Goal Post: A Few Days into Spring Break

(Love this song.  Though, it’s messing with my head a bit.  Keeps giving me odd blips of nostalgia and old memories if I let my mind wander to it.)

Where to start?  A lot has happened since my last goal post.  Let’s do this by topic, so people can scroll through and choose what they’re going to pay attention to.

Birthday

My birthday was last Saturday and it was fun.  Went to see ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ with my son.  Then it was home to help him with school projects and getting a little bit of video game time in.  Schoolwork comes before birthday fun, especially since we were at the start of the 4th quarter.  Dinner was Chilis with the family and then I brought my son back to his mom.  Rest of my birthday was a few drinks and hot wings with my friend.  Looks like I can’t handle hot wings as well as I used to because they led to very weird dreams and lackluster sleep.  This is going to be important later.

As far as presents go, I technically got 3.  One friend got me a Lego set of the Batcave from ‘The Batman’.  Got one bag left to do even though I hoped to get it done before making this post.  I’ll show it off in 2 weeks or so.  Another friend got me a whiskey glass with a unicorn on it and the words ‘Majestic AF’.  Really enjoyed breaking that in Wednesday night.  Finally, the money I got went to paying for half of another Lego set.  It’s a special one of a globe that spins and has glow-in-the-dark labels.  It’s 2,585 pieces and I think I’m going to leave it for June or the summer.

Work/Parenting

This is where the chaos came into play.  I had to help my son with a lot of projects and studying.  For other reasons, this was more difficult than it should have been.  So, we had late nights starting Sunday and going on until Wednesday when I simply collapsed from exhaustion.  I didn’t get to sleep in though because he was dropped off early the next day and me going back to bed would result in him only play video games.  We managed to put together a big Luigi Lego set and do some cleaning for Passover.  The afternoon was when we played video games until he wanted to play while talking to his friend over the phone before dinner.  It sounds rather chaotic.

Work was tiring because there were a ton of tests prior to the break, which started on Thursday.  I was helping out somewhere else too, so I wasn’t where I normally was to help with that situation.  This resulted in helping by text if anyone had a question, using part of my lunch to straighten things up if need be, and staying late to get things ready for the next day.  This is why I was utterly exhausted and collapsed on Wednesday as soon as laundry was done.  I’m still shrugging the fatigue off, but I might be able to get over it entirely by Sunday.  Depends on how today goes.

Spring Break

It started on Thursday and I’m kind of resting.  Passover started last night, so I haven’t been able to bum around.  This holiday is always a drag for me.  My birthday falls on it too often, but not this year.  The food restrictions eliminate 90% of my diet.  Family dinners are always stressful because you have to clean and thoughts of what could go wrong come to mind.  For some reason, I find Passover to be a bigger headache than Thanksgiving, but I think that’s because of the food restrictions.  At least the second night will be quick and then it’s just muscling through the rest of the holiday.

I get my son for most of this break since his mother got him for most of winter break.  We have some fun stuff planned, including a trip.  This might result in a temporary post going up next Saturday or it being very late at night.  Depends on when we return and if I can get my son’s Chromebook to work with my blog.  I’d bring my laptop on the trip, but closing it will split the casing.  Maybe I can try to type one up by phone.  Be a nice expert to do if I have the energy.  I should really just play it by ear.  The Sunday post will be later in the day too, especially since I need something from the trip to make it work.  It’s a surprise that I hope to pull off.

Writing

Ha!  I barely had time to shave this week.  Didn’t even do much for the August posts, but I do need to figure some stuff out there.  Mostly, I wonder if I should do another month of Slumberlord Chronicles: Darwin & the Fate Bracelet teasers.  I have 4 set up for July and August would need 5.  Trying to decide between more of those, older teasers, and Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Fantasy Writing Tips) excerpts.  That third option is tough because those chapters don’t really divide up too easily.  I’m leaning towards Darwin for one more month and then doing older ones again in September unless I’m set to release the tip book.  This is another reason I haven’t made a lot of progress because I’m trying to juggle this issue.

I do plan on going over the outline for Slumberlord Chronicles: Darwin & the Halfling Hunt tomorrow.  It’s just checking to make sure everything is good and ready for me to start writing once things settle down.  I’m thinking June will be when I finally get to dive back into project.  That or Memorial Day weekend.  May already has concerts, birthday parties, robotics competitions, and other events that will take over all of my weekends.  I almost thought I could dive into it the first weekend in May, but realized I would be recovering from going back to work.  Best to not push myself and only write if I feel I have the energy.  With the current 3 sections/day hopes, I could finish the book in 19 days.  So, it would end up being 25.  My yearly goal is to write this one and the third book of the series before the end of the summer.  Fingers crossed.

Goals of the Week

  1. Rest and relax.
  2. Sleep in at least once.
  3. Time with family.
  4. Finish ‘The Batman’ Lego set.
  5. Start the LOTR jigsaw puzzle.
  6. Finish the August posts.
  7. Go over Darwin & the Halfling Hunt outline.
  8. Video games if I feel like it.
  9. Maybe re-watch an anime like ‘Assassination Classroom’ or ‘Goblin Slayer’.

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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6 Responses to Goal Post: A Few Days into Spring Break

  1. I always wonder how we can call something a holiday when it’s no damned fun. Hope you meet all of your goals this week.

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  2. Wishing you a great trip.

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  3. Victoria Zigler says:

    Sounds like you had a reasonably good birthday at least.

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