Goal Post: Summer Break Has Begun

Well . . . Here we are.

Yesterday was the last day of the 2021-2022 school year.  I survived in technically one piece.  My son did great as far as his grades go.  Things have been cleaned up and the work clothes have been put away for 2 months.  Seriously, I don’t want to wear slacks and dress shirts until September.  So, what to do now?

My summer is going to be simple because I’m tired.  When I have time with my son, I’m going to do stuff with him.  Unless he wants to play his new Pokemon game, which will be him playing on one side of the room and me writing on the other.  We’ll see how this system works.  I could very easily get drawn into what he’s doing or be needed for help at various points.  He is at the age where he needs to entertain himself, but it’s tough since I mostly did schoolwork with him for the last 10 months.  We have a lot of cartoons and movies to catch up on. Before anybody says it, we will be going outside when the weather is good and not too hot.

The big thing is going to be getting back into writing.  I’m into chapter 5 of Slumberlord Chronicles: Darwin & the Halfling Hunt and I should be able to get into chapter 9 of 18 by Wednesday.  The plan is to finish this book before the end of July and take maybe a day before jumping into Darwin & the Avenging Elf.  This way, I should be able to get both books done or at least close to done before the next school year.  If the past year is any example, I won’t be getting any writing time.  So, this will give me 3 finished novels that I can start working on publishing after some editing.  Printing out the books and hand-editing during lunch and prep period worked out really well.  I’m still hoping to publish Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Fantasy Writing Tips) sometime this year if I can get the pieces together.  Dragging my feet on the blurb, the pricing, and the usual post-editing stuff.

Another thing I need to focus on is health.  I’m leery about mentioning what I’m planning since people always pounce on this subject.  You can’t mention a dietary change without someone declaring why it’s a bad move or how it can be improved regardless of you asking for that input.  Seriously, it’s stressful and difficult to take such steps like exercising every other day or cutting out a favorite food.  Pouncing like that is an easy way to get a person to give up before they even start.  I’m saying this as someone who is still on the fence because several people have already told him why he shouldn’t do what he is about to do.

I’m going to add yogurt and grapefruit to my diet as well as severely limit, but not fully eliminate, fast food.  Going to drink primarily water too with a soda maybe once a week, but only if I get fast food.  Looking into finding gourmet salads too, which I can have with a simple marinated chicken for dinner at times.  For a month, I’m going to be doing all the cooking, which means plenty of leftovers too.  Might keep it up after that, but then I get stressed over all of the critiques and complaints.  Avoiding stress is another thing that I have to do during the summer.  We’ll see how that goes.

Funny thing is that I know I have a ‘Summer Goals’ post coming up on Monday.  So, I’m not sure if those have changed, but I’m too lazy to check.  We’ll see what happens.  I think a few of the items were already finished because I realized the next day that I shouldn’t put them off like the September (and October) posts.

So, goals of the week?

  1. Write more Darwin & the Halfling Hunt.
  2. Zoo trip with son.
  3. Fireworks show.
  4. Visit family.
  5. Grocery shopping to prepare for camp and dinners.
  6. Start a new puzzle.
  7. Get a haircut.
  8. Hydrate!
  9. Maybe start ‘The Boys’ Season 3 or something else.  Depends on my mind.  Still on the fence about ‘Umbrella Academy’ Season 3 since I was meh on the second season when I watched it again.
  10. Help son start playing ‘Pokemon Legends: Arceus’.
  11. Figure out party favors for his birthday.

By the way, I made an Instagram post about a Lego set I finished.  Want to see if I can link to it here.  CLICK!

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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18 Responses to Goal Post: Summer Break Has Begun

  1. Good for you, trying to change your diet in a way that works for you. Can I also suggest, if you get burned out on ice water, I have switched from soda to unsweetened iced tea. You get a little caffeine from the tea but without the calories of soda.


    • I drink iced tea at times. I drink flavored seltzers too. I also bought this flavor bursts to add to my water. Didn’t consider the caffeine. It’s been years since I was heavily into caffeinated drinks, but maybe I should consider adding a little bit to my week in some fashion.

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  2. I think that’s a nice set of goals and definitely achievable.


  3. Who could argue with eliminating fast food and adding yogurt? The water idea is a good one too. I have Greek yogurt every other day and think it is the best. I would say give it a try.


  4. Sounds like a reasonable plan. Hope it all works out for you.


  5. V.M.Sang says:

    There will always be folk who want to say what you are doing is wrong, especially regarding diet. Ignore them.
    Good luck with your summer plans.


    • I try to ignore them, but it’s a constant criticism with occasional active obstruction. It’s why I gave up years ago after making some progress. It hurts to be told that you’re proud for not making ‘real’ progress and someone like me will just stop once that idea hits home.


  6. Victoria Zigler says:

    Nice to have plans and goals. I hope they work out for you.


  7. I’ve just finished chapter 10 of my fantasy novel this evening and am a little way into eleven. However, the total chapter count of my outline is sitting at 54, so there’s still a lot left to do. So far I am feeling good about it, but honestly it’s a rarety for me to feel good about my writing, so I’m not worried about it. 😊


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