I went back to work this week and my body truly didn’t enjoy waking up at 5:30 AM again. So much that it got me up at 4:30 AM to make things worse. Seriously, I’m still averaging 5-6 hours of sleep. This is probably why my evenings have been very low key. I’ll get into that in a bit.
Has it been a bit? This is why I don’t have a ton to say here that would interest people. I get home, get ready for my son to come home, help him with homework, off to his nightly activity, and then I put him to bed with a slight fight. By the time it’s all done, I’m at 8:30 PM and knowing that I can’t get any writing in. Too tired and I can’t risk staying up too late. So, I’ve been trying to prepare blog posts for June instead. This hasn’t gone smoothly either because it was busy at the school. I only wrote 4 posts and one of them is for tomorrow as a rant. This brings up the question of what I’m doing.
First, I’m losing Monday nights to the final 6 episodes (last one Monday) of ‘Into the Badlands’. I’ve noticed that a lot of my shows are ending like that one, Big Bang Theory, and Elemenatry. Lucifer comes back on Netflix, so I can watch that at my leisure. I’ll probably hit that once I get through the final episode of ‘The Defenders’.
This isn’t to say that I’m only watching TV. I’m also working on puzzles and tackled this one:
Sorry for the small picture. This is actually a tough one because it’s a lot of black, brown, and green. So, I can’t really pick out one section with ease to filter out the needed pieces. I tried with Darth Vader’s lightsaber and it didn’t work. The browns are different shades too and many of them have lines. I’m okay if I can get 20 pieces set in a sitting, but this is going to take a while. I should have started with the one I got of the Millenium Falcon. I can’t even touch the 2,000 piece puzzle because I don’t have a table big enough for the finished product. I did complete a 300 piece Pokemon one for my son and a 550 piece Hyrule map. They just need frames since I glued them.
Doesn’t really feel like an author’s blog here, does it? I really wish I could be more author than ‘this is my life’. I can’t even talk about the life stuff until the legal things are settled. I know people are tired of hearing this, but I’m really scared that this mess and me not being able to talk about it has killed my traffic. People were trying to give me advice and positive energy, but it was hard to take since we’re talking about the last 20 years of my life being pulverized. I’ve been trying to continue, but it’s so hard. Yet, taking any longer of a break makes me feel like the last 5 years of work will be undone. It’s clear that going away and coming back hurts. Not everyone returns to a blog, which is why I’m trying to keep it active. Nothing else on social media works since I’ve seen that high or low activity on Twitter get the same results of nada. The blog doesn’t get any sales, but it’s better interaction when I can get a conversation going.
And that’s the other issue I’ve been having. I’m up and running with only my iPhone to keep up with blogs. WordPress for the last month has been a nightmare when used on my phone. I’m either not logged in, can’t log in, or am logged in, but not really. I have to go through the app and that isn’t a guarantee. No way to reblog. I tried on Tuesday to leave all of the blog emails alone until I got home from everything, but then I was faced with well over 100. Much of what I end up seeing are reblogs too. There are other times where it simply won’t let me comment. This happens even on my own blog unless I go through the app’s notification and pray to at least 3 deities. It’s another strike to the heart of what I’ve tried to build.
I can write this and next weekend. I’ve been getting together with friends from work a bit more often, but I dig in for the actual weekends. I’ve got 5 chapters to go with War of Nytefall: Eradication and I might be able to finish it by the end of the month. I can get 1.5 done this weekend and 2 the next. I’ll tinker at nights for the following two weekends because those are son times. That might clear the rest. Need to make sure the June posts are ready too. Thankfully, my work schedule got changed a bit and I can do a little notebook work. I actually picked this up for my special project set up and I’ve got enough room to make a few notes on other series:
Next Sunday might be a post about an idea I want to play with, but I’m scared to do something like that. It feels like a promise when I can barely keep my current projects going. Bedlam and Ichabod Brooks are on pause for a long time. The summer job is going to be even busier and more time-consuming, so I’ll be using the nights and weekends to work on the blog and the special project. That’s the hope anyway because I’m seeing how things never go as I had hoped. Really wish I could catch some kind of break in some aspect of my life. Being the universe’s personal chew toy gets tiring after a while.
So, what are the goals for this week?
- Son time.
- Finish chapters 10 and 11 for War of Nytefall: Eradication.
- Finish at least 4 June blog posts.
- Work more on special project. I think I’ll mention it on Memorial Day weekend as a Sunday post.
- Try to get a bit more sleep.
- Move the bike into a spot where I can use it. I’ll get back on it some day.
- Do more puzzle work.
- Finish writing this post and get to writing.