What’s this? It’s Tuesday? Whoopsie! Ah well, I managed to go nearly two months getting these posts out on the right day. That’s probably a new personal record, to be honest.
The past week was a little iffy for me, mostly right at the end when my heart started acting a little fluttery again (don’t worry; I have a doctor’s appointment today) and I’ve been wicked tired. Plus (and I’m obviously not going to apologize for this one) I spent pretty much the entire weekend just hanging out with my daughter. I took her to the public skate at the town rink, and then we went to a lasertag birthday party where parents were encouraged to play too, and then we spent a ton of time building these Minecraft papercraft sets that we found at the local Dollarama. It was lots of fun, a bit of relaxation that I definitely needed, and some quality mommy-daughter time. Plus, lasertag is a blast, you guys. I kicked those 9-year-old’s butts! *cough cough*
So let’s get into the actual reporting and see how the week came together in the end.
Goal #1: Write half a million words.
Week 8 was a repeat of week 7, so far as I could have sworn I wrote more, but the numbers tell me I’m full of it. Still, it wasn’t a bad week or anything. I managed to write 4943 words of the 7108 Pacemaker.press wanted me to write, and I don’t think that’s half bad considering I fooled around all weekend.
- Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. Even better, 3610 (well over half) of those word were fictional ones. I wish I could say they were working toward the stuff I should be writing, but I let my brain wander a little and had some fun writing about zombies. Nowhere to Run will be an eventual sister-novel to Nowhere to Hide, but for right now it’s pure cathartic goodness, because I enjoy writing about horrific stuff. Does that make me a sociopath? Things to consider, my friends.
Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.
Last week I finished up the first in the Dorothy Must Die series: No Place Like Oz. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I definitely think it was written with a more pre-teen-aged audience in mind, and so I delved right into the second novella: The Witch Must Burn. I was surprised to find that the second book is told from a different character’s perspective, but now that I’ve gotten into it I can see the charm and reasoning. I don’t want to spoil anything, but suffice it to say that it would probably be difficult and likely boring to tell the entire story from Dorothy’s point of view.
Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!
I’ve been in and out with the social media, though I’ve definitely been trying to be conscious of focusing on it. Specifically I’m trying to catch up on my Instagram game, which has been difficult since I never seem to have the time required to take actual NICE-looking photos.
Week 8’s numbers?
- The YouTube channel went down 3 subscribers (what the hell?!)
- The YouTube Twitter account gained 1 follower
- The YouTube Instagram account went up 6 followers
The Snapchat account’s score changed by x points
- The Author Twitter account gained 2 followers
- The Author Instagram account went up 2 followers
So the number of the week for the author accounts is “2”. No issue there. Slow gains are still gains. The one that bugs me is obviously the YouTube channel subscribers, but I try not to focus too hard on that number because it can be so finicky. Everyone knows, at this point, that YouTube randomly does weird things, and we haven’t been immune to people being mysteriously unsubscribed to us. That said, that 3-sub loss could have easily genuinely been three people deciding to unsubscribe, but hey…what can you do?
Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games.
I don’t think I played a single game in week 8! I’m struggling really hard to think about it, to be honest. I may have played a bit of Breath of the Wild, but I can’t remember if that was at the beginning of week 8, or the end of week 7. What I did play was a butt-load of Poker Assault with my family on the weekend. And that was great. Seriously you guys, if you’ve never heard of Poker Assault, check it out. It’s a blast and highly addictive.
Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.
There wasn’t a big press on the YouTube channel in week 8, although we did do one unboxing of a case of Nickelodeon Loyal Subjects. I would definitely have been nice to get more done, but I’ve been having a really hard time getting into it recently. I’ve been super-tired (really missing caffeine, you guys), and I haven’t been in the best of moods either because of my heath. Those two things are not conducive to good videos, so I’ve been laying off, hoping that I’ll start to perk up soon and get back into it.
And that’s all there is to that. My week consisted primarily of a bit of writing and a lot of hanging out with my family. Aside from the actual work, of course, which is half the reason I’ve been so tired. But I’ll save that rant for another day. In the meantime, I’m generally okay with the way week 8 turned out, even if it wasn’t as productive as it could have been.
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!