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