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’t 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!

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 24 Review


Week 24 was EXHAUSTING.

I’m not throwing that out there right at the beginning so that I can use it as an excuse or anything; I’m just stating it as a fact. I spent a lot of time the past week getting my reading/writing/gaming room exactly the way I wanted it, selling off old furniture and other items to make room for the new layouts of both this room and my daughter’s bedroom, worked my ass off reading through my own book in order to complete a necessary side-project (more on that later), plus dealt with a bunch or random kid stuff (sports group, multiple birthday parties, etc.), and capped it all off by driving three hours yesterday (one-and-a-half out, another one-and-a-half back) so we could all spend the day at the local amusement park before it packs up and moves to the next town. So all in all, by the time I laid down my head down on my pillow last night I’m pretty sure I’d already been asleep for several hours. 😛

I just thought I’d share that, because sometimes I’m pretty sure people get the impression that I sit around doing nothing all day and then complain about not having time to write. ^_~

So anyway, with that out of the way, let’s move into the guts of the post.

Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
I can honestly say that I did put significantly more focus on writing this past week, although not necessarily when it came to the actual writing. Let’s explain:

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. My word count for week 24 was pretty sad, but actually still better than week 23. I only wrote the one blog post, which accounted for 1895 words, and I wrote a further 961 words toward my fiction count. Together that makes a paltry total of 2856, but on the bright side that means my year’s total has finally hit a major milestone, as I’m now up past 100k! The total right now stands at 100,024, which is massively behind where it should be, but is still an excellent number to be able to look at. The second downside, however, is that my daily total has dropped to it’s lowest yet, at 595, so my new mini-goal will be to try to get that back up over the 600 mark.

    Now, normally I’d be extraordinarily disappointed in myself (as usual) for having such a poor word count for the week after I just last week listed some new websites I found to help me actually REACH my writing goals. However, there is a very, very good reason why the actual writing was low in week 24, and that will come up again shortly.

  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Hey you! Yeah, you! You reading this right now! Buy my books!

    That was a little rude, wasn’t it? Unfortunately I’m starting to feel like that kind of shouting into the void is all I’ve really got left in my self-promotion tool-bag. I’ve been putting as much spare time as I can manage into my author social media accounts in the hopes that this will eventually lead to some sales, but it’s a very slow-going kind of plan. Oh what I wouldn’t give for the spare cash to buy some actual visual promotion!

    All that lovely whining aside, I did get two book sales last week. Go me. Ha!

  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. Okay, here we are. This is the reason why I got very little in the way of word count for week 24. I’VE BEEN WORKING ON BOOK TWO! Yes, you better believe it! I spent an entire evening early in the week going through Book One paragraph by paragraph and scribbling down every possible important piece of information in my little notebook, and then I really got to work on the beta-reader-copy edits. It’s taking a little longer than I was hoping because I had to completely rewrite most of a chapter in order to rectify a ridiculous plot hole, but progress is definitely being made, and I hope to be able to send the manuscript off to my beta readers very soon. FINALLY.

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
With each success comes a modicum of failure.

  • Goal #1: Film more often. Nothing. We filmed absolutely nothing this past week. At least part of the reason can be attributed to the business I mentioned at the very beginning of this post (it’s difficult to film when you’re out at the circus for a full day or waiting for people to show up to your house to haul away furniture you’re selling), but a good part of it simply has to do with the fact that Jason and I have been having a hard time getting into it lately, for a number of reasons. The good news is that we’re still working on the channel in other ways, which I hope will eventually become evident once we’ve learned a lot. If that seems cryptic…it’s on purpose. 😛
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. The social stuff continues to go fairly well. Although my attention is now split between two separate personas – the YouTuber and the Author – I think I’m doing a pretty decent job of keeping both moving forward steadily. I go a little quiet on days when I’m extra busy, but more or less I feel that I have a steady handle on things there.

#3: Focus more on myself.
The biggest stride I took toward personal focus in week 24 doesn’t relate to either of the goals for this section, but rather the work (and there was a lot of it!) that I put into getting my reading/writing/gaming room set up. I am in love with this room now. The futon my parents gave me is actually really comfortable, I’m surrounded by things I love – books, geeky plushies, my dragon collection, etc – and although I’m obviously not going to lock my husband and daughter out of the room, it’s still, for the most part, a space just for me. I’ve spent a good bit of time in there the past few days, and it just feels lovely having this place where I can go and curl up to read or get something written in moderate silence, or relax with an old game or two. It is a genuinely huge deal to my mental and emotional health, and I’m so happy that I took the initiative to get it done.

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. The biggest thing to mention here is that I played a significant amount of Breath of the Wild this past week. That significant amount mostly involved wandering aimlessly across the enormous map and finding random stuff to gather, but oh man…what a beautiful game. And relaxing too! I feel like I could just wander and collect things forever and still be happy with it.
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. I took a few days off last week for things like the circus day, but I also finally finished the ridiculous race missions on the Zombies Run app so that I could finally get back into the normal Season 2 missions. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to do the races so that I could get the secret story points, but who the hell thought it was a good idea to hide bits of story behind a 20 kilometer run?! Do you know how long it takes me to go 20 km? Long enough to develop shin splints and massive blisters, I’ll tell you that much. But at least I can say they’re out of the way!

Looking back over this post I tend to feel as though I didn’t really get that much done in week 24, but a lot of time and energy was put into my room, and the majority of my focus has been on editing Book Two, so I look at that as a win. These are important things, my friends! Important things that move me (at least a little bit) toward success!

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