A Week of Work, Holidays, Birthdays, and Limited Exposure

Another week of schoolwork and housework.  Look, I’ve got very little else going on here since New York is such a mess.  Things were a little easier since our spring break was supposed to start on Thursday and we have holidays.  Next week was said to be a simple week with more fun stuff than strict work.  We’ll see what happens because I think it really depends on teacher.  Many are trying to cut back the workload to give the kids and parents time to focus while others are continuing to barrel forward.  My son has been lucky in that he has been flooded to the point where we can’t do anything fun.  We still get to play time around mid-afternoon, which helps him relax.  That’s what life is now.

Last weekend, I attempted to challenge the stores to get a few things.  I need to figure out a better way to do it.  Liquor store has been the only place I’ve gone to where I don’t feel like I’m going to be infected.  Target had a line because they’re letting a limited amount of people in at a time.  Problem here is that the line goes pretty far and nobody is staying away from each other.  May have begun that way, but people always begin to crowd when patience wears thin.  So, I didn’t even try there.  Ended up at Walmart, which had more than I expected.  Still, there were a lot of people without masks and the aisles are too narrow to always be 6 feet away from others.  That really wasn’t the worst.  Many times, I headed into an aisle and saw someone coughing all over without covering their mouth.  I just turned and got away, so whatever I needed in that area wasn’t grabbed.  Most times it ended up being the same elderly woman too.  In fact, I noticed a lot of elderly here aren’t doing anything to protect themselves.  It’s a little worrisome.  By the time I got home, I was stressed and rethinking my weekend shopping idea.  I might have to do it after I drop my son at his mom’s on Thursday.

I managed to get the first 2 chapters of War of Nytefall: Savagery done last weekend.  I’ve had too much going on Fridays to get anywhere, so it’s really just Saturday and Sunday where I can work.  Thursday is still outlining day since I’m coming down off the workload of the week.  I finished the setup for Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Tips to Writing Fantasy) and came up with a possible title.  What do you think?  I might make every chapter/entry section a question too.  After all, I’m writing these like blog posts and those tended to be started by someone asking me a question.  I’m going to let it sit for a bit and tinker more this week at night.  My hope is to get 1.5 chapters of Savagery done since I didn’t get my usual time.  There was a lot going on this week.

Passover began and I’m not feeling it.  This is when Jews stop eating leavened (rising) bread, which means no pizza, pasta, cereals, pastries, etc.  It’s difficult enough to do this during normal times, but now we have bigger limitations with the pandemic.  Matzah gets boring really fast and dinners are lacking.  My lunches have usually been rices or soups that include pasta, which get me looks now.  I think I’ll break by Sunday and get pizza just for some sense of normalcy.  On Thursday, I really only had a few pieces of matzah before our cheat dinner for my birthday.  It was Red Robin burgers and an ice cream cake.  That’s not the point.  Before the food arrived, I began getting really dizzy and that kept going until I passed out.  Starting to wonder if I should press my luck this year because it was fairly scary.  Not sleeping well this week probably didn’t help, so I’m going to try to do better next week.

I finished the blog posts for June . . . I’ll start working on July topics when I feel like it.

Got a strange mini-review post for various anime I binged going up tomorrow.

Thinking I’m running to the end of this post.  Getting tired and wanting to curl up for a nap in a bit.  On Friday, I got back to an old project where I made the characters, but not the outline.  This is for the Sin series where I have 2 more core novels and 2 spin-offs to fit into the notebook.  I write these books in 4 Acts because the original concept was heavily influenced by Final Fantasy games that had multiple discs.  So, Sin gets involved in some really big and globe-spanning adventures.  It’s frustrating that I haven’t come up with a good series title and keep calling it ‘Sin’.  Think I made some suggestions to myself last Saturday, but nothing stuck.  Master of Ether or something along those lines may be on the right track.  It is difficult going back to this since it’s been a year.  My hope was to work on it last summer, but that never happened.  Stopped at a crucial point, so I’m relearning the whole thing.  Only thing saving my butt is that this is a rewrite of an older idea, so I have tons of notes to work with.

Goals of the week:

  1. Write a little more of Savagery
  2. Outline more of Song of the Conqueror
  3. Entry titles for Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Tips to Writing Fantasy)
  4. Schoolwork for me and my son
  5. Fun time
  6. Sleep time
  7. Puzzle time
  8. Brave the outside world for shopping
  9. Okay.  Master of Ether isn’t sitting right.  Dang it.
  10. Watch more anime.

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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13 Responses to A Week of Work, Holidays, Birthdays, and Limited Exposure

  1. Love the title, Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Tips to Writing Fantasy). I think it speaks volumes about the potential learning that will be in the material. Your store story was scary. Glad I don’t go there. I hope you have a super week.

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  2. Maybe you need to pay attention to what your body is telling you.I find myself getting dizzy at times, and it all traces back to water. I don’t seem to get thirsty anymore, so I know I need to drink water when that happens. Not saying yours is the same, but getting dizzy and passing out can’t be good. I’m like John, and kind of like title.

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  3. I love the title but didn’t quite get what happened with your dizzy spell. Specifically, I was wondering how long you were out and if things improved with food (or when you stopped playing that video game). Whatever it was, I hope you’re feeling better now!


    • The dizzy spell hit soon after I stopped playing video games. I didn’t pass out though. My son was pushing me to continue playing Beyblade, but I needed to lie down for a bit. Food helped for a while, but I noticed that I was still out of it until the next morning. Hasn’t happened since, so I’m thinking a combination of not eating much, drinking very little, wild video game, and overall exhaustion.

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  4. L. Marie says:

    That dizzy spell must have been scary. Hope you’re feeling better. You have so much going on.
    I love the title of your book!


  5. Hope this week is going better for you as regards the exhaustion level, and that you’re drinking well enough to avoid it making things worse (since it was likely the cause – or at least partial cause – of your dizzy spell, as discussed previously in the comments).


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