Plans and Goals 2018: Week 11 Review



Week 11 of 2018 happened to be March Break in my neck of the woods, which can be a blessing or a curse depending on your own personal situation. In the Tobin household it resulted in a few days of family time, followed by shipping the little one off with her grandparents for a few days. So those few days were probably really productive, right? Ha ha ha ha ha….ahh…you don’t know me at all.

Okay, okay, they weren’t exactly massively UNproductive, but we did spend a fair chunk of time driving around the province, shopping and taking trips to all our local comic shops, so there was that.

But that’s not the point of this post! So let’s just mosey on along into the important bits.

Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
I’ve been trying to focus! Really! I really have! It’s just that my “focus” is less focus-y and more…split into twelve different “focuses”. *cough cough* My big problem this week has been that my brain keeps going off in multiple directions, as I’ve got multiple projects that I want to be working on, but as anyone who has experienced this knows, it usually results in nothing getting done.

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. It actually wasn’t a horrible week or anything; just not as good as I was hoping, given that we spent so much time out and about. Even still, I managed to write 5088 words worth of blog posts and scribbled out 442 words in my “random stuff” journal, for a week’s total of 5530 words. That brings my yearly total so far up to 55,937, and my overall daily average to 736. So I haven’t gone down on the average from last week, which is definitely a good thing. The problem is that the further I go into the year without boosting my weekly totals, the harder it is to get that daily average to move up to where it’s supposed to be which, if you’ve forgotten, is 1370. At this point I’d need to put one HELL of a push on to get up to that number, and I’m starting to wonder if it’s even possible at this point. I mean, I know it is possible, but it’s getting more and more difficult, that’s for sure.
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. One book sold! Woo-hoo!
    Okay, okay, sarcasm aside, I’m happy that I sold the one book. Just, you know…it’d be nice if was more, obviously.
    I haven’t heard anything back from the publisher I mentioned last week yet, which is unsurprising. I believe they said their average wait time was 5-6 weeks or so, which is still way faster than most publishers I’ve looked into, so I’m trying to be patient. That said, anyone who knows me or has followed me long enough knows that I don’t have a significant amount of patience, so it’s been difficult. I’m the type to click on my email fifteen times a minute when I’m waiting for a response to something.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. There are no words to properly explain how frustrated I am with myself concerning this goal. I want this to move forward, but I’m in that ridiculously self-defeating mode in which you’re bored with your current work-in-progress and will find yourself doing anything and everything to avoid actually working on it. I’ve been trying desperately to figure out a way to rekindle my interest in the book, but thus far I’ve found nothing. Ideas would definitely be appreciated, if anyone has any!

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
Oh look, there’s that “focus” word again. XD

  • Goal #1: Film more often. Jason and I managed to pull off 5 videos in week 11, which again, isn’t bad considering how much time we spent wandering around the province throughout the week. Two of those videos were awesome gifts we received in the mail as well, which put me in just such an awesome mood, you have no idea. (Love you, Marie and Brian!!!) We honestly probably could have gotten more done if we’d had a little more (*cough cough*) focus and not totally worn ourselves out with the long days of shopping, but all in all I’m perfectly satisfied with what we did manage to accomplish. 5 videos in 7 days is nothing to scoff at.
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. Let me start this one off by stating that our Instagram feed has been LIT THE F&$K UP this past week. Jason and I have both been having a blast sharing anything and everything, especially cool stuff we’ve been finding in comic shops, and random pick-ups as we wandered around shopping. Both our Twitter accounts have been just as active, and we’ve been seeing a fair amount of interaction there, which is awesome. I still don’t focus much on the whole SnapChat thing, but I’m giving myself a pass because, honestly, it doesn’t really seem like that many people pay any attention to my account there. Is it just me, or does SnapChat really not have much of a point unless you’re “chatting” one-on-one with someone? Like, does anyone actually go watch their friends’ “stories”? 

#3: Focus more on myself.
“Chu keep using that word. I do not think it means what chu think it means.”
(If you don’t understand that line, we can no longer be friends.)

