Plan & Goals 2020: Week 8 Review

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It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly the end of February! The month really went by in a flash, not that I’m complaining…I don’t want to wish my life away or anything, but I’m definitely ready for bloody Spring. I’m sick of the cold, you guys. Gimmi some warm breezes already.
Week 8 was a weird one. I was really tired for a lot of it, for one thing. For another, I feel like I was super-busy, but at the same time it seems like I didn’t get all that much done. So I suppose I’m just going to have to take a look at the facts and see how they align.
Let’s do this thing.

Goal #1: Be Healthier

I was allllll over the place during week 8. One day I’d be highly motivated, the next I’d just want to curl up in a blanket and eat junk food all day. There are numerous factors, I’m certain, but the most basic one boils down to some truly epic laziness. There’s just no two ways around that one.

  • Eat better (and less) – I’ve been trying, I promise you that! I’ve also been having varying degrees of success though. Just as with my waxing and waning motivation, my desire to eat well has been strong one moment and non-existent the next. I’ve been trying to eat good food in general, and to not snack mindlessly, but week 8 was simply not a good one for this particular section of the ‘Be Healthier’ goals.
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  • Drink more water – Now, water? That I’m okay with. There was a day or two during week 8 when I kinda got distracted and forget to fill myself with H2O, but overall I’ve been doing perfectly fine with this one.
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  • Get more exercise – Phew! I exercised…twice last week? Yeah, I think that’s right. It actually got to the point that Jason scolded me. Which is good, because sometimes I need scolding in order to convince myself that I have to do something. That said, after a few weeks of trying to build myself up a bit and get used to the idea of exercising again, I officially started P90X yesterday. It worked well for me in the past (back when we were getting in shape for our wedding a decade ago), so I don’t see any reason it shouldn’t work well again. This time around I’m going for the ‘Lean’ schedule because I’m not looking to get buff or anything and I’m hoping ‘Lean’ might help more with overall weight-loss than the regular schedule.
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  • Lose 2 lbs per month – I’ve got nothing specific to report this week because I didn’t weigh myself this morning. I avoided the scale on purpose because we had a pretty fat weekend full of hockey game snacks and calorie-bomb vodka coolers, and I really didn’t need to see what the result of that turned out to be. Instead I’m running off the assumption that I’m roughly where I was before, and I’ll take a look at the numbers after a week of P90X to see if anything is changing. Sound good? Good.
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Goal #2: Be an Author

Man, you guys…it’s been building over the past six or seven months now, but I really have to say, I can’t believe how much I’m writing these days. I’ve gone literal WEEKS without writing a damn thing and then having to report zeros on my goal posts. Now I’m absolutely murdering it, and I can’t give enough credit to the Good Omens fandom. Yeah, I know I should be focusing more on my original stuff, but the GO fandom has just been SO amazing and lovely concerning my fanfics, and it give me all the warm-and-fuzzies. Knowing that people are reading and loving what you write…that’s the goddamn ticket right there. It keeps me going. It keeps me eating, sleeping, and breathing prose. So, thank you again, Ineffable Husbands shippers. Y’all are my people.

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year – Week 8 was an easier week for whatever reason…Pacemaker.press chose to only request 4223 words from me for the week. I could have absolutely wiped the floor with that number, but I decided to take the break for what it was and go slow for a few days. You have to actually think about what you’re writing now and then, after all! Even so, I still killed that number with a week’s word count of 7036. Aside from my blog post from last Monday, all of those words were for ‘In Silence Our Secrets Lie‘, which has been getting so many lovely comments from readers recently that I’m absolutely drowning in affection!
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  • Promote published books – I’m not gonna lie: I don’t think I did a damn thing to promote my books last week. I’ve been so hyper-focused on these fanfics I’m writing… But, I mean…here’s hoping that a few of the awesome people who have been reading those fics will eventually branch out and try out a couple of my actual books, right? Hey, a girl can dream.
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  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content – The last thing I posted to Patreon was the most recent chapter of ‘Revenge Omens‘, which has since been posted to AO3 as well. I feel confident that I posted a decent amount of content to my Patreon in February, so I’m allowing myself to relax just a bit, but I definitely want to have something ready soon-ish, going into March.
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  • Work on Author social media – Instagram continues to be where it’s at for my Author social media, mainly because of the aforementioned amazing Good Omens fandom. Because of them I gained 16 new followers on Insta last week! Unfortunately the Twitter account didn’t even twitch, but at least it didn’t go down, am I right?
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Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

Getting back into YouTubing continues to be a trial, but it’s a trial that’s being worked on, believe me.

  • Film/edit/upload – There still hasn’t been any filming, but that’s entirely as a result of the basement still being an unholy wreck at the moment. That said, we’ve been working on it, and it’s getting more reasonable. As soon as we figure out a couple more shelves and get the lighting set up in a way that works with our new layout we should be good to get a few things rolling.
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  • Promote and Interact (Social Media) – New York Toy Fair is on right now, so I’ve actually been interacting a bit more than usual! Unfortunately the numbers do not reflect. lol The Twitter account actually lost two followers, while the Instagram account remained the same as last week. I don’t know what it is, you guys, but these numbers just barely ever change, and I’m not entirely sure what to do different!
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  • Expand website content – I just went to the website out of pure curiosity and saw that the last post I shared there was our Halloween vlog. Man. Sometimes I’m just a totally useless piece of trash. Just throwing that out there.
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Goal #4: Be Fun

 

  • Read 50 books throughout the year – Yes, I’ve been reading. No, I haven’t finished Nevernight yet. Yes, I feel absolutely shit about it because it is a fucking amazing book and deserves my undivided attention. No, I’m not going to stop reading GO fanfiction anytime soon. But yes, I plan to force myself to sit down and read Nevernight today. This nonsense is getting out of hand and I’ve got other books I want to get to as well.
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  • Play video games – I didn’t do a whole lot of gaming this past week, aside from some Just Dance 2020 with the little one (free exercise!). Mostly I either haven’t been in the mood or have been focused on other things, plain and simple, but I’m going to try to find some video-game-related relaxation time in the coming week because Borderlands 3 has been whispering sweet nothings to me from the game shelf.
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  • Watch shows/movies – Jason and I have officially run out of Family Guy episodes to watch, so we should really start getting back to the long list of things we’ve been meaning to watch, huh? We did watch Dredd  (the newer one with Karl Urban) this weekend with the little one. She thoroughly enjoyed it because she’s sick, like her parents. lol Other than that I don’t really have much to mention here.

So, looking back at everything I just wrote…it wasn’t exactly a terrible week, but not overly productive either. As with previous weeks my productivity seems to be focused almost solely on writing, which isn’t a bad thing, but it would definitely be nice if I could manage to spread my attentions a little more evenly so other things get done as well.

Also, it wouldn’t hurt if I could function on, like…five or so hours of sleep. Anyone have any tips for that one? 😛

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

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