A Week of Summer Fun, Broken Tech, Medical Devices, & Pushy Giraffes

I should just pick topics out of a hat for this week because it was a whirlwind.  Let’s do the section titles and I hope people check out each one.

Ichabod Brooks & the Broken Laptop

I’m combining these two because I want to assure everyone that The Life & Times of Icahbod Brooks will be live by Monday.  For all of my volunteers, I promise to get the email out with the HTML file out by the morning.  Promoting will be simple this time and I’ll be behind the 8 ball on it for the following reason:


That sound issue came back with a vengeance on Wednesday.  So, I online chatted with Microsoft to see if there was a software problem.  They said it was hardware, so I called Dell and spent the night with them remote accessing the computer.  Not hardware, but they needed me to send it in to either get fixed or be wiped clean then rebuilt.  They paid for shipping though . . . FedEx Ground that takes 3-5 business days.  Don’t forget that we have a holiday, so the laptop won’t arrive until Wednesday.  I might get it a week later if they decide to simply wipe and rebuild instead of trying to find the problem.  For some reason, people don’t try to think of any sources of the problem besides the drivers.  I think another program is causing trouble.

Anyway, I’ll be using the desktop until the laptop returns.  This means not much weekend work and no night work.  I was going to start Quest of the Broken-Hearted on Wednesday when the kid goes back to school.  My math had it at a 17 day project, but that was if I could do nights.  Looking at 25 now unless I slip a few weekends in and start while somebody watches the kid.  Not holding my breath.  While I’m here, it looks like I’m going to be pushing myself insanely hard.  Basically:

  • Quest of the Broken-Hearted
  • One week off
  • War of Nyt Book 1 (Dawn Fangs.  Cooler title than War of Nightfall? Nyt is the vampire capital.)
  • One week off
  • Derailing Bedlam
  • One week off
  • War of Nyt Book 2

That’s being very optimistic for this year.  More than likely, I won’t hit that last one until January.  Thankfully, I did all of my edits on the Legends of Windemere stuff, so those only need outside editing and cover art.  I’m also starting to rethink that order because Bedlam and Nyt come out before Broken-Hearted.  Might want to switch Bedlam and Broken-Hearted to make sure I have enough time for all of them.

Medical Devices

Anybody remember when I did a sleep apnea home test?  Well, I went to talk about the results.  It’s never good when an experienced doctor talks as if you’re one of the more memorable cases.  I snore 500 times an hour and shift position like I’m covered in ants.  Does seem like the sleep apnea could be the root of a lot of my health problems too.  I have to go back in 3-4 weeks to put up the oral appliance, which is like a retainer.  This is supposed to pull my mandible forward and prevent my tongue from sliding into my throat.  You see, my mouth isn’t big enough for my tongue, so it bunches up or moves to the back when I sleep with my mouth closed.  On the plus side, insurance is supposed to cover the whole thing.

Summer Fun

It has been a busy week with the munchkin.  Saturday was the Prospect Zoo.  Sunday was the Bronx Zoo.  Monday was grocery shopping and playing around the house.  Tuesday was my doctor appointment, so he went to an animal rescue place with the grandparents.  Wednesday was the Long Island Game Farm . . . the big story from that below.  Thursday was house cleaning and he was happy to get at the places the rest of us were too big to fit into.  Friday was playground, duck pond, and ice cream for lunch.  We still have block parties, fireworks, and a few other things.  It’s been fun though.  Exhausting too.  Let me get into the next one with three pics:

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When a Giraffe want you to move then MOVE

For a little extra, my son got to feed carrots and lettuce to a giraffe named Clifford.  He was excited, especially since he was the first one on line.  Clifford was excited too, but more for the food.  I was told to go into a corner to get a good video.  Things went smoothly with the munchkin shouting how cool it was.  Clifford moved his head toward me in search of food, but I had nothing.  So, he went back to my son.  Should have known that was a sign that I needed to move.  When the food ran out, he swung his head over me then gently came back to shove me away.  I was still looking through my phone to get the video and hadn’t realized the food ran out.  So, I was tracking him and suddenly felt his hand pushing me toward the stairs.  Oddly soft, but I could feel there was solid bone that would hurt if he got angry and did an actual swing.  When a fully grown giraffe tries to move you with his head, don’t argue.

