Thursday, 31 July 2014

Another Period Of Weight Loss

Contrary to the slight worries and fears expressed in my post on Monday about being weighed, I actually had a pretty decent result when I went to the doctors. Decent considering what I've been eating and doing in the past few weeks that is. Which is, not much. I've not been doing much. I've been keeping up with my exercise though and even upping it a bit and that seems to have made enough of a difference for me to lose six pounds. Exercise can't undo damage done, but it can certainly mitigate it.
For people who don't know what the number six looks like. For some reason searching "six" brought up softcore porn. Thanks Google!
One problem I have right now though is that my left knee is starting to hurt. There's a minor dull ache when I'm walking or applying pressure to it, and occasionally it can flare up into full blown pain. When that happens I have to stretch it out a bit and it usually ends with me resting it on my bed. I should probably call the physio, and kind of told my nutritionist that I would, but I'm afraid of bad news. One thing I always wanted to do was keep my mobility. I wanted to never end up being unable to move properly. My nutritionist suggested some foods to encourage better joints before sending me on my way.
Apparently the humble pineapple is good for your joints
Another, much larger, problem I have is that I actually don't feel or even, in my own eyes, LOOK any thinner. I've lost a grand total of over forty pounds now, I've dropped about a 7th of my body weight, and I don't know why but I still can't see it. Morgan (I'm tired of just referring to her as "my nutritionist") suggested that maybe I'm just built naturally large. Apparently being big boned is an actual thing and not just an excuse. I guess we'll see what's left when I've dropped another hundred pounds and I'm where I'm supposed to be on the weight scale. Still, forty pounds in 7 months, not bad at all. I've actually lost 48 pounds, which is pretty good.

Yes, I am that humble.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Just Over Three Years

I've not really done much lately, and there's not too much to report. That would generally mean that there's not much to blog about but that isn't totally true this time around as some time last month I celebrated a bit of a birthday. Well, not me personally, but this blog which is now officially three years old.

I don't have any cake or pizza, or anything to drink, or even any presents, but hey it's still a birthday of sorts. I had pizza at my actual birthday but I probably shouldn't eat that for a while. I've kind of had too much lately. Almost definitely had too much actually. I'll find out for sure tomorrow when I get weighed. For now I'm going to party hard. 

It's hard to believe that I've been at this for three whole years now. Sometimes I didn't think I would reach one year, then there was too, and now there's three whole years.  Things have changed, people have come and gone, and I've lasted longer than almost anyone who came in around the same time I did. There are very few blogs I still follow from those very early days. Maybe even literally one or two. I won't really try and name them though in case I'm wrong. I'm going to keep going for now, and I'll see you again next year. Not literally of course, I'll be back Thursday.
This blog.
What are some of your memories of this place? Or your own third birthday? b

Friday, 25 July 2014

This IS A Real Thing, Honest

After writing about the kind of ridiculousness that is the Kickstarter for the potato salad, I have something else from the wide wide world of crowd funding. At first I wasn't sure if this was real, but then I found the campaign. This is genuine.
This is a hint
There are plenty of simulator games out there. There's a sim for pretty much everything. There's a truck simulator, a demolition simulator, flight and train simulators, and of course, Goat Simulator. I've played a lot of them and actually really enjoyed Goat Simulator. It was good for a laugh and pretty comical. Now there's a new simulation game out there on the market thanks to Indiegogo.com;

Rock Simulator.
This game is disturbingly fun


That's right folks there's a game where you get to play as a rock. There's no real word yet on what the gameplay will be, but at least the game is going to be fun. So are the rewards if I'm honest. They'll actually send you a rock, which is pretty cool. I might think it's a bit much, but I can still see the humour in it. Plus I'll totally admit that because it's free, I'm most likely going to download it.

