Saturday, January 18, 2020

Personal Digest Saturday: January 11 – January 17

Life news this week:
  • Saturday I went to help Mom get a new phone and things went pretty well. Then I did my podcast recording with Daria, which also went well. I did some blogging and made some cartoon food.
  • Sunday I had a nice lazy day. Made some cartoon food, did some singing and some laundry, updated recipes on Tumblr, and finally answered a few messages on OKCupid. My air conditioning died. Also a big tree branch fell on my house!
  • Monday I worked and tried to coordinate repair of my air conditioning but they wouldn't send a tech out until I checked a few things. So after updating some utilities at work, I hung out with Victor in a house with no A/C. The windows were open and we were sitting in front of fans eating pizza. We also made a video eating snacks from Spain. He gave me my birthday presents. :)
  • Tuesday we took a shared Lyft to my work and Victor's home. I worked on utilities and helped with a presentation. My air conditioning got fixed because my mom went to my house and let the AC guy in. (And she told me the tech was hot and she flirted with him. Mom will be Mom.) Went home and did silly recipes, including fresh donuts. Ate too much and washed dishes.
  • Wednesday my co-workers had an interview but we came in second. Boo. After work I went to Vallarta's with Jeaux and shopped at Publix. We watched some Colbert sketches but mostly just talked to each other. After he left I discussed comics and trading cards with nerds online.
  • Thursday I worked and did some proposal prep. Cleaned out my mailbox somewhat. Went home and drew my comic and got it posted before going to bed. Also made a giant bowl of ice cream for cartoon silliness.
  • Friday was MY BIRTHDAY! I'm 42! At work one co-worker got me lil cupcakes and my boss bought me a cake! I did reports and timesheets. After work I went out to Japanese food with Meghan, who came for our birthday, and we had Jeaux over so he could give us birthday gifts. We ate some of the cake my boss gave me.

Reading progress:
  • Finished this week: Nothing.
    New singing performances:

    This week's karaoke song is "Speeding Cars" by Imogen Heap.

    Stuff Drawn:

    Webcomic Negative One Issue 0765: "How They Play."

    New videos: 

    The latest podcast episode for Not-So-Giant Women is released. It's about episode 3, "Cheeseburger Backpack."

    New photos:

    The branch that fell on my house
    Universal Yums from Spain

    Homemade fresh donuts

    A very large bowl of ice cream
    Birthday King eats ice cream

    Cupcakes from coworker

    Birthday girl eats cupcakes
    Cake from boss!
    Birthday girls with cake

    Social Media Counts:

    YouTube subscribers: 5,270 for swankivy (2 new), 684 for JulieSondra (1 new), 18 for v & V Vids (no change), 75 for Not-So-Giant Women (2 new). Twitter followers: 970 for swankivy (1 new), 1,356 for JulieSondra (2 new). Facebook: 297 friends (no change) and 210 followers (1 new) for swankivy, 649 likes for JulieSondra (no change), 63 likes for Negative One (no change), 162 likes for So You Write (no change), 24 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,507 (1 new). Instagram followers: 196 (5 new).