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play.  I’ve become unhealthily obsessed with a mobile game called “Papa’s Cupcakeria To Go”. Whenever I can squeak out two or three minutes to myself (usually while waiting for supper to cook, or something of the like), that’s usually what I end up doing. I’d love to say that I’ve been spending that time working through my to-be-read list, or catching up on Supernatural, or getting back into Breath of the Wild…but no. Stupid mobile games. Why I am so easily addicted to stupid mobile games?
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. I made a decision a few days ago, which might seem counter-intuitive to this goal, but hear me out. I decided to take off my FitBit. Not because I don’t love it (which I do), and not because it’s not useful (which it is), but at this point in time, considering some possible health issues and a delicate emotional state (WHY THE F&@K AM I STILL GAINING WEIGHT?!) I decided that being able to see my activity level at all times is not currently productive to my well-being. Once I’ve worked out a few things, I might start using it again, but for the time being, I don’t really need to know whether I’m getting 1000 steps or 20000 steps in a day, because both numbers stress me out for different reasons.
    On a more week-11-related note: I did a lot of shopping. Shopping is exercise. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

So that was week 11! I got a bit done, had some fun with social media, and listened to my own brain shooting off in a million different directions because it has apparently forgotten the definition of the word “focus”. Here’s to week 12!

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


5 Pieces of Writing Advice That are Total BS


I’m going to preface this post by stating the obvious:

I probably have no right to be claiming that any kind of writing advice – especially the kind that comes from successful, well-established authors – is equivalent to a bull’s fecal matter. I am, after all, not much more than an amateur novelist, with two self-published books and a meager number of sales to my name. How, then, can I claim to really know what is and isn’t “good” writing advice, right?

Well that’s the first bit of BS right there. Just because I’m not a runaway success, boasting hundreds of thousands of books sold, doesn’t mean I don’t know crap advice when I see it. So screw anyone who says otherwise! I’m going to share with you, right now, five pieces of writing advice that say are total BS.

1. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. 

Let’s start with simple one. Many “expert” authors will attempt to convince you that words such as “shouted”, “cried”, “sighed”, and “groaned” are somehow intrusive, and that they have no place in describing lines of dialogue. These writers will tell you that “said” is the only word that should ever be used to follow a character speaking.

“Blah blah,” she said. “Blah blah blah,” he said.

How goddamn boring is that?

I honestly have no idea where the logic behind this particular bit of advice comes from. I can agree that the use of certain, overly-pretentious words can be distracting to a reader and should absolutely be avoided. Saying “he aforementioned”, for instance, leaves the average reader thinking, “What in the seven hells does ‘aforementioned’ mean?” and takes them out of the story. But what in those same seven hells is so “intrusive” about saying “she cried”?

To further my point, I’ll point out that the giver of this particular piece of advice clearly doesn’t write creative fiction with any sort of emotion to it. Be honest now, young readers and writers: if you’ve got a character who’s just been beaten to the ground and is reaching out in agony as a shadowy stranger strides off into the darkness carrying her baby…are you going to be expecting her to “say” something or to “scream” something? If you’ve got a pair of characters who are making hot, passionate love to one another, is it going to keep you in the mood if one of them “says” something, or would you be more apt to hear them “moan” something?

Using “said” for every single line of dialogue is ridiculously restrictive and demolishes an author’s ability to create mood and emotion within the conversation. Convince me otherwise, I dare you. Write a heart-wrenching, terrifying, or action-packed scene jammed with dialogue that only uses the word “said”, and try to make it anything less than boring. If you can pull that off, you are a king among peasants within the writing world.

2. Never use prologues or dream sequences, ever. 

This one, I believe, comes from an era of writers who believe that anything that makes storytelling a little easier is some kind of cop-out, like a kid cheating on a test. These are the writers who believe that a piece of writing cannot be good unless the author has suffered in order to write it.


I’m definitely not saying that we should all be taking the easy way out whenever possible, but flat-out denying the use of any particular method of storytelling is defeatist foolishness. For certain, a prologue for the sake of just having a prologue is pointless, and a dream sequence designed with no other purpose than to easily reveal information that the author would rather not have to think too much about is lazy. But that doesn’t mean that a well-written prologue that delicately eases a reader into the world of the story can’t be well-received. And it doesn’t mean that a dream sequence that gives a bit of an insider look into the psyche of a character can’t work wonders for building a reader’s affection of that character. Every tool has a place and can be used well if the writer knows what they’re doing with it. To discount such tools with a scoff and a pretentious wave of the hand is foolishness of the highest order.

