Saturday, August 22, 2020

Six month update

So, it's been about six months since I stopped writing in my blog, and like it has been for probably everyone in the world, it's been a pretty shitty time.  It hasn't been all terrible of course, but it's teetered more towards the bad than good.

First thing to mention, since this is my writing blog, after all, is my book.  I haven't made much progress on it at all during this whole time. I might have written a few chapters, maybe.  At the beginning of the year, I had hoped to be finished with my second and third draft by now, had it sent out to beta readers, and been working on a couple more drafts of it by now.  Right now, though, I still haven't finished the second draft.  I still hope to have it done by the end of the year, but it's going to be super tight.

It shouldn't need to be explained why I haven't been able to get any work done, but I just want to vent so here it goes.  I suppose I could be called one of the lucky ones that weren't laid off during the shut down as I have been working this whole time.  Unfortunately, the amount of work I've had to do since March has been doubled or maybe even tripled, especially in the first few months as I work in the healthcare industry.

Homelife hasn't been any easier since school's been closed.  I know it's been difficult for everyone but the combination of a 4-year-old child with autism and a wife with chronic fatigue has been even harder to survive.  I come home from a long, hard day at work to find my wife has had a worse day with our son and she immediately needs to take a nap.  As soon as she wakes up, I have to put him to bed.  So at home, when I've had at least an hour to myself to try to write before, I now have absolutely no time alone.

2020 didn't stop there though, as my grandma passed away on my son's 4th birthday, but for the last month, my wife has been dealing with some major medical issues that resulted in emergency surgery just last Thursday.  That's not to mention that massive fires in the next state over that have buried my home in smoke.

Luckily, my wife is feeling tons better now and it's got me hopeful that things will be getting better in the next few weeks.  My son's going back to school next Tuesday, assuming the smoke in the area doesn't shut the school down like it did a few days last week.  I know I'm going to sound like a complete ass hole for sending my son to school during the pandemic, but because of the program he's in, his class is the safest group of kids in school as he's completely isolated from the rest of the student body, located in a bungalow in the back of the campus.  He doesn't even need to go through the main building to get to his class!  Anyway, even if the school's shut down, I'm not worried about him catching anything.

Overall, things are looking brighter in the next few weeks.  I'm hoping to get back into writing soon and returning to my critiquing group.  I've even got some ideas for stuff to write for The Retro Network, who has been awesome enough to accept me even though I've offered nothing to them so far.

Oh and I'm finally getting a haircut tomorrow.  That's going to be weird.