Goals 2019: Week 13 in Review


Guess what you guys?! I had an amazing week! I wrote all the words, played all the games, read all the books, filmed all the videos, and gained a million subscribers! And guess what else?!

April Fools!

Yeah, okay, I didn’t exactly play that one for realism, did I?

In all seriousness though, the week was an absolute loss on pretty much all fronts. But today is a new month, and it also happens to be my birthday month, so here’s what we’re going to do: I’m going to get this post out of the way, confess to all my past failings, and then I’m going to go into April with my head held high, ready to GET SOME SHIT DONE. How does that sound? It sounds pretty good to me. So let’s get this thing said and done, shall we?

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha…oh man…if anyone were actually monitoring my Pacemaker.press account they’d probably tell me to just give it up already. Last week was, I believe, my worst week of the year so far, and I don’t even really have any excuses. I wrote two blog posts, and that was it, for a grand total of 1182 words. My Pacemaker.press wanted me to write 13685. Little bit of a discrepancy there, eh?

And as I said, I simply have no excuses. I just didn’t write. That’s not to say that I had a ton of time to do so (I worked a 6-day week last week), but even when I did have some time, I just…didn’t. I couldn’t be bothered. At all. I tried once or twice, but whenever I did I just had this completely blank head that refused to put forth even a tiny bit of effort.

Lucky for me, Pacemaker.press saw my absolute shit week and decided to take pity on me by offering me a relatively easy week for the first one of April. So I vow now that next week will be better. I VOW, dammit!

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words.  You likely noticed the part above where I mentioned that I wrote “two blog posts”. Yeah. That was it, so…no fictional words this week. Two failures for the price of one!

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

Sweet mother of puppies, am I STILL reading The Shining? Yes. Yes I am. I swear, this book is like some kind of temporal anomaly. It really doesn’t seem THAT long, and I’m enjoying it so it’s not like I’m nursing it or anything, and yet somehow it’s been taking me FOREVER to get through it! I’m almost done now, with only about fifty pages left, but damn. I’ll be happy to be able to move on to something else (preferably something shorter).

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

Oooh, now, see…here we have some EPIC failure happening. I knew I’d gone a little quiet on social media this past week, but I didn’t realize it had been as bad as it was until I looked at the numbers:

  • The YouTube channel lost 19 subscribers
  • The YouTube Twitter account went down 8 followers
  • The YouTube Instagram account went down 6 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score stayed the same
  • The Author Twitter account lost 4 followers
  • The Author Instagram account gained 17 followers

Look at that! Just look at it! That is some truly astounding failure right there. The Author Instagram took a lovely little jump that makes me happy, but literally everything else plummeted. That’s wicked depressing, but there’s really nothing to be done but move forward, right? Right. Here’s to lots of new followers in April!

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

Ohhhhhkay. So, this is where most of my free time went last week. At least I can say I succeeded at this one goal, right? Ha ha ha ha ha…ha…ha…


Anyway, I played a fair bit of Mario Party and Smash Bros with Jason and Adrianna this past week. Additionally, I started playing The Witness, which quickly turned into a family venture as all three of us stared at puzzles with our jaws slack, wondering how we could be so bloody stupid, and then feeling like geniuses when the solution finally presented itself. That game is REALLY good at that, let me tell you. It seems so simple one second, and completely impossible the next. Definitely a brainteaser, but an excellent one.

I’ve also started a new run of Borderlands 2 on my Vita. The newly released info on Borderlands 3 really  made me want to play it again, so I started a run with the ZerO character, who is a long-range fighter. That’s perfect for me because I love sniping, especially on the Vita, which allows you to aim using the motion controls. Plus, the game is just super cathartic. I love making bad guy’s heads explode in a spray of blood. Does that make me a sociopath?

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

I’m not going to get into this one, other than to say that NOTHING happened last week, but the drought is going to end soon. I’m going to film in April, even if the videos are crap. It’s time to get moving forward again.

…just as soon as the basement stops being cold as a witch’s…you know. 😛

So there, that’s it. March is over with, week 13 is over with, and my post of pathetic, inexcusable failure is over with. Now it’s time to wipe my hands of all this self-pity and self-defeat, and move into April with a fresh slate. Let’s DO THIS THING, people!