    Saturday, January 11, 2020

    Personal Digest Saturday: January 4 – January 10

    Life news this week:
    • Saturday I slept late and didn't get a whole lot done. I had plans to do podcasts but my partner had to cancel due to extenuating circumstances surrounding her country being on fire. I bummed around all day and did my blogging and photo updates, and I made a ridiculous cartoon-inspired platter consisting of clams, peanut butter, and grass. (It was all candy though.)
    • Sunday was much better. I slogged my way through cleaning up the kitchen after my chocolate adventure, and then I ordered a pizza and watched cartoons with Kari! We watched the beginning of Season 5--episodes 129 to 140. After she left I just ate more pizza and zoned out.
    • Monday I had to update stuff for my boss and went to the store. After work I had no Internet for most of the night! It was annoying. I made a replica of another SU food display and fell asleep. Then I got up in the wee hours and made a weird smoothie and some fruit juice stuff for more cartoon recipes.
    • Tuesday I took the bus to the office and brought a bunch of fruit with me. We abandoned one of our projects so I didn't have to do forms like I thought I would. I had to investigate some utilities. Then at home I did drawings for my webcomic because Friday plans mean I have to finish comics early. I also had to help my mom update her paperwork and argued with people on the Internet about their unnecessarily edgy theories.
    • Wednesday I rode the bus to work and worked on a proposal. Did some doodles, bought stuff for more upcoming recipes, and looked at some job opportunities to help Victor. Went out to Beef O'Brady's with Jeaux and we shopped at Winn-Dixie, where I was able to get free ice cream because it's my birth month! Then Jeaux made me watch a hilariously absurd but way too gross for me anime. After he left I answered some questions online about one of my recipes and went to sleep.
    • Thursday I worked and did research. More people online were sharing wrong opinions about edgy theories so I ended up arguing some more. Talked to Victor on the phone and did some home cleanup and laundry folding. Went to bed early after posting my comic.
    • Friday I had more proposal stuff for work, and after work I hung out with my friend Steve! We made vegetarian shepherd's pie and talked, watched some cartoons, and enjoyed each other's company. After he left I stayed up too late making a star-covered egg (yes, cartoons again) and did some planning for my podcast.

    New reviews of my book:

    Reading progress:
    • Finished this week: Nothing.
      New singing performances:

      This week's karaoke song is "Like a Virgin" by Madonna.

      Stuff Drawn:

      Webcomic Negative One Issue 0765: "How They Play."

      New videos: 


      New photos:

      Chocolate Clams!

      Grass, Peanut Butter, Clams!
      Chocolate Clam

      Thick smoothie!

      Cup collection: Updated

      Giant pineapple

      Giant egg for Amethyst

      Star eggs!
      Can it fit in the fridge?

      Social Media Counts:

      YouTube subscribers: 5,268 for swankivy (lost 3), 683 for JulieSondra (no change), 18 for v & V Vids (no change), 73 for Not-So-Giant Women (3 new). Twitter followers: 969 for swankivy (1 new), 1,354 for JulieSondra (1 new). Facebook: 297 friends (two new friends from Steven Universe groups joined me!) and 209 followers (3 new) for swankivy, 649 likes for JulieSondra (lost 1), 63 likes for Negative One (no change), 162 likes for So You Write (no change), 24 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,506 (no change). Instagram followers: 191 (1 new).

      Saturday, January 4, 2020

      Personal Digest Saturday: December 28 – January 3

      Life news this week:
      • Saturday I had a lot of pictures to process and some blogging to do, so I worked on that. I drew a promo doodle for the last two episodes of SU for 2019. Jeaux picked me up and took me to Moe's for food, then to his house for cartoons. They were great episodes. Then we did some grocery shopping and went back to my house. I updated some Internet stuff and went to sleep.
      • Sunday I cleaned up some clutter I'd let sit around the house all week while talking to Meg on the phone. I spent most of the day rereading old journal stuff so I could make a more accurate year-end post for my survey, but it really did end up stealing most of my day. I also took out trash, did dishes, did karaoke, did laundry, and worked on a podcast outline.
      • Monday I got up super early to finish my podcast outline, and had to work after so I took a paid ride because I'm lazy. Did some stuff for upcoming letters and played around with e-mail. At home we recorded the podcast for "Onion Trade" and "Steven the Sword Fighter." Nice long discussions. Also got some of my So You Write doodles done and spent most of the time after the podcast arguing with buttholes online.
      • Tuesday I got up early to finish So You Write and record/process a new Letters to an Asexual video. I like to have one of each of those done per month and I had not done either for December, so it was crunch time. Then I went back to bed for a few hours, got up and went to work, and played with a new bid tracking utility. When I went home I finished my subtitles and reconnected with someone I talked to a long time ago on SU Amino. Went to Mom's house for New Year's Eve and we lit sparklers and ate ice cream with P, Y, and A.
      • Wednesday was New Year's Day so I didn't have to work. I prepared a bunch of stuff for our breakfast for dinner celebration, so when my family arrived it was mostly about just making the waffles and cooking the potatoes. We had a lovely time eating our breakfast food (waffles, eggs, sautéed mushrooms, strawberries, grapes, fake bacon, tater tots, and homemade biscuits!). Then afterwards we played with nephew Ash and read a couple books. We played fort with pillows and threw a ball at each other and Ash dressed up like a clown. It was adorbs.
      • Thursday I had work again. I worked on a letter most of the day--one of the long ones that required a lot of reading. Then I worked on my webcomic while talking to Victor, and not much else.
      • Friday I had to do some updated data at work and some upcoming projects reports for my boss. After work I finished my comic and didn't do much else. One awesome thing that happened was I found THREE of the five rare comics I'm still missing. Three of them!!! Very excited that I might actually complete this collection someday. My grandmother would have been 90 today!

