Well hello there all you beautiful people! Has it really been a week already since I wrote the last post after just arriving in camp for my new oil sands job? Yes, yes it has! That bodes well, because that week honestly kinda flew by, and if there’s one thing you want time to do while you’re out on these kinds of jobs, it’s “fly by”.
My first week out here has been pretty decent overall. I began with a few day shifts that allowed me to get to know the crew and the site, not to mention get over my jet lag. Then I transferred over to the night shift and was quickly bumped up from 10 hour shifts to 12. I’m sure all of that sounds horrible to most of you, but the truth is that it’s all good stuff. When you’re out on these jobs, thousands of miles away from family and stuck living in a work camp for weeks or months on end, what you really want to make sure you’re doing is making money. And 12-hour shifts, working nights? That’s a significant bit of extra money. Believe me: I ain’t complainin’.
Of course, working 12-hours daily and being at the whim of the bus, dining, and quiet hour schedules can make life a little frustrating at times, but I’ve learned how to maximize my time over the years, so it’s all good. No worries; I’ve got this handled. No, really!
In other non-goal news before we dive into it, it took a few days of getting over jet lag, dealing with a pulled muscle in my neck, and getting used to the shifts, but I did eventually get back into my P90 exercises two days ago. And that, my friends, is a very good thing, because I am officially off the keto diet. It’s not that I necessarily wanted to stop doing it, but after a couple of days in camp I determined that it just isn’t feasible while I’m here. There aren’t enough keto-friendly options in the dining halls without eating the same 3-4 things over and over again every day – which is a recipe for disaster. So I’ve ditched the diet for now, although I am still trying to eat moderately healthy while I’m here. Salads ahoy!
Okay, I think those are the only major things I wanted to bring up before getting into the goals, so let’s go ahead and move on now:
Goal #1: Write half a million words.
I am both quite happy with myself and quite annoyed with my past self concerning this goal this week. On the positive side, I did an excellent job getting my writing in for week 27! I had my best week since…I can’t even remember when…with 9671 beautiful words. Hell to the yeah! Nearly 10k! WOO!
The annoying part, however, is the fact that since I had so many terrible weeks in a row, the numbers Pacemaker.press is asking me for are still much, much bigger than the numbers I’m getting. Twice as much bigger, in fact. The goal-tracking site wanted me to have written a little over 20k for week 27, so my lovely 9671 is still pretty damn down there.
That said, screw it! I wrote nearly 10k last week! I’m happy! If I can write another 10k this week I’ll be even happier!
It seems counter-intuitive considering the work schedule, but being back to work in the oil sands really makes me want to write. A lot of it is just the fact that I don’t have many day-to-day concerns; yeah, I’m working 12 hour days, but I don’t have to cook or clean or run errands. So I use that time to write! Seems like a win, right? Yeah, I knew you’d agree.
- Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. What’s even more awesome than writing nearly 10k words in a week? Without question it’s the fact that nearly all of those words were fictional ones! Yes, my friends, I’m finally back in the saddle and I cranked out 8685 fictional words last week! About half of those words were the first pile of pages of The Other World: Book Three, which I’m writing by hand in notebooks during my breaks and lunches (because every now and then I just get in the mood to write by hand for some reason). Most of the rest was toward Nowhere to Run, the sister-novel to Nowhere to Hide. I feel like I’ve actually got a decent wind going on both of them, which is pretty exciting. For the first time in what feels like forever, I’ve got ideas churning in my head again!
Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.
Reading has also been going quite well. Remember when I said I’ve learned how to maximize my time when I’m out here? I wasn’t kidding. While I’m writing during my breaks and lunches, I read while on the bus to and from site, and in the evenings when I’m laying in bed, getting ready to drift off. In that way I finally managed to finish “It“, and I also flew through “Sharp Objects” in about a day and a half. Now I’m about a quarter of the way through “Jurassic Park“, which I’ve been meaning to read for ages, and my Goodreads Challenge page is looking top-notch!
Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!
Here’s where things might get a little off-kilter, because it’s a bit difficult to keep up with the social media stuff while I’m out here. Not necessarily because of limited time (although that’s obviously part of it), but because I falter for things to talk about and/or share. There’s nothing to take pictures of out here for Instagram, so I’m just running on whatever I shot before I left. Twitter is a bit easier because you can play on what other people are talking about, but ultimately I still have to provide my own content. Facebook and Snapchat…psh. I handed the Basement Geeks group back over to Jason to take care of while I’m gone, and Snapchat mostly just gets whatever I’m sharing to Instagram at the time. So with all that in mind, let’s glance at some numbers.
Last week’s numbers are as follows:
- The YouTube channel gained 2 subscribers
- The YouTube Twitter account went up 13 followers
- The YouTube Instagram account went down 13 followers
- The Snapchat account’s score went up 15 points
- The Author Twitter account gained 2 followers
- The Author Instagram account went up 8 followers
Wait, what the- Oh FUCK OFF, Instagram! This would have been a beautiful, all positives week if it hadn’t been for stupid, stupid Instagram! I’ll never get why the follower numbers on that platform jump up and down like a jackrabbit, but apparently I lost as many followers on the YouTube Insta last week as I gained the week before. Bloody stupid hell. If anything social media related is going to drive me insane, that’s going to be it.
Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games.
I did, in fact, bring my Playstation Vita out here with me, and I suppose I could also play some old roms on my computer if I really wanted to, buuuuuuuuut…yeah, no. I’d like to be finding time to play games, but right now all my free time energy has been going toward reading and writing, and for the time being that’s how I want it to continue. When I start to drive myself mad, or I start running out of books to read, I’ll haul out the Vita and shoot some zombies or rampage across Pandora or something.
Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.
I suppose, for the most part, I can just set this goal aside for the foreseeable future. I mean, the channel will continue, and I’ll still be doing channel-related things throughout my time in Alberta, but I definitely won’t be filming any videos any time soon. That said, after a few weeks when I’m really in the groove of things I’m probably going to start recording voice over files to send to Jason for possible videos, so I won’t give up on this one just yet. That said, you can obviously understand that I don’t really have anything to report since I have no way to properly film anything right now.
And that, as they say, is that! There are obvious blind spots when it comes to things I simply can’t do while out here on a work camp (i.e. film), but for the most part I’ve got to go ahead and say that this was a pretty awesome week. Reading and writing have taken up some major acreage in my brain plot (what the hell do I even mean by that?) and aside from the frustration of Instagram, the social media side of things is holding strong. I really can’t complain about anything this week! That’s almost frightening! XD
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!