Plans and Goals 2018: Week 26 Review


Darn it! I was trying to get back into actually posting these weekly reviews ON TIME, but by the time I found a moment to do it last night I was hungry and exhausted, and just ended up passing out in bed. ūüėõ

If you’re not Canadian you might not have realized that this past weekend was Canada Day, the result of which was a long few days of activities with family. Jason, Adrianna, and I traveled “down home” to hang out with Jason’s family, leaving early Saturday and returning home mid-Monday. There was shopping, running around with the kid and her cousin to do Canada Day activities, fireworks, a bonfire, some swimming, a wee bit of alcohol (ha ha), a lot of junky food, and two nights of sleeping on an air mattress. PLUS Adrianna’s Nana and Papa got her a trampoline for grading day, which Jason and I had to construct Friday night, and have been joining her on for the lulz safety reasons. So, to not put too fine a point on it: I’m pretty darn exhausted.

This also means, as I’m sure you’ve probably put together, that my report this week might be a little disjointed and unimpressive, along with being late. I honestly am not really sure. I’ve barely even thought about it yet and am just intending to jump into this post and figure it all out as I go along, so I guess we’ll see what happens together.

Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
You can probably imagine that, given the several days in a row of summer/grading day/Canada day events, I didn’t get a whole lot of time to focus during week 26. Well, I¬†did¬†get a good bit of focus happening in the first half of the week, so luckily it’s not all doom and gloom.

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year.¬†The week started off fairly well, with a few days in a row of my actually meeting the daily word counts set for me by! Of course, I’ve already explained that the second half of the week went all to hell on me as far as writing goes, but in the end it didn’t turn out too badly at all. I wrote 1393 blog words and 2600 fiction words, for a week’s total of 3993. That brings the year’s total so far up to 107,507 words, and keeps my daily average the same as last week at 591 words per day. In the end I’m quite pleased with this simply because my average¬†didn’t go down further. I’m so behind at this point that my average has been sinking a little bit lower every week for the past nine weeks, so to see it stay steady is actually just as good as seeing it go up, honestly!
  • Goal #2: Sell more books.¬†The end of week 26 also marked the end of June, during which I sold a grand total of 3 paperback books, 1 e-book, and had 178 pages read through Kindle Unlimited. That is pitiful, you guys, it really is. And what’s even more pitiful is that previous months have been worse. I’ve been working as hard as I can with the time that I have to build up my platform through my author accounts on Twitter and Instagram, but it’s a bit of an uphill battle, especially on Instagram. I’m finding that I’ll gain x number of subscribers one day, and lose x+1 the next. And though I’ve been promoting my books as often as I feel I can without being annoying, it doesn’t seem to actually be accomplishing anything. This is an extremely sour point for me, it really is, and I could easily rant about it all day, but you don’t need to hear all that, so I’ll let it go now.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two.¬†Work is still progressing! In fact, all of the fiction words that I reported above were toward rewrites of certain scenes that had issues in them. There’s still a fair bit to do, but it is moving along quite nicely, and I’m coming up to a few chapters in a row that should be pretty quick and easy. I’m really hoping to get the manuscript to my beta-readers sometime during the summer, and I definitely think that this goal is totally doable.

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
My brain has been in and out on YouTube lately (especially during those events mentioned above when we’re not even at home and thus cannot film), but Jason and I have been trying hard to think of new ideas for the channel, which is something we feel we need in order to continue to grow. On that note, any and all ideas are appreciated and will be considered, so feel free to drop a comment if you have any thoughts!

  • Goal #1: Film more often.¬†¬†We filmed two videos in week 26, both of which included Adrianna as our adorable little co-star. We likely would have done more, but there was just so much going on, plus I had a ton of cleaning to do for when my parents were visiting, that there just wasn’t enough time. But the two vids that we did do were cute and fun, so I’m totally happy with that outcome!
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect.¬†This goal has been a pretty steady one for many weeks in a row now, but I have to admit that I’ve tapered off a little. Mostly I think the problem is that my brain has been focused more on my shiny new author accounts and getting those off the ground. I’ve been using the channel accounts too, but just not at as steady and continuous pace as I have been in previous weeks. I’m going to do my best to rectify this in the coming weeks because the channel accounts have actually been growing recently and I don’t want to lose that forward momentum.

