Saturday, December 14, 2019

Personal Digest Saturday: December 7 – December 13

Life news this week:
  • Saturday was a lovely day because there were new episodes of Steven Universe! Specifically, the premiere of the new series Steven Universe Future! So they released four episodes at once. I got up early to do my blogging and drawing (which I finished nice and swiftly), and then Jeaux picked me up and we ate at this nice outdoor area on Harbour Island. We got grilled cheese sandwiches from a kiosk and listened to live music while dogs romped and children played. Then we went up to his apartment and watched the cartoons. We ended up rewatching part of one and talking about it for like an hour and a half before he took me home. I updated some stuff online to reflect some trivia and shared some fun images, and discussed the show with my friends online.
  • Sunday I cleaned up the slobbish mess I'd left the night before and got some laundry together before my dad came over. I hadn't seen him in several months so it was nice to catch up. He took me out for sushi which was REALLY incredibly good, and we just talked about what's up in our lives. After he took off in the afternoon, I just knocked out my chores.
  • Monday was busy at work. I had to spend a bunch of time on a proposal but I got it done. After work I finally got to see my friend Steve again. We hung out and I cooked for us (made a peanut butter tofu dish with couscous). It was such a nice night and he left pretty late.
  • Tuesday I finished up the proposal I was working on and my co-worker took it to hand deliver to the County! Then I got to . . . work on another proposal. XD When I got home I finished up laundry I'd been ignoring and just did some online catch-up. I still haven't managed to dig myself out of my e-mail pit, though.
  • Wednesday I read and reviewed the new Steven Universe comic in the morning before I went to work. The bus was super crowded for some reason! I had to coordinate long distance with my co-worker on a proposal due the next day, and I took a break in the middle to go buy comics but the comic shop near me has decided to stop selling comics so I couldn't! :o Then I finished up the proposal stuff and had to stay late. We got the documents bound and my co-worker took the box home so he could deliver it more easily in the morning. After work Jeaux took me out to Burger King where I tried the Impossible Burger (it was okay) and we went grocery shopping and didn't really do anything much after. I also got excited that I found some autographed trading cards that I've been looking for.
  • Thursday Meggie's husband had surgery so I was texting with her while she waited. I guess he's okay! I did some data entry and balanced my budget. And I also finished reading my lovely friend Ronni's book and was surprised to see my name in the acknowledgments! Wow. I wrote the review for her and was very happy. At home I worked on my webcomic and talked to Victor on the phone. Good talk! Then I had to finish some stuff and go to sleep.
  • Friday I finished my comic in the morning and went to work. I was busy with proposal stuff again and data entry. Also did some holiday shopping! And met with my podcast partner online to tackle two of my favorite early Season 1 episodes. We had a great time! After I was done there, I put my webcomic together and put it online, and fell asleep very shortly afterwards.
New reviews of my book:

  • Alisha gave it a 1-star review on Goodreads, claiming my sources are friends' Tumblr posts. LOL.

Reading progress:
    New singing performances:

    This week's karaoke song is "I Wish It Would Rain Down" by Phil Collins.

    Stuff Drawn:

    To celebrate the premiere of Steven Universe Future

    Webcomic Negative One Issue 0761: "Another Letter."

    New videos: 


    New photos:

    Almost-complete collection of autographed cards
    Jeaux's doormat
    Steven Universe Future Tonight at 8!
    Watching the premiere with Jeaux and Cookie Cats

    Social Media Counts:

    YouTube subscribers: 5,264 for swankivy (1 new), 682 for JulieSondra (1 new), 15 for v & V Vids (no change), 55 for Not-So-Giant Women (27 new). Twitter followers: 974 for swankivy (lost 1), 1,356 for JulieSondra (1 new). Facebook: 295 friends (no change) and 209 followers (1 new) for swankivy, 649 likes for JulieSondra (2 new), 63 likes for Negative One (no change), 162 likes for So You Write (lost 1), 21 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,508 (1 new). Instagram followers: 187 (lost 1).

