First Week of School is in the Bag

(One of the big songs of the summer.)

The big event is that I went back to my Teaching Assistant job on Tuesday and got a taste of what the future holds.  I’m working in what is called the Life Skills program, which is a lot of fun.  Now, I can’t go into what the students are like because that’s confidential, but I do think this program is amazing.  Thought so when I helped for one period last year and I’m thrilled to be in it for most of the day.  We do cooking, help out around the school, go out into the community down the road, and focus on real world skills.  The days are busy, but I end them with a smile because I really like this.  It’s making me want to take courses on special education and work towards a masters in that, which I can add a literacy part to as well.  Anyway, that’s the big fun of the week.

In other news, I managed to edit War of Nytefall: Eradication and now I need to contact my cover artist.  The goal is to release around Christmas time.  Probably should work on the blurbs next weekend when my son is with his mom.  I’ll go over the outline for the next volume too.  I’m still not 100% certain on how this came out even though I did some big rewrites and jumping around near the end of the process.  I went back to earlier scenes to make sure the reveals fit better and cleared up some things I remember that no longer made any sense.  This is why I prefer to edit in one big run and not have long breaks between days.  It isn’t easy since it’s rare that I get a lot of time in a row, but I think this worked out.  I’m going to begin writing War of Nytefall: Ravenous once I get the blurbs and outline done too.  Need to do a big rework there to remove part of the story or at least move it into more of a secret.

Managed to get back into biking, but I’m inconsistent.  Can’t do it in the morning and I don’t always make it home from work in time to bike and shower.  I might have to fit it in when I can at night since I’m only using weeknights for blogging and puzzles.  Managed to finish all of the November posts and Derailing Bedlam is all scheduled until it ends just before the end of the year.  No real idea what to do after that for Thursdays and I make a post about that in December.  Oddly enough, I considered being really bad and posting section by section the two books I wrote in high school.  Unedited and raw, but it might be funny to show where I started from.  Seriously, I designed it when I was 15 and wrote both before I hit college and developed any sense of structure.  It could be painful though, so we’ll see.

My son came home from his mom’s on Tuesday night and started 5th grade on Wednesday.  There was a lot of panic and fear leading up to the day, but he was brave and got on the bus without a problem.  He was whimpering and cuddling up to me before I left for work, which may have been an act to get attention.  Seems he was fine as soon as I was gone.  He got a few rewards for a good week too.  Buying a plush Princess Peach today to go with his other Mario toys and I bought a Lego Slave One (Boba Fett’s ship) for us to put together . . . This may also be a reward for daddy making it to the weekend.  I’m his assistance on these projects now, so we’ll see what happens.  Both of us just need a relaxing weekend before we tackle our first full weeks of school.  I’m already dreading that this school year is going to go by so fast that I’ll miss on getting other things done.

Not much else to report.  Tried banana bread for the first time both in tasting and baking it.  I . . . Yeah, I got nothing.  I have another set of polls going up tomorrow to get the rest of October set up.  It’s going to be ‘War of Nytefall’ interview groups and ‘Windemere Monsters’.  I’m almost done setting up the ‘Monster Maker Fun’ posts.  Life caused a few issue with the nights, but we’re almost back on track.

So, what are the goals?

  1. Enjoy weekend with son.
  2. Continue working hard at school.
  3. Tinker with outline, tip notes, or book list.
  4. Contact cover artist.
  5. Finish Monster Maker Posts.
  6. Get better at fitting biking in.
  7. Eat healthier . . . At least try to.
  8. Drink more water.
  9. State that I really do mean water and not vodka.
  10. Finish season one of ‘Wynona Earp’ and start either ‘Dark Crystal’ series or ‘Cannon Busters’.  Depends on what I do next Saturday.  Tackling the outline means I need something solely for background noise.

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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22 Responses to First Week of School is in the Bag

  1. tidalscribe says:

    Couldn’t be a more worthwhile job than what you’re doing with the students. Have a good year Charles.

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  2. L. Marie says:

    Your son is in fifth grade?? Where have the years gone??

    You’ve got a lot going on! That program at your school sounds really good. Here’s hoping you make all of your goals!

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  3. I’m so happy for you, Charles! Looks like life is finally smiling upon you. Except for the banana bread, I guess… :b

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  4. LOL on the water comment. Glad the school work is enjoyable. That goes a long way in keeping energy sustained. Here’s to a good week next.

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  5. C.E.Robinson says:

    Charles, sounds like a good school year start! Happy for you. Also forward motion on writing, some exercise, and fun projects with your son. All good, Enjoy the weekend. 📚🎼 Christine

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  6. V.M.Sang says:

    Glad things are going well. You must do that master’s degree. But the current teaching seems to be exciting.
    I like the idea of posting things you wrote early on. It would give us all an insight to how far you’ve come.
    And editing, you are right, I think it’s best to do it as close together as you can, then it’s easier to spot plot holes and things as you can remember more easily what went before.

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  7. Great to see you had a positive start to the new school year. Also, fantastic news about the editing. Hope you’re enjoying that relaxing weekend you were hoping for with your son, and next week goes well.

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    • The weekend has been good, but the sudden weather change gave him a cold. So, we haven’t been as active as we’d like. Looks like the book needs to be delayed too. Means I can try to pull off a 3 book 2020, I guess.


  8. noelleg44 says:

    I’ve been tutoring middle school students in class in school for a few years and love it. So much that I plan to sign up as a substitute teachers for middle schools..


  9. I respect you alot for your number 1 goal. You have your priorities straight!


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