News from the B-Hive, and 100 Days!

Sorry for the long delay! I made the mistake of buying a house and assuming all would go well haha! Instead it has been a bit of a slow motion train wreck, but at last there is a light visible at the end of the tunnel! For example, my bar (pictured above) is almost fully set up! So at the very least I can drink the stress away!

First, my 100 days. It’s gone very mixed, but the move is 90% to blame for that. I have done well about not drinking booze, and not one drop of soda has crossed these lips. As for food, not having a fridge for the first week and a half threw a wrench in the works, but today is a testament to the fact I am back on track. And even when I was having to eat out, I was trying to do better than I would in the past. Working out and writing on my off days hasn’t exactly been happening, but never fear, I have been getting exercise in the form of moving boxes and furniture. I have at least one more week of moving boxes, but then I will be able to resume my regularly scheduled routines.

Writingwise, I am allllllmost done with the 7th Howard Marsh novella. I will finish it this week. I am gearing up to finally get these published, just have to pick the month I want to start releasing. Tentatively I am thinking October, but we shall see.

The Books, Beards, Booze podcast is going great. Steadily growing, and we are really getting into the groove of things. And the Patreon is up to just over 30 bucks a month! Getting close to the point where this whole shebang doesn’t cost me money anymore! I also had the opportunity to be on Realms: A Worldbuilding Podcast recently, which was a blast. I am on episode 3, so go check that out!

Thank you for being patient! Expect more regular postings now that the move is almost over!

 

 

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100 Day Challenge: 1/3rd Done Update

So I have crossed over the 33 day mark on my 100 day challenge, so I thought I would take a moment to update all you fine folks.

1. I am eating better! I am packing all my food for work, and trying to pick better options as I do. When I do eat out on the weekends, I try to pick better choices (to mixed results so far). Being honest, since my weight has remained even I could clearly be doing a bit better in this regard, but overall I feel much better, and that’s what matters most!

2. I have not had a drop of soda! I have traded it out completely for green/peach tea and water. Still drinking at least 2 liters of water a day as well.

3. I have only drank liquor one day, and that was for my birthday party. I didn’t even drink on my birthday proper! I also didn’t drink to super excess. Just to a real good buzz.

4. Yoga wasn’t for me, at least not the way I was doing it. It was leading to more stress than it was saving. So instead I am just doing good, deep stretches each day.

5. I have been working out every day I have time for it. Some days, I just don’t have time, but I would say I have been averaging 4/5 days I work out. At a minimum I walk/jog for 30 minutes, but then I try to do a bunch of burpees and knee pushups.

6. I have done much better about writing on my off days. Writing on work days I always did, but the off days was where I slacked. But since starting this I have written at least 2 out of every 3 off days, and most of the time all 3.

7. I learned that cooked carrots are ok. Not great, but ok. Which for me is a huge deal (sadly).

Overall, its been hard, but not as hard as I thought it would be. The real struggle has been time management mostly. Some days I literally just don’t have a spare 30 minutes to workout, and a spare 30 minutes to write. And some days, sure, I can wake up early to get that stuff done, but not everyday! A guy’s gotta sleep!

Going forward I am going to try to tweak my eating a bit, to help me do better. I am also going to tweak my working out. Everything else I will leave the same, and then see where I’m at when I reach day 66!

Cheers!

Thank You!!!

So as you may know, we’ve really been putting in some effort on trying to grow our podcast, Books, Beards, Booze. And thanks to all you great people, it is really starting to pay off!

For roughly our first year we averaged about 175ish downloads a month. Each episode was averaging maybe 15 listens, when you factored out each of us hosts listening lol. It was consistent, which was good, as it meant we weren’t really losing people. But we weren’t growing.

So we buckled down, improved our sound, and started promoting. Creative Consultant Tonya and I have been scouring the web, spreading the word, and trying to not be too annoying. And wonder of wonders, it’s starting to pay off!

This month we broke 600 downloads!!! 600!!! We more than trippled where we were at just two months ago! And it’s thanks to people like you, for helping to spread the word and supporting us!

We are so excited to see where we go from here, and have lots of rad stuff planned to bring forth. So cheers to you, our amazing fans, and thanks for coming along on the ride with us!

Books, Beards, Booze Summer Reading Recommendations!

The gang sat down and figured out what you should be reading this summer! Here are all the links to buy, but if you want to hear our reasons why you need to listen to the ‘Summer Book List’ episode, out 4/24/19.

Classics

Redwall by Brian Jacques
Magician by Raymond E Feist

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Audible

Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
Self-Published

The Game Bird by Aidan R Walsh

Spellmonger by Terry Mancour

Beyond Hades by Luke Romyn
Coming Soon

A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay (May 14)

Jade War by Fonda Lee (July 23)

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Sept 10)

Something We Recently Read

The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron

Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes

The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore

Whats New?

Here is your round-up of Bob flavored news!

