Plan & Goals 2020: Week 3 Review

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You know, I had entirely intended on actually having this post up on the proper day this week, and yet it completely got away from me. You want to know why? THIRTEEN-BLOODY-HOUR-WORK-DAYS.

Pardon me for having a minor breakdown, but jeebus… I’ve been working 12-hour workdays for years and am more than used to it, so I didn’t think adding one extra hour to the mix would really affect me that much. But here we are, nearly three weeks in (I go home tomorrow!!!) and I feel as though I could sleep for a week. Several days over the past ten or so I’ve eating supper and passed out laying down with a book, fully clothed, with all the lights on. And I’m telling you right now…I may be the kind of person who can fall asleep under most conditions, but to have fluorescent lights screaming down at me? Yeah. I must be pretty damn tired.

This is all to say, basically, that I’m doing my best, I’m honestly working as hard as I can to incorporate my 2020 goals into my current lifestyle, but it’s definitely been hella difficult. Luckily I’ll be home soon and will have a bit of a reprieve before the next job (hopefully).

In the meantime, let’s see what I managed to pull off while working THIRTEEN-BLOODY-HOUR-WORK-DAYS during week three.


Goal #1: Be Healthier

I messaged my husband the other day to let him know that I was dying. Metaphorically, of course. Here’s the thing: while working these shift jobs in the Northern Alberta oil sands, my coworkers and I live in work camps. Some camps are better than others. The one we’re in right now is far from the worst, but it has many negative connotations for those of us who have spent way more time than should be legal here.

Long story short, the food isn’t bad, but it’s limited in variety, and by the time you’ve spent a few weeks here you find that you’ve been eating the same handful of things practically every day and your body starts to rebel. I, myself, spent much of Sunday afternoon feeling as though baby xenomorphs were scratching around in my guts, looking for the way out.

That’s not to say that I haven’t been ‘healthy’, it’s just that even ‘healthy’ choices can destroy you if you don’t get that variety. Thank goodness for going home soon.

  • Eat better (and less) – The food, as I’ve already explained above, has been a point of contention, not because it’s unhealthy, but because I’ve found myself eating the same four or five ‘healthy’ choices on a daily basis for over a week now. This generally consists of yogurt, berries, dry cereal, cheese, baby carrots and celery, and whatever the soup of the day is at camp. All in all, I think I’ve been doing pretty decently with what the camp provides, but I definitely can’t wait to get home and start making smoothies and try out the brussel sprouts recipe my husband made for our daughter (on request!) the other day.
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  • Drink more water – I’m still going strong on this one! Part of my success can be attributed to the fact that the inner layer of my tea press shattered, which makes it 100% useless in every way, therefore I haven’t been drinking tea or coffee much at all. Not the best of reasons to be doing well, but hey…silver lining? Anyway, the point is that I’ve been drinking plenty of water. It’s been helping to keep me awake during those ridiculously long shifts, especially when I get super-sleepy in the late afternoon. Anything past 2 pm is physically painful, you guys.
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  • Get more exercise – Exercise still hasn’t been happening, and you damn well know why, but it will be starting up again soon! My fly day is tomorrow; it’s a ridiculously long itinerary, but suffice it to say that I’ll be home by Thursday evening. I intend to take a couple of days to rest, relax, and hang out with my husband and daughter, and then on either Sunday or Monday I’m going to get into P90X again. My intention is to do the “Lean” program, and I’ve got high hopes. I’ve done it before and I can do it again, even if I’m a decade older now than I was then. 😛
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  • Lose 2 lbs per month – You know the drill by now! I’ll weigh myself when I get home and be able to give an update with next week’s post. 🙂
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Goal #2: Be an Author

You know, I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had so many ideas swirling around in my head at once. Granted many of those ideas are for fan fiction, but they’re still ideas and could definitely be adapted into something more original if the inclination struck me. It’s been great, really, always having something that I can write about. I’ve had absolutely no lack of opening up a blank page and getting right down to it. Even if the idea I’m working on decides to get stuck in my head, there are ten other standing behind it, waiting their turn.

WRITE ALL THE STORIES!

