Picked the Wrong Week to Make Goals

The heck was I thinking when I swore I’d get all of the December blog posts and Legends Revisited stuff scheduled by the end of the week.  Hell, I’m writing this post at 10:30 AM instead of doing it the night before, which tells you something.  This week was always going to be busy, but this took the cake . . . There was a rainbow cake where every color was a different flavor involved here too.

First, I’ll talk about work.  We were down 1-2 people for the whole week, so there were fewer hands to handle various situations.  I’m still having fun, but I ended most of the days wanting to sleep.  Never got the chance to just conk out, but we’ll get to that.  Wednesday was what is called a ‘Day of Service and Learning’, which is when all of the teachers and students do community service projects.  I wasn’t with my usual group though, which was a little bit of a shock when it happened.  Instead, I went with kids to a senior center, which ended up being us helping with Bingo and lunch.  To be honest, I felt like I was tossed into the deep end of a pool since I’d never been there for this day.  After a week or two of worrying that I’d bungle things because I didn’t know what was expected, things went smoothly.  So, I’m more prepared now if this happens again next year.  The week ended with a bake sale where that amazing cake was the star attraction for about an hour before it was gone.

Now, I’d normally be able to get some blogging stuff done at night.  That only happened on Monday because the other nights exploded.  Actually, Monday had an issue too because my son was having a rough time.  He wasn’t with me, but it made a mess of the nightly phone call and had me worried about him.  Tuesday was an appointment for him that went directly to a Halloween event at school.  Because of homework and his dinner, I didn’t have time to eat until after all of that.  Taco Bell at 8:30 PM while trying to get an overtired kid to shower ended my night and made the next day (the Day of Service) an extra challenge since I was spent.  We haven’t even gotten to the big event that I’m sure many people aren’t going to read about because they’ve already stopped.

My son has had an appointment with a back doctor scheduled for a few weeks because someone claimed he could have scoliosis.  Mistakes were made by people who I will not name and it was revealed that we needed x-rays.  Good thing we found out only a few days before the appointment on a week where we’re already busy.  So, I finished the ‘Day of Service and Learning’ to find out if the ‘script was sent to the lab and I could easily get my son from school, bring him there, and get him to martial arts.  What could go horribly, insanely wrong?

The lab was in a place called Great Neck.  This means nothing to people here, but it isn’t the best place to go to during certain parts of the day.  At least, the area of Great Neck that the lab was in.  With only a slice of pizza eaten that day and a grumpy child in the backseat, I set off on an adventure that looked like it would go in my favor.  Only the lab was busy, so we didn’t get in there for a while.  Some confusion on if I could walk back there with him and he looked ready to freak out.  I’m running on fumes at this point and he’s starving now.  Martial arts isn’t going to happen and now we have RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC!  Long Island has horrible traffic and we couldn’t even get on the highways, so we had lights to contend with.  Took 20-25 minutes to get to the lab and over an hour to get back home.  This drained both of us, but it did lead to him having his first 6 inch sub and trying Swiss cheese for the first time.  Unfortunately, this was also his third late night in a row.  Whatever energy I had retained was gone.

Thursday was coparenting therapy and I vented a bit, so that night was a bust.  I’ll admit that it took a lot of energy not to break down crying because of some of the things that were said.  Friday night was going with a friend to this brewery that his friends opened up, which beats drinking alone.  I overdid it and had to wait a while before I could drive myself home, so I’m sitting here groggy and out of it.  In my defense, I was told after a few beers that they had mead, which I hadn’t had since my wedding.  Couldn’t resist because I have very fond memories of that drink.  Maybe I’ll make a post about that next Sunday since it has two funny stories.  This morning might be my blogging time because I don’t see myself writing very coherently.

Speaking of writing . . . I got nothing.  Losing a chunk of today might be good since I’m already at a funky point with War of Nytefall: Ravenous.  It’s only the second chapter, but I think I have to move stuff around.  The end of the first chapter feels like it should be the beginning of the second and there’s a middle section that is a two-person version of a discussion in chapter three.  So, I might spend more time moving stuff around.  This does make chapter one shorter by 4-5 pages, but that might be a good thing.  It ends it on an action scene instead of having that in the middle.  It means the next ‘talking’ chapter will work out better in my mind.  Any of this make sense?

Goals of the week:

  1. Write 1-3 chapters of War of Nytefall: Ravenous.  I can use Halloween night to write too.
  2. School and parenting.  (Do I even have to list these since they’re givens?)
  3. Finish the December posts.
  4. Try to finish the Legends Revisted posts.
  5. Come up with 3 more January post topics.
  6. Put on jeans in a bit because it’s better for me to get pizza today than when it’s storming tomorrow.
  7. Take a picture of the puzzle I finished this week.
  8. Start up the next puzzle.
  9. Stop making silly, minor goals and get my butt to writing.
  10. Laundry.

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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16 Responses to Picked the Wrong Week to Make Goals

  1. What a week. I hope next is better. Yeah, a writing goal is a good goal.


  2. L. Marie says:

    What an awful week! I’m sorry to hear what’s happening with your son.
    Hope you can get some writing done.


  3. Sounds like enough to drive you crazy.


  4. That’s quite the week… Hope you manage a bit of relaxation time this weekend, because it sounds like you need it badly. Also, good luck with the coming week.


    • I think I’m going to use this morning for relaxation time since I have an appointment in an hour. Drops me from 2 to 1 chapter written, but I might be too out of it to get far anyway. It’s cold and rainy here, so I’m not feeling it. Really hate trying to write in autumn and winter.


  5. V.M.Sang says:

    Hope next week is better, Charles.
    As to your manuscript, I suggest leaving the fine tuning until you’ve finished it all, then decide. during the editing process if you need to alter the chapters. I’ve just been reading an article that said just that. Don’t try to make it perfect on the first draft. It uses different parts of the brain to create the story and to be critical during editing.


    • Next week is going to be miserable weather, but better in terms of free time. As for the writing, it’s more that I know that scene isn’t working out. I do detailed outlines beforehand, so I’m looking ahead. Since I have such limited time for writing these days (2 chapter weekend just got pushed to 1), I don’t want to spend any of it on a scene that will have to be removed and then rewrite others. Otherwise, I have a big mess on my hands when I finally carve out a 3-5 day period to do editing. After all, you can’t edit well if you have to take 1-2 weeks between sessions. You’ll inevitably miss stuff, so I have to work slower to avoid the headaches down the road.


  6. Thinking of you, Charles.


  7. “There was a rainbow cake where every color was a different involved here too.” I hear you!!


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