Goal Post: Meet the Teacher . . . Wait . . . I’m On the Wrong Side of the Desk

This was a busy week that felt like a month.  Don’t get me wrong.  Work was a lot of fun and I’m getting used to the new stuff.  Made successful strawberry bread with one of the students and we rocked it.  The only issue I had was that stress from other things was making me twitchy.  Glad I finally got back to therapy yesterday because I needed a non-family member to talk to.  All I’ll say is that there were a few personal obstacles that added to my stress and I can’t talk about it in public.  I know people don’t like that answer, but I can’t share everything without getting in trouble.

You might have noticed the title and gotten idea of one event.  I had ‘Meet the Teacher’ night and I wasn’t the parent.  This was a little nerve-wracking because I didn’t know what to expect.  As a TA, I wasn’t in charge of the classroom, so I really just stood or sat there when I wasn’t working the school store.  Got to meet some great people and hung out with one student who is always a blast.  It was a late night in the middle of the week, so I was tired the next morning.  This is when I was introduced a local coffee place and have to admit that the iced coffee I got was really good.  Don’t really drink the stuff and I’ve had bad reactions to the ones from Dunkin Donuts.  This time, I was good and it was oddly filling, so I didn’t get hungry until dinner.

Writing life continues to be dragging since my writing weekends tend to get derailed by other issues.  Sometimes it’s a bad encounter with the ex-wife that leaves me emotionally drained.  Other times, people around me keep asking for things that breaks my concentration.  Instead of finishing the outline for War of Nytefall: Ravenous, I only did 9 chapters with a lot of breaks.  One issue is that I’m doing a full rewrite to make some parts more secretive and I’m adding a drug addiction for one of the Dawn Fangs.  This was spontaneous and I’m going to have it run for a volume or two then work on a withdrawal arc.  Curious how an immortal would deal with this, but I’m having trouble locking down the actual source.  At least, my brain is doing work while my fingers are kept away from the pencils and notebooks.  If I’m lucky, I can do a bit tonight after the munchkin goes to bed.

Tomorrow is apple picking day, which we’re excited about.  Since he still has the cough from the pneumonia, we’re taking it easy today with Lego Harry Potter.  Mine didn’t go away until this past week, so it lingers.  The big fun will be next weekend when we see ‘Lion King’ on Broadway, ‘Abominable’ in theaters, and a few other things.  Hoping the weather holds and we can go to the zoo because we haven’t been there since the spring.  It won’t be long before the Children’s Zoo is closed for the season and the warmer weather animals are put inside for the winter.  My hope is to get a little more outlining done and open up the possibility of starting to write the next book in October.  I seem to be doing more hoping than working since things always go wrong.  Wish I knew of a way to change my luck, but it isn’t happening.

In other news, I started watching ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’.  I’m only on episode 3, but I’m enjoying it.  Some of it feels like it goes against the movie, but that might be my imagination.  Always thought the Skeksis and Mystics were created when powerful beings messed with the Dark Crystal and got split.  Yet, they said that the Skeksis showed up and tricked Aughra into thinking they would watch the world while she psychically traveled the universe.  I mean, they never really went into details in the movie, so I could be wrong.  This series does make Aughra a more important figure, which I’m fine with since she was my second favorite character of the movie.  Right behind Fizzgig.  Out of all the new characters, I really like Deet and Hop.  I mean, I’d put them in my Top 5 Dark Crystal characters overall.  The hard part is watching and knowing that all but two of the Gelflings will be destroyed.  (If that’s news to you then please go watch the movie.)

Goals of the week:

  1. Apple picking!
  2. Fun at work since work site stuff begins.
  3. Try to finish that outline.
  4. Maybe work on some December posts.
  5. Get to sleep early a few nights.
  6. More exercise bike time.
  7. Consider making a post about what to do with Thursdays next year.
  8. Should probably start doing the next set of Teaser Tuesdays.  Going from ‘Beginning of a Hero’ to ‘War of Nytefall: Rivalry’.  That gives me 22 posts unless I add ‘Hopeteller’, ‘Bestiary’, and that horror attempt that I published like a fool.

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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9 Responses to Goal Post: Meet the Teacher . . . Wait . . . I’m On the Wrong Side of the Desk

  1. Here’s wishing you a super week next week

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  2. Sounds like forward momentum, and the job sounds fun. You have some nice sounding events ahead of you, too. Hope your son is well enough to enjoy them.

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  3. L. Marie says:

    Hope you enjoy apple picking! Such a great time of year!


  4. Hope your son’s cough clears up soon. Good luck with the coming week.


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