Goals 2019: Week 29 in Review

Pst…pst…hey…come here…I’m going to let you guys in on a secret.

Come closer…


…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


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!

Goals 2019: Week 28 in Review


Fly me to the moon, and let me play among the stars! Let me see what Spring is like on Jupiter and Mars!

Yeah, don’t mind me guys. I’ve gone a little nutty and keep getting the most random possible songs stuck in my head. The other day it was the Indiana Jones theme. 😛

Another week has come and gone, and here I am ready to report it to you! First let’s go through a few random, non-goal-related things.

Work has been going fairly well. I definitely can’t complain, that’s for sure! Twelve-hour days (or, rather, nights) are long, but I’ve done them many times before so that doesn’t really bother me. The work itself is no problem, and my coworkers are pretty great, so that definitely makes life more enjoyable! I don’t even really have any complaints about the camp, which is the thing most people bitch and moan about whenever they’re out on one of these types of jobs. Honestly, this is definitely one of the better ones I’ve been in. The walls aren’t as thin as some, so I haven’t really heard a peep from any of my neighbors, plus I have a private bathroom (HUGE deal out here), and while the food isn’t exactly anything to write home about it’s perfectly palatable. In particular I really like the breakfast spread (which would be my dinner because, again…night shift). I’ve been eating a ton of blueberries and strawberries and usually some bacon and either hash browns or pancakes. Breakfast is my piggy time.

Speaking of being a piggy, I’m more firmly back into P90 now, now that I’m well-settled, used to my schedule, and have the proper gear. I brought a tension band out with me for the strength exercises, but it turned out to be less than stellar, so I tried going to the camp’s gym, but their weights are more suited to someone who is already incredibly fit, and the lowest dumbbell option they had was still way too heavy for me. So when my parents went into town on their days off (did I mention that my parents both work here too?) I got them to pick me up two 8 lb dumbbells, which is what I was using at home. Now I’m all set and kicking ass again! I’m definitely still working on finding a balance between food and exercise, since I established that I can’t sustain keto out here, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out, and in the meantime I’m monitoring my weight to make sure I don’t start gaining again.

Okay, now on to the goal stuff!

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

I. Kicked. ASS. I didn’t make it to the number Pacemaker.press was asking me to reach (which was 18,762), but I got closer to that number than I’ve gotten to any of the previous week’s goals in MONTHS. All total I clocked in yesterday at 15,871 words. BOOYAKASHA. I’m back, baby! Kickin’ ass and takin’ names!

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. But even better than writing nearly 16k words? Almost all of them were fictional! I’ve become newly obsessed with The Other World and have been furiously scribbling Book 3 into a notebook I brought out here with me. I’ve been working on it since week 27, but ignoring that, in week 28 alone I wrote 14,469 words all for Book 3! Literally the only other thing I wrote last week was this blog post. And I don’t expect the momentum to stop any time soon because I have lots of ideas for Book 3 and I’m desperate to get to some of the end scenes because I know they’re going to be super fun to write.

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

I’m not gonna lie, you guys: I’ve been a reading machine lately. Last week I mentioned that I was halfway through Jurassic Park; well I finished that (LOVED it, by the way) and moved on. Since then I also devoured The Princess Bride (William Goldman’s appended version, which includes only “the good bits”) and Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly. I highly recommend both of them. The Princess Bride is just a goddamn classic (I was so amused to find out that most of the dialog from the movie is word-for-word what’s in the book), and Stepsister is an incredibly fun concept of life from the perspective of one of Cinderella’s stepsisters, after Ella leaves to marry the prince. Both had me hooked right up until the last minute.

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

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’ve kinda been neglecting the social media the past few days. Namely because I’ve been obsessed with both the reading and the writing. Even so, I feel I’ve been doing a half decent job keeping up, but the numbers aren’t particularly great today.

Last week’s numbers are as follows:

  • The YouTube channel lost 5 subscribers
  • The YouTube Twitter account went up 5 followers
  • The YouTube Instagram account went down 1 follower
  • The Snapchat account’s score went up 13 points
  • The Author Twitter account stayed the same
  • The Author Instagram account went up 1 follower

A couple of downs and one number that didn’t move at all. Yikes. The change in the YouTube channel subs is particularly annoying since we recently released a new video feature that we were hoping would do well. And that’s not to say that it didn’t do well, but right around the same time we lost subscribers, so that’s an annoying coincidence.

