Happy Halloween-Week everyone! The spooking hour grows near!
I have a few things to talk about before we get into the goals this week, starting with the fact that the job I’ve been talking about the past two weeks…yeah, that’s over already. After one 10-day shift the company decided to pull the plug. I’m not saying that I’m sitting here bawling my eyes out or anything, but it’s definitely a bit disappointing. Even though the work was back-breaking and mind-numbing I was hoping to at least get enough hours out of it for a new unemployment claim. No such luck, unfortunately. I suppose they decided that it was a job much better suited to a warmer season – which, to be honest, they should have realized right from the beginning.
Looking on the bright side, however, coming home ridiculously early means that I’m not going to miss Halloween now. It’s a small comfort in the face of losing significant income, but it’s a comfort none-the-less, considering that I’ve never yet missed a Halloween with my family. The only question now is what I’m going to dress up as. I’ll have to look through our random assorted stuff and see what actually fits. *cough cough*
In other news, we’re down to the last less-than-six days for the “Nowhere to Hide” 99 cent ebook sale, so grab it now while it’s still cheap! Give yourself the gift of a spooky read for Halloween! 😀
Annnnd, I’m positive that I had other things to talk about, but for the life of me they aren’t coming to my head right now, so I suppose I’ll just go ahead and move on!
Goal #1: Be Healthier
Well you can hardly say that I wasn’t physical for those ten days while I was working, buuutttt….
- Eat better (and less) – Aside from my first day back home (which consisted mainly of lounging around and gorging on snacks while watching horror movies), I was doing pretty well last week. I’ll admit to having stuffed myself a bit at dinner time each day, but after a ten-hour day of shovelling mud you can hardly blame me. Counting calories was all but impossible considering that I had no way of knowing the nutritional info on the camp food, but I do believe that, over all, I burned more calories than I ate throughout the week.
- Drink more water – Ohhhh, there was a lot of drinking, believe you me. Lots of water, lots of herbal tea, the occasional coffee, and lots more water. Even though the weather was cold and disgusting, doing all that shovelling burnt a lot of energy, so regular hydration was definitely required. And now that I’m back home again I’m back to regularly gulping down water and coffee, so all is well on this front.
- Get more exercise – Traditional exercise? No. But there was, of course, the aforementioned shovelling. I worked my ass off Monday through Thursday, then spent a bunch of time on Friday wandering around airports (I may or may not have been catching Pokemon…). Since being home I haven’t really done anything because I’m stuck doing government-mandated self-quarantine because of re-entering the province. Yes, I could have started doing exercise vids again, but at the moment every inch of our house is covered in the Halloween decorations that can’t go outside until the big day, so there isn’t really anywhere to do something like that. So, until Halloween is over, I’ll just have to do my best to wander around the house a lot. 😛
- Lose 2 lbs per month – I’ve only weighed myself once since coming home, and the number made me cringe. I’m trying not to think about it too much because I guarantee that I gained a ton of muscle while doing all that shovelling. So for the time being we’ll just say that, no, I didn’t lose any weight.
Goal #2: Be an Author
I’m going to admit something: I’ve been getting wickedly discouraged lately concerning the whole author deal. I know that I’ll never give it up, because if nothing else, writing makes me happy. But the fruits of my labor have been pretty rotten lately. Or perhaps they’re just refusing to grow at all? Yeah, that sounds about right.
- Write 500,000 words throughout the year – I did get a decent bit of writing done last week. It wasn’t as much as I was hoping for, because instead of having a few days off from work to relax and do nothing but write, I was actually travelling to get home. Even still, I managed to surpass my Pacemaker.press goal by about a thousand words. Pacemaker wanted me to write 8323 words, and I came out on top with 9363. Once more the majority of those were non-fiction words, but the fiction is starting to crawl back up and get closer to a 50/50 split, so I can deal with that. I expect the fiction to begin flowing a lot more in November anyway.
- Promote published books – Guys, I’ve been promoting the 99 cent sale, I really have! I’m just getting absolutely no reaction from it, and it’s incredibly frustrating. In fact, I don’t even really want to talk about this one. It’s just too much of a migraine for my poor skull right now.
