A Week That Lasted a Year

I want to be positive here.  I really do, but this was a rough week.  The personal issues are still pounding away at my time and emotions.  I’m staying as strong as I can, but I haven’t been able to find any distractions.  Feels like every night had something going on that prevented me from doing anything.  So, this post might be very lacking for these three reasons:

  1. I couldn’t do much.
  2. I can’t talk about work because of the nature of my job.  Basically, I can’t talk about it without discussing the students.  That’s a no-no here.
  3. The personal issue needs to stay on this side of the screen.

That doesn’t leave me with much to talk about, which makes me feel fairly apologetic to my audience.  In a few hours, I’ll have the house to myself and the space to put my new desk together.  That should be interesting since I’ve learned the 100 or so pieces have no labels and the instructions are some Ikea/Japanese combo.  That’s what people are saying anyway, so I need to focus and be careful.  Just toss some Fairy Tail on the TV and work until I have to scrounge up dinner.  Been a long time since I put together something that isn’t Lego, so I’m hoping this is the positive event I need to turn my mood around.  At least for a few hours.  Honestly, I don’t have much faith in distracting myself very well, but there’s a first time for everything.

I tried to start doing blog posts for February since I thought I could do that in the time that I had.  Got one done and that was it.  I might save this project for when I have a few days free like the Holiday Break coming up.  That leaves me with . . . editing?  I stalled out about 2 weeks ago at chapter 3 of Nytefall: Rivalry.  With any luck, I can just dive into Chapter 4 and not suffer any mishaps.  The story was rolling along, but not at a breakneck pace at this point, so it shouldn’t be too bad.  Need to figure out how to get around to writing new stuff, but it’s difficult with the job taking up the day and the personal issue rising up at night.  This is why I’m thinking of going for Ichabod Brooks once I’m done editing.  Another option that undoes everything I said is to use this upcoming week to do the blog posts since I can think of at least 3 nights that will be chaotic.  Yeah, I’m going to be odder than usual.

I’ve been carrying around a notebook at work, so I’m trying to figure out when would be the proper time to start pulling that out.  For some reason, I’m not sure when is the right time to drop the ‘I write books’ info on people.  Some know, but my main focus is being a TA these days.  The book I’m carrying around contains the Sin stories . . . Dang, I thought I had a real title for this series.  Anyway, it is kind of funny that I’m walking around with him in my bag.  Sin was created in high school, which means he predates Luke Callindor and Clyde.  So, I have him by my side when my life is changing.  A little piece of my youth sticking around while I adapt feels poetic.  Maybe I’ll tinker next week as long as I don’t have any phone calls, which seem to constantly appear throughout the day.

On the plus side of things, I had a doctor’s appointment that took a funny turn.  I know this doesn’t sound exciting, but stick with me.  For the past 2-3 years, I’ve had really high blood pressure.  Never went on medication, but we were talking about it last week because it just wouldn’t go down.  I went in for the follow up and it was normal on two machines.  No idea what happened, but I have to go back in a few months to see if that remains or it was a fluke.  Either way, I need to eat better and get back to exercising.  It’s always hard to do these things in the winter when the cold drains my strength and makes me want to eat for warmth.  It may take a few months for me to develop a plan that works for my current schedule.  Eating a little better for lunch since I’m doing yogurt or a cold cut sandwich with a fruit or veggie.  It still leaves me hungry, but I need to train my body to accept less food instead of always gorging.

So, what are the goals of the week?

  1. Build my desk today.
  2. Continue working because I like my job.  Being a TA is fun.
  3. Take care of my son because parenthood is important.
  4. February blog posts because I need to write something.
  5. Really try to get back into biking, but it’s soooo cold in the morning.
  6. Possibly start watching ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ Season 3.
  7. Plan some fun stuff for next weekend.
  8. Continue healing.

Final news: I’m a finalist in the 2018 N.N. Light Book Awards!

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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19 Responses to A Week That Lasted a Year

  1. Congrats on the finalist designation. Hope all goes well with the desk. I usually end up with hardware left over but so it goes.


  2. Good about the blood pressure being down. Hope it doesn’t go up again, and you can figure out the exercise thing.

    Good luck figuring out the desk. Hope it doesn’t turn out to be as complicated as it looks.


    • My plan is to do 15 minutes of biking in the morning and 15 at night. Just opened the desk and I think I need to mentally prepare myself for it. I might do a few pictures and make a post down the line about it.


  3. HL Carpenter says:

    Congratties on being a finalist!


  4. Sounds like positive things are sneaking in. I also have hypertension, the heavily medicated kind. Maybe one of the big stress-points in your life changed. Best of luck with the desk. Those things drive me crazy.


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  6. Congrats on the new job! Hugs and I hope everything works out otherwise.


  7. L. Marie says:

    I take medicine for high blood pressure, so congrats on yours being down. And congrats also for being a finalist. Really glad to see the good things in your life.

    I’m glad you like your job. Can we expect a children’s book from you in the future? 😀


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