Goals 2019: Week 8 in Review

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What’s this? It’s Tuesday? Whoopsie! Ah well, I managed to go nearly two months getting these posts out on the right day. That’s probably a new personal record, to be honest.

The past week was a little iffy for me, mostly right at the end when my heart started acting a little fluttery again (don’t worry; I have a doctor’s appointment today) and I’ve been wicked tired. Plus (and I’m obviously not going to apologize for this one) I spent pretty much the entire weekend just hanging out with my daughter. I took her to the public skate at the town rink, and then we went to a lasertag birthday party where parents were encouraged to play too, and then we spent a ton of time building these Minecraft papercraft sets that we found at the local Dollarama. It was lots of fun, a bit of relaxation that I definitely needed, and some quality mommy-daughter time. Plus, lasertag is a blast, you guys. I kicked those 9-year-old’s butts! *cough cough*

So let’s get into the actual reporting and see how the week came together in the end.


Goal #1: Write half a million words.

Week 8 was a repeat of week 7, so far as I could have sworn I wrote more, but the numbers tell me I’m full of it. Still, it wasn’t a bad week or anything. I managed to write 4943 words of the 7108 Pacemaker.press wanted me to write, and I don’t think that’s half bad considering I fooled around all weekend.

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words.  Even better, 3610 (well over half) of those word were fictional ones. I wish I could say they were working toward the stuff I should be writing, but I let my brain wander a little and had some fun writing about zombies. Nowhere to Run will be an eventual sister-novel to Nowhere to Hide, but for right now it’s pure cathartic goodness, because I enjoy writing about horrific stuff. Does that make me a sociopath? Things to consider, my friends.

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

Last week I finished up the first in the Dorothy Must Die series: No Place Like Oz. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I definitely think it was written with a more pre-teen-aged audience in mind, and so I delved right into the second novella: The Witch Must Burn. I was surprised to find that the second book is told from a different character’s perspective, but now that I’ve gotten into it I can see the charm and reasoning. I don’t want to spoil anything, but suffice it to say that it would probably be difficult and likely boring to tell the entire story from Dorothy’s point of view.

Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!

I’ve been in and out with the social media, though I’ve definitely been trying to be conscious of focusing on it. Specifically I’m trying to catch up on my Instagram game, which has been difficult since I never seem to have the time required to take actual NICE-looking photos.

Week 8’s numbers?

  • The YouTube channel went down 3 subscribers (what the hell?!)
  • The YouTube Twitter account gained 1 follower
  • The YouTube Instagram account went up 6 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score changed by x points
  • The Author Twitter account gained 2 followers
  • The Author Instagram account went up 2 followers

So the number of the week for the author accounts is “2”. No issue there. Slow gains are still gains. The one that bugs me is obviously the YouTube channel subscribers, but I try not to focus too hard on that number because it can be so finicky. Everyone knows, at this point, that YouTube randomly does weird things, and we haven’t been immune to people being mysteriously unsubscribed to us. That said, that 3-sub loss could have easily genuinely been three people deciding to unsubscribe, but hey…what can you do?

Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games. 

I don’t think I played a single game in week 8! I’m struggling really hard to think about it, to be honest. I may have played a bit of Breath of the Wild, but I can’t remember if that was at the beginning of week 8, or the end of week 7. What I did play was a butt-load of Poker Assault with my family on the weekend. And that was great. Seriously you guys, if you’ve never heard of Poker Assault, check it out. It’s a blast and highly addictive.

Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.

There wasn’t a big press on the YouTube channel in week 8, although we did do one unboxing of a case of Nickelodeon Loyal Subjects. I would definitely have been nice to get more done, but I’ve been having a really hard time getting into it recently. I’ve been super-tired (really missing caffeine, you guys), and I haven’t been in the best of moods either because of my heath. Those two things are not conducive to good videos, so I’ve been laying off, hoping that I’ll start to perk up soon and get back into it.