- Promote Patreon & exclusive content – The most recent chapter of “Revenge Omens” made it’s way onto the Patreon last week, and I already have the next chapter prepared for this week. Go me! I was intending to have a Halloween-related story prepared for the Patreon, but I just never got around to it with everything else I’ve had on my plate. At this point, if I even manage to get the thing written, it will likely go live on AO3 right away so that people can actually enjoy it for the season. That said, when “Revenge Omens” is finished (which will be soon!) I’ll be diving right into another story that I’ve been working with on and off for a while. Chapters will be released to my Patreons weekly, going live on AO3 the following week. Yes, I plan to have a proper release schedule for this one. 😛
- Work on Author social media – I was more than a little busy and distracted last week, but somehow or other I did, actually, manage to post to the social media every day. And hey! It was actually an all-positives week for a change! Finally, something to smile about! Concerning the author accounts specifically, I gained 2 new Twitter followers and 5 new Instagram followers. *waves* Hiya, newbies!
Goal #3: Be a YouTuber
Obviously I didn’t get much done on the YouTube front this past week, but that’s not to say that nothing got done.
- Film/edit/upload – Concerning videos, Jason managed to finish editing and uploaded the mail-call video that we filmed before I left. There were some awesome items from our buddies Kerry and Derek, so you should definitely check it out!
We also have a “Cryptkins Unleashed” video that should be going up in the near future; it’s just a bit delayed for numerous personal and unavoidable reasons. But it’s coming!
- Promote and Interact (Social Media) – The social media has been a joint effort lately, with Jason posting pics of stuff from our horror collection, and me posting images of the horror movies we’ve been watching, along with an invitation to check out my reviews on TraceysBasement.com. The resulting gains have…not been substantial. But at least they were positive ones last week. The Twitter account gained 1 follower, and the Instagram gained 2.
- Expand website content – For the third week in a row I’ve been posting to the website with mini-reviews of each of the horror movies we’ve been watching throughout October. I’m not entirely certain that anyone is reading them since none of them have received any comments, but I’ve been mostly enjoying writing them, so that’s good at least. Once the month ends I’m going to start up with some list articles and see if I can’t bully anyone into clicking on them out of curiosity. 😛
Goal #4: Be Fun!
I’m sure you probably realize that it’s difficult to find the time to do anything fun while working ten hour days, writing movie reviews, sneaking in social media posts, and also trying to continue writing a significant amount of fiction. I have to say, though, that I think I’ve been doing a half-decent job.
- Read 50 books throughout the year – I’m currently about 3/4 of the way through the “Hocus Pocus” sequel and expect to have it finished before Halloween. I’m enjoying it so far, although I do find that it has the feel of being written more for children. I mean, the movie is fairly kid-centric, so I shouldn’t be surprised, but it’s definitely a little more-so than I was expecting.
I also finished ‘reading’ (i.e. ‘listening’) to the “Invisible Man” audio book last week. All things told I expect I might have enjoyed it more if I’d read it the traditional way. I just don’t think that audio books are for me. I didn’t hate it or anything, but I found there were long chapters where it felt like nothing was happening. And while that may have been just as true while reading with my own eyes, I’m a rather fast reader so those moments would have passed a lot faster that way. A failed experiment, I would call it, and I don’t see myself reading any more audio books in the near future.
- Play video games – Nope! Just…nope!
- Watch shows/movies – Of course, here we have the plethora of horror movies that I’ve been enjoying for October. Even while working I still managed to cram in each of the movies that Jason and Adrianna were also watching at home, so I had a lovely week of screams and spooks. If you’re interested in what we’ve been watching, go check out TraceysBasement.com for the daily reviews! Maybe you’ll find something interesting that you’ve never seen before!
And that pretty much covers it for the third week of October 2020. I have to admit, I’m getting a bit antsy for this year to just be…done. Not that I expect 2021 to be any better, but you can’t argue that 2020 has just been a shit year all around and we surely all want it in our rear-view mirror. Just two more months, my friends, and maybe if we all cross our fingers and hope our very hardest 2021 won’t be the epic clusterfuck that this year has been. If you believe in any Gods, for the love of them, start praying. lol
How was your week? Any accomplishments you want to share? Goals you worked hard on? Feel free to share in the comments!