Goals Achieved and Now 2 Months of Toe Twiddling

First, a reminder:

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen


That should do it and I’ll put the ignored video at the end.  It’s funny that with everything going on, I now have time to put my hands in all of the pies that I’ve got on my shelf.  I would have used that fire adage, but I forgot the pokey things we put in them.  Now I want S’mores.  I’ve had the mind wandering issue a bunch lately.  To make things easier for my focus and your reading.  I’m going to do the section thing again:

Life Stuff

I survived the Buffalo trip and made it back in time to see the NY Giants lose.  I knew I should have focused more on writing or sleeping during that time.  It wasn’t until Sunday night that I realized my son had off from school on Wednesday, which threw a tiny monkey wrench into my writing plans.  Only victory that day was buying him slippers to stop the constant slipping and falling he does on the wooden floors.  Too cold for him to go barefoot and he refuses to stop jumping and dancing around.  He reenacts a lot of Kung Fu Panda 3 and I swear we need to get him into tap dancing.

Took a while to get through all the DVR stuff too because we had 5 shows on Sunday.  Ash vs Evil Dead, Once Upon a Time, Elementary, The Librarians, and Westworld.  Add that we missed Dirk Gently the night before and it was a busy week for TV.  Made for a good distraction considering the big stuff that happened.

Legends of Windemere

Thirty minutes before Legends of Windemere: The Spirit Well went live, I wrote the final line of the entire series.  It’s a rough draft that will have a few edits before the release next December, but that’s it.  No more outlining, planning, or first drafts for a series I’ve been working on since 1998.  You’re probably going to hear me lamenting a lot in the coming weeks because it hit me harder than I expected.  Not even sure I can explain it perfectly.  I found myself screwing up the ending a lot because I was leaving it open for another book, which would never happen.  At least not exactly since one character needs to get their story completed.  Might still be an issue here since part of the finale changed in regards to this character.  Spoilers prevent me from explaining, which always sucks.

Anyway, I will fully admit that I cried after I wrote the final line.  Was fine up until I hit the final quotation mark.  Then I just broke for a bit.  The book release has helped to distract me from what I had just done.  With the next two months being preparing for future projects, I’ll have time to come to terms with stuff.  Also to stop myself from telling people what that final line is.  Going to be a long 2017.

Ichabod Brooks

The 12 stories have been chosen and I’m doing 3 sentence plot synopses to get an idea of what I’m doing.  The stories will range from 5-8 sections.  I’m hoping to have Morgan from City of Beasts return too.  This is probably going to be the writing project I tackle first next year.  Either late January or February depending on how I do with the other outlines for the year.  I’m going to post all the synopses tomorrow to see what people think.  Leaning toward: Life and Times of Ichabod Brooks.


I’m going to be editing Chasing Bedlam next week and I really need to write up the blurbs for this one.  Hoping for a February release, but I won’t be putting a bunch of money behind the promo stuff.  It’s hard to rationalize it when money is tight, Legends is nearing the end, and the first book didn’t rocket off too much.  I know the reasons, but the list seems to be so long that I’d have to rewrite the books (remove the violence, sex, humor, etc.) or scrap it.  I like these characters and world, so I’m going to stick with it.  People like the excerpts, so we’ll see what happens this time around.

Raven’s Dawn

That sound like a good title?  My wife said she liked it.  With Dawn . . . Wow, I didn’t even realize I did that with the title until now.  Shows how brain scrambled I am.  Anyway, the story is still a little iffy right now.  There’s going to be spoilers here, but I figure if you didn’t read the posts then you aren’t going to at this point.  With Dawn’s body missing and her spirit/mind/whatever riding Gemma like a prom limo, she’s going to be doing some really kooky stuff.  Her goal will be to get her body back, which has me leaning toward a cult that Gemma has infiltrated.  The cultists have no idea that the woman they’re worshiping is there even though she shows up as a ghost at times.  Of course Dawn would play with her food.  I’m thinking of making this much further in the future, so the ten survivors of the hotel have had kids that will be getting sacrificed and killed to complete a ritual.  Still trying to figure out a great location since I’ve done island, asylum, and hotel already.  Honestly, I’m tempted to use my old college as the location for this one.  Probably can’t legally do that though.  At least I can use the landscape and just change the names.  I need to figure out if I’m putting a ‘hero’ in there who Dawn chooses to give her a challenge and if I’m going to do 13 chapters and 31 sections again.  Didn’t do it with the first book, which was rather frustrating.

Nightfall War

I keep forgetting if I’m calling it that or War of Nightfall.  Dang it.  Anyway, this one might to tapped at during the week.  Kind of nervous about going into the vampire genre, but I’ve been waiting to start this almost as long as I’ve been working on Legends of Windemere.

What are the goals?

  1. Rest and relax
  2. Edit Chasing Bedlam
  3. Write up synopses for Ichabod Brooks and maybe characters involved.
  4. Write up synopses for Raven’s Dawn.  Maybe design the victims.
  5. Edit Ritual of the Lost Lamb if I finish Bedlam early.  Yeah, I’ll still be touching on a Windemere book.  Although, I already edited it twice already.  Not 100% certain I have to do a third, but I probably will to be safe.  I usually only do content and continuity checks this time.  Nobody to really hand it off to either.
  6. Biking
  7. Cooking
  8. Put video at bottom of this post:

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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21 Responses to Goals Achieved and Now 2 Months of Toe Twiddling

  1. Love Queen and congratulations on the series. Still a lot on the plate. Have a restful weekend.


  2. I’m glad you’ve achieved the goals you wanted to. Hope all goes to plan with the next list of goals.

    Man, and I thought I had a lot I want/need to get done…


  3. Oloriel says:

    Congratulations on the release, Charles! And even though it will be lamenting galore, congratulations on finishing the series as well. It is a great achievement and I am proud of you!
    Was there a release post volunteers I missed?


  4. It’s a good time to kick back and let the Muse have free rein. I’ll be writing a bit, but won’t hit it hard until the week between the holidays. I took it as vacation just so I could write.


  5. Congratulations and condolences on finishing your series.
    I still haven’t finished your story from October, I forgot about it until a few days ago when I looked out the window and saw 16 ravens. I’m not sure I want to finish your story after that, lol.
    If you really want to write another story with your Windmere heroes, you could just call it the Forgotten adventures or something.


    • Thanks. Sounds like Dawn and her friends only wanted to say hi. Though 16 would freak me out to the point I’d stay inside with a tennis racket. Forgotten adventures would be interesting. Though there wasn’t much happening between books beyond downtime. Younger days maybe?

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      • That could work. I remember something about a tall tree Luke climbed once, maybe that story could be fleshed out?


      • Maybe. Honestly, I worry about stretching the characters too far. I don’t want to hit a point where people are going ‘Oh, another Luke story’ or ‘this one trick pony is getting old’. The idea of having an ending and not trying to go back has some appeal. It means I can go back to the beginning with a new series.

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      • Oh I understand, it has to be what you feel is right.
        Still I have heard of authors you said they were done with a series return to it several years later with new stories.


      • There’s always the possibility if a story comes to me. I do have a solo adventure that finishes one character’s story and the survivors will be making cameos in the other series. At least those that happen after this one.

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