A Restful Break . . . Sorry. That Should Be ‘Restless’

Maybe breaks are wasted on me.  I keep ending up getting busy and leaving myself more exhausted than when I started.  At least I can say that I used up my energy doing a bunch of fun things.  So, what happened?

The ongoing thing was editing Slumberlord Chronicles: Darwin & the Fate Bracelet.  I’m about halfway through, but I still have this weekend to get through a lot more.  I should be able to finish before my son comes home on Wednesday.  It’s been a rough process because I’m still fighting doubt.  Keep wondering if events are going too fast or if I’m not giving enough ‘bonding’ time between the heroes.  Of course, they’re constantly being chased or getting into trouble.  I can’t justify giving them any real downtime other than moments they’re wandering after losing their pursuers.  So, I could just be getting picky and pessimistic here.  I love writing Darwin and the other characters are coming out really well.  The villains are a little cartoonish at times, but that kind of matches the tone of the overall story.  They’re all rather egotistical and arrogant because they come from stations of power, so maybe that’s what’s giving me second thoughts.

The rest of my break was about spending time with people.  Got half of Monday and most of Tuesday with my son before he went to his mom.  We put together some Lego sets, played video games, and started watching ‘The Cuphead Show’ on Netflix.  I promised him that I wouldn’t do anything new in our video game without him, so I haven’t been touching that much.  Probably for the best because I’ve had enough distractions.

Wednesday was going to see a friend and meet his baby daughter.  It was a day of hanging out and another old friend turned up, which was a nice surprise.  The weather was great, so we sat outside on a restaurant patio having lunch with drinks.  Overlooked a small beach and looked across Long Island Sound, which was cool.  I had a great burger, two spiced rum hot chocolates, and a whiskey honey toddy.  After all of that, my friend and I watched the newest ‘Resident Evil’ movie while discussing our opinions.  It wasn’t a terrible movie, but it definitely felt rushed and more like a clip show of the first two games.  I think it would have worked better to choose either the first or second game then stick to that.  Whatever.  It was fun beyond making me a little jumpy while driving home in the dark for an hour.  Oops.

The next BIG thing was supposed to happen Thursday, but was pushed back until Friday for reasons.  It was a fun experience, which I’d never done before.  Best of all, the results came out pretty good and no food poisoning:

Ready to Go

Diced Sweet Peppers

Mild Sweet Chili

Pineapple Curry

Hot Sauces Done

We made hot sauces!  There were three of us, so each picked a recipe:

  1. The chipotle was first and we had no idea what we were doing.  Still, it had a nice kick.  It took adding a bunch of chili powder to get it to where we really liked it, but we figured it was the first attempt.
  2. Mild sweet chili was the second recipe and this one came out a lot milder than we expected.  One issue may have been that we used sweet peppers instead of bell peppers, so the hot peppers had trouble overcoming that flavor. Still, it was tasty even though it had very little burn.  Live and learn here.
  3. I chose the pineapple curry because I fixated on the first word instead of the second.  It became readily apparent that this was either going to be terrible or great.  There was not going to be any in-between.  We kept adding more cayenne and curry powder after the blending.  Mostly because we expected an immediate burn instead of the extended kick that we got.  Somehow, this came out great.  I don’t usually eat curry, but I’m definitely using it on something tomorrow.  Not sure if this would work as a dip if I heated it.

All of that is basically all I did.  They were the highlights at least.  I’m using to weekend to rest and edit in the hopes of leaving myself only 1-2 chapters to finish.  I can do those on Monday and Tuesday even if I’m busy after work.  There aren’t any plans for this coming week since it’s after a break.  Working hard and maybe starting the May posts.  I won’t be able to start adding the edits until the weekend.  I really wish I could bring my laptop along and do it during my break periods, but still can’t close the thing without the casing cracking.  Oh well.  Notebook work will have to suffice.  Might even start editing the outline for the next Darwin book.  Puts me ahead for the summer.

Goals of the week?

  1. Finish editing Slumberlord Chronicles: Darwin & the Fate Bracelet
  2. May blog posts
  3. Help son catch up with schoolwork
  4. Video games for us to relax
  5. Tinker with Slumberlord Chronicles: Darwin & the Halfling Hunt
  6. Maybe Lego sets
  7. Possibly start watching ‘Arcane’ since I keep hearing about it.

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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11 Responses to A Restful Break . . . Sorry. That Should Be ‘Restless’

  1. Jennie says:

    Sounds like a great week!


  2. I just watched Arcane. I liked it, but it left me feeling like another season will have some answers. Animation is really cool.


  3. Those sauces look great. Not crazy about curry (I was stuck at a curry brunch in Singapore once) but the pineapple could be interesting.


  4. noelleg44 says:

    A fun week, Charles, and I think well-needed.


  5. Victoria Zigler says:

    Great to hear you had such a good week. Sure, it was an exhausting one, but at least it was exhausting in a, “Look at all the fun stuff I did,” kind of way this time. Good luck with this week.


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