Oh, hey, is it that time of the week again already? Man, you guys have no idea how scatterbrained I’ve felt lately! That’s not to say that things have been going poorly or that I’m failing to get anything done. I just feel…I don’t know…like I can’t keep track of things or something. Thank goodness for the little day-planner I write everything down in or I wouldn’t even know what to talk about on these weekly posts!
A few non-goal-related things before I get into it:
- The dieting and exercising is still going well, and I have to be perfectly honest and say that I’ve been feeling great. (Aside from the aforementioned brain-fuzz, of course.) I’m down approximately 11 lbs, my clothes are fitting better, I’m not having any of that frustrating knee pain anymore, and I’ve found that I have a lot more physical energy. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to keep up this particular plan once I’m working out on the oil sands, but I’m going to keep it up for as long as I can, because I’ve been extremely happy with the results, both physical and mental.
- Speaking of working out on the oil sands, I got my call today for my official start date, which is in about two weeks. I’m extremely excited, you guys. It’s going to suck to be away from my family for so long, but after spending the last eight months at Walmart and practically living on credit cards, it’s going to be an absolutely huge thing to have a decent income again.
Goal #1: Write half a million words.
To start off, I have to say that I honestly thought I did better with my word count for week 24. Somewhere along the line I feel like I lost some words somewhere. But that’s probably just my scatterbrained-ness, and anyway, it’s not as thought I did poorly. My total word count for the week was 5009. That’s still a far cry from the 11739 my Pacemaker.press account wanted me to write, but it’s definitely moving forward from the previous several weeks.
Sidenote: speaking of Pacemaker.press, I’m not sure what on Earth happened to it, but after I fixed the login issue I mentioned last week, the numbers didn’t seem to match up, so I went through it entry by entry and found a ton of stuff missing. The fixes didn’t make a huge change to what it’s asking me to write for this week, but it still struck me as odd. Has anyone else had similar issues with the site?
- Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. Unfortunately I don’t have much to report here, but unlike previous weeks I do have something to report. I wrote a whopping 270 fictional words this past week, while scribbling down a scene for the children’s chapter book I’ve had in my head. It’s not much, but at least it’s not 0 words, like the previous few weeks.
Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.
As mentioned last week, I recently finished Bonfire, by Krysten Ritter, which was amazing. I also quickly plowed through a Batman graphic novel I recently got in a Threads subscription box. But the big news is that I’ve started into Stephen King’s “It”. And may the book gods save me, because damn this is an enormous book! It’s hard to even hold when you’re trying to read! That said, I’m a little less than 200 words in and loving it so far. King has this really strange way of being able to spell out for you exactly what’s going to happen later on in the book, and yet somehow he manages to make the lead-up to it still be suspenseful. It’s really quite astounding. As a reader, I love it to death, and as a writer it vexes me in ways I can’t describe.
Unfortunately, “It” is definitely going to slow down my Goodreads challenge progress, since it’s going to take four times as long to read as most of my other books, but I’m hoping to bang the rest of it out before I leave for my new job so that I can take some smaller, more reasonable books out there with me. And that shouldn’t be a problem since the book is incredibly addictive.
Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!
I’m still a little in-and-out with the social media, although I do feel like I’ve got a decent stride happening. The weekends, strangely, seem to be my weak points. I think I just get distracted with family stuff and/or trying to relax and forget about it. But overall I’ve been doing okay, and the numbers show that.
Last week’s numbers are as follows:
- The YouTube channel gained 14 subscribers
- The YouTube Twitter account went up 2 followers
- The YouTube Instagram account went down 4 followers
- The Snapchat account’s score went up 15 points
- The Author Twitter account stayed the same
- The Author Instagram account went up 13 followers
The only probably is that pesky YouTube Instagram account. If it weren’t for that one I’d have an all-positive week. Damn you, Instagram, and your flaky users! I have no idea why I seem to hit random unfollow pockets sometimes, but it can be extremely frustrating, especially when you feel like you’ve been doing better.
Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games.
Psh. Let’s just more-or-less forget about video games for a little while, shall we? I’ve popped on to Tetris a few times recently, just for a few minutes, but that’s been about it. There just hasn’t been the time, or when there is time I’m trying to use it to focus on other things (like the reading and writing). I expect once I’m back out at work I’ll probably spend some of my evenings playing with my PS Vita or Nintendo DS, but until then I’ve just got other stuff I’d rather be focusing on.
Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.
Well would you look at that! Things are starting to move forward! Last week I filmed three videos, two of them with Jason, and all three have been published since then. They were the easier types of vids (unboxing subscription boxes isn’t particularly complicated), but it’s definitely a step in the right direction! And now that Walmart has cut my hours so that they’re practically non-existent, and the upcoming new job is ready and waiting for me, Jason and I will be using the next week-and-a-half or so to film as much as we can before I go. At least, that’s the plan. Fingers crossed!
So that was my week! Overwhelmingly, successes all around, although I do wish I’d gotten more writing done. But let’s not linger on that! Wheels are moving, gears are grinding, and things are getting done. That’s a lot more than I can say for, well…a good chunk of 2019 so far. So let’s keep moving forward, doing what we can, and see where we end up!
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!