Start of Productivity?

I’ve been struggling this week to keep up with email, twitter, blogging, and everything else that could build up.  The kid had a week off from school and the weather was miserable, so we were going stir crazy by the end.  Other adults were working or had important things to take care of so I felt like I was on my own for most of it.  The result is that I never touched a notebook, outline, or did much thinking about my situation.  All I did was try to make it to the end of the day and get enough sleep for the next.  Today has proven to be an even bigger headache with a few sudden issues cropping up that will make Monday less fun than it could be.

Since I didn’t do anything of note this week, I don’t really have much to report as far as writing goes.  I’m prepping a few blog posts for March and I plan on getting back into my books tomorrow.  It’s been about a month since I stepped into Windemere due to a break then misery and then no time.  Summer isn’t looking pretty, but I plan on working on a side project and edit during that time.  Anyway, I’m still battling a few cobwebs and some wear on the confidence.  I won’t go into details in public, so moving on.

The project I’m starting is Book 10 of Legends of Windemere, which is a daunting task because it’s the first of the double-digits.  Always knew it would get that far, but it’s different when you’re staring at the number.  I’m also working on getting ‘Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue’ ready for an April release.  The editing will start soon and I’ll contact Jason in a week, so this is more preparing posts for the Hype Week.  It’s getting tougher because newer books in a series don’t sell as hotly as the previous.  So part of me doesn’t even know what to do for this.  It’ll be a full week of posts that will hopefully start with a cover reveal like the last one.  Just not sure what to write about.  Maybe ask people their opinions on long series or write about upheavals since this book shakes up the game and several characters are forever changed.  I think this is some residual confidence issues because I saw some signs that things weren’t what they seemed prior to Curse of the Dark Wind.

For someone who started the week talking about being positive, I’m coming off as a downer.  Pandora’s cruel random mix isn’t helping since the songs while writing this seem to be about funerals, being forgotten, death, and misery.  It started with Fat-Bottomed Girls by Queen, so no idea how it went downhill so quickly.

Let’s get into the goals:

  1. Start writing ‘Tribe of the Snow Tiger’.
  2. Handle a few issues and get tax stuff out of the way.
  3. Get back into the biking since it’s been a little over a week.
  4. Finish up future blog posts and guest posts.
  5. Return to FB daily promos because at least they made me feel like I was trying to be productive.
  6. Work on the outlines when I can, but book comes first.
  7. Figure out some promo stuff for next book.  Maybe do an ‘interview’ post for some audience interaction.  Those tended to fail, but it couldn’t hurt.

As usual feel free to ask a question that will be answered on a future post.  Go here to ask away.

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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11 Responses to Start of Productivity?

  1. merrildsmith says:

    I feel like I have not been productive at all recently. I’m blaming the weather and winter in general. 🙂 Good luck with the rest of your week.


  2. Working on your guest post for Tuesday I hope to have mine to you tomorrow. Let’s hear it for a better week.


  3. L. Marie says:

    You’re on your tenth book of your series. Tenth. That is so awesome, Charles. How many people can say that??? I’m sorry that you’ve gone through a confidence shaker. And the bad weather on top of that hasn’t helped. I know how awful assaults on confidence can be. With some recent rejections, I’ve felt like throwing in the towel on writing. But I’m climbing back on the horse.

    I’m hoping this week will be good or you and that encouragement and inspiration come your way in a powerful way.


    • The real trick will be publishing all of them. I’m hoping I have some momentum left when it gets that far. The confidence shot definitely didn’t help, but I’m back to the books. Going to dig in after I clear out some email. The goals is getting the prologue done, which is only two scenes. Fingers crossed.


  4. L. Marie says:

    And yes, I am the queen of mixed metaphors.


  5. C.E.Robinson says:

    Charles, hope your week is going better! Can relate to being behind on emails and communication. Gets in the way of our mind to write! Happy Writing! Christine


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