Accountability Wednesdays: Week 42

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Man. Just, yeah….man. By the time you guys read this I hope I will have managed to have a really good night’s sleep, because at the time of writing it I am so exhausted that I literally started falling asleep while I was eating my lunch. Literally. While eating.

Unfortunately I am (once again) writing this post from the Halifax airport, as my flights were amazingly screwed up for the fourth time in the past five months. It wasn’t anyone’s fault (there was a malfunction in one of the engines on the plane I was taking out of Calgary, and the delay caused me to miss my layover to get home), but it doesn’t make the situation any less tiring and frustrating. But I’ll try not to let my fatigue affect this post. Starting now. 😛

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

Last week I told you that I’d been having stomach problems again. This week I’m going to tell you that I’ve probably lost some weight, but not for a good reason. Since my stomach problems started last week I’ve been having an awful hard time getting a decent amount of food into me. It’s like my body has decided it has an aversion to eating. I could be starving half to death, but as soon as I start trying to put food in my mouth it’s like my body flips around and says, “Wooooahh, buddy. What do you think you’re doing there?” Clearly this is not a good thing, even if I did lose a couple of pounds as a result. Luckily I’m going to see my doctor later today, so hopefully something will come of that. I’m pretty much ready to offer him an ultimatum, because going to and from work every day during my shift has become an exercise in surviving cruel and unusual punishment.

Also, I’d like to add, it is definitely some kind of inhuman torture to make people spend two hours a day sitting on a bus that doesn’t have a toilet. People in charge of the buses at work; you know who you are, and you’re evil.

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

Things slowed down a little this week, mostly because I’ve been tired, and partly because I didn’t want to overdo marketing the book. So there’s not much to report.

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

Still done! I can totally screw up the other three goals, but you can’t take this one away from me! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Goal #4: Write 500,000 words.

This week was definitely better than the past two, mostly because I’ve been rushing to prepare the blog for NaNoWriMo time. Also, as of the writing of this post I’ve been sitting in the airport for six hours, so I had to pass the time somehow. Anyway, what with the planning and scheduling and so on and so forth, I managed to end up with 8519 words this week. My total for the year still isn’t even half of the total goal, and I’m definitely suspecting that I’m not going to finish this goal again this year, but I do also have high hopes for NaNo, so we shall see.

Until next time!

Accountability Wednesdays: Week 37

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Well, I’m a week into my shift, and believe me when I say that I’m ready to go home. No offense, Alberta, but your bone dry air and ridiculous temperature swings are getting on my nerves, just a little bit. I’m longing for the salty East-coast air and the not-quite-as-unreliable weather patterns. Also, I’m dying for a garlic fingers. Man, am I dying for a garlic fingers.

Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. Let’s get on with it.

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

As per usual I can’t really comment on anything this week because I don’t have a scale. I can tell you that I’ve been pretty good this week for a lot of things. I’m still drinking lots of water (although I caved twice, but I don’t think two cans of pop in a full week is really so bad, do you) and I’ve been eating fairly healthy considering that I have to deal with camp food all day every day. I haven’t been able to get any exercise, because, you know…ridiculously unfit work hours…but I’ve been trying to move and stretch a lot throughout my shift instead of sitting on my backside all day every day. So there’s that, right?

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

It hasn’t been too bad of a week for this one either. I posted an extra video on YouTube to review the contents of my first Ipsy Glam Bag, and I’ve been trying to make sure that I tweet at least once a day. Facebook has been a little slow, but I’m okay with that because I’ve been noticing a slow-but-steady increase in followers and interactions via the other platforms. Long story short, thumbs up for this week.

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

Guys…guys…guys…I’m getting super excited. My beta-reader recently got back to me and she had only a short list of minor issues that she thought could use addressing. I’m now in the process of compiling those issues and doing a last run-through of the manuscript to make sure there are no hidden typos. By this time next week I will be fixing those last issues/typos in the main manuscript file, resubmitting to CreateSpace, and from there it will be only 24 hours before I am able to order my proof copies. Those will take five business days to come, and assuming that they look okay, I will then be able to flip the switch, so to speak, and make the book available for purchase. You have no idea how pumped I am. In two weeks my first book could be for sale. I may never sell more than a handful of copies, but you have no idea how fulfilled I will be just to have my book actually be a book. AHHHH!!!!

