Week 1 of Containment: I Really Hope this is Saturday

Seriously, all of the days have blurred together with everything that happened.  I don’t have to tell all of you about what’s going on.  We’ve all been affected.  I’m still nervous because every map I look at has me sitting in a big red zone.  In New York, the worst areas are NYC, Westchester, and Long Island.  Hello from, Long Island!

I’ve been texting with coworkers to keep up-to-date on various situations and see if we can still help our students.  This has been fairly easier than everything else.  Nothing to even report on there because it’s private.  I’m fighting to stay optimistic that they’ll be fine and we’ll all be back in our classroom by April 1st.  Is it weird that April Fools Day is when we’re aiming to head back to school?  Betting some short-sighted person is going to pull a prank about having the coronavirus.

Let’s get to the main event here . . . My son.  He’s basically being homeschooled by me and that’s rather difficult.  Most of the week was doing worksheets and exercises then he played with the neighbor kids.  The real stuff kicked in on Thursday and Friday . . . which is when the fighting started.  Not with him, but my ex-wife was sent home as well.  So, we had to split the week, but we both had different ideas and thoughts on the situation.  The fight was pretty nasty for a bit and I’ll admit that I’m still stung on a few things that were said in my direction.  This is probably venting more than I should, but it isn’t like her or anyone she knows checks my blog.  The two of us are stubborn and don’t see eye-to-eye, which is why these battles happen.  Guess our hearts are in the right place while our egos and minds aren’t.  In the end, my son and I came up with a fair split.

To be honest, it is really hard to have him somewhere else during this time.  I worry about him all the time.  Eh, this is probably not a good topic.

In the writing front, I did manage to get somewhere.  Surprisingly, I should be finishing War of Nytefall: Ravenous by the end of today.  Just got the closing chapter to do after yesterday’s chase and battles. Tomorrow will be working on the outline for War of Nytefall: Savagery and I’m going to start it next Friday.  I might as well take advantage of the home stuff.  If my son goes out to play with the kids then I may even get the fantasy tip book information finished up.  Was there a title for that one?  So, You Wanna Write Fantasy? That one really does seem too aggressive and patronizing, which doesn’t work for me.  Ugh, I hate this stumbling block.  Anybody got a muse I can borrow?

In other arenas, I’ve been catching up on some anime.  I finished ‘Castlevania’ Season 3 and loved it.  Definitely a bridge season, but I liked the suspense and twists.  Didn’t enjoy Alucard’s story, but it was fairly minor.  I got through Season 4 of ‘Hunter x Hunter’ as well, which means I’ve watched more than I’ve read.  Began working my way through ‘Overlord’, which is an odd one.  The protagonists are overpowered, so there isn’t much of a risk of them losing.  I’m going to see it through to the end because it’s got good world-building.  After that, I’m either going to jump to ‘Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure’ Season 2 or ‘Ranma 1/2’.  I’m enjoying the manga for the latter.  Yeah, I’m watching more anime than anything else.  Just in that kind of mood for a while.

I wish I had more to report.  Though, I will say:

War of Nytefall: Eradication
Still available on Amazon!

Only the free book is moving.  No sales.  I see authors trying to use the quarantine to their advantage on social media.  Not feeling that because of what’s going on with my own containment.  I know I’d be annoyed by such marketing, so why bother doing it to other people?

Full disclosure:  I’ve been drinking while writing this.  So, I’m going to call it a night and go back to my anime.

Goals for the week?

  1. Finish War of Nytefall: Ravenous
  2. Homeschool my son.
  3. Play time with my son.
  4. Keep up with work events.
  5. Outline and begin War of Nytefall: Savagery.
  6. Tinker with fantasy tip book.
  7. Toss up a few June blog posts.
  8. Watch more ‘Overlord’.
  9. Get pizza at some point because I miss it so.

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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26 Responses to Week 1 of Containment: I Really Hope this is Saturday

  1. L. Marie says:

    Charles, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    The State of Illinois just went on lockdown. I’m trying to adjust to the new norm.


  2. It must be tough being a kid during this time. All his school buddies suddenly out of reach. Enjoy your pizza this week!


  3. Stuff just got closed in my area of the UK, and anyone in the at risk group – such as asthmatics – just got told to self-isolate for the next 12 weeks. I don’t go out much, so that part’s not getting to me. The anxiety over the panic that’s making people horde food, preventing the rest of us from even being able to get in a decent ordinary shop… Yeah, that’s giving me a problem.

    Try and stay safe and sane.


  4. I always hated fighting with my ex’s. Every issue seemed to end with personal insults which left everyone feeling guilty. Hang in there. It sounds like super writing progress.


  5. Enjoy your pizza, we had some last night. Drinking and blogging is a time honored tradition over here.


  6. C.E.Robinson says:

    Charles, whatever you do, stay safe. We’re in lockdown here in CA. Seems so strange, but as a writer at home, I’m complying with the social distancing rule. Only out to scavenge what I can find in the grocery stores. Not easy times for so many people. Take care. 📚 Christine


  7. Marcia says:

    Sending you all kinds of Stay Safe thoughts, Charles! This won’t last forever, but try to be sure you and yours are still standing when the dust clears!! That’s my goal. And hoarders should be prosecuted. Period. Hard times and scary situations bring out the absolute worst in some people, and the very best in others. (The worst gets more publicity.) Take care of yourself and your boy! 🙂


    • Thanks. Hoping everyone I know is still standing. There are some who are essential workers, so they’re at risk. Others are just being selfish and going out. I definitely think hoarders should be outed. If not prosecuted, made to donate their surplus.


  8. Elle Knowles says:

    I know it’s bad when they closed our beaches. Stay safe, Charles. ~Elle


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