  1. The podcast is going great! If you haven’t checked out the Books, Beards, Booze Podcast, what are you waiting for! It’s whereever you get your podcasts from.
  2. I have just cranked out a neat little cyberpunk tale, and am halfway through a second. Working on a little side-project with my buddy Ryan, and hopefully this time next year you might actually get to see it!
  3. I have started on my 7th Howard Marsh novella. Going well.
  4. My 100 days is going great, I’ll do a full update at the end of the first month.
  5. TBB and BBB was invited out to the Insterstellar Ginger Beer Company Sping Fling, and a great time was had! If we didn’t see you there, just know that you missed out!

Well, til next time, cheers! May everything go as well fo ryou as it has been for me!

100 Days, 1 Week Down!

7 days down, 93 more to go! And so far…it been suprisingly easy. Well, easy might not be the right word, but it has gone better than I had anticipated.

Eating better: Lets take an average work day before this. I would wake up, have a coke zero. I would then drive to work, and on the way have a large sized nugget meal from McDonalds. At some point during my shift I would go to another fast food place for another large meal. In between I would snack on some chips, or candy bars from the break room. On my way home I would get a pair of biscuits from the gas station. I would drink several other sodas in between it all.

Let’s take an average day now. I wake up, excercise, then have a green tea. For breakfast I have some combo of bagel and fruit. At work I have a sandwhich with some type of rice for lunch, then for supper I have a sandwhich with some time of other veggie (potatoes or limas usually). I drink a couple green teas at work, and two liters of water at least, usually with some sort of mio flavouring.

Working out: Every day I have gotten up and walked for 30 minutes, then when I get back I burpees and knee pushups. I increase my number of each by 1 every day, so as of this morning I did 10 of each.

Yoga: So yoga got scrapped. I wanted to do the sun salution every morning, but it was stressing me out (you breath in when? Out now? What’s going on here), so instead I am just doing stretches.

Writing: I have written everyday! Usually I only write on work days, but I have done well and written on each of my off days as well. The goal is at least 500 words, which I have hit (and frequently exceeded by a good bit) every day except for Saturday, because of my brothers birthday. I only got in 300 that day. As for what I am working on, I started my 7th Marsh Novella!

Letter Writing: The goal is to write a meaningful letter each week or so. I am planning (soon as I am done here) to write two. One for my brother, and one for his new bride.

No Soda: I have had no soda!

No Booze: Ugh, I have had no booze.

No Porn: Managed to avoid that!

Spelling better: Instead of letting spellchecker fix everything, I look to see how it should be spelled, and manually do it myself. So far I have learned that I have a bad problem of dropping a doubled letter. So that’s something I can work on.

So yeah! The yoga threw me a little, and some days it has been a little bit of a struggle to find the time to do everything, but overall I am very happy with how things are going! I am a process!

100 Days

Its been a few rough, unhappy weeks in Bobland. Stress from all directions, overbooking, the ever-lurking spectre of depression rearing its ugly head. The works. I’m tired of it, nigh unto death.
So what am I going to do about it?
Well if I dig down deep, take some time and get introspective, I know I feel this way because I am fundamentally unhappy with where I am. I had several good years of personal progress, but since Dad died I have…stalled. I keep spinning my wheels, and for every two steps forward I take on one front, I lose two on another.
They say if you can do a thing for 21 days, or 30 days, it becomes a habit. Science shows that is not the case. The human mind is a bit more complex than that. On average it takes 66 to over 200 to make a lasting change. So I have set a goal:
Starting April 1st, and for the following 100 days, I will seek to build the habits I want to carry me through the next stage in my progression as a human. 100 days to hopefully undo years of slovenly behavior, and replace it with something more conducive to being the man I want to be.
Why not start today? Tomorrow? Why the first?
Two reasons. One, selfishly I want to enjoy Nasty Fest on the 29th and 30th without any special restrictions, and I will need a day to recover I am sure.
The other though, is to remove stressors. This is not going to be easy, and I need to remove any things that cause me stress that I can. All these little things that I have been holding off on fixing, or changing, that stress me out.
For example, my sheets are not deep pocketed, and my bed needs that kind. So every night before I go to bed I have to fix my sheets. So I just ordered some deep pocketed sheets. My door whistles due to a dent. So before the 1st I will hopefully be getting that fixed. My car is always a mess, so I ordered some organizing gear to help me keep it clean. That sort of stuff.
What am I going to be attempting for each of my 100 days you ask?
* I want to start each day by doing the sun salutation yoga series of poses. I could stand to be more limber, that’s for sure.
* I want to work out for at least 30 minutes. I don’t care what, so long as I do it. Jogging, body weight moves, whatever.
* I want to drink 2 liters of water. I used to be so good about this, but I have gotten out of the habit.
* I want to eat better. I want to get to a place where I don’t need low carb to lose weight, and where I am eating good, healthy food.
* I want to cut all soda, and replace it with green tea.
* I want to write at least 100 words a day. I write plenty on work days, but slack on the weekend.
* I want to write a meaningful letter to someone at least once a week. A letter thanking thing for something, forgiving them, or building them up in some way. 14 or so letters in total.
If you would like, come along with me. Remove your own stressors by the 1st, pick your goals, and lets take this journey together. Strength in numbers, right?