Plans and Goals 2018: Week 20 Review


Is it Tuesday? Dammit, it’s Tuesday, isn’t it? Late again! Well, at least you can easily see that my organizational skills have not improved. ^_~

This week’s report might be a little all over the place, in conjunction with the all-over-the-place-ed-ness that has been my brain recently. It was another one of those weird, “what the hell happened and what did I do?” kind of weeks. I seem to be having more and more of those lately. Maybe I’m getting old.

ANYWAY, I’ve been trying to catch up on things and get myself into a more organized (ha ha ha ha ha) state of mind, so let’s bounce right into it and get this report posted!

Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
I took some advice from a friend and let myself relax on this one during week 20. I’ve been getting more and more stressed out as my inability to get any writing done gets worse and worse, so she suggested that I take a week off, don’t worry about my word count, and just try to relax, and I honestly think that it’s been very good for me. 🙂

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. Obviously, as a result of the break mentioned above, I didn’t get a huge amount of writing done in week 20. I did, however, get a little, so it wasn’t a monstrous loss. There was a tiny bit of blogging, for a total of 1728 words, and I managed 741 fiction words toward a new side-project. Adding a new project to the plate probably seems like a horrible idea, but it’s just something I intend to mess about with in my spare time, and maybe it will become something in the future. Either way, between those two things I totaled 2469 words for the past week, bringing my year’s total up to 86,622 and my daily average down to 619.
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Absolutely nada to report here. Other than a few page reads through Kindle Unlimited (which I effectively make no money from), there’s been no movement on the book sales front. I’ve been trying to brainstorm some new ideas for promoting them, but I haven’t honestly had the time required to really sit down and work on it.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. I didn’t get anything in the way of editing/revising/etc done in week 20, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t get anything done toward this goal. I’ve been having a few issues with the manuscript for book two in that I keep forgetting little details and having to go scouring through book one to try and hunt them down. Then I forget them again, because I’m a moron who never writes anything down when she needs to. That’s why I decided to start a special notebook specifically for the Other World series. I started it with a sketch and description of the main character, Tori, and followed it up with descriptions of what happens in each chapter, with important points written in a different color. So far I’ve gotten up to chapter three, plus started a sketch-and-description page for the supporting character, Jacob, and I intend to finish up book one this week. Then I’ll outline the important stuff for book two as I’m going through the manuscript edits, and hopefully when I’m done I’ll have all the necessary information to move on to book three without having to constantly go back and forth between the books to remind myself of what the hell is going on. See? Sometimes I have good ideas!

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
Oh goodness gracious no, what happened here? 😛

  • Goal #1: Film more often. In week 20 I did one video by myself and one more with Jason. Not exactly a huge push on productivity, but as I keep pointing out, it’s still published videos. We’ve really slowed down lately for a number of reasons, but we also started brainstorming ideas for different types of videos we can do in the future, so go us! Hopefully we’ll be able to start pumping out some more of them in future weeks and I’ll have more interesting stuff to report here.
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. Twitter is still, by far, the easiest platform for me to be productive on, but I haven’t been too bad on the others lately either. A few company contests and challenges have made Instagram a little easier to focus on. Facebook, as always, is mostly a copy of what happens on Twitter and Instagram, so as long as those are doing well, so is Facebook. Snapchat is where I petered out as of late, but I’m not worrying about it. I still intend to use it, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’ll never be a big player for us. It’s just not that big a deal anymore, and is mostly just used for good friends to torment each other with weird filters.