      Reading progress:
        New singing performances:

        This week's karaoke song is "Holding Back the Years" by Simply Red.

        Stuff Drawn:

        Promo doodle for "Little Graduation" and "Prickly Pair."

        Webcomic So You Write Issue 103: "Undiscovered Genius."

        Webcomic Negative One Issue 0764: "Hung Up."

        New videos: 

        Letters to an Asexual #74 is out. It's abousomeone who thinks my many interests and talents are a sign that I'm desperate to fill a void.

        New photos:
        Ash plays with his mommy
        Yusuke sparkler! New Year's Eve!
        Ash sparkler!
        Patricia sparkler!
        Ice cream with Mom!
        Ice cream with Ash!
        Cooking Breakfast for Dinner on New Year's Day!
        The head chef!
        Breakfast crew!
        More Poop Ball with Ash
        Ash with poop ball
        He makes a cute clown.

        Social Media Counts:

        YouTube subscribers: 5,271 for swankivy (4 new), 683 for JulieSondra (1 new), 18 for v & V Vids (2 new), 70 for Not-So-Giant Women (3 new). Twitter followers: 968 for swankivy (lost 8), 1,353 for JulieSondra (1 new). Facebook: 295 friends (no change) and 206 followers (lost 1) for swankivy, 650 likes for JulieSondra (no change), 63 likes for Negative One (no change), 162 likes for So You Write (no change), 24 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,506 (no change). Instagram followers: 190 (no change).

        Sunday, December 29, 2019

        Year-End Survey 2019

        Here's my year-end survey for 2019!

        1. What did you do in 2019 that you'd never done before?

        • Made my first tiered cake.

        • Cosplayed with body paint.

        2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

        Last year, these were my resolutions, and whether I kept them:
        • Finish my novel Ace of Arts. [Did not.]
        • Finish my novel In Bloom. [Did not, but got closer.]
        • Discuss my next project with my agent and see if I can get moving on fiction again. [Did this, but she didn't take the project, and I didn't pursue other avenues yet.]
        • Complete migration of my art page and my photos page to new subdomains. At least start on migration of another subdomain. [Art page done, photos page partially done, no other subdomains started.]
        • Publish at least one new short story. [Did not.]
        • Lose at least 15 pounds. [Overall I did not.]
        • Try to be brave enough to cosplay my favorite character at a convention. [Did this!]

        • Be more consistent with my posts on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. [Was not.]
        • Eat a lot of leafy greens. Health! [Did this!]
        • Complete my Steven Universe variant comic books collection! [Did not.]
        • Record ukulele songs more consistently. [Did not, though I recorded a bunch in bursts.]
        • Do better at responding to online communication in a timely fashion. [Did not.]

        Resolutions didn't go so well, though I think that's normal. I like to think that I don't need to spend any guilt on not achieving many of my aspirations. I'd like to make my next list in the spirit of stuff I hope happens next year, but I won't beat myself up if I can't do it!