    Saturday, December 7, 2019

    Personal Digest Saturday: November 30 – December 6

    Life news this week:
    • Saturday I just ate leftovers all day and updated my blog stuff. Did some processing for the podcast's Episode 1 and studied some playthroughs for the new game Unleash the Light. And I finished NaNoWriMo at 50,768 words but the book itself still isn't done and needs a lot of editing, damn. Also had to scramble to draw and write the next So You Write comic and did so while chatting with Meggie on the phone.
    • Sunday I did laundry, paid bills, and kinda enjoyed not having to write anything, lol. I did a silly thing acting out a scene from cartoons with cereal (and also ate the cereal). I updated some online recipes and wrote up stuff for the next podcast recordings. Daria and I recorded episodes 7 and 8. I also did karaoke.
    • Monday I got buried in our proposals that were due Wednesday--some stuff for the City of Winter Haven and Polk County. (Three proposals for Polk County!) A lot of designing CD labels and tabbed dividers. After work I made some Crystal Lizard candy (white chocolate lizard-shaped lollipops with sugar crystals), studied more playthrough videos, updated the podcast, and wrote up notes for the next podcast recording.
    • Tuesday I was SLAMMED at the office because we had to produce all our proposals and I had to do all the printing and hole-punching. Madness! I stayed an hour and a half late (which was fine) but almost was late to my podcast recording (which wasn't so fine, though my partner obviously would have been cool with it if I had to delay!). We recorded our episodes 9 and 10. Also, my post about the Crystal Lizards got a front-page feature on Amino.
    • Wednesday I worked on proposals that are due next week. After work I went to East! with Jeaux to eat that sushi burrito again, and then we went shopping and watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine. We finished all the episodes! And I received the world's cutest tiny record player.
    • Thursday I worked on those proposals again. We're proposing to Pinellas County and Hernando County now. After work Victor and I met up and grilled hamburgers and hot dogs (mine were veggie versions) as a reference to the Steven Universe episode "Beach Party." He also got to eat a Lizard. And we watched some special features on the DVD player after he spent like an hour trying to fix the mixed up wires.
    • Friday Victor and I walked to the bus stop together and he went home and I went to work. I was again buried in proposal stuff but also I did some data entry and found a weird ghost in the machine. At home I finished drawing my webcomic and also it was cool receiving my deluxe vinyl records of the SU movie soundtrack.
    New reviews of my book:

    • Jen Si gave it a 4-star review on Audible.

    Interviews, Articles, Mentions:

    • has a discussion about asexuality-related books and it references my book.

    NaNoWriMo progress:

    • Saturday, November 30: 1,472 words.

    Reading progress:
    • Finished this week: No books finished this week! I rode the bus (my usual reading time) less than I should have because it was cold, and the one day I was riding alone, I forgot to bring my book.
      New singing performances:

      This week's karaoke song is "You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon.

      Stuff Drawn:

      Webcomic So You Write Issue 102: "Keeping Up."

      Webcomic Negative One Issue 0760: "Same As Me."

      New videos: 

      Podcast "Not-So-Giant Women" Episode 001 "Gem Glow" is up.

      New photos:

      Steven cereal
      Brave hero stops the foot

      Crystal Lizards
      "True Kinda Love" 3-inch vinyl single

      Veggie dogs and a veggie burger!
      Our grilled food
      Nerds at a beach party
      Victor's a lizard eater
      Universal Yums box from Austria!
      SU: The Movie deluxe vinyl!
      All the SU vinyl

      Social Media Counts:

      YouTube subscribers: 5,263 for swankivy (lost 2), 681 for JulieSondra (no change), 15 for v & V Vids (no change), 28 for Not-So-Giant Women (10 new). Twitter followers: 975 for swankivy (lost 1), 1,355 for JulieSondra (1 new). Facebook: 295 friends (1 new, someone from YouTube friended me) and 208 followers (lost 2) for swankivy, 647 likes for JulieSondra (lost 2), 63 likes for Negative One (no change), 163 likes for So You Write (no change), 21 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,507 (lost 1). Instagram followers: 188 (no change).

