Break Is Over! What Did I Miss?

Well, I got the April posts done and some posts for Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  I’m writing this Thursday night since I doubt anything will really change tomorrow.  This has not been a working week.  Haven’t even touched a notebook aside from moving one off a table.  I’ve been chowing down on Fairy Tail volumes to the point where I might have to discuss me racing ahead of the wife.  I’ve got 2 left of the 6 I took out and just started with one.  Last time this happened, she ended up with a pile of 10-12 on her nightstand and I was staring at it forlornly.  Really wish I could design or do a series like this, but I guess I’m not that type of author.  Then again, I’m comparing novel writing to manga writing, which is pointless.

Maybe I’ll take this as a day-by-day thing.  Seems to work on weeks where a lot of stuff happened.


This is the day my wife was home, but I only got through a chunk of the April posts.  We did a family trip to get my son a Lego Batman set.  He did great in his first 100 days of school and my sister was chipping in to help.  So, he picked ‘The Scuttler’ because it was the only set with Poison Ivy.  He also got Dick Grayson, Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon, Joker, and a 3rd Batman.  Still, he was happy until I told him we weren’t building it yet.  This was for Wednesday afternoon.

The Scuttler

The Scuttler


Tuxedo fitting and let’s leaving it at that.  At least the little guy had fun with all the mirrors.  This carried into us doing a library trip and then an afternoon of him trying to convince anyone to open ‘The Scuttler’.  He finally gave up on me, but I heard him telling grandma that she could do it for him.  Needless to say, I was happy when he decided it was time for a movie.  Peace and quiet!


Morning showing of Lego Batman Movie and it was a lot of fun.  The movie itself was rather strange at times, but I had fun.  We sat in a row that had a big open space for anyone in a wheelchair, so my son kept coming close to sliding off his seat during the fight scenes.  He pretends to be involved in them at home and I think he was unwittingly getting ready to do the same here.  I had to keep moving him back in his seat.

After the movie, he said there wasn’t time for lunch and we went home to build ‘The Scuttler’.  7 bags of parts and 242 (or was it 246?) steps.  Probably more since it doesn’t count putting the characters together.  I had my assistant for Bag 1, but lost him at Bag 2 since that had Poison Ivy in it.  He came back for the start of Bag 3, but wandered off again when he finished putting Joker together.  No interest in Bag 4, supervised for Bag 5, and then lent a hand for Bags 6 and 7.  It was done and he immediately began putting all of the Lego Villains into Arkham Asylum.  Apparently, Harley Quinn (from another set) really didn’t want to go and begged her butt off to be released.  Why Joker, Poison Ivy, and Deadshot failed to attempt this is beyond me.


We checked out a nearby nature preserve before meeting the wife for lunch.  I should have known something would be off.  Before leaving, I stumbled onto the fact that the pizzeria we were going to meet at had closed over the weekend.  Switch to a Dunkin Donuts next door.  No problem, so the kid and I headed for the preserve.  They actually had Golden Pheasants from China, which was unexpected.  My son pointed it out, but I only saw the brown and black female.  He saw the brightly colored male behind a tree, so I wasn’t sure until it showed up.  You don’t really expect that kind of animal in a Long Island nature preserve.

Golden Pheasant (Not one from trip)

Golden Pheasant (Not one from trip)

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the highlight.  We walked along the trails and came across a dead raccoon.  Something killed and ate a bunch of it, but the tail was obvious.  My son would not stop talking about this.  He toned it down at lunch, which was good because other people were there.  Back again on the ride home, so I told him to stop mentioning the dead raccoon.  This is where he proved to be my son.  He continued to talk about it WITHOUT saying the words ‘dead raccoon’.  He kept coming up with other ways to say it without those words.  ‘The thing next to the orange cone’.  ‘The eaten thing’.  It was both impressive and maddening.


The grandparents took him to a live play of ‘Madagascar’.  This is the animated film where those four penguins and King Julian the lemur come from, which probably still doesn’t help most people who haven’t had kids in the last decade.  I could have done writing, but I just wanted some quiet and figured I’d lose the weekend.  Nothing would annoy me more than starting the next Ichabod story and then not touching it for a few days.  I’m not in a rush considering my plan is to finish the 4 stories and then move on to the next Dawn Addison story.  Not enough time to tackle a big project and April will be put aside for editing.

So, what are the goals for next week?

  1. Write 1-2 Ichabod Brooks stories.
  2. See if I can negotiates a viewing of ‘Logan’, but doubt it.  March weekends are neutered pretty badly.
  3. Read more ‘Fairy Tail’.
  4. Sleep, cook, and bike.
  5. Look into ways to recruit beta readers for Ichabod Brooks collection.
  6. Look into cover artists for Ichabod Brooks collection too.

Figure I’ll leave an Anime Music Video of my favorite Fairy Tail character too. Since I brought it up so often.  Haven’t found many others that have watched or read it, which is odd since it has a big fan base.  Must be getting old.  (Not a big fan of the song, but everything else with music I liked focused on her with another character.)


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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18 Responses to Break Is Over! What Did I Miss?

  1. I’m up for the Ichabod beta. Sounds like a fun week.


  2. jowensauthor says:

    I love Fairy Tail! I wish they’d hurry up with season 3 already. I’ve been reading some of the manga online while waiting for more episodes of the anime.


  3. I like the sound of a preserve with golden pheasants. Maybe you should show him Rockadoodle. There was one of those in it. Ichabod is my favorite, so I’d like to read it. You just have to give me enough time. I have some commitments for the next month or so.


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