Oh my goodness, you guys! We’re in the home stretch! It’s December! We’re into the final four weeks of the year! Aaaaahhhhh!!!!
I won’t lie, my thought process, motivation, and ability to be efficient has definitely dissolved in the past few weeks and will likely continue to do so as we get deeper into the holiday season. It not an excuse (exactly), it’s just something that I deal with every year around this time. It’s a little bit of Seasonal Affective Disorder, a little bit of shitty-weather-mucking-everything-up, a little bit of there’s-just-so-much-to-do, and just a wee bit of good old fashioned being a lazy bitch. Yeah, I’m not going to let myself totally get away with being a twit.
So what was the past week like? Well, first you have to take into consideration that both Black Friday and my daughter’s birthday party were last week. So you can just go ahead and assume that both of those days were total write-offs for anything other than Christmas shopping and birthday hyjinx. The rest of the days were more-or-less open, but there were lots of random things snagging my attention, such as baking a ton of cookies and cupcakes for the aforementioned birthday party, and cleaning up the house so visiting family wouldn’t have to look at dirty socks strewn across the living room and a kitchen that looked like a bomb exploded in it.
Health related stuff has been very decidedly put on a standstill. I definitely have to start drinking more water again and curbing my desire to eat ALL THE THINGS, but exercise vids at the moment are just a time vampire that I can’t seem to fit into my life without sacrificing other stuff that I’m not currently willing or able to sacrifice. So for now I’ll focus on the water and not-being-a-cow thing. That said, I’m also experiencing a distinct health issue that may or may not be hurting my prospects as a side-effect, and I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow to see if we can’t work out what’s going on there.
In other health-related news, I just made an appointment for the blood drive that’s going to be in town next week. Assuming there are no issues that keep me from being allowed to participate, it’ll be the first time I’ve ever given blood. I’m very nervous about it because I’ve never been a big fan of having blood drawn (it feels so squinchy and grossssss!) but I’m determined to do it because it’s an important thing to do. If I can possibly save someone’s life, that’s obviously well worth a little bit of discomfort for a relatively short period of time. Right? Right. Donate blood, you guys. Blood.ca if you’re in Canada. It’s super-easy to make an appointment. Go do it. It could be the most important Christmas gift you ever give.
What else do I have to mention this week? Hmm…not a whole lot, I suppose. Mostly I’ve just been trying to relax and enjoy the looming holidays while I can, in case I end up going back out to work early in the New Year. You can’t blame me for that, right?!
Ooh, one last thing to mention before I get into the goals! The Other World: Book Two ebook edition is officially live! So go check it out! The paperback version will be following soon but just seems to have gotten caught up in the review process. I’ll make another announcement when that is live as well. 🙂
Goal #1: Write half a million words.
Okay, let’s get into this! Feelings are a little mixed concerning my writing goals this week. On the one hand, my word count of 12,766 words for last week isn’t exactly anything to sneeze at! In fact, that’s a perfectly lovely word count, especially when you consider all the time I spent doing other important things last week.
The reason feelings are a little mixed is because Pacemaker.press wanted me to write a bloody total of 28,187 words! Yeah, no, seriously! You know what’s even worse? Because I didn’t even come anywhere remotely close to that goal last week, Pacemaker wants me to write THIRTY-FIVE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY SIX words this week! *dies*
So, yeah, long story short: Pacemaker is trying to murder me. BUT I still have a bunch of my Ineffable Advent stories to write, so hopefully that will help me to reach at least a decent percentage of that goal. For the love of all that’s good, wish me luck, okay? Okay.
- Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words. Fiction continues to be the overwhelming majority of what I’ve been writing for the past while, which is great. Of my 12,766 words last week, 10,987 of them were fictional. Mostly that was fan fiction, since I’ve been doing this Ineffable Advent thing, but there’s also a bit of short story goodness in there as well. I’m hoping to put a short story featuring my The Other World characters up on the Patreon sometime throughout the month, but since I’ve already begun the Ineffable Advent I obviously have to make sure I complete that first. I’ve got good feelings though. Oh yes, lots of good feelings.
Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.
You know, I haven’t even looked at Goodreads in a few months now, so I don’t even know where it is that I left off on this goal. What I can definitely say is that if you add up all the fan fiction I’ve read since mid-year, transpose it into an approximation of average-length novels, and add those to my goal, I’d have killed it for sure. So I’m not going to get too hard on myself right now. That said, I recently started logging my books in an app I found that allows me to organize them in a way that’s actually easy to look at, and it reminded me of how many books I have that I never got around to reading. So I promise you that I’ll get back to it in the new year. It’s time to get through that massive pile I’ve got upstairs in my reading/writing room. Those books deserve better than just sitting on my shelves.
Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!
Fuck me. Oh, uh…did I say that aloud? Yeah, no, I’m not sure what’s been going on with me with social media lately. I honestly can’t figure out how it seems like I’m always on my phone and yet never posting/tweeting/etc. What am I doing on there? It’s a genuine mystery.
(That’s a lie. Mostly I’m reading. Shut up.)
Anyway, let’s just…let’s just look at the damn numbers, okay?
Last week’s numbers are as follows:
- The YouTube channel lost 2 subscribers
- The YouTube Twitter account gained 1 follower
- The YouTube Instagram account went up 1 follower
- The Snapchat account’s score went up 12 points
- The Author Twitter account went up 2 followers
- The Author Instagram account gained 4 followers
Oh! Okay. Well. That’s not too bad, honestly. I was expecting a bunch of negatives again. But tiny positives…I can handle that. Yup. For sure.
Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games.
I didn’t have a lot of time to really do anything major last week, but guess what?! I actually did play some games! Unfortunately they happen to be games that I’ve played a billion times before! 😛 But hey, give me a break…I just found out about the SNES Virtual Console that’s available on the Nintendo Switch, and the SNES was home to some of my favorite games of all time. Can you really blame me for diving into A Link to the Past for the thousandth time? No. No you can’t. And if you try I will beat you the fuck down, because A Link to the Past is one of the greatest games in the history of video games.
Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.
Can we skip this one this week? You can’t see, but I’m rolling my eyes right now.
In my defence, I spent a good bit of last week working on editing a video that we’d filmed waaaaaaaaaay back in July and never actually put up. And the thing about that vid is that there was over an hour and a half worth of footage that I had to sort through and cut. And since I was gone for four consecutive months and therefore wasn’t doing any video editing, my meagre abilities are dull as a spoon. So, long story short, editing that video was painful. So. Yeah. Gimmi a break, okay? Okay.
And that was that! Looking back over the week it doesn’t seem like I really got a whole lot done, but I feel satisfied in general. And that’s what really matters, right? Self-satisfaction? Yes. Yes, I think I’ve got something going there. Let’s go with that!
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!