Goal #4: Write 500,000 words.

Unfortunately as I am writing this I realize that I forgot to go through and keep track of what I wrote this week, so I’ll have to do that later, but I can tell you that it’s probably somewhere in the range of 2000. I’ve been taking it a little easy this week partly because I think I deserve it and partly because I know that once Nowhere to Hide is set up for sale I’ll be putting my nose to the grindstone and working hard on my next venture. So with that said, look forward to the future! There are great things on the horizon!

Accountability Wednesdays: Weeks 34, 35, and 36

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Can I start out this post by getting a little weepy? Don’t worry, there haven’t been any more deaths in the family or anything like that, but I have another reason to be a bit teary-eyed today. You see, as this post becomes live my daughter – my only child, by the way – is taking part in her first ever class of kindergarten. For the rest of the year, three half-days a week, she’ll be taking part in a “school” program for 4-year-olds, making new friends, learning new things, and getting used to what it means to be in school with teachers instead of home with parents. I know that she’ll do great, and I know that it will be very good for her, and I’m not worried at all about her…but I can’t help being just a little bit sad. My baby girl isn’t a baby anymore. How does that happen? And how can I stop it? *cry*

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Okay, okay…I’m okay. Let’s move on to other, less teary things.

The past few weeks have been rough, and you may have noticed that as a result I missed two accountability posts in a row. So this week will be a bit of a conglomerate of the past three weeks.

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

I’m currently back out West again, so I can’t quote any numbers, but I can tell you that I’m currently experiencing a bit of an up-and-down period. Before the weeks that I missed, I’d been cutting out all beverages aside from water and tea, as well as trying to eat less in general, and that was going well. By the time I got home from my last shift I’d lost almost four pounds. But, as you know, the weeks that followed were busy and stressful. I had a couple of nights drinking (and eating, like, a metric ton of food) with family, followed by a shopping trip that involved a lot of poor meal choices, punctuated by a few days of flat-out refusing to do anything at all because I was so tired. As a result of all of that I’m fairly certain that I’ve gained back at least half – if not all – of what I lost. But I’m not letting that drag me down. I’m back on to the water and tea, and I’m determined to get a decent amount of sleep while I’m at work this shift. Wish me luck.

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

This goal has taken a back seat recently, since I’ve been so busy and stressed out, but it’s not all bad. I’ve had a difficult time keeping up with the blogging community because that involves so much reading, but I’ve been more active on Twitter, and I’ve been continuing to post videos on YouTube (please check them out…my handle is toreshitobinable). I even recorded a new video from my camp room last night, though it’s not been posted yet. All in all, I think I’m managing pretty well considering how busy I’ve been of late. This goal could definitely use more work, but I’m satisfied that I haven’t been screwing up too much. 😛

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

Awesome, awesome, awesome news on this one! I didn’t get to talk about it two weeks ago, but I completed my mini-goal of finishing the final edits on the manuscript by the end of my last shift. I then shipped off the finished manuscript to my beta-reader for a final run-through, for which I am currently awaiting word on. But the best part? While I’ve been waiting for her, I fixed up my book cover, created a rear cover with a summary, and went through almost every step to self-publish on CreateSpace. My files have all been approved and I literally just have to hit “Print!” As soon as I get word from my beta-reader I’m going to go through the manuscript one more time to check for hidden typos and the like, and then it’s off to the printers! I’m so excited! I am seriously, genuinely almost there! AHHHH!!!!!!

Goal #4: Write 500,000 words.

You know what? I don’t even care about this goal right now because I’m so excited about my novel! AHHHH!!!!

