Goals 2019: Week 14 in Review


*wanders into the blog, bleary-eyed and a bit confused*

*wipes eyes with the backs of her hands*

W-what….what day is it? What week is it? Hell, what bloody year is it?

Okay, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, but damned if my brain doesn’t feel like a big ol’ pile of mush these days, exemplified by how late this post is. Lately it’s felt like all I do is work (I’m on my second 6-day week this month so far), and because of the weird hours that change day-to-day I’m constantly tired. To explain further: on Monday I worked 12 noon until 8 pm, on Tuesday I worked 8 am to 4 pm, Wednesday was 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday was 12 am to 8 pm, today it’s 11 am to 7 pm, and Saturday I’m working 9 am to 5 pm. Being that they’re all regular 8-hour shifts you wouldn’t think that would be so bad, but trust me…having your schedule jump around like that really screws with your system. My body is desperately craving some kind of regularity.

Also, mix that with the fact that I haven’t been sleeping well – for some reason I keep waking up with a throat so dry I end up hacking my lungs up for a bit before I can fall back to sleep – and it’s quite amazing I can even function.

Oh, oh, PLUS, I can’t have caffeine. Because of my stupid blood pressure. So, yeah. FML.

I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this little intro-rant, but I promise it’s not all doom and gloom.

It’s only partially doom and gloom.

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

There’s no point in even trying to sugar-coat this one. I can’t believe I bollocks’ed up week 14 so bad. Pacemaker.press was being nice to me. It gave me several super-easy days that should have been a breeze. It only wanted me to write 8435 words for the whole week. But instead of writing when I had moments of free time, I curled up on the couch or in bed and focused my burning eyes on a book or a video game. In fact, there have been periods of 2-3 days at a time when I haven’t even touched my laptop. Today, as a matter of fact, is the first time I’ve opened it since I had it set up to play the hockey game on Saturday night.

The result of my refusal to do anything that actually requires the use of my frontal cortex means that I wrote a whopping total of 2226 words. And a large chunk of that was my update post for the week 13. -_-

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words.  did manage to write a few fictional words throughout the week, despite shunning my laptop so badly. I’ve been taking a notebook to work and scribbling possible scenes for my kid’s chapter book idea whenever I have a chance. It wasn’t much, but that accounted for 682 of the week’s words, which isn’t horrible for being handwritten whenever work is slow.

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

Goodreads tells me that I’m more-or-less on pace with this one. It says that if I read a book a week, I’ll hit my goal. With that in mind I should probably be working on some smaller books, buuuuuuuut….nope. After finishing The Shining I felt an almost compulsive need to dive right into Pet Sematary. And while it’s going to take me a little while to get through it, I’m definitely enjoying it so far. Unlike with The Shining, the creepy stuff in Pet Sematary starts to happen fairly early in the book, and I’m hooked. Of course, I know the bulk of what’s going to happen, so there’s no shock-factor, but the writing is awesome and I’m looking forward to being emotionally destroyed in the near future.

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

My brain can’t put together the logic behind these numbers and what they’ve been doing recently. Things that I expect to go up are going down, and vice versa, and it’s so confusing to me.

  • The YouTube channel gained 29 subscribers
  • The YouTube Twitter account went up 1 follower
  • The YouTube Instagram account went down 8 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score went up by 6 points
  • The Author Twitter account stayed the same
  • The Author Instagram account lost 3 followers

Look at those numbers. The YouTube channel, for example: why did that get such a jump upwards when we’ve done bugger all on it in ages, while the Instagram account – which I’ve been posting to as often as I can come up with ideas for pics – has gone down for the second week in a row. My poor, exhausted brain can’t piece the logic together.

The long and short of it is that it wasn’t a bad week, aside from both Instagram accounts being jerks, which is hysterically annoying since both Instagram accounts are where I’ve been focusing most of my (lack of) energy lately.

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

I have a confession to make: I’ve been playing mobile games again.

But, BUT!…those games have been The Room, The Room 2, and The Room 3. And if you know those games you’ll definitely forgive me. They’re amazingly well-done puzzle games in the vein of things like Myst and The Witness, and they’re beautiful and intelligent and awesome. I’m currently working my way through the extras in 3 to try to unlock the extra three endings, and it’s a real mind-f*ck since you can’t get hints for that stuff.

Concerning “proper” games though, Borderlands 2 is temporarily on hold, as the bloody thing keeps freezing up whenever I visit a certain part of the map (which I need to go to for a main-game mission). We’ve also been continuing on with Mario Party, trying to unlock all the characters, and have had the occasional Smash Bros day, so there’s that as well.

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

I feel like I should maybe just set this goal aside until further notice. Don’t worry: we have no intention of permanently quitting the channel or anything like that, but it’s been basically impossible to gather the required time and energy to get anything filmed, between my terrible schedule and other regular-life issues. We are hoping to get back into it soon, but it definitely depends on a number of factors, so I’m not making any promises. Fingers crossed, though!


So, basically…week 14 was mostly a wash. A bit of reading and gaming, a very small amount of writing, and that was pretty much it. I’d like to be able to say that week 15 is going to be better, but as I’m already more than halfway through it I can already let you know that that’s not going to be the case. But hey, on the positive side of things, it looks like it’s a gorgeous day outside, so maybe things will start to turn around a bit! You never know!

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!

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