Goal Post: Think I Earned a Really Long Nap

Another rough one in the books.  Thursday and Friday were days that ended with me barely able to stay awake long enough to watch an episode of D.Gray-Man.  Many might say that I should have just passed out and gotten extra sleep.  Unfortunately, falling asleep early was resulting in me waking up early.  It’s a horrible cycle that I can’t break until the weekend when I can go back to sleep after 30 minutes of cursing my brain.  A good breakfast and coffee lunch helped get me to the end, but I’ll admit that this week pushed me to a limit. There were a few days when I had free periods and I didn’t know what to do with myself.  By the end of the week, I had moments where I would just stand there wondering if I should be doing something.  It’s a 3-day weekend, so I’ll recover and next week should run smoother.

It wasn’t just the work side of life, which might have been the milder part.  There were some issues with my son and remote learning.  Depending on technology runs the risk of problems that cannot be fixed, which we ran into.  So, I’d come home to a slight bit of chaos.  He was also nervous about a bunch of things.  Felt like I’d leave work and come back to the third act of a either a horror or comedy.  That 15 minute shower I take once I get home was the only sense of quiet I could get.  We made it through everything, but I’m certainly limping along.  My plan to get some War of Nytefall: Eulogy writing in didn’t happen.

I’m SO close too!

If things run smoothly, I can get 4 chapters of War of Nytefall: Eulogy written before my son comes back.  This brings me 2 chapters away from the end.  Not just of the book, but the entire series.  I’d really like to get Clyde’s story done by the end of October, which seems fitting.  I mean, he’s a vampire and this is the Halloween season.  I’d spend the rest of the year working on Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Fantasy Writing Tips) and outlining the next big series.  With the former being written in a blog format, I can get a lot done in a weekend.  Thinking 3-4 pages for each topic.  Hoping this makes it stand out and keeps info rather precise.

I have been using my free periods to outline, but I hit an odd moment.  I had to stop before designing the last set pieces and monsters for a spin-off book that will consist of 6 short stories.  The next project is a second collection of short stories that connects to the same main series.  I keep wanting to just finish it, but I can’t get my brain to focus at work for some reason.  I get into conversations or stare at the page.  Might finish off the set pieces and monsters over the weekend because I think that’s what is tripping me up.  It’s just so small that it’s hard to do it during a 40-minute window.

Nothing else to really talk about . . . I think.  Well, there’s the silly thing.  Not me getting pizza tonight because I damn well earned it.  I’m restocking my liquor supply since I only have half a bottle of rum.  I haven’t done this since the beginning of the summer, so don’t start thinking I’m a lush.  This could carry me through fall and winter since I plan on getting about 12 bottles of stuff.  Writing this Friday night, so I might have already done it and picked the stuff up.  I’ve been building a Wish List at the local wine place for the last 2 months and I’m just going to clear it.  I know nothing about wine, so we’ll see how this goes since I grabbed anything that said ‘strawberry’.  You think the gross Strawberry Rose Vodka would have taught me a lesson, but I’m a sucker for anything strawberry.  Isn’t my life exciting?

Going back to the exhaustion thing, it has made it harder to keep up with social media.  A part of this is that I have to wake my son up earlier, so I don’t have a lot of quiet, personal time in the morning.  Just enough to shower and make breakfast.  By the time I get to work, I’m off and running.  So, my activity is certainly taking a hit, which is terrible since I was barely functioning to begin with.  I’ve hit a point where I need my attention grabbed really hard to react because I’m rushing through everything.

Hmmm . . . About 30 episodes away from finishing ‘D. Gray-Man’.  I think I’ll watch Seasons 1 & 2 of ‘The Boys’ afterwards, but someone I follow on Instagram already posted a BIG PICTURE of something that happens in the newer episodes.  I rarely rush into watching things even before streaming.  I’d make sure I had the time and energy to savor what I was getting into.  So, the big ones like ‘The Boys’ that get everyone talking and come out one episode at a time tend to get spoiled.  Unless I abandon social media for 2 months, I get hit by it.  This sucks and means I pay less attention when I get to it, but I’m coming to accept that.  Seems a lot of people use these shows to help boost their own projects and social media profile.  Makes sense, but a snail watcher like me will inevitably get some of the fun surgically removed.  Oh well.

