Successful Dinner and Week Altering Thoughts

The above was tonight’s dinner: TACO LASAGNA.  It was a hit like last night’s Bourbon Chicken, which I forgot to take a picture of.  In my defense, I was too busy eating the meal and remembering how damn good that homemade bourbon sauce is.  The rest of the week is tame here, but I’ve realized a few things and have some changes:

  1. With my son getting Thanksgiving off from school, I probably shouldn’t try to edit Book 7 until that’s over.  Taking this week off puts me a bit behind the 8-Ball there.  I could feasibly do it, but it would be a close call.  Final decision will be made when I get to Friday.
  2. With my son having a lot of time off in December, I won’t be starting in on editing Book 8 or writing Book 9 until January.  Book 9 won’t be out until next December as long as things stay timely.  Next summer might be the thing that really slows me down.
  3. (Jason revelation)  The portraits of the Legends of Windemere covers will be shifting more toward scenes.  A new character may be featured or focused on, but Jason wants to portray the tone of the book from here on out.  I agree since ‘Curse of the Dark Wind’ is really where a tone shift happens and there’s only one more MAJOR player to introduce.  This means some characters may be getting two covers throughout the series.
  4. It REALLY sucks having a story that I can’t discuss with anybody.  This isn’t the bounty hunter or anything that ‘simple’.  I’m talking about my grand finale, last book, closing up everything, might not live long enough to actually do this, I had this plan before Marvel started doing their big movie universe idea.  I’m talking about the last book that will ever be written of Windemere.  All surviving heroes and villains will be coming together for a last hurrah where a few plots that run through the book series will come to a head and the Age of Heroes will close.

The problem stems from nobody knowing ALL of the series except me and I’d need to trap someone in a room with my notebooks to come even close.  I also don’t know exactly who will live and die throughout all the series.  Each chapter of this book will focus on a hero or villain that is a major player, but I don’t really have the cast right now.  Will Luke Callindor be involved?  Will Nyx still be around for this?  Will Clyde be on the good guy or bad guy side?  Who will I kill off since everyone is fair game here?  So many questions and I have no sounding board even if I talk to myself.  It’s been driving me nuts all day and this is really just to vent about it.  I’m unclear if a situation like this is common or I’ve made my own personal, unique author hell.  It’s something that will form as the series are written and concluded, but I guess part of me is still scared I’ll die before I get to it and somebody will attempt the finale with half-assed notes.

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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20 Responses to Successful Dinner and Week Altering Thoughts

  1. sknicholls says:

    Maybe the son will publish it for you if all else fails. “I’m unclear if a situation like this is common or I’ve made my own personal, unique author hell.” I wonder if Tolkien ever had that thought.


    • It isn’t even the publish in my mind. What if I never even write the books? Tolkien had notes and a son that could write. My little guy is heading for either train conductor or high octane, overly happy personal trainer. 🙂

      Tolkien probably didn’t worry about this.


  2. I like this post. Dinner looks awesome, but the writer struggles bring it home. I’ve never attempted a series, and may never. In my cast of thousands fantasy, it isn’t realistic for everyone to survive. I fought the same battle on a tiny scale.


    • Oh, people will die in each series and in the finale. The tough thing with such an ending is that it encompasses most, if not all, of the other series in Windemere. So I can only do so much at this point and it feels like I’ll always be alone on it.

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  3. I asked my wife if she would finish my book if something went wrong. Since I have the last three lines done she said, “sure, here’s how. I will plug in the three lines where you left off and say “you readers figure it out”


  4. L. Marie says:

    That dinner looks yummy! My mouth is watering just looking at it.
    You know, I’ll bet your son carries on your legacy. Look at Anne McCaffrey’s son and Frank Herbert’s son. But I agree with John. You’ll get through this series. This is your Discworld.


    • I don’t know about my son. There does seem to be a big push away from imagination. It’s like kids aren’t allowed to be kids these days. We’ll see as time goes on.

      Legends of Windemere will be done within a few years. It’s definitely the biggest I have at 15. The other Windemere series will be the tough ones.


  5. That is quite the conundrum you have, but I too hope you don’t “transition” before you get to publish the last book. You are young still young, although at times it may not feel like it, so I’m confident you will make it. Hang in there and talk to the walls if necessary, I feel like I do it all the time and it hasn’t killed me yet. 🙂


  6. Jack Flacco says:

    Great shots of your food. It’s almost midnight here and I’m getting hungry. Also good luck with your finale. What a place to be–or not. Enjoy the moment, as you’ll probably remember this time more any other time in your life.


    • Thanks, but I’m not actually at the finale. This is a book that will come at the end of all the other series I have planned. Ties everything together and puts a cap on the Windemere adventures. People could still do things in the world, but my ‘era’ in it would basically be over. My hope is to at least have enough notes that someone can put it together if I’m out of action. I’d probably have to live into my 80’s or 90’s to get to it myself.

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  7. Ellespeth says:

    Taco Lasagna! Did I miss the recipe? Oh yum!
    Autumn is going too fast! I don’t feel like I’m getting much done at all and here you are moving onto editing book 8!
    I’m hungry now 😛


    • I get most of my recipes from around the Internet. Though this one came from a family member who hasn’t given me permission to share it. As for the editing, I’m actually only on Book 7. Taking a rest this week to get some hovering projects done and relax. So far only the first part of that sentence has happened.


  8. Don\t worry if Olaf doesn’t take up writing. He can always follow your other legacy and become a chef… 😀


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