      Saturday, November 30, 2019

      Personal Digest Saturday: November 23 – November 29

      Life news this week:
      • Saturday was mostly a day for Internet errands. I processed photos, did book reviews, deleted a bunch of phone photos to free up space, and did some updates to my Amino collections. Also worked on my book. I returned a call to my dad that I'd missed and he surprised me by saying he was marrying his longtime partner in just a couple days. Wow! In the evening I just worked on some podcast stuff.
      • Sunday I did laundry, worked on my book, and met up with Daria to do our podcast recordings for episodes 3 and 4. Then I did some planning for our next podcasts.
      • Monday I did work on proposal plans at work. Besides that, I did work on my book and more podcast prep. I did another recording session with Daria for episodes 5 and 6. And then I did nothing. My dad officially got married! It was a courthouse thing and I wasn't there.
      • Tuesday I did data entry, proposal stuff, and writing. I finally got to see Steve again and we went out to pizza and chilled at my house and ate Cookie Cats. So nice to catch up in person! After he left I recorded a new ace video.
      • Wednesday was kinda frustrating at work, but I got through it. I did data entry and sent three proposal plans to my boss! Whee. I worked on my book and went to Burger Monger with Jeaux. Then we finished watching She-Ra and after he left I baked a cake and played with trading cards.
      • Thursday we had the day off for Thanksgiving. I baked some rolls in the morning and went to my mom's with Victor and Jeaux. We had a great time playing games and eating the food. My mom kept apologizing for being exhausted and needing to rest but she did so well! She seemed to be in a really good mood and engaged with us and everything. We played one more board game and ate the cake I'd made for dessert, and then we all went home.
      • Friday I also had the day off from work. I spent most of it working on the webcoming and closing in on completing National Novel Writing Month. Didn't quite make it but I have one more day to meet the quota. Texted with my friend Victor about helping him get through the month since he's not yet employed. Jeaux wanted to go buy a cheap Nook e-reader from an online seller so he convinced me to go with him. We met the person and bought it, and Jeaux bought me a Denny's dinner. Then I finished my webcomic and went to sleep.
      Interviews, Articles, Mentions:

    • Duck Soup quotes my book in an asexuality discussion.

      NaNoWriMo progress:

      • Saturday, November 23: 1,752 words.
      • Sunday, November 24: 1,742 words.
      • Monday, November 25: 1,884 words.
      • Tuesday, November 26: 1,949 words.
      • Wednesday, November 27: 981 words.
      • Thursday, November 28: 1,896 words.
      • Friday, November 29: 1,790 words.

      Reading progress:
      • Finished this week: No books finished this week!
        New singing performances:

        This week's karaoke song is "Other Friends" from Steven Universe.

        Stuff Drawn:

        Some cool keys I drew on an envelope at work

        Webcomic Negative One Issue 0759: "Paying Attention."

        New videos: 

        Letters to an Asexual #73 is about how men think I should be catering to their needs to the exclusion of mine.

        New photos:

        Updated drink receptacle collection
        Steve & me with Cookie Cats!
        Yeasty Boys for Thanksgiving
        Mom and my friends eating
        Dessert: My homemade pound cake!
        Victor and Jeaux playing games!

        Social Media Counts:

        YouTube subscribers: 5,265 for swankivy (3 new), 681 for JulieSondra (1 new), 15 for v & V Vids (lost 1), 18 for Not-So-Giant Women (4 new). Twitter followers: 976 for swankivy (1 new), 1,354 for JulieSondra (lost 2). Facebook: 294 friends (no change) and 210 followers (2 new) for swankivy, 649 likes for JulieSondra (no change), 63 likes for Negative One (no change), 163 likes for So You Write (no change), 21 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (3 new). Tumblr followers: 2,508 (lost 1). Instagram followers: 188 (no change).

