Goal Post: Kind of Better Than Before

So, I’m writing this the night before instead of working on Darwin & the Halfling Hunt.  I figure I wrote 2 sections and merged the next two because they work better together, so it counts as my three.  This means, I might finish the entire book by this coming Friday.  I was hoping to finish by Wednesday, but this week didn’t go the way I planned.  Still going to take a few days off before I start in on Darwin & the Avenging Elf.

It’s tough writing this post.  Not because so little happened, but my anxiety has been steadily rising since Wednesday.  Friday night while I write it is bad.  Feeling a little lightheaded and got some gut pain because I know the source of my stress is going to have to be tackled this weekend.  Probably next week too.  It’s something I’m not looking forward to because it could have been avoided.  Sadly, it’s also an event that I can’t talk about on here.  Those who know the basics of my life can probably figure out what I’m dealing with too.

One reason I can talk about that slowed me down is that I’m still trying to shrug off Covid fatigue.  Seems I’ll have a good day, work hard, and then wear myself down to a crawl for the next one.  Feel like it’s gradually getting better, but that slowed my progress enough that I noticed.  Still, I’ve got 3.33 chapters left to go on this book.  Nothing to sneeze at, I guess.  It’s just that I had a plan to get further and life decided to throw Covid and this newest mess at me.  Can’t blame me for being a little bitter and annoyed.

Speaking of books . . . I made the mistake of checking my sales.  Absolutely nothing for months, but it’s not like I promote.  No reason to put money towards something that wasn’t working.  That makes me wonder why I spend so much time writing too, but I don’t have enough friends in the area to do anything else this summer.  Everyone either is busy with family, live too far away for me to hang out easily, or are working on a schedule where I have my son when they’re free.  Been like that for a year too.  So, I just type away when I’m not finding anything else to do.  Yet, the total lack of sales still makes it hard to push forward, especially with everything else going on.

Wish I had more exciting things to talk about.  That situation took all the wind out of my sails midweek, so I just wrote when I had the urge and worked on a puzzle when I wasn’t feeling it.  What in the world did I do with my life this week?

I got back into cooking.  It was only meatball subs and honey chicken, but I’m getting back into it a bit.  Tonight is ‘penne with homemade vodka sauce’ and tomorrow is going to be burgers with a special marinade.  Have to remember to set the latter up this afternoon, so that it’s good to go.  Think I’m making chicken and cheese enchiladas on Tuesday, which means I have to get that ready too.  Best to cook the chicken the day before.  That way I’m not trying to hand shred hot chicken.  Didn’t think of that until I cooked it for the fourth time years ago.

Television was mostly making my way through ‘The Boys’ Season 3.  I had to make sure I finished that before my son was back in the house.  Last thing I needed was for him to accidentally click on that show instead of Pokemon in the morning.  He looks before he clicks, but you never know.  After that show, which was a lot of fun, I finished ‘Soul Eater’ for the third time.  Need to put some distance between ‘The Boys’ and ‘Umbrella Academy’, so I watched a few anime. ‘Bastard!’ was odd fun with its fights and the hero being an evil wizard sealed in the body of a crybaby.  I started in on ‘Vinland Saga’, which I heard good things about.  Not what I expected.   Thought it was another fantasy adventure, but it’s a Viking tale of revenge or something.

Next week is going to be the same as the last one.  My son has camp and I’ll be trying to finish the book before the weekend.  That way I can use one day to prep for the birthday party at the end of the month and can visit a friend on the other.  I’d have an idea of how easily it will be to write the second book for I go back to work at the end of August, but that month is a mess.  I have no idea what is going on after July, which is the big reason I’m getting stressed.  Not that my plans work out, but it’s good to have a general idea of what I’m working with.

Think I’m going to start making topic lists for November posts too.  I had a few good ones that I thought I’d keep in my head.  Clearly, I didn’t, so I should start writing them down again.  Feel free to give any topic suggestions.  Yeah, that never really works out, but I might as well ask.

So, what’s the plan for the week?

  1. Weekend with my son.
  2. Cooking.
  3. Finish Darwin & the Halfling Hunt
  4. Handle that stressful situation
  5. Laundry
  6. Do more biking now that I have energy
  7. Start a November topic list
  8. Birthday party prep
  9. Sleep a bit more

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: Kind of Better Than Before

  1. Wishing you all the best in getting your book done. Penne with vodka sauce . . . yum


  2. Cooking is kind of a fun angle. It generally takes my mind off things for a while.


  3. V.M.Sang says:

    Covid has a lot to answer for! It seems to have stopped you in your tracks. Glad to hear you are beginning to get over it, though.
    Good luck with finishing your book. I’m currently nearly through The Prodigy of Rainbow Tower and thoroughly enjoying it. I’ll post a review on Amazon, Goodreads and my website (http://aspholessaria.wordpress.com) when I’m done. I posted a review of The Beginning of a Hero when I finished it. Hopefully someone will read my reviews and decide to buy them. I’ll let you know when I post.
    You could post the review, and/or any others here on your website. It might help generate some sales.
    I understand where you’re coming from about marketing. It’s a pain and takes up so much time. I do a bit, but to do it properly takes both time and money; a thing sadly in short supply for most of us.
    Keep on keeping on.


    • Covid definitely slowed me down. Made me more susceptible to other obstacles too. Sadly I have very little control over the bad ones. I think. Might have to trigger a big issue this week. Gotta love not being able to talk about things in public.

      Thank you so much for the review and I’m happy you enjoyed the books so far. I’m always unsure about posting Amazon reviews on my blog. Way back, I simply mentioned one and then it got deleted for ‘friend and family’. Have a feeling another author or someone who 1-starred me set out to report positive reviews. It was weird that it would happen every few weeks.


  4. Victoria Zigler says:

    I’m late in here, but I wanted to say I’m glad you’ve started getting back in to cooking. Hope by now you’re seeing more improvements in your energy level with your recovery from covid, and the stressful situation has been dealt with.


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