What are some of the most ridiculous games you've ever seen? Or just the most ridiculous thing you've ever seen on a crowdfunding site? 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Living The Old Life

Thanks to circumstances beyond my control right now I'm pretty alone. My closest friend has gone away for two weeks on a camping trip and will be back at the end of the week. Technically they'll be back before the weekend but they're going away again for the weekend, so it's two separate trips. Anyway, yeah, pretty lonely.
Yet I didn't read any books. Bah.
I kept to my diet and went walking still, so I wasn't completely lost in depression. I did however completely stop being productive. For the past week and a half I've been playing video games almost non stop. Outside of the exercise and sleeping of course. I've had trouble sleeping mind. Completing four games in two weeks isn't bad at all, as far as gaming goes, but it sucks for me right now. I need to be thinking. I need to be writing. I need to be creating. But I'm not.
Pretty much
This is actually quite a look at how I used to live my life. This was every day for me a few years ago. Well, a few years more ago now. I would play games all day long because I didn't want to deal with reality. I didn't want to accept that I was throwing my life away and how miserably alone I was. While I suppose it has been kind of nice to have some fun again, I do, as I said, kind of regret the past week and a half. I should have done so much more, but didn't. One thing this experience has taught me is that I'm definitely a better person now, and I'm in no hurry to have my old life back. I'm quite interested in pursuit of the different things I have going on now, and hoping one of them works out, than going back to how I was.

How much have you changed in the past few years? The past year even. We end up being vastly different from who we were even half a year ago. Lives can change so quickly. How has yours?

Monday, 21 July 2014

Print Editions

One of the biggest reasons that people don't buy my books (other than not knowing they exist I guess) is that they don't have a Kindle, or would just prefer a print edition. I add the second part to that because evidently saying that I also don't have a Kindle, but have Kindle books through the wonderful computer program (also available as a mobile app, now gimme that money Amazon) isn't having much of an effect.

Buy a Kindle and I'll make money!
But that could be about to change! As well as running Kindle Direct Publishing which lets you publish on the Kindle, Amazon also has CreateSpace. CreateSpace lets you get books published in print form as well as on the Kindle. I got an email reminder about the fact I still didn't have a CS account and they asked me to sign up. I figured why the hell not and went through everything they wanted me to do. It ended up being a bit of work but I think overall it was worth it. One downside is that I couldn't just say "This is my book, go print it." I had to redesign the cover and reupload the file. That wasn't too bad though because it let me reformat it again and correct the last few tiny mistakes that had made it into the edited version. I'm a terrible editor it seems.

Of course you can still buy it on Kindle!
There's going to be some delay, but print editions are a-coming! I had to order a copy myself. What happens is that I order one, check it over when it arrives, and tell them that it's good for them to get others printed up. When I'm done with that copy I'm going to sign it and have a mini giveaway. I'll host a proper giveaway when Immortal Space comes out. When I do that I'm going to do it straight through CreateSpace because they let you publish through Kindle too. For some reason you can put something straight from CreateSpace onto KDP, but not the other way around. Anyway the original copy could take a few weeks to get here, so I'll let you know when print editions are completely set up. 

To be honest I can't really think of any kind of related question...It's a debate that's gone on through the ages, and one I've even posted about; Do you prefer print books or an electronic library, like a Kindle? 

Friday, 18 July 2014

Don't Believe Everything You Read Online

There are plenty of fake news sites out there. The biggest player is of course The Onion. It's hilarious and can be a lot of fun to read. There are others too. There are just two problems with fake/satirical news.

1. Sometimes they make you sad because the stories could be true.
2. Sometimes they make you really, really sad because people actually believe they're true.

Still more believable than Fox News.
One such story to come out recently is that there was human meat found in McDonalds burgers. Now we all know that there's a lot of stuff in those burgers that are presumably made of "beef". One thing they do not contain though is human meat. It comes from the actual true story that came out a while ago about horse meat being in burgers, sausages, and basically everything containing beef. Maybe McDonalds has horse in their meat but they don't have human meat.
He'll probably still kill you though
The story first came from the website Huzlers.com. It's a website that lets you create fake stories to troll your friends and sometimes things from there get taken seriously. Someone created a fake story on there that Justin Bieber admitted to being bisexual and that made the rounds as a factual story. It wasn't. Justin Bieber likes women and is therefore a lesbian. Respect her choices people.

