Have you guys ever experienced that strange situation in which it feels as though time is moving like molasses, and yet somehow at the exact same time it’s slipping through your fingers and you have no idea what’s happening to it? That’s where I am right now.
The first(ish) week of June has been the kind that just doesn’t let up in the sense of having a million things to do, while simultaneously throwing out some of those annoying days during which the world is crawling by, mostly because you want to be doing things and, for whatever reason, can’t.
Am I making sense? I’m having a hard time concentrating because our live stream of E3 is on right in front of me at the moment. XD
You know what? Let’s just jump into it, and I’ll explain as we go.
Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
There was some genuine focus on my future as a writer in the past week, although that, oddly, didn’t involve a huge amount of actual writing. I shall explain!
- Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. Okay, so let’s get the actual numbers out of the way right off the bat. In week 23 I wrote 1883 words for blog posts, and 733 words toward fiction, for a weeks’ total of 2616 words, which is not a spectacular number at all. That brings my years’ total up to 97,168, and my daily average down to an all-time low of 603. Obviously I’m not incredibly impressed with that, but oh my GOD did I have a terrible week for trying to sit down and write! On top of being busy with things like cleaning the house for visiting family and actually having to then deal with the visiting family, I also spent an ENTIRE DAY in the local hospital’s outpatients department with Jason. Don’t worry, we’re both okay, but Jason had either a pulled muscle, a pinched nerve, or a misaligned rib (we’re still not sure which) which was causing him so much pain he hadn’t slept in three days. So off we went to the hospital, where we sat in the waiting room for NINE HOURS. That’s on top of the more-than-an-hour it takes to drive to and from that hospital. Now, you might be thinking that I should have had tons of time to write that day. Well, yes…I should have…if I’d thought to bring ANYTHING TO WRITE WITH.
I apologize for all the textual yelling, but I’m genuinely enraged with myself for spending a full work day sitting in a waiting room with nothing to write with.
Moving on to more positive notes, I’ve recently discovered a couple of websites that I feel are going to help me greatly with my future writing. First, thanks to a lovely lady on Twitter, I discovered a website called Pacemaker. No, it has nothing to do with your heart; it’s literally a maker of your pace for writing. Basically you can create a plan, in which you choose the goal you’re trying to achieve (in my case I choose a “marathon” running from January 1st to December 31st, for a word count total of 500,000), and depending on a few other options you can choose, it creates a plan for how many words you have to write per day. You can then update your plan with your progress, and the plan will automatically reassess and change in order to keep you on track. In my case I input all my progress so far for the year, and chose a plan that is semi-random so that it’s not an exact number of words per day, and it gave me a calendar that shows how many words I need to write per day. I like the way it’s set up because, for instance, it’ll tell me that I need to write 4000 words today, but then tomorrow it’ll give me a break and say I only need to write 100. In that way I have days that are absolutely going to be difficult, but then I have other days during which I can relax, which helps lower the stress level created by missing daily goals.
The other website I found – this one on my own, as called 4thewords, and I’m still deciding whether I really like it or not, but I feel like I’m probably going to end up getting addicted to it. For lack of a better description, it’s a text-based RPG kind of game in which you get bits of the story and progression through lovely artwork and a pre-programmed fantasy tale. Writing words into the on-site editor gains you XP, items, and allows you to defeat enemies. So it is quite literally a video game, as such, that you progress in by getting your word count up. It seems like a fun idea, and since you’re able to copy and past into the files and still get credit for your word count, I can take things like this blog post and move it to the site later to get my progression points. Sound interesting? I thought so!
Okay, that’s enough about this goal; I’ve written more in this one section than I usually write for this entire post!
- Goal #2: Sell more books. There’s not much to report here, as the sales front has been pretty much dead lately. That said, I’ve been working hard on my author social platform, building up the Instagram and Twitter accounts to try and get my name out there as both a writer and reader. I’ve also got a few awesome friends attempting to help promote my books, so that makes me super happy even if it doesn’t necessarily end up leading to sales.
