Goal Post: Almost Time for Turkeys and Vampires

Turkeys-  Next week is Thanksgiving, so only 3 days of school.

Vampires- The week after that ends with the release of War of Nytefall: Eulogy.

That takes care of the future, so let’s look at the past . . . Ugh.

I don’t know what happened to me, but I had a fun weekend with my son and was ready for what I knew would be a rough school week.  2 days left in the quarter, so make up tests were coming.  I was ready!  Yet, I get wrecked for some reason.  I mean, I handled everything, but Monday drained me immediately and I never fully recovered.  The big sign that things were going to be rough was me being woken up by alarm instead of waking up 10-30 minutes before it goes off.  The cold weather may have played a part too.  So, I dragged myself through Friday, which was slow and hazy.

Of course, this means I didn’t do much else.  Wasn’t in the mood to do more either.  I’ve been prickly as one friend pointed out yesterday.  Think a few personal situations are getting to me.  It’s made it difficult to focus on anything creative too.  I keep trying, but I don’t have it in me.  Frustrating is an understatement.  This time of year tends to be difficult when it comes to writing too.  All the holidays, work, dealing with certain people, etc. wear me down.  This is why I’m not touching Slumberlord until after the new year and that will be primarily editing of the first book.  I’m thinking of writing and preparing the first 3 books before publishing since I want to get Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Fantasy Writing Tips) out there first.  Not sure how to price it though since it’s pretty big.  Maybe 99 cents is best and I shouldn’t push my luck.

The stress is why I hope to get a bunch of notebook work done this weekend.  ‘Phi Beta Files’ will have at least the 4 main heroes ready.  I think I might skip doing detailed bios of the other characters since most are going to be used only a few times.  Weirdest thing is that it’s the first time I’ve broken in a notebook since before the divorce.  I became so used to the previous one that I’ve established habits that make using others frustrating.  For example, the old notebook would stay open because it was bigger and the spine was more flexible.  This one is smaller, which I don’t mind, but I keep leaving it open and it closes on me.  I’m nitpicking here.  Guess I still need more rest.

Outside of work, my son got his first quarter grades and he did really good.  Passed everything with only one grade being in the 80’s and the rest in the 90’s.  I’m very proud of him because he worked hard.  This takes some of the edge off since last year was crazy with the covid schedule.  A big change this time is that many of the assignments have been for classwork and we can’t touch them at home.  They don’t want parental influence on these, which I get.  It’s hard to step back, especially with the writing assignments, but I’m working on it and seeing that he’s starting to get the hang of it.  I’ll always be worried and fighting the urge to step in to his rescue, but I guess we’re inching towards the time when I’m in the passenger seat instead of the driver’s seat.

Television-wise, I started watching an anime called ‘Food Wars’.  It’s . . . something.  I got more into it than I expected, but the characters have orgasmic reactions to the food.  It was funny at first, but the effect has gotten a little old.  The story and characters are still good enough to keep me interested.  I’ve only got access to seasons 1-2 and 4-5, which means I’ll be lost if I can’t find 3.  Guess I’ll stop at 2 and leave the rest alone until 3 turns up somewhere.

I have taken a break from ‘Food Wars’ to watch the live-action ‘Cowboy Bebop’.  As of this post, I’ve watched 2 episodes.  I liked the original, but was never a diehard, so this thing existing never pissed me off.  Felt like I’d give it a chance since the creators claimed to want to honor the original while making something new.  Always curious when the people show respect towards the source material.  Unfortunately, it feels like somebody on the staff missed that memo.  It’s frustrating to see how there are good parts and getting into it, but then you get smacked by an addition that derails things.  It was episode 2 that made me think I hit a button and switched to a different show.  It was the writing that got to me because the characters weren’t bad at most points until it hit the additions . . . Okay, it was the fucking Vicious and expansion of Spike’s past that I hated.  I was really hoping they’d touch on it a bit more without screwing it up, but they just leaned into a bad idea that has me not caring about the main plot.  I’m going to finish it because I think the main actors are good and entertaining with the secondary plots being more interesting.  I’ll probably finish this today and start in on ‘The Great’ season 2.

Next week is Thanksgiving, so that’s pretty much it.  Hope everyone else is having a good time.

Goals of the week:

  1. Wrap Hanukkah presents.
  2. Design the 4 main Phi Beta characters.
  3. Watch TV.
  4. Sleep.
  5. Hydrate.
  6. Thanksgiving!
  7. Set up the War of Nytefall: Eulogy Amazon stuff.
  8. Maybe some January posts.

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 Goal Post: Almost Time for Turkeys and Vampires

  1. noelleg44 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Charles! Are you cooking?

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving, Charles.

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  3. I was wondering about Cowboy Bebop, but it’s not getting a lot of good buzz.

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    • I had hope and much of the earlier buzz kept coming with ‘I loved the original’. So it had a touch of bias in my eyes. Now that I’m watching it, the term ‘lost opportunity’ comes to mind. I liked most of episode one. Then changes were made to lore for the sake of changes.

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  4. Victoria Zigler says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, and awesome news about your son’s grades.

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