Goal Post: A Short Week of Work and a Long One of Parenting

Let’s hear it for a 4-day weekend!  (ADD-ON:  BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST!)

As much as I love my job, I’m happy that I get 4 days with my son.  Going to a movie today, Lion King on Broadway tomorrow, video games, Bronx Zoo, movies at home, and spending quality time together.  We don’t get moments like this as often as we used to and his mother gets most of the 3-day weekends because of timing.  I don’t even know how the extended breaks (Holiday, Winter, and Spring) are going to work because I keep getting heads up about possible trips that she’s going to take with him.  That’s far in the future, so these days are about having fun . . . I’d like to say sleep is on the agenda too, but I’ve already been told that napping isn’t allowed.

This past week was busy and left me more exhausted than I expected.  Part of it came from getting private messages from people asking when I was going to publish again.  This still hits pretty hard because I can’t get that off the ground.  Was thinking of dropping War of Nytefall down to 99 cents for October to see if that helps.  Can’t promote it beyond the blog due to funds, but it might do something.  People want more Legends of Windemere, but there’s nothing else there.  I can’t come up with any prequels that don’t come off as cash grabs.  The finale made it clear that the champions have settled down and the next generation is going to rise up.  I moved on to the vampires to set things up even more for the ‘Age of Heroes’ and thought it would work since people liked Mab when she showed up helping Delvin.  Seems people walked away as soon as I focused completely on the vampires.

Eh, we all know that song and dance.  Work was busy to the point where I didn’t get to touch my pocket notebook.  The program I’m in began the work site experience, which is us going with the students to various businesses.  It’s an amazing program that I was excited to be a part of.  Then I got there and remembered that I had to work too and helped guide whoever I was working with.  Not that I had to do a lot since these kids are great.  Think I was learning more from them this week than the other way around.  The apples I picked last weekend with my son were turned into a cobbler too, which was delicious.  This is why I don’t bring a lunch beyond a yogurt drink that will push me to the end of the day.

Speaking of food, I really need to start snacking healthier.  There’s a large container of pretzels on the counter that I keep digging into because it’s less effort than digging through the fridge for pickles.  We have apples, of course.  Keep telling myself that I’m going to reduce non-seltzer soft drinks too, but I keep failing.  Think I’m going to put the effort in this weekend.  Small steps, so I’ll only get a sandwich from McDonalds or Subway instead of the combo.  This could backfire because I’m running low on seltzer and I don’t plan on shopping again until Friday.  Jumping back a bit, the thing with fruit is that I don’t think I like it when it’s from the super market.  At least with apples, I don’t like the taste when compared to the ones we picked.  I do like pears, so I might have to get some of those or look into places that have fresher produce.  I’m dreaming big here, but I’ve failed to lose weight so often that I think this counts as a delusion.

There isn’t much that I’m planning for next week.  Only three days of work and then my son is with the ex-wife for the weekend.  Co-parenting therapy starts on Thursday too, which will be . . . interesting.  My plan for next weekend is to finish the War of Nytefall: Ravenous outline regardless of people telling me to junk the series and return to Luke Callindor.  If I can do that on Saturday then I can write up the prologue on Sunday to get the ball moving.  A 3 day weekend can net me 2-3 chapters if I only write, so I have a small chance of getting it done in early 2020.  Keep in mind that I’m being optimistic because I’m surrounded by people who have no problem curb stomping my writing time then wondering why I can’t get it done.  Is there a rumor going around that authors can magically create a book in their sleep instead of writing it when awake?

Only other thing I want to mention is that there’s an important post going up tomorrow and it might change my plan for next weekend.  Teaser Tuesday only has 2 more scheduled posts and then I need to figure something else out.  There are suggestions and ideas since I want to give the Teaser concept a break.  It means more prep work for me, but I can use my weeknights to get things set up.  Much of it might be grabbing old posts too, but we’ll talk about it tomorrow.

So, goals of the week?

  1. Fun time with son.
  2. Possibly sleep.
  3. Exercise bike if I can.
  4. Work when 4-day weekend is over.
  5. Stare forlornly at eBook sales . . . or lack thereof.
  6. Do a few more December posts.
  7. Begin getting 2019 Tuesdays set up.
  8. Finish watching ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’.
  9. Respond to comments below.
  10. If possible, work on outline or fantasy tip book idea.
  11. Drop War of Nytefall books to 99 cents.  Maybe.  I don’t know any more.

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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8 Responses to Goal Post: A Short Week of Work and a Long One of Parenting

  1. Busy plan. Curious about the upcoming post.


  2. Restful weekend and hopes for a good week.


  3. L. Marie says:

    Hope you’re enjoying the weekend. Such fun activities!
    Hooray for the big announcement!


  4. Glad you’re getting to enjoy some time with your son.

    With the fruit and such, maybe you could try going to a fruit and veg place rather than an actual supermarket? Or maybe there’s some kind of farmers’ market near you? Just a thought.

    Good luck with the week we’re now starting…


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