End of an Era . . . Okay, Just the End of Spring Break

First rant: Why in all of reality did it get cold again?  It was warm and nice a week ago, but now it’s back to jeans and long-sleeved shirts.  Worst part is that the changes happen overnight, so you go to bed wearing spring pajamas and wake up feeling like you were abandoned in the arctic.  Totally ridiculous.

Second rant:  Me and WordPress aren’t really getting along.  It’s actually been this way for a few weeks.  I’ll go to another blog on my phone and it will say I’m not logged in, so I can’t do a comment.  Get to my computer and I’ll see that the ‘like’ went through, but there are times where even then I’m not logged in.  Yet, I go to my own blog or a third one to find that I’m in.  This makes it much harder to interact because I’m having to depend more on my phone than my laptop.  Maybe this is preparing me for the summer when I only have the evening for blogging.  Not allowed to use my phone during the summer job, which means I’ll become more absent than now.

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So, where were we?  Well, I’ve been home and it was Spring Break.  It was also Passover, so don’t ask me how the eating was.  I cheated a few days due to stress or simply going out with the munchkin.  Food restrictions that aren’t flat out fasting don’t work very well with me because I don’t like the alternatives.  Not a fan of fish (smells the same alive as it does dead) and you can only eat so much leftover turkey and brisket before you feel like you’re being punished.  The side dishes are always the best, but those that survive the original meal are devoured the next night.  This all means that my week had no culinary grandness to speak of.

I did get some writing early on in the week, but not as much as I’d hoped.  I think.  Sunday was the best day and then I did okay on Monday.  Tuesday was the life event, which left me emotionally wandering.  Worked on a jigsaw puzzle while watching ‘Kill La Kill’ and then I hung out with a friend at night.  ‘Toejam & Earl’ is an unforgiving game.  It was nice to go out and just chill with someone too.  Especially after a day where I had to stay away from my outlines and notebooks because I was on the verge of burning everything down.  It was a rough day and I really hope to put a name to the ‘life event’ by the end of May if not earlier.  Honestly, I’m getting frustrated by not being able to say what it is because I get the sense that my vagueness has driven people away.  Although, a bunch have managed to figure it out from clues I’ve dropped in these goal posts.  Anyway, let’s move on to the other stuff.

Thursday and onward was all about time with the munchkin.  New stuff too.  We went to a new petting zoo where he fed piglets, calves, camels, goats, and other animals.  He got to hold baby bunnies, guinea pigs, and ducklings, which he loved.  A few of the animals were still kept indoors because of the cold, but there were enough for him to have fun for several hours.  Friday was rain, so we watched TMNT 2: Secret of the Ooze and relaxed.  Today is a rainy day too, so it’s going to be Lego Star Wars 2 and relaxing.  He’s managed to make it the last few days without video games, so I think I’ll let us play a little longer than I originally promised.  Did I miss a day?

Saturday was when we took my soon to the one zoo in NYC that he has never gone to.  It’s hard to get to the Central Park Zoo because trains and subways are expensive.  I don’t know the route that well either.  He had a lot of fun and we got to go through the zoo twice since it’s so small.  They have a tropic zone building with free-flying birds and we were greeted by a peacock.  Was hard to figure out how to get around it, so people were kind of stuck around the entrance until it moved.  The weather was cool enough that most of the animals were active like the red pandas. It was a nice couple hours before we left to have a family dinner.  Then it was back home and to bed.

Next week is back to work and I’ll probably use the nights to prepare June blog posts.  I have next weekend for writing a bit.  My goal was to write 3-4 chapters last week, but I still can’t figure out if I can say I reached it.  I only wrote 1.75 chapters, but there are 2 chapters that I cannibalized and removed because they didn’t really work.  They came off as filler with a few important points that I could add to other scenes.  So, I may have gotten 3.75 done if you count those?  Either way, I feel like my prolific days are far behind me and I can’t get sales to boost enough to call this a career.  All the promos for War of Nytefall: Rivalry that happened so far have netted me 6 sales.  It’s been almost a month and nothing seems to work.  Free and paid stuff seem to fail, so I’m not sure what to do about the situation.  I’ve always been more artist than businessman.  I’d rather just write and publish, but money needs to be made.  This is why ‘Bedlam’ is blog only and Ichabod Brooks will be on the back burner for a while.  I have no way to go back to Legends of Windemere because I gave that series finality.  There are no more stories from those characters.  So . . . That’s that.

Goals for the week:

  1. Last day of Spring Break relaxing with the munchkin.
  2. Get back into the work schedule.  5:30 AM wake ups.  Ugh.
  3. Shake fist at thermometer until it gets warm again.
  4. Try to get at least 2 biking days in.  I’ve been royally failing here.
  5. June blog posts.
  6. Write more War of Nytefall: Eradication.  (This is here because I know I won’t get to it until next weekend.)
  7. Tinker with secret project.
  8. Life event.
  9. Change up the pinned Tweet.  These seem to slow down once they hit 150 unless I spend a lot of time retweeting.  No sales gained from these activities.
  10. Watch more ‘Defenders’ and finish reading ‘Fushigi Yugi’.  Have the last 10 volumes of ‘Naruto’ coming my way at the library too.  I’ll need to find more manga series to get into soon.

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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16 Responses to End of an Era . . . Okay, Just the End of Spring Break

  1. I thought maybe the WP frustration was just me! I can still comment, but have to tap the little WordPress logo on some to log me in. That’s how I get it to work on the phone.
    Even some sites won’t from my computer. I have to like and comment from the Reader.

    Good luck with your week! I’m still gathering insight into anxiety.

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  2. The zoo trips sound fun anyway.

    Good luck with the coming week.

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  3. I’ve been ranting about the weather, too. I don’t know why winter keeps trying to make a comeback – it’s well and truly worn out its welcome!.

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  4. I’ve had the same problem on WP. Hitting the logo has worked (so far) I don’t know why but I get the feeling that WP becomes pretty rickety at times. Maybe it’s when they are working on it. Hope you have a super week, Charles.

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  5. Nothing works now unless you can both earn access and afford BookBub. I’ve taken to looking at this more like a hobby than ever before.

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  6. Staci Troilo says:

    I’m having WP issues, too. My phone always thinks I’m logged out and when I click like (from phone or computer) it refreshes the screen without updating. I thought it was just me.

    As usual, your to-do list is ambitious and makes me smile. Number three is hilarious. And I’m with you on the rest. It’s hard to find time to exercise and nothing marketing-related seems to work. I’ll echo your UGH here (even though it was a different number).

    Enjoy your last day off.

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  7. L. Marie says:

    So the weather is bad there too? Sad. Glad you enjoyed the zoo trip. Your secret project is intriguing.
    Are you going to see Endgame?
    We’ve had snow recently here, which has now turned into rain. Temps are in the 40s. Happy Spring.

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    • It’s supposed to warm up throughout the week. Snow in April is always unnerving. Probably going to wait for Endgame to hit streaming or network tv. Saving my money for Detective Pikachu and John Wick 3.

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