A Week of Aches, Pains, & Progress

I started the week with a brutalized lower back because my snow shoveling technique is self-destructive.  Limped through the Tribe of the Snow Tiger edits while using a heating pad and stretching.  Now I’m finishing up another round of edits on Crossing Bedlam before moving on to Charms of the Feykin and The Spirit Well.  Of course, I managed to get a stiff neck last night and feel like a turtle who can’t get his head out of his shell.  Seriously, it feels so good to grab my jaw/head/cheeks and pull to extend my neck and ease the tension.  Guessing today will be slow progress, so my goal of editing the 4 mentioned books before February 13th is in jeopardy.  Not to mention that Super Bowl thing coming.

I showed a preview/early drawing of Lloyd, so today I have another cover piece.  This is of a character who hasn’t gotten much attention in the posts:

Sketch by Jon Hunsinger

Sketch by Jon Hunsinger

This is one of its later incarnations since it gets upgrades and ‘downgrades’ throughout the book.  Cassidy’s jeep has become a big part of the story, which is why it might be playing a bigger role in the sequel.  I’m already working on that idea after talking to Jon about the cover and what he thinks of the story.  This is going to be a southern adventure that encircles Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.  I considered Tennessee, but that took them too far out of the way.  Still working on ideas for Alabama and Georgia too.  The weirdness of the world brings up too many suggestions and I don’t want to repeat myself.  This is probably going to be a small project I focus on while my son is on his Winter Break.  At least at night when he’s asleep.

Staying on this topic since I have nothing else to talk about without falling into a rant, I find myself really nervous about Crossing Bedlam.  I had a lot of fun writing this story and crafting a new world.  Like Beginning of a Hero levels of fun and that comes with the anxiety too.  Will people enjoy this book to warrant a series?  How do I price and market it?  What can I do about reviews since those seem to be harder and harder to come by without incurring Amazon’s wrath?  Almost like I’m publishing for the first time.  I’d celebrate everything with pizza on the 12th to take the edge off, but that might not happen.  Unless I do it the 11th.  Pizza makes everything better and it’s been a few weeks since I indulged on my terms.

In non-book news, wife still job hunting and kid had his gymnastics show yesterday.  He did good, but I understand why he can’t progress to the next level.  He needs to work on things and learn to focus on what he’s doing.  It’s really anything that involves putting his legs in the air like cartwheels and handstands.  Rolling and bridges are okay and he loves the parallel bars (with help).

So, what’s the plan for the week?

  1. Finish edits on Crossing Bedlam and Charms of the Feykin.
  2. Start edits on The Spirit Well.
  3. Figure out Alabama and Georgia for Bedlam sequel.  Thinking ‘Chasing Bedlam’ as a title.  The premise is that somebody steals the jeep and Cassidy takes that about as well as someone insulting her mom.
  4. Help clean house for Super Bowl party.
  5. Biking.
  6. Cook dinner, I guess.
  7. Maybe get a hair cut now that the sidewalks are clear and spring has apparently arrived.
  8. Contact person at library to get Beginning of a Hero into the eBook rental system.

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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36 Responses to A Week of Aches, Pains, & Progress

  1. Ooooh love the song! Also, I feel your aches and pain. I was towel-drying my hair the other day and the next second my neck, shoulders, and upper back were on fire. Gah. The human body, amiright? Good luck with your assorted writing/editing/marketing endeavors 🙂

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    • Thanks. Hope you feel better soon. That happened to me a year ago. Was showering and the neck just locked up after I felt a draft. Made for a very rough week. Thinking of reducing the marketing for this book or spreading it out a bit. The ‘R Rating’ might pose a problem or two.

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  2. C.E.Robinson says:

    Charles, you have amazing brain energy! Your book goals, and personal goals (each week) seem to keep you going at full speed. That’s success! Hope your aches and pains ease up! Happy Sunday! Elizabeth

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  3. Sounds like a lot of plans. You’ve always been an ambitious guy. I like the idea of the Jeep being a focal point such that it almost becomes a character itself. I wouldn’t sweat the R rating myself. I write the book I feel and decide where it fits later. Wisp fitting as young adult was a complete surprise, so I went with it.

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    • One day I hope to have the ambition of sleeping soundly. 😛 I’ve been leaning toward viewing the Jeep as a third hero too. Reminds me of shows like Supernatural and Dukes of Hazzard. The car isn’t sentient, but still has some kind of personality. Good point on the R rating. For all I know, it isn’t even that big of an R rating since I still don’t show any sex and merely mention it happened or will happen.

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      • That sounds like a great idea, but not as far as Knight Rider. Hinting at sex is nothing. I figured blood and guts was the reason.