At least Clifford was nicer than a deer near the end.  I had the cup of feed while my son would take handfuls.  This deer realized that I had more food than my son, so he followed me around.  Took a nip to the back, which didn’t hurt or leave a mark.  It was more a ‘did I just get nipped by that deer?’ thing.

Minor Successes

This will be quick.  I scheduled all of the posts for August, all of Protecting Bedlam, and even Raven’s Dream for October.  So, these are off my plate while I don’t have a laptop and that makes it a little easier to deal with.  With any luck, I can get back to my usual speed.  I should really sit down and look at the 3 main books that I need to get ready for the first half of next year.  Just to see how long it will take.

Plan for the Week?

  1. Laundry
  2. Staring blankly at where my laptop used to sit.
  3. Do the tournament brackets for my fighting series.  It’s fun because I don’t plan the winners.  I pick names from a hat and roll dice for winning.  The kid may help with that.
  4. Start writing Quest of the Broken-Hearted.  Still not sure how to talk about this one since it holds a few Legends of Windemere finale spoilers.  It’ll be released next summer in place of an Ichabod Brooks story though.  2018 is all about getting a new series started.
  5. Tinker with the next Sin story at night since I can’t do computer work.
  6. Get back on the exercise bike.
  7. Try to get a little extra sleep.

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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19 Responses to A Week of Summer Fun, Broken Tech, Medical Devices, & Pushy Giraffes

  1. Hope the results now being in, and treatment now happening, will mean you have better luck with getting that sleep in.

    Good luck getting the laptop sorted. Hope it actually is fixed when you get it back.

    I’m sorry, but I have to chuckle about you being pushed around by a giraffe and nipped by a deer. All those lions and tigers and things to watch out for, and it’s the giraffe and deer that get you. Haha!


  2. Loved the story about the giraffe. I have always said you are the hardest worker on the planet.


  3. Wow, a memorable week. I hope everything turns out fine with the apnea thing. And I can’t believe how much son has grown!


  4. Wow, you had a busy week! You also seem to have the next year or so planned out, impressive. For me if I know what I’m having for lunch tomorrow I feel like I’ve got a lot planned out, lol.
    Sorry to hear there won’t be any Ichabod Brooks next year, but you have to do what works best for you. Hopefully The life and times of Ichabod Brooks will be a hit for you!
    Have a great weekend.


    • The summer break still has a few days too. Think I came down with something, which is a fun wrinkle. Next year isn’t planned out as thoroughly as I’d like. Just a vague idea right now with no moves toward putting things into action. Need to change that either this week or when the laptop gets back.

      Ichabod has had long breaks before, so I shouldn’t worry too much. Being short stories, I can even write one up for the blog and then use it as the first of a collection. Happened with this one.

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  5. Amazing how much we depend on our tech, isn’t it? My daughter’s laptop went out and she’s struggling along with “just” her Ipad. (Says Mom, who grew up with typewriters but, actually, wouldn’t want to give up my computer, either.)


    • Don’t even have an Ipad since I saw no reason to have one while I had the laptop. There is a desktop that is mine, but it’s so old that Vista is on it and the thing can’t be trusted to work for very long. This wouldn’t be as big a problem if I didn’t have the book release.

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  6. That’s an ambitious plan. I kind of know where I’m going too, but leave options for family events and other fun things along the way.


    • My problem is that this year has been rife with family events and other things. Next year will be too. I went along as if I’d always have time. Now I have 6 months left in the year and no 2018 projects beyond outlines. That gives ammo to the ‘you should quit’ team, so I have to bust my ass.

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      • Bummer. Maybe you need a regular outlining day on the calendar.


      • I took all of January to outline the next series. Everything went downhill from there. Then again, I guess I had Protecting Bedlam, Ichabod Brooks, and the next Dawn story that were for this year. So I did get some things done. Just didn’t get to the future projects, which really need attention. I’ll be combating a lot non-school days going forward too.

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  7. Ellespeth says:

    Looks like you’re off to a fun summer.
    The kid looks taller and lanky. He’s had a HAIRCUT!


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