Three Day Weekend Into a Four Day ‘Me’ Week

It’s Memorial Day weekend, so the wife and son are home on Monday.  That means I won’t be tackling a new project until Tuesday.  The plan is to edit Book 13 of Legends of Windemere and get my head together for Book 14.  This will also give me time to promote:

COMING JUNE 1st! Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

COMING JUNE 1st!
Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Also this one:

COMING JUNE 1st! Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

COMING JUNE 1st!
Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Needless to say, it’s going to be an interesting week and the book debuts aren’t even the beginning.  I’ve got the house to myself all day for the next week and a half, which means quiet and focus.  I’ll be finishing the ‘Raven’s Hold’ sequel over the weekend and considered diving into a new project.  The problem is that I wouldn’t get very far.  Yes, I get the house to myself, but it means I’m also the only one to water the lawn, mow the lawn, cook dinner, clean stuff, and keep the place from falling apart.  That’s the trade off when you go full-time author.

I’m finishing up the 4 guest posts that were requested to help promote the new book.  I’m looking for others, but haven’t turned any more venues up.  It is tough balancing all this stuff lately.  Part of it might be the medical tests that are finally over.  At least until something else looks funny on a scan.  I know all of this was precautionary, but I had stuff to do and I’m getting tired of always having delays.  Especially since a new Windemere book is coming.  Wonder if it’s the stress that makes my heart look suspicious.

Feel bad that I have nothing else to report beyond a special event that deserves its own post tomorrow.  It’s been fatherhood and authorhood while getting some stuff settled for quiet time.  Then again, it isn’t that quiet since I need either music or the TV on while I work.  The melodic song of the phone doesn’t count and is making me wish I could unplug the things.  Can’t in case of emergency.  That’s excitement for you.  Author vs Phone: The Endless Struggle!

To be honest, this year is turning into a blur.  I find myself barely remembering what happened last week and drawing blanks going back further.  Does this stem for me being so done with 2016?  Maybe I really haven’t done much to begin with.  My real goal is to write all of the Legends of Windemere books in case I really do have to pack up my pens in 2017.  That consumes my mind some times and I do worry that I’m rushing some of the stories.  Specifically the one I’m going to edit soon.  It won’t be out until next Spring, but I keep thinking I screwed up.  Book 13 has a lot of returns, deaths, decisions, and basically pounds the heroes on the eve of their great battle.  It isn’t pretty and all of the characters seemed off as I was writing it.  There is a big reason why that I can’t mention here, but I hope it’s that and not me screwing up.  Just a big ball of doubt, anxiety, and stress this year.

What do I plan to do this week?

  1. Finish writing Raven’s Game.
  2. Begin editing Ritual of the Lost Lamb.
  3. Watch Tribe of the Snow Tiger go from pre-order to live and promote.  Really hope this book hits a Top 100 list like the previous ones.  This year isn’t looking too good.
  4. See how people take to the special June event.
  5. Cooking and cleaning.
  6. Send out guest posts after 3 day weekend.
  7. Biking as usual.
  8. Watch more Cowboy Bebop when taking a break.
  9. Try to get a little extra sleep.

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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16 Responses to Three Day Weekend Into a Four Day ‘Me’ Week

  1. A week to myself would be heaven. I’d take on projects too, but can’t imagine what I could accomplish. Hope you make a dent in that list.

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  2. C.E.Robinson says:

    Charles, are you really contemplating packing up your pens in 2017? Oh no! Don’t even think that! You’re going to find a path through 2016, and continue writing! Have a glorious time to yourself. Just keep house things going to a minimum! 💛 Elizabeth

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    • It isn’t a contemplation. Being a full-time author means I put most of my time into this. If it isn’t making money then I have a hard time justifying it to those who are supporting me. So far, I can pay my part of the bills, but this year has been brutal on my finances. Doesn’t help that my wife is still job-hunting and doing temp work. Things aren’t going well and people have told me that they want this to be the make-or-break year. To be fair, they said it before we realized how crappy a year it would be in general. Maybe I’ll be able to negotiate one more year since 2017 should see the last of the Windemere books getting published.

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  3. Sacha Black says:

    Hope you get lots done 😀 I have the evening to myself tonight, I hope I do too!

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  4. I would negotiate another year. I think 2017 is going to be all yours.

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  5. I take it all was well with the tests, then?

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