As stated above, this was the last week of my summer break. I’ll be putting a mask on and going back to work on Monday. My son was nice enough to point out that this break wasn’t even 10 weeks long. Feels like it was a blur with everything that went on, but here we are.
From Sunday through Wednesday, I was away with my son. We went up to Oswego, NY, which is on Lake Ontario and where I went to college. Last time I was there was April 2013 to try to sell Beginning of a Hero at a local convention. So, it was more of a business trip where I got to see a few friends while standing behind a table. Prior to that, it was 2003 until I moved back to Long Island. The town was both the same and different than I remember. I’ll admit to getting hit by the nostalgia bug and I’d just stare out the hotel window at the river whenever my son was still asleep. Maybe I miss the quiet scenery compared to my life here. Either way, it was fun and hurt a little when it was time to leave.
Just to get the driving part out of the way, it wasn’t easy since I was the only driver. Keep in mind that my shoulder was, and still is, in bad shape. It’s healing very slow, but the 6 hour drive was brutal even with the breaks. Didn’t help that we left just as Hurricane/Tropical Storm Henri was hitting. Seriously, the rain started coming down just as we pulled away from the house. Felt like every time I dropped below 60 mph, the rain would get stronger, so it was like we were being chased. This resulted in us getting up to Oswego much earlier than expected, but we made it. Got to give my son a tour of the town and campus by car . . . This was done mostly because I got lost.
The full days we were up there were Monday and Tuesday, which I learned was when some of the places I chose were closed. So, no Fort Ontario or bumper cars in Syracuse’s Destiny USA mall. We did get to go to two zoos. One was the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, which I’d been to before. It was great and we were able to go around it twice before we left for lunch. My son got to feed a camel and got a lot of use out of his new camera. There were a bunch of animals he’s never seen before like Golden Lion Tamarins, Stellar’s sea eagles, and gray wolves. We went to the mall for lunch after that and hit up an arcade to make up for no bumper cars. Got lost finding the exit, but managed to get back before my shoulder gave out. Then it was resting in the pool, which we did all 3 days we were up there.
The second zoo was the Wild Animal Park in Chittenango. This was smaller and more expensive, but it had more first times for my son. He got to hold a baby kangaroo (yes, I know it’s a Joey) and we went on a small train that went through the deer area. They had every big cat there too. He fed a giraffe too. New animals to him included binturongs, badgers, fishers, and pygmy hippos. Also, he got to see this:
That would be a white tiger. We had to go back a few times before leaving for this, but the white tiger still lost out to holding a baby kangaroo.
The second day included going to a mall I used to work at and finding out that it was open, but a ghost town. Stores were there, but the food court and anchor stores were gone. It was both sad and creepy. Just headed back to the hotel and grabbed lunch nearby. Got to have dinner with two friends from college who I haven’t seen since 2013. They never got to meet my son either, so it was a big event. Good memories were forged before the long drive home.
Nothing else to really say about the rest of the week. I had no time to write and it was hard to muster the energy for it with other things going on. The notebook I brought on the trip got no attention and I still don’t know what grouping of ideas I’m going to put in there. It may be a while before I tackle that. Thinking of slowly printing out War of Nytefall: Eulogy and edit when I have downtime.
Next weekend will be the release of War of Nytefall: Anarchy and I’m planning to announce it on Sunday. That gives me Friday evening and Saturday to get everything in place. Not sure if Sunday is a good day to announce, but it doesn’t feel like I have good timing on releases at all. At this point, I’m simply doing this for myself. Still, it’s nice to think that someone will catch wind of my books and that could create a little buzz.
Didn’t watch any TV while away or after my son went to sleep when home. I typically went to bed soon after because I was drained. Probably toss on an anime called ‘Combatants Will Be Dispatched!’ starting tonight and then another when that’s done. I don’t know exactly how next week will go with everything, so I’ll play it by ear. Maybe I’ll start fiddling with ‘Phi Beta Philes’. Nah. That spelling isn’t going to work. ‘Phi Beta Files’ looks better and less . . . I keep thinking ‘philes’ is short for pedophiles. Might want to remember that thought for the book.
Goals for the week:
- Start work.
- Prepare son for first day of school.
- Get back on sleep schedule.
- Maybe some notebook work.
- Release War of Nytefall: Anarchy. I only have to hit publish at this point. Want to wait until my son starts school because that requires my full attention.
- Drama . . . It’s inevitable.
- Seriously, I will get on that exercise bike now that my shoulder isn’t in agony with the slightest twitch.