Goals, Explanations, and Plans: Take a Shot

This is what we’re seeing as a family today.  Should be fun and I’m really curious to see a nature show on the big screen.  It will be a nice cap on a long and rough week.  Let’s categorize:

Family Life

The zoo trip last Sunday was a great success and we saw everything, except for the Madagascar exhibit.  That was closed.  Monday was a fun play date for the little guy and Tuesday was just resting before school on Wednesday.  Oh, I set up an Easter Egg Hunt around the front and back yard last Saturday since the zoo trip meant he couldn’t do any of the public ones.  There should be some pictures of that in tomorrow’s post.  Overall, it was a successful, but tiring Spring Break.  Kind of hard to jump back in the saddle, especially with what else is going on.


I’ve been switching from cranky to depressed lately.  Trying to force a more jovial mood when on-line or in public.  Getting harder by the day since the stress continues to pile up for some reason.

Legends of Windemere

Ritual of the Lost Lamb will be released eventually.  The book is edited and the blurbs have been tested here.  All I’m missing is the cover art.  That’s where a problem that we can all relate to came up.  Remember when my computer died a little ways back?  Same thing happened to Jason and it’s much worse for an artist than an author.  We can use a notebook or work at the library while a new machine comes in.  Artists need certain hardware and software since they work with pictures.  So, that’s what happened.  Nothing can be done about it because these things happen.  Technology makes our jobs easier, but these are the risks.  I hope people are looking forward to the book and are supportive even if it comes out later than expected.  You might get some rapid-fire releases from me since I have Ichabod Brooks coming too.

Ichabod Brooks

Thanks to all of the beta readers who got back to me within a two day period.  I’ve been going over your notes and suggestions.  I’m glad everyone said that they liked the stories.  This is my first attempt at a short story collection, so we’ll see what happens.  It’s tough because I treated each one like a separate entity.

Dawn Addison

She says hi.

Kira Grasdon

Why would I mention her?  Curious.

Protecting Bedlam

The blog-only story is coming along smoothly.  I only had 3 days to work this week and I got 2.5 chapters done.  This is a difficult project since I’m writing a book and it’s going to end up on the blog.  Some sections might be long because of this and I can’t chop it up any more than I already have.  Sorry about that.  Another issue is that people seem to be getting more sensitive about politics and social causes.  It’s making me nervous when I touch on certain characters and situations.  Doesn’t help that I’m throwing physics out the window more often than in the previous stories, which is driving Lloyd nuts.  I do hope people get a kick out of this and I don’t get a beating in the comments.  People really go crazy over these things.


I’ve been reading more manga than books due to time and distractions.  Had to put Fairy Tail on the side because my wife is reading my stuff.  Not fair for me to go ahead, so I’ve been working through Soul Eater.  The question is what to go for after I finish this one.  I’m thinking of Rurouni Kenshin or (for insanity’s sake) One Piece.  The library has all of the volumes for both.  Kenshin is shorter and complete, but I’m really curious about how far One Piece has come since I stopped reading long ago. Think I have a few weeks before I have to decide.


  1. Laundry and writing tomorrow.
  2. Write more of Protecting Bedlam.
  3. Poke at the superhero ideas.
  4. Make contact for Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks cover.  (Title opinions?)
  5. Look over the last two Windemere books to get an idea of editing time.  They run alongside each other, so it helps to edit one after the other.
  6. Cooking as usual.

Speaking of #5, I’m getting a little nervous that I’m not thinking about Legends of Windemere as often as I used to.  Maybe it’s because I finished all the first drafts and there’s nothing else I can do besides editing and publishing.  Did I make a mistake finishing it all so early?

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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9 Responses to Goals, Explanations, and Plans: Take a Shot

  1. Jean Lamb says:

    You’re normal. I felt the same way when Phoenix in Shadow was out to the beta readers and I didn’t have another project ready to go, though it seems you do.

    And you need to ‘fill the well’–go out and do things and not just crash by the TV, though I’m sure that’s a temptation. If the weather is good, go out for a walk or play on the swings or something, and don’t worry if you don’t think of a blessed thing while you’re doing it.


    • I do have other projects, but Legends has been with me since 1998/1999. Hard to let go of that one.

      Never been a fan of filling the well. Only because I have 30+ ideas on the docket. I’m also used to me being idle attracting people with demands or criticism. So staying busy or away tends to work as a safety measure.


  2. I think you will look back and realize you finished Windemere right on time.

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  3. I’ve always written in flurries, and had down time in between. You probably don’t have that luxury, but great things come to me when I get some camping time, or go mushrooming, or fishing.


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