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?
- Try to start writing Savagery
- Figure out a title for the fantasy tip book
- Finish the June posts
- Schoolwork for my son
- Schoolwork for me
- Try to have some fun
- Birthday and Passover
- Jigsaw puzzle
- Build up the energy for a real goal post next week
- 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!