One Foot Out the Door for 2014

(I think it took me longer to pick an INXS video for this than write the actual post.)

FIRST:  This is the last full week of posts for ‘Legends of Windemere’.  I’ll do mentioning my experiences here and not only the good parts.  After this week, I’m moving down to a MWFSat schedule and we’ll see what happens.  Part of me is thankful for cutting back and another is sad this daily fun is over.  Still, 2015 requires me to make tough choices that you’ll see as time goes on.  Will I chop my schedule down any more?  No idea since I learned something else this week.

There is very little chance of me writing when my son is on break.  Not so much because of him, but the noise that other certain adults make when they take over is really abrasive.  I think this will make writing over the summer break a real challenge.  I’m hoping to have Books 9-10 done by that point.  Maybe even 11 if I’m lucky and then I can use that time for editing.  I will have Book 9 done by the end of January, which frees February up for a special project.  Still I got 2 chapters done this week, but that was more because of the holidays and I had several days of nothing happening.  A week where there are no other adults to help might allow me to write 1 chapter by Saturday night.  Not a bad run, but way down from the 3-3.5 I typically do.  It also requires pushing myself near the end of the week.

My style has gotten weird too.  The chapter sections are shorter with more focus, but I wonder if I’m sacrificing characterization for it.  This is kicking in around Book 8, which I flushed out during the editing run.  So it might just be my way of doing first drafts and I never realized it until now.  I’m being a lot more aware of how I do things in order to make stuff easier for my editor.

For anyone curious about the book numbers, CURSE OF THE DARK WIND broke 300 sales yesterday.  It’s selling really well even though it keeps slipping down the rankings with a few desperate jumps.  The only explanation I have is that other people are selling better and there’s nothing I can do about that.  I promote my book, promote myself, and hope for the best.  I’m not one of those types to sabotage or fight another author, which I’ve seen happen and it’s really disturbing.

So what am I going to do this week?

  1. Write some more of Book 9.
  2. Entertain the child.
  3. Buy a new winter coat since the one I’ve had for 15 years just lost its zipper. Not in a repairable way either.
  4. Cook dinners.
  5. Buy booze . . . I’m making Bourbon Chicken on Friday.  What were you people thinking?
  6. Maybe toy around with a future idea that is blossoming surprisingly well.  There’s another one that I’m afraid will have to get chopped.  Not really sure.  Maybe just a named change since I call it ‘Zombie Girl’ and zombies are so over done.  Not really sure where it goes in the grand scheme of things either.
  7. Do biking whenever I can.
  8. Watch the NY Giants final game of the season.
  9. Wonder what to say on the next ‘Goal Post’ since it’ll be the one before the new schedule.
  10. Find out if I need to make an appointment with JC Penny for a new author photo . . . I need to hide these extra chins.
  11. Morning addition: Try to remember the indigestion-induced poem that came to my mind while I tried to sleep.  This slipped in while tossing, turning, and dreaming about being in a suburb version of ‘The Thing’.

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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17 Responses to One Foot Out the Door for 2014

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Yep, I had a great poem turn up on the bath… quite where it went I’ll never know…


  2. Elle Knowles says:

    If I know you, you will stick to your new schedule quite well. Buy that coat – stay warm! It was 70 degrees this morning in the panhandle of Florida when I got up! I’m sure that this too shall soon pass!


  3. sknicholls says:

    I’m thinking of starting a new old people’s trend and just get all the extra chins pierced.


  4. estyree says:

    I found an exercise to strengthen the muscles and suck the extra chins back in, it consisted of opening your mouth as wide as possible and tightening the muscles and skin from your jaw through your lips (and possibly in your neck..I’m not sure if you’re supposed to tighten those or if I’m just an overachiever). Over all, it seems to strengthen something and maybe if I did them more often….but they are GREAT for practicing scary faces!

    I’m going to miss your daily posts but I’m sure I’ll enjoy the new schedule as well. I am about to have to get down to business and create a new schedule of my own. *sigh* Happy end of year editing!


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