And that’s all there is to that. My week consisted primarily of a bit of writing and a lot of hanging out with my family. Aside from the actual work, of course, which is half the reason I’ve been so tired. But I’ll save that rant for another day. In the meantime, I’m generally okay with the way week 8 turned out, even if it wasn’t as productive as it could have been.

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!

Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart

They say that you’re only as old as you feel. It’s a bit of a silly saying, but also true in a lot of ways. I personally feel that my love of toys, video games, YA books, and so on keeps me young. After all, if you’re not having fun in life, you’re just spiraling inexorably toward the end of it.

That said, from a purely chronological and biological standpoint, I can’t deny the fact that I am, indeed, growing older. Oh, I’m not making plans for my inevitable stay at the old folk’s home or anything. Thirty-four is still plenty young. But it’s old enough to realize that, at least from that biological standpoint, you’re definitely not a kid anymore. In the mid-thirties things start to happen that force you to look in the mirror, cringe a little, and admit, “Dammit, I’m getting old.”

One such moment occurred for me this past week, and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t at least a little bit scary.

I’ve always had excellent blood pressure (we’re talking an average of 125/70), but in the past few years, without me really realizing it, it had started to sneak upward. I didn’t test it often, but every now and then there would be a doctor’s appointment or a medical for a job that would inform me that I’d crawled up into 135/75 territory, and eventually into the 140s/80s range. I never worried about it too much because I felt fine. End of thought process. Stubborn, “I’m too young for this shit” nonsense.

But in the past several months in particular, I found that I’d worked up into the 150s/90s area, and that started to bother me a bit. More bothersome, though, was the fact that I started to feel very random little flutters in my chest. To this day I can’t really describe exactly what they feel like. It’s not pain, not tightness, just….flutters. The best way I can put it into words is that it feels a bit like I’ve lost my breath for just a moment, but simultaneously it feels like my chest is as full of air as it can be. They were just tiny little flutters at first, enough to be noticed but not enough to be particularly concerned about.

But then, a few days ago while I was at work, the flutters seemed like they were coming all at once. I felt a bit like there was a hand on my breastbone, pressing in; not enough to call it “tightness”, but definitely a “this isn’t right” kind of feeling. I tested my blood pressure (there’s a machine where I work) and it was higher than I’d ever seen it, at about 162/91. I checked it again an hour later and it had gone up to about 173/93. That definitely concerned me, but my coworker told me to sit down, take some deep breaths, and take it easy for a bit before trying again. I did, and sure enough when I tested it again it had gone back down into the 160s, and then eventually back down into the 150s. Even still, it was freaky, so I made an appointment with my doctor for the following week.

However, the following day I decided that I couldn’t wait for that appointment. I’d gone the day at work with little to no incident, checking my pressure every so often and finding that it stayed in the 150s, but that evening at home things got scary. We’d just finished supper, and Jason, Adrianna, and I were relaxing in the living room, playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate together. I was having fun, and had no reason to be worked up or stressed out, but after a few matches I began to feel very off. I was getting flutters, and that hand-on-my-breastbone feeling again. Adrianna’s yelling at the game started to feel like physical punches to my ribs, and my heart felt like it was beating way too fast, even though a pulse check told me it wasn’t much higher than 80 bpm. I decided to take the chance at looking foolish and head to outpatients at our local hospital.

I’m quite certain that the triage nurse who saw me first thought that I was overreacting, and perhaps a little bit of a hypochondriac. She asked tons of questions before actually checking my blood pressure, including asking if I was in any pain and getting a bit of a look on her face when I said no. But then she finally did check my blood pressure. Twice.

193/112.

For those of you who don’t really understand blood pressure measurements, that reading is just shy of “if I cut you, your blood will gush out like in a Quentin Tarantino movie”.

I was immediately brought into the back for an EKG, a bunch of blood work, and a chest X-ray, and after a few more questions from the doctor on hand I was given two different blood pressure medications as well as an anti-anxiety med and told to lay down and rest until they gave me the okay to leave.

