Goal Post: I’m Just Going to Remove Anything Before ‘Day’ on the Calendar

I’m going to start with heavy event number one.  I can’t talk about details because that would be crossing a line.  All I will say is that I got to experience my first Zoom funeral this week.  Found it awkward and uncomfortable only because you can only see what the camera is aimed at.  Glad to be involved to get some closure, but there’s a lingering ache that I don’t get to say an official goodbye.  Yup . . . That’s all I can say on it, so let’s move on.

Heavy event number two is that it was announced yesterday that New York schools are closed for the rest of the school year.  Only the buildings, so remote learning will continue as it has been.  Of course, I’m sure some parents will take this as a reason to simply stop either due to a misunderstanding or not wanting to bother.  Can’t say I blame anyone for going that route because it’s tiring.  I’m acting as a parent and TA, so I’m seeing both arenas.  It’s a strain on the body, mind, and soul because it comes off only as work to get through.  There’s something lacking that you get from being in a physical school, but there’s nothing that can be done.  The alternative is to open schools up and run the risk of people getting sick.  I’d hate to go in and bring this virus back to my parents or my son to get hit by it.  His asthma makes him a high risk and he’s always had a lot of trouble with upper respiratory infections.  So, it’s the right call, but a tough one to swallow.

The writing life has been interesting.  Got another act outlined for Sin’s adventures that I’m still calling The Ether Thief.  I kept forgetting to make more chapter titles for Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Tips to Writing Fantasy).  So, I needed something for Sunday that was writing related.  I might be delving more into the pile of notebooks for ideas that I haven’t touched in a while to make posts.  I’ll be hashing things out as I write and probably continue doing it after I schedule.  For example, tomorrow will be about a series influenced by my freshman year of college.  It’s not as clear cut as that and it has some challenges that may have been worked out after I made the post.  We’ll see what happens because this is a tricky one.  I can’t divert too far from the events I’m using, so it’s more restrictive than my other ones.  You’ll see when we get to it and I hope people keep an open mind and remember that this works off some real events.

In regards to novel writing, War of Nytefall: Savagery is moving along. Reached chapter 9 of 18 and should be getting into chapter 10 by the end of the weekend.  Barring any unseen events, I’m aiming to finish this by the end of May or early June.  Then, I’ll edit War of Nytefall: Ravenous and not sure what to do after that.  The summer is chaotic right now.  I could use it to do the next War of Nytefall volume and save Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Tips to Writing Fantasy) for when I hit grad school.  It will be hard to juggling writing, working, parenting, and school, so I need to decide on what I can do during that time.

Going back a few steps, this week was a little tougher than usual.  The first thing I mentioned was a factor, but I think my son and I hit a few moments of burnout.  So, both of us had trouble getting motivated and would shut down a little earlier in the day than normal.  I’m going to try to change things up a bit if I can.  He has a fun PE assignment and the weather is supposed to be in our favor.  Could really use some outdoor time, which I haven’t had much of these days.  If I’m not working or parenting then the weather is too gross to go out.  Too much rain and too chilly, so I’m looking forward to warmer temps as long as they’re not sweltering.  Just never happy here.

What else is going on?  Television and puzzles.  Probably be a few weeks before I finish the last of the DC Superhero Thomas Kinkade puzzles.  I’ll post the collection once it’s complete and I hope more come out.  Television hasn’t been watched as much as before since the nights were busy.  I started and finished a BBC comedy called ‘Black Books’ that I’ve seen clips of.  Good to get some funnies and I noticed that Hulu also has ‘Black Adder’, which is another BBC comedy with Rowan Atkinson.  I’m going to step away from that genre for a bit to watch another anime and then go back.  This time it’s ‘Kaze no Stigma’, which I only saw one episode of.  Not bad with good world and character building right off the bat.  Doesn’t seem to be a high fan service one too, which is a relief.  Definitely was getting tired of stumbling onto those.

Goals of the week?

  1. Schoolwork including a PE obstacle course building.
  2. Classes and meetings.
  3. Fun with the munchkin
  4. Try to finish outline for The Ether Thief: Song of the Conqueror 
  5. Work more on Phi Beta stuff
  6. Chapter titles for Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Tips to Writing Fantasy)
  7. Write more of War of Nytefall: Savagery
  8. Puzzles and TV

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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14 Responses to Goal Post: I’m Just Going to Remove Anything Before ‘Day’ on the Calendar

  1. Sorry for your loss.

    Good luck with continuing to juggle all that stuff.

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  2. HI Charles, our schools are currently closed until 1 June. My boys start on-line school again from Tuesday, 5 May so that impacts me too as I also have to supervise them and help them a bit. They are older than your son so its not quite as intense. I am also working full time so it is a bit chaotic. I’m starting to think that if this will go on until the end of this year, I might decide to take a work sabbatical. It is all just a bit to much for me.

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    • We’ve been doing on-line school since March and even over the supposed spring break. I’m hoping it doesn’t go for the rest of the year because it’s going to be tough to start in September by computer. My son is moving to middle school, which doesn’t have the same oomph when he’s still sitting in the house. Just becomes a sudden increase in workload.

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      • I know, Charles, it is not an idea way of learning for children. I also hope this current situation will have improved by September.

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      • Honestly, I think it depends on the kids and parents. I push my son a lot, so he’s flourishing. Some of our special education kids are doing better than ever. Others aren’t able to adapt or don’t care because they have no motivation.

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  3. It looks like a busy week. Hopefully you can find time for fun. (I know it’s on the schedule)

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  4. Our schools have closed for the duration also. But now there’s talk of starting the 20-21 school year as early as July. That would be… interesting! But perhaps necessary.

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    • I don’t know what we’re doing. The current question is summer camp and those who need summer school. I think there will be more long term emotional issues if the kids lose summer. That would be school going from September 2019 to June 2021. How would you implement breaks too since many schools still did work over what was supposed to be spring break? Not saying you specifically, but in general. It’s interesting how there’s a rise in drinking, depression, and anxiety, which doesn’t get factored in here. It’s all about numbers for the ones who make the calls.

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      • My sister taught outside LA, and her district was year round. I believe they had four one-month breaks, rather than the standard 2-weeks for Christmas, one week in April, 2-1/2 months over summer. She liked that schedule. I do think most kids will adjust if the have plenty of warning. Things are already really “different” so it would be one more “different thing.”

        My district is talking about returning in July for two months of strictly remedial learning, I have no idea how serious this discussion is. They have an unfortunate tendency to change what they want us to do, and tell the parents BEFORE they tell us.

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      • There are other problems with year round such as not being budgeted and putting camps out of business. A lot of summer activities will be undone, which can increase rates of mental illness in children. They don’t adapt as easily as we think and neither do adults. Most need that long break to recover from a very heavy workload and tons of high expectations. Only way it would work is if you drop those down. Otherwise, you’ll have generations of people who have been worked to the bone from age 5 until retirement. Obviously, I’m not a fan of the idea. Mostly because I doubt they’d do the one month breaks. There’s too big a fear of regression.

        The only talk of going back in July that I’ve heard for us is with special education. It would be remote if it has to be, but those are the kids that can use it the most. The others will probably just be burnt out by the time we hit September if we try it that way.

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  5. It’s the oddest year I remember. I’m having a hard time keeping my blog interesting, because we can’t do date nights or excursions of any kind. Mine has mostly turned into boring word metrics posts. I am grateful to not have kids in school right now.

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    • The Saturday posts are becoming harder to do than the others. I see other authors posting about writing while in quarantine, but it isn’t that different than before with me. I simply have more time and less energy these days.

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