Time to Crack the Knuckles, Open the Laptop, and . . . Never Mind

(Video chosen by 8-year-old who won’t stop singing the chorus.)

The first week of 2018 has come and gone with me feeling like time is nothing more than a human construct.  There isn’t a single difference between 2017 and 2018.  I really don’t want to go on a negative rant, but then I wouldn’t have a post.  There will be a positive at the start and end though.

Let me first say one positive of the week is that Warlord of the Forgotten Age is doing okay.  Selling decently for a holiday and early year release.  I’ve given up on the Top 100 list because it’s just insane what goes on there.  Erotica everywhere along with books that seem to show up, get 40-50 positive reviews in 1-2 days, and get to the top of the lists like a rocket.  No idea how they do that.  So, I’m just happy to stay afloat and that’s still iffy right now.  Overall, I’ve sold 33 copies of the finale, which isn’t too bad.  A lot of my promos are starting to kick in now, which I hope will give it the opening boost.

Now for everything else that happened:

  1. Another review disappeared from Beginning of a Hero.  No idea which one, but it does seem to be a positive.
  2. My son went full tantrum when it came to getting on the bus.  It was to the point where we couldn’t get his shoes or jacket on, so we had to wave the bus on.  As soon as it left, he would snap into a state of happiness and start getting ready for me to drive him to school.  Part of it is because he likes me driving him, but a deeper issue is that he’s terrified of throwing up on the bus.  This caused chaos with my mornings where I either planned to crawl back into bed or dive right into editing War of Nytefall: Loyalty.  He takes the bus home though, so it’s only in the morning.  Monday will be the next test for this.
  3. I had to rethink my biking in the morning because of this issue.  It used to be 30 minutes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  I’m going to change it to 15 minutes every day of the week and see if that works better.  This might not be a negative, but it tells me that my days give me less time than they did even a year ago.
  4. SNOW DAY!  I should have seen it coming for Thursday since that was the actual storm.  No idea what went wrong either.  I did shoveling and then it I couldn’t get a moment of peace to edit.  There were other adults around, but my son is obsessed with a Lego Batman game that he only plays with me.  Nobody could talk him out of playing and I was told I could edit in the morning then play in the afternoon.  Didn’t work out that way and I was derailed until the evening, which was tough as well because somebody, not the kid, was chatty.
  5. SNOW DAY AGAIN!  Oh come on!  I understand that there was worry about the roads being dangerous.  The temp being in the negatives sucked too.  It’s just that I really needed to edit since this book has some plot holes that require me to focus and not take extended breaks.  At least I think so, but the one person who has read the book simply shrugs when I ask.  Think they just went through the motions or took so long that whatever happened at the start was forgotten like when I write it the first time.  I spent the day running errands and playing the game.  He gave me 1.5 hours to edit in the morning, but it was like the day before with me waiting for him to walk into the room with questions.  I really pray next week has no breaks and he gets on the bus with his motion sickness bracelets.

The other positive is that I heard back from a cover artist for War of Nytefall and we’re working on a theme for the overall series.  I like what she’s suggested so far, which involves a story-related symbol on each one.  It’s more simplistic than Legends of Windemere, which makes some sense since it isn’t the same kind of adventure.  There are still great battles, but they have a different flavor.  I’m looking forward to when the book is fully edited and the cover is ready to go.  The plan is early April for the first one, which I hope gives me time to recover enough funds to do a proper promotion.  Not 100% certain what that means any more since I don’t get a lot of sales and reviews using social media and the usual sites.  Still, I’m being optimistic about this since I’ve wanted to debut Clyde for years.

Goals of the week?

  1. Finish editing War of Nytefall: Loyalty.
  2. Be more consistent with biking.
  3. Hope:  No driving kid to school.
  4. Review the outline for Quest of the Broken Hearted.
  5. Set up a file for Quest of the Broken Hearted because I want to start writing the day after Martin Luther King Junior Day.
  6. Look over outline for War of Nytefall: Lost because I don’t want to take extended breaks.
  7. Read more Trigun Maximum.
  8. Possibly 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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15 Responses to Time to Crack the Knuckles, Open the Laptop, and . . . Never Mind

  1. Sleep is overrated, so take that right off your list (kidding!). Good news on the biking: scientists say that shorter periods of intense exercise are better for you, so chunking up your biking may actually be more effective in the long run. Woo!

    Sorry to hear about your editing woes. I too am plagued with constant interruptions — as I attempt to write this comment, my father has wandered into the kitchen to tell me, unprompted, about the competitive nature of the workplace. And now he’s gone, like a brief but concentration-destroying tornado.

    In summary, good luck on your editing, hope your son overcomes his bus issues, and fingers crossed that 2018 picks up!


    • The challenge with the biking is that my weeks never go smoothly. Weekends are especially rough because the kid is home and I’m the light sleeper. So I’m usually the one with him in the morning and he doesn’t let me get away for anything other than a shower.

      My family does that all the time since I lack a place to call my own. They just walk in, start talking, and cause a mental derailment. The current book had some issues too because it’s the one I wrote when I didn’t have a laptop, so I was using the communal desktop. Kept getting booted for other people and it’s next to the TV, so I had to contend with that if I wanted to make any progress.

      Have a fun and successful 2018 as well. Really hoping I can finish the editing next week. I was promised this weekend, but I’m already seeing signs of it not going that way.

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  2. Here’s hoping next week is smoother. (No more snow days)


  3. Soooz says:

    I’m one of those folks that only get three to four hours sleep at night. I’m awake hours before my daughter and five-year-old grandson surface for the day. That is my time … my time to be alone in a silent world and focus completely on my writing. I feel for your utter frustration, Charles. I do hope things start to look up very soon.


    • I get about 4-5 hours a night, but there’s nowhere for me to wander off to. So, I can only lie in bed until other people wake up. Part of it is because I like music while I write and I have no office. At least I can think though.

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  4. Sounds like you had quite a week. I hope next week goes easier for you.


  5. Yay for the cover artist. I know it was a long hunt.


  6. I’m glad Warlord Of The Forgotten Age is doing well, and that you’ve found a new cover artist you like.

    I hope this week is going better, and you’re actually getting to get some editing and things done.


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