If you read something and you're not quite sure if it's true, always double check. Insane stuff does come up in the news, but not all of it is true.

Have you ever fallen for a hoax? Or taken part in one? 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

I'm Being Considered

So on Monday I mentioned that I had some potentially good or bad news, and hoped to learn more by today. Well I have an update on that particular story for you; There is currently no update. I'm also waiting on another piece of news that I should be able to share with you tomorrow as I'm guaranteed to have an answer in 24 hours or less.
...Well, hopefully.
I'm still going to tell you what the news was supposed to be though. As you might recall I've enjoyed doing parts in amateur plays online recently. I've got to email those folks actually and ask them if the project is finished yet. One downside of being the first to turn in all your lines is that you also wait the longest for the finished product. I've also been applying for different VA jobs on the freelancing sites that I would apply for writing jobs on. Technically I had more success with writing because I was published with one of those jobs, but we'll see how things go.
Not quite the freelancing I was doing but I have played this game and recommend it.
I applied for about four or five different VA jobs, one of which closed and one of which I did indeed hear back from. It was a job narrating stories for audiobooks. I heard back from them and they told me that they were considering me for reading children's books. At first I was surprised someone would expose me to children because I'm a horrible influence (and not because legally they can't, I want stress that) but then I remembered that I wouldn't actually be talking to children directly. That's good for all involved. They sent me an excerpt to read and send back to them. Funnily enough the excerpt was from Alice in Wonderland.
Alice has enjoyed her share of not quite so "kid friendly" moments.
I recorded it, cleaned it up a little, and sent it off to them. I had hoped to hear from them by now, as I said, but I haven't heard back yet. When I do I'll be sure to let you know. Of course there's always the chance I'll never hear back and they won't even grace me with a "sorry but you're not what we're looking for" message. Which would suck. I'd make some joke about Alice sucking but I think I've tarnished her reputation enough for one day. It's a very enjoyable story. It's just some people get confused by the words "rabbit hole".

Monday, 14 July 2014

Writing Is A Lonely Existence

I was talking to a friend of mine and it turns out that we have a mutual problem. Well, she had a problem awhile ago that I'm having now. It's a pretty simple problem too. See, one of the main reasons that I never got anything done in terms of writing, or any of my other exploits, was that I was under a lot of stress. Now that I have ridden myself of the stress, and am free to do what I want, there's only one thing I'm doing; nothing.
Accurate Spongebob is sadly accurate.
I mean, I still do my weekly wrestling reviews and podcasts but that's about it for creative outlets. My friend went through the same problem herself. She gained all the time and freedom in the world, and did nothing with it. Given this data I've come to conclude that it is an actual problem a lot of people have. If two people suffered from it, everyone does.
My face when I do science
One thing that's stopped me from doing creative things is, as the title suggests, writing is a lonely existence. The only reason I was able to write 6000 words a week in that fanfiction was because I knew people were enjoying it. I did it for them, and for the adoration. They made me feel pretty good, and the story was excellent. It's the reason I was able to post not one, but two, Immortal Space chapters a week before I finally stopped posting them publicly. It's difficult to write purely for yourself, or on the assumed knowledge that someone will enjoy what you write. The poor sales of my book are not helping either. Even though I should view each book as different. Even the best writers have bad days, and some of the people I consider to be the best writers might not even be all that well known. They get by knowing that just one or two people loved their stories. I know that at least one or two people loved my stories. I know that you guys have enjoyed them. It's just hard to keep myself going sometimes based on an assumption. Especially when I'm as melancholic as I am. I expect only the bad and have a pretty bleak outlook.