Goals of the week:

  1. Write 4 chapters of War of Nytefall: Eulogy.  (I’ll even be happy with 3.)
  2. Rest this weekend.
  3. Order wine.
  4. Have pizza.
  5. Bike all 3 weekend days to pretend to be healthy.
  6. Laundry.
  7. Watch more D. Gray-Man.  (Start ‘The Boys’ if I can.)
  8. Puzzle time!
  9. Work time! (This is down here because it’s a given)

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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21 Responses to Goal Post: Think I Earned a Really Long Nap

  1. Honestly, what I took away from all this was strawberries. That is a great glimpse into someone’s life, beyond the chaos. It would make a great character trait in a book somewhere. We still tend to have the Hemingway image of authors to some degree. It’s a wonderful image to have some fictional fun with. Happy writing.

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  2. Adele Marie says:

    I started to watch the Boys and then something else took over, can’t remember but I will be watching them. I hate it when you find out something like a spoiler.

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  3. A nice three day weekend sounds great. Hope you get some rest.

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  4. C.E.Robinson says:

    Charles, I hope you are getting those chapters written this weekend. I admire your stamina in the face of so much to do. You just keep going. Bravo! 📚🎶 Christine

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  5. L. Marie says:

    A busy week and weekend! Hope you meet your goals in the coming week. Also hope you get some time to relax a bit (if that’s even possible). I feel like a hypocrite writing that last sentence, because I’ve been working today and haven’t taken much downtime.

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    • Relaxation is tough. I don’t know if I should count being so exhausted that I collapse. Forced relaxation? I think I might get 3 chapters done. A tough part is that it looks like I might have to stop in the middle of a really important one. That’s a 1.5 week break that could really undermine the tone.

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  6. I totally understand about the whole letting yourself go to sleep early makes you wake earlier thing. It wouldn’t be so bad if it only shifted the cycle a little, but it ends up being part of a snowball effect. It’s frustrating enough for someone like me who can adjust most of my timetable to fit the sleep issues, and I imagine is a whole lot worse for someone like you who has to do most things to the timetables set by others. Anyway, good luck getting some sleep.

    Awesome you’re so close to finishing the book. Hope you can manage to finish the writing of it by the end of October. Good luck with that too.

    I rarely watch things when they’re new out either. It’s not intentional, it’s just that there’s a lot of stuff out there I want to read and watch, and I have other things to do too, so I can’t always do so. It actually puzzles me how some of these people find time to, if I’m honest. Either way, I hate that they then post spoilers all over the place, like they’re punishing us for not having watched things when they were. I try hard to avoid spoilers for things I haven’t seen, but it’s pretty near impossible. So annoying!

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    • Yeah. I may have gotten a little used to sleeping in when things were remote too. So, it’s taking time to get entirely back onto the old schedule. Though with my luck, I’ll get there and things will be remote again for a bit. Really hoping that doesn’t happen.

      It’s going to be tough to finish by the end of October. I always forget that I’m not a hermit. A lot of it depends on me having energy after a day of work too. At the very least, I’ll finish during the first week of November.

      There are a few shows that I’ve watched as soon as they came out. ‘Lucifer Season 5’ and a bunch of other things on Netflix. Part of that was because I had just finished watching something else when they came out in rapid succession. Remote working and summer have helped in this arena. As far as ‘The Boys’ go, I was already into a 116 episode anime and figured it was best to wait for all of the episodes to be out. Then, a simple binge over a couple nights or so depending on my energy. Spoilers from people who forget that not everyone can watch stuff at the same time does get frustrating. Especially when it’s a picture or a video that automatically plays somewhere on the screen. I can avoid reading stuff, but those are nearly impossible to dodge if I don’t already know they’re there.

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      • Can’t you keep your usual sleeping schedule if things change to being done remotely again? Even if it means a change of the order you do some things in when you’re up, can’t you sleep to the same routine? I know it would mean getting up earlier than you’d need to a lot of the time, but at least it would mean not needing to keep adjusting your sleeping pattern. Plus, you could potentially get some stuff done before others are awake (like writing) if they aren’t doing the same thing, and at the same time you won’t have to deal with the adjustment again when things change back. Just a thought for if (or is it when?) things switch to being done remotely again.

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      • I could, but it gets kind of silly to wake up at 5:30 AM when things might not start until 9 or 10. Previously, my son’s classes didn’t start up until 9:30, so a 5:30 wakeup would mean 4 hours of doing nothing. My own stuff was in the afternoon or done throughout the day with no real timeline. I can’t get writing done that early in the morning either. It isn’t enough time and I’m too groggy. I don’t know how remote would work this time either. My son is on a 9-period schedule from 8 am to about 3 pm, which I’d have to be a part of. Then there’s my school that would do things differently. It’s just too messy and chaotic for me to keep the same schedule.

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  7. 🍓Yeah, you sound like you could use 12 bottles of stuff🙃

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