Okay, okay, I do still care, but I can’t really report because I haven’t been keeping proper track of everything the past couple of weeks. I know that the first week I missed I had something like 7000 words, then the second week I wrote effectively nothing, and this past week I wrote probably about 3000 worth of subscription box reviews, so let’s just call it about 10,000 over the past three weeks. That puts me in around 200,000 words so far this year. That’s very far behind, but once I get the self-publishing bit out of the way I’ll have nothing left to do but write, and oh boy, have I got some stuff in my head that’s ready to get down onto paper. 😀

And on that cheery note, I’m going to dance off into the metaphorical sunset where my internal editor can live happily ever after. ❤

Accountability Wednesdays: Week 32

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Can I just first mention that this traveling back and forth across the country thing is for the birds? Good money, but the traveling part I could definitely do without. I’m on day 2 of the current shift and I think it’s going to be two or three more days before I recover. Anyone know of any good stimulants that aren’t rough on the guts? 😛

Okay, on to the weekly nonsense.

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

I don’t have much to report here, although I can tell you that I had a pretty decent go of it the last two days. I managed the entire day of travel without eating anything horrible (except for an iced cappuccino at Tim Hortons, but I’m not counting that because I needed the caffeine to survive the 5-hour bus ride). Then, at dinner with my coworkers, I announced to them all that I was not to drink any pop this shift and if anyone sees me with a can they are to slap it the hell out of my hand. So there’s some accountability for you. Also, yesterday I actually managed to restrict myself to a decent number of calories. I don’t know how long that’s going to last before I start having sugar withdrawal symptoms, but we’ll take it one day at a time.

Still trying to figure out how I can fit exercise into my day while I’m on shift but I just don’t think it’s possible without giving up some of the precious little sleep I already get.

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

A bit of a lull on this one this week. No new YouTube videos because I won’t be able to record any more unboxings until I get home, but Nerd Block Jr retweeted my vid of their recent box, so that’s nice. I’ve been trying to hang out on Twitter more often but I think I’ve waned on Facebook. I can’t say it’s been a bad week, just not a particularly good one.

On a related note, if anyone has any ideas for YouTube videos that I could do in between the unboxings, let me know! I’m actually having fun and I think it’s good for me to slowly get over the anxiety of talking to a camera. 😛 Plus it would keep the channel active during the lull when none of my subscription boxes are available to me.

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

I can’t say that I got a lot accomplished this past week, but I promise that a lot is going to get done this coming week. I brought my laptop out West with me this shift, all fitted up with a brand new battery that actually holds a charge, and my plan is to spend the hour-long bus ride each evening working on finishing the final edits. If I stay true to this promise every evening that will be fourteen hours of editing, and I’m almost certain that will be enough to finish the edits. I did the first day yesterday and managed to edit an entire chapter, and there’s only ten left, so there you have it. Mini-goal! I’m on it!

Goal #4: Write 500,000 words.

Continuing on with this one, I have to report a lackluster week since I’m focusing my energy on goal #3, but it wasn’t all that bad. Because of a few extra review posts and something I whipped up on a notepad during break yesterday, I can report 1924 words this week. If I continue to scribble stuff out during my breaks I may even have something half-decent to report next week, but we’ll see. Can’t focus on everything at once, right? Right.

So with that said, if anyone feels like encouraging me to eat well and keep editing, please do so. I thrive on positive reinforcement. XD

Accountability Wednesdays: Week 30

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I take back what I said last week. This is definitely the most exhausted I’ve felt in a long time. By the time you’re reading this I’ll have (hopefully) had a good night’s rest in my own bed, but at the time of writing this I am in the process of traveling home from my fourteen-day shift and I am straight-up knackered. I want to spend some time taking the little missy to the beach during my days off, but I’m also kinda hoping that we have a few really rainy days so that maybe I can convince her to snuggle up in bed and watch movies with me.

Ouch. I just yawned so hard that my jaw cracked. Ouch, ouch, ouch.

Okay, that’s enough of that. Let’s get down to it.

