Wait, what? *looks around, totally confused* Is…is it Monday? W-when did that happen?
Yeah, week 10 was one of those weeks that vanished in the blink of an eye and left me thinking, “Wait, no! Where’d you go! We still have so much we need to do together! Don’t leave meeeeee!”
Hey, if you can’t be a little silly on a Monday morning, it means there’s no hope for the rest of the week, right? Right.
But seriously though, I don’t now where the past week went on me. I was fairly busy, what with my annoying work schedule, trying to reconstruct our disaster of a house, dealing with a rather involved interview process, and technology hiccups (which I’ll mention later), but I’m still surprised at how the week just seemed to be gone, all of a sudden. We’re already a third of the way through March, for goodness sake! My brain is still back in February!
But I suppose that’s neither here nor there, at the moment. Let’s see about these goals, shall we?
Goal #1: Write half a million words.
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaamn I experienced an epic fail when it came to writing in week 10! I’m not even going to try to defend myself because the fact of the matter is that whenever I had a little bit of time to write, I ended up playing Tetris 99 instead. Not necessarily because I was being lazy, but because I just wasn’t feeling it at all. I started to get a little better coming toward the end of the week, but by then it was too late to even consider recovery. Long story short, I ended up with a grand total of 2860 words. Still words, no doubt, but a wee bit shy of the 11,299 words Pacemaker.press wanted me to write.
On a related note, since we’re nearly a quarter of the way through the year and I haven’t been reporting the same way as last year, I’m currently sitting at 40,339 words for the year so far. That’s not exactly horrible, but it’s still just under 10% of my goal for the year, with more than 20% of the year gone by already. So, yeah, I’m definitely going to have to hike up my pants if I don’t want to end up in an irrecoverable mess by Halloween like last year.
- Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. One good thing about that paltry sum of words from last week is that over half of them were fictional ones. I wrote 1651 words toward the Final Fantasy fan-fiction, as well as my kid’s book side-project idea.
Actually, there’s another related note: my brain can’t seem to focus on one thing at all lately. One day I’m thinking about The Other World, books 2 and 3, another day I’m thinking about zombies and Nowhere to Run, the next I’m in kid’s book mode, the next in fan-fiction… I need something to help me focus or I’m just going to pick at a dozen different projects and never finish anything until I inevitably go insane.
Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.
Ooooh, dang it…I don’t think I read anything last week! I’ve been distracted for sure, but that’s no excuse. There’s no reason I can’t at least be getting a few chapters in during my lunch breaks at work. My Goodreads challenge is actually going well, so I don’t want to screw it up. I think I might jump away from the Dorothy Must Die series for a little while so I can get through a bit of my other backlog stacks. A friend has been reading The Shining, and it got me wanting to check it out. Maybe I’ll go with that one next.
Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!
Ooooh…ah ha…ouch. Yeah. Social media just kinda…didn’t happen for the first half of last week. No explanations, no excuses. It just didn’t happen. I shaped up by the second half of the week, but in the meantime a few numbers had dropped, which makes me sad.
- The YouTube channel lost 9 subscribers
- The YouTube Twitter account gained 3 followers
- The YouTube Instagram account went up 6 followers
- The Snapchat account’s score did not change
- The Author Twitter account lost 3 followers
- The Author Instagram account went down 2 followers
It’s annoying to see numbers go down, but at least some of them are still slowly rising. Here’s hoping I can give myself a kick in the arse enough to keep up with the social media in the coming week. I’d like to see another one of those weeks when everything rises.
Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games.
As mentioned previously, I’ve been playing a lot of Tetris 99 in my spare moments. I like it because I can pick it up for five minutes, or spend half an hour or more on it, and I’m determined that I won’t stop playing it until I’ve gotten first place at least once.
In other gaming news though, Jason, Adrianna, and I spent a good chunk of Sunday playing Smash Bros on the Switch, which is always a good time. Adrianna is getting better, and I seem to be getting worse, so that makes for lots of shade-throwing. It’s a great family-fun-time game, no doubt.
Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.
I’d like to be able to have a nice report for this one, but by damn if the universe didn’t want us to get our Mezco video up last week! We filmed it over a week ago (after waiting ages for the package because Customs are the slowest buggers in the known universe), but had nothing but troubles getting it into a publishable state. The main issues were that our camera and Jason’s computer both tried to commit suicide. It took me nearly a full day just to transfer the video files because the camera refused to connect to Jason’s computer, and when connected to mine kept claiming that the files (which I was LOOKING AT AT THE TIME) didn’t exist. Then it took us multiple days to edit because Jason’s computer just hates life and wants to die. Crashing, hiccuping, stalling up…just all kinds of good fun. Even when uploading the video, YouTube kept refusing to let us save our tags unless we exited everything, went back in, entered one tag, saved, and then repeated the progress.
Suffice it to say, we only ended up getting the one video done last week. But it was a good one, in my opinion, so at least there’s that!
TL;DR – I didn’t write much…or social media much…or read at all, or get video stuff done aside from that single one…but I played some Smash Bros with my kid. So there’s that.
How was your week? Did you accomplish any goals? Make any new ones? Do anything else that made you feel awesome and accomplished? Feel free to share in the comments!