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

I’m just gonna go ahead and put this one on hold until further notice. At the moment I’m working a “straight through” shift as my crew works to get this particular job we’re on wrapped up, but eventually I’ll be on a shift that includes days off every so often, and maybe I’ll start playing games again then.

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

Here’s where I admit my failures, because I don’t believe I’ve really done anything toward the YouTube channel over the past week. As I did mention, we released a new feature on the channel on Friday – Flea Market Finds Fridays – but I didn’t have much to do with the release since I’m out here. Jason did all the editing and picture-taking and thumbnail-making and all that good stuff. I DID hang out in the live chat as the video was being released (we put it up as a “Premiere” feature), but that just about covers the extent of my involvement.

Now that I’m more or less settled and have started to get a grasp on using my time properly and what-not, I hope to start writing some list-style articles and other features that I can put up on the TraceysBasement.com website, as well as possibly record a narration of them for future videos. But for now I’m just working on ideas, so if you happen to have any, please feel free to let me know!

And that about does it! Not a great week for the social media and YouTube, but an absolutely excellent week for reading and writing! Here’s hoping the trend continues!

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!

Goals 2019: Week 27 in Review


Well hello there all you beautiful people! Has it really been a week already since I wrote the last post after just arriving in camp for my new oil sands job? Yes, yes it has! That bodes well, because that week honestly kinda flew by, and if there’s one thing you want time to do while you’re out on these kinds of jobs, it’s “fly by”.

My first week out here has been pretty decent overall. I began with a few day shifts that allowed me to get to know the crew and the site, not to mention get over my jet lag. Then I transferred over to the night shift and was quickly bumped up from 10 hour shifts to 12. I’m sure all of that sounds horrible to most of you, but the truth is that it’s all good stuff. When you’re out on these jobs, thousands of miles away from family and stuck living in a work camp for weeks or months on end, what you really want to make sure you’re doing is making money. And 12-hour shifts, working nights? That’s a significant bit of extra money. Believe me: I ain’t complainin’.

Of course, working 12-hours daily and being at the whim of the bus, dining, and quiet hour schedules can make life a little frustrating at times, but I’ve learned how to maximize my time over the years, so it’s all good. No worries; I’ve got this handled. No, really!

In other non-goal news before we dive into it, it took a few days of getting over jet lag, dealing with a pulled muscle in my neck, and getting used to the shifts, but I did eventually get back into my P90 exercises two days ago. And that, my friends, is a very good thing, because I am officially off the keto diet. It’s not that I necessarily wanted to stop doing it, but after a couple of days in camp I determined that it just isn’t feasible while I’m here. There aren’t enough keto-friendly options in the dining halls without eating the same 3-4 things over and over again every day – which is a recipe for disaster. So I’ve ditched the diet for now, although I am still trying to eat moderately healthy while I’m here. Salads ahoy!

Okay, I think those are the only major things I wanted to bring up before getting into the goals, so let’s go ahead and move on now:

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

I am both quite happy with myself and quite annoyed with my past self concerning this goal this week. On the positive side, I did an excellent job getting my writing in for week 27! I had my best week since…I can’t even remember when…with 9671 beautiful words. Hell to the yeah! Nearly 10k! WOO!

The annoying part, however, is the fact that since I had so many terrible weeks in a row, the numbers Pacemaker.press is asking me for are still much, much bigger than the numbers I’m getting. Twice as much bigger, in fact. The goal-tracking site wanted me to have written a little over 20k for week 27, so my lovely 9671 is still pretty damn down there.

That said, screw it! I wrote nearly 10k last week! I’m happy! If I can write another 10k this week I’ll be even happier!

It seems counter-intuitive considering the work schedule, but being back to work in the oil sands really makes me want to write. A lot of it is just the fact that I don’t have many day-to-day concerns; yeah, I’m working 12 hour days, but I don’t have to cook or clean or run errands. So I use that time to write! Seems like a win, right? Yeah, I knew you’d agree.