And while we’re at, there’s nothing write with adverbs, when used properly and sparingly!

3. Ignore your internal editor because every first draft is crap and editing shouldn’t even be on the plate until you have a complete first draft. 

Let’s clear something up right away with this one: every writer has their own method. Some people plan every scene and write detailed character sheets before they even consider writing the first line of a story. Others just start writing without half an idea as to what they intend to accomplish. Some people write from start to finish, taking a rod-straight line right through their work. Others bounce from scene to scene, chapter to chapter, and everything in between, as the inspiration hits them.

And while some people close their eyes, bite their tongues, ignore every plot hole and grievous typo, and just slam out that first draft without a second thought to what it will look like when it’s finished, other people can’t move forward without fixing the problems that pop up as they come.

I’ll admit that the best way to slam out as many words as possible in a short amount of time (such as when one is participating in National Novel Writing Month) is to throttle that internal editor and throw him/her in a dark closet until that first draft is complete. However, some people just can’t work that way. It gnaws at them, niggles in the back of their minds, and drives them mad, making the writing process insufferable, and if the process is insufferable, we’re much more likely to give up on it all together.

In conclusion: everyone has their own methods, and as long as that method ultimately results in a book, who cares if it’s the “proper” method?

4. Write what you know.

No one ever expanded their mind by sticking to only what they already know. This advice is right up there with “never try anything new and you’ll never get hurt/embarrassed/etc”.

There is absolutely something to be said for writing what you know. Imbuing your own knowledge, experience, and emotion into a novel can be the spark that truly gives it life. If you’ve experienced loss, you’re going to know how it feels when it comes down to writing about a character’s loss. If you’ve actually been rock climbing you’re going to have a much easier time describing the ins and outs when your character is doing it. If you’ve watched hundreds of horror movies you’re going to have a much easier time writing a story about devils and demons than someone who only ever watches action flicks.

But if you only ever write what you know, you’re putting yourself in a box, unable to grow, unable to expand, unable to flesh out your stories in new and exciting ways. If you’ve never researched a topic that you knew absolutely nil about so that you could incorporate that topic into a story, you’ve delegated yourself to living in a five mile radius when there are hundreds of thousands of miles of unexplored terrain splayed out before you in every direction.

Writing what you know is easy and makes for realistic storytelling. Writing what you don’t know is hard and time-consuming, and it makes you a better writer in the long run.

5. Write every day.

Here we are at the big one. The mother of all writing advice.

Write. Every. Day.

This one actually seems, on the surface, like excellent advice. Writers have to write! They have to write a lot! Therefore, they should write every day! It only makes sense!


Again we find ourselves looking at that fact that advice-givers love to ignore: Every. Person. Is. Different.

As much as we would like to imagine our writers as these dedicated souls who wake up in the morning, plunk themselves down at their desk, and compose from dawn til’ dusk, that is simply not the case for the overwhelming majority. Most writers, no matter how dedicated they are, no matter how determined, can’t simply sit down and spend all day every day plucking out words on a keyboard or scribbling in a notebook. There was once a time when the novelist would be akin to a hermit, sequestering himself away in a room, day after day, until the work was complete, but that simply isn’t the way of things anymore.

Writers are adults with day jobs and responsibilities. Writers are children still struggling away in school. Writers are single mothers with half a dozen kids, and they’re fathers working two jobs just to pay the bills. Writers are plying their craft in the middle of war zones, and they’re struggling to write in a language that is not their first.

Writers are not simply writers. They’re people, with lives that entail a million and one other things that aren’t writing. To some “classic” writers this is blasphemy, but from one 21st century writer to the next: we aren’t playing by those rules any more, and we cannot and will not beat ourselves up if we’re unwilling or unable to force ourselves to WRITE EVERY DAY.

So I’m officially re-writing this particular bit of advice and making it work for the present-day writer who is constantly beating themselves up for every day that passes without words hitting paper.


Writers have to write. We know this. So write whatever you can, whenever you can, and work as hard as you can without destroying the rest of your life in the process.