#3: Focus more on myself.
Did I even have any time to focus on myself during week 26? Okay, I might be exaggerating just a tad, but you know what I mean.

  • Goal #1:¬†Take time daily to read/watch/play.¬†Someone desperately needs to take my phone away from me! On the one hand, yeah, I took time daily to “play”, but that play was almost entirely crappy phone games again. I did play a little bit of “A Link to the Past” before the cartridge started crapping out on me, and I did play a little bit of Just Dance with Adrianna, but other than that all my spare time was spent curled up on the couch or in bed with Sailor Drops, Plants vs Zombies 2, or Fallout Shelter. Someone give me a smack in the head!
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don‚Äôt obsess.¬†Major confession time! I didn’t do a single Zombie Run all through week 26. Partly this was due to ridiculous weather (windy rain storms, sudden switch-flips to ultra-hot weather) and the aforementioned weekend-full-of-events, but I still feel pretty annoyed with myself. Unfortunately we’re also experiencing an uncharacteristic heat wave this week, so unless I can convince myself to get up before sunrise so that I don’t take heat stroke, I don’t know how many runs I’m going to get done in the next week either.

So overall I’d say it wasn’t a bad week. It definitely could have been more productive, but given that we’re finally getting some summer weather, the kid is finished of school, and all the summer activities and festivals are currently going on, I’ll give myself a bit of leeway.

How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!


Surprise Box from The Border Geek! TMNT, DC Comics, MOTU and BATTLETOADS!

We got another box of goodies from our buddy Derek, The Border Geek! This box is mostly for Adrianna, but has a few things for lil’ol’ me and Jason too, and includes Ninja Turtles, Batman the Animated Series, an absolutely incredible old meme that will never die, and BATTLETOADS! Anyone here remember Battletoads? Yeah you do. XD

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Loyal Subjects Blind Boxes Wave 1 Full Case! Unboxing 16 TMNT Figures!

Ninja Turtles are a bit of a big deal in our household, so when we came across a full, untainted box of TMNT Loyal Subjects at our local EB Games we just couldn’t resist! Of course, Adrianna had to join us for the unboxing, because she’s as big a Turtle nerd as her parents, so here we have a family blind box haul! Come see who we got in this case, and then pop down into the comments to let us know who your favorite fig and TMNT character are!

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 25 Review


Did you know that it’s exactly 6 months until Christmas? The two goofballs on our local radio decided to announce so this morning, and I’ve been shuddering internally ever since. Not only is mentioning Christmas when Summer literally just started a crime that should be punishable by a public stoning, but it’s also a harsh reminder to me that the year is half over, which means I only have half as much time to accomplish some of the goals I set for myself waaaaaay back in January.

Oops, there’s the internal shuddering again. >.< I’d better get this over with before my body vibrates itself to death.

Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
There were a couple of life-infused days that knocked me off course a little in week 25, but I still managed to put a good bit of effort into writing-related activities, so a big thumbs up to myself right off the bat, even if I didn’t accomplish as much as I was hoping to.

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year.¬†This is one of the ones that really makes me shudder. To exemplify why, let’s first look at my numbers from last week. I did a little better than previous weeks, with 1398 words written on the blog, and 2092 fiction words written. That’s a total of 3490, which brings the year’s total so far up to 103,514. See the problem? I’m less than 21% of my goal with only 50% of the time left to do it in. So, yeah…shudder. It’s still possible, of course, but instead of the 1370 words per day I’d originally calculated back in January, I’m looking at close to 2200 words per day required every day for the second half of the year. And considering my average thus far (including week 25’s numbers) has been 591 words, it doesn’t look like a serious possibility.

    Mind you, that’s quitter’s talk, and I’m refusing to quit just yet.

    That said, I wouldn’t be opposed to someone waving some pom-poms and cheering me on a bit. Just sayin’.

