Pst…pst…hey…come here…I’m going to let you guys in on a secret.
…I’m back in Nova Scotia.
BUT SHHHH!!!! It’s a secret. ^_~
Okay, in all seriousness, the job I was on ended, and I’m being transferred to a new area of the site, but there was a ten-day gap in between the end of one and the beginning of the other, so I decided to fly home for a week to spend a bit of time with my hubby and little miss. Because, after this, there’s a good chance I’m going to be out there for the 3-4 straight months I originally quoted. So yeah, wish me luck with that!
A couple of other things:
I was hardcore dedicated to the P90 program this past week, but I have found, recently, that I’ve actually gained about five pounds back from what I lost doing Keto. Now, I could smile and insist that those five pounds are probably pure muscle from all the exercise I’ve been doing. Buuuuuut, no. I know better, in this case. Going back into the work-camp life has not been an easy thing for me for these first three weeks. You guys, you have no idea how easy it is to overeat when food is just there, all the time. I can take however much of what I want for breakfasts and dinners. I can stuff paper bags full of the grab-able stuff to take to site with me. And there are so many sweets. Cookies and muffins and cake and pastries… Seriously, people complain about the food at these camps, and I’ve definitely been one of them in the past, but so far I have absolutely no issues with the food at this camp, aside from the fact that I keep eating way too much of it. I need to learn self-restraint again, and it’s going to be hard. So wish me luck with that too!
Totally random thing: I got a new laptop! Well, technically it’s a Chromebook, which is…I dunno…part laptop, part tablet? They’re odd little things that are super light and super-convenient depending on the kind of stuff you’re normally doing on your laptop. I was looking to replace my old one for a number of reasons, one being that it’s just gotten really old and kinda slow, another being that it weighs about fifteen frikkin’ pounds, and another being that it’s the computer we use for recording audio for our YouTube vids, which left Jason in an annoying spot when I took it out West with me. So I took a look around, found a reasonably priced Chromebook which does what I need for while I’m out West (which is basically “go on the internet” and “have a keyboard”, honestly), and now life has become a little bit easier for both of us!
Okay, I’m done with the random stuff for now. Let’s get into the goals!
Goal #1: Write half a million words.
I can’t say that week 29 was as good as week 28, but it was still pretty damn decent. Where I lost out a bit was on the weekend when I was traveling. Friday morning, after my final night-shift, I went back to camp, packed, ate, called a cab, went to the airport, passed out in an uncomfortable chair for a bit, got on the first plane, passed out in the next airport in an uncomfortable chair for a bit, got on the second plane, ate, watched a movie, passed out for a bit, hung out in the third airport, walking back and forth to keep myself awake (it was Saturday morning at this point), got on the third plane, met my hubby and daughter, drove nearly 2 hours home, and then did my best not to immediate pass out again on them. Then yesterday we drove into town for the flea market and did a bit of other shopping. So, in other words, no writing during all that.
But that said, I did write quite a lovely amount. All together I counted 7050 words. That’s only half of what I wrote the previous week, and also only half of what my Pacemaker.press account wanted me to have written, but it’s also-also a heck of a lot more than I’d been writing in the previous-previous weeks. So hey, go me!
- Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. Better news is that this goal is still going strong. Of those just over 7k words I wrote last week, 5943 of them were toward The Other World: Book Three. I slowed down a little bit on it last week (even before I was flying home) because I hit a point at which I actually had to start thinking about what happens next, but I think I’ve gotten past that now and I expect to keep flying forward soon. I’m really having fun with it, even though I know a ton of it is crap and will be rewritten and edited to high heavens.
Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.
I went about devouring some more bite-sized stuff this past week. For one thing, my awesome bookish gal-pal Amy let me know that Kerri Maniscalco had released her novella, Becoming the Dark Prince, and that it was listed at only $1, so I gobbled that up immediately. It was absolutely scrumptious, let me tell you!
Then I moved into some manga with Attack on Titan. I devoured the first nine books before finding out that only those first nine are on Kindle Unlimited. That honestly annoyed the crap out of me, but hey, at least I enjoyed the first nine for sure, and it really bumped up my book count for the Goodreads challenge!
Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!
You know what? I’m drawing a blank here. Did I do a good job concerning social media last week? I honestly have no idea. Someone who pays attention to me on those platforms will have to let me know, because my brain seems to have turned off concerning this aspect of my existence. That said…
Last week’s numbers are as follows:
- The YouTube channel gained 3 subscribers
- The YouTube Twitter account went up 6 followers
- The YouTube Instagram account went down 4 follower
- The Snapchat account’s score went up 7 points
- The Author Twitter account gained 6 followers
- The Author Instagram account went up 8 follower
GOD DAMN YOU INSTAGRAM!
Seriously though, those numbers are mostly positive, so I’m not going to wig out or anything. But still…GOD DAMN YOU INSTAGRAM!
Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games.
As previously mentioned, this one has been set aside until I manage to catch up on everything and learn how to work with my new schedule…which obviously won’t be within the next week since I’m home for a few days and that schedule doesn’t currently exist.
Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.
As mentioned last week, this is a goal for which I’m going to have a hard time really applying myself while I’m out West. Again, I do plan on writing blog posts and possibly recording voice-over audio that Jason can make into videos, but that’s still something that’s being worked toward since the first three weeks of my stint out West were a SOLID three weeks, continuous. Once I go back I’m actually going to have a couple of days off every two weeks, during which I might be able to get some other stuff done. No promises, but we’ll see what happens.
And now that I’ve let you all know that reading and writing are still going awesome and everything is…well, going, more or less…I’m off to play with my new Chromebook! See how I segued there? Skills.
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!