My head is still spinning from everything that happened this week. Well, it could also be the flu shot and covid vaccine I got last night. This is the main reason I’m resting this weekend because I’m already feeling a little wiped out. Could be the exhaustion from the week, but it could be the doses. Either way, Netflix and my 64 ounce water jug are my best friends today.
Last Saturday was busy and that tone kind of kept throughout the week. Had a feeling that would happen too. We should do a weekday break down.
Day one of helping my son study for 3 tests. Had a lot of people over too. So, it was a challenge to get everything done. We still pulled it off and even got to watch the first ‘Batman’ movie. The one with Keaton and Nicholson. After that, my son and I stuck to video games and schoolwork.
Back to studying until my sister and niece arrived. It was time to take the munchkin to Build-A-Bear for the first time. For those who don’t know, this is a store where you came make your own plushie. You pick the body and bring it to the person at the stuffing machine. They have you pick a plush heart to wish on and put it in the plushie before it is sealed. Then, you can choose accessories and name it. My niece had no idea what was going on, but she picked a rainbow bear. My son got lucky because they had a limited edition Pokemon that he really likes. So, he got one too. It was McDonald’s and then video games after that.
Health test for my son and . . . This was the only normal day of the week. I ended it by finishing 1 of 3 online courses. These are things that take 2-3 hours, but count towards my Professional Development hours.
Social studies test for my son . . . So many tests were going on and things were getting prepared for the next day. There was some tension in the air at home. Guess this one was close to normal.
My school does something called a ‘Day of Service and Learning’. It’s a cool event where students and teachers do a community service project. Many to choose from. I went with one of our life skills students and others to work on a garden. Nice weather for the outing and everyone had fun. Exhausting, but successful event. Then, I got home and waited until I had to pick my son up from his first Lego Robotics meeting. It was a rush through homework before his mom came to get him. After that, it was finishing the second of the online courses.
Aftermath day! Just trying to get back on track after the previous day, so a lot of people were out or unfocused. Can’t go into details, but I had to juggle a lot from the start of the day. Somehow, I aggravated my sciatic nerve too. Had to go limping alone until I could get home and ice the area. Even then, I needed two ibuprofen to get it under control. At least my son and I got to have some pizza and watch cartoons. Did as much studying for his science test as we could before we lost focus.
Science test for my son . . . It was a half day at school. This is great, but I’m not allowed to leave until regular time. The shorter periods also made it a challenge to run tests because some students didn’t accept that they had less time. It happens. My sciatica was hurting as well, so I was exhausted and limping. At least I was able to finish that third course and have time to relax before my flu and covid shot appointment. Unfortunately, my son sprung a ‘by the way’ situation on me. Now, we have to scramble to get a big project done in 3 weeks. It’s doable, but requires certain alliances to be maintained and not fall apart at the seams. We’re talking Batman teaming up with Joker here.
Back to today, people will notice that there was nothing about writing. I wasn’t able to even get to my blog preparations. My priorities shifted after I made the vaccine appointment. Figured it was better to get those classes done and then I could do some writing when I was recovering. The blog posts and notebook work are easy to do when I’m not napping. Feel like I have more time to tackle the as well.
I was considering trying to format a few other books for paperback versions. I already did Beginning of a Hero, which I published this week. Weird that I lost 2 reviews right after I did that. Anyway, I might hold off until the next weekend my son is with his mom because I don’t want to screw things up. I wrote down all of the steps after John Howell showed me what to do. It’s just that I’m already feeling a little woozy, so I’d rather not take any risks with this undertaking. I mean, I have to format and publish 26 books right now. I’m not going to bother with Hopeteller, Catalysts, and Blatherhorn Vale since those are so small and pointless. It’ll just be Legends, Nytefall, Ichabod Brooks, and Bedlam that get this treatment.
There is one decision I’ve made though. I’m going to try and get the next Darwin outline fleshed out with the intention of starting to write it during the holiday break. It isn’t easy writing during the school year, but I can’t always wait for the summer. This really rings true if I’m working during that time. It’s not easy because I’m so used to submerging into a book and not coming out until it’s done. The latest one gave me a test of patience and how to write with forced breaks, so we’ll see if I can complete the evolution into a less . . . I forgot the word for someone who churns out work. Think I’m hitting the end of this round of energy.
Take for goals before I doze off entirely.
- Watch ‘Black Adam’ with my son on Monday.
- Work on December blog posts.
- Work on the ‘Phi Beta Files’ notebook.
- Work on the outline for ‘Darwin & the Demon Game’.
- Rest this weekend.
- Get ready for Halloween!
- Find a new station to listen to since ALT 92.3 is going way. It was alternative rock, which I don’t hear on other stations.
- Work on my puzzle.
Oh yeah. TV stuff that nobody cares about. I’m just watching an anime called ‘The Devil is a Part-Timer’. Going to finish that and watch some stand up comedy while I rest. New Gabriel Iglesias and Iliza Shlesinger specials on there. That’s a good 3 hours of laughing my butt off. No idea what to watch after I finish those. I’ll figure it out at some point or just find M.A.S.H. reruns.
I miss writing, but putting it off during October was the right move for me. Too many other projects demanding my time. I’ll have to read both MSs from the beginning to get back into them, but can edit along the way. Probably should update my own blog today.
I’m hoping to at least get some outlining done soon. Vaccines are hitting me harder than expected, so that might be delayed.
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I went to visit Beginning of a Hero and it looks great. Thanks for the mention
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Glad you were able to get the first of the paperbacks published, and your son and niece got to have a trip to build-a-bear. Hope you’ve managed to shake the effects of the shot by now.
Shot effects are over. Just in time for work week side-effects to kick in.