#3: Focus more on myself.
On this front I’m still going strong, mainly because if I wasn’t focusing on myself, I’d probably have crawled into bed and stayed there by now. 😛

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. Again it’s been mostly playing. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I’m just pointing out that reading has definitely not been my go-to lately, although I do still have a pile of books I want to read. Instead I’ve been playing a bunch of different games when I have a moment or two, including Rayman Legends on the Vita, Burnout Paradise on the PS4, and Cooking Frenzy on my phone. Plus I’ve been enjoying the tears and recriminations of playing Overcooked with the little one on the Switch. And you know what? I suppose if I’m bringing her into it I can also mention that I actually have been reading a bit, since I’ve been reading Coraline to the little miss (she’s been rather enjoying it too). As far as watching, I’m very nearly caught up to the last available episodes of Supernatural now. 🙂
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. The one thing on this list that I’m genuinely proud of is that I’ve been definitely staying active. On the one had I have to admit that I decided to give up on P90. It’s not that it was too difficult or anything; I just found that it was taking up more time than I feel I have, and since I enjoy Zombies Run more than I enjoy following along to the same two exercise videos every other day, I decided that P90 would be the one to go. I may try out something different in the future, but for the meantime I’ve been putting more of the focus on my running, with the strength exercise coming mostly from everyday tasks and the occasional mini-exercise. That said, even without P90 I’m confident that I got more exercise in week 20 than any of the previous weeks. I’ve been taking fast runs, and sometimes longer ones, and on occasion been doing multiple in the same day. I genuinely love the Zombies Run app, and it’s made getting outside and moving fun for me. And on a related note, I’ve finally (just barely) dropped below my first weight-loss goal, so I’m more motivated than ever! Go me!

And that was week 20! Some reports weren’t exactly the greatest, but all things considered I’m mostly happy with the way the week went.

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

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 19 Review


I need a TARDIS.

I’m just throwing that out there right off the get-go, because it’s totally true, and if anyone has access to one I would deeply appreciate you making your way in my direction with it.

As usual, I feel like a week has disappeared with a snap of the fingers – maybe Thanos is playing tricks on me? I don’t know, but I’d swear I just wrote last week’s post, and now I’m sitting here – a day LATE, even! – wondering what the hell happened and what I’m going to talk about to make myself not look like an absolutely epic slacker.

Well, there’s no point in just going on about it like a big ol’ whiner, so let’s just dive in and see what we see.

Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
If by “focus” you mean “spend the entire week staring at blank screens and pieces of paper and being completely unable to put words on them…then sure!

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. I’m not going to sit here and make excuses, but I am going to lay down the facts, and the facts are that no matter what I tried last week, my brain would not put words together. I spent so much time staring at blank screens and pages, you seriously have no idea. Even as I speak to you now, I swear it’s like my brain is fighting to be able to put the words together into a coherent paragraph. I don’t know if I’m losing it or what, but I swear my brain is broken at this current time. Maybe I just haven’t been drinking enough water. It seems like a fair lot of problems can be blamed on not drinking enough water.
    So, where was I? Oh yeah, word count. In the end the only words I wrote in week 19 were for blog posts, and they came together to form a paltry 2191 words. That brings my year’s total up to 84,153, and my daily average down to 633. Obviously I’m going to tell you that I’m not impressed with myself at all, but I’m sure you all know that and are used to it by now. 😛
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Not much to report this week. I haven’t had any report on the books in my friend’s shop, but from the online side of things I’ve sold a handful of e-books, no paperbacks. Nothing more to really say aside from that; I honestly haven’t put a huge amount of effort into marketing recently.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. Last week I promised that I was going to do something toward this goal, and I kept that promise! Kinda…lol I didn’t do all that much, to be perfectly honest, because again with the broken brain thing. But I did do a bit of re-reading of my manuscript, checking for errors and typos and the like. That’s progress, so I’m absolutely going to report it as such.

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
It’s been difficult to get back into the swing of things after a couple of slow weeks in a row, but things are gradually moving forward.