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

If I wanted I could wait to post this until the last minute so that I could weigh myself first, but I can’t be fussed, and I’m pretty sure I know exactly what the scale would read anyway. I got real sick of apples, bananas, and grapes this week and instead found myself resorting to muffins, cookies, and the fudge that one of my coworkers keeps foisting on me. God dammit, don’t these people know that I have negative 10% willpower? So yeah, it hasn’t been a great week.

On the guts side of things, I’m still wavering on whether or not I think the meds are helping. I’m definitely having more good days that bad days lately, but I don’t really know if that’s because of the meds or because of one of about a dozen other things that could be affecting my innards. Either way, I’m definitely doing better, but I’m definitely not perfect or anything.

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

Somehow, between work ours and everything else I’ve been doing, I managed to keep up with blog comments this week, which is a huge plus since it’s one less thing I have to deal with when I get home. There were also a few tweets, and a few Facebook status updates. It’s been pretty good all around.

I did also try to screw around with StumbledUpon this week, but it mostly wound up being an aneurysm-level frustration. You can’t submit a page via the iPhone app, and when I try to do it on the website (via the phone), it won’t let me choose any other category but Paranormal for some reason. After way too much effort and quite a lot of profanity I gave up and decided to wait until I get home so I can try and screw with it on an actual computer. Wish me luck.

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

You all know what the deal with this one is, but there’s good news: Operation Get-Blogging-Stuff-Out-Of-The-Way-First was a huge success. I managed to get so much planned out that I only have to worry about Accountability posts from now until the end of my next shift out West. Booya. So, therefore, I can put all my energy (whatever little there is left after the little missy takes her share) into getting through this on my days off. Ideally I would like to finish the second round edits this month so I can send it off for a final beta-read before I go back out to work again, but realistically I’m aiming for that much to be done by mid-September. Then, presumably, I’ll put all my energy into turning it into a purchasable book by Halloween. That’s my ultimate goal.

Speaking of turning manuscripts into books, does anyone have a good tutorial on how to turn a Scrivener file into a Kindle e-book format? I was trying to figure it out one day and I just kept winding up with this messed up file that only showed about fifteen words per page.

Goal #4: Write 500,000 words.

This week wasn’t as good as last week because I allowed myself to relax a little once I saw how far I’d managed to schedule ahead on the blog. Even still, I managed to push through the sleep deprivation to pound out another 7036 words. I’m behind where I should be for this time of year, but I’m catching up, and if I can get goal #3 out of the way I expect to have a truly spectacular NaNoWriMo this year.

So, to wrap it up, I’m terribly unhealthy in a great number of ways, yet strangely on top of things for a change. I’m calling that a win.

Accountability Wednesdays: Week 29

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Please believe me when I tell you that I haven’t been this exhausted in a long time, and since I’m tired most of the time anyway, that’s really saying something. I’m a little over halfway into my shift and I’m genuinely wondering how I’m going to make it to the end without going completely wacky. This morning I almost left for work with no shoes on, no lie. Fifteen-and-a-half-hour days, man…mental.

But life presses on and somehow – miraculously – I’ve been managing to keep up with a few things. So, without further ado…

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

On the weight-loss side of things I have nothing to really report because – as I’ve mentioned before – I have no way to weigh myself when I’m out West. One thing that I can tell you is that I’ve been making a major effort to forgo pop and juice for water and tea (without milk or sugar). I’m still eating like a pig because goddamn, the camp food here is actually really good, but at least I’m cutting out empty calories. Now if only there were enough time in the day to cram in some exercise.

On the general health side of things, my guts have actually been pretty kind to me lately, so maybe those meds are actually working. Go figure.

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

I took to Twitter earlier this week to complain about Marvel giving my beloved Thor a sex change. That counts, right?

In all seriousness though, things are going well. Likes, follows, comments, retweets, favorites, and subscriber notices have become a daily occurance for me in past weeks, and I’m loving it. On Monday StumbledUpon even featured my blog post and caused my normal traffic to more than double. Keep it up everyone! I love you all!