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If that’s not a scary situation to find yourself in, I really don’t know what is. I tossed out a few messages to friends and coworkers, and tweeted about the incident on the YouTube channel account, and if you asked the people who saw those things they’d probably say that I seemed pretty calm about it all, but I can’t lie and say that I was. I was pretty freaked out. I’d always assumed that my blood pressure would get bad eventually, since the entirety of both sides of my family suffer from it, but I didn’t expect it to happen in my mid-30s, and I definitely didn’t expect it to go so high all at once. When I saw that 193/112 pop up on the monitor screen, I seriously thought I was taking a heart attack or something.

Luckily, that wasn’t the case. All of the other tests came back fine, I was deemed to be perfectly healthy aside from the blood pressure itself, and whatever that anti-anxiety med was it worked so well that I actually passed out and slept in the hospital bed for nearly two hours. When I awoke my blood pressure had dropped down into the 140s/90s area, and I was given a shiny new prescription for a daily blood pressure med and told that I could go home.

In the end, the experience came down to one very small pill that I have to take every morning to keep my pipes open enough for the pressure to stay down (which it has: my blood pressure actually dropped to 129/80 yesterday for the first time in goodness knows how long). But the experience as a whole was definitely life-changing in other ways. For instance, I’ve concerned myself with what goes in my body before, but generally only because I was looking to lose weight or avoid things that bother my stomach. Now I find myself looking for heart-healthy solutions and keeping track of the amount of salt I take in.

But the even bigger one? Stress. Definitely stress. For years I denied the very concept that I could possibly be depressed, until I very nearly broke down completely, and luckily had a life-changing moment that worked out for the best. Stress is a very similar deal with me. Even now, as I sit here writing this, I’d swear to you that I don’t feel stressed. Maybe a little concerned about finances, maybe a little annoyed with current situations, maybe even a little PO’ed at some things…but stressed? Psh. I’m not stressed.

Except I absolutely am. I hate to admit it – to the point that I rarely ever do admit it out loud – but I definitely qualify as a stressed-out person. Going on my antidepressants has changed a lot in the level of damns I give about some things (mean comment on my YouTube video? Psh. I don’t know you and couldn’t give two shakes of a rat’s arse-hairs), but other things are a lot more deep-rooted. In particular, I have this constant voice in the back of my head screaming about all the things that need doing that I’ve failed to get done. And the thing is, most of them aren’t even important things – like, at all – but they’re still on that list that my inner-stress-monkey shrieks at me non-stop. Even at this moment, while admitting that they’re totally unimportant things that don’t NEED to be done, the voice is reminding me that I went three days this week without writing anything, and I haven’t shared any toy-pics on the YT Instagram account in ages, and I’ve got a pile of comics and books that I haven’t scanned into my tracker yet, and oh man, it’s getting close to supper and I haven’t decided what I’m making yet, and Jesus, woman, you let your damn tea get cold again, why don’t you just fucking drink it?! 

Stress, you guys. Stupid, pointless stress as it may be, but stress none-the-less.

So I guess the moral of this post comes down to the fact that I have to learn to control that pointless stress. Obviously there are things that are worth getting stressed about, and obviously there are things that I can’t just give up on in the name of staying stress-free, but there are a lot of things in my life that stress me out that just shouldn’t. Who cares if I didn’t tweet anything today? Who cares if the laundry stays unfolded for another day? Who cares if I got caught up in reading a book and forgot about writing one for a day or two? In the end all that really matters enough to get stressed over is my family, making enough of a living to keep us all alive, and our general happiness. And if I have all that, I shouldn’t really be stressed at all, now should I?

Well, I’m still gonna be anyway, but all those other smaller things can just kiss my ass.

