Whoopsie! Did I miss a week of plans and goals review? (Trick question: I actually SKIPPED it…naughty naughty!)
So this is actually the review for week 33, but I’m including 32 in there as well since I neglected to do it last week. How could I have done such a thing, you ask? Well, I’ll answer that by pleading good old fashioned fatigue. How I’ve (not) missed you, good friend!
The thing is, several days before last week’s review should have been done, we started working 12-hour shifts at work. Not a huge deal, I’ve done them before for years. The difference, believe it or not, is that I was spending those 12-hour days mostly stationary. I’ve been doing what’s known as “spark watch”. The basics of it is that I’ve got welders and pipefitters in a kind of fireproof tent, welding, cutting, and grinding, all of which create a lot of sparks. I’m outside the tent, with a fire extinguisher and an air horn in case of emergency, watching to ensure that no sparks actually escape the confinement and start a fire. As you can imagine, in a plant where they’re extracting OIL, this is a pretty important job. I’m definitely not saying it’s not important. But the fact is that it requires me to stay right there, watching, the entire day. For 12 hour days. And that is surprisingly exhausting.
Don’t you look at me that way. Go stand in your yard for 12 hours straight, only breaking three times for snacks. See how you feel at the end of it.
Mind you, I’m not complaining! It’s a good job and I’m making money, and that’s what matters! The point that I’m trying to get at is that between starting the spark watch (up to that point I was mostly doing clean-up duties) and moving to 12-hour days, I was coming back to camp at the end of the day and pretty much just collapsing into bed. It took a good week for my system to catch up and get used to what I was asking of it, and then nearly another week before I started to feel genuinely comfortable with the routine and be able to jump back into things like my exercises (yeah, I was slacking bad on those too).
The long and the short of it, however, is that I’m feeling back to peak performance now! 12-hour shifts obviously means I have less time in the day to get things done, but I’m squeezing them in as best I can and I think I’m doing a half-decent job, thank you very much!
So with that said, let’s see where I stand for the past two weeks.
Goal #1: Write half a million words.
Okay, firstly, week 32 wasn’t overly great, though not overly bad either. Right when I hit those 12-hour shifts my writing productivity took a nose dive, but I eventually picked it back up when I started scribbling in my notebooks during break. I ended up managing 8710 words that week, which is definitely nothing to sneeze at. The only problem is that my Pacemaker.press account wanted me to write 22 260 words. Bit of a discrepancy there, eh? I might have to just stop looking at that bit when writing these reports, because I’m so far behind at this point that those weekly numbers are only going to look worse and worse. That said, nearly 9k is nothing to be depressed about!
And week 33 was better. For one thing I had a couple of days off, so I was able to catch up on a few things then. For another, as previously mentioned, I was starting to get used to the new routine and find more time to squeeze in writing minutes. As a result I ended up writing 15,699 words (woo!), which is for the first time in bloody ages actually a bit more than what Pacemaker wanted me to write (which was 15,556). To say that adding those numbers up and seeing the ratio made me smile would be an understatement. It’s about time I pulled off a genuinely decent week again!
- Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. And here’s the best part, of the 24,409 words I wrote over the past two weeks, 21,140 of them were fictional ones, going toward The Other World: Books 3 and 4, and a bit of fun fan-fiction. Truth be told, I’m actually a little sheepish that I didn’t write more NON-fiction, as I’ve got a ton of posts to catch up on over at TraceysBasement.com. The problem being, you see, that I obviously need to do that on my laptop, whereas most of my writing has been happening during breaks at work, on the bus, that kind of thing. But I’m sure I’ll figure out a balance now that I’m getting used to the whole routine again.
Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.
Oooooh…ahh…yeah. Um. >.>
I’m not gonna lie. I’m still currently stuck very much on the fan-fiction train right now. On the one hand, I’m annoyed with myself because I was doing well on my Goodreads challenge and now I’m getting behind again. On the other hand, I AM still READING, so there’s that. That said, I’m pretty sure my hyper-fanaticism is starting to die down a bit, so I’m going to try to convince myself to read a real book again soon. 😛
If nothing else, I know I’ll jump ship for physical books again the day Kerri Maniscalco’s Capturing the Devil comes out. I’ve never anticipated a book like this one before. I bloody NEED it in my life, YESTERDAY. Unfortunately it doesn’t come out until Sept 10th, but so help me, the first chance I have to get into town and buy it, I’ll BE THERE.
Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!
I just…I just don’t want to talk about it you guys. lol
Okay, the thing is, I honestly don’t think I’ve been doing that bad with the social media stuff (although, possibly, focusing a little too much on current obsessions rather than the kind of stuff the accounts are meant for…*cough*). Certainly I’ve done worse in the past. That said, the numbers have not been great. I have it on good authority that there seems to have been a trend in general toward Instagram users seeing less interaction, but my Twitter accounts are stagnant as well, so that’s curious.
Last week’s numbers are as follows:
- The YouTube channel gained 4 subscribers
- The YouTube Twitter account went down 6 followers
- The YouTube Instagram account went down 2 followers
- The Snapchat account’s score went up 11 points
- The Author Twitter account stayed the same
- The Author Instagram account stayed the same
So the two author accounts basically…froze solid over the past two weeks, while the two YouTube accounts both lost (and man, I can’t remember the last time my YT Twitter lost). The only things that went up were the YouTube subscribers (yay!) and the Snapchat (which is actually incapable of going down, so not really a big whoop there). I am not, in general, a happy camper with this.
Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games.
Remember a time when video games were a thing in my life? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.
Let me start this one out by stating that Jason has been doing a great job, especially considering all the running around he’s been having to do lately, and I’m very proud of him. 🙂
For myself, as I keep reminding everyone, there’s only so much I can do while I’m out here, and that “so much” isn’t much at all. But I am, at present time, working on catching up on all of those website posts. And once those are caught up (WHEN, not if) I’ve got non-video post ideas that I want to throw up as well to see if I can lure some more traffic to the site. Wheels are in motion, my friends. They just happen to be getting pulled through mud at the moment. But motion none-the-less! ;P
So that’s the overall update for the past two weeks. Overall I’d say that writing has definitely become my strong point, whereas everything else is dropping off in a bad way, but I’m working on it dammit don’t you judge me.
And with that said, I’ve got some social media to go try to boost. 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!