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

As previously mentioned, this goal is on hold while I’m out West, but I set myself a mini-goal of getting enough blog posts scheduled so as to be able to focus on this goal during my days home. I’m happy to report that said mini-goal is going swimmingly. I’m still working on it, but I already have almost my entire time home planned out. Yes, for once I’ve actually done precisely what I said I was going to do. Huzzah!

Goal #4: Write 500,000 words.

I can honestly say that I have no idea how I did it while working fifteen-and-a-half-hour days, but I kicked ass this week. I wrote what felt like about a million blog posts this week and it all added up to 9290 words. I am beyond exhausted, but very proud of myself, and I know it’s all going to be worth it when I have significantly less to do during my days off. I can almost feel the waves of relief now.

Come on, end of shift. Mama’s waiting for you.

Accountability Wednesdays: Week 28

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It’s another week and I’m back out West, working my 15-1/2 hour days and trying to figure out how I’m going to get anything else accomplished over the next two weeks. Fun times! Thank goodness I’m making good money, because otherwise my head may have already exploded.

On the upside of things, I did manage to record my two Nerd Block unboxing videos and get them uploaded to YouTube before returning to work. I’m not the most comfortable person in front of a camera, but I don’t think I did too badly. My only concern now is that now that my husband knows that I’m recording I’m going to have to find a way to lock him out of the room so he doesn’t torture me mid-taping. 😛

(Shut up, Jason, you know you’re going to do it.)

If you’re interested in Nerd Block, or if you just want to see how awkward I am on camera, please check out my unboxing video for the original Nerd Block for June:

…and my unboxing video for Nerd Block Jr (for Girls) for June:

And now on to the usual stuff.

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

I’m just gonna go right ahead and say it: I’m failing miserably at this goal for a number of reasons (some of them good reasons, some of them bad). The upside is that my bad habits haven’t actually caused me to gain any more weight, but of course the downside is that I have effectively accomplished nothing toward this goal in over six months.

It’s a combination of things, but the major contributing factor is that this just isn’t as much of a priority to me as it should be. Blogging is very important to me. Writing (and, to a lesser extent, editing) is very important to me. Spending time with my family and taking small opportunities to relax are super important to me. Losing weight and getting healthier should be important to me, but they’re significantly less important than the other things I listed, so this goal continuously gets thrown on the back burner to slowly burn away into charcoal. I eat crappy food because cooking healthy takes time and energy that I use on other things that are important to me, and I avoid exercise for the same reason. It’s terrible, but it’s the truth.

So with that in mind, if anyone knows how I can somehow either double the hours in the day, or make it possible to function without sleep…feel free to let me know any time.

On the positive side ofthings, I’ve been using an iPhone app to remind me to take my stomach pills and thus far it seems to be helping. I actually think these meds might really help if I can continue to remember to take them properly. Further updates to come.

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

I’m calling this one a win for the week. I wasn’t overly active on Facebook or Twitter, but I did become a member of the International Bloggers Association, and I also set up my new YouTube channel for subscription box fun. I think that counts as pretty productive as far as social media is concerned.

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

Unfortunately I didn’t manage to find the time during my days off to work on this. Just as unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to print off anything to work on while out West. So this is going to be a bust for a couple more weeks. On the upside, my next days home shouldn’t be nearly as busy as the last ones were. My revised mini-goal for the next fourteen days is to get as much blogging scheduled as possible between now and then so that when I get home I can focus entirely on Goal #3. Since that means trying to blog around my 15-1/2 hour work days, please send me good luck (and lots of caffiene).

Goal #4: Write 500,000 words.

