First, a reminder that Legends of Windemere: Path of the Traitors is live and ready to be read. I did as much marketing as I could with this one, but it doesn’t seem to be exploding like the previous ones. Doubt I’ll reach a Top 100 list outside of the New Releases, which Amazon never promotes outside of the Top 1-10 if even that. So, I’m hoping this changes now that the first week is over and that writing this doesn’t bring a lot of chaos on my head. I’ve mentioned before how the people who want me to quit look for every drop of blood to came at me over. Anyway, that’s that part of the week.
The rest of the week was one of those ‘whatever could go wrong, went wrong’. My son had Thursday and Friday off, which I planned for. What I didn’t expect was him to throw up on the bus on Monday and for his fear of eating to come back stronger than before. I lost Monday to taking care of him even though it was only motion sickness made worse by sucking down a chocolate milk 10 minutes before getting picked up. The rest of the week had me battling him over food and having no patience for it. I nearly put this issue to bed and then it got worse. Before anyone gives advice, there are no foods that he will eat no matter what and he isn’t even listening to his stomach when things get bad. Took him over 2 hours to eat one cup of Mac & Cheese because of this and that was ALL he ate that day. I’m refusing to give him snacks because I don’t want this to turn into him avoiding meals and only eating cookies. So, this sapped most of my strength and mood.
Because of that epic mess, I had trouble focusing on War of Nytefall. I got 2 chapters done, but I wrote at a slow speed. The first chapter was a lot of character intros and interactions to set a few things up. The second was Clyde’s gang having a first mission to see how they worked together and my confidence was shot during it. I can’t tell if it came out bad or my own frustration was making it impossible to see things clearly. Clyde seemed too restrained and tame here, which I was doing to have the other characters worry about there being a problem with him. It didn’t feel natural at all for him, especially after the previous chapters. The whole thing ended with him admitting that he was unsure of himself because of the secret he’s carrying. Even then, I’m not sure if I properly wrapped it up. Looking over the outline, he isn’t going to be in this state again, which might be adding to the confusion. Can a character who is always confident have a single chapter where he suffers from doubt and then realizes it isn’t like him?
On the plus side of things, we got a fun zoo trip in with friends on Friday. That food issue popped up, but my son and I had a fun morning compared to the battling on Thursday. It took a while to get home thanks to traffic, but that’s Queens. At least it wasn’t Manhattan or Brooklyn. Also picked up the pieces needed to make a Green Lantern ‘battery’, which is basically a green lantern. My son picked Green Lantern as his Halloween costume, but we can’t find one. Those we did find had reviews saying that they fell apart with a little running around. So, I’m making the lantern while my wife makes the uniform. Believe it or not, this is something I know how to design even though I forgot how to sew. Made my own Spider-Man costume in senior year of high school to go trick-or-treating one final time. Ended up coming down with the flu that day, but I made a really good costume that ended up disappearing while I was at college.
This week is going to be touch and go depending on the kid’s stomach. Have a night meeting one day, which will kill off writing at night. I’m hoping to make up for that by working tomorrow while the family is out. They aren’t happy I bowed out of the outing, but I lost so much this last week that I need the time. Today is going to be dedicated to writing the Legends of Windemere: Warlord of the Forgotten Age blurbs that I’m hoping to test on Thursday. Been putting that off for too long. Beyond that, it’s going to be War of Nytefall at every chance. All heading into next Saturday, which is:
Yom Kippur, The Jewish Day of Fasting!
Don’t expect much from me next weekend because of that. I’ll make this post in advance, but everything else will be twitches of activity or incoherent rambling. Plan on playing a video game until I’m forced to leave the house for dinner.
So, what are the goals?
- Warlord of the Forgotten Age blurbs.
- War of Nytefall: Loyalty writing. Really need to remember that book title and not only the series one.
- Getting the kid to eat without losing my mind.
- Read more One Piece and Black Cat when unable to do anything else.
- Try to find other ways to promote Path of the Traitors.
- Prepare December guest posts for anyone that asks for one. All I need are topics. Got 25-27 volunteers, which is great.
- Do NOT starve on Yom Kippur.
- Life stuff that are small, but combine to earn one slot.