If I Can Twitch a Finger Then I Can Write

This has been a grueling week with appointments, disease, bad food, exhaustion, and ending on an unexpected haymaker to the crotch . . . with brass knuckles.  So I didn’t get as much stuff done as I’d hoped.  There was one highlight early on that I can’t talk about in public because it’s a situation in progress.  Could be amazing, useful, and/or nothing.  Still it’s something and I’m excited to see what happens.

Writing

Legends of Windemere: The Spirit Well is underway and about 27.27% done.  In other words, 6 out of 22 chapters have been written.  I lost Tuesday to mild food poisoning and only an hour of sleep.  Still twitching along too, so I only write when my mind is clear and I think things through when not at the file.  Some interesting things have turned up at the beginning and it’s becoming almost a mystery.  My brain is an odd thing lately because it keeps creeping over to the BIG REVEAL or BIG FIGHT when I’m not focused.  I spent a good chunk of Tuesday imagining how the final battle with the Baron goes and what happens to every character.  Mostly who gets the final blow and how.  Also who doesn’t make it out alive.  That’s not until next year though, so I’ll focus on the curious mystery that is turning up in Book 12.

Parenthood

It goes and my son has 7 pumpkins for the holiday.  We’re set for Halloween, but it’s looking like one parent will have to stay home for handing out candy.  That’ll probably be me and I’m fighting against the Yoda ears.  If I’m stuck in the house alone then I’ll write at the dining room table.  Reminds me that there’s the school Halloween parade and a few other events to take the kid to.

Also, my cellphone has become part of the bedtime rituals.  He noticed that I listen to music on Pandora when I shave or shower.  So he gets music (Black Mages station) when he behaves for everything leading up to his own shower.  Seems to work, but it means any texts I get during that time won’t be noticed.  Or they will and get answered by a soaped up 6-year-old.

Blogging

First of all, we’re coming to the end of the October stuff.  Only one day left of Monster Make, 2 days of Windemere Monsters, and a few more pieces of Raven’s Hold.  Thank you to everyone who has kept up with the story and I hope the ending is to your liking.  Next Saturday is going to have a discussion post about Raven’s Hold in regards to feedback and if I got anything right.  Seems Dawn Addison is very popular and I might have to find a home for her.  I keep switching ideas on if she’d work better in Windemere or Bedlam.

Another issue with blogging is that I’ve run out of Teaser Tuesday ideas.  The later books are showing too much in the way of spoilers and I don’t know what to focus on when I go for other books.  We’ll see what happens with that.  Any suggestions or character requests would be welcomed.

Finally, I’m toying with an idea for December posts.  November is already set up and I have 2 weeks worth for December, but it’s rather random.  I probably won’t be finishing writing this book until mid-month and then there’s all of the stuff for the possible release of Legends of Windemere: The Mercenary Prince.  So what would people think about a month of retro posts?  Kind of like a greatest hits from 2013 and 2014 that newer readers might not have read.  I’ve covered a lot of topics, so whenever people ask for me to write about something, I usually find it.  So feel free to give your opinion here.

Goals for the week?

  1. Write more of the book.
  2. Continue apologizing to my editor for abusing British slang in Crossing Bedlam.  In my defense, Lloyd did say the author had no idea what he was doing.
  3. Prepare for Halloween and rest.
  4. Stop writing with the back of my neck pressed to the edge of a wooden headboard.  It hurts.
  5. Dance like everyone is watching (i.e. No dancing.)
  6. ASH VS. EVIL DEAD ON STARZ!  HAIL TO THE KING, BABY!  (Trailer below. Graphic violence.  Enjoy.)

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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33 Responses to If I Can Twitch a Finger Then I Can Write

  1. Loved the trailer. I think I’m turning into a nerd. (BTW the guy looks like Mitt Romney) Looking forward to the Raven’s Hold discussion

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  2. Big donnybrook with my wife about why we need to subscribe to Starz again. I lost, so I’ll have to wait for the DVD or something. Maybe you can take a character outside of Windemere and write something extra about them. All I can think of is a cookbook right now. Maybe something like Beetle the Bard was to the Potterverse. Then we have our debate one day too.

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    • Sorry to hear that. Starz is getting some fun shows, but it seems all of the premium channels have ‘extreme’ shows. I know I had to argue to keep them. I believe our debate is in the first week of November. Maybe the second. Do you mean take a Windemere character and put them in another world?

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  3. Jack Flacco says:

    First of all, two things: Styx and Ash rock. Both rock. I can’t go beyond their obvious representations in the entertainment industry. There certainty is a wonderful joy when talking about both the band and the character. I really love their influences.

    As for everything else, Charles… I wish you all the best in overcoming whatever disease has afflicted your family and any others who are connected with you. I know out of experience, disease is the number one contributor to the destruction of our imagination as writers. Then again, there really isn’t anything that compares to living the life of an author.

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    • Fully agree. Glad to see Ash coming back. Didn’t see that remake/reboot Evil Dead thing though. Not sure how it stood up to the original.

      I’m wondering if it’s a disease or simply exhaustion. The wife has her yearly bout of chronic bronchitis, which I convinced her to get medicine for before it gets really bad. I think the writing periods are draining me too. The new story is definitely a puzzle being carefully pieced together. Doesn’t help that some of my outline notes make no sense.

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  4. You poor man! Hope you all feel better soon 🙂

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  5. My favorite thing is to visualize these intense scenes or fights or whatever, down to the last detail, and then when I actually sit down to write said scene, it turns out totally differently and it’s INFURIATING.

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