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year – Getting that word count up there continues to be my most successful goal at the moment. How can it not be when I’ve got so many ideas swirling around in my head these days? I’ve been mostly writing fanfic these past few weeks, because that’s what’s easy to do in the little pockets of time I have available, but I’ve also spun out a few pages toward The Other World: Book Three, which is obviously exciting!
    I wrote 1923 non-fiction words last week, alongside 10,464 fictional words, for a grand spanking total of 12,387 words for week three! Considering my Pacemaker.press account was looking for 9592 words I’d say I did pretty damn well, thank you very much!
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  • Promote published books – I’m not even going to try to defend myself, my loves. I haven’t been putting any effort into this at all. Unless you count courting the Good Omens fandom with my fics and hoping that some of them decide to give my original work a look too. I say there hasn’t been time, but really…I could shoot out a Tweet or an Instagram post every now and then, couldn’t I? I definitely must get better at this particular goal.
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  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content – Yeah, uh…this one didn’t happen either. >.> And I feel genuinely bad about it! But I intend to do a whole slew of transcribing during my painfully long fly day, and some of that stuff is going to be uploaded as Patreon exclusive content and/or early-access content, so…yeah! Keep your eyes open! It’s coming!
    I also have yet to do what I said I was going to do, which is get “Into the Moonlight” set up as a Patreon exclusive item. And on that note, does anyone know if it’s possible to have both monthly-subscription options and single-purchase options on Patreon? I like the idea of a small monthly payment for access to whatever randomness I put up, but for something like “Into the Moonlight” I’d prefer to make it a single-purchase item that you don’t necessarily have to be subscribed for. I can’t seem to work out if that’s possible or not though.
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  • Work on Author social media – Social media in general is definitely still suffering because of work, but I’ve still be managing to throw up some tweets and Insta-pics (mostly) daily, so it hasn’t been dead. Looking at the Author accounts specifically, the Twitter hasn’t changed in the slightest, and the Instagram account as gained another 12 followers since last week. Hello new Good Omens fandom peeps! *waves cheerily*
    (Shut up, I know that’s exactly who has been subscribing.)
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Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

Continuing on with the theme of January: I can’t do much of anything until I get home! Thank goodness home is coming sooner rather than later!

  • Film/edit/upload – I’m not even going to say it. You know already. That said, I can’t wait to get home and film some of the stuff that’s been sitting there waiting for me! Jason has been collecting quite the little pile of packages and I’m quite eager to start ripping into them!
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  • Promote and Interact (Social Media) – Repeating what I said above about the Author accounts, the social media has definitely suffered while I’ve been at this job, but it hasn’t died completely. I’ve been doing my best to find moments to throw a bone every now and then, and luckily things seem to be going pretty steadily. The YouTube channel gained 5 subscribers last week (hello new people!), and the Twitter and Instagram accounts each picked up and extra 1 follower. Those numbers are rather inconsequential, of course, but in general I just enjoy seeing positive number rather than negative ones.
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  • Expand website content – Again, this one will be coming once I get home. I have lots of ideas, but just haven’t had lots of time to spend sitting at my Chromebook typing them out.
    On that topic though, which toy designers/distributors would you like to see a feature article for on TraceysBasement.com? 😀

Goal #4: Be Fun

I’m still laughing at my choice of words there. I’M FUN AS F*CK!

  • Read 50 books throughout the year – So far this goal is sitting steady at a single book. And YES, I ADMIT IT, part of the problem is that I’m still hopelessly obsessed with Good Omens fan fiction. But part of the problem is also the fact that there’s no goddamn light in Northern Alberta in the winter, and by the time I get back to camp at night I’m too exhausted to focus on printed word. I’m hoping to devour Nevernight during my fly day (possibly even Godsgrave too, if my eyes don’t burn out of my head), and when my eyes get too sore to read anymore I’ll close them and finish listening to The Invisible Man on Librivox. Yes, I’m including audio books this year. Deal with it. 😛
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  • Play video games – I’m so close to being home with my video games! *shining happy eyes* There’s a chance I may play a bit of PS Vita during my fly day, but we’ll see what happens since I insist on getting some reading in first (and I’ll also be exhausted for a good portion of the trip since I’m stuck in Toronto overnight). Whether I do or not, however, I fully intend on trying Borderlands 3 when I get home. I need some more ClapTrap in my life ASAP.
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  • Watch shows/movies – I had thought that I might continue rewatching Supernatural while I was out on this job, but AGAIN WITH THE THIRTEEN-HOUR WORK DAYS. So, no, I haven’t gotten anything at all watched recently. I fully expect that to change soon, though, because my husband surely has a list of things he wants us to watch together when I get home, and I myself have personally declared that I MUST watch The Witcher as soon as possible. It just looks like so much fun, and now that I’ve heard some excellent reviews from people I trust the opinions of, I REALLLLLLLY want to watch it.

And that, as they say, is that! Week 3, done and dusted! I’m hoping to have a more successful and productive-sounding post for next week, but since I won’t really be home until rather late Thursday I won’t hold my breath. The week after that, though? Ooh boy. Hold on to your pants. XD

How was your week? Any accomplishments you want to share? Goals you worked hard on? Feel free to share in the comments! ❤

Plan & Goals 2020: Week 2 Review

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Note to self: do not harp on the fact that it feels like week 2 went by in a flash, granting that you didn’t write last week’s post until the week was 3/4 of the way over.

