Voices from Inside the House . . . Because We Can’t Go Out

This week was crazy.  We’d be doing schoolwork nonstop from 8 am until 1 or 2 pm.  I know people suggest breaks, but then it draws out longer and I get a child who is crying about not having any fun.  Those small blips of fun aren’t easy to break out of and they prevent more time-consuming things from happening.  For example, we play video games for an hour or two after a full day of work.  Can’t use those between things because you can’t just start and stop easily.  Nope, we have to hunker down and barrel into the workloads, which might be more next week.  Needless to say, nobody is really happy about the situation.  Guess that’s a plus because anyone who was enjoying it would be driving the rest of us insane.

After my son finished his work, I’d jump into my own stuff.  I was usually keeping up while he worked.  Slipping away to do things while he practiced drums or read to his grandma helped me keep up with things.  Chat apps are going to be used to give lessons, so both me and him will have to factor those in.  My only hope is that a system is made to allow for work and not drain both children and parents during a stressful time.  I understand the need to keep the curriculum going because it’ll be a disaster if we return to find that nobody has made progress.  Yet, we aren’t doing kids a service when we drive them into the ground with work.  Not a popular opinion, but I’m seeing my son wear down and get difficult by the end of the week.  By the time he gets to his mom, he’s nearly burnt out and wanting to play.  We don’t get spring break too, so there’s no time for rest or recovering our energies.

As you can guess, I got no real writing done because of everything going on.  My nights were spent with the TV and jigsaw puzzle if not in a meeting.  I collapsed fairly early, but was usually woken up by my phone going off.  My mind wasn’t able to focus on writing even though the outline for Savagery was finished last weekend.  I did finish all of the planning for the fantasy tip book, so I’m up to figuring out a name.  Everything I come up with is either too clinical, too silly, or lacks the necessary oomph.  There are so many fantasy writing books out there that I need something to draw people in and establish mine as unique.  Usually, I’m pretty good with titles, but I’m having a really big problem on this one.

I’m almost done preparing posts for June, which is great.  It means I don’t have to worry when things go crazy in May.  I should start in on July too, but I’m in need of topics for that month.  Feel free to suggest.

What else is going on?  My 40th birthday is on Thursday, which is also the second night of Passover.  I have a post going up, but I don’t know what it’s about.  Too lazy and out of it to check.  (WHY DO PEOPLE KEEP TEXTING ME!?)  Can’t go out for dinner and family is staying away.  It’ll just be me, my parents, and my son.  It sounds like we’re only going to do Passover and leave it at that.  So, I turn 40 with no fanfare, which people have pointed out is a pathetic complaint given the situation.  I guess it is, but I’m still annoyed that there’s practically nothing going on at all.  It’s been suggested that I do a big 41st birthday next year, but it’s not the same and I feel like that would be even more pathetic than me being sour about this year.  A lot of people with birthdays in this time period are getting shafted.  Some are stuck alone while others have family who may or may not want to acknowledge the day.  Overall, it’s like a lemon juice being poured into a seeping wound right now.

What do we have for goals?

  1. Try to start writing Savagery
  2. Figure out a title for the fantasy tip book
  3. Finish the June posts
  4. Schoolwork for my son
  5. Schoolwork for me
  6. Try to have some fun
  7. Birthday and Passover
  8. Jigsaw puzzle
  9. Build up the energy for a real goal post next week
  10. Maybe do a Sin story outline.  That series needs a title too.  ‘Sin’?  ‘Ethereal Soul’? ‘The Ether King’?  (Sin uses the Ether Crossbow as a weapon.)

Final news:  Long ago, I bought a bottle of Writer’s Tears whiskey.  I said that I would finish it and fill it with salt water.  Viola!

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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23 Responses to Voices from Inside the House . . . Because We Can’t Go Out

  1. I like the bottle. It looks like a week’s worth of tears.


  2. tidalscribe says:

    Any of us with grown up children feel sorry for all parents, we couldn’t even get our youngest to do huis homework, let alone home schooling and you’re right, it’s not fair to drive children too hard when their lives are already upside down. There should be some positives for them like spending more fun time with their parents and being praised for taking part in the world’s biggest ever social experiment!


