First, the above video is of a song the turned up on Pandora at an odd time. My friend and I were talking about English versions of anime themes being mediocre or lackluster. This is really good and I was impressed to see other themes including one of Cruel Angel Thesis. Makes me wonder how these work and others don’t, but I felt like sharing.
I’m going to admit that I’m writing this under a panic attack, so it might be brief. I was waiting for it to pass, but that doesn’t look like it’s happening. Thankfully, most of the week was okay with only a few mild attacks. I was able to write through those at a slow pace, but enough to put me in a good spot. On the plus side, I’ve been able to identify the catalysts for each attack and most of them have been happening at night too. Once I do enough deep breathing, I pass right out. Not sure if it’s because I relax or I’m knocking myself out by accident, but sleep is sleep these days.
In the realm of writing, I’m about a week away from finishing War of Nytefall: Lost and then I’ll have just enough time to do a final edit on War of Nytefall: Loyalty before my son hits Spring Break. I might go a little over, but Passover is at the beginning of the break. That means we’ll be hanging around the house for a few days, so I can finish up before that weekend. I like the idea of writing the second book before I’ve published the first because I can tighten the continuity up. For example, one character revealed his origin, but part of me thinks I did it earlier and I can do a check on the last editing run. I like this newer version better too. The new characters are coming together nicely as well, but one of them has really branched into something else. I had to change his powers up yesterday because of something he did in the last section I wrote. Totally spontaneous, but it added a really diabolical side to him. I was sad to see two of the old powers go away, but they weren’t going to make any sense. Cover art is coming along nicely too and I’m really excited to see it and share soon.
As you can tell from the tags, I had to take care of taxes this week. My wife did most of the legwork because she has more stuff to fill out and things go smoother when she’s in charge of it. Roles reversed, she forgets things and I try to get things moving quickly. Only a few things were forgotten this time, which I was able to get to the accountant the next day. I have no idea what’s going to happen after this because taxes, stocks, and the like make my head spin. Never had a mind for math, which drives some people nuts. It isn’t like I haven’t tried. I simply don’t have the brain wiring for numbers.
The rest of the week was a little messy with another Nor’Easter. That’s number 3 in 2 weeks and we might get a 4th by mid-week. School wasn’t canceled, so I had to drive through it, which was mildly harrowing. The storm was over by the afternoon too, so going after lunch was fine. That helped me grab the copies of Dragonball Z waiting for me at the library. I’m amazed at how quickly I can read this books and the speed that the stories go at. The anime takes multiple episodes for a single move, but Vegeta is already defeated and back in space by the end of Volume 4. I’m still enjoying the story and it’s interesting to see how it went before the anime. Might do Yu Yu Hakusho next or finally finish Bleach.
Since I’m sharing everything, Friday was a little rough. My son had a field trip and abruptly got scared that he would throw up on the bus. I wasn’t there when the freaking out started, but it was frustrating because we’d talked about it many times. He said it was different for field trips and now it looked like it wasn’t. It took about 10 minutes of letting him cry before he had a little food and then was happy to be off to school. Nothing happened and he had fun, so I guess this was a victory. The next big test is a birthday party in a few weeks to see if he’ll be okay eating or at least sitting in the group instead of having a tantrum. We might have to pull something out of our stored rewards to entice him into doing it. Babies R Us is going out of business, so I picked up a bunch of things cheap. He got a soft Pokeball pillow for going on the bus and he’s been clinging to it like a newborn monkey on a soft towel. I might save the big thing I got for that birthday party event.
This week I’m aiming to dive into the writing and get it done. I’m at the more action-packed leg of the adventure, so my confidence should be rising. The rest has been a lot of ‘chaos’ and talking while the origin of a new character is revealed. So, what are the goals?
- Finish first draft of War of Nytefall: Lost
- Gather volunteers for War of Nytefall: Loyalty debut. (Post tomorrow to explain.)
- Rest when I can
- Get back int Sword Art Online
- Collect pictures for the June blog posts
- Request the rest of the DBZ books because these are quick reads.