Plans and Goals 2018: Week 4 Review


The burnout is real, you guys! @.@
Okay, to be honest I’m actually feeling a lot better today, but sometime around the middle of this past week the burnout hit me hard, and I’m fairly certain it hit Jason too, because the two of us were just shy of worthless for a couple of days. I guess that’s the price of getting stuff done, though, because we still had a fairly successful week overall!

Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
My stats, such as they are, are slowly but steadily climbing. I was stymied away from my writing focus for a few days this week, but overall this was still actually my best week so far, so I take that to mean that I’m improving quite a bit.

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. First, I want to quickly point out that I had some numbers messed up in the previous weeks because of the way my day planner is laid out. The year started on a Monday, so I counted my first week as 6 days so that I could, from then on, base everything on a Sunday-to-Saturday progression. Unfortunately, my planner is laid out so that every 2-page spread starts on Monday and ends on Sunday. So, long story short, I kept forgetting to turn back a page and add Sunday’s totals into my week. With that said, I’ve gone back and fixed the numbers in my previous posts, and what it boils down to is that I’ve gotten a little better every week so far. Yay for that! Progressing in that manner, we have the report for this past week. I wrote 2069 words toward the blog, and 3605 words toward The Other World, for a weekly total of 5674 word. That brings me to a yearly total so far of 20154, giving me a daily average of 746. That’s still nowhere near where I’m supposed to be, but as mentioned, it’s slowly going up, so, you know…progress!
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. I’m hoping to have a more complete report on this one soon, when the local shop owner returns from his trip, but at the moment there’s not all that much to say. I haven’t had any online purchases or downloads so far this month. There have been some page reads through Kindle Unlimited, so that’s something at least, although from a financial standpoint it’s barely worth reporting. Since the Kindle Unlimited system only pays approximately 1 cent per every 2 page reads, that means that I made approximately $0.60 last week. Yay! I can buy half a Tim’s coffee. -_-
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. The process is ongoing, of course, but moving forward for sure. This past week I mostly ignored Book Two in order to get out some thoughts for Book Three, but because of that I’ve worked out a few issues I have with Book Two, so in this coming week I’ll be going back through and making some changes to the manuscript in preparation for sending it to my beta readers.

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
Overall we slowed down a bit this week, partially because of the aforementioned burnout, but also partially because we’ve very nearly managed to plow through the videos we were hoping to get done before our anniversary coming up this week. Go us!

  • Goal #1: Film more often. During week 4 we filmed and published 7 videos, which is plenty, of you ask me! Three of those were vids I did by myself (go me!), and one was an exceptionally long Godzilla haul that took a full day for us to film, edit, and publish, so all in all I feel very accomplished.
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. Social media continues to expand as well, although I’m having trouble remembering to even bother with SnapChat, and Twitter is definitely coming much easier to me than Instagram is. All in all, though, it’s been going well, and I believe our followers have been going up on those platforms as a result. I’ve also been seeing a lot of interaction from toy companies lately, as they’ve been liking and even sharing posts that we tag them in when we show off their products. It’s extremely appreciated and makes me very happy to see that there are actually people within these companies paying attention to what social influensters are doing for them, so I’ll definitely continue to share our favorite products with the world!

Plan #3: Focus more on myself. As always, this is one of my weakest points. I just never seem to find the time to actually put any effort into my own personal health, but trust me, it’s not for a lack of trying.

