Stray Cats, Vampires, and Private Projects

It’s been a week here.  Where to even start since my brain is still sorting through everything?  First, I’m going to make a little announcement that will be repeated on Thursday:


This will be during the first week of February.  I’m tempted to say that you can volunteer for the April release of Legends of Windemere: Ritual of the Lost Lamb too.  I’ll be making these posts every few weeks to see if I can gather more than 9-10 blogs.  Anyway, this is the bland business part of the post.

You might be wondering about the stray cat mention and the music video.  First, I’m proud that I remembered that song.  Second, we have some stray cats around here and they aren’t very friendly.  Probably only to the mystery person that is feeding them.  One cat has been around for nearly 5 years and she’s definitely not one to mess with.  I don’t know where the silver and black one came from, but neither of them are the issue.  There’s a third one that is mostly black, except for the paws and chest.  Very skittish and prone to hissing.

This cat also has a broken foreleg, which I noticed on Thursday when it was limping into a neighbor’s yard.  Seems a few people have seen it, but we keep thinking the person feeding them will do something.  I couldn’t trust this mystery figure.  So, I called animal control and found that they can only help if the animal is stationary or the homeowner gives permission to lay traps.  I gave permission and they had traps for 24 hours, but I saw the injured cat in the backyard this morning.  Waiting on animal control again this morning because they may have caught one of the others.  The problem is that they can only do something if the cat is on my property and these guys roam.

Not looking good for the cat and I can’t catch it unless I find a place to loan me a humane cage.  Guessing I would put a dish of water and a can of cat food in there.  This cat can’t really run at all and it keeps crossing the street.  Did I mention it’s mostly black?  Imagine what will happen when somebody speeds down the street at night.  Wondering if I should be happy that at least I’m trying, but there’s no way to tell where this cat is going to turn up.  Might even know what the cage is and avoid it since we saw none of them until the cages were removed.

As this went on, I continued outlining War of Nightfall.  I did 6 of the 8 stories, which are coming out nicely.  It’s hard to work with a character that could easily end a problem by killing everyone and is always on the verge of it.  Clyde was an anarchist when I played him in a game, but now he’s more of a rebel leader who simply loves the fight.  Many of the books involve hunting down a new threat to him or the Dawn Fangs instead of the vampire civil war.  Honestly, I couldn’t see the series being interesting if it was only a series of one-sided battles.  So I made the big events that would shape Dawn Fang society and Clyde’s mentality.  This is all on the outline though, but I’m enjoying it.  Might get rid of or break his giant, barbed sword that is powered by his own blood.  He keeps getting into brawls, so the weapon might not be needed.  Unless he keeps it for show.  Also, Mab is crawling into the driver’s seat a lot, so this is becoming her story as much as his.

Finally, I’m toying with a project that I could never publish.  It’s stuck in my head, but I know it’s something that shouldn’t be put in public.  I’m being very vague since even mentioning this Bedlam idea would cause a stir.  This puts me in a bad spot too.  I can’t discuss it here or even report my progress.  Yet, I feel like I need to do this for my own sanity and might even write it ahead of Ichabod Brooks.  This is something I’ll be make notes for once I finish the vampire outlines and March posts.  Want to clear up my February for the book promos and this project.

I really don’t know how I’m organizing anything.  I have Windemere books to edit, a new series to start at some point, the delayed book, the personal project, Ichabod Brooks collection, Derailing Bedlam, Dawn Addison’s return for October, and that’s not counting the family stuff that will be going on.  Last year was a lot of projects.  Should I put off starting the new series until next year or maybe late fall?  It would mean a long break between published stories, but Legends of Windemere will still be over.  People will be calling for me to get a ‘real job’ once that last book comes out.  Talk about feeling like I’m adrift in a sea of confusion.  I just don’t know which direction to go.  Maybe using January to have everything in outline form will help.

Goals for the week?

  1. Finish War of Nightfall outlines.
  2. Work on March posts.
  3. Start doing prep for private/not to be published project.
  4. Figure out a work schedule.
  5. Make writing file for the Ichabod Brooks collection.
  6. Solo-parenting next Saturday, so rest up.
  7. Other stuff that comes up as the week progresses.

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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31 Responses to Stray Cats, Vampires, and Private Projects

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Count me in for both, Charles 🙂


  2. twixie13 says:

    I’d be happy to help with both promos. And best of luck with everything!


  3. Sign me up for anything and everything. Let’s just call it an open invitation. You freaked me out a bit, because I was digging through Brian Setzer music this morning. It has to do with character development for one of my own future projects. It’s getting pretty interesting now, and will be screaming at me to write it soon. That’s why I need to finish up my own backlog of projects.


  4. I’m in for both promos Charles 👍😃


  5. Oloriel says:

    Hey, I know how it is with the pressure and everything, but let me just say it: You already have a job, you are a writer!
    Oh, and I volunteer. For everything.


  6. Happy to help with both. The cat thing is tricky. If you feed it there is a good chance it will come back for more.


  7. With this barbed sword, maybe you could put a curse or something on it that harms the user every time it’s used in battle.


    • It’s more that he doesn’t really have a need for it. The original Clyde had a blood-powered chainsaw, which is tech that doesn’t exist in Windemere. He’s become more of a ‘tear you apart with my bare hands’ fighter.

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      • That makes sense, but you never know when you, or rather he, will run into an occasion where he needs a real weapon, if he does, and if the sword has such a high cost, he would have to decide if it was worth it to use the sword, that’s more or less what I was suggesting, not that he really needed it all the time.


      • The cost is that it drains his blood. Even though he’s a vampire with a working heart, the strain can drive him close to a rampage. I think part of it is his mentality too. Clyde can be rather arrogant and wants real challenges. The weapon can be seen as a cheat or crutch even with the penalty. Him losing control and killing everyone in a one mile radius doesn’t really concern him.

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  8. Sure, I can boost signal for Bedlam. Also, write the thing!


  9. I will always help you, Charles. Feel free to zip me an email. You should still have mine. A great pleasure. ❤


  10. adeleulnais says:

    I’ll be happy to help in any way I can 🙂


  11. Bookwraiths says:

    Always happy to help out, so put me down for both. 🙂


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