Accountability Wednesdays: Week 3


If you are one of the lovely people who read my post yesterday, you’ll understand that my accountability post for this week is going to be a little weak. Due to some seriously unforeseen circumstances, I spent most of my time over the past seven days either running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off, or sitting around, tapping my foot, waiting for things to happen. And both of those extremes were a lot more stressful than I’m making them sound. So please, cut me just a little bit of slack this week, okay? Okay.

Goal #1: Lose at least ten pounds and become healthier overall.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t know where I stand this week since it was such a weird week. Thursday and Friday were filled with extremely poor food choices but also a hell of a lot of walking (my Fitbit was so proud). Saturday and Sunday were much more sedentary but also incorporated more decent food. Monday was special; I spent the entire day sitting down (plane, bus, bed) and ate a TON, but everything I ate was extremely healthy (don’t ever say that Canadian North doesn’t care about your nutritional choices). All in all I expect that the week pretty much averaged out in the end. I can’t tell you if I lost any weight or not because there is currently no scale in the vicinity. Let’s just say…I feel pretty good overall. We’ll just go with that for now.

Goal #2: Be more active on social media and work hard on my “author platform”.

Again, if you read my post from yesterday you know that this just didn’t happen this week. I’m not the kind of person who spends time on Twitter or Facebook while sitting in a hospital, waiting to hear news about a sick loved one. Similarly, blogging and being a part of the blogging community in general obviously took a back seat this past week. Sometimes you just have to step back from the internet and deal with reality.

Goal #3: COMPLETE my zombie apocalypse novel, Nowhere to Hide.

You might see a pattern arising. Yeah, this didn’t happen this week. I worked on it a little earlier in the week, but then this was put on a previously-unnoticed BACK back burner. I won’t be working on this at all for two weeks now because, as I mentioned last week, it’s pretty much impossible for me to deal with this project while out West with just my tablet. That said, I am getting very close to the end and am confident that I’ll be able to ship the finished product off to my beta-reader on my off-days before I come out for the next shift.

Goal #4: Write 500,000 words.

I’m annoyed with myself for doing this so early in the year, but I won’t be reporting my word count this week. Despite everything I do actually have some words to report, but I wasn’t keeping track of them while I was doing the aforementioned running-around-like-a-beheaded-chicken, and what with starting back to work today I don’t have the time at the moment to go through all my files and blog posts and figure out exactly how many words I wrote this week. I promise I’ll have all that straightened away next week, and I will make a dual report then.

On a related note, however, before I flew out West I picked up a neat little book that I found entitled, “642 Things to Write About”. I haven’t actually used it for its intended purpose yet, but I’m already going to have to recommend this book for pretty much any writer. It’s exactly what it sounds like…642 wildly varying writing prompts. I’m thinking that once I get all settled in to work and have a schedule worked out for myself, I might do a prompt a night whenever I’m out here. And I’m definitely thinking that I’ll share some of what I end up writing for some Fiction Fragment Fridays. Look forward to it!

And with that, my friends, we come to the end of what has been a very long day for me, so…toodles!

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