So, we have a little bit of a heatwave around here. I know those who live in hot states will scoff at our high 90’s temperatures. The truth is that we’re not used to it and I don’t think our homes were designed to be cool. Feels like this place was designed more to contain heat, which sucks during this weather. Opening a window resulted in warm air coming and no relief. So, the new air conditioner has been getting a work out. That’s made progressing rather rough too.
Last weekend, I got to do a few fun things with my son. We watched a Netflix movie called ‘The Sea Beast’, which I recommend. It’s like ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, but with sea monsters. We took a walk at a marine nature study area. Got to see the nesting ospreys, who weren’t hiding this time around. The highlight was getting a video of a heron battling a crab. We saw the heron on the side of the walkway and were going to sneak by, but it moved about ten feet away from us with the crab. So, we watched the battle until the heron managed to swallow its prey. My son was telling every photographer and visitor about it. Can’t say I blame him.
Rest of the week has been the usual. I’m still having days where I’m worn down and get rather forgetful. They’re not as common as they were last week, so I’m definitely getting better. Had a midweek scare when I woke up with a cough and panicked myself into thinking I caught covid again. Took a test and it was negative, which relaxed me enough that I went back to normal. So, I need to make sure to think things through. Hard to do when I wake up and have to move quickly to get my son ready for camp.
Let’s get to the big event:
I finished writing Darwin & the Halfling Hunt yesterday afternoon. I was hoping to finish it midweek, but the exhaustion and a change in schedule threw things off. It didn’t help that I finished a section that was mostly talking and broke down crying because I thought I sucked. Never had that happen before. Guess that was my first real taste of Imposter Syndrome, but I don’t think I’m successful enough for that to happen. It must have been something else that went away as I got to the final battle chapter. Still, it’s been haunting me for a while. Probably should have brought that up in therapy.
Speaking of the final battle chapter, Darwin continues to drive me nuts. I don’t know if I’ve lost my ability to write lengthy, detailed fight scenes or he just refuses to do it. Even when his friends were battling without him, the events went fairly quickly when compared to my older stuff. Not a lot of bantering though, which might explain things. One villain wasn’t in a chatty state and the other got frustrated with Darwin after half a page. The odd thing is that Darwin can have really exciting and big chase scenes. Yet, him actually standing his ground and fighting results in shorter sections. It has to be due to his unaggressive nature and sleep magic. He simply isn’t the type to go toe-to-toe with an enemy like Clyde and Luke Callindor. It’s either luck or a ‘Darwin logic’ plan that ends things abruptly. Now, I’m just rambling.
My plan is to take a few days off from book writing. Today will be resting up and maybe fiddling in a notebook. Tomorrow I’m going to hang out with a friend for the day before my son comes home. I think I’ll take Monday and maybe Tuesday to rest up too. It’s hard to figure out since my son’s 13th birthday is Thursday and the party is being thrown next weekend. I’ve planned as much as I can, so I don’t know what else I can do while he’s at camp or his mom’s place. Darwin & the Avenging Elf might get tackled earlier just to keep my mind busy.
I’ll probably be binging a few shows too. I got 7 episodes into ‘Vinland Saga’ and got too bored to keep going. I switched to an anime called ‘Ranking of Kings’ where the main character is deaf and mute. He’s a cursed boy who is very small and can’t increase his physical strength at all. Yet, he’s finding other ways to become the strongest in the kingdom. I really like it. Not sure what I want to tackle after that. Keep coming back to ‘Umbrella Academy’, but I also keep thinking that I’m not in the mood. Not sure what I’m waiting for, but it could be that I’ve still got ‘The Boys’ clear in my mind. I might finish up the ‘Food Wars’ anime even though there’s nowhere I can find season 3. Just to get that one off the list.
Plan for the week?
- Plan and celebrate son’s birthday.
- Get tickets to ‘DC League of Super-Pets’.
- Hang out with friend tomorrow.
- Sleep in a few mornings.
- Start writing Darwin & the Avenging Elf.
- Notebook work.
- Fit in as many ‘One Piece’ episodes as we can. Our plan to reach a specific story arc this summer might come up short. (42 episodes to go and maybe a month to watch them.)
- Start making a topic list for November.