An Update on Halloween’s Eve

Green window

It’s been a slow couple of weeks.

Jack got sick last Sunday. It was a cold coupled with throwing up, so I spent a few nights holding him a lot and trying to get him some rest.

Luckily, he’s feeling better now but I’m still worse for wear. I have a runny nose, cough, and sinus headache. I did have a fever. I also had a loss of smell. But all of this is from the stuffy nose and the cold. I didn’t feel it necessary to get a test. I’ve had many colds in my life, and this is one of them.

What troubles me is that with all the social distancing and super hygienic conditions that these places supposedly have these days, Jack still got sick. If we can catch a cold, we can catch Covid.

I’ve wanted to keep taking him to classes just to get him used to other kids because, unfortunately, I’ll have to go back to work next year and he’ll have to go to nursery. I worry about this constantly, and I want to make that transition as easy as possible for him. (I’ll be a wreck. There’s no way around that one.)

Despite this illness in the house, I’ve been able to write a bit in snippets, which keeps me sane and makes me feel productive in some respects. I’ve posted to Medium (the last article was on the subject of said baby illness) and worked on my book.

I don’t know why I say “book” when I have about four I dip in and out of. I love beginnings of stories, then slog through the rest.

What I’m doing is something along the lines of YA romance, and I’ve found Jami Gold’s Romance Beat Sheet.

This has helped me plot a little better than I usually do because I have always been a pantser and I end up not knowing how to steer the story back to where I wanted it to go. Does anyone else have this problem? I’m so impatient and I really want to crank out a decent 1st draft, then edit it without having to totally rewrite the story. This is why I’m amazed that people can churn out a book a month.

Today is Mandalorian Season 2 day, Halloween’s Eve, and the day before I do another Keeping in Touch Day at the library. We’ve not been able to find pumpkins anywhere nearby, so this may be the most subdued Halloween we’ve ever had. But it’s 2020, so what else can we expect?

If anyone else is taking part in NaNoWriMo next month, good luck to you!


About Suzanne Schultz Pick

Married to Steve. Mother of Jack. Librarian IT Assistant. Writer, teacher, blogger, podcaster, technological princess.
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