Unfortunately (which is becoming my most-used word), I can’t give you a real report this week because I forgot to make a copy of my spreadsheet before coming out West, so I have no idea what my numbers are. I can tell you that I believe it to be somewhere between 3000 and 4000 words. I hope to put that number to shame this following week, but again…15-1/2 hour days…so don’t hold me to it, okay? Ha ha…

As a final note before I sign off today, I’m just going to mention that to avoid diluting my weekly schedule any further, future subscription box reviews are going to be posted on the weekends as they pop up. Look forward to them! ❤

Accountability Wednesdays: Week 27

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So I’m a week down in my days off and I seem to have gotten very little accomplished. How is that possible? It probably has something to do with the fact that I was so thoroughly exhausted from my first shift in Cold Lake that I’ve been spending a great deal of my time home sleeping and thinking about how much I don’t want to go back to work. 😛 But that’s blatant negativity, so let’s just pretend that I didn’t say it. >.>

In other news, I’ve been receiving a fair number of comments (thus far) on my Nerd Block and Nerd Block Jr. reviews, which were posted on Monday. This amuses me, and has rekindled my desire to do video unboxing/reviews instead of written ones. Therefore, next month I will be (hopefully) posting videos for Nerd Block, Nerd Block Jr. (for Girls), and Loot Crate, which I decided that I want to try out as well. If I get a chance over the next couple of days (remembering that I only have four days left until I have to fly out West again) I’ll do a couple of “test” videos on the two Nerd Blocks that I reviewed already. Sound like a plan? Okay then. 🙂

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

I’m so frustrated with this goal, I can’t even tell you. For one thing (as I’ve mentioned before), my new job out West makes it pretty much impossible to work toward this goal for two weeks out of every four. There are simply not enough hours in the day out there to even think about exercising, and when it comes to diet I’m stuck with the food that the camp requires. There are healthy options, but for the most part those are simply the same fruit and vegetables every day, which gets pretty sickening pretty fast. Alternatively, when I’m home I’m rather unwilling to “waste” time exercising when I have a million other things that I want/need to get done, all around spending time with my family while I’ve got the chance.

In related news, my stomach has been an absolute monster the past few days. I’m not entirely sure why. I really have to give the meds I was prescribed a good trial, but damn can I not remember to take the friggin’ things! Three pills a day – during different times of the day – just does not seem to compute. I can remember one, maybe two, but I don’t think I’ve ever remembered all three yet. Maybe an iPhone app will help? Or a shock collar? 😛

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

It was one of those hard-to-explain weeks on this one. I was on Facebook a bit, and I think I tweeted once or twice, but I can’t really judge. I must have done something because I gained several more followers on Twitter. If I can manage to get those two “test” videos done and posted on YouTube this week I’ll consider that a maybe plus in the social media column, but until then I’ve got nothing major to report.

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

It’s looking bad for getting anything done with this goal before I head back out West, even with my mini-goal to focus on nothing else (except blogging). It’s been a busy week, I’ve spent a lot of it outside my house, and that trend isn’t looking likely to die before I fly again. I’m considering printing out a couple of chapters so that I can maybe work on them during breaks out West and then make the changes in my Scrivener file when I get home. We’ll see. I don’t want to completely destroy myself trying to do too much at once.

Goal #4: Write 500,000 words.

As previously established, this goal is taking a back-burner to goal #3, but I will still have reports to make because I’m still going to be writing blog posts. For this week I managed to wrack up 4212 words, which isn’t too bad all things considered. Additionally, after inputting all the words from previous weeks into my spreadsheet, I find that I have a yearly total of 158,073 words. I’m way behind, but that’s still pretty awesome. 🙂

Ciao for now!

Accountability Wednesdays: Weeks 25 and 26

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As mentioned on Friday, I’ve been having a rough go of it these past couple of weeks. My time to write/blog/do anything I want to do/etc is extremely limited while I’m out West, and it definitely doesn’t improve matters when the WordPress app on my phone just decides to completely eat my accountability post, leaving absolutely no trace that I ever wrote it. So this post, written while on the bus heading toward the airport on my way home for my turnaround, will be for the 25th and 26th weeks of the year. Fair warning: don’t expect much.

Goal #1. Lose ten pounds and become healthier overall.

