First, I’m going to announce that War of Nytefall: Eradication is live tomorrow. I’ll be honest. It’s already live, but I’m doing the big proclamation tomorrow. So, that’s something to look forward to. On to the past and future . . . Wow, I’m not liking either of those options.
To say that the solo part of my break didn’t go as planned is an understatement. Keep in mind that I had 4 days when my son was with his mother, which one would assume is perfect for writing time. Even going out with friends one evening and movies during one of the days meant I could get 4 chapters done. What was the final tally of chapters that I completed during this time?
.5 chapters . . . HALF A CHAPTER!
I really didn’t expect things to go that badly, but they did and I was very vocal about the situation. I was miserable. For those who forgot or didn’t know, the carpeting was torn out of the upstairs of the house and replaced with wood flooring. This would be where my room and my son’s room are, so I was evicted from my private space. I slept on a bed where a bar went across where my shoulders were and another was around my lower back. My clothes were in a drawer that sat in the corner of the living room. My laptop was set up on a corner of the dining room table with my hat rack to one side, more drawers behind me, and the mattresses stacked to the other side. I wasn’t alone in the house either, so even headphones didn’t really help me out. Then there was when they put stain down on the stairs during two of those 4 days . . . The fumes! I vacated the house the first time, but I had nowhere to go and it was cold during the second. Just found a ventilated corner with that GRE math review book and muttered about how my 2020 plan had been destroyed. Now, everything was finished on Monday, which is when I spent the entire day moving everything back upstairs. That’s all furniture up one flight of stairs and all of the books, dvds, and toys from the basement (2 flights). One would think this would open up Tuesday to writing . . . Except my body ached so much that I just went to see ‘Birds of Prey’ and left it at that. Not a stellar author period.
Once my son was home, I settled into parenting time, which was fun. We mostly relaxed since he had some appointments. Yesterday was the big event with friends. We went to see ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ and then went to a retro arcade game exhibit at a nearby museum. All of that was a lot of fun. We’re going to spend the weekend do the same since we have to get back onto a school schedule for Monday. Going to be 6 weeks before we get a break, which means it’s a long haul. I get three weekends in March, so I may be able to finish War of Nytefall: Ravenous by then. Spring Break can be used to set up for War of Nytefall: Savagery and maybe finish the notes for So, You Want to be a Fantasy Author? (Still not sure about that title.)
I have to do a lot of studying for the GRE, which I’m taking near the end of March too. Far too much on my plate that I don’t even know what task to tackle. My puzzles might have to wait, which is good because I have the pile of completed ones on the work table and I need to give them backings. Finding large rolls of double-sided tape is tough. By the way, using rubber cement is effective, but there’s a problem, especially in the winter when you can’t open windows. That would be the fumes, which I forgot about when I glued one down right next to my bed. Oops.
In other news, I got a foldable exercise bike that I’m going to be testing out soon after this post goes live. Not that hard to put together. The small test I did was really good since it moves really smoothly. Uses magnetic resistance and the handlebars have a pulse sensors on it. Not that I know what’s a good one or not. My hope is to get up to doing 30 minutes on Saturday and another 30 on Sunday then free weights during the weekday mornings. It’s the best I can do with my schedule.
Is it wrong that I feel like I’m getting bogged down with everything? I mean, I have the Nytefall books, fantasy tip book, blog posts, and a possible Ichabod Brooks collection on top of GRE studying, parenting, working, exercising, and hunting down a college program. I’ve been told that this is what adulthood is and everybody has it this bad. If that’s the case then I can see why depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses are on the rise. One could give up the dreams and focus on the ‘practical’ stuff, but that leads many to bitterness and a feeling that they have no true purpose other than survival. You can continue balancing it, but outside forces always judge that tactic. It’s like we’ve developed a society that is fueled by eroding psyches and spiritual suffering. We can never take time to relax without guilt or falling behind in things because everything goes on without us even if we’re a main part of events. Eh, this is too big of a rant for me today.
Goals for the week?
- Announce War of Nytefall: Eradication tomorrow.
- Have fun with the son.
- Get back onto using the exercise bike.
- Return to school.
- GRE studying.
- Start putting backings on puzzles, so I can start a new one.
- Seriously, I need to take time to finish those fantasy tip sections. I can use that book as a breather between Nytefall volumes. Maybe it’s getting harder because I don’t feel like I should be advising anybody on anything.
- Finish May blog scheduling.