*ahem*

SO! Week 2 of 2020 has passed us by! We’re nearly midway through January already which I personally am totally okay with, considering that I’m currently working in Northern Alberta and the weather has been something that could easily be described as “Hell Frozen Over”. I’m ready for Spring, my friends. With all due apologies to skiers and snowmobilers and little kids wanting to build snowmen, I would absolutely snap my fingers and have it be Spring if I had the power.

Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. The point is that the second week of the year has gone by, and that means it’s time for another goal report. It’s not going to be the most exciting or interesting one, I’ll admit, but there are at least a couple of good highlights in there, so let’s just get right down to it.


Goal #1: Be Healthier

This past week I experienced an excellent example of just why I should be focusing on this goal. There were multiple factors at play, of course, but this past weekend I experienced a rather powerful bout of depression, laced with self-loathing. It seemed to have no rhyme nor reason, but I felt tired, useless, fat, gross, lonely, and just all around miserable. And with the help of my loving husband messaging me cheerful thoughts and suggestions I decided that at least a part of the problem was that I’d been eating too much sugar, not enough vegetables, and may have been a little dehydrated as well. Diet can affect you in major ways, people. Don’t forget that.

  • Eat better (and less) – The “less” hasn’t been a major problem (although I definitely indulged a bit recently when I found Ritz crackers at camp and promptly dumped half a box of them in my supper soup). The “better” has been more of an issue, mostly due to the fact that there are only so many options available to me while I’m staying at a work camp. As a result I’ve been eating a metric ton of fruit. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since fruit is good for you, but it’s also quite packed with natural sugars, and I definitely consumed too many of those this past week. Right at the end of the week I made a big effort to switch out some of the fruit for veggies, and I definitely think it made a difference. I’ve never been a person who enjoys vegetables, but I definitely have to work at changing that.
  • Drink more water – I must say, I’ve been feeling good about this one! I don’t think I can say that I’ve been getting quite as much water as I should be, but I’ve been getting a lot. My daily fluid intake has been restricted to water, coffee, and herbal teas. The coffee knocks my totals down a bit, but I’ve gotten into the habit of only having the one cup in the morning and drinking herbal tea throughout the rest of the day if I want something hot. So, while I haven’t gotten back into actual tracking yet, I think my totals are doing pretty well.
  • Get more exercise – As stated in my last post, this is something that’s just going to have to wait until I get home from this job. 13-hour days simply don’t lend themselves to finding time to exercise. Plus this current job has me sitting at a computer desk all day, so…yeah. I’m definitely getting soft again. That said, I’ve been genuinely, genuinely antsy to get back into exercising, so that’s a good sign, right? I actually would have killed to do a P90 vid the other day, I was so jumpy and fidgety at work. Here’s hoping that energy sticks around for when I get home!
  • Lose 2 lbs per month – Once again, this is one that’s going to have to wait until I get home. I could technically weigh myself at camp, but I always weigh myself naked, first thing in the morning, and I obviously can’t do that at the public gym in camp, so…yeah. I’ll wait. It’s only another week and a half. 😛

Goal #2: Be an Author

I’ve been thinking a lot about writing lately. For a while now, actually. I’ve been rather obsessed with it, even when I simply don’t have the time to actually sit down and do it. I have so many ideas, both for my proper original stories, and for the litany of Good Omens fan fiction that keeps pouring out of me (someday I’ll move on to another fandom, I swear, but not this day). I just want to sit down and write for the rest of eternity. If someone could figure out how I can manage that and still be able to pay the bills, that would be just lovely.

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year – Confession: I slacked off a little right at the end of week two when it became evident that if I didn’t get a bit of extra sleep I was going to end up passing out at work. Because of that decision I missed my Pacemaker.press goal by just a bit. Pacemaker wanted me to write 9960 words last week, and I ended up with a total of 9123 words (2003 non-fiction words and 7120 fictional ones). I’m frustrated with that, to be honest, because I want to do well this year, but I can’t deny that it’s still an excellent number (especially considering the 13-hour work days). Plus, since I wrote approximately 700 words extra last week, I’m really only behind by around 200 words. Easily made up in the coming week. MAXIMUM EFFORT!
  • Promote published books – Nothing much to report here. I did poke around a bit on Instagram and Twitter, but promotion was not something that was on my mind a whole lot in week 2. I started thinking about it a bit around the end of the week, but not in a way that really progressed toward anything. I’ll think about it more when I get home and can put in a bit more effort, but right at the moment my brain is just too muddled to put any quality effort into such things.
  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content – I’m, uh…working on it? Yeah. Let’s go with that.
    In all seriousness though, I had plans for week 2 concerning my Patreon, but with the long days and lack of sleep and that bout of depression I had to pull myself out of, it just never happened.
    I’ve also been thinking I might change my Patreon around a bit in general, because it seems to me that I’m being a bit presumptuous with my numbers and there are lots of talented people on the platform doing a lot more for a lot less. I pulled most of my numbers right out of my ass, so I will absolutely not try to defend them. I’m willing to learn. 😛
  • Work on Author social media – Instagram is definitely the winner this week (and has been for a while), which is rather funny when you consider that surely an AUTHOR would make greater strides on something like Twitter. But then again, the Good Omens fandom on Instagram is enormous, and a lot of my posts end up attracting that group, so…yup.
    Long story short, I gained 2 followers on Twitter and 27 (the hell?!) on Instagram last week, and those positives make me happy. *grins and waves to Good Omens fandom*

Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

Continuing on with last week’s theme, there isn’t a whole lot I can either do or report on this front while I’m stuck in Northern Alberta. So let’s get through this one quickly.

  • Film/edit/upload – I still can’t do this stuff until I get home, sorry! I briefly considered doing an Instagram livestream the other day just to show people that I’m still alive, but that was quickly squashed when I considered the times that I’m actually available for such a thing and the fact that I’d be doing a visual chat with bags under my eyes heavy enough to count as carry-on luggage.
    No thanks.
  • Promote and Interact (Social Media) – I definitely haven’t been doing much on this front, although I staunchly insist that I have been trying. It’s just a time issue, combined with the fact that I can’t be playing on my phone while I’m at work. But I have poked around a bit on Twitter and Instagram, which are hanging out pretty steadily concerning follower counts. Twitter went up 4 followers last week, and Instagram lost one. I expect that number to start going up again once I start posting daily exercise pics again (yeah, I have no shame, shut up…lol).
  • Expand website content – I wish I could say that I’ve at least been putting some effort into THIS, but nay, not yet. Again I quote time. You might think that, hey…I’ve been writing, so surely I could be writing WEBSITE POSTS, but you’re not taking into account the fact that most of the words I’ve been writing are handwritten in a notepad during breaks/bus rides/waiting in lines/etc. I’ve scarcely looked at my Chromebook beyond writing these update posts, and even that is me desperately grasping at a few available moments that quickly slip away from me.

Goal #4: Be Fun

I need to get home you guys. Just throwing that out there. Enjoying life will definitely be much easier once I drag myself home.

  • Read 50 books throughout the year – I intended to read in the evening every night of week 2. That did not happen, mainly because every time my head hits my pillow I end up passing out. Therefore the little bits of reading I’ve been getting in have mostly been while I’m eating lunch/dinner, which doesn’t exactly accumulate to all that much time. Long story short, I’m still working on Nevernight, and I definitely want to devour this book, but it’s been slow-going. Next week when I’m flying home and have a 9.5 hour layover in Toronto, I’m sure I’ll kill the book (and the second in the series, which I also have with me).
  • Play video games – I think I’ve settled on Borderlands 3 for what I want to play when I get home. That, and Secret of Mana for when Jason is using the TV. Maybe I’ll play some of Adrianna’s games with her as well. All I know is that I’ve been dying to just curl up on the couch and sink myself into a fantasy world that involves shooting enemies or swordfighting monsters or, hell…I’d even be up for catching some Pokemon right now. I am positively desperate for some geek-style relaxation.
  • Watch shows/movies – This will be my last time mentioning a lack of time. But, yeah, I haven’t been watching things because there’s been no time to watch things. I’ll be a big girl and confess that I have, in fact, had Good Omens playing on my Chromebook the last couple of days (shut up), but that was mostly background noise to keep myself awake while I did some other things that needed doing before I could allow myself to pass out. I considered watching some more Supernatural, since it’s available on Amazon Prime now, but I know I’d either fall asleep from fatigue, or else make my fatigue worse by staying up all night watching it, so I’ve decided against. Maybe I’ll spend some of that 9-hour layover on this endeavour. What do you think?

So, all in all, my successes of the week boil down to writing a decent amount, forcing myself to eat some vegetables, and continuing to woo the Good Omens fandom through Instagram. Not exactly a bad week, though I definitely feel that I’ll be much more productive once I drag my exhausted ass home from this job.

How was your week? Any accomplishments you want to share? Goals you worked hard on? Feel free to share in the comments! ❤

Plan & Goals 2020: Week 1 Review

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What’s that, you say? Tracey you magnificent creature, you’re only one week into the New Year and you’ve already managed to miss a weekly review post by four days?

You know what? You can take that negative attitude, lube it up real good, and-

Okay, okay, I’m not really mad. I can’t stay mad at you guys. I love you too much!