  • Goal #2: Sell more books.¬†GAH. Just…can I remove this one from the list? I’d very much¬†love¬†to sell more books, but it’s definitely not getting any easier. I’ve been putting a fair amount of focus into building my author platform through Twitter and Instagram, and hopefully that will make a difference¬†someday, but for the time being I’m still trapped in a world of not having the capital that’s apparently required in order to effectively promote myself. GAH. So HEY YOU! GO BUY MY BOOKS! GO ON! DO IT NOW!
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two.¬†Here we go! I can continue to make a positive report! This was my main focus in week 25, and thanks to that I’m really starting to get somewhere. Unfortunately, thanks to some changes I had to make in order to rectify a plot hole – as well as a plot point that I decided just sounded awful – I’ve had to do some active rewriting along with the editing, and this is obviously slowing me down. I do, however, have a plan that will hopefully speed things along a little. Rather than going through this editing and then going back and editing the rewritten parts, I’m going to play a little game with my beta-readers. I’m going to see if they can recognize the fact that certain parts were rewritten without proper editing taking place. If they see no issues, I’ll know everything flows well despite taking out parts and replacing them with different parts. If they come back to me with issues and questions about why things happened a certain way, or complaints that things don’t seem to match up properly, I’ll know I need to take the extra time to go back through and make sure those rewritten parts fit into the story properly. At least, that’s my plan! Here’s hoping it works, because I’d rather get the manuscript to my beta-readers sometime in the next couple of weeks rather than delay it a few more months.

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
Focus? Psh. Who needs focus? >.>

  • Goal #1: Film more often.¬†¬†Okay, it’s not a huge leap, but we’ve started moving forward again after that full week of absolutely nothing. We did two videos, one of which was the winner announcement vid for our giveaway hosted by Entertainment Earth, and it was a fun one because I got to attack Jason with copious amounts of baby powder. XD We also did a My Geek Box unboxing, which aren’t generally the most exciting videos going, but this one was super fun because of the absolutely epic shirt design that was included. So hey, two fun vids? I call that a win! Let’s try to keep the fun rolling this week!
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect.¬†Still rolling along pretty well with this one. It’s a bit tricky to manage two personas at once, as far as the author stuff and the channel stuff, but I’m getting the hang of it, and sometimes I can even kill two birds with one stone by posting a bookish-toyish thing on one account and then sharing it on the other account. Plus, although it’s slow on a couple of the accounts, everything seems to be steadily growing as far as followers and engagement, so I assume I’m doing something right!

#3: Focus more on myself.
This one has actually gone by the wayside recently, despite previously being the one thing I was managing to do very well on, but it’s not all doom and gloom by any stretch. I’ve just been a little stressed lately for various reasons, and when I’m stressed (for reasons I’ll never understand) I tend to overwork myself on things like housework. Maybe it’s a mechanism to try to keep my brain from thinking too much.

  • Goal #1:¬†Take time daily to read/watch/play.¬†I don’t think I read¬†anything¬†in week 25 (aside from, like…Tweets), which is a sin because I’ve got my reading room all lovely and cozy and smelling wonderful, so I should definitely be cuddling up in there and reading something, but it just didn’t happen recently. Watching stuff has also been on a bit of a downturn simply due to busyness and the fact that lately I honestly haven’t felt like watching much. Playing? Okay, I can give myself a bit of a nod on that front, because my little moments of free time have been distributed pretty evenly among the Switch (Breath of the Wild & Just Dance), the PS Vita (Rayman Legends & King Oddball), and my phone (Fallout Shelter, Sailor Drops, & Plants vs Zombies). Mind you I only seem to find a handful of minutes at a time to play any of them, but when you squish all those handfuls together I think you’ll find that I did manage to take the time to play.
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don‚Äôt obsess.¬†Dear mother nature: kindly take your rain out to the ocean for a while, yes? I only went on two or three (I’m seriously drawing a blank) Zombie Run missions in week 25 because we’ve been getting soooo much rain. Couple that with a bug that knocked me down for a day, and I have definitely not been as active as I would like to have been. I¬†did¬†play a couple of hours worth of Just Dance with the little one though, including a try at the “Sweat” version of “Footloose”, which very nearly murdered me. So that’s something!

All told, I don’t think it was too shabby of a week. Could I have done more? Sure. Would I be mentally, emotionally, and physically broken if I¬†had¬†done more? Okay, maybe not, but you get my meaning. It was an okay week, and I’m holding tight to that. Onward to week 26!

How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!

My Geek Box (June 2018) Unboxing: LLAMAGEDDON???

Yup. My Geek Box got me sold with this one. The overall box wasn’t the most amazing I’ve ever seen, but that shirt alone…damn I wish that shirt was in my size!

That’s all I can say. Just seriously go watch the video and LOOK AT THAT SHIRT!