It’s another month in review, just a few days late because I figured with the A-Z Challenge going on I might as well just wait for the only day of the week for which a post wasn’t already scheduled. 🙂
It was a good month in many ways, a bad one in a few ways, and overall it just seemed that the 31 days of March flew by in a flash, leaving me standing here, blinking, wondering what the hell had happened. That seems to happen to me a lot, doesn’t it? Maybe I should just start taking it as a given. 😛
Goal #1. Take good care of myself, specifically by walking 10,000 steps a day and taking at least 15 minutes per day to do something fun/relaxing.
I should move this goal to the bottom of the list so that I’m not always starting off these posts on a sour note. It’s genuinely depressing how poorly I did on this goal throughout March. Right off the get go, out of 31 days there were only 9 on which I hit the 10k step goal. That’s absolutely abysmal. I haven’t had a month yet during which I managed it every day, but at least the other months averaged out a bit; big days brought up the average on behalf of bad days. This month, not so much. My average for daily steps throughout the month was 7527. Definitely not as bad as it could be, but also definitely pretty awful considering that I spent 14 of those days at work, working in the field, wandering around all day.
As far as “me” time, that wasn’t too, too bad. I only missed three days during which I didn’t find two seconds to relax, never mind 15 minutes, but on many of those other days I spent longer periods of time just sitting around doing fun stuff, so I can’t berate myself too much. I also got an amazing massage, and that just pushes things up super-high. God, I love getting massages.
Goal #2. Build readership/viewership by putting more focus and energy into my blog posts, shooting fun and different YouTube videos, and putting more effort into self-promotion.
This goal is much more positive, although only on the YouTube side of things. Thanks in great part to my husband, we’ve got a system pretty much down at this point. I’m shooting more and better videos, sharing everything on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, interacting with people tons, and generally just doing well all around. My follower stats keep rising, I posted 10 videos throughout March (1 every 3 days ain’t bad for someone with a full-time job!), and I continue my trend of mostly managing to avoid arseholes on YouTube, which is a miracle in and of itself.
On the author side of things I don’t even want to talk. I’ve come to a point where I don’t even know what to do with “Nowhere to Hide”. Any of my friends, family, and coworkers who give a damn already have the book, and no amount of promotion online seems to help at all. The only sales I’ve gotten in the past several months (which was, like…two or three ebooks) have been at complete random from across the pond somewhere. I’m just at a stalemate I think…no one cares about zombies anymore, and it’s not the kind of genre for which you go hunting for indie books.
I am however promoting the first book of “The Other World” for my A-Z Challenge this year, so hopefully that will help build some interest and maybe gain me some new blog followers who will actually be excited for the book to become available. *fingers crossed*
Goal #3. Write as much as I can, including writing an entire novel from start to finish.
Now this goal I can’t complain about at all because it was a pretty damn good month. My only concern is that a large chunk of my word count came from loosely scripting YouTube videos (because my MEMORY, people…my GOD my MEMORY), but I accept it because at least it’s some kind of writing, right? RIGHT? I know you guys understand this, so answer me, for the love of puppies. ;_;
So, anyway, for the month of March I wrote 19,131 words toward blog entries (including flash fiction posts, which I forgot to separate again), 7195 toward my journal, 1446 words toward fiction (finishing up the current draft of book one of “The Other World”), and 15,127 words toward the scripting I just mentioned. All together that’s a total of 42,899 words for the month, which works out to an average of 1383 words per day. That’s way better than I’ve done in a long while, so I’m pretty happy about that. I wish more of it had been fiction, but since the A-Z Challenge always gets me well ahead on blog posts, I expect I’ll be able to focus more on fiction for April.
There you have it, then. A few ups and downs, but a pretty decent month over all. I think I’ll give myself a pat on the back for this one.
How did your March go? Did you get anything accomplished? Do anything for yourself? Have any kind of awesome fun? Please share!
12 thoughts on “March 2016 Goals in Review”
My March was mostly concerned with health issues (the baby had to have eye surgery, before that everyone developed a lovely GI virus that meant late night trips to the hospital, and my husband has some kind of eye thing regarding his diabetes – which is luckily under control now). Because of this stuff, I am more determined than ever to push ahead on my writing goals, and not let life and its inevitable random crisis take over my emotions and motivation. I’ve been trying to apply this energy to blog writing as well. But my fiction has taken too much of a backseat lately. So, here goes…
I totally understand that memory-abilities aren’t what we’d like them to be! And that sometimes we have to just say, “Okay, *this* was what I wanted…but *that* happened instead….and I have to accept it, and *at least* I did *this*.” Maybe not very adjective-filled in that comment, but I hope it makes a point. 🙂
Good luck with your goals for April!
Aw, health issues suck. I hope everyone is feeling better now! It’s easy to let things get behind you when stuff like that is happening. ._.
Yeah, we’re getting there. Recovery has been quicker than expected, so that helps a lot.
I’ll keep my fingers crossed for it to keep being speedy. ^_^
Gotta tell you, you’re promotion for “The Other World” is working. At least, it’s working on me. We’re only up to B, and I already want to buy that book.
Yay! Sometimes the methods work! lol Thanks for reading the promo-posts. ^_^ I’m having lots of fun with them.
I don’t think you should be beating yourself: from your post it feels you accomplished quite a lot.
My March was a bit a crazy, the first month after moving over to Arizona (and leaving Europe behind) – though it already feels like ages ago, but I’m slowly getting back on track with everything.
I do tend to beat myself up a lot…like I explained to G.B. Miller, it’s just that I’ve got so many things going at once that I never feel like I was REALLY productive at any of them. 😛 I’ll figure it all out eventually though. ^_^
Moving will definitely knock you out of sync, but I’m glad to hear you’re starting to get back on track!
I can relate. I’m slowly learning the art of recognizing even small progress, so I can keep the momentum, versus slowing down to ponder on how unproductive I am. 🙂
An excellent habit to pick up, for sure. lol
My March was pretty decent writing-wise. I manage to make a decent dent in my current WiP, as well getting all my ducks in a row with a short story quad-logy that I want to self-publish. Now it’s just the matter of coming of with the cash to get the thing formatted and a cover.
It sounds like you were quite productive! I’m jealous. ^_^ I’ve gotten myself into a situation in which I’m doing so many things at once (YouTube videos, WIP, side project of erotic stories, etc) that I don’t seem to be able to be decently productive at any of them. lol
What are the short stories about?