Hiatus Update | What’s Been Happening

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while, and thank you all so much for your patience! I’ve been working on getting better, and then…stuff happens. But I’m working behind the scenes on finishing some of my series of posts, so here’s an update!

My Personal Life

Of course, I’ll get the negative out of the way. Towards the end of April, my partner tested positive for COVID-19. This meant self-isolating and dealing with being shut inside for a while. Throughout the quarantine period, we were asymptomatic, but if he hadn’t taken a lateral flow test on a whim, we’d have been none the wiser, and we’d be walking around while being infectious. We took the necessary precautions and let everyone that we’d been in contact know about the results, and they all tested negative thankfully. But it’s surreal, all of this time we’d assumed that we’d probably already had it but been asymptomatic, but here we are. I’m just thankful for Connor’s friends and our families that have rallied around at this time.

It’s important that y’all wear masks, get vaccinated if allowed, and get tested. Our current barriers for vaccination here in the UK is that we’re still too young for the roll-out, and we don’t have any underlying conditions.

On another note, I was supposed to ring up the doctors to get a knee problem looked at, so I might need surgery in the future! That’s gonna wait a while now.

Overall, just before the quarantine, my mental health was starting to get better. Being able to have different outlets has helped, and I’ve basically been binging on NerdECrafter videos for the longest time. Watching livestreams has helped as well, as much as I am a lurker!

My Work & Hobbies

I’ve barely touched the blog of late, and it’s been great not having to stress over it. We did reach 3,000 views though, so thank you so much for your love! Blog updates and posts will be live shortly, I just need to rework my schedule and get everything done. Because of ‘rona, it’s taking longer than I’d have liked, but here we are.

Wax melt production is on hiatus, of course! As we were in quarantine, we’d have loved to have made them, but we couldn’t risk contamination.

I did get around to doing some artwork, as I got some new art supplies shortly before and during quarantine, so I’m buzzed to get some stuff done at long last, even if it is just a few sketches.

The Blog

There will be some minor changes to the blog. From next week I will be carrying on with my remaining Gym Teams and Top 10 posts, every Monday and Wednesday. My Doctor Who and Fairy Tail posts will be every fortnight starting from around July-ish, who knows? At this point, I’m not entirely focused on those, but they will be making an appearance in the future.

Take care guys, and I’ll see you next week!

What’s Happening? | That Little Lola

Hey guys!

I haven’t actually taken a hiatus in a while, but right now, I really need to. I have too many projects that I want to focus on, and I feel like I’m trying to cram in so much, as well as worrying about numbers.

But I’m definitely burnt out like you wouldn’t believe. However, in terms of all of the content I have planned, I intend on carrying on with all of the ongoing series anyway, getting them scheduled up and then taking a break.

I’ve come to realise that I’m no longer enjoying the writing that I’m doing. Everything I do outside of writing, I always think of ways to try and embed that into the blog. Honestly, I’ve done almost daily posts for the past year or so, and I’m tired.

I want to be able to upload roughly once per week, and that will happen with the Pokemon top 10 lists, and my Gym Teams posts will still continue, but there may be delays. Other anime posts will wait, and I will do the Community Day posts as and when.

What I’ll be doing instead is catching up on other projects that have fallen to the wayside a bit – the books, Miss Lola’s Scents, other videos that I have planned, the works! So in that regard, I’ll be keeping busy, but for now it just comes down to wanting a break for my own mental health and well-being.

Miss Lola’s Scents has had a delay, purely for costs, feedback, manufacturing and just general health.

And, for now…see you guys soon!

I’m Taking a Break – What to Expect

Hey guys! This isn’t the usual kind of post, and this will be pinned to Twitter for the foreseeable future, but after July is over, I’m planning on taking a month’s break from writing for this blog.

Of course, those of you who follow me on my Twitter will probably know that I’ve had migraine problems for quite some time, and this has impacted my ability to focus on writing, playing games, and even basic functions like cooking and tidying. It’s also impacted my mental health pretty hard. At the moment, I am on preventative medication, and also talking to a counsellor every week.

The impact that this has had, has led me to thinking about the near-future of this blog. Of course, I’m in it for the long haul! And thank you to my new followers for just…being here and reading these posts! It means so much to me! Of course, I do this purely as a hobby, but I would like to be able to write for a living, at least.

