So, I have next week off, which is both cool and weird. I don’t enter it with the student mentality of ‘no more school!’. I’m a T.A. and I’ve only been one since November, so I kind of have a ‘now what?’ thinking going on. Not that I don’t have any plans, but it feels more like I want to relax than have fun. It’s been a roller coaster week too with only some of it shareable, so I guess that’s factoring in. I know I’m run down a bit when I nail a 7 hour night of sleep instead of my usual 4-5. Can’t say I’m upset about that.
Like I said before, I can’t really talk about a lot of what happened this week. One part is because I feel it’s wrong to speak about any specific student items. I’m having fun and working hard. Got to help out at the middle school too, which was a blast. The week ended with an international cultural festival too, which was awesome. Dancing, music, and fashion from around the world. There was food too, but I got caught up in some things and missed it. Oops. I’ll remember for next year. I’m trying to figure out if I can still put in for my Florida teaching license even though it’s been 10 years since I finished all of the requirements. This might give me the ability to substitute for teachers instead of just T.A.’s. I really want to be more helpful and getting a Masters will take some time, so I’m wondering if what I did in the past can shorten the wait time. Kind of want those 2 years of hard work to pay off too.
The other part of me not being able to talk is an ongoing personal issue. Yeah, I don’t feel comfortable going further than that.
I do plan on editing War of Nytefall: Rivalry this weekend and week. I’ve already done the first 6 of 17 chapters, which helps me meet the goal of getting it ready for others to read. Best part is that I get to do this at my new desk, which I’ve barely used because I’ve either been working or resting. The hardest part about this editing job is that my mind is still not fully into writing mode. Waiting for my life to settle isn’t an option, so I’m going to attempt a shock effect. This will be the second time doing it since the chaos started and I can get into it after a page or two. My real worry is when it comes time to write something new. I might start with an Ichabod Brooks short story, which I could feasibly begin during this break. Things are settling enough that I can work a bit on some nights. Still, my author mojo got pretty badly crushed a few months ago and it’s taking longer than I would like to recover.
Then again, this weekend’s adventures might help there. So much excitement. I mean, you can’t imagine what I’m going to . . . I’m taking this afternoon to do an online defensive driving course. Okay, it’s not exciting, but it has to be done. This one includes quizzes and an occasional voice biometric test to make sure I’m still me. Praying a telemarketer doesn’t call in the middle of me doing one of those because I could be sent back to the beginning. Still, I finally get this out of the way and clear a path for tomorrow, which is a day in NYC. One of my closest friends is having a rough time too, so we’re getting together to raise each other’s spirits and be a couple of chuckling idiots. No real plan beyond wandering, having some food, and just talking. Been a really long time since we got a day like this and I’m looking forward to it. So, I won’t be replying to social media stuff that quickly since I don’t want to be rude.
Not that my blog and social media sites have been very busy. Part of it is that I don’t have the time to be highly active since I’m up at 5 am to get the notifications checked and then on the exercise bike. Need to lose weight and it’s a slow process that’s working a bit. I’m usually pretty tired at night and taking care of other things too. I feel bad that I’m not as social as I used to be here. Part of it is that I feel like I’m leaping through reblogs or have nothing to say. You can tell that my replies have gotten shorter because I’m distracted by life and feeling a little distant from humanity at times. Not sure what’s set off this mild drawing back, but it’s probably hurt me a bit. I still look around for anything I can do to help promote, but money and time tend to be issues. Why does it feel like indie authordom is now more of a rich man’s game than the ragtag group of artists it was years ago? Maybe I just wasn’t aware before.
That’s pretty much it for this pre-Christmas post. I’m Jewish, but I know I have to give a nod to the holiday. It’ll be tomorrow though since today I’m just going to state my goals and get back to the excitement of . . . laundry. Why did the kid version of me think adulthood would be fun and exciting?
- Edit War of Nytefall: Rivalry
- Defensive Driving course
- Fun Sunday!!!!!
- Possibly start writing an Ichabod Brooks short story.
- Continue biking and eating better. Snacking is the enemy!
- Need a haircut and eye exam.
- Watch more of ‘Black Butler’ or ‘Seven Deadly Sins’.
- Finish reading ‘Rave Master’ since all of the volumes are due back in early January. Just 9 to go . . . Uh oh.