From The Psycho to the Killer: Should I Take a Break?

I have this song stuck in my head, which I brought on myself.  Bought ‘Moana’ for the kid and he said he loved it . . . Then only watched it once.  Finally got him to watch it again today only to learn he was scared of the part where the father is angry.  He’s had issues with angry characters since he was little because he doesn’t like loud noises.  Oddly ironic considering his past tantrums that left my ears ringing.  Things did get easier 3 years ago when he took a liking to Hulk.  Maui being big and smiling helps him out too because the trifecta to set my son off is still: Big, Angry, and Loud.

This week had a few mild detours like colds, errands, taxes, and my getting very little sleep one night.  That always throws me off until I can recover during the weekend . . . Well, that’s bound to happen one day.  Not this or the next weekend, but I’ll get into that in a little bit. Actually, the weekend after next won’t work either.  Shouldn’t get my hopes up for . . . May!  I swear, I’ll take a nap in May.  This is really explaining why Dawn Addison is becoming a little more erratic and random in her newest book.

In other news, Raven’s Dawn has only 5 sections left to go before it’s done and left sitting for October.  13 Chapters with 31 sections just like Raven’s Game.  If I ever decide to publish the set as a collection then I’ll have to go back to Raven’s Hold to add two more sections and check the chapter amount.  I like the trend of 13/31.  Honestly, I don’t think I can write her beyond next year if I make it that far.  This story is going to end with a set up for a grand finale.  It’s been tough too because I put in more characters than the previous ones.  So set up and development might be minimal.  For some reason, I don’t feel like flushing out anyone other than Dawn, her main target, and maybe one or two other is worth it.  It also doesn’t help that she’s kind of . . . just read the last section of Raven’s Game.

I did make a few characters for Protecting Bedlam.  How’s that title for the blog only one?  Some of the villains are being dropped and others are being heavily altered from their source material.  There will be hints, but I tried watching a lot of news to get an idea of where to go with some of them.  It make me sad and I also realized that I might not have it in me to create a horribly stupid villain.  At least not more than 3-4 in one book because then you just wonder how they even got into power.  So, we’ll see where things go with that one and I might start writing it up in two weeks to give me a little extra time.  I really need to edit the last two Windemere books back-to-back since they happen at the same time.  That will be my summer project.

Oh, I’m still hoping to release Legends of Windemere: Ritual of the Lost Lamb around April 9th, but it might not happen.  I’ll be posting a volunteer request on Thursday since I’m running out of time.  One reason for the uncertainty is because life is about to get really chaotic.  You might be wondering: You’ve been saying it’s chaotic for a while, so why would you say this?  Well, I’ll try to say it as best I can since I don’t really know if I can mention details.

The big family event happens next weekend, which means this week is where all the last minute things are coming into play.  People are stressed and easily set off while claiming they aren’t stressed and easily set off.  I’m involved, but still trying to keep my head down because I know how my family gets when these things are getting close.  Never take our pulses when events are coming.  Now, this also means I’ll be a rarity next weekend and probably only doing social media stuff in the morning and at night.  This is one of those things where me whipping out my phone will get me yelled at by everyone.  I’ll schedule a Saturday and Sunday post, but I can’t make any promises about quick responses.  I was thinking of figuring out a way to promote while gone, but I won’t be able to set anything up in time.  Sucks because I really would have liked Legends of Windemere: The Spirit Well to get a little boost.

Now, the chaos doesn’t end with the event, which turns out to be beginning of the madness.  I might have a book release in the middle of what I’m about to list too.  I go from the event to a short week that leads into my birthday weekend.  The day after my birthday is Passover (glorified crackers . . . sarcastic whoopie) and the beginning of my son’s week and a half Spring Break.  This covers Easter too.  April 19th is the first day I’ll be able to breathe.  My hope is to start the blog-only Bedlam story after the event and then get a section done every Spring Break night.  That should get me ahead enough that I can finish it in early May and start posting it in . . . Was I doing June or July with 3x a week?  I think Protecting Bedlam was July and Ichabod was June.  Need to contact a cover artist during that break week too since this one is OUT!  Anyway, that’s the life I’m looking at for now.

What to do this week?

  1. Retain scraps of sanity.
  2. Cook dinners that won’t be used as an excuse for family members not getting enough of the event food.
  3. Finish writing Raven’s Dawn.
  4. Make final characters for Protecting Bedlam.
  5. Choose music videos for a music post next Sunday.  Thinking of going with AMV’s that I’ve been listening too.  Except for the Keijo ones.  Enjoyed the songs, but that is one messed up anime.  Maybe one from each anime?  I’ll post about it tomorrow.
  6. Think about what I’m going to work on after my obvious attempts at distracting myself from depression and possible failure are done.  I’ll probably be hitting the summer when those are done, so maybe the Legends of Windemere spinoff, Derailing Bedlam, and I’ll start War of Nightfall in September.
  7. Wow.  Word count is higher than I realized.  Have a lot on my mind and plate.  Hate to admit that it’s making me indecisive.  I just don’t know what to do now that my first series is coming to an end and people are pushing for me to end the dream with Book 15.  Makes it hard to start writing a new series when it feels like you’re about to get curb stomped back to square one.  Yes, I know the whole ‘don’t listen to other people’ thing, but it isn’t as easy as people realize.

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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6 Responses to From The Psycho to the Killer: Should I Take a Break?

  1. Nothing to add here. It’s a plan, such as it is. Sometimes you have to step away for a while. I’m looking forward to that once I finally finish my novel. I have projects ready to go, but after I start them I’ll have a hard time getting a break.


  2. All I can say is try to keep going. (Well, you have no choice so that was dumb) Hope your weekend goes well.


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