I’m writing this on Wednesday since I’m going to be on a trip for a few days. That means limited laptop time even though I’ll have it with me. Next week, I’m going to try to rebuild a few things like doing a weekly pinned post on Twitter instead of leaving one up for months. Anyway, I’m going to get into the big stuff since I’m already rambling due to exhaustion.
Camp ended on Wednesday (which is today as I write) and it was a big push to the end. I had to pack up the games on Monday, so everything became art rooms. This was a little messy, but it kept most of the kids occupied. I was running around on the last day getting things clean or combating a headache. Furniture had to be moved, so add soreness to the list. Doesn’t help that last Friday I got a sunburn on the top of my head, which drives home the fact that my hair is thin and dying. It did the gross stuff today and I’ll leave it at that. Overall, it was a busy and memorable summer that didn’t let me get much else done after I got home. Too tired and I was still struggling with the divorce. Something about coming home to a lonely room after a hard day of work just drove home the situation. I just don’t like being lonely at this point, but that should pass. The camp job didn’t allow me to get much therapy time, but I’m going to get back to that.
Will I do this again next summer? Probably not because I need to work on getting my initial teaching certification. That means tests and a Masters program, which will take time. I want to do something with Beginning of a Hero and The Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks too. Not to mention that fantasy tip book. I need to get my life in order and make time for writing. This year, I put everything else first as it should be. The summer job was a big part of that. It was a good experience and I enjoyed it, except for the pneumonia and sunburn. Nothing ever goes smoothly for me, so I knew something was going to go wrong. My son will still be going, so I might get to see the people I met this summer. That’s in the air because of the ex-wife and finances.
Going back to the writing, I’m hoping to edit War of Nytefall: Eradication before I get back to school. I can possibly do it, but I’ve already been snagged for a house project that might kill it. Maybe I can get to within a chapter or two of finishing, which I can live with and use a few nights to do. One issue I’ve got is that the series stopped selling while Legends of Windemere has taken off again. Since Clyde’s series is one of the cornerstones of the whole tapestry of Windemere, I want to see it through to the end. I also don’t have any more stories to tell in the previous series. If I stick myself with the same characters doing sequels and prequels then it means everything else I’ve got planned will be cast aside. I want to keep writing Clyde and get to Darwin Slepsnor and Sin. I have my superheroes, god origins, and the rise of Elysium. I can’t figure out what to do here, which is frustrating. There’s no marketing to explain why my first series explodes every two weeks. Really wish it could carry over to my other stuff since I write in the same style, especially Ichabod Brooks and Kira Grasdon’s solo adventure. I do appreciate the sales, so don’t get me wrong. Just curious about what it is about this one that gave it staying power.
I need to rewrite the outline for War of Nytefall: Ravenous at some point and get back to outlining fantasy tip entries. The latter might be done a bit on the trip when my son is either asleep or watching TV between outings. I can do the November blog posts too and clear that off the deck. Might be best to do that and save the other stuff for when my son is with his mother. She gets him for the end of his break since I have to get ready for another school year. That’s 7 days to edit with one going to a school orientation day, so I might be able to make it. I’m sitting here staring at my large pile of notebooks and realizing I can’t remember a lot of the stories. Do I chalk them up to death since my creativity has been crippled for just over a year? Feels like I’ve lost so much and now I’m getting mopey again. Maybe I’ll post about it next Sunday. Still can’t decide on if I want my superheroes and alien bounty hunter to show up in Windemere. I bring them up from time to time, so it might happen again.
That’s pretty much it. I need to finish laundry and packing. What are the goals for next week?
- 2 days of father/son time.
- School supply and lunch shopping.
- School orientation day.
- Editing when I can.
- Painting son’s room while he’s away.
- Resting and getting back on the exercise bike.
- Enjoy the trip even though I’ll be heading home right after this posts.
- November blog posts.
- Go through story ideas to see what gets revived in my head.