Goals 2019: Week 11 in Review

Yep, I’m gonna say it: holy hell, did a week pass again already?!

Hey, I’m nothing if not consistent.

In all seriousness though, it was a fairly busy week, so of course it was going to go by quickly and completely screw with my brain, right? Right. You guys always agree with me because you’re the best. You know it!

Anyway, that’s enough blowing smoke up all your butts. Let’s get into the reporting, shall we?

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

Well, there’s no doubt about the fact that I did much better in week 11 than in the previous couple of weeks. I tried my very hardest to write every day, and only ended up missing out on Sunday, which I accept because we had a bit of a family game day after picking the little one up from a sleepover at her grandparent’s. Over the course of those other six days I wrote a total of 6477 words. That’s nearly a thousand words per day! Not too shabby at all, especially considering the previous few weeks. The only frustrating thing is that Pacemaker.press had set me a goal of 14,237 words for the week. So…yeah…technically I didn’t even reach half of the week’s goal. Dag nabbit, Pacemaker! Well, still, I did pretty decent, in my personal opinion. Plus, week 12’s Pacemaker goal is a lot smaller, so hopefully I’ll have a better report next week!

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words.  Another pleasant report on the sub-goal, as about two thirds of my total – to the tune of 4024 words – were fictional ones. I went a little hardcore last week on the Final Fantasy novelization. It was good times. I definitely have other things I should be working on instead, but screw it…it’s writing. I’m writing. That’s all that matters. The other things will come eventually.

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

First off, I’ll mention that I’ve started scribbling a note in my day planner whenever I manage to spend some time reading each day, so that I can actually keep track of how well I’m doing. That might sound ridiculous to some people, but damned if my memory isn’t a complete and utter pile of mush. Therefore, recording things. It’s important to me. Shush. Don’t judge me.

Anyway, the point is that I managed to find time to read during all my lunch hours in week 11. That doesn’t account for a huge amount of reading, because there’s also making my food and chatting with coworkers to deal with, but it’s still some reading. Currently I’m reading Stephen King’s The Shining, and it’s so good so far. I haven’t even gotten to the good stuff yet, but damn if it isn’t building a hell of an image in my head.

I think I’m actually starting to get behind on my Goodreads challenge now, but I’ll read some shorter books after this one to catch up.

Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!

Social media was the name of the game for part of the week, but got shifted to the side a little during the other part. It’s hard to concentrate on everything all the time, you know! Still, it wasn’t too bad a week, except for a couple of tiny losses.

  • The YouTube channel gained 8 subscribers
  • The YouTube Twitter account lost 1 follower
  • The YouTube Instagram account went up 3 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score went up by 19 points
  • The Author Twitter account gained 2 followers
  • The Author Instagram account went down 1 follower

All in all, it wasn’t a terrible week, but not particularly impressive either, as you can see. The losses were minuscule, and the gains were kinda small too, but at least they’re something. I’ve been trying to get back into fun Instagram pics, but it’s a lot easier on the channel account than the book one, let me tell you!

Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games. 

Gaming this past week mostly fell to spending time with the fam, which is perfectly okay! We played some Smash Bros and Mario Party on the Switch, and I played a bit of Minecraft with the little one as well. There was also a bit of Tetris 99, but I’ve more or less given up on the idea of ever actually getting first place because DAMN. People playing that game are hardcore.

Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.

Not going to mince words here: YouTube has been at the bottom of the list lately. Mind you, there’s still been a lot of thought, consideration, planning, etc, but there just hasn’t been any filming. The sad fact of the matter is that, with my current ridiculous work schedule, free time quickly becomes “just let me lay here and die” time. That might sound a little over-dramatic, but the long and short of it is that I’ve either had no time, no energy, or no inclination to film during the little bits of time I’ve had, and I’ve given up worrying about it. Filming will happen eventually, hopefully because I’ve earned a better schedule, and that’s all there really is to it. I truly hope that happens sooner rather than later, but again, I’m not going to stress myself out about it.

And that’s pretty much all there is to that. Writing is getting better, YouTube is getting worse (hopefully temporarily), and everything else is just kinda hanging out in the middle somewhere.

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!

2 thoughts on “Goals 2019: Week 11 in Review

  1. Regarding record keeping, I have a few friends who make fun of me for all the things I keep track of in my daily planner. But it really does help, and it’s nice to be able to flip back through my records and see that I am improving.


    1. That’s part of it for me, too. It’s nice to be able to look backwards and see where things have gotten better. Unfortunately it also means that you can see where things are getting WORSE, but that can also be helpful for motivation (as long as I’m in the right state of mind at the time…lol).

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