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. It was a rough week for this one, in particular because we spent Friday and Saturday running all over hell’s creation. Friday we went out to pick up Jason’s preorder of Dragonball Fighter Z, only to discover that our store, for some reason, wasn’t sent the proper Day One copies of the game, so if we wanted what we’d actually purchased we had to go for an extra long drive to a different store that had actually gotten the right ones. Then yesterday we took a 3-hour drive into the city to look for a few specific items, none of which we actually ended up finding, unfortunately. Luckily we found a few other awesome things, so the day wasn’t an entire waste. That said, between those two days of running around, and the other days during which we were busy filming and editing, I didn’t spend a lot of time on myself. Mostly I snagged a minute here and there to play phone games, and on one day when I was exceptionally tired I snuggled up with the little miss and watched A New Hope. That one makes up for the rest of the week, though, because she enjoyed it, and it makes me grin like a fool when my daughter talks about Star Wars. XD
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. I was actually fairly active this week, though, partially because of the two days of running around, shopping, but also because I spent a couple of evenings playing Just Dance with the kid. That game is a hell of a cardio exercise, let me tell you! That said, I also recently discovered that I’ve gained 10 lbs over the past two months, so it looks like I’m not being nearly active enough. As I very much DO NOT want this to end up being a trend, I think it’s about time to start putting some extra effort in.

So that was week 4 of 2018. There were some ups and downs, but overall the progress seems to be in a steady, forward direction, so I’m confident and determined. It’s nearly February, so let’s see if I can keep the motion going in the new month!

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 2 Review


I feel like I say this often, but the past week seemed to have disappeared on me in the blink of an eye. I feel like I literally just wrote last week’s post, although seven more days have mysteriously passed. Happily, part of the reason time has escaped me again is because I was rather busy getting things done. What a concept, right? So let’s take a look…

Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
I didn’t reach my writing goals for the week at all, unfortunately, but I did manage to write something every day of this past week, which is a real accomplish for me, believe it or not. I also managed to get a few other things out of the way (which I’ll mention shortly), so I should be able to (hopefully) catch up a bit in the second half of the month.

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. I only succeeded in writing 1370 words on one day this week, which is a bit of a downer, but as mentioned I did manage to write daily, if only a little. All told I wrote 3108 words toward blog posts, 1528 words toward The Other World: Book 2, and 379 words toward a random personal project I began. That’s 5015 words total for the week, which isn’t much, but at least it’s something. For the sake of argument, I’m now at 9179 words for the year so far, which is an average of 706 words per day. Nowhere near the goal to reach half a million by the end of the year, but it’s definitely better than nothing!
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Thus far this year I haven’t sold any books online, which is a bummer, but I believe I’ve sold a few via the collectibles shop I mentioned last week. I haven’t been able to get a hold of the owner, as he’s currently on a trip to the other side of the country, but the last time I was in the store it seemed like a few of the books were missing from the stack, so fingers crossed!
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. The little that I did write toward TOW2 this week brought me very close to the end. There are a few things near the beginning of the manuscript that I have to go back to before it can be a complete draft, but I’m nearing the point when I’ll be able to wrap it up and ship it off to my beta readers.

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
Jason and I KICKED ASS on this goal in the second week. I don’t know where the energy and motivation came from, but I’m definitely not complaining!

  • Goal #1: Film more often. In the past week I filmed 8 videos, which I haven’t done in AGES, and between myself and Jason we actually managed to get every one of them edited and published, shocking some of our closest YouTube friends with our sudden burst of output. It was awesome!
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. I petered off with this one at the end of the week when I started to get exhausted (and then Adrianna had a friend over for a sleepover, and pretty much everything came to a grinding halt…lol), but the majority of the week was good. Lots of tweeting, Instagramming, and talking to people on Facebook. I’m still getting used to getting back into SnapChat – it just doesn’t seem as important since there’s not really a lot of interaction there – but I’m working on it. I want to try to bolster the Instagram posts in the coming week, as that’s where we have the most followers and interaction.

Plan #3: Focus more on myself.
And here’s the real test? Did I take care of myself during all this work? Well, yeah, for the most part, I did!

