This was certainly a week to remember. The title above is actually the highlights of a really trying and emotionally exhausting time. It actually led to me scheduling a post for August 2nd about parenting and autism. I’d do it tomorrow, but I have an event that I’m going to and I want to have some freedom to react. Still, this week was definitely one that had me crying a few times at night. I won’t deny.
One thing that I fear as the father of an autistic child is regression. This is when the child goes backwards in skills or behavior. It can be triggered by an event that one would think is minor, but it’s everything to them. I’ve mentioned before that my son has always been a challenge when it comes to food. This is where the biggest battles occurred with him because the ‘he will not starve himself’ adage didn’t feel like it would ring true. Seriously, you go through 3 days with the kid only eating one chicken nugget and you throw that belief out the window.
Thankfully, it didn’t go back that far. Instead, he came home to me and decided that breakfast was not going to happen. To be clear, nothing happened with his mother to show that this was coming. Lunch was iffy, but I had debates and arguments with him first thing in the morning. This triggered my fear that he was going to lose all of the progress we’ve made in two years. The kid has a better, more varied diet than me, so I was really getting worried. It didn’t help that some people were talking to me like I was an idiot or my thoughts on the whole thing didn’t matter. I tried to take some comfort in him eating his lunch and dinner, but just seeing the fear in his eyes when food was mentioned in the morning had me worried. Things did get better as the week progressed, so I’m hoping this is a very temporary step backwards. I’m talking about this in a little more detail than normal because I’ve learned some of my lurkers and open followers are parents of autistic children. Figure this is a good way to show that it happens to all of us who are in this position. It’s difficult and frustrating, but you have to keep going. I guess with regression, they prove that they can reach that level, so you just have to find a way to get them there again. Silver lining there.
I’ve done a little writing for War of Nytefall: Anarchy, which might be done by early-August. I don’t really know what to do after that. I kept thinking I would tackle Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Fantasy Writing Tips), but I wouldn’t be able to finish it before grad school starts. I’m leaning more towards editing War of Nytefall: Savagery and getting that in a good spot in case I can release it later this year or early next year. I might just tackle War of Nytefall: Eulogy and try to get Clyde’s whole adventure written by the end of the year. I won’t be able to finish publishing it until December 2021, but it could be good to get it all in first draft stage. That means I can use my limited time to whittle away at the writing tip book and begin the outlines for Tales of the Slumberlord. I have a post on that series that I’ve been pushing back on Sundays because other things come up. As you can tell, everything is in flux.
My son’s birthday is coming up, so that’s a big event. In the age of covid-19, we can’t do anything big and indoors. It’s going to be something small and outside with a few of his closest friends. Bought a box of picnic games, which should go over well. I’ve been worrying about this day a bit because summer birthdays are always a challenge. You have to invite people before school ends and many people go on vacation, so you don’t always get a big group. It’s even harder now because we couldn’t send invitations or have a large group. We’re trying to get him play dates with those who aren’t coming to the party and other methods of getting him some happy birthday time. The plus side is that my son is a very happy kid and will be thrilled with whatever he can get.
What else is going on? I finished scheduling Immortal Wars: The Summoning into mid-November. It means I have nothing for December Thursdays, but I’m thinking of opening it to anyone who has a book to promote during that time. I’m almost done scheduling the posts for October and I’m going to start in on November once I come up with some topics. Feel free to suggest if there’s a topic on your mind. All of this is to make sure things are set up before I start in on graduate school, which is going to take up a lot of my time. I have so little . . . I mean, no momentum for my blog and books that vanishing even for a bit is basically a death sentence.
TV and reading have taken an interesting turn. I found out that the manga ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ ended recently, but I’m far behind. So, I decided to order the next two volumes of that and ‘Toriko’. I love both of these series, which are over, which means Barnes & Noble don’t carry all of the volumes. It has nothing for ‘Toriko’, so I can only order stuff as I have the money. At $10 a pop, it’s going to take a while to get everything since they go into the 40’s. With TV, I’ve been watching things that only partially interest me and I’m biding time for these shows to come back:
- ‘Umbrella Academy’ season 2 on July 31st. I’ll start rewatching Season 1 on Sunday.
- ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ season 4 on August 6th. I’ll already be re-reading the manga, so no need to rewatch.
- ‘Wynonna Earp’ season 4 on Sunday. It’s a weekly, so I can either watch it live or DVR.
Such an exciting life I live. What are the goals?
- It’s the big week and a half with the munchkin, so that’s top priority.
- Writing if I can.
- Prepare blog posts for October and November.
- Try to stay cool in this heat.
- Father/son reading time.
- Puzzle time at night.