Progress of the Day . . . Brain Ache Level 10

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This is a day’s work.  I think.  On the left is what I started with.  On the right is what I have now.  Progress?  Not sure.  I chopped it down from 40+ series to 33 series of varying lengths, but a lot of 1-3 book ideas.  Overall there’s only six ideas that are really eluding me.  Some worse than others.  Ever have that issue where you know the idea is rattling around in your skull, but you can’t snag it?

I did run the web a little thicker between some books and fed a few to Sin’s series because he has 2 books with no supporting cast.  I also discovered some series that work better together instead of apart.  Without a sounding board, I can’t do much else today.  And I mean someone with most of a day free to sit down and help me hash things out.  Not really an option here.  The toddler doesn’t understand and the wife . . . she tries and tends to short circuit.

Maybe I’ll toss the troublesome ones up as time goes on and see if anyone can help jog my think-y organ.  I think that list might be closer to 10 though.

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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8 Responses to Progress of the Day . . . Brain Ache Level 10

  1. sknicholls says:

    If I really knew fantasy I would try to help. I am struggling with exacting my crime novel story arc for a series. I don’t want my P.I. to age too much or get killed before he finishes this series. But his younger sidekick might have to step in at some point and take control before it is over.

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    • Makes for an interesting final book. I do like the idea of a character’s finale being one where they realize they can’t go on. It brings closure even if they have to give up the reins during that final story.

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      • sknicholls says:

        That’s a good point. I could see that with this series. Him getting too old to keep up the crime fighting momentum, but still having the know how. His first true serious crime from book one has an arch involving children that could carry over into his last book after they have matured. he is already 38 add 30 more years and yep…he would be ready for retirement.

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      • Better way to end him than ‘he dies’ or a loose ending. Closure should be the process, but leave something open in case people love the other characters or you think of a continuation.

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      • sknicholls says:

        That’s smart. The detective has to be old enough to have the patience of maturity, but young enough to fight well. He is 38 in 2008. I don’t know how good I would be at writing into the future, but I have a story arc that could well go there if the toddlers involved in the primary murder of the first book grow up.

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      • You know he could still fight well at 68. Have him stay in shape, train, and adapt to changes in his body. Real example, I did fencing as a teen. There was a 70+ guy there who had been doing it since he was younger. He whipped everyone. Not due to speed or strength, but experience and reflexes. He used very little motion to win.

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      • sknicholls says:

        That’s good to know. I guess he could. He is fit and has a gym where he lives. he depends more on his gun and his sidekick has a fear of guns and depends more on martial arts. (Which I am having to research.) Are all 33 books in the same series or are they different series in fantasy?

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      • It’s 33 different series of varying lengths. All but 1 or 2 take place in Windemere.

        I would assume that any detective or P.I. would have some hand-to-hand skill. Boxing, wrestling, judo, or anything that could be used to help subdue a perp.

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