Some roads end early

No, the title is not meant to be tragic! I’ve just noticed how I strike more and more things on my to-do list, and every goal reached is a journey that ends. The end of a road. Thinking about how it’s only March, I’m actually quite proud of myself, and how that I can keep this up for the rest of the year, as some goals will surely take quite a long time to be completed still. So yeah, this is a post about my goals, and nothing really interesting, haha.

I think I mentioned it in an earlier post, but I finished chapter 3 of my story earlier this month, which was one of the things I wanted to do before the end of the month, so that’s nice. I’ve already started chapter 4, and it’s going along smoothly. It’s one of the good things about taking your sweet time when thinking about what should happen next. Of course I have a rough idea of the whole thing in my head, but I like to improvise, because the bare skeleton of a story is never enough. That goal went from 3 to 4 this month (including chapter 0).

I’m also done saving for my pen display, so I’ll be ordering one as soon as PayPal decides to give me my money. My plan was to wait until April, but since it’s on sale in the Amazon UK shop, I don’t think it’s a good idea to wait too long. I expect to have it before the month is over, and you’ll never see me again, because I’ll be in another world forever… Okay, no, I just want to draw stuff faster than my old touchscreen laptop can manage, and I can’t wait. Goal will be completed when I’ve got the tablet and know it works.

Few days ago, I leveled Dark Knight to 70 in FFXIV, so this goal is 2/3 done now, which is nice. Leveling tanks always takes me forever, but they are all done now. I’ve started leveling Dragoon, and am already at lvl 65, which is really nice. I’m still catching up on some old stuff, but it’s slowly going forward.

Both reviews and recipes are not really moving forward right now, sadly. I do watch Dame x Prince, but it’s on-going, so I can’t just binge watch everything at once. I also have some recipes ready for printing, but the printer is almost out of ink soon, as I’m working hard on my printables. It’s not like I’m behind on either of these goals though, so I’m relaxed.

My sub-goals aren’t that important, as they are just goals I’ve set in case that I need a break from my main goals of this year. I have written a second chapter of my short story though, and of course I’m still reading Dante, which I expect to finish this month.

My brainfarts on the other hand are almost done, hoorray! These goals were for fun, and I will probably add more if I can think of something I’d like to do. I barely just uploaded my first to-do planner design, so that one is done. The smiley set is something that I might not want to do after all, as I can’t seem to find an up to date plugin for WP that supports your own emojis, and I’m not sure if changing the codes is going to work, as I’ve read some bad stuff about it. The floating GIF was already done a while ago, and Crafty February was a success.

Overall, I’m very happy with what I’ve achieved so far, and I hope that I can keep this up for the rest of the year. Then I will surely complete all goals I’ve set my mind to, and maybe even more 🙂

Printables vol. 2 – I actually opened my shop!

I’ve been a very busy bee these last 5 days, and have managed to open my Storenvy shop! Sadly not with jewelry and accessories like I wanted to, because of that darn P.O.Box thing, but I can sure as hell still sell downloads, and that’s what I started doing. The same day I posted about my new passion for printables, I uploaded my first product that’s officially for sale, and it’s been going good since.

Yesterday, I added a door hanger to the selection, and today I put up a calendar containing the 3 months of spring. I will of course start working on a summer version for June, July and August before the current calendar expires, but right now I’m very happy with the stuff I have up already. Maybe 3 listings ain’t much, but to me it’s the world right now. I’m having so much fun creating these printables, and I hope it reflects in my work. I print everything I make myself before putting it up for sale, to make sure it’s working as intended, and that the quality is top notch.

It’s funny though, as the only printables I wanted to do were to-do lists, but I haven’t made a single one yet. I want to draw them by hand, so it will take quite a while before I have some ready. I really love to-do lists though, they are great time savers, and I want to let people enjoy my way of planning things. I really hope that they will help out others, so I want to plan them carefully, and make them appealing to as many people as possible.

Right now, I’m just happy with having this up and running. I will continue to create various printables, so keep an eye on my Storenvy, or follow me on Instagram or Tumblr where I always update my creations. I also went and made another Pinterest account only for stuff that I sell, and of course repins of other neat stuff within the same category.

