Hey, look at that! It’s Wednesday! My procrastination skills are growing!
Okay, yeah, that’s not a good thing, and big thanks to my friend Marie for reminding me to do this today because I’d genuinely forgotten again and before I knew what had happened it would have been time to write this week’s post, and then I’d be irreversibly messed up.
Before I get into it this week I just want to once again bring up something that I’ve mentioned in the past few previous weekly review posts, and that is the fact that I truly feel like my brain has stopped working of late. I have no idea what the cause could be – it could easily be anything from stress, to hormonal changes screwing with my brain, to a subconscious form of self-sabotage – but it remains a fact, and it’s something I’d very much like to reverse. So if anyone has any thoughts or ideas, please feel free to let me know. It’s very much like my brain has turned to fog; like I’m in a constant daydream that makes it very difficult to focus, and sees me forgetting things before I’ve even had a chance to tell myself to remember them. If I didn’t know better I’d say it was medical, but I do think that’s an extreme observation. Chances are it’s something much simpler.
Anyway, let’s set that side for now and get into the point of this post.
Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
While “focus” has become a bad word in relation to these posts, I can at least say that week 21’s report is much better than it’s predecessor.
- Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. I didn’t get as much writing done as I was hoping to, due in quite a large deal to the fact that omfg I can’t think straight at all someone send me some goddamn ritalin or something! Ahem. But it was also an infinitely better week than the previous two. I did a little bit of blogging, to the tune of 1303 words, a bit of fiction to the tune of 2865 words, and a bit of “other” stuff, to the tune of 211 words. The fiction bit, amusingly enough, was split between another erotic tale for my pen name’s repertoire…and a children’s chapter book that I started with my daughter in mind. Yeah, my brain goes in some wildly different directions sometimes. Annnnnnyway, those words totaled 4379 for the week, bringing my year’s total up to 91001 and keeping my daily average steady at 619.
- Goal #2: Sell more books. I actually recently posed this one as a question to my entire Facebook friends list because goddammit it is so hard to sell self-published books without spending money! A few people had good ideas, mostly involving social media (oh good, because I don’t spend enough time on there already…lol), a few people made suggestions of things I’ve actually already tried, and a couple of people were mildly asshat-ish. “Forget about YouTube” came up once, which I will heartily admit made me twitch.
Anyway, long story short, it hasn’t been going well on the sales front, although my post asking for thoughts and suggestions did end with a Facebook friend picking up both of my books for her Kindle and promising to review them on Amazon. So that was nice.
- Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. There hasn’t been a whole lot of movement here, aside from a little further work on the “codex”, as I’m now referring to it. I did work out a few ideas for improvements to the manuscript though, which I’m hoping to implement as soon as possible.
Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
I have to be honest: YouTube just hasn’t been a priority lately. There’s been a lot going on, and I’ve had to focus energy into more important avenues, on top of other smaller things that have been holding us off, which I’ll explain below.
- Goal #1: Film more often. We did manage to get two videos up in week 21, one of which was sponsored by Entertainment Earth, so that was awesome. I wish it could have been more, but as mentioned, there’s been lots of little issues. We had a couple of days in a row of travel last week, which exhausted us so badly that we took the third day to pretty much curl up and die on the couch with our respective video games. Following that we had the return of whatever-the-hell has been going on with Jason’s eye, on top of a strange and worrisome throat tickle on my end – the past few years I’ve been randomly picking up a laryngitis-like condition that screws up my throat quickly if I don’t allow it to rest the second the tickle begins. When you mix all that in with the more-important stuff I’ve been focusing on (one such example is looking for paying work), and there just hasn’t been enough time or energy in the world to get me down in the basement in front of a camera. Here’s hoping some things settle down soon.
- Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. Let me preface this one by asking a question: when the hell did Instagram start doing “Stories”, and do people really ever watch them? I mean, in the back of my mind I think I knew the option has been there for a while, but it just seems like such a SnapChat thing, and I personally have never watched a single person’s story before this past week, so when Jason suggested we start posting to our story my honest reaction was, “What? Why?” A friend of mine who runs an at-home business claims that Instagram Stories are actually much more likely to be scene than individual posts, but I just don’t get it myself. That said, I’ve been trying to make an effort to post to it, and in the process have practically given up on SnapChat, since it just feels so much like doing the exact same thing twice. In fact, I’m thinking I might actually officially give up on SnapChat as it just doesn’t seem to be the social media mogul it once was (or was it? I don’t even know). I get very little interaction through it, even when I’m posting a lot, and that little bit of interaction just seems to be from family and close friends anyway, so it seems like a waste of time and energy to me. If you think I’m wrong, feel free to let me know, but I think for the time being I’m just going to strike that one from my daily “to-do’s”.
Twitter is, as always, the big one for me, and that’s all going quite well. I’ve also been trying to put a little more time into the Basement Geeks Facebook group because I seem to have distanced myself from it mentally in recent months for some reason.
#3: Focus more on myself.
If there’s something I’ve been managing to do lately, it’s been focusing on myself, although not necessarily in a good way. I think that between the brain fog thing and the fact that I’ve been doing annoying things like looking for work, I’ve been tending to put my personal enjoyment above all else recently. Part of me thinks that I deserve that, but it’s also a slippery slope. It’s much easier to let yourself fall into the game of “I’ll do what I want!” than it is to climb back out of the hole of procrastination you’ve dug for yourself.
- Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. As with the previous report, I can say that I’ve been playing a lot of games. Well, a lot of A game, anyway. I’ve fluttered about a little bit, but mostly I’ve been a little obsessed with Rayman Legends on my PS Vita. For one thing, it’s just genuinely a fun, challenging game with tons of stuff to find and regular new modes and challenges to check out. For another thing, though, I think it’s the prospect of an ENDGAME that has been appealing to me. Everything else I’ve been doing seems endless – just a constant stream of things that come one after the other with no promise of reprieve – whereas this game has a finality point, a place at which I can say that I’ve literally done everything it has to offer and I am DONE. It’s an achievable goal point during a time when none of my personal goals feel achievable.
- Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. Oh man, see that word “obsess”? I may have – just may have – become a little obsessed. Not in a bad way though! I wrote the wording of this goal with the idea that I didn’t want to torture myself over my weight or anything, but to just work on my health a little, and that’s what I’ve been doing. But yeah…oh man am I obsessed with Zombies Run! I got a tip on Twitter to do the “race” missions before continuing on with Season 2 of the game because of hidden story elements, and geez… I ended up doing 40 km worth of missions in just under a week. And that’s counting the fact that I neglected to go out on two recent days when it was raining really badly. So…yeah. I think it’s safe to say that I’m “staying active”.
So that’s pretty much it. I feel like I was a little chattier than usual, which is a bit funny considering I didn’t really have all that much to report. But hey, at least I managed to settle my brain long enough to actually make the post, right? Right. 😛
How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!