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. I’ll willingly admit that a lot of my “me time” this past week consisted of crashing on the couch and playing Sailor Drops on my phone, but given how much I was getting done with the YouTube channel, I’m going to forgive myself for defaulting to brainless mobile games for a bit. I also began reading A Clockwork Orange, which proves to be very interesting, and last night when the girls were finally quieting down a bit I absolutely devoured Gyo, which I’ll have to write a review of soon because…damn. I’m going to be having nightmares for weeks!
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. The overwhelming majority of my physical activity this week involved cleaning, but hey, it needs to be done, and at least I was up and moving around! I also played a bit of  Just Dance with Adrianna, which never fails to remind me how out of shape I am, and while this doesn’t necessarily fall under “stay active”, I also started taking vitamin D to combat the winter blues, as well as guzzling more water to keep myself hydrated. So far I think both things are helping because I’ve been feeling more awake and alert, which is never a bad thing.

So that was my second week of 2018. Not a huge amount of success on the writing side, but lots of good with everything else. I’m hoping to press into the third week with more filming and more writing, and if I can manage to carve out some time I’d like to get back into Breath of the Wild before I forget how to play. ^_~

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

What I Am Currently Reading/Watching/Playing…


I recently started a new job, and if you didn’t know, the nature of my work requires me to fly to another province and live there for 2-3 weeks, working daily 12-hour shifts the entire time I’m there. As you can imagine, this schedule doesn’t leave a lot of room for free time, but during the time that I do have I squeeze in as much as I can to keep myself sane. So I thought I’d share what I’m currently…

First off, I wanted to mention that I recently finished reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and I absolutely loved it. I don’t know what I was expecting from the book, but it actually surprised me in a big way. I loved the story, the characters, the crazy semi-dystopian future that Cline created, and the non-stop pop culture references and throwbacks to geek and gamer culture and history. It’s definitely worth a read – especially if you grew up through the 80’s, and I’m totally stoked for the upcoming movie now.

But to be more true to the word “currently”. I’m actually reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone again for the Basement Geeks Book Club. I’m only on Chapter 3 as of the writing of this post, but I’m enjoying it so much. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read any of the series and I’d forgotten a lot of the smaller moments in the narrative that make up the greater whole.

I’ll also shortly be starting another book with the same book club called Family Don’t End With Blood, and I’m very excited about this one. It’s basically a compilation of stores about people whose lives have been affected by the show Supernatural. Since I absolutely love that show to death, and the book has chapters and inserts from the stars of the show, I can’t wait to delve into that one.

I decided to use the time I’m stuck out here alone to watch some things that Jason doesn’t want to, and I’ve started with Death Note. I started the anime series about a teen who gains the power to kill by writing a person’s name in a notebook a while ago, but at the time I only got a few episodes in because I was distracted by other things. I enjoyed rewatching the episodes I’d already seen, but now I’m into the episodes I hadn’t yet gotten to, and I’m really into it. I can’t wait to see where the story goes by the end. Plus I just love the shinigami character, Ryuk. He’s too awesome.

Once I’ve finished Death Note, I’ll probably move on to Supernatural and Doctor Who, because it’s sick that I’m an entire season behind on both of them.

This will be the most boring entry in this post because, to be perfectly honest, I haven’t really had the time to be playing anything lately, especially now that I’m working again. Between 12-hour days, catching up on my social media and channel-related stuff daily, and the aforementioned reading and watching, there’s not enough time left in the day to really get into a video game. I’ve been wanting to get back into Borderlands 2 on my Vita, after watching Jason playing a bit of it on the PS4, but there’s really no sense in getting into a game like that unless you’re willing to sit down and dedicate at least an hour into it at a time. That said, I’ll admit that I’ve been playing two phone games during breaks at work while I’m eating. One is Magikarp Jump, which is a fun little game that’s strangely addictive, but also doesn’t involve any real skill at all. It’s the type of game where you just poke the buttons and watch what happens, and it can only really be played for five minutes or so at a time. The more involved one I’ve been playing is Sailor Drops, which is basically a Candy Crush clone, but with the storylines of Sailor Moon attached to it. I’m highly addicted, if only because they keep having special events in which you can unlock more and more characters and I desperately want to get them all.

So that’s what I’ve been consuming recently. What about you? Any new, fun stuff on your list? Anything you recommend? Anything you vehemently DON’T recommend? Please feel free to share!