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!

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 17 Review



I’ve got the Monday Motivation thing on TAP this week, so let’s DO THIS THING!

The first thing I want to mention before getting into the actual reporting, is that I’ve made a small change. For reasons that are wholly superfluous, unimportant to you all, and basically the result of my mind working in stupid ways, I’ve shifted the way I’m recording the weeks by one day. I originally started with a Sunday-to-Saturday set up, mostly just because that’s how I visualize the week most clearly, but for those meaningless reasons I’ve already mentioned, I’ll now be going Monday-to-Sunday, which means that these posts will land on Monday from now on. That means virtually nothing to anyone except me, but I thought I’d mention it anyway, because I’m talkative like that.

Another thing that I want to mention ahead of time is that, frankly, the past week was – without mincing words – a complete cluster fuck. Pardon my language, but there’s not really any other realistic way I can say it and get across just how bad it really was in terms of getting stuff done. That said, a good chunk of the week for me was spent working through some mental stuff, trying to relax a bit, and planning for the month ahead, so expect to hear me reference “preparing for May” a few times throughout this post. I won’t say that it’s not an excuse because it’s totally an excuse. Deal with it!

Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
Hoooooooooooooo-eee, is this going to be a great steaming pile of bantha fodder. lol

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. I dropped the ball hardcore in week 17. Part of it was because of the previously mentioned “preparing for May”, part of it was because of the also-previously-mentioned “working through some mental stuff”, part of it was the fact that I was having some major blockage and just kept staring at blank pages, feeling like my head had gone completely empty, and the last part was pure laziness. I ended up writing only 1367 blogging words and 366 fiction words, for a grand week total of 1733. Look at that! I beat my record for worst week yet! 😛 My measly, pathetic word count for the week brought the year’s total up to 77,557, with a daily average of 652. Well, at least I can say that my daily average didn’t go down too much. Little mercies!
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. I don’t really have anything specific to report here this week. I haven’t spoken to my shop friend, so I don’t know if he’s sold any books, and there hasn’t been any new ebook sales the past week. I did run a free e-book campaign on one of my pen name’s stories, and it got a few downloads, but that’s about it.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. Do you honestly think that I have anything good to report here when I’ve already established that I wrote effectively bugger all in week 17? Okay, good, we’re on the same page.

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
A little less bantha fodder here, but still not the most amazing week to report.

  • Goal #1: Film more often. We filmed two videos in week 17, both of them subscription boxes. As I’ve said during other 2-video-weeks, that’s not exactly horrible, just also not exactly motivational. Week 17 wasn’t a great week, mentally or emotionally, for filming. Yes, that’s technically an excuse, but trust me, if Jason and I aren’t both feeling in high spirits, it doesn’t make for a good video, so we’re better off waiting.
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. The social media side, however, has been okay. I’m still tweeting, getting Instagram posts up, and sharing stuff all over the place. Specifically Jason and I took a bunch of photos of the Cryptkins that Cryptozoic sent us, which made for a fun bomb of Instagram posts. I’ve also been trying to find extra time to browse through other peoples’ posts in order to share the love. 🙂

#3: Focus more on myself.
Remember all that stuff I mentioned above about “preparing for May” and “trying to relax” and all that stuff? That was me focusing on myself. ^_~

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. This is one thing that I actually accomplished in spades in week 17. One big thing? We all went as a family to see Infinity War, and it was absolutely goddamn fantastic, and I will fight you if you think otherwise. Aside from that, though, I also played some Breath of the Wild, some silly mobile games with the little one, and got quite a few episodes of Supernatural in, so that I’m very nearly caught up to the currently-airing episodes.
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. And finally, on the fitness side of things, I did okay in week 17, with a few Zombies, Run! missions under my belt. Unfortunately I cancelled a lot of that out by eating very poorly and snacking constantly, and then I had to take a few days off to let my feet heal (which they hadn’t yet, after those first few disastrous runs with old sneakers). All in all, the result of this is that I kinda feel like I’m starting over from scratch, but that’s okay. Tomorrow is a new month, and I’ve started something new today that will hopefully help me get back into the swing of things in a real way. But I’ll save that for another post…

So what we have here, all things told, is a pretty crappy week, but a strangely motivated Tracey. here’s to great May!

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