The Voices That Never Fade

Bart Simpson

I was hoping to get writing done at night during my son’s spring break.  In fact, I mentioned that being the plan at least once.  Somebody should have smacked me and reminded me that such things never happen.  Far too tired at night to get anything more than twitching done.  Kind of annoyed here since I wanted to get into the next chapter of Protecting Bedlam.  So, what prompted this post?

With me not writing and wearing down by the hour, I thought creative thoughts would fall by the wayside.  Surprisingly, I was wrong.  That superhero series keeps slipping through the cracks since I can’t touch Bedlam, Ichabod, or Legends of Windemere.  Not without getting pounced on by the mini-Whirling Dervish that lurks within this abode.  How can a kid claim to be tired while running up and down a hallway?  Pretty easily and it’s something I wish on every parent who thinks working from home is a cakewalk.  (What is a cakewalk?)

Rambling aside, I might have poked a few more holes in my frustration with the superhero series.  My experience with Ichabod Brooks makes me think short story collection is the way to go.  I’m considering rewriting a bunch of characters too.  Bedlam taught me that I can use Earth better than I expected, so I might be taking them out of Windemere.  I’m still having trouble deciding on what to do with Savior because Project Phoenix can’t seem to absorb him completely.  Having him run with his own series of short story collections might be best.  The Protectors can get their own book under Project Phoenix though since the overall story is coming together better than before.  This might mean that my alien bounty hunter gets away from Windemere too.  So, all of this is going on in my head while I can’t get near a notebook unless I want to incur the tiny one’s hyperactive wrath.

Anyway, does anybody else have an idea like this?  One that you can’t get right, but refuse to get rid of.  Yet, every time you drop your guard, a new pieces seems to appear.  All you need is 5 more lifetimes and maybe it’ll work out.

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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43 Responses to The Voices That Never Fade

  1. Five lifetimes might be the answer. My avenue is the short stories that I publish three times a week. It is like the valve on a boiler. I use the prompt method to get rid of some disjointed thoughts.

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  2. C.E.Robinson says:

    Charles, I like John’s idea…short stories! Never used prompts! Think your brain works overtime, and you have prompts stored up for five lifetimes! Happy writing! 🎭 Christine

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  3. L. Marie says:

    Ha. I have no idea what a cakewalk is, but I know what you mean. I agree about the short stories. They seem to be a good way to explore new characters and series ideas.

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    • Apparently the historical cakewalk was: “a dancing contest among African Americans in which a cake was awarded as a prize.” Didn’t see that one coming at all, but it sounds amazing.

      The short stories might also help out with the ensemble cast. These are heroes that are being awoken after forced reincarnation and slumber, so each one has a story to tell in a way.

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  4. Happens to me all the time. I usually make a one line note on a list of short stories and they leave me alone for a while, like they’re happy I made a note. Some persist, and wind up as a short story. Others keep picking until they get a novel. It’s kind of a filtering mechanism for me. You might find this interesting https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cakewalk

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  5. Jean Lamb says:

    I’m using the Writer’s Book of Days for prompts, because I’ve been doing a lot of revision lately and need to write some first draft stuff without waiting till November. But I hear you on getting lots of ideas when there’s no time to work on them. Have a notebook ready to jot something down every time the kid goes to the bathroom.

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    • I’ve been trying on that notebook idea. Had to stop when I got caught up in the notes and realized the kid was in the bathroom for 15 minutes. Can’t put my guard down around the little guy.

      Didn’t expect so many people to mention prompts here. Very cool.

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  6. I think we’ve all been there at some point, whether because of children, or because of other commitments. I’m in a similar situation right now with workmen (repairs and renovations are happening in my building, and most of them are actually in my apartment, requiring me to do everything around the workmen). I have the ability to sit down and rest, which is nice, but being blind means I need to not have people making too much noise or having things lying around if I’m going to get things done, since everything either requires me to be able to move about (like certain household chores) or requires me to be able to hear my speach software (like writing and sorting eMails). Workmen means noise and tools and things all over the place, which means several unproductive days for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining… Well, not really. I mean, the work needs to be done, and I want it done. But I also want to work on my writing projects, and doing so is very difficult when I can do little more than sit there twiddling my thumbs on the days workmen are here (which has been a lot of days lately).

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  7. It’s kind of ambitious, but could you write short stories for each hero and have them add up to a longer plot arc?

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  8. I had that problem when the kids were younger. I couldn’t get my head to wrap around ideas. Consequently, other circumstances plus these put a hold on my writing until 2009. I had to retrain myself all over. I’m still not where I want to be but further than I was.

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