This week was midterms, so I was busy. That pretty much covers work unless we count that I did some outlining of ‘Ruins of the Zodiac Gods’ when I didn’t have any students in my proctoring room. Not as much as I expected because I wanted to do work stuff and I was tired. So cold in the morning that I got drained fairly quickly during the drive in. I didn’t bother with lunch either because I wasn’t hungry. Just water and then I ate when I got home. Somehow, I didn’t lose any weight on that one. Okay, I’m rambling, so I’ll move on.
I’m actually writing this Thursday night because I’m doing a birthday party with coworkers Friday night. Nothing big and we’re taking precautions. It’s a nice outing since I haven’t done much lately. Good to socialize at times when I can. With the pandemic, my social life has been reduced to a sliver of activity. I didn’t have much to begin with, but everything is a mess now. I’m bracing myself for the entire year to be like this because I doubt things are going to change any time soon. Of course, this causes my anxiety to rise, which stops me from doing any more writing. At least for the day since things always start again in the morning. How is the writing going?
I fell a little short of my goal of 14 sections for Do I Need to Use a Dragon? That would have brought me to 10 sections left. Monday was too busy for me to do anything and Friday I went out, so that brought it down to 12. I don’t know how well I’m going to do on Saturday, so I’ll be happy if I get it down to 13 left. The ultimate goal is to get this project done by the end of winter break, which is mid-February. That’s the latest since I could feasibly get it done earlier. Depends on how custody is going to be worked out, the weather, and how I react to the second vaccine shot. Fun! I’m at 15 to go at the writing of this post, which seems so small comparted to the 72 sections I started with. This is going to be big. I still can’t figure out what to have as the final picture in the book. I have ‘Legends’, ‘Nytefall’, and ‘Ichabod Brooks’. Thinking of Fizzle doing puppy-dog eyes being on the cover since he’s a dragon. Who could be the final one?
Been thumbing through the future book ideas and you should be seeing one get mentioned tomorrow. I’m back to sorting things and trying to figure out what works and what needs to be cannibalized. Less of that second category this time. Settling into the idea that some stories will be short story collections instead of series has helped. Much of this is toying around until I can get the time to begin outlining ‘Tales of the Slumberlord’. I’ve been considering the title of that one, but I really do like it. The volume titles are all ‘Darwin & the-‘ stuff, so they might be long. Picturing his adventures, I think it makes sense because he does overexplain things. Using his own logic, of course. There are already a lot of decisions and thoughts turning up. Darwin freaking out about things and thinking he can just march into the Channeler Queen’s castle to ask for training. After all, he’s a caster and so is she, so why can’t she teach him? I have to get used to a main character that has his own taste of logic. Not totally off the wall like Lost, but rather straightforward and socially aloof. Darwin is going to be so much fun. Can’t wait for people to meet him.
That’s really it and next week is going to be mellow. A new quarter starts for me and my son. Winter break hits in 3 weeks too, so I don’t know how busy things will be. I can already see several big projects on the way for him, which means schoolwork is going to be the focus. That’s as it should be. I don’t know what to watch from my lists either. I finished all of ‘The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya’ and ‘The IT Crowd’. First one is a quirky anime and the other is a British comedy. I can’t figure out if I want an anime or an hour long show. None of the popular things appeal to me either. Keep hearing about the ‘Queen’s Gambit’ and ‘Bridgerton’, but I’m not interested. Guess I tend to gravitate towards comedies and anything that isn’t that connected to reality.
Goals of the week:
- Fun with son
- Work hard at work
- Write when I can
- March blog posts again
- Figure out Sunday post ideas. Future ideas? Meme topics?
- Puzzle as usually. Finally started making progress
- Curse the cold in the morning
- Ugh . . . Taxes