In all seriousness though, I’m writing this on my Chromebook in the work van as my coworkers and I head back to camp at the ass-hour of the evening, and I had to check my phone to even see what day of the week it is because it feels like I’ve been awake for approximately 126 hours straight. I haven’t, obviously, because if I had Jason would be writing this post to let you all know that I’d officially been shipped off to the nuthouse, but that’s what it feels like.

I am, at current, working 13 hour shifts, nestled within an hour’s worth of travel time (half an hour each way) while working a 21-straight-day shift on a northern Alberta oil sands site. This is not, amazingly, the most difficult shift I’ve ever done, but it is the first time I’ve done 13-hour days (usually they’re either 10 or 12), and I spent the first five days of the shift suffering from that ear infection I mentioned in my last post. Thus, as you can imagine, I am somewhat dramatically behind on my beauty sleep. In fact, I’m turning into quite the troll as a result. (No pics, ya’ll don’t deserve that.)

I’m actually beginning to perk up at this point and only have 13 days left to go in the shift before I’ll (likely) have 1-2 months free before the next job, so that’s all well and good, but because of that first week of abject misery my first report of 2020 isn’t going to be overwhelmingly positive. I shall, however, attempt to remain positive, as there are, in fact, some good points.

Let’s dive into it, shall we?


Goal #1: Be Healthier

As millions of resolution-makers the worldwide will attest, this can absolutely be one of the most difficult goals to actually stick to when making intentions for the coming calendar year. I am no different, especially when faced down with frustrating illnesses and a work schedule that goes a long way toward destroying anything even resembling free time. That said, it’s not all doom and gloom.

  • Eat better (and less) – I intend to, at some point (*cough cough*) actually start using my Yazio app again to track my calorie intake, but I can definitely say that, for the most part, I’ve been doing a hell of a lot better than I was doing in the month leading up to Christmas. The holidays had me indulging far too much in far too many treats, the consumption of which I couldn’t seem to halt if my life depending on it. Working in a camp situation, however, is an excellent way to kickstart repairing those bad habits, as the food options are limited. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty to eat, but a lot that I don’t like, and I’m not even remotely a fan of cafeteria-style eating, so I tend to skip big meals in favor of taking light foods back to my room. The result of this is that I’ve definitely been eating less overall, and most of what I’ve been eating has been healthier items like fresh fruit, yogurt, soups packed with veggies, and easy snacks like cheese and dry cereal.
  • Drink more water – As above, I do intend to actually start tracking this at some point, but even without doing so I can tell you that I’ve been doing much better than before the New Year. I haven’t been consuming alcohol, for one thing, since I’m working. But for another, I’ve taken to carrying my water bottle around again, and have been refilling it regularly. I’ve still been drinking coffee and tea, which definitely offsets my water consumption, but I expect that the fact that I haven’t been falling asleep at my desk (fatigue is my most prevalent symptom of dehydration) proves that I’m doing pretty well.
  • Get more exercise – This is one for which I’m just going to have to admit temporary defeat until I get home. I had every intention of exercising in my room the same way I did at my previous job, but when I found out I was going to be working 13 hour days that quickly got thrown out the window. I can’t get up any earlier in the morning without causing myself severe mental and emotional anguish, and by the time I get back to camp in the evening, shower, and eat, it’s all I can do to fall into bed and scroll on my phone for a few minutes before I pass out. We’ll come back to this one once I’ve got something that resembles spare time again.
  • Lose 2 lbs per month – There’s not really any need to comment on this one yet since it’s a monthly thing I’m going for, but just for the record, I currently have no method of properly weighing myself anyway, so this is another one that will have to wait until I get home.

Goal #2: Be an Author

Every year for the last several years in a row I’ve slacked off on this particular brand of goal when the New Year rolled around. There’s just something about the beginning of the year that always throws me off, makes me strangely lazy and disorganized, and I always seem to spend the first few weeks-to-months of the year writing next to nothing. Not this year! This year I’m positively addicted to writing.