Besides making printables, I finally leveled my Ninja to 70, and Dark Knight will follow soon. I’m also reading more Dante again, and am quite confident, that I’ll complete the book this month. When I get an idea for how to design the ‘find me here’ buttons in the menu here I will change them, because they are just too clunky when there are more than 3 or 4 of them. I have 6 now after adding Tumblr and Storenvy, and I’d also like to add my Pinterest, so yeah, it just looks ugly!

That’s it from me right now. It’s barely noon here, but I want to take the rest of the day off (can I even say that, being early retired and all?). I want to just sit in front of the TV and watch anime and eat unhealthy food for a few hours, maybe read some more Dante, and overall just be lazy. Yep, after what I’ve got done within just a short amount of time, I deserve to pamper myself a little 🙂


Those who have seen my new year’s resolutions and goals for 2018 might have noticed that I want to make downloadable bullet planners. In other words; I want to offer printables. My plan was to make some journal sheets at some point during the year, upload them on Etsy for 4 months to see how it goes, and then find out what to do next, if anything at all. Recently though, I found out that Storenvy now offers the opportunity to sell downloadable content on their platform. Granted, I’d have to send every order per mail myself, but that’s a small price to pay considering that they don’t charge me for having items listed on their site. And it’s a great step in the right direction for Storenvy in terms of competing with Etsy, so let’s support that.

So I decided, quite spontaneously, to just try and make printables today. It was just for fun, and to get the hang on how it works. It’s not the same as making graphics for anime sites and the like, so it’s a completely new experience for me, and I must admit that I had a ton of fun with my first try! So much so, that I ended up making an entire children’s birthday party bundle, with table name cards in 4 different designs and an invitation design to go with it. I decided that they were good enough to upload on Storenvy at some point, but of course I’d need to write my own terms of use, which I struggled with, so I went to some sellers on Storenvy to see how they did it, and that’s when I found something that made me laugh on the outside, but also cry on the inside.

It’s not uncommon to see a lot of printables using copyrighted images (may Disney, Marvel, DC and other big companies have mercy on their souls), but usually the ones selling those try to just sneak by the system by not mentioning how the images are stolen. And we’re not talking fan art here; because that’s a thing I can fully understand. We’re talking official art owned by the respectful companies that sellers find on Google and use for their printables. Okay, so I found this guy/girl selling printables using images from Frozen, because Elsa is totally hip with little girls these days, and he/she knew exactly how wrong it was to use copyrighted images and charge money for it.

In the description it said, that they didn’t charge money for the images themselves, but only for the time spent on creating the products. And thus it was okay to steal images they didn’t own the rights to, and also okay for the buyers to spend money on them, although not a single cent would go to Disney? Uhm… The thing is that it’s stealing, and that the customer will buy the product exactly because of the image, and not give a flying fuck about the time spent on creating it. When it comes to something visual, it’s the image that sells, and if it’s something that can be sold many times, like a printable or a design on Redbubble and Society6, the time you spend on the design has very little value.

Granted, I didn’t create the images I used for the printables I made so far either, but they were free downloads that came with a commercial usage license, so I’m in the green. Once I get a drawing tablet, I want to draw my own stuff some more, and of course charge a little extra because of the unique designs. All in all, I’m having a lot of fun with this right now, and will hopefully get it uploaded to my Stornevy soon. If I can’t sell jewelry because I have no postbox, then I can at least have fun with printables. It’s not like I expect to sell anything anyway, it’s just fun, an experience, and training for me. But if I do make a few bucks, then they will all go towards a drawing tablet, yay!

Anyway, I’m sorry for turning this into some sort of rant, but I find it sad when people with no respect for ownership ruin it for those who put effort into their stuff. It’s hard to compete with Frozen, Spiderman and Avengers, and knowing that some turd is sitting behind the computer, scraping in money by selling things they do not own makes me angry. Oh well, every business has black sheep, and the online business has quite a lot.

I will just keep doing what I’m doing, have fun with it, and see where it takes me. By the way, I already completed chapter 3 of my story, so that’s one goal for this month that I’m done with. Dante is the other 🙂

Tiny bits of a life