Goal Post: Fasting, Gasping, and Fatigue

This was a busy and crazy week.  I feel like I always say that, so at least my life is somewhat predictable in its chaos.

A big reason for the chaos was that Yom Kippur was sitting right in the middle.  This is the Jewish holiday where one fasts from sundown until sundown.  I made it through that ordeal somehow.  The problem is that it left me tired and I caught a cold, so I was a mess the next day.  It didn’t help that I spent part of my fasting time dealing with some drama and not being able to take a nap.  Thinking back, I did notice that I felt off from the beginning even though the cold wasn’t as strong as it was the next day. I mistook it for weather-induced migraines in the moment.

It’s still hard to focus and muster energy, especially at the end of a day.  Mornings and evenings are all about being congested.  My throat is a little tickly, but the real mess is my nose and sinuses.  Home test said no covid before you ask.  I still took Thursday off to recover and be safe.  Probably should have slept more, but I took some time to write two sections of the penultimate chapter of Darwin & the Avenging Elf.  Not my wisest moment since I needed the rest, but I thought I could use this 3-day weekend to focus on recovering.

Speaking of writing, I’ll be finishing that book today.  Then, I plan on working on some idea books while I recover.  ‘Phi Beta Files’ have been collecting dust in my satchel since last school year.  Should really finish the characters at least.  That way I can start figuring out how to tell the stories.  I believe it was going to be six books with each one having short stories that connect to a main plotline.  Basically, each ‘short story’ would be a chapter of the overall adventure.  Not sure why I keep thinking of it as short stories, but it’s the same thing I want to try with my superhero stuff.

What else was going on?  My son had a lot of work and even two tests, which we struggled to study for.  It really showed how disorganized and chaotic this week was since it felt like everything was coming out of nowhere.  At least that’s all over and we may have a better idea of the scheduling.  My cold definitely didn’t help with focus and figuring out what was going on.  It’s even making it hard to focus on this post.

Oh yeah.  I finished preparing all of the November posts, so I’ve taken some time to work on the December ones.  This includes a post about ‘fixing older franchises where the author is deceased’.  That’s going to be a messy one and I’m sure some people know what prompted it.  Couldn’t avoid it and I was nervous just writing the thing, but I had to get it off my chest.  I’ll spend next week getting through the December posts since I won’t be tackling any book writing for a while.  So, I may even start in on January stuff if I can think of any topics.  Getting really tough to find anything that I haven’t talked about, especially since I don’t know why I’m still here.  Guess it just gives me something to do since the writing career has flopped pretty harshly.

Eating fruit for lunch has been working out rather well.  Mostly, I haven’t given up and started going back to junk food.  Vegetables didn’t make it for very long, but going with apples, grapes, and various berries is still going strong.  Sticking to water as well.  I don’t feel like I’ve lost weight though.  Energy hasn’t changed much either, but that could be due to sleeping trouble.  The cold and weather sensitivity may have had a hand in that issue too.  This is why I’m definitely going to be sleeping in on Sunday and Monday.  Today is all about finishing the book.

Television hasn’t been a thing this week.  I watched both seasons of ‘One Punch Man’ when I had time.  Now, I’m back to figuring out what I should watch.  Maybe I’ll finally watch ‘Locke & Key’ on Netflix.  Been circling that one for a while because I could never figure out if I was interested or not.  I’ll have two days to rest and binge while I work on some future ideas or my jigsaw puzzle.  We’ll play it by ear.  I’m definitely tired of dealing with ads on Hulu, so I need a break from that service.

So, what are the goals of the week?

  1. Recover from this cold.
  2. Finish writing Darwin & the Avenging Elf.
  3. Write the December posts.
  4. Go back to planning ‘Phi Beta Files’.
  5. Work on puzzle.
  6. Time with son beyond schoolwork.
  7. Have a yummy lunch today.
  8. Hydrate.

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: Fasting, Gasping, and Fatigue

  1. I don’t think I’m going to work on anything. Might start reading a book. Might re-read a WIP so I can get back into it. October is going to be a weird month for me. Might not return to writing until November.


  2. In our school, there are snack trays out most of the day that are full of fruits and vegies. That makes it easier to bypass the doughnuts in the staff room.


  3. We have been having high ozone unsafe air days around here. With asthma, it can be hard so I know how it is to try and do things with a cold. I would recommend lots of orange juice and vodka to keep the immune system in tip top shape. I hope you have a better next week.


  4. Victoria Zigler says:

    Sorry you ended up with a cold. It’s the season for those kinds of things to start showing up regularly again… How fun. Anyway, feel better soon. Oh, and I’m glad the fruit habit has stuck at least. Good luck with whatever chaos this week has in store for you.


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