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year – The first week of the year had fewer days, so Pacemaker.com didn’t give me an enormous word count right away. This was a good thing, given the sickness and the long days that destroyed me those first few days. That said, I’ve had ideas and the inclination, so I’ve been doing plenty of scribbling whenever I’m not working or sleeping. Pacemaker wanted me to write 5245 words and I surpassed that count with 5910. Not a bad extra few words for the first week of the year! Most of those were fictional words as well (I don’t have the exact number right at the moment); I’ve been writing random scenes for Book Three of The Other World, and I’m still on my Good Omens fanfiction bullshit. ;P
  • Promote published books – I can’t possibly claim to have worked particularly hard on this goal for the first week of the year, but I did make a few Instagram posts on the author account that related to “The Other World: Book One” and “Nowhere to Hide”. This is definitely a goal on which my attentions have been lacking thus far, however, so I think perhaps I need to do some brainstorming on how I can go about this one.
  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content – Phew! Okay, here’s one for which I definitely have to report epic failure for the first week of the year. I’ve posted precisely fuck all to Patreon since long before Christmas, and haven’t even really been thinking about it all that much. I do have intentions of making “Into the Moonlight” (the story I had published in the Shifters United series) a Patreon exclusive since the book it was in is out of print now, but I just haven’t gotten around to actually doing it yet. I have lots of other ideas that I intend to get up on Patreon at some point as well; I’ve just been well behind in this particular avenue. I’m working up to it!
  • Work on Author social media – Social media in general has been rather slow-going in general this first week, which you can’t really blame me for considering the 13 hour days and all that good stuff. I have been posting to Instagram, mostly for the Authors Challenge prompts, but other accounts like Twitter and Tumblr have definitely been suffering. I don’t expect this to clear up until I’ve gone home from this job, but I’m still going to try to bump things up a little now that I’ve been feeling better.

Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

As you can likely understand, this particular set of goals is most definitely on hold until after this particular job. Not only is the time constraint an obvious deterrent, but I also clearly can’t do things like filming while I’m 3000 miles away from my filming equipment. So this section is going to be quick.

  • Film/edit/upload – Can’t film until I get home! Pretty straight-forward here!
  • Promote and Interact (Social Media) – Similarly to the author social media, the YouTube accounts have been suffering as well due to long work days. I’ve been trying to perk up, at the very least on the Twitter account, but I can’t spend the work day sneaking tweets under my desk, so my lovely social media people are just going to have to be patient with me for the time being.
  • Expand website content – I can tell you that I fully intended to attempt to get some content up on the website while I was out on this job, but it’s seeming like that probably isn’t going to happen. That’s not to say that I’m not going to stop trying, but if it took me the better part of a week to get this post up, well…yeah.

Goal #4: Be Fun

I love that I labelled this group of goals as “be fun”. What did I think I was getting at there? I’m fun AF.

  • Read 50 books throughout the year – First of all, I won’t lie: I’m still 100% on my Good Omens fanfiction bullshit. It’s an addiction, my friends, that’s as powerfully all-consuming as any strand of crack or heroin. THAT SAID, I’ve been reading proper books as well. So far I’ve managed to finally finish reading “Capturing the Devil”, which was a positively gorgeous end to the Stalking Jack series. I absolutely loved it, and I’m quite certain I’m going to end up re-reading the entire series at some point.
    Currently I’ve just started reading “Nevernight”, as recommended to me by one of my most trusted reader friends. I’m only a chapter in at this point because I’ve been having trouble finding time to read (I read on my phone on the drives to and from work when it’s dark AF, but I can’t do that with a physical book for that reason), but I can already tell I’m going to love it.
  • Play video games – You guys, I can’t bloody wait to get home from this job and play some of the games I got for Christmas, you have no idea. I did bring my PS Vita out to site with me, but as you’ve probably caught on by the theme of this post so far I just haven’t had time. My brain is mush at the end of the day. Now that I’ve started perking up maybe I’ll find an hour here and there to poke into some of the games I brought with me, but for right now I’m just pining for those I’ve left at home.
  • Watch shows/movies – And last but not least…yeah, I haven’t been watching anything at all. Movies are definitely right out, as I know I’d fall asleep well before I could get through one, but shows have been too since I pretty much just collapse into bed at the end of the day. That said, Jason has been watching “The Witcher” at home, and it’s already been established that he’s re-watching it with me as soon as I get home, because apparently it’s excellent. This makes me happy because Geralt is such a fun damn character. XD

So that’s that, I suppose! My first report of the year more-or-less boils down to the fact that I’ve been managing to squeak my word counts in here and there, but haven’t really been doing a great job of literally anything else. Well, except for eating a bit better and drinking lots of water, I suppose. There’s definitely that. You know what? I’m going to call it an okay week. There were definite hiccups, but all things considered, along with the fact that I’m working ridiculous hours to be able to go home for a few restful weeks with my family before the next job…yeah. I’m doing fucking great. #SorryNotSorry. 😛

How was your week? Any accomplishments you want to share? Goals you worked hard on? Feel free to share in the comments! ❤

Good Intentions for the New Year

plansandgoals2020I know what you’re thinking: Tracey, what the literal hell? It’s nearly a week into the year already and you’re just now coming out with your plans and goals for 2020?

And you know what? I get it! I really do! It doesn’t set a great precedent, taking so long to even start talking about your plans, right? Absolutely.

But here’s the thing, my lovely, sweet, summer children:

2020 has hit me like a motherfucking ten-ton truck straight between the eyes.

