Goal Post: How’s Everybody Doing?

The title is a genuine question.  It was an option for tomorrow, but I have something for Mother’s Day.  My head isn’t exactly in the game either, so I’m having trouble focusing on stuff.  Part of the reason is I was doing well until Thursday night, which is when I’m writing this thing.  Not sure what hit me, but my stomach has decided to voice a rather vicious open on the state of the my inner universe.  Taking all of my energy to get this done and I’m praying I get writing done this weekend.

Let’s jump into that arena.  War of Nytefall: Savagery is coming along rather nicely, which is surprisingly.  I may be able to finish this in 3 weeks and that third week is only a single chapter section at the end.  I’ll have to decide on what to do after that.  Maybe finish a few outlines I have lying about and get the one for War of Nytefall: Anarchy ready for when I write it.  Next big project is editing Ravenous and then I’ll decide on what I want to do.  Still, this is good progress now that I’ve got a system down.  Summer might prove to be a challenge because camp might not happen.  That means I have my son all day with no schoolwork, but I might be able to do some writing.  It’s why Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Tips to Writing Fantasy) is looking like a summer project.  Easier to write up the blog-like chapters than full ones during that kind of time.

In other news, school and work continued as usual.  It wasn’t that bad this week, but we had some focusing issues.  Think part of it was that the weather began really good with shorts even being an option.  Then, it got cold again and sinuses went wild.  I also made a tactical error and opened the window next to my desk.  The wind blowing in was nice, but there’s an oak tree on the other side of the hedges.  It gives off a lot of pollen to the point where my car is layered in the stuff.  I have seasonal allergies, so I begin sneezing and coughing like mad.  Not a great thing to do these days.  Overall, a rather big comedy of errors.

There was one big highlight of the week and that was my son’s Physical Education assignment.  We had to make an obstacle course and record him running through it.  My dad built it while we were doing on Monday and that was the beginning of the end.  I was lucky to get the little guy back inside for ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’.  Tuesday was the big event and he really wanted to get to it, but I had him wait.  We changed it around after practicing too.  It went:

  • Swing off a step stool using a rope hanging from a branch.  (Ironically, he’s reading ‘Bridge to Terabithia’.)
  • Crab walk down a path made from plastic bowling pins.
  • Jump over a piece of wood held up by two shop horses.
  • Army crawl through a tunnel made from some type of K’nex thing.  Forgot the name.
  • Up a ladder and down a slide.
  • Balance beam walk across one of those folding ladders.
  • Jump off the ladder to bounce off a trampoline.
  • Handstand
  • Ta-da!

Most important thing is that he had fun.  Though, we’ve created a monster.  I had to make a mini-obstacle course on Thursday to appease him.  The rope is the only thing left, which made it really difficult.  I’m going to have him go back to martial arts next week because he needs to keep that up.  Think the weather is supposed to be messy too.

Not much else to talk about.  I didn’t watch a lot of television beyond finishing ‘Kaze No Stigma’.  I recommend that anime if you enjoy magical action and female leads with short fuses.  Might go back to ‘The Magicians’ next or start ‘Black Adder’.  My son and I finished what Hulu had of ‘My Hero Academia’ and are almost done with ‘Fairy Tail’.  Still got ‘Naruto’ and ‘Yugioh’ going.  I might have to get Funimation Streaming to keep up with the other two.  I’ve been delaying and rethinking about that one because it gives me access to some shows that I really want to see.  I hope to have the discipline to not go crazy, especially since it has ‘One Piece’ and that’s nearly 1,000 episodes.  Good-bye to the outside world if I get sucked into that.  First world problems, huh?

Seeing as my stomach is still giving me trouble, I’m calling this one.  Again, hope everyone is safe and healthy right now.  Good luck.

Goals:

  1. Schoolwork for me and my son
  2. Write more War of Nytefall: Savagery
  3. Tinker with outlines
  4. Finish the last of the Thomas Kinkade superhero puzzles
  5. Watch TV when tired
  6. Continue . . . Oh yeah!

Totally forgot this one piece of news.  Not really news, but something I started doing.  I talk a lot about using my stationary bike on weekends.  Well, I needed something for the weekdays.  I have two 8-pound weights, so I began using them for a bit in the morning.  It’s only 4 arm exercises with 3 reps of 10, which is agonizing because I have really crappy upper body strength.  Still, it’s something and I hope to maintain it.  Not sure what it will do overall though, so I assume I’ll have a bunch of people tell me how it isn’t helpful or how I can ‘improve’ it.  Everyone’s a critic.

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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16 Responses to Goal Post: How’s Everybody Doing?

  1. I saw the video on FB and thought the obstacle course was great. Hope you shed the stomach issue soon. I also get allergies, and it could be related to that.

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  2. The obstacle course sounded fun. Here is to a super week.

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  3. V.M.Sang says:

    I hope you’re soon feeling better, Charles. The obstacle course sound amazing. So glad your son had such fun. I must look it up on You Tube, methinks!

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  4. I don’t know if you want to get into this, since your son sounds like he fixates on things (you mentioned he begged for another obstacle course after the first one) but we used to do treasure hunts for our kids. We wrote clues and hid them, and the kids found a box with candy or small toys at the end.

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    • I’ve considered that. I get him on the heavy school days, so I don’t get much play time. If I can figure out where his old plastic Easter eggs went then I might try to set one up. The fixation issue is an obstacle though. I could end up having to prepare a hunt 1-2 times a day.

      Honestly, I might put this on the summer fun list. Better weather means the front and backyards are viable.

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  5. I hope you feel better soon. I know what you mean with the allergies. I don’t suffer with them badly, but changes in the weather and high pollen can make me a bit sniffly, and I’ve almost always got a cough from my asthma. Not good when our weather keeps changing its mind about whether to be warm and dry or cold and damp, and everyone thinks having a cough automatically means you must have the virus. I know it’s just my normal issues, but worry what others will think if they hear me. *sigh*

    That’s great about the writing progress. I expect finding ways to entertain your son while you get some writing time in over the Summer will be easy enough. You generally seem to be good at balancing giving him time with you and giving him things he can do while you write nearby.

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    • Thanks. My allergies weren’t that bad until I came back to New York for Florida. They were so much worse and reached a few points where I needed medication. I’ve been lucky enough to hold back the coughing when in public. It’s a small tickle in my throat within minutes of me going outside, which seems oddly quick.

      Entertaining my son and writing will be a curious balancing act. My parents might take him every now and again to give me enough time to write a chapter section or weekends/nights will be my time. We’ll have to see what happens. One factor is if his mom will be back to work or not.

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      • Sorry your allergies are worse these days than they used to be, but glad you aren’t at the point where you need to take something for them right now. Also glad you’ve been able to hold back the coughing when in public. I’ve seen so few people since this all started that nobody outside those who know about my allergies has heard me cough so far.

        If nothing else, I’m sure the thing with your parents taking your son for a bit will happen, since they’re bound to want some one on one time with him sometimes.

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      • To be fair, I occasionally take a mild allergy meds to help with my anxiety. So that might be helping a bit. Really hope they can take him for a bit. I really need a nap.

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  6. twixie13 says:

    Hoping you feel better soon, and glad to hear that your son had fun!

    Not been doing too badly here. Been working mostly on comics. I finished two that’d been started a while back, finished sketching another one in one day (35 of 47 pages…it helps that backgrounds were minimal). Started blocking in the pages for the 4th arc of my series (focused on one particular section right now, which promises to make me cry…partly from emotion, mostly from the blood rain, all the effects that’d go with that, the zombie horde…), along with fleshing out the sketches for the supervillain one.

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