First Goal Post of 2021: Survival is Still on the List

First, a little fun news for 2021.  Legends of Windemere: Warlord of the Forgotten Age won a cover contest.  (Cover art was done by Jason Pedersen.)


I don’t really know where to go with this one.  Maybe it being the first goal post of 2021 has me thinking it should be big.  After all, I had most of the week with my son and there were many adventures to be had.  I’m actually not getting to any writing until today, so I have no news on that front.  Guess I should do the day-by-day for organization.  There’s going to be a fun slideshow after everything too.


This was the first day of the full week of break for me and my son.  We didn’t sleep in though because it was the Bronx Zoo Virtual Meet & Greet in the morning.  This was a lot of fun.  Only 30 minutes, but my son got to ask questions in the chat as he saw the animals.  There were three.  First was an Emu, which was amazing to watch walk around the room.  The second was a broad-tailed porcupine, which was chowing down and being adorable.  This animal looked more like a rat than a porcupine, but it’s considered an old-world species.  The main event was the binturong, which was big, cute, and really curious about the camera.  My son was giggling and excited the whole time, so it was money well spent.  The rest of the day were errands and . . .

We watched ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ that afternoon.  I’m not going to get into the movie because I’ve witnessed so many vicious Internet fights over it.  My son enjoyed it.  I enjoyed it.  Was it perfect?  No.  Most movies aren’t.  There were some flaws, but I had fun watching it.  That’s the whole point for me.


Okay.  I might have exaggerated the adventures every day.  We did a lot of hanging around with video games and Yugioh cards since it was cold and miserable.  Thankfully, this day was different.  We got to go for a long walk in the park since the weather was nice and my son spent several minutes watching a pair of ducks.  They were sitting maybe 4 feet away from him, so he wasn’t moving until they did.  I think this was the cooking and baking day for him and my mom too.  Cinnamon buns in the morning and then chili with rice at night, which leads us to the big Monday event.

We went to something called ‘The Magic of Lights’, which is a 2.5 mile route at a nearby beach that is covered in holiday light displays.  You stay in your car with your lights off because you don’t need them.  Drive slow and enjoy the show.  There’s a stopping point halfway through where they had this color and pattern changing pillars that resembles Christmas trees.  I think.  I’ll have a small slideshow at the end with some of the pictures, which are going to be shaky.  A lot of fun had by all of us and my son was still talking about it today before I brought him to his mom’s.


I genuinely don’t remember what we did this day.  We were tired from the late night beforehand and it was crummy weather.  This was the big video game and Yugioh day if I had to guess.  Since I bought Sephiroth for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, my son kept wanting to play it.  He’s gotten pretty good with the character.  We did some manga reading time too.  After all of that, my son helped make pigs in a blanket with my mom.  It was with croissant roll dough, which I thought was the norm.  Either way, he thinks he came up with the idea to wrap full-sized hotdogs in croissant dough.


Just me and my son for the day, but it started with appointments and errands.  We made a pizza for lunch, which was easy.  It didn’t last long as we watched a few episodes of ‘Last Kids on Earth’.  Afternoon was when we settled in for a movie that has been a long time coming.  I finally showed him ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith’.  He likes Star Wars, but his memory of the other movies is shaky.  Still, his seen the originals and the prequels.  We never got around to Mandalorian Season 2, but I think he was out of patience for anything that had a lot of talking about this point.


New Years Eve!  Of course, an errand had to show up at this point.  By the time my son and I got back to the house, we had some guests.  We finally got to meet my niece (his cousin) outside of a Facetime call.  My son hovered and wouldn’t stray very far from the baby who was staring at him most of the time.  Some awkwardness when he sat down to hold her a bit, but he was gentle.  There was a point when he offered to help change a diaper, which I had to talk him out of.  Been 11 years since I held a baby that small too, so I was a little off.  Eventually, I took my son to his mom’s for the evening and I spent the rest of the night watching ‘Harley Quinn’ on HBO Max while drinking a little sake.


I got my son for the day, but it was low key.  We went to Barnes & Noble, but didn’t get any books.  I got a 1,000 piece Boris Vallejo puzzle though.  It’s next on my list once I can figure out this current one.  There were some issues with today that I can’t get into, so we only did chores and played Lego Harry Potter.  It’s pretty much the end of the holiday break here.  Just going to rest and write this weekend before going back to work on Monday.

So . . . goals of the week?

  1. Write this weekend and try for a few nights.  Focus is Do I Have to Use a Dragon?
  2. Back to work schedule.
  3. Outlining when I have time.
  4. Finish ‘Harley Quinn’ Season 2 and start ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 3.  2nd and 3rd Kenshin movies will be watched if I finish those too before the weekend.
  5. Lots of laundry.
  6. Try to get some biking in, but it’s so cold in the morning.
  7. Work on puzzle a bit.
  8. Remember to use the oil diffuser to help me sleep.

Now the slideshow:

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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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13 Responses to First Goal Post of 2021: Survival is Still on the List

  1. Sounds like it was an eventful week. The zoo meet and greet sounds awesome! Also, congratulations on the cover contest.

    Good luck with the first full week of 2021!


  2. Terrific slide show. I like that crab with the candy cane. Seems odd for a holiday display. The fire breathing dragon was cool as well. I hope you have a good back to the work week. Congratulations on the cover, although the link didn’t work. I had to look up the site


    • Thanks. The crab was a favorite. I think he fits mostly because of the candy cane. Thought he had a Santa hat too. It was part of a bunch of holiday animals display.

      Dang it. I’ll have to work on the link. Thanks for letting me know.

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  3. The zoo thing sounds like a lot of fun.


  4. Congratulations on the cover win. Sounds like a wonderful week with your son.


  5. Beautiful cover! Great start to the new year too ❤


  6. Charles, thanks for posting! I enjoyed reading your blog!!!


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