This is really becoming the hardest post for me to write every week. I can’t tell if it’s because I’m not doing much or time doesn’t feel the same. Days come off as years, but weeks are like minutes. When did I turn 40 again? Was it a few months, days, or decades ago?
Surprisingly, I only had one glass of chocolate wine before writing this up. It tastes like a spiked chocolate egg cream to me. This is going to be my drink of choice until I finish the bottle. Sure, we’ll make this paragraph about the alcohol I got last week. My plan is to have it last throughout the summer at least. The chocolate wine, honey mead, and sunflower chardonnay (it said hints of cookie dough in the description) will probably be the first to go. I tend to open a bottle, put in the fridge, and then make it the only one I drink until it’s done. Not in one sitting or weekend. For example, I started the chocolate wine on Thursday and I probably won’t finish it until mid-June. I really only have a drink on Friday and another on Saturday. I’ve noticed that wine goes fast because the glasses are bigger and I don’t add ice. Maybe I should to make them last longer. Anyway, the other three purchases were maple whiskey, strawberry rose vodka, and a pineapple rum. I always nurse those . . . So ends the awkward paragraph.
Transitioning from booze to writing seems like a natural jump. I finished War of Nytefall: Savagery last weekend and began editing War of Nytefall: Ravenous that Sunday. I took Saturday off to work on an outline for the next volume and give my brain a break. My plan was to do editing every night this week, but that didn’t happen. I didn’t get back to it until Thursday and Friday was chaotic with meetings and something I’ll mention later. The plan is to dig in and get at least 4 chapters done today then do the same tomorrow. Next week might give me more editing time at night, but things keep coming up to either distract or irritate me at that time. Hard to edit when I’m seething about something. Need to really work on those chapter titles for Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Fantasy Writing Tips) too. I might make that the nightly job today to get it out of the way. Gives me a post to do on Sunday as well since I nearly forgot about tomorrow.
Memorial Day was fun since family came over for a BBQ. I’m still really nervous about such things, but we took precautions. Went bike riding with my son in the park too, which was more crowded than we expected. Joined a friend and his daughter for it, which was great because we haven’t seen them in months. He actually gave me a late 40th birthday present of my Legends of Windemere book covers together in a picture that he had framed. It was nice to feel like the world was normal for a bit even though we rode our bikes in accordance to the social distancing rules and had masks ready. Didn’t help that I hadn’t ridden a bike in about 15 years too. Harder to get on and dismount an outdoor bike than a stationary one.
Work is going well and we’re preparing for the summer. Not much else to say about that since I don’t know any more. My son is in the district’s remote summer school to help him get ready for middle school. I really want to share what I’m planning as a graduation surprise, but I don’t know if there are listening ears and eyes. Specifically, I don’t want to put something here and then he manages to find out through possible lurkers taking a glance. Sure, call me paranoid, but I spent all of my non-meeting time yesterday creating a very detailed sign and ordering pieces of a incredibly special present. He won’t get all of this for two weeks and I really hope the things arrive in time. At least, the cornerstone is already here. I went with some important symbolism. Sorry for being vague. Although, it is going to be funny if I get questions outside of the blog about what I’m doing.
In TV news, I started watching ‘Assassination Classroom’ last weekend. I finished it Friday night after I made this post, but I read the whole manga series. The ending is rather emotional, which I can say with confidence. The story is a fun one too. It’s about this powerful being that is given the name Koro-sensei. He destroyed 70% of the moon and is threatening to do the same to Earth in one year. He’s also decided to become the teacher a class of downtrodden miscreants at a Japanese academy. His challenge is for them to assassinate him before he destroys the Earth, but he still teaches and helps them grow as people. When I first heard of this, it was such a bizarre concept that I walked away. Then, I grabbed the first volume out of curiosity and . . . requested the next 9 from the library. I binged this one and can’t wait until my son is old enough to watch it. There isn’t much blood and the violence is low level because Koro-sensei’s big powers are regeneration and going at Mach 20. He’s also a tentacle monster as you’ll see in the video above.
So, goals of the week?
- Editing Ravenous.
- Chapter titles for Do I Need a Dragon? (Fantasy Writing Tips)
- Pick a new show to watch. Maybe ‘The Great’ on Hulu?
- Schoolwork for me and my son. It’s a given and takes precedence.
- Figure out where all of the bugs are coming from. A carpenter ant, beetle, silverfish, spider, and moth in one night?
- Try to avoid social media activities that involve politics and social stuff. I got into too many fights and debates last week. I’m emotionally drained and getting a few low level panic attacks.
- Get some pizza maybe?
- Pick up my son’s school supplies and drop off some things.
- Contemplate the future and how it feels like I’m living in a surreal dimension of constant chaos.