        Saturday, November 23, 2019

        Personal Digest Saturday: November 16 – November 22

        Life news this week:
        • Saturday I spent catching up on a lot of stuff. I drank a lot of coffee because it was cold in the house and I didn't want to turn on the heat. I cleaned the dishes and I broke one of my Steven Universe drinking glasses! I bought a replacement online. I managed to clean and straighten up my whole house, which I'd let go for a little while, and felt much better. Then I did blogging and writing for NaNo, talked to my friend Steve, and huddled under an electric blanket for most of the night.
        • Sunday I got up pretty late but still did a lot. Did laundry, cleaned up some more, and worked on my ridiculous purple pear cake. I basically spent the whole day on it, and even though I made up a lot of the recipe stuff and included some substitutions, everything went right! In between making it, I talked to my sister to finalize our thoughts on Mom's Medicare, did karaoke, took out the trash, and got my writing done for NaNo.
        • Monday I spent a bunch of time on proposals at work. At home I worked on my book for NaNo, received a featured post on Amino for my purple pear cake, and received my cool pink vinyl of the SU movie soundtrack.
        • Tuesday I spent the majority of the day on proposals again. At home I finished my NaNo words and spent the evening working on editing the first episode of my podcast pilot with Daria! It took a long time. Oof. I also stayed up until a comic came out for Steven Universe and then I reviewed it and went to bed.
        • Wednesday was the launch for our new podcastNot-So-Giant Women! It's just Daria and me talking about Steven Universe; she's new to the show so each episode is a fresh reaction from her and then we discuss! Please subscribe if you're into that.
        • I was late getting up on Wednesday so I took Lyft to work. My driver recognized my shirt from SU and excitedly talked to me about the show--right at the end of the ride. Too bad, if she'd noticed it earlier we could have been talking the whole ride! Awww. At work I did proposal and letter stuff. I took a field trip to get comics at the end of the day. Jeaux came over after work and we ate at Applebee's. Then we watched She-Ra.
        • Thursday I took a day off work! My garage door was busted so I had a repair person come help me. Since I had the day off, I invited Mom to come over and SHE WAS EARLY. I signed her up for the Medicare plans my sister and I had decided on for her and it's finally done. Also I had to argue with her previous insurance company a little because I think she overpaid. Anyway! We also had some lunch and watched some videos and she brought my steam cleaner back after borrowing it. After she left I cleaned the steam cleaner, did maintenance on my water system, and scrambled to finish my NaNo words before Victor called and I drew comics while chatting with him. Also I received my aqua-colored vinyl record for SU! Hahaha.
        • Friday I spent the work day on RCI data entry and proposals. After work I did my NaNo writing and my webcomic. I had a little time after finishing before I was too tired to work anymore so I tried to clean some photos off my phone because it's getting full. Yikes!
        Interviews, Articles, Mentions:

      • Aeon discusses asexuality leading off with a quote from my book.
      • Next Step Cake makes reference to my book while discussing the term "allosexual."

      • New reviews of my book:

        • Mara gave it a four-star review on Goodreads. (It's in German. The person says they liked the book but took off a star for being repetitive.)
        NaNoWriMo progress:

        • Saturday, November 16: 1,402 words.
        • Sunday, November 17: 1,002 words.
        • Monday, November 18: 1,567 words.
        • Tuesday, November 19: 1,709 words.
        • Wednesday, November 20: 1,905 words.
        • Thursday, November 21: 1,174 words.
        • Friday, November 22: 2,387 words.

        Reading progress:
          New singing performances:

          This week's karaoke song is "Sweet Dreams" by the Eurythmics.

          Stuff Drawn:

          Webcomic Negative One Issue 0758: "Not Watching."

          New videos: 

          Our first podcast covers an introduction and a discussion of the pilot.

          New photos:

          Photos of my JUNGLE MOON FRUIT CAKE:

          Cold at work, dressed in Steven Stars
          New Gem sweater
          New Amethyst sweater
          Three different colored vinyls

          Cat fingers

          Hard to get a sandwich when your fingers are cats

          Social Media Counts:

          YouTube subscribers: 5,262 for swankivy (7 new), 680 for JulieSondra (no change), 16 for v & V Vids, 14 for Not-So-Giant Women (new channel, come like us!). Twitter followers: 975 for swankivy (lost 2), 1,356 for JulieSondra (lost 1). Facebook: 294 friends (no change) and 208 followers (no change) for swankivy, 649 likes for JulieSondra (no change), 63 likes for Negative One (no change), 163 likes for So You Write (no change), 18 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (new page, come like us!). Tumblr followers: 2,509 (1 new). Instagram followers: 188 (lost 1).