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      • I was about to list Knight Rider, but remembered that Kitt could talk. Kind of easy to give a talking car a personality. 😀 The cursing and violence were the big ‘R Rating’ reasons, but I’ve noticed that people react more to anything sexual. Hack a warrior to death in vivid detail and your fine. Mention that two characters are naked in bed and people flip out.

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      • I swear you’re right. I refuse to worry about it any more. I noted in the blurb that TCOS had some violent scenes, and that Arson got hot in more ways than one. Beyond that the reader is in charge.

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      • Good point. There’s only so much we can say without spoilers or turning the blurb into a list of warnings.

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  4. The review thing is perplexing to me as well. The Crossing Bedlam story gets more fascinating the more you talk about it. Hope you get the pizza celebration is a reality

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  5. L. Marie says:

    Oh man! I hope your back and neck pain will go away. So sorry, Charles! Very frustrating!
    Sounds like your son enjoyed himself at his gymnastics show. 🙂
    You have a busy, busy week!

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    • It’s doing a lot better now that I rested today. Though I don’t want to push my luck. The week is actually busier than I thought. Have an afternoon appointment tomorrow and Tuesday is getting Super Bowl supplies.

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  6. adeleulnais says:

    Hope the back and neck pain is at least a bit better today. I am really looking forward to reading Bedlam, and I will post the hell out of it, when it becomes available. I love the idea of the jeep, just like Dean`s baby, i think most of us love it when objects esp cars become characters. Good luck Charles, you can ace this.

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    • Thanks. The jeep and Cassidy definitely have the same kind of relationship. I think the only difference is that she can’t be as gentle with it. Jerks on the road in Bedlam are closer to Mad Max than people who refuse to use their turn signal. 🙂 I’m reminded of the Season 5 finale that starts with Chuck talking about the Impala. Think that inspired me a lot.

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  7. Rachel says:

    Good luck with all of those edits! I hope your back and neck feel better, too. Maybe the snow is all done for the year. Hopefully.

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    • Thanks. As much as I hate shoveling, I do hope we get some more snow. For the kid really. Only got to make one snowman who melted within 2 days.

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      • Rachel says:

        Oh, yeah. That stinks. 😦 We didn’t get much snow here this year, but I’m thankful for that. Especially after last year.

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      • Last year was pretty bad around here too. Mild until right after January 1st and then bombarded. It was really the blistering cold that did it because the snow wouldn’t melt. This year seems different and I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

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      • Rachel says:

        We just kept getting blizzard after blizzard last year. It was awful.
        I don’t mind having an inch or two of snow to make things look pretty, but I would rather not have it. None of my students bring snow pants or anything so we’re either stuck inside all day or we bring them out and they get soaked.

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      • That was kind of the same here, but I wouldn’t call them all blizzards. Enough to make giants piles that would get covered in ice, so no playing with those. Never thought of sending my son to school in his snow pants. The thing is that they would require a lot more time to get him settled in the classroom and ready for the bus. So we didn’t want to make things any more difficult with him.

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      • Rachel says:

        Yeah, that makes sense. Our kids go out three times a day so we ask the parents to bring it so we can go outside. Some don’t even bring boots, hats, or mittens. It’s crazy.

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      • I don’t think my son goes outside on snowy days. They play in the gym or with the toys in the classroom. Probably for the best because he has asthma. Poor kid can’t catch a break.

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      • Rachel says:

        I’m with him on that one. I’d rather stay in on snowy despite how crazy the kids get, but we don’t have the space. We turned our “gym” into another classroom. Now we have no where to go on rainy or snowy days.

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      • I remember subbing in schools that were low on space. Sad that gyms can be the first to go.

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      • Rachel says:

        It is. But it was either that or the therapists’ room, lol.

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      • Ugh. That’s not a fun decision.

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      • Rachel says:

        Nope, not at all.

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  8. zombiephreak says:

    Beginning of a Hero will be in the library system! That is awesome! 🙂

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  9. Ellespeth says:

    Spring has arrived? You’re a more positive thinker than ‘himself’ – she says and runs and hides.
    I love hearing about the kid and now the gymnastics – the challenge is a good thing and a teeny bit of assistance never hurt anyone:)
    Thinking of your other endeavors and remaining positive for your outcome.
    Ellespeth

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    • It’s early February and in the 50’s. Very spring-like, which is disconcerting.

      I don’t mind him getting assistance. I think it’s just worrisome to see his inability to focus on full display. It’s adorable and amusing for the most part, but there’s a slight worry about how such a thing plays out in other arenas. Out of all his issues, the focus thing is at the top of the list.

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