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. What’s even more awesome than writing nearly 10k words in a week? Without question it’s the fact that nearly all of those words were fictional ones! Yes, my friends, I’m finally back in the saddle and I cranked out 8685 fictional words last week! About half of those words were the first pile of pages of The Other World: Book Three, which I’m writing by hand in notebooks during my breaks and lunches (because every now and then I just get in the mood to write by hand for some reason). Most of the rest was toward Nowhere to Run, the sister-novel to Nowhere to Hide. I feel like I’ve actually got a decent wind going on both of them, which is pretty exciting. For the first time in what feels like forever, I’ve got ideas churning in my head again!

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

Reading has also been going quite well. Remember when I said I’ve learned how to maximize my time when I’m out here? I wasn’t kidding. While I’m writing during my breaks and lunches, I read while on the bus to and from site, and in the evenings when I’m laying in bed, getting ready to drift off. In that way I finally managed to finish “It“, and I also flew through “Sharp Objects” in about a day and a half. Now I’m about a quarter of the way through “Jurassic Park“, which I’ve been meaning to read for ages, and my Goodreads Challenge page is looking top-notch!

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

Here’s where things might get a little off-kilter, because it’s a bit difficult to keep up with the social media stuff while I’m out here. Not necessarily because of limited time (although that’s obviously part of it), but because I falter for things to talk about and/or share. There’s nothing to take pictures of out here for Instagram, so I’m just running on whatever I shot before I left. Twitter is a bit easier because you can play on what other people are talking about, but ultimately I still have to provide my own content. Facebook and Snapchat…psh. I handed the Basement Geeks group back over to Jason to take care of while I’m gone, and Snapchat mostly just gets whatever I’m sharing to Instagram at the time. So with all that in mind, let’s glance at some numbers.

Last week’s numbers are as follows:

  • The YouTube channel gained 2 subscribers
  • The YouTube Twitter account went up 13 followers
  • The YouTube Instagram account went down 13 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score went up 15 points
  • The Author Twitter account gained 2 followers
  • The Author Instagram account went up 8 followers

Wait, what the-  Oh FUCK OFF, Instagram! This would have been a beautiful, all positives week if it hadn’t been for stupid, stupid Instagram! I’ll never get why the follower numbers on that platform jump up and down like a jackrabbit, but apparently I lost as many followers on the YouTube Insta last week as I gained the week before. Bloody stupid hell. If anything social media related is going to drive me insane, that’s going to be it.

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

I did, in fact, bring my Playstation Vita out here with me, and I suppose I could also play some old roms on my computer if I really wanted to, buuuuuuuuut…yeah, no. I’d like to be finding time to play games, but right now all my free time energy has been going toward reading and writing, and for the time being that’s how I want it to continue. When I start to drive myself mad, or I start running out of books to read, I’ll haul out the Vita and shoot some zombies or rampage across Pandora or something.

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

I suppose, for the most part, I can just set this goal aside for the foreseeable future. I mean, the channel will continue, and I’ll still be doing channel-related things throughout my time in Alberta, but I definitely won’t be filming any videos any time soon. That said, after a few weeks when I’m really in the groove of things I’m probably going to start recording voice over files to send to Jason for possible videos, so I won’t give up on this one just yet. That said, you can obviously understand that I don’t really have anything to report since I have no way to properly film anything right now.

And that, as they say, is that! There are obvious blind spots when it comes to things I simply can’t do while out here on a work camp (i.e. film), but for the most part I’ve got to go ahead and say that this was a pretty awesome week. Reading and writing have taken up some major acreage in my brain plot (what the hell do I even mean by that?) and aside from the frustration of Instagram, the social media side of things is holding strong. I really can’t complain about anything this week! That’s almost frightening! XD

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!

Goals 2019: Week 26 in Review


Ladies and gentlemen…kindly pardon any typos or misspeaking you may notice in the following post, as I am writing it after completing one of the more exhausting travel days of my time doing…travel…things…


*ahem* My brainy no worky.

