Hello and welcome to all you beautiful dragons, it’s the 1st of the month which can only mean one thing. It’s time for Let’s Have a Cuppa. Grab your teas, coffees or any other beverage and without further ado let’s get into it.
As you all know August has been focused on Hyperdimension Neptunia for the 10th anniversary. That hasn’t gone as well as I hoped. My vision was a month filled with content surrounding a bit of a niche game series; that didn’t translate to reality. The main issues being that posts were being written during the month rather than them being prewritten, resulting in slow and limited content. As the month went on I started to feel that maybe I wasn’t as big of a fan of the series as I thought. Or it could’ve been burn out and me pressuring myself. Why am I like this? In the end I decided not to upload a post I’d spent a while working on. In the teaching of Marie Kondo it did not spark joy. Towards the end of the month I found myself looking ahead. A feeling of wanting to move on. This happens a lot apparently. I have plans for a similar themed month down the line and hope to make it more of a success. It’s all a learning experience.
First off the heat has been killing me yet again. Thank goodness autumn is right around the corner. Candles, cardigans, hot drinks and pumpkins. My body is ready. Besides being hard on myself my mental state has been pretty good. Self-doubt and worry still creep in from time to time but I won’t let that stop me. Doubt is a murderer of creativity and I refuse to let mine be a victim. Neither should you. Time, practise, hardwork and dedication are the way forward. No beginner is a master. Everyone levels up at different rates and just because progress is slow doesn’t mean you’re failing. Mistakes are how you learn and evolve. Remember that. I need to remember that. This has been your motivational pep talk for the month.
August has brought a handful of new content to the TV screens. Some things I still haven’t watched yet, there’s so much to choose from. Season 2 of Umbrella Academy arrived. I immediately watched all of it and I want season 3. Please. I’m very tempted to read the graphic novel even if it’s vastly different from the show. Netflix added Lucifer season 5. This one I’m enjoying at a slower pace, don’t want to rush to that cliffhanger. Many years too late I’m finally watching Hellsing Ultimate. From the first few minutes it’s apparent why Alucard is so popular with the fangirls. I have joined them, Alucard is top husbando material despite being a monster with a bloodlust. After a lot of convincing I’ve gotten the family to sit down and watch Avatar: The Last Airbender. Progress is slow but when we all sit down and watch we’re having fun. I haven’t seen the show since I was a child and it’s like I’m seeing it anew. Stargirl has come to Amazon Prime in the UK and I am pleasantly hooked. It’s fun. That’s everything off the top of my head.
Another month of not develving into anything new. Dead by Daylight and Overwatch have been the most played in August. Other than that I’ve been playing Neptunia games for the month, particularly Megadimension Neptunia VII. I’ve had that for 4 years and only recently finished it.
If you follow me on social media you’ll know that at the end of July/early August I treated myself to 10 new books. Yes it’s a lot. I don’t have shelf space for them but I’ll deal with the consequences. Books are too important. It’s been awhile since I’ve bought new books to not read for several months. My current book is Heaven Sent: Atonement by indie author JL Rothstein. I’m loving it. Of course I’ll share my full thoughts when I finish it.
Music has been very mixed. I’ve been listening to a lot of music with my brother. His tastes range from progrock to Death metal. I’ve liked some and hated others. Of course I’ve also listened to my usual stuff. A good sing along always raises spirits. Disney channel musicals have been a favourite.
In regards to writing I’m like a kid in a candy store at the moment. Moving from one thing to another and struggling to settle. I might be onto a winner now. I’m excited. Fingers crossed this one sticks. I’ve decided to continue writing short stories for writing competitions. Entering ones that line up with something I’ve already written during the year, alleviating pressure and stress. That also means more stories to share with all of you. I’m also going to write some screenplays and enter screenwriting competitions. Why not?
Have we achieved our goals for the month? Amazing in some areas, terrible in others. Beginning of the month there were 2 posts a week until there wasn’t. This problem will easily be sorted once I start making posts in advance. A solution I should’ve realised sooner. Blog followers have reached 27. Not the goal of 30 but oh well. Just have to do better this month. Good news that we exceeded our blog view goal of 70. How many of those were me by accident? Hard to tell but I’ll take it. Twitter and Instagram followers have grown exponentially quicker then I thought. Going beyond my goals of 45 and 55 to 131 and 92. I’m stunned truly. Facebook likes haven’t changed but that’s my fault. I’ve gained one follower on Pinterest, although that wasn’t my goal but I’m still surprised and happy. I’ve decided not to post any chapters because I’m adapting my fanfiction idea into an original work that hopefully will be published one day. It already is an original work just need to change some names and concepts. It wouldn’t have worked for fanfiction anyway. Most people don’t read fanfiction for original characters and stories set in the same universe.
Goals for September, keeping with the idea that small and achievable is better. Anything more is a happy bonus. No need for 2 posts a week because I’m working ahead. Don’t fear I will still be posting. I just don’t know how much or often. Let’s have 32 blog followers, adding just 5 more followers to our party. 80 blog views, not aiming too high as I’ve already stated, I don’t know how active I’ll be. On Twitter let’s aim for a nice round 150 followers. I think it’s achievable, there are many wonderful people within the writers community. Over on Instagram it would be nice to reach 100 followers. When that happens I’ll be doing a face reveal, at least on social media. If you look at my wordpress profile you’ll already know what I look like. Facebook and Pinterest follower goals will remain the same. I’m coming for you September.
Thank you each and every one of you, new and old, who are following me on this journey. From time to time self doubt somes to visit me and I question everything. Nevertheless I refuse to give up. Seeing growth, no matter how small or slow helps the fire in my heart burn a bit brighter. Burn stronger. I mean it deeply every time I say thank you. Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you all in the next post.