It’s a new week, and a new weekly review post, so what shall I talk about today? Hmm…let me see…
Hmm…uhh…damn, did anything happen last week?
Okay, okay, let’s mention some random good stuff then!
Firstly, I seem to have broken through the plateau I created for myself when I broke Keto last weekend. It took several days, but I finally saw a bit of weight-change yesterday morning and this morning, so yay! Remind me not to have any more cheat days any time soon, because getting yourself back into Keto is a pain in the butt.
On a related note, a friend saw that I’d tried out the K-Energy powder from a company called Yummy Sports, and suggested that I try out their protein powders too, which are made to taste like big-time junk food, but without the sugar (or carbs in general). I picked up their “Creamy Eggs” flavor last week and gave it a go, and I absolutely fell in love. It seriously does taste JUST like Cadbury Creme Eggs! So I get my protein boost after a good workout, and I get a “treat” at the same time! Wicked-sauce!
On an unrelated note, I’m getting closer and closer to the new job I mentioned previously, which is a very good thing because Walmart’s hours (in every department) have been chopped to an absolutely ridiculous extent. I went from 30+ hours two weeks in a row, to only 12 hours this week, and that’s after I took a 4-hour shift a coworker needed to get rid of. Jeebus. But, point being, the new job will be coming in a few weeks. Woo!
Okay, that’s enough random personal talk for now. Let’s go to the actual goals.
Goal #1: Write half a million words.
DAMMIT. I honestly thought I was going to do pretty good last week, but, uh…things happened. And by things I mean mostly no things.
Okay, okay, in my defense I did work quite a few hours last week, had a last-minute trip to the inlaws (1.5 hour each way) on the weekend, and needed to do some fairly major last-minute house-cleaning. But still, I definitely could have done better if I’d actually sat my ass down in front of the laptop.
For the record, I did write 4207 words, all of them blog and TraceysBasement.com posts and a bit of journal scribbling. That’s not terrible at all, but it’s also a far cry from the 15,030 words Pacemaker.press wanted me to write.
Related note: is anyone else who uses Pacemaker.press having any trouble with it? When I try to access my account on the website it tells me I’ve been logged out due to inactivity, then when I try to log back in it tells me my password is wrong, but when I try to reset the password nothing happens. Meanwhile, if I go to the bookmark I have on my phone…it just logs right in automatically, no issues.
- Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. Nope. Nada. Nill. As mentioned above, all the words I wrote last week were blog and website posts, plus a little bit of journaling that was also very much non-fiction. I’m a bit annoyed with myself for that, because it’s been ages since I actually sat down and wrote some fiction now, but I’ve got plans for the coming week, so I’ll give myself a bit of a break for now. That said, if I come here next week and tell you that I still haven’t written any fiction, please feel free to beat me within an inch of my life.
Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.
I wouldn’t say that I’ve been destroying this goal recently, but I’ve still got a steady progress happening, so that’s good! My most recent read was Bonfire, by Krysten Ritter, which was recommended to me by a friend and turned out to be genuinely great. I wasn’t sure about it at first because it’s quite a bit different from what I generally read in a number of ways, but I ended up getting hooked and devouring it. It was a great story with a very damaged protagonist, which appeals to me for lots of reasons. Excellent recommendation, Amy!
Side note: my daughter is definitely going to destroy us all in the Goodreads challenge. All of her books are so short, dammit! It’s adorable to see her uploading all her progress though. That’s my little reader-miss!
Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!
Bit by bit I’m getting better at juggling social media with the rest of everything else. Bit by bit, I say! Okay, I have good days and bad days, but yesterday – which was still part of last week! – was a really good day, so nyah nyah nyah!
Last week’s numbers are as follows:
- The YouTube channel gained 14 subscribers
- The YouTube Twitter account went down 3 followers
- The YouTube Instagram account went up 2 followers
- The Snapchat account’s score went up 13 points
- The Author Twitter account gained 2 follower
- The Author Instagram account went up 10 followers
Dammit! Those numbers would be so good if it weren’t for that dang YT Twitter account! Okay, the numbers are still good and I’m quite happy with them, but still. Damn you, Twitter! *shakes fist* I wonder what I’ve done on that account recently to deserve three people walking away from me? Maybe they’re sick of my daily workout selfies. 😛
Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games.
Video games are still on the back-burner, although I have been picking up Tetris 99 every so often (*shakes fist again*). That said, it’s currently E3 time and we just got an announcement that a FREE DLC is coming for Borderlands 2 in preparation for Borderlands 3, so I might have to figure out what’s glitching out my game so I can dive back into that.
Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.
Okay, it’s still slow-going, but I’m getting there! I did manage to film a vid late last week for a new box we’ve begun getting: Threads, by ZBox. That got uploaded pretty quickly and is doing okay for views and engagement, so yay for that! Meanwhile, a second Threads box actually showed up just a few days later, so I’ve got that to do soon as well. With that said, I definitely have to dive deeper into doing vids this week, especially considering what I mentioned earlier about having almost no work hours to deal with.
So there, as always, was the review for the week. Not enormously productive, but definitely a few steps forward in the proper direction, so let’s keep moving and see where we can end up!
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!