  • Goal #1: Film more often. We filmed and published two videos last week, one of which should count for at least two because it was a pain in the butt. We likely would have gotten more down, to be honest, but since it was Mother’s Day weekend and Jason and Adrianna wanted to go shopping for me, we lost a couple of days (and, you know…to hell with doing work on Mother’s Day :P). Still, it’s encouraging that we manged to get more than a single video up, and I think the ones we did do were enjoyable ones.
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. More honesty incoming! I’m still doing decent on the social media front, but I’ve been a little slow on it recently. It hasn’t really been on purpose; mostly I just find myself waking up in the morning and realizing “Oh damn, I didn’t Instagram anything yesterday,” and that kind of thing. I have a memory like a colander, you see. For that exact reason I have a day planner with this stuff written in as “to-do’s” for every single day, but lately I’ve been neglecting to pay attention to that. Again and I have to mention that it feels like my brain is broken, like I can’t focus and as a result can’t remember anything at all. I’m not trying to make excuses…just stating how I’ve been feeling.

#3: Focus more on myself.
If there’s any good report I can make, it’s going to be on this one. Focusing on myself has definitely not been a problem of late.

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. I got a few more episodes of Supernatural in during week 19, and Jason and I have been watching the old Fist of the North Star anime, which has been thoroughly enjoyable. I’ve also been getting back into my PS Vita games, which I’d been away from for a very long time, and I can report that Hue is one of the cutest little puzzle platformers I’ve ever played, just sayin’. I haven’t been reading a lot, other than to read Adrianna a chapter or two of something at bed time, but again that falls back to the wandering mind issue. Games seem easier because there’s only a little bit to focus on at a time, and with shows I can just turn my brain off and watch, but reading seems to require too much brainpower. That said, at least I’ve been taking time to enjoy myself.
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. This is definitely my best report. Though I can honestly say that I’m not really seeing any results as such, I’ve been working hard to get into some kind of shape. I’ve been going for Zombies Run missions pretty much daily, and I’ve been sticking to the P90 videos as well, meaning I’m getting an average of an hour of exercise per day. It’s exhausting, and there’s a little voice in the back of my head that keeps telling me that it’s a waste of time, but but I feel good afterward, and at least it’s something that I can say I’m unequivocally sticking to.

And that was week 19. Not exactly the most productive week, but there are little victories here and there, and I ultimately don’t feel too bad about how it went. That said, I am hoping to do better on several things in week 20, so wish me luck!

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

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 14 Review


Those who know and/or follow me will know that I say this kind of thing, like…all the time, but I genuinely have no idea what happened to the past week. This post is even a day late because my brain is having a hard time comprehending the fact that I didn’t just write the week 13 post yesterday. Sometimes I genuinely wonder if I’m not blanking out on chunks of hours at a time to account for the fact that I seem to roll over, get one good night’s sleep, and all of a sudden a week has passed. And that’s quite enough moaning from me for this week.

There’s another reason that this post is late this week, and it’s because I was dreading looking at my numbers for week 14. It is genuinely embarrassing. That’s not to say that I didn’t get anything done throughout the entire week, but between the kid only having a three-day school week and the fact that I somehow got behind on a laundry list of things that needed doing pretty much immediately, I feel like I have practically nothing to report for these particular goals. So, uh…let’s just get into it, I guess.

Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
Herein lies the crux of my shame.

That was fairly poetic, hmm?