I can’t really give a good report on this until next week because I haven’t been able to weigh myself for quite a while. What I can tell you is that I have been eating less lately, and I’ve been doing a fair bit of walking. I’m not sure how much that counts for since the food at the work camp tends to be sugary, salty, and fatty, but I guess we’ll see. Further reports to follow.

On a related topic, I’m not certain that the medication I was given for my stomach problems is actually helping, but then I’ve also been having a very hard time remembering to take it. It’s the kind of thing you have to take multiple times of day and my brain just doesn’t seem to accept that. I might have to start setting alarms on my phone.

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

Considering my current time constraints I think that this one is going about as well as it could. I’ve been keeping up with posts (except when WordPress whisks them away into Never-Neverland), and been spending time on both Facebook and Twitter. My Achilles heel lately has been replying to comments on the blog. I swear I’m not ignoring you, everyone; it’s just difficult to write good replies on my phone within the two second periods I get to myself throughout the day. As soon as I get home I swear it’s one of the first things on my list to go back through the backlog.

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

I’ve mentioned before that this is something that I can’t work on while I’m out West. What I explained in the post that got eaten (and thus not seen) is that I have set myself a mini-goal to put aside all writing (aside from blogging) from now until this goal is complete. I want this book published before Halloween this year, and I think the best thing to do is to focus all my energy on that goal and then focus on writing when that is complete. Wish me luck!

Goal #4. Write 500,000 words.

I can’t really report much today because I’m not certain of the numbers. My numbers from last week are written in a notebook that is stashed somewhere in my luggage at the moment, and this week’s numbers are scarcely worth mentioning. I can tell you that the two-week total is somewhere in the range of 6000 words. I expect that to go down in future weeks because of the aforementioned mini-goal, but no worries. Once Nowhere to Hide is out of my hands I’ll be going into full-on super-writer mode when I start working on my YA series, The Other World.

So there you have it. By the time you’re reading this I should be safely home, wondering how I could have ever thought that 15-hour days were more tiring than living with a toddler, and hopefully I’ll have more to report next week. Ciao!

Accountability Wednesdays: Week 24

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Before we get down to the accountability today, I have a few things to talk about. The first is a bit of an excuse for why this week’s post is going to be a little doomy and gloomy. As I’ve mentioned previously, I recently started a new job. Something about that new job that I didn’t know until less than a week ago is tht the camp (where I live while I’m on shift) is an hour’s bus ride away from the site. Another thing that I didn’t know right away is that said bus ride does not overlap at all with any of my 12-hour shift. And yet another thing that I actually didn’t find out until I got here is that we don’t get paid for our lunch break, so my 12-hour day is actually a 12-and-a-half-hour day. When you work in the bus rides plus the time it takes to gather my gear and lunch in the morning, that means that for the 14 straight days of my shift I’m working 15-hour days. That leaves nine hours a day in camp to have dinner, shower, do anything that might need doing (like laundry), and sleep. To make a long story short: unless I plan to give up a great deal of sleep, I’m not going to be getting a whole lot of anything done during the time that I’m out here. So go easy on me, will you? I wrote a large chunk of this very post on my iPhone during lunch break. -_-

On a lighter note, I have recently discovered the world of “subscription boxes”. In case you don’t know, a subscription box is a service where you pay a fee each month, and each month the company you’re dealing with sends you a mystery box full of goodies that (presumably) has a retail value that is significantly higher than what you paid. I kinda knew that these things existed, but I never realized how many of them there really are, or how many of them would actually appeal to me. Believe me when I say that it has taken a great exercise of willpower to keep myself from signing up for about a dozen of them. The one that I did decide to take a chance on is Nerd Block. This particular subscription is aimed at nerds, and is all about geeky merchandise and collectibles. There is an “adult” block, two kid blocks (one for girls, one for boys), and a “horror” block for nerds who love stuff like zombies and horror movies. The adult and horror blocks always include a t-shirt and several collectibles, all foro $19.99 plus shipping and handling (for myself in Nova Scotia it comes out to about $32). The kids’ blocks are all toys and collectibles, at a cost of $13.99 plus shipping and handling (for me, about $21). At first I was a bit iffy about whether the price after shipping (goddamn it costs a fortune to ship anything to Nova Scotia) wouldn’t be worth it, but then I started watching review videos and I was impressed with the amount (and quality) of items that came in each box. So I thought, hell…I’ll give it a try. I ordered a girls’ box for my daughter, and an original adult box which will – depending on the items – be divided between myself, my husband, and my daughter. But don’t tell either of them…I’ll probably hold on to the items until their birthdays or Christmas…shhhhh….(my husband totally doesn’t read these accountability posts and this is how I’m going to prove it).

