Okay, let’s start off this weekly review with a little recap for anyone who may have missed this post from a couple of days ago. The important information is thus: I had a couple of scary days in a row during which my blood pressure was rising into genuine hypertension levels, followed by a trip to outpatients where I found out that my BP had, in fact, gone into “holy shit” territory. It was extremely frightening, but luckily all the tests they did showed that I wasn’t having a heart attack or any other extremely concerning situation. Basically it all came down to (presumably) a mixture of genetics and stress, and probably also a little bit the fact that I eat like crap. So after a good scare, I got myself a shiny new prescription to keep my blood pressure down, along with orders to relax.
I’m not good at relaxing, you guys. I mentioned that in the aforementioned previous post. In particular, I’m not good at relaxing when I feel like I’ve been failing to accomplish things. Hence, doing these weekly reviews is going to require a lot of deep breathing and doing my very best not to get worked up over any perceived “failures”.
TLDR; bear with me while I try to grin my way through and appreciate that some accomplishment is still accomplishment. Look at me being totally not stressed at all! *cough*
Goal #1: Write half a million words.
As you might imagine, those few days during which I was panicking over my health took a bit out of me, both physically and mentally. On the one hand I obviously didn’t feel like doing anything other than curling in a ball under a blanket and rocking back and forth. On the other hand, I physically couldn’t do much because I caught a bug while I was at the hospital, and the mixture of that and my new prescription working into my system had me feeling like I’d been run over by a transfer truck.
But it’s not all bad, since I did get a bit done before my body tried to off itself, and a bit done afterward as well once the bug passed. All total I wrote 3963 words throughout week 6. That’s not even half of the 9526 words my Pacemaker.press account wanted me to write, but it’s still pretty decent considering I was totally out for the count for three straight days.
- Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. Thhhhiiiiiissss one was pretty down for this week, however. Of those nearly 4k words, only 594 of them were fictional words, scribbled down toward my Final Fantasy 3 novelization. Everything else was blog posts, but in this situation I think I can give myself a pass. I did write quite a bit concerning my health once I had begun to perk up.
Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.
BOOKS! Books-a-plenty! Believe it or not, I’m actually ahead of schedule on my Goodreads challenge! Mind you, that’s because four of the seven books I’ve read so far were manga, but screw you, Goodreads says they count, so I’m counting them! 😛
In all seriousness though, I read the second and third volumes of Sailor Moon last week, along with Stephen King’s Elevation, and I’ve started reading the first in the Dorothy Must Die series. I’m not doing half-bad! I could get used to this actually-getting-stuff-read thing!
Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!
Social media started off slow in the week, but believe it or not it actually blossomed pretty well after my little heart scare. Transitioning to my blood pressure meds seems to have rectified the extreme lethargy I’d developed in the days leading up to hospital day, so I’ve found myself spending more time browsing fun tweets, chatting with people, and taking fun pics for both Instagram accounts. Plus I’ve become re-addicted to Snapchat filters. Damn you Snapchat filters for making me act like a goofy teenager!
- The YouTube channel went up 5 subscribers
- The YouTube Twitter account gained 6 followers
- The YouTube Instagram account went up 3 followers
- The Snapchat account’s score raised by 6 points
- The Author Twitter account gained 1 follower
- The Author Instagram account went up 1 follower
And here we have….wait a minute…is this the first week I’ve had where everything went up? I think it might be! o.o I mean, those aren’t exactly bragging numbers, but they’re ALL forward momentum! That’s actually awesome! I’ve gotta keep this up!
Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games.
I’m honestly drawing a blank here… I don’t think I played any video games this week! *thinks about it* No, wait, wait…yes! I played a bit of Pikachu Let’s Go with the little one! And about five minutes of River City Rampage before I rage-quit! XD
But seriously, there were bits and pieces of gaming (I was playing Smash Bros Ultimate with the family before my hospital visit); just nothing really worth mentioning. When I have my day off this week I hope to get back into Shadow of the Colossus before I forget the basic movements.
Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.
You can probably go ahead and take a wild guess as to where this entry is headed right away. Yeah, although I did continue doing things like the social media, I definitely turned my entire brain off concerning the channel in the days leading up to and away from my hospital trip. Much as I love doing YouTube, it’s definitely a stressor in many ways that I just didn’t need this past week.
That said, I did eventually relax, give myself permission to not be AWESOME, and filmed a little update vid on the weekend. It should be up some time this evening, and basically states why there’s been no videos lately, what we intend to do about it, and what we have going on in the immediate future. In the coming week (assuming we can manage it with my stupid, stupid work schedule) we plan to do a fair bit of filming, in particular some long-overdue mail and a couple of awesome items we were sent by the awesome people over at Entertainment Earth. So, hopefully, look forward to that!
And coming from a totally I’m-not-stressing-YOU’RE-stressing! standpoint, I can honestly say that week 6 wasn’t really all that bad at all. It would have been nice if I’d gotten more writing done, but everything else is actually pretty on par, and hopefully I’ll be able to find more time to scribble out some words in the coming week to catch up. Wish me luck! (And a healthy heart!)
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!