So that was my second week of 2018. Not a huge amount of success on the writing side, but lots of good with everything else. I’m hoping to press into the third week with more filming and more writing, and if I can manage to carve out some time I’d like to get back into Breath of the Wild before I forget how to play. ^_~

How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!