The reason i’m explaining all this is because I plan to do an unboxing/review of the blocks when I recieve them, and I wanted to get my readers’ opinions on something. Should I write the reviews and just include pictures, or should I do a video? I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed watching other peoples’ unboxing videos and I thought it might be fun to do my own. But then again, my skill has always been in the written word, not the spoken one. So I’m going to leave it up to you guys: would you rather see a well-worded written review with photos, or an unboxing video in which I’ll probably stumble over myself and say, “Ummm…” a lot?

Okay, now on to the accountability….*gulp*

Goal #1. Lose ten pounds and become healthier overall.

This, just…yeah. As I explained, my new schedule pretty much allows me no time to do anything besides work, eat, and sleep. In fact, I’m losing sleep in order to finish writing this post, and I’m probably going to be very mad about it in the morning. I did manage to get one run and one strength exercise session in before I came out here, but now that I’m here it’s pretty much all over. There is literally no way that I can fit in exercise without giving up sleep, and since I already require more sleep than it is possible to get out here, that’s not going to happen any time soon. I am extremely POed about it, I don’t mind telling you. But that’s all there is to it.

On the eating side of things, I’m not really sure what to say yet. I do tend to eat more while I’m living on camp, just because there’s so much food to be had, but I also tend to eat more better things like fruit and boiled eggs and the like. I guess the tell will be whether I end up gaining or losing weight while I am completely and utterly unable to exercise.

On the upside of things, I think the meds my doctor gave me for my stomach issues may be helping. I’ve been having a hard time remembering to take them, because it’s a three-times-a-day kind of thing that I’m not used to, but I think I have a system down now and I’ve actually been feeling pretty good. More to come on that after I’ve had another week or so to test the waters.

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

I’m a bit up in the air about whether this was a good week or not. It kinda feels like it was, but that may be because I spent so much time conversing with a coworker on Facebook. Something that I can comment on is that I’ve been getting lots of random shares, comments, and retweets, so that’s pretty awesome.

Also awesome? Remember that silly picture I made up for 9gag about Robert Downey Jr’s inception-like role in Tropic Thunder?

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That totally wound up on RDJ’s Facebook page. I was totally stoked. I mean, I’m not silly enough to think that RDJ himself found the picture and was like, “This is so cool! I’m going to post it on my Facebook!”, but the fact that it wound up there in any way is pretty cool. Go me for actually doing something humourous that people enjoyed. 😀

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

I’m certain you know where I’m going to go with this one. Right off the bat, I don’t have my manuscript files with me because (as I’ve mentioned before) I don’t take my laptop out West with me and it’s impossible to work on those files via my tablet. Second, even if I did take my laptop or could use my tablet, I wouldn’t have the time. Again: losing sleep just to write this post.

Goal #4: Write 500,000 words.

I made a boo-boo pertaining to this goal: I forgot to make a copy of the file where I keep track of my word count to bring out West with me. Thus, I have no idea what my total is for this week. I’m almost positive that I had about 4000 words written before I left, and I’ve somehow managed to scribble out something like 3000 words in between orientation courses and bumpy bus rides, so we’ll just go ahead and say that it’s about 7000. I expect that number to go down significantly by next week since, again…no goddamn time.

And now, with all that said, I’m going to prove how desperate I really am for sleep and go to bed. -.-zzzzzZZZZZZZ