That’s MY advice. Feel free to call it BS if you like. ^_~

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 9 Review


I’m having one of those moments. You know those moments when you look at the calendar (or, more likely, the lock screen on your cellphone) and see what day of the week it is and you’re, like, “Wait, what? When the hell did that happen?”

I know I’ve pretty much become the queen of feeling like time is slipping by me in the blink of an eye, but I seriously don’t know what happened to the past week. I seem to recall a school book fair, and my parents visiting for a night, but when I try to wrap my brain around the fact that it’s currently the 4th of March, I can’t figure out what happened to those last few days of February.

That’s…that’s probably not a good sign, is it?

Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
“God DAMMIT, Tracey, what did you do?!” <– Enough said.

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. I am genuinely pissed off at myself right now, because even though I knew it wasn’t the greatest week, I didn’t realize just how horrid it was until I started adding up the numbers. I have, unfortunately, gone very much backwards in week 9, even more so than I did back in week 7, and have completely negated the forward momentum I’d built back up in week 8. I refuse to make excuses, because a lot of the problem was good old fashioned laziness, but I will ask a trifle of forgiveness based on the fact that I lost a full day to family visiting, and another nearly two days because of very personal issues that I’ll not discuss in detail. But, all that aside, here are the facts… I wrote 1920 words toward blog posts, and 541 words toward random fictional ideas, for a week’s total of 2461 words, which is my worst weekly total so far this year. That meager offering brings my yearly total thus far up to 43 742 words, and brings my daily average down to 705 words per day, which is the lowest it’s been since week 2. So, you can see why I’m extremely frustrated in myself, and I’m determined to turn this around somehow by the end of week 10.
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Have I mentioned lately that I loathe trying to sell my own books? Well, I’m mentioning it again, just in case you’d forgotten.
    I recently traded out the original-cover-copies of Nowhere to Hide that I’d given to my shop-owner friend for a few current-cover-copies along with a few copies of The Other World: Book One, and I’m hoping that the brighter, more noticeable covers mean that they’ll sell better than that first batch I gave him. I haven’t heard anything yet, but I also haven’t been talking to him lately, so I’ll assume that no news is good news for the time being. On the more online front, I have had zero sales of any kind in about a month, and I’m getting really frustrated with that. I don’t do a huge amount of self-promotion on my social media so as to avoid annoying people, but I did do a little burst of it near the end of February, showing off my two book covers, along with sneaking a shot of the books into a second Instagram post about a cute dragon Jason picked up for me, but nothing at all came of it. A few nice comments, a few retweets, but no actual sales or pages read via Kindle Unlimited. It’s getting extraordinarily annoying, to be honest. I know that I’m a nobody, for all intents and purposes, and that it’s difficult for self-published authors to sell themselves, but it’s just getting to the point that I want to start screaming at people, “WHY WON’T YOU GIVE THIS A CHANCE?!” Maybe I’m just a bit worked up. Maybe I’m just annoyed that people don’t seem to read as much as they once did. Maybe I’m just a cranky old biddy. The world may never know.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. I’ll be flat-out honest and admit that I did nothing toward this goal in week 9, and this is another reason for which I’m extremely frustrated with myself. I’ve got two beta-readers waiting, and publishing the second book in a series is very likely what I need to get some sales rolling again, but I’ve been putting it off and putting it off like you wouldn’t believe. Partially I think it’s a mental problem, because I feel like Book Two is utter tripe compared to Book One, and I’m trying very hard to get over that since no one has even read it yet to give me an outsider opinion. Maybe I’ll task my beta-readers to scream at me daily until it’s ready. Yes, that sounds like a plan.

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
*cough cough* Um…

  • Goal #1: Film more often. Two! Two whole videos in week 9! All things considered that’s not exactly as bad as it could have been, but still, come on Tracey. You can do so much better than this.
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. At least the social side hasn’t been going too badly. I’m still present mostly on Twitter, but it’s become a second nature kind of thing, so that’s good. I’ve also been getting a bit more into the Instagram side of things, and I’ve managed to have some fun on SnapChat in the past week, even if no one is really paying attention. I’ll give myself props for the fact that I’m getting quicker and more proficient in this side of things, which is great, because it doesn’t feel so much like an enormous time-suck anymore, and it is actually fun for the most part.

#3: Focus more on myself.