To be honest I'm considering getting myself put on anti-depressants. It's probably been too long as it is. I'll keep on writing, but I'm just not sure when. Right now my mind is a sadly dark place. I hear no praise or criticism for my work, and can't share it with the world until it's done. I have all these wonderful ideas, and the energy to do them, but not the drive. In a way it's kind of worse knowing I have the energy and not really being all that tired. Before I could tell myself I was just tired, and now I have to accept that actually I'm just pretty depressed, and it won't go away on it's own. Wheeee.

How do you keep yourself motivated? Especially with something you won't receive any praise/criticism on until it's done?

P.S I did get some remotely hopeful news. Look out for that on Thursday when I'll hopefully know more and it will become either straight up good, or straight up bad, news.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Working Out Is Boring

Well I can probably just leave it at that can't I? See you next week folks.
Not really of course. I'm still here. So are you. Hopefully. There are two major parts to losing weight;

  • Eating right
  • Exercise
Weight loss basically comes down to a calorie deficit. There's a maximum you're supposed to eat and anything below that is a deficit. So if I'm allowed 2000 calories, and I eat 1500, that's a 500 calorie deficit. Oddly enough a 500 calorie deficit is all you need. If you have a 500 calorie deficit every day you should burn 2 pounds a week. It's pretty easy to get one of those by burning 250 calories and eating 250 calories less than you usually do. That right there folks is the actual secret to losing weight.
I probably should have charged you for that
There's just one problem with that; exercise is boring as hell. It's monotonous and tiring in more ways than one. You're actually not supposed to distract yourself when you exercise but you have to. Some people listen to music, some people read, and some people watch TV. I personally do at least one. Yesterday I did some reading.
I need to do more reading.
Today is one of my rest days which is good for me. For the past few days I've had a 1000 calorie deficit. I'm not sure how I'm still standing. That's the biggest problem I have with working out at the gym and probably the main reason I stopped going. I was bored. Like, really, really bored. Music doesn't really take you out of the activity that you're doing. I'm used to listening to music while doing other things so it fades into background noise very easily for me. It's hard to read when you're on a gym machine too unless it's an exercise bike and I have one of those at home. They have TV screens but nothing I really like is on because I go in the middle of the day. That's when TV is it's most boring. I'm beating it at home though and getting in those good, long, workouts. So still "go me" I guess.

How do you remove the monotony of exercise? Assuming you exercise. 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Internet You've Done It Again

I'm sure you've all heard of Kickstarter by now. It's that wonderful little website that allows unsigned artists and unpublished authors to make their dreams come true. They have projects for video games, board games, comics, anything really. I even funded one for custom made coins. Anything you can think of can be found there. Someone really pushed the boundaries of "anything you can think of" and there's now a Kickstarter for....potato salad.

Potato salad
Bet you didn't see that coming. Potato salad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The project, which can be found here, was originally set up for the measly sum of ten dollars. A guy wanted to make potato salad and so asked the internet if they could help fund it. To be honest I didn't realise it was that expensive to make potato salad. You can buy premade potato salad for way less than that. I guess the home made stuff tastes better. Home made can generally taste better.
Kickstarter
Kickstarter; generally for good causes (Photo credit: Scott Beale)
What's really hilarious about this, and also kind of sad in a way, is that he has been funded. And funded well. At the time of writing the project had over 4000 dollars and had reached numerous stretch goals. Right now the plan is for him to book a venue and actually hold a pizza party for the people who donated. He's also going to make different kinds of potato salad, and has donators telling him what to put in the potato salad. Things like that really helped make this story. It might have started out as something a little silly, but really it's become pretty cool. A whole pizza party and a lot of fun is going to come out of this. I still feel a little bad for the people who really need the money and don't get it, but I can laugh at this. 

Would you donate money to someone who wanted to make potato salad? Would you do it for a pizza party? I'd do it for a pizza party.