Believe me when I say that between the sinus cold, the full-day travelling for work, the massive inner ear infection, and the thirteen-hour work days, this is the first chance I’ve had to even attempt to write this post. And the only reason I’m even writing it now, instead of collapsing into bed and letting my poor, burning eyeballs rest, is because tomorrow I have to do my first weekly update post! Kinda hard to do an update post when you haven’t yet written the post that’s being updated on.

So, ignoring for the time being that the thread of sanity I’m currently clinging to is pulled tighter than a bowstring, let’s take a look at what I’ve decided to put my focus into for 2020.



Goal #1: Be Healthier

  • Eat better (and less)
  • Drink more water
  • Get more exercise
  • Lose 2 lbs per month

“Be healthier” is the overall idea, but it seemed a little too vague for my sense of requiring something to track, so I came up with a few specific items to focus on. This one might seem a bit cliche, honestly, but it is actually something I want to start paying more attention to. I was doing really well for a while there when I was working the shutdown in the Fall, but I kinda fell apart once I went home and started in on the holidays and whatnot. I want to try to turn that back around, because I’ve definitely been feeling the failure physically lately.

The first three bullets ultimately lead to the fourth, which is the main part of my goal. Weight, of course, isn’t always the most important factor, but in my particular case I have gained weight and want to shed it again. Plus losing some weight will help significantly with the overall health factor.

Goal #2: Be an Author

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year
  • Promote published books
  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content
  • Work on Author social media

For my word count goal this year I’m repeating my 500k goal from last year. I could probably go higher, since I was so close to hitting that goal in 2019, but I wanted to stay reasonable and I didn’t want to take away too much from other goals. Writing is incredibly important to me, but there are other things that I want to focus on as well.

The word count part of this section is obviously the big one, but I also want to start putting more work into self-promotion, as well as the community aspect through social media. More followers equals more potential readers, after all.

And finally, I also intend to upload Patreon only content for lovely folks who want to support me just because they’re awesome.

Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

  • Film/edit/upload
  • Promote and Interact (Social Media)
  • Expand website content

Let’s face it; I haven’t been a very good YouTuber for ages now. There have been excuses, some good, some pathetic, but the long and short of it is that I just haven’t been doing it. In the coming year I want to start carving out time to ensure that videos are filmed, edited, and uploaded, and to regularly promote the channel and interact with the community through social media. Alongside that, I intend to take a more firm hold of the channel website, catch up on video-related posts, and start creating a variety of other content to entice visitors with.

Goal #4: Be Fun

  • Read 50 books throughout the year
  • Play video games
  • Watch shows/movies

The least important in many ways, but the most important in some ways, my final overall goal for 2020 is to have fun doing things I love doing. The most specific one is the reading one, since it coincides with my Goodreads 2020 Challenge, but the overall intention for the goal is: Read – Play – Watch. Because, after all, all work and no play makes Tracey a homicidal maniac.

That is how that saying goes, right?


And there we have it, easy as 1-2-3….and also 4, I suppose. It took me nearly a week to get here, but I officially have a recorded and shared list of goals for 2020, all shiny and new and waiting for me to hop on them. Now, if I could just get rid of these blasted ailments… *cough cough ; snort snort; dead*

Did you make any goals for 2020? Any plans to do marvellous things? Any thoughts on where the New Year is headed? Let me know in the comments!

Saying Goodbye to the Goals of 2019! (Week 52 in Review)

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It’s finally that time, you guys. It’s time to look through 2019 and see what I made of my goals for the year. I won’t lie: there were definitely some failures and absolutely some very weak attempts, but there was also awesomeness as well. So first off, let’s take a quick look at what happened in week 52, the final week of the year:


Goal #1: Write half a million words.

I fully understood that writing was going to take a major back-burner on this last week; I mean, come on you guys…it was Christmas! But I also actually ended up writing a lot more than I was expecting to. I was determined to finish off my Ineffable Advent without missing any days, so I managed to find moments here and there and wrote as fast as I could. I can’t speak to the quality of the pieces, but the lovely people over at AO3 seem to have enjoyed them so I guess I did okay!

Long story short, I ended up writing 10,979 words right at the end of the year, which was pretty wicked in my opinion.

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words.  What’s even better than managing to write 11k words throughout the holidays is the fact that just under 10k of them (9956 words) were fictional ones! Once again we have my Ineffable Advent to thank for that one. I was plucking away like a maniac, let me tell you.

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

You’re probably going to laugh at me for this one…but I didn’t end up finishing A Christmas Carol. <<insert laughing/embarrassed emoji here>>

I definitely intended to, but every time I found a few moments during which I could read I chose to write instead. 😐 I trust you’ll forgive me for that one. One of these years I’m going to get through that book, I swear. lol

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

Social media usage slowed down as the holidays took over, although I still posted some stuff here and there as we celebrated together. Reasonably, viewing of social media was also down, but honestly? I think that’s a good thing. We shouldn’t be screwing around on our phones when we should be enjoying time with friends and family.

