Return of the . . . Not Yet? Off Again I Go

I don’t even know where to start on this one.  Life is coming fast and hard lately.  Last weekend was my sister’s wedding, which was fun.  Food and drink was great.  Brother-in-law picked some great specialty drinks.  Everyone had a blast.  Of course, this led into the past week where people went back to school and work.  This in turn is going into the following:

  • My birthday tomorrow- ‘Ghost in the Shell’ matinee and then I dunno.
  • Passover- Monday through whenever.  This is the one with food restrictions that make going out a pain.
  • Spring Break-  Got the kid from Monday until the following Tuesday.

As you can see, my head is going to be spinning and I’ll be struggling to keep up with everything here.  Family is coming, a trip to the zoo, maybe Legos, a play, and other events will be taking over my time.  Is there any wonder that I can barely find any time to promote or get involved in writer groups?  I’m always left wondering what I can do and judging by the amount of events coming my way.  Projects aren’t prioritized in this fashion, which is why things have become a horrible mess.  Maybe that’s another reason my blog is steadily turning dry.  Just so many fires and I’ve going only one bucket of water to handle the looming inferno.

Speaking of things on fire, I’ve . . . Got no idea how that segue was supposed to work.  I’m not even sure I spelled that word right. Anyway, everything going on has caused some delays on Ritual of the Lost Lamb.  Busted computers, unexpected events, expected events, and other badly timed things might push it to early May.  This puts it very close to the Ichabod Brooks release, which poses a question.  Can I release both books and promote them both?  I could feasibly push Ichabod back to July, but I was hoping to release soon after the last intro scene goes up.  The hard part here is that Legends of Windemere books require big posts that list all of the previous volumes.  I don’t know if I could do that and add Ichabod on.  The other possibility is to simply promote the two books and maybe mention Beginning of a Hero as a freebie and the Ichabod Brooks short story for 99 cents.  That way both books get a push and it isn’t a gigantic, confusing post.  I won’t be doing an excerpt for either, so it’s just the books, blurbs, sales info, and author info.  I’m going simple.

Speaking of going simple, I have to do more with less in terms of promoting.  Money is coming in slow and I haven’t been getting a lot from some sites.  Not that I can see since The Spirit Well sales dropped off really quickly.  I might just do the usual with Ritual of the Lost Lamb and try to push Ichabod through free sites and whatever else I can figure out.  I keep meaning to sit down and figure it out, but I can’t get a moment’s peace to do it.

In other news, I started writing Protecting Bedlam (good title?) and made it through the first 4 chapters.  I’m having fun with it and poking fun at whatever catches my interest without going too far.  Seems everyone has a different joke or area that they want me to target right away.  There was so much to work with that I simply wrote and whatever appeared got to stay.  This has lead to an interesting set of villains.  It’s hard since I know this will be blog only, but the length is getting meaty.  Cassidy and Lloyd get into some big fight scenes.  They’ve been rather irritable too.  She’s a little Nyx-like with how she threatens and he’s been ranting a lot.  Maybe I’m just thinking about the latest chapter, which had me on edge.  I’m skirting a lot of controversial topics and the real landscape keeps changing, so I wonder if I have to alter other things.  At least when I’m in the writing, I simply want to have fun.

So the few people reading this will see that I’m just swimming through the chaos for the next week or two.  I might be able to write a section every night, but it will depending on how much the kid wears me down.  I’ll be happy getting even one chapter done by the time he goes back to school.  That way I can finish this in mid-May and tackle editing the last two Legends of Windemere book.

Goals?

  1. Survive Birthday.
  2. Survive Passover.
  3. Survive Spring Break.
  4. Watch ‘Ghost in the Shell’.
  5. Write when I can.
  6. Zoo, Legos, and other stuff.
  7. Prepare for Ritual of the Lost Lamb release.  Maybe I’ll just do it once I get everything together.  Not like I have anything to lose.

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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22 Responses to Return of the . . . Not Yet? Off Again I Go

  1. This reminder is up in the right-hand corner of my MAC. It says, Charles Yallowitz’s 37th Birthday Tomorrow. Hope you have a happy and I’ll turn it off when tomorrow comes. (After an official wish)

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  2. quiall says:

    Happy Birthday? (tomorrow) You don’t seem sure about celebrating it.

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    • Not really sure what’s going on. Seems like it’ll be an early movie and then family dinner. With Passover the next day, it’s rather busy with cleaning here. To be fair, I’m not sure about a lot of things these days.

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  3. Happy birthday! I hope you get to have some fun on it.
    It sounds like you had quite a week and another hectic week plus coming up, hope things get working smoother.
    I thought Ichabod Brooks was scheduled for a July launch last I heard, guess things changed a bit. I’m nearly done reading it, then I’ll clean up my notes and send them to you, I’ve been running late this past month.

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    • I hope so too. Seems it’ll be a matinee and an early dinner. Family comes on Monday for Passover, so I can’t do too much.

      Be nice to get something to go in my favor as far as time management, but it’s going to be a long battle. I’ll chip away at the blog only Bedlam book when I can, but that’s all I can do at this point. Just treading water until I can get my head together too.

      I think I changed to June when I saw when the previews would end, but I might do July to get some distance from Lost Lamb. Gives more time for beta readers too. Not sure what I’m going to be looking at there either. First time doing things this way. My decision to do minimal marketing changes things up a bit too. Might be some rapid fire releases in general.

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      • It’s my first time being a beta reader. I’ll do what I can to help, I’ll happily retweet stuff for you, though I’ll admit I’m not sure how many people read my tweets.
        I’ll also review the Ichabod Brooks book on my book blog, it’s small, but I get a few likes.
        If there’s anything else I can do to help, let me know.

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      • Thanks for everything. I’m in the same boat with tweets. Figure even one person paying attention is one more than I’d have if I did nothing.

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  4. Bookwraiths says:

    Happy birthday! Wishing you the best in everything. 🙂

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  5. Good luck surviving everything. Oh, and happy birthday!

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  6. Have a geat birthday, Charles. Keep those fingers on the keys as much as you can. It will all get written.

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  7. I’m actually burning some vacation time next week to do some of my promised reading. It doesn’t look like I’ll be writing at all, and that’s what I want to be doing. I’m going to have to juggle a couple of releases myself, so I understand.

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