Progress and Goals: What Could Go Wrong?

There’s been something eating at me for a while and I needed to get it off my chest.  That will be tomorrow.  Wrote up the post to get the rant and frustration out of my system before I wrote this one.  Really hoping I don’t have to deal with a lot of fallout from tomorrow’s post, but I figure it had to be said.  While it isn’t the topic of that post, I do mention what the ‘unpublishable’ project is.  We’ll see how all that goes over, but I’ll try to be positive here.

So . . . positive . . . happiness . . . pizza . . . Uh . . . Give me a minute.

Okay, things are still a little chaotic around here and looking to stay that way until mid-April.  That’s not negative.  Just a fact that is preventing me from seeing ‘Logan’ and ‘King Kong’ unless one of them stays in theaters long enough for my April 9th birthday visit.  Fingers crossed there.  For everyone’s amusement, I go from family event to birthday to Ritual of the Lost Lamb release to my son’s Spring Break in the span of 2 weeks.  I’m going to be a basket case by the time May comes around. Good thing I’m getting the time sensitive projects done now.

I managed to write 2.5 stories for Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks.  This covers Jester Flute, Orphan’s Shadow, and half of Zaria’s Kiss.  I’m hoping to finish Zaria’s Kiss by the end of Monday.  That leaves me the rest of the week to write the finale, which I’ve slated to be the longest of the short stories.  I’m looking at 11 stories hitting 240-250 pages. I’m hoping people see the story amount and realize that you can read one, walk away, and then come back for another.  Even though they’re short stories, I still wanted to give some development and decent action.  It is strange doing a brief intro and scattered description for Ichabod in every story.  I’m treating this in a way that I could present any one story and people won’t be lost as to who this man is.  Almost like I’m starting a new project every time I hit a new story, which throws me off a bit.  With any luck, I’ll ask about beta readers in a week.

I have made a decision about the next project.  Since I’ll only have 3 weeks before the chaos mentioned above, I can’t tackle the next Bedlam book, the Legends of Windemere spinoff solo, or the first War of Nightfall.  Two of those would require 4-5 weeks of writing and the other I’m not emotionally ready for.  Writing that spinoff certainly feels like true finality for my first series.  I’m thinking I can write the next Dawn Addison story for October and then do prep work for whatever I do next.  Tomorrow’s post will hint why I’m hesitant to put some projects at the top of the list.  I’ll probably spend April editing the last two Legends of Windemere books while promoting Ritual of the Lost Lamb.  Maybe that will get me ready to write the spinoff in May and I’ll use the summer for something else.

Next week is going to be iffy as far as reaching a true deadline.  I’m hoping to get 2-3 sections done over the weekend to make up for losing Tuesday at least.  My son is supposedly doing a story reading and then they have a book sale at night, so we’re going to get a few.  I have a feeling he’ll want DC Superhero Girl books.  You read that right.  He saw the picture of teenage Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Supergirl when I was scrolling through kid shows.  Now he keeps asking for the mini-episodes in the morning.  Can’t really complain.  It’s entertaining to talk to him about characters like Katana, Star Sapphire, Killer Frost, and others that aren’t the more common heroes.  Although, I’m having trouble explaining Mad Harriet:

Mad Harriet (DC Superhero Girls)

Mad Harriet (DC Superhero Girls)

She asked to ‘scratch’ a character named Cheetah and my son kept asking why she wanted to do that.  He still hasn’t figured out when a bad guy is making a creative threat.

Goals of the week:

  1. Finish Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks
  2. Parenting
  3. Biking and resistance bands
  4. Double check Dawn Addison 3 outline.  The fact that I forgot the title is a little worrisome.
  5. Look over Ritual of the Lost Lamb blurbs.  Might test those next Sunday, but I haven’t had any luck getting responses on weekends.
  6. Possibly bring car in for a tune up.
  7. Repeatedly beg laptop not to die and remind it that I can’t afford a replacement.

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 Progress and Goals: What Could Go Wrong?

  1. C.E.Robinson says:

    Charles, it’s always a great post when you review your life with personal schedules and challenges. Amazing how you manage your prolific writer status. Really like the Mad Harriet character. Have a peaceful weekend! 💛 Christine


    • Thanks. Though the prolific writer status seems to come with a lot of baggage and stress. I haven’t really paid attention to the Mad Harriet character before. She’s usually just one of Darkseid’s Furies, so I don’t get to see her with much personality like some of the others.


  2. Looks like a plan for the nest couple of weeks. You have my interest peaked for tomorrow. 🙂


  3. I’m not getting a lot of creative work done this weekend. On the other hand, my son introduced me to Diablo III and I’m having a great time.


  4. adeleulnais says:

    I sympathize with your schedule. Mine is looking grim as well but I keep going. I really want to see Logan, think it’s going to be a cracker of a movie but it might not even get to our movie theater here in the sticks. Still, we got sky. Love the song and am going to look up the band. Wishing you a good week. 🙂


    • I’m trying to limp along. Seems I either caught something or the stress got me. 7-year-old isn’t really understanding the need for rest. I saw a lot of my friends already went to Logan. Means social media is a spoiler filled place now. 😭


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