          Saturday, November 16, 2019

          Personal Digest Saturday: November 9 – November 15

          Life news this week:
          • Saturday was a wonderful fun day after having various difficulties the previous week! I got to have my friend Kari over to watch Steven Universe and eat pizza and Cookie Cats (she is still catching up on the show and we watched from episode 120, "Storm in the Room," to episode 128, "I Am My Mom"). Then I got to enjoy even more SU fun because Daria and I recorded our first podcast episode for our new SU deep-dive podcast, "Not-So-Giant Women"! We watched and discussed the pilot episode! Daria made excellent observations and is going to be a great partner. I fell asleep a little after completing my blogging for the day.
          • Sunday I was just a bump on a log mostly. I did do laundry and I drew a picture for an online pal, and I did record some musical sounds Daria is using in editing our episodes, but other than that and giving Jeaux some files to make music videos with, I didn't get much done. Just sat around and rested.
          • Monday I worked on a Winter Haven proposal and some other stuff. Had to deal with more research for Mom and worked on my novel. I also prepared some notes for podcast recording for the next couple episodes with Daria. And I tried and failed to make lizard candy. (I know. Weirdo.) I sent some presents to Ronni to celebrate her book release.
          • Tuesday I hit the post office before work to mail some comic books. Then I worked and had to go to a utilities presentation, where they had lied about vegetarian options and there was nothing but chicken to eat so I didn't get to eat. Besides work, I did novel stuff and more research for Mom. Then I recorded two long episodes of our podcast with Daria! We watched and reacted to/discussed Episode 1 ("Gem Glow") and Episode 2 ("Laser Light Cannon"). Am ever more convinced that this is going to be a fantastic ride! After finishing podcast recording, I stayed up really ridiculously late to watch all the special features on the new Steven Universe Movie DVD. Today was also extra special because one of my oldest friends, Ronni Davis, had a book birthday. Her book When the Stars Lead to You was released! WOW!
          • Wednesday I had to work on RCI data at work. Besides work, I did novel stuff and shared info on Tumblr about a DVD factoid nobody seemed to be talking about. It got a lot of attention, hooray! I went out with Jeaux for shopping and we picked up pizza to watch while we watched the DVD special features and a couple episodes of Season 4 of She-Ra. I fell asleep on the couch after because I'd stayed up so late the previous day.
          • Thursday I missed the bus so I had to take Lyft. Did more RCI data entry. Besides work, I did more novel stuff and had to walk home in the rain. Weird day. My house was very messy because I haven't been cleaning up or keeping up with chores. It feels pretty bad to get to that point. Talked to Victor on the phone and got six drawings done for the comic. And did more research for Mom's healthcare and updated online collections.
          • Friday I got up late so I again had to take Lyft. I did some RCI stuff and some database updates at work. Besides work, more noveling and finishing my comic. And I received my preordered copy of the Steven Universe movie soundtrack on vinyl! Cool. The deluxe version was delayed though, so I only got the regular one. I made some video communications for my friend Steve and fell asleep before I meant to.
          Interviews, Articles, Mentions:

          WOODSoftheBOOKS did a video where my book pops up, and the video creator talks about motivation to buy it and plans to discuss it later.

          New reviews of my book:

          NaNoWriMo progress:

          • Saturday, November 9: 1,787 words.
          • Sunday, November 10: 1,674 words.
          • Monday, November 11: 1,895 words.
          • Tuesday, November 12: 1,822 words.
          • Wednesday, November 13: 1,679 words.
          • Thursday, November 14: 1,874 words.
          • Friday, November 15: 1,685 words.

          Reading progress:
            New singing performances:

            This week's karaoke song is "Bruces' Philosophers Song" by Monty Python.

            Stuff Drawn:

            "Right into her eyes!"

            Webcomic Negative One Issue 0757: "Five Things."

            New videos: 


            New photos:

            Cookie Cats with Kari
            Ronni's book is in my hand!

