First Week of Work in 2017: Anybody Got Some Rum?

The hardest thing about ending a vacation is that you quickly feel like you need another by the end of the first week.  It’s even stranger when you work at home because your guard is down about such things.  Yet the telemarketers are back to their phones and you’re back to waking up early to get the kid ready for school.  So I’m back to the early grind with a 7-year-old that isn’t too happy with getting woken up.  I swear, he is part hamster because he just squeezes under either his animals or pillows if I remove the blanket to get at him.  The wife isn’t much better and is still trying to work on vacation hours.  Seriously, don’t complain about being tired when your significant other looks like they spent the day wrestling with a barber and three very rowdy polar bears.  Enough about the song of my life that never ends.

I started the week prepared to edit Legends of Windemere: Ritual of the Lost Lamb for the 3rd time.  I quickly found two problems, but they weren’t in the words.  I just didn’t have it in me.  Took me an hour to get through one page and I was making changes for the sake of making changes.  My heart wasn’t in it even though I kept fearing that something was wrong.  I know why that is.  This is a dark book since a hero is being tortured and the others are battered pretty badly.  Imagine your rival breaking your leg right before the finish line, but you have to keep going or someone will die.  That’s what this book is about with the champions.  So it’s hard for me to go back to the darkness very often and I keep fearing that I went too far or messed something up.  I checked the spots that were weighing on me and made them a little softer or better explained.  Still, I think my confidence is dwindling on the last 3 books because I’ve never had to end a series before.  I fear that I don’t have it in me and this is the begin of it.  I do feel more comfortable with books 14 and 15 since I haven’t edited them yet, so maybe it’s the darkness.

The plus side of not being able to do the editing is that . . . I . . . Uh . . . What did I do this week?  Oh yeah, I got the February blog posts ready and went over plans to do the Chasing Bedlam cover and make a new one for Crossing Bedlam.  We’re going to simplify and hope it works.  I still like the original, but too many people mistook it for a children’s book.  That does make me think I waste too much time on blurbs unless this is like a multiple gateway thing Might be doing the first volunteer request tomorrow, but we’ll see what happens.  The NY Giants have to face the Green Bay Packers, which will determine a few things.  That and I want to get a little extra sleep.  If it isn’t the volunteer request then I might test out the blurbs.

The big project was War of Nightfall, which will be the series after Legends of Windemere.  Barring any disasters that range from nuclear war to being forced to quit writing and get a ‘real job’.  You know, one of those soul-sucking ones that helps keep the behavior pill business going strong.  Did I write that out loud?  Must be because I’m turning more from Luke Callindor to Clyde.  I played these two at the same time in my role-playing game days.  Luke was the noble hero in Dungeons & Dragons while Clyde was the brutal master of destruction in Vampire: The Masquerade.  On days where I had both games, the two would trip over each other.  Luke would have more of an attitude and be a little battle hungry.  Clyde would be a more nicer and more docile, which is unnerving for a guy that killed someone with an ear of corn and used to car napalm grenades, guns, swords, and an enchanted chainsaw around for ‘protection’.  I have mellowed Clyde out for his books since he’s really strong from the get go.  The biggest challenge for him is not turning into a full monster and my plan is to have his humanity get chipped away throughout the series.  It’s not easy working with a guy whose enemies are still alive because he likes playing with his prey or doesn’t think they’re worth the effort.  That’s typically reserved for villains.  One interesting aspect is that he’s a violent thief that has been thrust into a leadership position, so his instincts don’t suit his new role.  We’ll see what happens when I write the first book later this year.

As of the writing of this post, I’ve finished 2 of the 8 outlines.  The stories aren’t probably going to be the same length as the Bedlam books and each one will be somewhat self-contained.  Just another big event of the war and it’s only the character relationships that truly evolve over time.  Sounds like that’s what it’s supposed to be.  Thank you to everyone who helped me with the titles too.  That was the first big hurdle.  Now I’m left sorting through 15 years of notes that were written by a Charles that kept thinking he’d get right back to them.  No wonder these are taking a while.  Especially when you realize that Clyde started in Earth, went to Windemere at the end of his original series, went back to Earth without the jump, and then got brought back to Windemere when I started creating the Dawn Fangs.  Honestly, a big part of the first jump was because I wanted to eventually set up a Luke vs Clyde scene.  I’m over that . . . or am I?

Goals for the week:

  1. Test blurbs and get volunteers for Chasing Bedlam.
  2. Work on War of Nightfall outlines.
  3. Bike, cook, and eat.
  4. If outlines are finished then start posts for March to clear more space for Ichabod Brooks work.  After all, I lose a week in February.
  5. Decide on if I will write Quest of the Broken-Hearted or War of Nightfall first.  The former is a Legends of Windemere tie-in that would hold spoilers for the last book, so I won’t release it until summer of 2018 or later.  Wondering if writing that will act like a good emotional bridge between the series.
  6. Watch more Supernatural.
  7. Continue parenting.
  8. Watch football.
  9. Stop this post because I’m just being silly now.

Add On–  Seems my car is threatening to stall, especially when I turn left.  So, I’m without a car for a day or three.  Just in time for a snowstorm.  We’ll see how I do with staying online and getting a post up for tomorrow.  Blurbs require some prep since I have to delete the post after 24 hours.

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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15 Responses to First Week of Work in 2017: Anybody Got Some Rum?

  1. Wish you well on the car. I was going to be a smart-ass and say “don’t make any left turns.” Well done on the goals and look forward to the blurbs.

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  2. Man, good luck with that car. I’d hate to be walking. It’s freezing down here 20s-30s tonight. All the tropicals are going to die. 😦

    I don’t know how you juggle all you do, but kudos on getting it done. I used to write a list of five things to do every day and if I got two or three done, I felt accomplished and rolled it over. I don’t make lists anymore…just hit what’s on my plate for the day and hope I didn’t forget anything. I’ve been told I come across as very well organized…couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’m a disorganized mess. Finally cleaned of my desktop and made folders for the spread of files that covered it. That’s progress. Now if I could just find what folder I put what inside, I’d have a good start.

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    • Thankfully, I got back home just as the flurries started. No call to pick it up, so I guess I’m out of action for a while. Expected that. My computer files are kind of messy, but nothing like my notebooks. My love of marble notebooks means the piles look the same and I always have to dig.

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  3. MoreThanACat says:

    Love the goals. Except the one about football. If you’d said rugby, you’d have had me. Mind you, you’re talking about American football not English football aren’t you?

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  4. I can relate. When my vacation ended, I had to leave my home in Florida where it was near 80 degrees and get back to my work project in Minnesota where it was -9 at it’s lowest and 0 at its highest temperatures. That nearly 90 degree swing was tough. When my plane landed in Minnesota, I really didn’t want to get off.

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  5. I’m a big believer in a plan. They don’t always work out, but I usually wind up closer to my goal. Best of luck with the car. That’s always a pain, but it winter it’s bigger.

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  6. L. Marie says:

    Sorry about your car. Ugh! I had to get mine fixed last week. Not fun.
    Wow. You’ve got quite the schedule. I also find that I can’t stay in the darkness for too long. Some characters I can only take in short doses.
    Glad Supernatural is on your list. 🙂

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    • I have to call later because the storm hit right after I dropped the car off. Not sure if they got to it. I’m playing with my vampires now, which isn’t bad. They’re violent, but fun. I’m noticing the main character isn’t always the focus though. It’s a curious difference. More concentration on events and how he responds.

      At least it’s a little easier on the psyche than a project I can’t mention in public. 😁

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