Welcome to August and Our Newest Round of ‘WTF, 2020!?’

First, I have to announce something big!  Starting on Monday is the Binge-Worthy Book Festival run by N.N. Light.  It’s their second year doing it and it’s a lot of fun.  Check out new authors and books every day.  There will be contests too.  I’ve got Beginning of a Hero, Loyalty, and Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks being presented on various days.  Click on the banner to check out the site.

Second, I want to say that having pollen allergies, anxiety, and running myself ragged these days is a bad combination.  This is more so since we had a few birthday parties, but they were predominantly outside.  Still, I begin to cough and my mind goes to the wrong place.  I stress myself to sweating and feeling overheated, so I take my temperature in case it’s something else.  Feeling run down after a long week has me end the day thinking of long swabs up the nose.  Doesn’t matter that I go to bed and wake up feeling okay because I’ve read that covid-19 can make you feel okay one day and horrific the next.  Call me paranoid, but . . . Well, that’s pretty much it.

A part of it might be that the plan for reopening schools is starting to come together.  It seems that every district is doing some level of in-school classes.  Some are doing more than others, so teachers and staff are voicing their concerns on-line.  I’m scared for myself and my son, but he needs to learn and I need to work.  Wearing our masks and staying away from others just like when we wander out of the house.  It isn’t a perfect plan, but it’s all we’ve got.  My only hope is that if things start to go south that there’s a plan for everyone to go back to remote.  Last thing I want is to catch this and learn that the plan is to let the weak fall to the side in some disturbing ‘survival of the fittest’ strategy.  You may give me looks, but I’ve seen plenty of people claim that we should use covid-19 to clear the sick, weak, and old from our population.  Pretty sure a school district wouldn’t do that though, so I am joking there.

Last week was my son’s 11th birthday, which was a blast.  The party was a simple gathering in a park with a few friends.  One group happened to be in the area for their daughter’s birthday, so the timing was perfect.  The little guy made out like a bandit too with a bunch of FunkoPops.  His collection reached a point where I had to buy a shelving unit for him, which he took as a source of pride.  He got some great art supplies and a camping/nature adventure set too.  The biggest present was a Chromebook that he used for the last of summer school and to do more drawing.  The computer is simple and he uses his school account, so there are plenty of protections.  He was initially upset that he couldn’t change the wallpaper thanks to school limitations, so I made him an account with me as the parent overseer or whatever.  He got the wallpaper, but we found out that the restrictions blocked him from YouTube until he’s older.  Oops.  So, he’s accepted that the wallpaper will be the school one, so he can get some videos.

Writing-wise, it wasn’t a big week.  This is my time to have my son, so I’ve been doing as much as I can with him.  Mostly the pool, watching anime, and playing Uno Attack.  I finally started beating him yesterday.  I did manage to finish all of the October posts and start in on November.  Running out of random ideas for Sunday though.  That’s usually whatever comes to mind like a poem, meme collection, future idea, or thoughts on a specific topic.  For example, tomorrow is a post about ‘PARENTING AN AUTISTIC CHILD!’  You’ve been warned.  Might do more of those depending on the reception tomorrow.

Anyway, book writing was only 2 sections of War of Nytefall: Anarchy when the ex-wife had my son for a bit.  It will take 3 days to finish this book, so it will be next Saturday that I complete it.  I’m going to use the coming nights to work on the outline for War of Nytefall: Eulogy.  This is where things get a bit difficult.  I could start writing the final book right away, but I want to edit War of Nytefall: Savagery first.  That could take the whole week that my son is with his mom, which I’m fine with.  I could start in on the finale, but grad school will appear to cause some conflict.  I don’t know how that is going to work exactly, but balancing parenting, working, grad school, and writing will be a nightmare.  Since it doesn’t make any money or progress, writing will end up being the loser here.  I could alleviate the pressure by skipping a December release and making it February then make 2021 the year I publish the last 3 War of Nytefall books.  It gives me time to outline the next series and maybe work on Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Fantasy Writing Tips).  Life of a nearly failed author isn’t fun.  Probably need an agent or something, but that’s a whole operation that I’d have to add onto the pile of tasks you see above.

Outside of all that, I watched the first season of ‘Umbrella Academy’ in preparation of the second season.  I’ll slowly make my way through it, which is a problem.  I woke up Friday morning to find that people had already binged it and Twitter was littered with hashtags that were spoilers.  I have Facebook friends that think everyone binges stuff immediately and spew spoilers out there.  I think I did the 30 day silence on all of them.  I should finish it by the end of the week, which means I can jump right into season 4 of ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ or binge season 1 then go into season 2 of ‘New Legend of Monkey’.  This is what I do at night when I finally run out of steam.

So, goals of the week?

  1. Fun and games with son!
  2. Finish writing War of Nytefall: Anarchy
  3. Final outline of War of Nytefall: Eulogy
  4. Write blurb for War of Nytefall: Ravenous.  (I really should get in on this since I want to release it in September.)
  5. Watch ‘Umbrella Academy’.
  6. Hopefully find out more about grad school.
  7. Schedule more November posts.
  8. Figure out some topics for December.

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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10 Responses to Welcome to August and Our Newest Round of ‘WTF, 2020!?’

  1. I have seasonal allergies and asthma, so I know of your suffering. I hope you have a super week next week.

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  2. L. Marie says:

    This has been a tough allergy season. Hope you feel better. I had to take an antibiotic for a sinus infection recently, so I feel your pain.

    Glad your son had a great birthday. Sounds like you had a busy week as usual.

    It’s so hard to enjoy a show with people spewing spoilers. That’s the hard part about watching a popular show or reading a popular book. I remember having to race to get through the Harry Potters before the spoilers began (usually the day after it came out). I like to take my time watching a series. I remember how horrible it was to avoid spoilers for Downton Abbey.

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    • Glad my sinuses haven’t given me trouble.

      I had a friend who read Potter books as soon as they came out. Then, she’d tell all of us spoilers without asking if we read the book. She’s one of the reasons I stopped trying to read them.

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  3. I was out early cutting back an old rose bush. It was only 90º out already. I have allergies too, so I sympathize.

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  4. Glad your son’s birthday went well. Hope the plans for the return to school go well, and you and your son both stay safe. I’ve heard variations on the thing about the virus being either created to weed out the sick, or a good oppertunity to do so. I hope the people saying it are joking.

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