Holy hell, you guys…do you realize that it’s nearly December? What the literal hell? When did this happen? I can not abide by this foolishness!
In all seriousness though, I’m flabbergasted by the fact that November as a whole just kinda…disappeared. Is anyone else experiencing this? It’s like the month didn’t even exist. I still feel like Halloween just ended, and here we are almost into Christmas month. Satan save me.
Anyway, that’s enough of my foolishness for today.
How did last week go? Well it was a bit all over the place to be perfectly honest. For one thing I’ve been experiencing some health issues that have been throwing me off quite a bit (nothing serious, no worries, but definitely the kind of thing that affects you on a day-to-day basis). For another I’ve been wickedly tired and lethargic, probably because the weather has just been terrible and grey and miserable. For another thing I keep getting distracted by things that have been keeping me from getting back to my exercises, so I haven’t been having that additional boost of, like…endorphins and whatnot. I dunno, I’m not a health scientist.
Point being, as I’m sitting here typing this I’m yawning and feeling like crawling back into bed even though it’s just shy of noon. Winter is the worst, you guys. THE WORST.
So since I can’t seem to stop the yawning, and also because I have other things I need to do today, let’s go right ahead and jump into the goal stuff.
Goal #1: Write half a million words.
So, for the first time in quite a while I have to report a moderately disappointing week. It wasn’t bad, per se, but definitely not great compared to the past few months of awesome weeks. Long story short, Pacemaker wanted me to write 9920 words, which is the smallest amount it’s asked me for in months…and I failed. I only wrote 6494 words. Which is still a great number, just obviously not as great as 10k+.
Here’s the thing though: I actually have a very, VERY good reason for not getting a bunch of writing done last week. And that’s because I was busy editing! Yes, my lovely people, you heard it here first! The Other World: Book Two is officially coming! In fact, you can preorder the ebook right now! The only delay now is waiting for my proof copy to get here so I can make sure that the formatting is correct for the paperback. That should come this week, and as soon as it does and I’ve done that one final check, I’ll launch the book for sale. I am SO happy that this one is finally going to be behind me because I’ve been wanting so much to work on books 3 through 5, but I felt like a moron working on those without getting 2 actually out and available for people to read.
I FEEL ACCOMPLISHED. And now, for the remainder of 2019, I can just focus on writing what I feel like writing! (Which, FYI, is mostly going to be a Good Omens FanFic Advent Calendar for throughout December, because I am STILL ON MY BULLSHIT.)
- Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. The number of words written last week wasn’t up to my more recent snuff, but they were still almost entirely fictional words, so that’s definitely awesome. Of those 6496 words I wrote last week, 5377 of them were fictional, mostly edited scenes for Book 2, a couple of short stories I’ve been playing with for The Other World’s universe, and the aforementioned Good Omens fic stuff. It wasn’t much, but it was still good!
Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.
I technically read my own book…does that count?
But seriously, ya’ll, I just didn’t have time to read at all this past week. Between the editing, a shopping trip, cleaning the house and decorating for Christmas (YES WE DID IT THIS EARLY SHUT UP IT DOESN’T AFFECT YOU), and the little bit of writing and sketching I did, there was just no free time to sit back and relax with a book. And even if there had been I think my mind would have just been too busy to focus on it, so it’s best I didn’t bother.
That said, I’m dedicating myself to reading A Christmas Carol in December, because I’ve been intending to read that for what feels like forever, but I never got around to it and I’m GOING TO BLOODY FIX THAT DAMMIT.
Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!
You know what? I’m too tired for excuses. I did poorly concerning social media last week. Period.
Last week’s numbers are as follows:
- The YouTube channel lost 1 subscriber
- The YouTube Twitter account stayed the same
- The YouTube Instagram account stayed the same
- The Snapchat account’s score went up 10 points
- The Author Twitter account went down 1 follower
- The Author Instagram account gained 9 followers
So, more or less, you could just say that everything stagnated. The only thing that’s really moved is the Author Instagram, and I’m pretty sure that’s just because I keep sharing sketches I’ve been doing of Crowley and Aziraphale, and the Good Omens fandom is deep and loving and overwhelmingly supportive. So…yeah, I’ll probably keep doing that. Just FYI.
Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games.
I don’t believe that I played any games last week, but I’ve got to be honest and say that I’m actually having a hard time remembering. It was a bit of a whirlwind week as far as my scattered brain is concerned. But I’m going to go ahead and assume that I didn’t. Mostly I just watched Jason play Uncharted 4 so we could experience the end of Nathan Drake’s story together. It was quite lovely.
I’m really gonna have to play something in December though. I’ll try to get through my daughter’s birthday first. Hahaha, I’m so good at putting things off, aren’t I?
Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.
We, uh….we did a livestream! That’s good, right? Not actually ON YouTube, mind you, but still…we talked to people! *cough cough*
Yeah, as mentioned in last week’s post, the whole COPPA and the FTC thing really had us down and fucked up in the head. Some new info came out last week and some thoughts and decisions were made, and we’re going to be moving forward basically as normal from here on out. That said, by the time this stuff happened we had some other things to focus on (see aforementioned shopping trip), so everything got shuffled again. But don’t worry! We’ll get back into it! I’m…moderately confident of that fact! ._.
Annnnnnd that is that. Not the most positive or well-thought-out of posts, but as I said before, I’m just too tired to care at the moment. I’m sure you’ll forgive me. On a related note, if anyone reading this suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder and has any ideas of things that help, please feel free to share because I could really use it.
Cheers everyone! ❤
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!