Final Goal Post of 2020: How Will I End This Year?

First, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.  If you don’t celebrate then I hope you had a relaxing Friday.  Also that you found a place to get food because most places close early or don’t open at all.  I always forget that part of the holidays.

Honestly, my Friday was spent doing laundry, writing, and watching anime.  The weather was all rainy, so it took most of my strength to stay awake.  Got some biking in too, which gave me some energy.  I think I’m coming to the end of my energy for the year.  Part of it is caused by the cold and miserable weather.  With no real reason to get out of the warm bed and stay away, I’m hard-pressed to be productive.  Keep in mind that I had work for the first three days of the work.  So, I might have been a little drained from that since there was a lot to do before the holiday break.  Thursday was my first day off and my son was here, so he made sure to get plenty of time with me.  Mostly because his break started Wednesday, which annoyed him.  He voiced his opinion that I needed to ask for the day off or that it was unfair for me to be at work when he had off.  Gotta love the logic of kids, especially when it’s because they want to spend more time with you.

Yeah . . . That was my week in a nutshell.  A bunch of standard or minor events that I can’t really go on about at length.  It doesn’t help that my head is foggy lately.  Nothing to worry about, but it’s clear that my brain is done with 2020.  It’s focused more on having fun with my son, working more on Do I Need to Use a Dragon?, and relaxing.  As of this post going live, I have 39 of 70 sections left to go on that project.  I finished the tips on ‘The World’ and moved into ‘The Characters’.  I probably won’t be touching it again until next weekend.  I thought about New Years Even when I’m alone, but I doubt I’ll have the mindset to be productive.  If I work on anything during the week, it will be the outlines for ‘Ruins of the Zodiac Gods’ or March blog posts.  Finished February, so I might as well keep things going.  March and April will hopefully be promo time for War of Nytefall: Savagery.  Need to find out about cover art and getting another set of eyes for editing the book.

You can tell that I’m in rambling mode here.  There are things I want to say and they’re bleeding together.  For example, I got a few presents that included chocolates, a margarita, and various gift cards.  I’m so unused to getting things that I never know what to do.  Torn between getting what I need and what I want, which sucks when I’m not really sure what I need.  This time, I ordered some new slippers, a new pair of sleeping pants that have Carnage from Marvel Comics on them, and 7 manga from various series.  Found out that ‘Toriko’ Volume 16 is nearly impossible to find, so I had to stop with that one.  I got myself caught up on ‘My Hero Academia’ and bought more volumes of ‘Seven Deadly Sin’.  I started with the first 3 volumes of ‘Dr. Stone’ too since I loved the anime.

Speaking of anime, I finished watching ‘Hellsing Ultimate’.  It’s very violent and gory since it has vampires.  Reminded me a lot of how I did fight scenes in War of Nytefall with all of the blood and not as much dodging as one would expect.  A few of the episodes didn’t click with me because they were very speech heavy or over the top with violence.  Yet, the final episode managed to hit an emotional note at the end, which was surprising.  The next anime on my list is ‘Sorcerous Stabber Orphen’, but the newer version since I’ve watched the original a bunch of times.  I’m really going to be biding my time until my son is with his mom for a week, which is when I can safely watched ‘Harley Quinn’ on HBO Max.  If that kid hears the names Harley Quinn, Pamela Isley, or Poison Ivy, he’ll be in the room before I can get to the remote.  Safer to watch when that’s not a threat.

People may be wondering about the 99 cent ‘sale’.  The last big day was the 12th with 11 sales.  I’ve had a few days where one book has sold.  At least I know that pricing wasn’t the problem, but I’m selling more than I did when they were more expensive.  I’m guessing the big jumps were from people who were monitoring my books and waiting to see if I ever went to 99 cents.  By the way, this isn’t a sale like people keep calling it.  I really have no intention of raising the price back to $2.99 any time soon because nothing moved at all at that level.  The whole ‘sell for what you think you are worth’ isn’t working for me since it’s clear I value myself at a higher level than potential readers.  Even after 8 years of publishing, I’m still an unknown and high risk purchase, so I might as well minimize the financial risk.  Maybe things will change next year.

Beyond all of that, I have very little planned for the week.  Tomorrow morning is a special virtual meeting that I set up for my son.  He gets to meet three animals at the zoo with 2 being surprises.  The other is going to be a Binturong as long as it’s willing to be part of the meet and greet.  He gets to ask questions too.  ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is on the docket as well since we have HBO Max.  Video games, drawing, pizza, play dates, and going to a Magic of Lights show are all on the list.  That’s the thing with Holiday Breaks and Winter Breaks in this area.  The weather is typically miserable, so you can’t go outside like with Spring and Summer Break.  Covid reduces activities even further.  Resting and relaxing for a week and a half isn’t a bad thing though.

Oh, this is a binturong, which smells like buttered popcorn:

Goals for the week:

  1. Rest
  2. Relax
  3. Chill with son
  4. Write a little when I can
  5. Sleep in
  6. Bike any morning that I can get to it
  7. March posts
  8. Puzzle time
  9. Read more manga
  10. Watch stuff

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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8 Responses to Final Goal Post of 2020: How Will I End This Year?

  1. Wishing you a super week and Happy New Year (we all need that)

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  2. Nice that a lot of your goals are pointing towards relaxation and resting. Hope that is how your week goes. Happy New Year.


  3. L. Marie says:

    Hope you get that needed rest time.
    Christmas was a blur for me It seemed to go by at the speed of light. I was telling a friend of mine the other NIGHT, “Can you believe Christmas is almost over?’
    I don’t have HBOMax so unfortunately won’t see Wonder Woman 1984 until it comes on DVD or the theaters reopen.


  4. Sounds like some good things to look forward to.


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