Monday, 7 July 2014

By Jovi

I don't know if I really look like one, but I'm quite the Bon Jovi fan. I was walking through town recently when I saw a sign for a Bon Jovi tribute band playing at my local sportsball grounds. I say "grounds" and not "stadium" because it's so low brow they don't even have seats. Anyway, Ben Jovi (yes that's the actual name) was in town and I missed them. As I kept walking home though my imaginative mind kicked in and I just randomly came up with a story integrating Bon Jovi titles. This isn't THAT story, but it is A story composed using Bon Jovi songs.

Keep the Faith (Bon Jovi song)
I grew up on this album (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I was a Runaawy. It's My Life and I can do what the hell I want with it. I Want To Be Loved and I just wasn't getting that at home. I had One Last Cigarette and set off down the Lost Highway. I'm Starting All Over Again and this time I'm going to write the Story Of My Life, I was also tired of falling In And Out Of Love. I found a nice girl but all I got was Shot Through The Heart. I told her "You Give Love A Bad Name" and that was The Last Night I spent with her. I thought I would love her Always but now I'm just doing a Whole Lot of Leavin'. I'm going to head down the Lost Highway and make my way to Dry County. At least I didn't decide to go out in a Blaze of Glory. Any Other Day I might have done. It was a nice Summertime but I guess we all move on eventually. 

Cover of "Lost Highway"
Cover of Lost Highway
The bus came and I got on it. That's when I took The Seat Next To You. I told you I Am Complicated but that didn't bother you. Everybody's Broken but you seemed just fine. The more time I spent with you I knew that was the case. Now I'm Burning For Love and you're a Woman In Love. I Want You and now I know there's no need for Fear. We Got It Going On and You Want To Make A Memory. A lot of memories. Like the night we laid ourselves down on a Bed Of Roses. Now we're Livin' On A Prayer and I hope you Save A Prayer For Me.
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I thought the original was better. But that's still pretty good. Because, you know, I'm fucking awesome. 

What are some of your favourite Bon Jovi songs, or, if you don't like him, who do you like?

Friday, 4 July 2014

Independence Day

I don't expect too many visitors as a lot of my readers are yanks and today is the 4th of July, otherwise known as Independence Day. So instead I'm just going to post a bit of badass music and let you go on with your day. It's called Declaration Day by Iced Earth, and starts with them doing a metal version of The Star Spangled Banner.



Now I DO have a question. Is it really called Independence Day still? I always hear people refer to it as the 4th of July. What are your plans for today? 

Celebrate the freedom of your country by blowing up a small part of it!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

I Saw A Stray

As you know I have two wonderful cats that I adore very much. Only one of them really likes me back though. The one I feed oddly enough. People can tell me that cats only love you because you feed them but really I feel that applies to kids to. For the first few years of a child's life it isn't actually aware of any perspective but it's own. Anyway, this isn't about kids it's about kitties.
My cats staring at eachother "lovingly" through the window.
I was sitting in my bed on Sunday because one of my cats had stolen my chair. They'd already left but I was comfortable on my bed. That's when I saw a cat enter my room. I wasn't too surprised because, hey, I have two cats. That's when it really hit me and I thought to myself "That kind of looks like Girlcat, but, no, that's different. Oh sweet it's a stray!" I tried to coax it over to me but the poor thing got spooked and ran off. I think I was a little too excited for it.
I was only able to get one picture of it
Later on in the night I was just sat in my room, again, and relaxing with Girlcat. That's when I saw it again. The cat snuck back into my room (which I have to add is on the second floor. The cat walked in the house, looked around, came up the stairs, and into my room) and poked around again. It was a little braver this time, and hid behind my chair. That's when I took the picture up there. I thought this time it would go better and I'd be able to coax it over. That's when Girlcat jumped out of my arms and chased it off. 

I haven't seen the cat since but I'd love it if it came back. If you have a stray that comes into your house, then you have a cat. It's as simple as that. It'd be an easy way to get a third cat. 

Has a stray cat ever wandered into your home? What did you do?

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