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play.  I did manage to squeeze in the entirety of the Tomie manga series before the end of February, so props to me for that, but aside from that my daily “me time” has mostly boiled down to Pokemon TCG Online. And that’s not to say that it’s not a valid way to spend a bit of time and relax, but I definitely feel like I’m sacrificing time I could be spending to read my backlog of books, watch my backlog of shows, and play my backlog of console games in order to snuggle up on the couch with a fairly brainless point-and-click. Given recent events it’s what I’ve needed, to be honest, but in future weeks I’d like to spend my relaxation time actually accomplishing something.
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. I’M STILL GAINING WEIGHT. GOD. DAMN. IT.
    I was actually half-decently active in week 9, playing Just Dance with the little one, doing some major cleaning, and a bunch of random running around, but it doesn’t seem to be helping in the way I want it to, that’s for sure. For whatever reason I’ve been gaining weight at a steady pace lately and it is NOT GOING OVER WELL. And no, it’s not muscle, just trust me on this one. So, who wants to teach me how to make a salad that doesn’t taste like ass? 😛

So that was a whole bunch of whining and complaining! That wasn’t really my intention, but, you know, sometimes everything just falls apart at once and you can’t really do anything else. But despite all the above bitching, I’ll also toss in here that some good did come out of the end of the week, and it’s resulted in me feeling a lot better emotionally than I’ve felt in quite a while. So, with that in mind, here’s looking forward to week 10 and having a much nicer, less whiny post for you next Sunday. 🙂

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

That Thing…You Know, the Block-y Thing? That…Affects…Writers? You Know the Thing, Right?

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I’ve heard people claim that “writer’s block” doesn’t really exist, that it’s simply an excuse writers use to be lazy. I’m sure in many cases that can be a fair enough assessment, because writers are no different from any other person on this planet, and let’s face it…most of us enjoy a good bout of curl-up-and-do-F-all.

Unfortunately, it’s not always as simple as just lacking motivation. Those who claim that writer’s block isn’t a real thing have simply never experienced it, and I genuinely envy those people.

There are days, weeks, sometimes even months, when words flow from me easily. I can picture every scene, every facial expression, every blood-soaked battle. I can feel the raw emotion, and it pours out of me, filling the pages with inky prose.

At other times, like right now, I stare at the page with a blank expression, my mind an empty husk unable to come up with the simplest of phrases with which to portray the experiences of my characters.

It took me nearly twenty minutes to write what’s above this sentence.

And then I stared at the screen for a further five minutes.

It’s difficult to explain what writer’s block is like, but that’s pretty much the best example I can give. What took you all approximately 20-30 seconds to read took me nearly half an hour of my life.

It’s a bit like a combination of running out of ideas, running out of drive, and forgetting 90% of the language you’re writing in. Simple words refuse to formulate in your brain, your fingers twitch but refuse to type/write, and a story that you may have had fully planned out in your head previously suddenly seems like a giant bag of plot holes imploding in on itself and refusing to reform.

It took me another ten minutes to write that paragraph.

See what I’m getting at here?

The biggest problem is that writer’s block is something that can be caused by outside forces – stress, depression, fatigue, lack of time and energy, etc – or it can just choose a writer at random, wrap itself around the poor bastard’s throat, and squeeze, and there’s not much you can do about it aside from waiting for it to tire and lose its grip.

If you haven’t caught on quite yet, I am currently experiencing a bout of writer’s block myself. It began, I expect, as the result of some stressful personal problems I was dealing with, and now it has simply cemented itself in my brain and refuses to go away even though I’m feeling much better. It’s wormed its way into my brain and poked holes in the tissue it found there, so that it seems as though I spend three times as much time staring at the blank bits of my laptop screen than I do actually typing anything. And that, as you can imagine, is beginning to be extraordinarily frustrating, especially considering my writing goals.

So why I am explaining this to you? Well, mainly it’s just because I’ve found that venting is a very useful method of telling the brain, “Okay, I get it, this sucks, now we can move on, okay?” The other reason, logically, is that I’m open to thoughts and suggestions. If you’re a writer, or other type of artist, how do you get over a block? I’m already extremely behind on this week’s word count and am on the last day of the week, so any thoughts would definitely be appreciated. ^_~

Thanks for listening, lovelies! Wish me luck!

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 8 Review

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!