Another Day of Hodge Podge Head

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This is another day where I have a lot on my mind.  Plus side is that I finished the editing and have some time to recover.  I’ll just get right into it:

War of Nytefall Character Profiles

So, I’m going to start doing the character profiles/origins on the first Thursday of February to begin directing people to the new series.  I have 13 major players to highlight in a way that doesn’t create any spoilers.  This might end up being my project for the rest of the week and weekend, but it does pose a small problem.

What do I do about pictures?  These are all vampires and the choices when I do a search never seem to fit.  They’re always noble-looking monsters, high school lurking guys in trenchcoats, beautiful women bathing in blood, and otherwise far too gothic for the Dawn Fangs.  I might just find one picture of a vampire baring its fangs and use that for all of them since I have no character specific ones.

War of Nytefall Villains

I’m running into an odd problem.  The main villain might not be who I thought it would be in this series.  Yet, I can’t really do a big switch in terms of rivalries.  Does it make sense for the more active villain to pair off with a supporting hero while the secondary villain battles with the main hero?  Hard to explain this without spoilers.

Quest of the Broken Hearted

This is the next project that I hope to start next Tuesday.  I figure it will take 4 weeks to get the first draft done, which means I’ll finish right before my son’s Winter Break.  I’ll have enough time between the two events to get March posts ready as well.  My schedule is going to be chaotic because of changes that I’ll know more about by Saturday.

To explain this book, it’s a one-shot that relates to Legends of Windemere and follows a character who needs some closure.  It’s a few year after the finale and will reveal parts of the ending.  It involves this person heading into a place dubbed ‘The City of Evil’ and battling through the monsters to finally rid Windemere of this blight.  The character is torn between wanting to help the world and simply having the chance to die a hero, so there’s a darker tone than the main series.  Once entering the city, the character learns that all who enter are greeted as guests/gladiators and have to defeat the many champions in order to earn a right to face the demonic master.  There are a few ‘pet humans’ as well that create a supporting cast, including one character that will be turning up in a few other series in the future.  Every victory brings them closer to the end and makes them stronger, but they could be losing something else as time passes.

Right now, I want to show the chapter titles minus the first one that reveals the character involved.  First is the city and then after the monster of the chapter:

Lacarsis
Aganippe
Paura Riders
Freybug
Ore Child
Blossom Maiden
The Rai
Ogataur
Tarnkappe
Wisp
Echidna
Koshei
The Shadow Earl
The Silver Countess

That’s 15 chapters that range from 2-4 sections each.  Most of them are 3 with there being developmental setup that leads into the challenge.  A big inspiration for this was the Castlevania series where you wander a castle and fight monsters, but I couldn’t just do that.  So, I left it with one fight per chapter and the rest is character interactions and world exploration.  There will be fun here because there are monsters everywhere and they act oddly civilized at times.  Hope this is one that people will enjoy.

Those are really it for my wandering brain.  I should probably save the rest for Saturday.  Oh, I almost forgot:

I was thinking of making Sunday a poem day.  Just kick off/end the week with a short poem about something that I happened.  What do people think?

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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17 Responses to Another Day of Hodge Podge Head

  1. You certainly seem to like being busy, Charles – you do great poems, so share them 👍😃

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  2. Glad the editing is going well.

    If you can’t do character spacific pictures, picking one as a generic option for all of them does make sense.

    Your upcoming books sound interesting, by the way.

    Oh, and I like the poem idea.

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  3. Sounds like you’ve taken on another big schedule. Best of luck in getting it all finished.

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  4. I think the Sunday poem is a great idea. You can recap a week or foretell the next.

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  5. L. Marie says:

    Wow. You have a lot going on. It’s great that you’ll have poems to share as well!

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  6. Wish I had your thoroughness, Charles…and, your talent! I’m envious. Happy Sunday!

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