Goal Post: Yes, I Know Half a Step is Still Progress

Of course, I caught my son’s cold, so my head is feeling clogged.  At least it’s just a cold, but I didn’t need this on top of everything else.  This week ended up being very stressful even though I can’t point my finger a specific source.  If I had to guess, it would be a collection of various things.

There was a running gag of things coming up and costing me writing time.  Errands, chores, frustrations, and other events kept getting dropped in my lap.  So, I only got 2.5 chapters of Darwin & the Fate Bracelet done.  That’s less than what I planned, but I gave up Friday to resting up and preparing for the weekend.  So, I only had 4 days to write, but I still should have gotten farther.  Too many people think I’m just sitting around waiting to be handed something to do.  It’s exhausting.

As long as I get some writing done over the weekend and next week isn’t too bad, I should finish this book before my son is done with camp.  That’s the main goal here.  He has two weeks left and I’ve got 8 chapters to go.  Doing the ‘3 sections a day’ count, I could finish by middle of his last week of camp.  That’s if I’m not bombarded by people thinking I’m at their beck and call.  No wonder it’s easy to be an author when you’re either a kid or a retired.  At least, in my life it seems to be that way.

It wasn’t just writing that took a hit too.  I tried really hard to do biking every day, but it got ridiculous.  If I’m trying to get to it for an hour and failing then my motivation to do it after the chaos is gone.  It becomes a mentality of ‘what’s the fucking point’ since people seem to actively through me off.  One issue here is that I use my phone for music while biking, so barrages of texts start bugging me.  Many end up being questions from people who start sending more if I don’t respond within a few minutes.  Makes me wish I still had a working iPod, but that era has passed.

On the plus side of the week, my son turned 12 and we have the party coming up.  It was a simple dinner outing because he had camp for the day.  His mother and I have to split his birthdays, so these situations mean one gets dinner and the other dessert.  He was happy because he got to order off the adult menu.  Although, he couldn’t get free ice cream with the meal, but we got some to bring home for the next night.  Sometimes simplicity is better than extravagant stuff.  Even the party today is simple because he only wants to play with friends and have fun.  Don’t need to drop tons of money for that . . . Don’t ask how much I’m paying for pizza here.

I finished the September blog posts, so that’s off the list.  Means the blog is scheduled from now until end of November.  Sort of.  I don’t have much in October because I haven’t done the Windemere Monster poll or the Monster Maker volunteer posts.  Those will be coming in August, so I might work on them before I go back to work.

Can’t think of anything else going on around here.  It wasn’t an exciting week.  Started watching an old anime called ‘Crest of the Stars’.  I remember liking it when I was in college.  It’s about an alien species having conquered the stars, including human regions and a war brewing.  Many characters are a human citizen of the alien empire and one of their princesses.  It’s not heavy on action.  Much more character and dialogue driven, which isn’t bad.  I lose track of things at times because I start dozing off from fatigue or get too into texting, but I figure stuff out quick enough.  Definitely an anime requiring full attention instead of watching with mild distractions.

Goals of the week?

  1. Sleep!
  2. Son’s birthday party.
  3. Pick up presents for son since they were pre-ordered.
  4. Write more Darwin & the Fate Bracelet
  5. Get a few CD’s for road trip.
  6. Biking.
  7. Notebook work if no time for book.
  8. Write another goal post.

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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14 Responses to Goal Post: Yes, I Know Half a Step is Still Progress

  1. My plans got derailed when the Muse showed up this morning. I’ll blog about it later, but it would be nice if she would settle on one specific thing for a change.

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  2. I hope you have an easy week next week.

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  3. davidprosser says:

    Good luck for a better week Charles. I hope you reach where you want to be, when you want to be there.


  4. Interesting that you have your goal of 3 sections a day. I usually go for two pages each time (single spaced pages = 800 words). Sometimes the must just isn’t with you, though.

    When I’m doing my yoga, I put my phone on do not disturb. Sounds like you might have to wean some of your relatives off the instant-reply thing, though. If you’re using Outlook or similar, maybe mark yourself unavailable?


    • I’ve never been able to handle only doing pages then walking away before the section is done. I return unsure if I’m continuing the right flow. The 3 sections are an ideal of after breakfast, after lunch, and after dinner.

      It’s not relatives doing the texts. It’s friends who are bored at work or asking questions. This is all through regular texting stuff on the phone.


  5. Victoria Zigler says:

    This probably doesn’t help, but in case it does… It’s not just you. I actually had a small argument with someone this past week about how that person insisting on calling or texting – and expectingme to be available to answer immediately, with no allowances made for the possibility I might be busy – is getting in the way of me doing things I want/need to do, including – but not limited to – writing. Naturally my words got twisted, so that I ended up feeling like I was the one who should be appologizing. *sigh*

    Anyway, congratulations on making some progress at least. I hope you can get your writing time in during the coming week. And good luck with the other goals for the week too.

    Happy birthday to your son, and I hope he enjoys his party.


    • I’m sure it’s common. Lots of people are settled into texting all the time and expecting the other people to be equally free. I’ve tried waiting on replying, but then other messages come in, so I have to play catch up. Even a ‘let me get back to you’ doesn’t always work because you’ll get another message about something else before you’re free.

      I’m hoping to get through chapter 12 by the end of the week. Much of this is going to depend on tonight and tomorrow go.


      • Victoria Zigler says:

        The person I had the argument with is one of those who will send another text if you don’t answer the first, and if you still don’t answer after a couple of those will phone. And keep phoning until you answer. Unfortunately, it’s also someone I can’t cut out of my life, so changing my number and not giving it out isn’t even an option (tempting as it may be at times).

        Anyway, hope your writing plans work out.


      • Some people definitely need to learn some boundaries.

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