One other note: I just got my very first cheque from CreateSpace. On the one hand that is SAD since Nowhere to Hide has been available for NEARLY FOUR YEARS, but on the other hand, I finally have a goddamn cheque to cash. XP
- Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. I’M GETTING TO IT. <<insert weeping emoji>>
Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
Based on my previous explanation of our time at the hospital, preceded by Jason not sleeping for multiple days in a row, I’m going to imagine that you can guess where this one is going.
- Goal #1: Film more often. Surprisingly, we did manage to get two videos filmed and published last week. We were supposed to be hyping ourselves up to really get back into it and start filming a lot more, but zero sleep and entire days spent in a waiting room can really put a damper on things like that. So I’m telling myself to be satisfied with what we did manage.
- Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. There’s not much to report here either, but in this case that’s a good thing. Social media has been going pretty well. As mentioned in a previous post I’ve pretty much given up on Snapchat, as it’s pretty much only useful if you’re chatting one-on-one, but I’ve been putting a lot more focus into Twitter and Instagram, and I feel that it’s been yielding results. Plus it’s fun to talk to everyone on those two platforms. 🙂
#3: Focus more on myself.
Before I get right into the specific goals, for this section, I’m going to explain the little side-project that I mentioned last week, which has now begun to take effect. This might below in the writing section of this post, but since it really plays to focusing on ME, I’m going to put it here.
The basics of the situation is this: we have a guest room with a bed for when family/friends visit, which is also the room that my bookshelves are in. This room has been a cluttered, unholy mess pretty much since we’ve lived here, because it’s the spot that everything gets thrown into. There’s a dresser and an enormous chest of drawers in there that are all but kindling since we don’t use them, and the bed we had in there was a massive thing that took up the entire room. So what I’ve done is begun to gut it. I gave the bed to our daughter (so now she actually has room to SLEEP in there, rather than just cover it in plushies) and sold her single bed, while also greasing a futon out of my parents that they didn’t want anymore, so there’s still technically a bed in the guest room for when we need it. I got rid of a ton of junk, hid away more, and rearranged the room so that now I’ve got a lovely little reading area on the futon, and my bookshelves are nice and tidied and organized. The next step is to get rid of the huge chest of drawers, which will free up an entire wall, on which I can put a computer desk we’ve had under a pile of junk in our mud room for years now. Once that’s up there I can decorate a little to make it my own, and I’ll finally, for the first time EVER, have my own ACTUAL writing space. You have no idea how exciting that is to me.
What it all comes down to is that the guest room, when it’s not being a guest room, is now going to be MY space. Mine alone. With a door that I can close when I need time to myself. And that, my friends, is an enormous deal to me.
- Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. Moving on to this stuff now! I managed to read a bit more of Stephen King’s On Writing this past week, and I plan to read more in the coming week (now that I have that reading spot!). I’ve also been continuing to play Rayman Legends, but also sneaking some other stuff in here and there. As I mentioned previously E3 started recently as well, and that’s always a big deal for Jason and myself, so I’ve been pretty much glued to that. TONS of fun.
Related note: cleaning up my bookshelves and rearranging everything has had the side-effect of an enormous list of books I want to read now. o.o
- Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. The zombies are still chasing me! 😀 Week 23 was a little bit of a slow down, just because I’ve been doing the (in my honest opinion) ridiculously stupid 20k race missions in multi-day sessions so that I don’t kill myself, but the fact of the matter is that Runs. Are. Happening. WOO! I’m pretty sure this is the longest streak I’ve ever had as far as near-daily exercise, so I’m pretty proud of myself. I haven’t been losing weight at all (goddamn it), but I can happily report that I’ve been feeling better and seeing little positive changes in my body. One thing that I hadn’t even realized until Jason pointed it out is that I’ve been walking a lot straighter lately. I’ve always had a terrible slouch, to the point that a physiotherapist told me my shoulders are even hunched forward when I’m laying flat on my back, so to have Jason turn to me and say that he’s noticed my posture has been improving a lot, that definitely put a smile on my face. Here’s to more positive changes in the future!
So week 23 wasn’t exactly what I’d consider to be productive, but a lot of good things came out of it in the end. So with that said, I’m going to leave you for now so that I can go watch Sony’s E3 press conference, and then in the morning it’s back to work on my beautiful new ME space! Let’s do this!
How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!