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Last week’s Saturday post wasn’t really about goals. It was a massive rant about something that was driving me to panic attacks. Graduate school would be a massive undertaking and it wasn’t clear if it would pay off. I had also forgotten that it was one of many requirements for a lifetime teaching certification, so I’ve been heavily weighing my options. One person pointed out that the Covid-19 situation adds more chaos to my life because schools are on funky schedules. As it stands, my son and I aren’t on matching ones. This means, I’d only get to spend time with him a few evenings a week and the occasional weekend. If I was doing graduate school then that would shrink down to barely any father/son time. With him stepping into middle school, I feel that he needs me to be around as much as possible. So, I’m going to push graduate school back to the spring, which gives me more time to figure stuff out.
That isn’t to say I’ll definitely go, which has upset some people. Working as a TA is something I enjoy, but I know a full-time teacher gig is more money. Yet, as someone said, if I’m only doing it for the money then I probably shouldn’t be a teacher. That’s definitely a factor to consider. Once Covid-19 calms down, I can look into other things like teaching writing and poetry in a local ‘continuing education’ program or maybe doing an occasional weekend seminar on creative writing through a college. There are plenty of those around and I’ve seen other authors do so. Something to consider once I finish checking all paths to full teacher certification and weighing my options.
Enough about all that though. I prepared War of Nytefall: Ravenous for a Labor Day weekend release. I’ll be hitting publish on September 4th and sending out the emails to volunteers that afternoon. The ‘book is live’ post will be done that evening and stickied throughout the weekend. I need to figure out if I want to mention Legends of Windemere in it this time and what I should grab for a short teaser. I’m excited about this even though the books don’t move since it means I’m 3 books away from publishing another full series. I might not make money, but I’m definitely productive. I only have the finale, War of Nytefall: Eulogy, to write and I’m starting that after this week. If I can publish the last 3 throughout 2021 then 2022 will see the arrival of Darwin Slepsnor. I get all of next year to outline and write his stories as well as doing Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Fantasy Writing Tips). This sounds like a decent plan to me and I’m really hoping it works out.
Work this week was entirely editing War of Nytefall: Savagery, which I finished last night. That means I can relax this weekend. I got two outings with my son this past week too, which were fun. The pool didn’t work out because it was too cold, so we played catch, board games, and he did another drawing. That one won’t be in tomorrow’s post since there are more to the set. We had another afternoon of playing video games, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Next week he is back here, so we are going to have be running around and having fun. It’s getting closer to school, which is proving to be fairly stressful already because of the pandemic. I want to enjoy what we’re doing, which will include a zoo trip that I already reserved. A few other places are doing similar things with outdoor only events and limited attendance. The hardest part is going to be keeping up with the munchkin, but it’s worth it.
There isn’t much else that I’m planning this week. I’m going to do more of the December blog posts, which I’m not as worried about now. With graduate school being pushed back, I will have more free time the next few months. I’m still going to schedule it all because it clears more writing time. By doing 3 chapter sections a day, it will take 22 days to finish War of Nytefall: Eulogy and I’ve got 9 completely open ones coming up for school begins. I’d love to finish Clyde’s adventures before 2021 even though it means I will retire another cast of characters. This one has been rougher since I had to write a love story arc in the midst of a divorce, but that might have made it stronger. I got to explore some fairly dark themes too, which really appear in Ravenous. Hope people check that out when the time comes.
Well, that’s really all that happened this week and what I’m planning. Nothing extremely excited, but I might add any cool zoo pictures next Saturday. We’re hoping to see these animals called dholes, which are also known as Indian Wild Dogs. They were either hiding or off display when we went before the pandemic hit. Fingers crossed.
Goals of the week?
- Outline more for The Ether Thief: Punctured Soul.
- Hang out with friends for a day.
- Watch more ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime’. Maybe I should make a post about all the shows I finished watching. Forgot about those. Perhaps next Saturday.
- (All previous goals were for weekend.) Father/son time once he returns.
- Work on December blog posts when the munchkin is asleep.
- Should I start looking at plot breakdowns for Tales of the Slumberlord already? It’s another 8 volume series, but the overarching plot is rather vague as Darwin stumbles into various destinies to screw up. It’s actually been a long time since I made a chapter by chapter outline from scratch. Can I still do it? This should be where I because this goal is getting pretty long.
- Get a good night’s sleep.