Goal Post: Didn’t Come Close, But I’ll Get There

I’m looking at last Saturday’s goal list.  Taking away the stuff that I had no choice in doing, I didn’t get anywhere.  Slumberlord: Darwin & the Fate Bracelet still has 4 chapters that need their edits typed in.  I have 2 more May posts to set up.  My weary psyche is not well-rested.  So, what went wrong?

It all came down to a rough Sunday and things went downhill from there.  The time change threw me off, but I can normally handle it.  The problem this year is the weather decided to whoop my sinuses.  Saturday was cold and dreary with lots of rain.  I worked as hard as I could on editing, but laundry and recovering from the previous week had me taking naps.  I thought Sunday would be a time to make up the difference.  Yet, it was warm and nice, which caused my sinuses to make me question why I bothered waking up in the first place.  It hurt to the point where I was going to puke, so staring at a screen or page that is mostly white wasn’t happening for very long.

With my computer time limited, I focused more on resting and watching ‘Peacemaker’ on HBO Max.  That is such a wild show and I loved it.  It’s why I put the intro at the top.  I will admit that it’s wackiness and raunchiness might not be for everyone.  Still, it felt like something new and interesting.  I liked all the characters who had more depth and growth than I imagined they would.  There were points where I forgot it was a comedic superhero show.  Really liked how the comedy didn’t overshadow the action and serious points to the point where it was just a series of tension-breaking puns.  Looking forward to Season 2, but I know I have a year or two for that.

The week was dedicated almost entirely to parenting and work.  Sunday worn me down more than I expected, so I was drained by Tuesday.  That meant repeatedly mustering the energy to get through work and help my son with schoolwork.  My anxiety ran out of control a few nights and I’m sure I was restless, which explains why I kept waking up as if I hadn’t slept.  Felt sick, but in a way that I knew it was me shaking off the anxiety and stress that hadn’t evaporated during sleep.  I made it through though.  Now, I get to take it easy this weekend.  Sort of.

I did get some stuff done on two nights.  I managed to add in 3 chapters worth of edits and got pretty far with the May posts.  These were done to make me feel productive, which helped reduce my stress.  Then, I just crawled into bed to watch television for an hour before passing out.  Investigated more animals I can use for Sunday posts.  I got tomorrow set up, but need to decide on if I’m doing another or something else.  I have a wedding next Saturday night, so Sunday might be something simple since I’ll be recovering from a late night.

My son had a busy week with special events at school and a big test.  He did great, which I’m thankful for.  He started the week not really knowing the information, but got his act together by Wednesday to get in the 90’s.  Pushing him on that might be another reason I was exhausted.  I’ve been putting a lot of energy into supporting him because school is getting tougher and he’s starting to burnout.  Coming up with negotiations and rewards on the spur of the moment isn’t easy.  Thankfully, we have this weekend to relax with video games, Legos, and a ‘One Piece’ movie.  My niece, sister, and brother-in-law might make an appearance too.  Good times.

Next week is going to be more of the same here.  I should be able to finish the editing and May stuff without an issue.  Still thinking of setting up the June posts too, which clears me to start writing the next Slumberlord Chronicles book after Spring Break.  I really want to get back into that kind of writing even though my confidence is still shot.  Doing it might be the only way to get over that.  I love the first volume I wrote, but I keep having moments of ‘this is shit’ and ‘I should quit’.  Part of it is because the tone and plot progression method are different.  Darwin being unable to solve a problem in the most logical method possible means a lot of accidental victories, wrong ideas leading to right paths, and not much deviation from the main plot.  It might change in the second book with him making more friends, but I don’t know.

I’m thinking of doing a few Darwin teasers in June since the National Holiday things aren’t selling books.  Gives me time to rethink them for the summer.  Maybe I’ll have them be for the full series instead of singular books.

Goals of the week:

  1. Finish the Slumberlord Chronicles: Darwin & the Fate Bracelet edits.
  2. Finish May posts.
  3. Start June posts.
  4. Help son study, do homework, and relax.
  5. Relax myself.
  6. Hydrate as usual.  I do tend to fail this one.
  7. Get a haircut before the wedding.
  8. Get directions for the wedding.
  9. Play video games . . . Not at the wedding.

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 Goal Post: Didn’t Come Close, But I’ll Get There

  1. I’m curious about Darwin. Your depictions remind me of Clouseau, but I’m probably off base. Wrong decisions leading to good results and that kind of thing.


  2. Weddings are usually fun. I always enjoy watching the best man take a dive into the wine pool.


  3. Victoria Zigler says:

    Well, at least the parenting aspects of the week were successful.


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