(Maybe I used this video before recently, but I really like the song. Began rewatching the series during lunch this week.)
Well, here we are. Staring at the end of the 20 teens and about to step foot into the 2o twenties. Is anybody else at a point where the change from one calendar year to another isn’t as exciting? It isn’t that I don’t have high hopes for 2020, but it isn’t like New Years Eve will end and my life will get reset. Be nice if that did happen though because I wouldn’t made the chance to leave some stressors behind without having to do more than buy a new calendar. At least I’m ending 2019 on a better note than it started. I’d have to work hard to make it worse. Eh, I’ve got all that stuff for another post I should really double check after doing this one.
Events were rearranged, so all of the room painting and moving stuff around was done last weekend. Big thanks to my dad for getting half the room painted while I was at work and then the other half while I was running errands. He only has enough brushes for one and my job was more heavy lifting. Spent Sunday carrying all of my books and dvds back up from the basement. My room is on the second floor, so you can imagine how exhausted I was by the end. Really hoped that I could get it all done by lunch, but I’d only succeeded in getting the books upstairs. Refueled with . . . I know I ate something before I finished everything else off. Reorganized too, which took me until dinner time, so that whole day was given up to getting my space back to what I wanted. I had my son for Monday too, so I didn’t want to start anything that would be paused.
My son was with his mom for the rest of the week until Friday night, so I was on my own for the most part. That meant I had plenty of time to work on War of Nytefall: Ravenous, which I feared wouldn’t be the case. For a while, it looked like I wasn’t going to be able to touch my book because of the painting, errands, and other events. By Sunday, I’d cleared a lot of that up. A few grocery and clothes shopping trips slipped in, but I fit those between writing sessions. In the end, I managed to finish 4 chapters and start another one. I might use a few nights to get that 5th one under my belt and I’m on my own for New Years Eve until the evening when I get my son. Next weekend he’s with his mom, so I might be able to bring the whole story to the beginning of the third act, which is amazing considering how crappy my year has been.
Speaking of War of Nytefall: Ravenous, one of the things that drove me forward so quickly is that a big part of what I wrote involved the villain. She’d been staying away for a while and I finally got to put her in the action. This character isn’t a fighter and she’s fairly manipulative, which was fun to write. Especially when she came across someone who she couldn’t trick and demonstrate why she’s . . . a threat? That’s the other thing. She threw me a curve and revealed a surprising origin that may alter what her ultimate goal is. I had her pushing for power, but then she began talking about only wanting to survive. This might require some alterations to her earlier chapters, but it may still work. She’s also the most sexual character I’ve ever written, so the blunt innuendo was fun to write. Not sure I can call it that either because she was very clear on what she was interested in from both male and female characters. This is why I call her a less restrained version of Chastity Sullivan.
In other news, I began watching ‘The Witcher’. I never played the games or read the books, but I heard the series is based on the latter. Definitely saw a lot of strong opinions on this show. I’m halfway through and really enjoying it. Great fight scenes, good amount of humor, excellent world-building, and fun characters. There are weak moments, but what series doesn’t have that? From what I’ve seen, two common complaints are things that I didn’t run into. One is that it ‘Is Not Like Game of Thrones!’ because it was billed as ‘the next one’ by media idiots that thing all fantasy is alike. ‘The Witcher’ and ‘GoT’ are nothing alike in terms of story. One is a dark adventure and the other is a dark historical fantasy, which means they run different narratives. People probably expected tons of main character deaths too. Another issue I saw mentioned was the confusing timeline because Geralt, Yennifer, and Ciri are each running at different periods. I assume these combine at the end and understand that this season is based off the first collection of short stories that introduced the characters. It isn’t easy to tell that kind of story, but I haven’t had any trouble figuring it out. To each their own, I guess.
Nothing else to really say about last week. This coming week is going to be a lot of son time since he was away for so long. We have presents to give, games to play, and movies to watch. Promised to introduce him to ‘My Hero Academia’ on New Years Eve when he tries to stay up for the ball drop. Today is potato latkes with friends and family while tomorrow is resting with toys. He’s accused me and his mom of telling Santa not to bring him any LEGO sets, so we might fudge that rule since he’s been good. (Screw you, Pandora, for playing ‘Love Walks in’ by Van Halen.) Nights will probably be for setting up some March posts or locking down whatever book chapter I got stuck in the middle of. Really hope the weather works with us and we can hit the zoo. That’s the only real trip we have planned since it’s cold out. Fingers crossed.
Goals of the week:
- Fun with the munchkin.
- Read more ‘Black Clover’ while he uses his new drum set.
- Watch more ‘The Witcher’.
- Slip in some book writing when I can.
- Cooking dinner with my little assistant
- Need more nice shirts for work.
- March post scheduling if possible.
- Sign up for Hulu to get access to ‘My Hero Academia’.
- Sleep at some point.
- Stay up for New Years Eve ball drop even though it’s still a little uncomfortable when I see couples kissing on the TV.