Goals 2019: Week 34 in Review


HOLY HELL, no seriously, has a week passed already? o.O

No, really. I’m genuinely shocked here. To the core.

I should honestly be grateful. Though it obviously isn’t the best of practices to wish your life away, it’s nice to know that my time being sequestered out West, away from my family, is passing quicker than I thought it was. I’ve been here for a month since that week home! That honestly seems crazy to me, especially considering at previous jobs I was practically vibrating by the time I hit the two-week mark. I don’t know if I’ve just gotten used to it, or if this job is better than the previous ones, or if (and this one is the popular theory) I’ve changed so much on antidepressants that it just plain doesn’t bother me anymore. Regardless, the revelation makes me quite happy. It’s nice to be out here making good money for my family and not be downright miserable about it.

But that’s neither here nor there for the moment! It’s goals time!

One quick note before I get into the nitty gritty: I’m back on my bullshit exercises! I had a weird week because of poor sleep and the fact that my legs kept deciding they couldn’t handle life, but I got a few exercises in the in between days, and now I think I’m fairly steady with them again, even with the 12-hour shifts. Can’t help but be a little proud about that, I must say. It’s definitely still hard to fit in everything I both want and have to do, but I’m getting better at it, and am definitely miles better than I was in the past. And part of that is getting healthier, so that’s kinda a bit deal.

Am I rambling? I feel like I’m rambling. I’ve got a not-insignificant amount of caffeine in me right now and I’m typing this out as fast as I can to see if I can get it done before the bus comes. I’m probably not going to, but at least it’ll be mostly done by the time I get back after work this evening. And you really didn’t need to know that bit. Yup. Rambling.

On to the goals!

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll probably never manage to reach a Pacemaker.press weekly goal again, simply because I let myself get too far behind in the first half of the year and now the numbers have gotten too big to be easily conceivable on 12-hour days. But that’s not going to get me down, because I’ve still been doing AMAZING. In fact, I made an Instagram post the other day (and tagged my beta-readers to frighten excite them) that basically explained this: I’m re-reading Book One of The Other World to remind myself of a few things, while also editing Book Two to get it ready for publication, and also simultaneously writing Books Three, Four, and Five. No, I’m not kidding. I keep getting excellent ideas for new scenes, or changing scenes I already had planned, and I can’t NOT write them down, right? So I’ve basically got scenes floating around everywhere, and here’s hoping they coalesce into three actual complete manuscripts at some point. XD

And all that was a really roundabout way of telling you that I wrote 17,564 words last week! SEVENTEEN BLOODY THOUSAND AND FIVE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR WORDS! While on 12-hour work days! I’m bloody proud of myself, I have to say. And even more proud to say that, after a quick skim through my day-planner, I can confirm that this is my best week of 2019 so far! Which, of course, makes me want to try to beat it. XD

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. It’s hard to believe, but I’m actually starting to get annoyed at myself for not managing more NON-fictional words! Of course, it’s a lot harder to do things like blog posts and TraceysBasement.com posts while I’m on breaks or on the bus, which is when I’m getting most of my writing done. So I’ll forgive myself for now. I’ve got a few days off coming and I’ll try to get some of that stuff then. In the meantime, this past week just over 16 thousand of my words were fictional ones, and that’s bloody spectacular, I should say!

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

Now that I’ve got you all buttered up with my awesome writing goals, I have a confession to make… I may have dipped back down into the fanfiction rabbit hole. >.>


No, in all seriousness though, I have been reading ‘Flight or Fright’, which has been a fun read, but I often find myself bringing up some fanfic on my phone while I’m eating because it’s a lot easier to prop the phone up against something and scroll occasionally than to try to balance a book in one hand while eating with the other.

That’s my excuse anyway. Take it or leave it. 😛

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

The social media side of things has been off and on depending on the day, and has been affected greatly by the fact that I simply don’t have all that much to share while I’m out here, at least on the YouTube side. I’m hoping to rectify this when I get to go into town, because there’s bound to be some stuff I can take pictures of. At the very least I know there’s an EB Games and a Spirit Halloween in the part of town the bus goes to, so I should be able to pull of something there! In the meantime:

Last week’s numbers are as follows:

  • The YouTube channel lost 2 subscribers
  • The YouTube Twitter account went up 3 followers
  • The YouTube Instagram account gained 5 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score went up  points
  • The Author Twitter account lost 1 follower
  • The Author Instagram account gained 4 followers

Well for goodness sake…finally, FINALLY both Instagram accounts go up on the same week, but this time the YouTube channel and Author Twitter account have gone down. That’s just…*sigh* One of these weeks I’m going to be all in the positives again.

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

I answered a tweet yesterday that involved sharing the last game you played and I had to think a while before I could remember. >.>

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

Here’s my one major failing for the past week. I’ve been trying to get back to comments and interact with other YouTubers on social media, as well as contacting some companies, but I’ve definitely been lax in other areas. I’m hoping to rectify that on my upcoming days off. For one thing, I’ll be able to dedicate some time to getting some of those website posts up. For another thing I’m hoping to get into that Spirit Halloween and film some vlog footage so that Jason and Adrianna don’t have all the Halloween fun this year. 🙂 Until then…well, I’ve got either four or five more days of consecutive 12’s left, so give me a break, okay? ^_~

Oh, hey, look at that! I actually did manage to finish this post before the bus came. Go me! I guess I type faster than I thought I did. Or maybe I just didn’t talk as much as I usually do. I don’t think so though, because, you know…the rambling. Either way, my caffeine-addled brain is telling me to put my hands up and back away slowly from the Chromebook, so that’s what I’m going to do for now. Wish me luck and survival and all those good things! Mwah! *kissy sound*

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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