            Social Media Counts:

            YouTube subscribers: 5,255 for swankivy (1 new), 680 for JulieSondra (lost 1). Twitter followers: 977 for swankivy (lost 1), 1,357 for JulieSondra (3 new). Facebook: 294 friends (lost 1, who knows who) and 208 followers (2 new) for swankivy, 649 likes for JulieSondra (lost 2), 63 likes for Negative One (no change), 163 likes for So You Write (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,508 (lost 1). Instagram followers: 189 (2 new).

            Saturday, November 9, 2019

            Personal Digest Saturday: November 2 – November 8

            Life news this week:
            • Saturday I enjoyed a nice opportunity to not deal with anyone in person. I got my NaNo writing done and my blogging done, and spent a lot of time putting out small fires on the Internet (though I haven't managed to get back into the swing on any of my e-mail). I also hit my 1000th post on Steven Universe Amino so I made it about my new Rebecca Sugar variant comic. :)
            • Sunday we got an extra hour! I thought I kinda ruined it by sleeping late and eating up the hour overnight, but then the day still felt really long and it kept feeling later than it really was. I had a potato, cleaned up the kitchen and living room, wrote some of my book, did karaoke and laundry, and discovered Mercari (an eBay-like secondhand site where I bought 3 new items I didn't have for my SU collection).
            • Monday was back to work on the bus. I updated some District 4 project manager data and went to lunch with the new guy, who told me his very interesting life story. At home I talked to Daria about podcast stuff, talked to Jeaux on the phone, and just barely got my word count up to date on time.
            • Tuesday I slid into work on the bus after listening to two women fighting over who touched somebody's baby. Did some proposal work. Got an unusually high word count for NaNo. (Well, unusual for the program. It's been a long time since I was writing regularly enough to get writing streaks like I used to.) Got laundry folded while talking to Mom about Medicare stuff--good chat. Ate a bunch of junk and drank wine for no good reason.
            • Wednesday was more bus and more proposals and more database info collecting. Got my writing done and went out with Jeaux after work. We ate at Five Guys, shopped at Publix, and watched Season 4 of She-Ra. I took a weird nap and got up to take photos of my new shirts.
            • Thursday I was lazy so I went to work in a Lyft car. Got a proposal worked on for a local city. Talked to a counselor about Medicare for Mom. Got my writing done, did a podcast equipment test with my podcast partner Daria, and had Victor over. He was supposed to do an assessment for a job that his computer wasn't fast enough to handle, but it was a bust because I sent him to a site that turned out to be a scam and when we figured that out and went to the right site, they didn't have jobs he could qualify for. We still had a good time with our Yum box with snacks from Greece, and we ate shepherd's pie for dinner.
            • Friday Victor and I left the house in the morning together and took the bus to where we needed to be (me: work; him: Walmart). I did reports at work and organized some paperwork. Struggled with some prescription stuff for Mom. Did some digital errands. Had to scurry through my webcomic drawings after I got home and then tried to get some words in for NaNo but I was pretty tired and ended up with a lower-than-recommended word count. (I'm still ahead overall but still, frustrating.) I was tired so I fell asleep early.
            New reviews of my book:

            NaNoWriMo progress:

            • Saturday, November 2: 1,696 words.
            • Sunday, November 3: 1,704
            • Monday, November 4: 1,831 words.
            • Tuesday, November 5: 2,262 words.
            • Wednesday, November 6: 1,882 words.
            • Thursday, November 7: 1,786 words.
            • Friday, November 8: 894 words.

            Reading progress:
            • Finished this week: No books finished.
              New singing performances:

              This week's karaoke song is "Letterbox" by They Might Be Giants.

              Stuff Drawn:

              Webcomic Negative One Issue 0756: "The Wrong Sugar."

              New videos: 


              New photos:

              What a winer
              53 shirts
              Universal Yums Greece

              Social Media Counts:

              YouTube subscribers: 5,254 for swankivy (no change), 681 for JulieSondra (1 new). Twitter followers: 980 for swankivy (4 new), 1,354 for JulieSondra (1 new). Facebook: 295 friends (1 new, a person from a SU group thought I was neat and asked to be my friend) and 209 followers (2 new) for swankivy, 651 likes for JulieSondra (1 new), 63 likes for Negative One (no change), 163 likes for So You Write (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,509 (lost 1). Instagram followers: 187 (1 new).