Goals 2019: Week 13 in Review


Guess what you guys?! I had an amazing week! I wrote all the words, played all the games, read all the books, filmed all the videos, and gained a million subscribers! And guess what else?!

April Fools!

Yeah, okay, I didn’t exactly play that one for realism, did I?

In all seriousness though, the week was an absolute loss on pretty much all fronts. But today is a new month, and it also happens to be my birthday month, so here’s what we’re going to do: I’m going to get this post out of the way, confess to all my past failings, and then I’m going to go into April with my head held high, ready to GET SOME SHIT DONE. How does that sound? It sounds pretty good to me. So let’s get this thing said and done, shall we?

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha…oh man…if anyone were actually monitoring my Pacemaker.press account they’d probably tell me to just give it up already. Last week was, I believe, my worst week of the year so far, and I don’t even really have any excuses. I wrote two blog posts, and that was it, for a grand total of 1182 words. My Pacemaker.press wanted me to write 13685. Little bit of a discrepancy there, eh?

And as I said, I simply have no excuses. I just didn’t write. That’s not to say that I had a ton of time to do so (I worked a 6-day week last week), but even when I did have some time, I just…didn’t. I couldn’t be bothered. At all. I tried once or twice, but whenever I did I just had this completely blank head that refused to put forth even a tiny bit of effort.

Lucky for me, Pacemaker.press saw my absolute shit week and decided to take pity on me by offering me a relatively easy week for the first one of April. So I vow now that next week will be better. I VOW, dammit!

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words.  You likely noticed the part above where I mentioned that I wrote “two blog posts”. Yeah. That was it, so…no fictional words this week. Two failures for the price of one!

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

Sweet mother of puppies, am I STILL reading The Shining? Yes. Yes I am. I swear, this book is like some kind of temporal anomaly. It really doesn’t seem THAT long, and I’m enjoying it so it’s not like I’m nursing it or anything, and yet somehow it’s been taking me FOREVER to get through it! I’m almost done now, with only about fifty pages left, but damn. I’ll be happy to be able to move on to something else (preferably something shorter).

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

Oooh, now, see…here we have some EPIC failure happening. I knew I’d gone a little quiet on social media this past week, but I didn’t realize it had been as bad as it was until I looked at the numbers:

  • The YouTube channel lost 19 subscribers
  • The YouTube Twitter account went down 8 followers
  • The YouTube Instagram account went down 6 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score stayed the same
  • The Author Twitter account lost 4 followers
  • The Author Instagram account gained 17 followers

Look at that! Just look at it! That is some truly astounding failure right there. The Author Instagram took a lovely little jump that makes me happy, but literally everything else plummeted. That’s wicked depressing, but there’s really nothing to be done but move forward, right? Right. Here’s to lots of new followers in April!

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

Ohhhhhkay. So, this is where most of my free time went last week. At least I can say I succeeded at this one goal, right? Ha ha ha ha ha…ha…ha…


Anyway, I played a fair bit of Mario Party and Smash Bros with Jason and Adrianna this past week. Additionally, I started playing The Witness, which quickly turned into a family venture as all three of us stared at puzzles with our jaws slack, wondering how we could be so bloody stupid, and then feeling like geniuses when the solution finally presented itself. That game is REALLY good at that, let me tell you. It seems so simple one second, and completely impossible the next. Definitely a brainteaser, but an excellent one.

I’ve also started a new run of Borderlands 2 on my Vita. The newly released info on Borderlands 3 really  made me want to play it again, so I started a run with the ZerO character, who is a long-range fighter. That’s perfect for me because I love sniping, especially on the Vita, which allows you to aim using the motion controls. Plus, the game is just super cathartic. I love making bad guy’s heads explode in a spray of blood. Does that make me a sociopath?

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

I’m not going to get into this one, other than to say that NOTHING happened last week, but the drought is going to end soon. I’m going to film in April, even if the videos are crap. It’s time to get moving forward again.

…just as soon as the basement stops being cold as a witch’s…you know. 😛

So there, that’s it. March is over with, week 13 is over with, and my post of pathetic, inexcusable failure is over with. Now it’s time to wipe my hands of all this self-pity and self-defeat, and move into April with a fresh slate. Let’s DO THIS THING, people!

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!

One thought on “Goals 2019: Week 13 in Review

  1. Aww, I was really excited for you for a second. I spent most of last week preparing for the A to Z Challenge. I’m pretty happy with how that’s going so far. And it’s doing a lot to pump up my word count for the year, which is nice.


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