        My resolutions this year:
        • Finish a book and start editing it.
        • Complete my photos page on the new domain.
        • Make healthier choices with my eating, including taking vitamins and not eating just because I'm bored, therefore being able to fit into some of the clothes I'm a little too chunky for right now.
        • Get some kind of consistency to responding to e-mail and comments.
        • Use Lyft to go to work less often--try to ride the bus more.
        • Get some kind of pattern to do better on social media besides Facebook. I want to be more active on Twitter and Instagram.
        • Submit more short stories. Can't really control if I get picked, but I hope to!
        • Finish all the Steven Universe recipe replicas on my list!
        • Complete my Steven Universe variant comic books collection!
        • Drink more water, dang it.

        3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

        Can't think of any new babies.

        4. Did anyone close to you die?

        My friend Steve died a couple days after my birthday.

        5. What countries did you visit?

        I did not leave the US again!

        6. What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?
        • Haha ANOTHER BOOK DEAL!
        • Stability for certain things I can't control, like my mom's situation, my friend Victor's situation, and some stuff at work that's all over the place.
        • Balance.

        7. What dates from 2019 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
        • January 15: Disney and birthday fun with Meghan.

        • January 19: Steve F. died.
        • February 28: Night Vale!
        • March 23: Met Steve S. in person for the first time.

        • April 27: Attended a book event via Skype.

        • June 25: Spoke to a writers' group about pursuing traditional publication.
        • July 12: Metrocon!

        • August 3: Tampa Bay Comic Con!

        • September 2: Steven Universe movie party!

        • October 18: Halloween party, and I met my first Pitch Wars mentee!
        • October 25: Ran a livestream on YouTube for Asexuality Awareness Week.
        • October 29: My first filling at the dentist.
        • October 31: Completed Inktober.
        • November 9: Started my new podcast.
        • November 25: My dad got married!
        • November 30: Completed NaNoWriMo.
        • December 18: Got in a car crash (very minor).
        • December 23: Sister's family from San Francisco came to stay with me for the holidays.

        8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
        • I managed to help my mom through some more mazes like taxes and Medicare.
        • I finally found someone to do a Steven Universe podcast with, and we've been doing it.
        • I completed NaNoWriMo.
        • I completed Inktober.
        • I passed 6,000 followers on my cartoon blog.
        • Despite many challenges, I still managed to post a new video every month, keep up with a weekly and a monthly webcomic, write up and review all the new Steven Universe comics, books, and podcasts, and maintain an active social and online life.
        • Got featured posts 16 times on Steven Universe Amino.
        • One of my posts on Amino won Best of Crafts for the year (for my strawberry cake).
        • Took an epic photo of all my merchandise!!!

        9. What was your biggest failure?
        • Not finishing or submitting any books.
        • Not eating well and not getting enough exercise.
        • Spending too much time distracted.
        • Really doing a terrible job on my online communication. I feel like I disappointed a lot of people.
        • Not helping my dad with the leftovers from his parents' personal items after they died last year.

        10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

        Not really. I got a cavity and that had never happened before, but that's minor. I had a couple minor illnesses but they were always over quickly and I did not have to stay home from work ever. There was one weird thing where a doctor believed I had an infected hair follicle and I got medicine for it. It was a tad scary until it was explained. And I had a sneezy few days and a headachey/throwupy day one day this year on a weekend.

        11. What was the best thing you bought?

        Cartoon collectibles! I'm almost complete with the autographed cards I've been collecting.

        12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
        • My LGBT friends who came out this year, began using self-affirming labels this year, and got gender-affirming procedures this year.
        • My friends who are parents, managing that delicate balance of dedicating themselves to their kids while engaging in some self care.
        • My friend Ronni whose book was published this year!

        • My nephew Ash who started kindergarten and is doing great! He's also such a fantastic artist!
        • My friend Meggie for all the incredibly difficult personal challenges she's managing, especially hopping on the difficult path to being a nurse practitioner. So much school!

        13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
        • Donald Trump and his supporters.
        • Selfish ass flakes whose obsession with weapons and ignorance of reality has led to gun violence, no solutions to global warming or poisoned water, and increased preventable infectious disease.
        • Racists, homophobes, and transphobes who have felt even more emboldened this year to be huge disgusting bigots.
        • People who expect me to wipe their asses because wiping their own asses is haaarrrrrrd.
        • I also had to finally drop someone from my life when he treated me extremely disrespectfully over something I cared about, and I finally had to acknowledge that he had never handled his friendship with me in an appropriately balanced way. I am better off without him.
        14. Where did most of your money go?