With that in mind, I’m taking a break. However, I already have posts that are scheduled to go live over the course of this coming month. This is what to expect from my schedule:

Monday – Galar Gym concepts (Monday 3rd only)
Tuesday – Top 10 Pokemon types
Thursday – Top 10 Pokemon types shiny posts
Friday – Naruto Shippuden reviews (every two weeks)
Saturday – Animal Crossing posts
Sunday – Danganronpa execution posts (until 16th August)

Of course, this schedule sees that I have at least three posts going live per week. However, it just means that there will be fewer posts in September.

Future Plans

Of course, I do have plans in place for the remainder of the year. I have a ‘Top 10’ post scheduled to go live every Tuesday until the end of the year, and the last of the shiny ranking posts goes live at the end of August.

Because of the break, the Naruto Reviews posts will be delayed after Part 9, owing to having to watch the series and then write about it. Part 10 is part-way finished. And of course, the Galar Gym concepts posts will also be delayed after August 3rd, as a post is finished and scheduled for that day.

Mid-September, there will be a new series of posts going live, doing episodic reviews of one of my favourite TV shows. One is already completed and scheduled, but was delayed because of the break (I need to really pick apart this series).

As for short stories, I’m planning on perhaps dabbling into creative writing again. I’m planning on tackling the NaNoWriMo challenge again, but differently this year. I’ll post more details when the time comes!

Another huge thing that I want to focus on is getting the urge to stream again. I would be streaming live over at Twitch: find me here at “ThatLittleLola“, and follow me to be notified when I go live! I haven’t streamed due to being ill, as well as having motivation. So I’d like to be in the headspace to stream again by the time September rolls around.

Thank you guys for understanding, and I can’t wait to bring you some fresh content soon!

Christmas Hiatus & Future Scheduling

Hey! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts this year, and it’s been an incredible 9 months with you all, and building up the confidence and motivation to post has been amazing.

I will be taking a short hiatus from posting for the Christmas period so that I can unwind. I also want to revive an old writing project and start afresh, so it’s publisher-worthy after seven years of on/off production.

I will be back after Thursday 2nd January with some new content!

Don’t worry – I also have the second part of my Community Day predictions scheduled for after the hiatus, I haven’t neglected that. I will also come back with some new series of content to come in January.

Tuesdays will feature various Top 10 and ranked lists for Pokemon until I run out of ideas (which isn’t likely).

February will have a different schedule for the days leading up to my birthday! I’d like to work on some more short stories in the future, so stick around for that!

Until then, I hope you have a Merry Christmas and an amazing New Year!

Another Hiatus (Probably) + Scheduling

Just a quick update for those interested, I’m looking on taking another hiatus. I’m hoping it won’t be as long as the last one, but I need to get adjusted to working full-time again. I don’t have the time to write big projects, and I’ve had to scrap one due to it being very intensive.

Basically, I’m working on trying to re-flesh an old story I was working on for the longest time. I’m also taking some time to design some Fakemon for a different project entirely.

Every Friday, I still want to do the Games Spotlight posts, as well as any Community Day posts. A Legendary Raid Day post is still coming, just waiting until Suicune Day happens this month. I also want to work on some other posts that I have drafted but neglected, so they’ll be coming. I do have a long list of things I want to get sorted, so you’ll see a bit of variety. I’m also going to inject some Travelling Tuesdays. Below is the schedule for the next two months, give or take some ideas.

  • 5th August – My Experiments with Multiple Accounts
  • 6th August – Travelling Tuesdays – EU Residency in Portugal
  • 9th August – GSF – The Binding of Isaac
  • 12th August – Favourite Pokemon of Each Type
  • 16th August – GSF – Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
  • 19th August – Least Favourite Pokemon of Each Type
  • 20th August – TT – Things To Know About Lisbon
  • 23rd August – GSF – The Sims (the whole series that I’ve played)
  • 26th August – 10 Pokemon I Don’t Want to See in the Galar Region
  • 27th August – TT – My Experiences With Teleperformance Portugal
  • 30th August – GSF – Borderlands
  • August – Legendary Raid Days round-up
  • September – Turtwig Community Day round-up
  • 2nd September –  The Problem and Future of Regionals in Pokemon Go
  • 6th September – GSF – Stardew Valley
  • 9th September – Top 10 Favourite Pokemon Shinies
  • 13th September – GSF – Doki Doki Literature Club
  • 16th September – Top 10 Wanted Ideas For Community Day
  • 20th September – GSF – Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
  • 27th September – GSF – Borderlands 2