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! ❤