    • It really is a difficult situation. From the parent and student perspective, it’s a lot and some teachers are taking it too far. Strict deadlines are a nightmare and there are those who don’t realize students and parents are having to teach themselves the material instead of it being a classroom setting. Yet, I also know that teachers are under pressure to keep the curriculum going and show that they are working. There’s a worry that going back in May will result in a scramble to finish lessons, so get as much in as possible. Personally, I think people should take the perspective of ‘any progress is good progress’ or ‘as long as they do not slide backwards’ because there’s a lot of pressure going on. Hardest part is getting the students into the online classrooms, so heavy workloads aren’t helping there.


  3. Oh my gosh! I’m so going to post a similar pic that I had already posted on Instagram. Hubby and I were looking for some *ahem* adult beverages and we came upon Writer’s Tears! That aside, I love what you write. Whether it’s slices of life and candid confessions or . . . whatever! As a teacher and a mum, I wholeheartedly agree with the stress during this surreal time. Some people need to ease up on the pressure when it comes to these curricular demands! I’m teaching and mothering — so hard to balance both!


    • Thanks. I saw the whiskey at the place nearby by a few months ago. Had to get it once I had the money. Was nursing it since December, but I guess the current situation resulted in it disappearing rather quickly. Teaching and parenting is really tough, especially when my son goes to his mom’s near the end of the week. Once that happens, I’m no longer in the equation for him and that tends to drive me crazy. This whole thing feels like more pressure and responsibility is being put on parents since we’re the ones in the house with the kids instead of their teachers. Time to really step up and I’m happy to see so many do just that.

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  4. V.M.Sang says:

    Peanut flavoured whiskey? Sounds awful. I like peanut butter, and I like whiskey, but together?
    Keep on with the hard work, Charles. It’ll pay off in the end. As to birthdays–it’s just a number.
    And those titles will come. Don’t worry. Let your subconscious work them out.


    • I’m genuinely curious about it. Rather try it before I buy it though. Hate to have a full bottle of something I don’t like. My subconscious has been having trouble with this title for over a year now. Nothing seems to work since it’s not a fiction book. I need it to be serious and catchy.


  5. I’ve noticed that all of us seem to be working even harder than before during this crisis. Work from home seems to mean work seven days per week. This virus brings a whole bunch of new things to the table and our minds need to process them. We ought to be working less and spending more time digesting what’s going on. It comes as no surprise that teachers are treating students the same way life is treating adults. We all need a little personal time here.


    • Sadly, we don’t get the luxury in the testing profession. Above teachers you have administrators trying to keep things moving. Above that you have politicians making decisions without thinking much about the teachers and students they affect. I am finding more teachers who make it easier for students, but there are plenty of those who act like they’ll be fired if they give even an inch. One friend has a child who basically does schoolwork 6 days a week from morning to evening with no flexibility. I’m hoping things calm down, but the loss of spring break here really caused some waves. There’s a sense that nothing is safe and everything is expendable in the education system.

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  6. Do you absolutely have to do the whole workload with him? Schools over here – despite staying closed until September – are encouraging parents to focus more on keeping learning from getting too stressful than worrying about completing everything, and maybe where possible making the lessons you do become games. Teach maths by having him help measure things out when cooking, teach history by using online resources that provide virtual museum tours or online videos about historical events he’s meant to be learning about, teach spelling by encouraging creative writing exercises or just focusing on reading time, etc, so it becomes a fun thing you do together, rather than a stressful chunk of schoolwork nobody really wants to be doing. Are you guys not allowed to do it like that?

    I’m sorry about your birthday. I hope you manage to find some enjoyment during your birthday and passover, despite current circumstances.


    • Everything needs to be done. Some teachers give a week while others only give a day. There are no strict standards guiding people, so it chanted by district and even teacher. I can’t make up my own assignments either. Not unless I add that to the workload.


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