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 20 Review

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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

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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 18 Review

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The first thing that I want to say today is that this Monday is not nearly as Motivational as last Monday was. 😛 That’s not to say that I’m in an absolutely horrible mood or anything, but we had an incredibly beautiful weekend, and now today it’s dark, grey, misty, and cold enough for me to be snuggled up in a sweater, under a couch blanket, with a cat on my lap, and still be chilly. So, yeah, motivation is not at an all-time high at the moment, but we shall press forward together, yes? Yes.

Week 18 was a little bit of a mixed bag because it started off really well, and then something happened about halfway through. I still got certain things (like my exercises, for example) done, but it seemed as though Thursday through Sunday up and vanished in a puff of smoke and left me sitting here wondering what had happened. So with that thought in mind, let’s take a look and see what was actually accomplished.


Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
Oh, I focused. You’re damn right I focused!
….For the first half of the week.

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. I was really hoping to put on a good burst in week 18, and I did, for those first few days. I’m not sure what happened to the rest of the week (I’m fairly confident that I went to bed on Wednesday night and woke up Sunday morning), but at least this week’s report is better than last week’s. I wrote a few blog posts, which accounted for 3526 words, and I did a little bit of work on a side-project, to the tune of 879 fiction words. That gives me a weekly total of 4405, a yearly total of 81,962, and a daily average of 651, which is down a single word from last week. I think I’ll survive that drop. 😛
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Oh yeaaah, I’m supposed to be selling books, right? Hmm…funny thing that. Ha ha ha ha…ha………ha.
    Okay, I know I sold at least one book recently because I noticed one missing from the local shop. Other than that…I think I may have gotten a few page reads on Kindle Unlimited last week, annnnnnd that’s about it.
    So on that note, I’d like to point out that up above, on the menu bar just above my photo, there is a link to a page where you can buy my books. Just sayin’, you know. Just throwin’ it out there.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. I’m sure my promises don’t mean all that much to those who read my blog (ha ha), but I’m really going to make a valiant effort to put some motion into this one during week 19. I did nothing in week 18, as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, and it’s starting to become seriously unacceptable. My poor beta reader has been waiting on the manuscript for months now, and I’m sure there’s a few people out there beginning to wonder if Book Two is ever actually coming out. Feel free to make me feel bad, people! I need the push!

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
*plugs ears and runs away* La la la la la la la la la, I can’t hear you!

  • Goal #1: Film more often. One whole video! We did one whole video in week 18! And you know what? To hell with it. I was happy with that one video. It obviously would have been nice to do more, but it just wasn’t in the works, and I’ll not explain myself on that one this week. Suffice it to say that I was very happy with that one video, which was our May the 4th Be With You haul. 🙂
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. I don’t really have anything specific to report here. There has been no issues as far as I can recall with social media, other than the fact that I can not, for the life of me, seem to remember to make Snapchat posts. But there’s been plenty of Twitter and Instagram to go around, that’s for sure!

#3: Focus more on myself.

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. I’m getting better at this one! Which is…good? In a way it means I’m getting less productive stuff done, but I think it’s still good. Yes. I’m going with good.
    ANYWAY, I managed to work in some gaming, some show-watching, and a few other little things in week 18 that kept me more or less happy and relaxed, and I intend to continue that trend if at all possible!
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. Of everything on this list, this is probably the one that I’m succeeding the most with at the moment. I’m currently one week down on the P90 program (only a little less than 12 weeks to go!), and I’ve been getting out for Zombies Run missions regularly, when it’s not raining at least. I’m really enjoying the runs, even though they’re more walks than anything, and I’m quite certain that it’s doing me a lot of good. I haven’t really seen any kind of significant losses when it comes to the scale, but I’m confident that by the time the day 30 measurements come along for P90 I’ll be able to see some visual representation of results. Fingers crossed, anyway! If nothing else, I’m building a very nice little digital township with my efforts. XP

So that was that for week 18. I wish the writing side had gone a little better, and it would have been nice to sneak in another couple of videos, but all in all I don’t think it was a particularly shabby week at all.

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