Last week’s numbers are as follows:

  • The YouTube channel went up 5 followers
  • The YouTube Twitter account stayed the same
  • The YouTube Instagram went down 4 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score stayed the same
  • The Author Twitter account stayed the same
  • The Author Instagram account gained 1 follower

Basically another steady week with little to no movement in any direction. Except for five random new YouTube subscribers which, I have to admit, confuses me a tad. But hey, I’ll take it!

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

I did play some games during the last week of the year! For one thing, Jason got me the Mana collection for the Switch, and I immediately delved into Secret of Mana because that game is nostalgia in a cartridge for me. For another thing I got Jason Mortal Kombat 11 and spent some time playing that with him. For ANOTHER we had company and ended up playing Smash Bros on the Switch for several hours. It was all a very good time. 🙂

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

There’s no pussyfooting around this one. YouTube was plainly and simply set aside until after the holidays. And since I’m currently in the process of flying back out West for work again (don’t worry, it’s only two weeks this time) there won’t be much done now until at least mid-January, unless Jason feels like filming some stuff on his own.


OKAY! So that’s how the final week of 2019 went, but how did 2019 in GENERAL go? Let’s take a look at the broad numbers!


 

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

The official word count total for all of 2019 is a whopping 472,304 words. WOO! It sucks that I petered off at the end so close to the actual goal, but as I mentioned in previous posts I am still more than pleased with these results. This is far, far more than I’ve ever written in a calendar year before, so I’m exceptionally proud of myself. I can only hope to continue this kind of pace into the new year (and decade)!

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words.  Okay, so I finally went back through all the numbers from throughout the year and did the calculations…and, you guys, I murdered this goal. I was fully expecting to pull this one off with the amount of fiction I’ve been writing these past months, but I didn’t expect it to be such a blow-out! It turns out that I wrote 347,105 fictional words in 2019. That’s nearly six short novels worth! Hot DAMN, right? ❤

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

As far as Goodreads is concerned, I only read 40 books last year. That’s still quite decent, but also means that I failed my Goodreads challenge.

That said, a very quick skim through the fanfics I’ve been reading tells me that I’ve read the equivalent of about 20 novels just worth of that stuff. So, take that as you will! In my personal opinion, reading is reading, so I did awesome. And if a bunch of that reading just happened to be sappy angelxdemon fluff-n-smut written by fellow hyper-fanatics? Well, that’s my prerogative and ya’ll can keep your mouths shut on the matter. 😛

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

Looking at the overall numbers for the entire year, everything went up, which is obviously a good thing. The numbers aren’t exactly huge increases though, so I’m finding it difficult to be overly proud about them.

2019’s numbers are as follows:

  • The YouTube channel went up 173 followers
  • The YouTube Twitter account gained 112 followers
  • The YouTube Instagram went up 56 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score went up points
  • The Author Twitter account went up 44 followers
  • The Author Instagram account gained 235 followers

I wouldn’t exactly call those bad numbers, but they’re definitely rookie ones. Over the course of an entire year the biggest increase was a little over 200? Yeah, no, obviously I have to work harder in 2020.

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

I didn’t really record this one in a way that I can give an overall report on, but suffice it to say that I didn’t end up playing nearly as much as I was hoping or intending to. Part of that comes down to the fact that I ended up out at work in Alberta for four straight months. Part of it is that when I had spare time I chose to spend that time reading or writing (which you can’t really blame me for). Part of it is just good ol’ fashioned failure to make an effort. But as this particular goal was mostly just about enjoying life a bit more, I’ll let it slide, because I enjoyed life just fine in 2019.

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

If there’s a failure on the list, this is the one. I’m not even going to make any excuses. There are definitely some good ones, and they’re legitimate, but the overall issue here is that I just haven’t been into it at all. I’m really hoping to turn it around in 2020, but 2019 just had so much else going on for me that I couldn’t find it in me to expend any excess energy on YouTube, especially after the “child-friendly” bullshit began and made everyone terrified to breathe on the platform.

Long story short, YouTube was pretty much a bust in 2019. But I’m not ready to quit yet, so fingers crossed for a significantly more productive 2020!


And that’s what it all boils down to! 2019 is gone, and while some of my goals may as well have not existed at all, some of them ended up being all kinds of success. Overall, I’m pleased, but I definitely have thoughts about the upcoming year! To hear about those thoughts, stay tuned for my Goals 2020 post, coming soon! 😀


How was your YEAR? 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!