        Besides rent, it was definitely Steven Universe merchandise and lending other people money.

        15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

        The Steven Universe movie, queer folks being badasses and awesome people, great music, art supplies, other nerds in fandom, introducing Daria to SU on our podcast, cosplaying, my book, really ambitious recipes, drawing fan comics, my nephew, my sister's cakes and my cakes, comics.

        16. What song will always remind you of 2019?

        "Good as Hell"!! Thanks Meggie for introducing me to Lizzo.

        17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

        i. happier or sadder?


        ii. thinner or fatter?

        I am estimating about the same!

        iii. richer or poorer?

        Hm. Slightly poorer. But theoretically, it's temporary.

        18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

        Writing fiction, responding to mail, and working on my damn website.

        19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

        Arguing with people who aren't listening.

        20. How did you spend Christmas?

        I went to my mom's with my friend Jeaux, hung out with my sister Patricia plus her husband Yusuke and son Ash (and briefly P's friend Amber and her mom), had dinner and dessert, opened presents, and was Professor Poop teaching Butt Class for my nephew.

        21. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?

        I'll go to Mom's and hang out with my sister's family again.

        22. Did you fall in love in 2019?

        Many lovely ideas to fall in love with, yes!

        23. How many one-night stands?

        That would be zero, my dear.

        24. What was your favorite TV program?

        Does anyone actually need me to answer this? I also liked She-Ra and the Princesses of Power and What We Do in the Shadows though.

        25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

        . . . Had to think, but no. I'm still disappointed, though.

        26. What was the best book you read this year?

        Hard to pick. I'd say it's between Every Day by David Levithan, Squirrel Meets World by Shannon and Dean Hale, and When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis.

        27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

        No contest, that's Lizzo. Probably a lot of people are saying that, but I don't get new music a lot.

        28. What did you want and get?

        More Tumblr followers, cartoon stuff, fulfilling hobbies, maybe slightly better art skills, a sweet-ass character costume, a couple of the comics I was missing, love.

        29. What did you want and not get?

        Completed novels, publishing contracts, resolution to problems that worry me, a better website, better time management.

        30. What was your favorite film of this year?

        The Mister Rogers documentary was really good, but obviously my answer to this is that Steven Universe: The Movie was my fave.

        31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

        I turned 41. Meghan and I were traveling so we were in Orlando in a hotel on my birthday. We got up early and went to EPCOT center after having breakfast in the hotel. We had a blast eating the special food, exploring Future World and World Showcase, shopping, riding rides, relaxing, seeing cute mini-movies, and enjoying each other's company. When we got back, we decompressed, listened to a Steven Universe podcast, and slept.

        32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

        If I got a book deal. If I didn't have to watch my loved ones struggle with health and money. Also, having a different President.

        33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2019?

        Incorporating Steven Universe accessories into basically every outfit.

        34. What kept you sane?

        Cartoons, kind people, music, distractions, stress cleaning.

        35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

        Oh, you silly survey.

        36. What political issue stirred you the most?

        Protection of trans and nonbinary rights, Black Lives Matter, gun violence, disability rights.

        37. Who did you miss?

        My grandparents, friends new and old, online friends who disappeared.

        38. Who was the best new person you met?

        I'm gonna say Steve counts! (Not the Steve we lost in January. That was Steve F, this is Steve S.) He and I met online in 2018 but we started hanging out in 2019 and he's wonderful. He's a music nerd making a career out of his music nerdiness, and we have had excellent discussions about relationships, society, religion, politics, and just plain awesome stuff about life.

        39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2019.

        I can decide what form my compassion takes. Other people don't get to tell me what it should look like or where it should reasonably stop.

        40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

        "I'm looking forward, I'm looking forward, I'm looking forward now."