So, yesterday, around 5 pm Atlantic standard time, I left on a flight from Sydney to Halifax, which was about an hour long. After spending a further hour in Halifax I hopped the next flight, heading to Toronto, which lasted about four hours. Once arriving in Toronto I had to exit security, pick up my bags, and wait, overnight, five hours before I could re-check those bags and re-enter security. Then I waited a further four hours to get on my next flight, going to Edmonton. That flight was five hours long. Once there I had to exit security again, retrieve and re-check my bags again, wait around for about two hours, and hop a final hour-long flight to Fort McMurray. Then I called a cab and got a 45 minute ride into my shiny new work camp, where I’ll be staying for the unforeseen future.

So, yeah. I’m a little tired tonight.

But while I’m still kinda sorta running on fumes and enjoying a hot (decaf) tea that’s bound to knock me right the hell out, let’s go ahead and see if I can jab out this week’s review post, shall we? We shaaaallll.

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

Let’s cut right to the chase on this one: the week started out strong, but in the latter half of it I just plain had more important things that needed doing. That’s all there really is to it. Want some numbers? Okay, fine, I wrote 3522 words last week. I’m not even going to tell you what Pacemaker.press wanted me to write. Just go ahead and assume that it was a hell of a lot more than that.

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. Psssshhhhhhh…. Nope. I was really hoping to get some fiction written last week, but the aforementioned “more important things” all came up right around the time I was ready to actually do some of that writing. Soooo…just….nope. Nothing. Nada. Literal zero. Come back next week.

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.


In all seriousness though, I spent the better chunk of my ridiculous travel time reading It, and I’m still only around 65% of the way through. I’m absolutely flabbergasted and starting to feel like I’m climbing that staircase from Super Mario 64. You know the one that just lets you climb and climb as long as you want but then when you turn around you’re still only a few steps from the bottom? Yeah, that’s how It is making me feel. That’s not to say that I’m not loving it, because I truly am, but I’m really starting to wonder if I’m ever actually going to get to the end of it!

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

I honestly couldn’t even tell you what I did concerning social media last week. My brain is a blur of trying to get a million things done along with dedicating time to family before I had to leave. I’m sure I recall actually being on Twitter and Instagram, in particular, but other than that I’m drawing a blank. The numbers, as they were, aren’t that bad though.

Last week’s numbers are as follows:

  • The YouTube channel gained 5 subscribers
  • The YouTube Twitter account went up 4 followers
  • The YouTube Instagram account went up 5 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score went up 3 points
  • The Author Twitter account lost 2 followers
  • The Author Instagram account lost 8 followers

It’s those goddamn Author accounts, you guys! I’m having a hard time even thinking of what to do with them lately, and now especially since I’m out West, away from my books and bookish things. (There goes my brain again.) I’m going to keep trying, obviously, but there might be some further suffering here in the future as I try to work out what I do and don’t have the time and energy for.

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

Oh, hey, video games are still a thing, right?

I already mentioned previously that this one is probably going to go a bit by the wayside since there’s just no time, especially with my new job. But you never know. I did take my PS Vita with me, so maybe I’ll find some time to pluck out a few levels of something every now and then.

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

Now, this final one, I can’t claim any kind of failure what-so-ever. You guys…you guys… Jason and I filmed sixteen goddamn videos in a 30-hour period in preparation for my coming out West. Yes, you heard me right. Sixteen. Goddamn. Videos. I’m still a little flabbergasted that we pulled it off, to be completely honest with you. I mean, we went into it with the full intentions of pulling it off, obviously, but I figured by three or four vids in we’d be tired, cranky, annoyed, and biting each other’s heads off. And yet, somehow cooler heads prevailed, and we were able to film an absolute shit-ton of footage before I left. When combined with the “Jason Takes the Basement” vids Jason is planning to film, and two vids I’d already had filmed and set aside from earlier, that leaves tons of stuff for Jason to work with while I’m gone. At least for the first while, until I can get a firm grasp on what I’m doing out here and start working on what kind of new stuff I can pull off through voice-overs.

In other words, TIME, FOCUS, AND ENERGY HAS BEEN PUT IN. *drops the mic*

Overall, you know, not exactly the greatest week of all time, but you definitely have to give me a bit of a break for all the last-minute nonsense I had to deal with before leaving for my new job. And if you don’t want to give me that break? Well screw you, I’m taking it anyway.

And now, if you don’t mind, I’m gonna go collapse in my camp bed and probably pass out for a clear ten hours until my alarm goes off for work tomorrow. Wish me luck!

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!