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Ahh yes, my weakness... Scheduling.

It is January 25, the 25th day of the year. Today’s color is Yellow, and the card for today is an upright 7 of Swords. An interesting card, and since it involves deception, I don’t exactly know what it’s referring to. Boychild started his Spring Semester courses this week, so hopefully it does not relate back to that. More than likely me trying to deceive myself about scheduling, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

We’re almost to the end of the first month of 2023. At our place, we still have not finished celebrating Christmas because COVID and the Midwestern blizzard sidetracked everything. We’re just getting started on his second semester electives, so our schedule is about to take a hit as well. And, of course, I made the same resolution this year that I make every year — I swear I am going to get my schedule in order and actually do things properly. And this year, I really, really intend to try very hard and maybe even make it a month or two further than I generally do. I desperately want to succeed at this, this year.

In part, because Boychild is in his second semester of his Junior year. He wants to go to college and become a historian, an admirable goal. He wishes to write (like his mama) and become an alt-history writer like Harry Turtledove. And, if he wants to be successful in college, he’s going to have to master what his parents cannot seem to... A schedule.

So, I’m introducing him to the wide world of Google Calendar, Cozi, phone alarms, morning alarms, Habitica, budgeting, and still get him through his classwork and extracurriculars. And that means I have to be at least a smidge better than him every step of the way which is going to require me to step it up. This is similar to teaching a new class or subbing for one. I used to get those requests maybe a week before they started, and that always meant learning what I needed to teach on the fly. There was more than once where I was learning the textbook the night before I had to present it. It was stressful, and I do not miss that part of teaching. However, knowing that it’s stressful means I need to give Boychild the tools not to be like me.

And that’s a phrase that comes up often. “It’s better to learn from someone else’s mistakes.” He hasn’t fully bought in yet, but he gets the idea. Better not to go through that pain yourself if you can avoid it. He’s currently tolerating my guidance and still doing what is requested, but I don’t know how much of it is sticking and how much of it is just humoring mom. I guess we’ll find out.

This Friday, episode 2 of Fire in the Mountains comes out! It’s scheduled and ready to go. I’m currently working on getting episode 3 up and running. (And this is another reason why I need to get my schedule under control.) I’m balancing several DIFFERENT stories of several DIFFERENT genres and trying to make sure I don’t mix and mingle them. Hopefully that doesn’t happen, but if dragons suddenly appear, you’ll know why.

Anyhow, I hope you’ll give it a read and a thumbs up. I’m looking forward to fleshing out the story and getting back into writing.


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