Writing in a Winter Wonder . . . Damn Snow!

That ‘blizzard’ threw a monkey wrench into the week.  It also led to a very odd reminder that people love to bitch on the Internet.  The media erupted about 3 feet of snow, which some areas on Long Island got.  Yet the storm did veer more to the east, so some areas didn’t get nailed as bad as expected.  So people bitched about the panic that the media and government created.  Here’s the thing:  What would have happened if they said 12-18 inches and then it was 3 feet?  Personally, I’d rather they predict more than we actually get than less.  Better to be over-prepared than be fucked when it comes to the weather.  Then again, I know someone who was actually injured due to the storm, so maybe I have a different opinion here.

So the storm had everyone home and a lot of shoveling.  This meant no writing for a day or two, but I did finish two projects.  The outline for Book 10 is ready to go and I finished up the preliminary work on a future book.  I actually had to get a new marble notebook because I switching ‘categories’ and need the space.  Like a true professional, I went for different colors and will put the next batch of ideas in the green . . . blue one.  I’ve begun doing a few notes on the big series since it has 3 books that exist solely as a sentence each on a page of paper.  This might be my project for the week since I’m hoping to have some out-of-towners visiting.  Don’t want to start the next book and have to stop after one section.  It’d drive me nuts.

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Tomorrow is the Super Bowl, so we’re slowly cleaning and putting things away.  Then again, I did things throughout the week.  That means I can do this post and lie on the bed trying to sort through things.  Gearing up for a night of getting tax forms in order, which is always about as much fun as a ceiling fan to the head.  On the plus side, HBO is having a Mel Brooks special on tonight and then the newest episode of Black Sails.  That means the tax forms and brain-bending outlining will have some nice accompaniment.

I really lead a boring life outside of my head.  Though I can’t talk about my books due to spoilers and most of what happens with the boy needs to be seen.  The retelling doesn’t really live up to the reality these days.  Hopefully the posts I have going up this month are interesting.  I’ll be touching on ‘Romance in Fantasy’ at some point after Valentine’s Day including one on love triangles.  This is all over the place for topics and I have a Tuesday Guest Post.

I did get a bunch of new reviews on some of my books.  Nice to see the older ones are still getting attention.

So what am I doing this week?

  1. Shoveling after a small storm on Sunday/Monday.  This includes flipping off the sky.
  2. Host the incoming guests if the weather doesn’t scare them off.  This goal will include homemade penne with vodka sauce.  It also will decide on if I do anything else.
  3. Working on the next big series on my outlining list.  Not sure how and if I should bring it up here since it’s expansive.  It’s getting harder and harder to bring up future series in Windemere due to confusion.  Part of me wonders if I should shut up about the future until Legends of Windemere is over.
  4. Start working on Book 10 if #2 falls through, but it doesn’t look like that will happen.
  5. Contact Jason about ‘Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue’ cover art.  Aiming for last week of March or first week of April.  Editing and cover art will be the deciding factor.
  6. Trying to stay warm.  It’s like the bitter winds are ignoring the fact that I’m in a house and I keep waking up with shivers.

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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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44 Responses to Writing in a Winter Wonder . . . Damn Snow!

  1. LindaGHill says:

    Two “fuck”s in one post – you’re either loosening up or getting more frustrated. By the sounds of it, it’s the latter.
    I really don’t know how you do it.. the outlining so far ahead. Do you ever end up completely off topic by the time you get there? (Feel free to make this the subject of a blog post, unless you already have and I’ve missed it, in which case I apologize.)

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  2. Sue Vincent says:

    Love the pic, Charles. A much needed chuckle 🙂

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  3. I love the cat picture! I also really like your ‘here’s what I’m doing and here’s what I’m planning on doing’ posts. They make me think a lot about how I should be doing things if I want to be a ‘real’ author. I didn’t do an outlining plan for ‘Silver Lightning,’ and there’s no doubt in my mind that it shows. Ah, well… debut book… learn and grow, right? 😀

    BTW: Good luck with the taxes! I will be leaving Colorado for a couple of months come February 15th to assist a good friend on mine with her tax business and expect to be doing an awful lot of the basic ones. Not my favorite thing to do but she’s paying me and I get to miss most of the rest of the Colorado winter. Yay!

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    • It might not show as much as you think. I’ve noticed that many ‘pantser’ authors are harder on their continuity than the readers. You can see where the swerves are because you might remember an older path you wanted to take. Still, as you said, learn and grow. 🙂

      We just need to make sure we have all our receipts and medical files in order. I’ve upped my organization skills ever since I went full time author.

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  4. Good luck with your goals Charles. I hope you get done as much as you can this week. I have to say I’m really impressed with your productiveness (i.e. novel writing etc.). It puts me to shame. 😉

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  5. I’m looking forward to the romance post. It’s something I dabbled with in one story, and there is room for growth. It’s a constant learning journey for me and I’ll take all the lessons I can get.

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  6. I would rather breath a sign of relief that it wasn’t as bad than pray for deliverance. Of course hurricanes can put the hurt on you. As a cat lover I enjoyed the cat and snowball pics

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  7. sknicholls says:

    That cat getting snowballed made me giggle. Wow, snowballed must really be a word…spell check didn’t red line it.

    I’m just sorry I’m missing the penne pasta sauce 😦

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  8. We are supposed to get a huge storm beginning tonight and going through Monday morning.
    Good luck with your goals this week! You are much more ambitious than I when it comes to the writing. I’m doing good to focus on one project at a time, at least in the practical sense. (My brain is often working on multiple things at once.)

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  9. Weather forecasting doesn’t seem like a people-friendly job… Stay warm. Or at least don’t get any colder…

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    • I think it’s a lot of guesswork when presenting to the public. What can panic them? What will make them take things seriously? There was a meteorology major offered in my college. Many of the people who took it seemed to go mad after the first year.

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  10. L. Marie says:

    The Midwest is feeling your pain no. Snow, snow everywhere here. Like you, I’d rather here a worse prediction and have that not to come pass.
    You’ve got quite the list! I’m also working on number 6.

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  11. Hope you stay warm! We haven’t had any snow here, but I hear it’s pretty bad for you guys over there!

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