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. So, remember last week when I insisted that I was refusing to let my average-per-day go down to below 700 words? Good times. Good times…
    The past week was an absolute horror show for writing. All excuses aside, I wrote a paltry 1744 words, all for blog posts, making it the worst week of the year so far BY FAR. I am genuinely, horribly, irreparably ashamed of myself, and will claim no further reasoning or excuses of any kind. Last week sucked. I suck for allowing it to suck. Let’s move on.
    My yearly total is now at 65,443, with that bringing my daily average down to 675 words. Cheque please!
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Okay! Here’s something I can actually be happy to report on! It’s not exactly an enormous, “I’ll never have to have a day job again” kind of announcement, but in the first couple of days of my birthday e-book sale I sold 10 books and someone started reading one of them on Kindle Unlimited. To any halfway successful writer I’m sure that sounds pathetically sad, but as someone who has had a difficult time with the self-promotion aspect and regularly goes a full month without a single sale, I’m pretty happy with that. I’m going to make some more posts throughout the month and hope for the best. Maybe I’ll even be lucky and a few of those people will take the time to rate/review on Amazon!
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. I really did have every intention to work on this during week 14, no joke. But like I said earlier, I turned around and all of a sudden the week was over again and nothing had been done. I know that’s hardly an excuse, but it’s an honest description of what occurred. Even right now I’m sitting here thinking, “Dammit, it’s already Monday evening into this week!” My time just seems to sink like sands through an hourglass (first person to make a “Days of Our Lives” joke gets a virtual kick in the head). That said, we’re into April now and I’ve gotten virtually nothing accomplished toward this goal, so if I have a similar report for next week, I beg someone to call me out and give me a good slap in the face (virtually, of course).

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
It was difficult to get a lot done in the name of the channel this week, mainly because of that three-day school week I mentioned earlier, because it’s a pain in the butt to film while the kid is home. That said, in addition to the rest of the report below, I did get a lot of work done on the basement, and it’s actually looking quite nice these days. There’s still a lot to do, but it’s really starting to get there.

  • Goal #1: Film more often. With the above said, we did manage to film and publish four videos in week 14, one of them actually including the little one, and they were all pretty enjoyable videos. I definitely would have liked to have done more, especially since we’re trying to work our way through our ridiculous backlog, but everything else considered I don’t think we did too poorly at all.
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. Social media continues to be a moderately positive report, with Twitter and Instagram being the standouts, Facebook trailing behind, and SnapChat feeling more and more useless with each passing day. In addition to all the usual stuff, Jason and I actually did an interview this past week with Previews for their “Collector’s Corner” article, which went live this morning. It was a fun undertaking no matter what the results, but we’re obviously hoping to gain a little exposure from the article and possibly some new subscribers as well.

#3: Focus more on myself.
I don’t think this will ever be a strong point of mine, but the report for this week is actually fairly positive, for the most part.

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. I’ll whole-heartedly admit that my “daily time” for the past week has been relegated almost entirely to mobile games. I did manage to watch a few more episodes of Supernatural while I was making supper and folding clothes, but all told whenever I had two minutes of free time I seemed to spend it playing Papa’s Pizzeria with the little one, or competing in Sailor Drops with Jason (who has unabashedly gotten addicted to it…feel free to torment him). I’ve been really wanting to get back into Breath of the Wild, but that’s not the kind of game you can play for only a handful of minutes at a time, so I’ve continuously passed. Maybe when my birthday hits on Wednesday I’ll just lock myself in our bedroom and tell Jason and Adrianna to fend for themselves because mama has to save Hyrule. XD
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. According to my Fitbit, in conjunction with SparkPeople reporting, I did 133 “fitness” minutes during week 14. “Fitness minutes”, as near as I can figure are counted when my FitBit registers that I’m in “fat burn” mode, so I’d call that a pretty good report, right? That’s just shy of 20 fat-burning minutes per day for the week, which is a pretty standard level of healthy exercise. I couldn’t begin to tell you when I got all those minutes, other than the two days that I know Jason and I took the little one out to play basketball at the park, but I’ll take ’em. Unfortunately I’ve seen no weight-loss as a result, but that could be because my ability to withstand all the Easter treats that have been around the house has been practically non-existent. I may need to staple my mouth shut. Yes…that sounds like a logical plan. 😛

And that was that! In retrospect, the week wasn’t exactly what you’d call horrible or anything; it’s just that the whole writing thing has gotten me into a bit of a funk. At this point I’m not even entirely sure what’s holding me back, aside from a good-old-fashioned inability to put my ass in a chair and DO IT. So yeah, feel free to berate me, yell at me, and otherwise put a virtual whip to my back, because at this point I think I might just need it!

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