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