Pardon me if my thought process seems a little disjointed and distracted throughout this post. It’s the first thing I’m doing on Monday morning after spending the weekend partying with my inlaws and wandering around, shopping and hitting flea markets. As a result I’m a little behind on sleep and I can feel my eyes doing their very best to sneak closed even as I’m typing this. Hopefully my brain will manage to continue to work in the background and whatever pops up on this screen will be moderately literate. Please feel free to let me know if I’ve mucked any sentences up or fallen asleep midway through a sentence and forgotten to go back and fix it. ^_~
Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
Last week I moaned about how I’d gone backward for the first week of the year so far, and I was rather disappointed in myself. This week I’m happy to announce that, while I didn’t exactly break any records, I did manage to turn myself around and start moving back in the proper direction again. My one personal complaint is that 100% of the words I wrote in week 8 were for blog posts. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; I just wish I’d gotten some work done on The Other World: Book Two as well.
- Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. So, lots of blogging! In week 8 I managed to write 6480 words toward blog posts (I’ve been doing a lot of reviewing!), which is the most I’ve written in a week so far this year. In fact, it beats my previous highest week by 620 words, so yay for me! That brings me to a 2018 total so far of 41281, so I’ve nearly written a novel’s worth of words. I should be writing that much each month, but hey, credit where credit is due. Week 8’s influx sent my daily average moving back in the proper direction as well, bringing me back to 751 words per day. Let’s try to get that up to 800 or more by the end of the current week, shall we?
- Goal #2: Sell more books. Not much to report here. I’ve had zero sales through Kindle or CreateSpace, and zero pages read through Kindle Unlimited, which is fairly depressing. I did sell a couple of books through my shopkeeper friend, and yesterday I traded out new books for the old ones (I’d previously given him copies of Nowhere to Hide with the old cover) to see if sales are improved by the more eye-catching cover. Fingers crossed that he’ll be able to see a few more in the coming weeks!
- Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. As mentioned above I did nothing toward TOW in week 8. Partly this is because I was simply busy with other things, but for certain part of it is because I’m growing frustrated with the project. Don’t get me wrong; I still want to finish it. It’s just that at this point in the writing process (edits/revisions/checking for issues) is both boring and mind-numbing to me, so I’ve been subconsciously avoiding it like the plague. I definitely have to start cracking the whip on myself though. I have two beta-readers waiting in the wings for me to get them the manuscript, and I want to have the second entry to the series available for purchase by the summer, if possible.
Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
There has been effort; oh yes, there has been effort. Read on!
- Goal #1: Film more often. We could have done more – I’m not denying that – but Jason and I managed to get five new videos up during week 8, three of which I filmed with him, and the other two with the little missy. And one thing I’ll throw in here as well is that we’re getting better at flow. That is to say, our videos aren’t as full of jump-cuts as they used to be. Part of that is that I’m getting more used to rolling with mistakes and making jokes out of them rather than just clearing my throat and/or banging my head off the table and starting over. Another part is that Jason and I have both become more relaxed about the final product. That’s not to say that we care less about how “good” the video is when it’s done; more that we’re not as obsessed with “perfection”, because the more casual videos are more fun and entertaining anyway. Progress!
- Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. This is still going perfectly well, in my opinion. No doubt I still spend much more time on Twitter than any other platform, but I’m getting better at the others as well. I’ve been spending more time in the Facebook group (when I have the time), and I’ve been doing my best to share more fun stuff on Instagram to break up the monotony of similar toy shots all the time. Finally, I’ve actually been getting back into Snapchat, to an extent, although I still think this is the weakest platform and I don’t even know if anyone really sees my posts half the time.
#3: Focus more on myself.
This is not easy! I’ve been finding that even when I do have a bit of time that I could be spending on myself, there’s always something I want to get done.
- Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. My TBR list has suffered immensely in February. I finally managed to get around to reading the TMNT/Usagi comic Derek sent me, but I haven’t touched Tomie or the Buffy Season 8 book yet, and I’ve only got 2 days left in the month as of the writing of this post. That’s pretty said, considering I only chose comics for this month’s TBR, but I’ve found that I could never put enough time together to focus on reading. The little bits of time I’ve had to myself I’ve spent playing a quick round of Pokemon TCG or scrolling through Twitter for a few moments. And occasionally passing out on the couch for 15-20 minutes. Not exactly productive time spent, though I AM hoping to crush Tomie before the month runs out.
- Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. I wasn’t overly active in week 8, but I wouldn’t say that I was sedentary either. For the most part I did a lot of work around the house, specifically the basement, so there was a lot of stair-climbing, carrying stuff, moving stuff around, building things, stretching, and so forth. So all that wasn’t too bad. I have been thinking about starting to run again once the weather begins to warm up a bit, but I’m having a hard time picturing it since I’ve gained weight and feel heavy as sin lately. I’ve been doing my best to eat breakfast and drink lots of water in order to combat this…but it doesn’t really seem to be helping. I’ve been ravenous when it comes to food, and I find it very difficult to remember to drink water since it takes a long time for me to actually feel thirsty. But I am trying, so I guess that’s better than nothing!
Okay, that was week 8 for me. Not the crowning achievement of weeks, but I got a few things done and am progressing overall.
How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!