Weather, Worries, and What Made the New Laptop Do That?

First order of business is mentioning that I have a new laptop.  It arrived Thursday and I spent the day getting it set up.  Always strange getting one computer up and running while using another to play music, check email, and do a little writing during the rebooting and downloading stages.  Maybe that’s just me.  Anyway, it’s going smoothly with me learning Windows 10.  The keyboard has a backlight too and the hard drive doesn’t try to escape like the last one.  Only problem is this precision touchpad, which is incredibly sensitive and not that precise.  Still messing with the settings there.  It’s just one pad with two spots for the buttons, so I tend to hit in the middle and right click instead of left click.  Or I press too hard and set something off.  Let’s just say this is going to take a little time.

Now, the new laptop, a parent/teacher meeting, and Tuesday’s ‘snow’ storm has caused a blip in my schedule.  I was hoping to get 15 sections of Raven’s Dawn done since it’s a 31 section story.  Only got 11 and I’ve got 2 weeks before a big family event.  One problem is that the story isn’t as carnage-filled as the second book.  It’s closer to the first where there are weird events happening while the main characters interact.  I can get it done before that, but it means I won’t be editing Legends of Windemere: Path of the Traitors beforehand.  That might be afterwards, but who knows because the family event goes into a week and a half of Spring Break for the kid.  Here’s my 2017 project list:

  • Raven’s Dawn
  • Edit/Publish Path of the Traitors and Warlord of the Forgotten Age.
  • Quick character creation and write Controlling Bedlam.
  • Write Derailing Bedlam.
  • Figure out if I should touch on another series since 2018 prospects aren’t looking good.
  • Write Legends of Windemere stand alone spinoff
  • Publish Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks

Bedlam is giving me a slight headache.  I’m still nervous about the blog only one for various reasons.  Probably going to change up some things by removing some characters and altering others.  My source material is rather repetitive in look and aspirations, which is a slight pain.  The other issue is I’ve never done a full book on this blog.  Short story and novella, but never novel.  I hope people read and enjoy it as well as drawing attention to the series.  One tough thing is that a few have told me that I shouldn’t give anything of mine out for free.  Not like this, but Bedlam isn’t doing very well.  My main audience is fantasy and they don’t always crossover, but this might help out.

Another Bedlam issue is that I would now have: Crossing Bedlam, Chasing Bedlam, Controlling Bedlam, and Derailing Bedlam.  Which one of these is not like the others?  Yeah, I need to think of a c-ing word to replace derailing.  I know it’s a train adventure, but maybe I should focus on them protecting it.  Chugging Bedlam sounds terrible.  Careening Bedlam doesn’t seem to work either.  Ugh.

Running around a bit this weekend, but I hope to get some writing done.  The next few weeks and weekends are going to be a bit messy.  Is it wrong that I’m already trying to drag my butt to May?  How does anybody expect me to maintain a writing career when there always seems to be something going on?  I don’t mind the events, but it gets rough when I’m planning around these things, taking care of my son, cooking dinners, and then being asked why I don’t have a publishing deal.  The frustration is rather . . . frustrating?  Might be another reason I’m not getting very far.

Plans for the week:

  1. Keep writing Raven’s Dawn.
  2. Stop cursing at laptop’s touchpad.
  3. Gradually develop a dislike of Paul Simon because one of his songs will be played every day in this house for two weeks.
  4. Request the next 5 volumes of Soul Eater.
  5. Figure out a post for Tuesday and Thursday.
  6. Cooking, biking, resist banding, and the usual motley crew of things.
  7. Consider the lifespan of a fruit fly.
  8. Maybe write up a character or two for Controlling Bedlam.  Would Conquering Bedlam be any better?  Maybe Continuing Bedlam since Lloyd and Cassidy are out to make sure the Shattered States don’t get pulled under the control of a power-hungry villain.

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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28 Responses to Weather, Worries, and What Made the New Laptop Do That?

  1. Glad you got a new laptop. Thant should help your overall productivity after the initial start up. I would recommend a “C” word for bedlam but know in advance you won’t like it. So best of luck on that search. Hope you have a good weekend


  2. Crashing Bedlam? Cruising Bedlam? Commuting Bedlam?

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  3. I wouldn’t worry about a C word for the title at all. Bedlam is what tells me what the book is. That’s all up to you though.


  4. Chugging Bedlam… it takes place in a bar I guess, maybe set later after they retire?
    The only train related word beginning with ‘C’ I can think of is Caboose.


    • There are plenty of bars that show up in the series. I wonder if retirement is a thing in a dystopian world. At least with these two, I can only imagine it has to start with faking their own death.

      Caboosing Bedlam . . . I keep thinking of butts with that one.

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  5. L. Marie says:

    The only C word I can think of is CUTTING. This is the definition of cut according to train lingo: “CUT—Several cars attached to an engine or coupled together by themselves. Also that part of the right-of-way which is excavated out of a hill or mountain instead of running up over it or being tunneled through it.”

    What a schedule! I’m glad you have a new laptop to help you with that. 🙂


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