Buses, Books, Bedlam, and Bloodsuckers

Is it 2019 yet?  I mean, this week alone has been making me feel like I’ve gone a few rounds with an angry gorilla who thinks I owe it money . . . and it’s beating me with a flailing grizzly bear.  Not saying it was a terrible week, but it was exhausting to the point where I just want to sleep.  I’m just going to get right into the things on my mind and events of the week:

Bus versus Car

No, I didn’t get in an accident.  I probably mentioned this last week where my son refused to get on the bus in the morning.  We couldn’t even get shoes and a jacket on him.  The attempts were met with episodes that I realized on Tuesday weren’t the usually ones where he doesn’t get his way.  Those typically had shrieking, foot stomping, and the other signs of anger.  The bus ones had tears, an almost curling up of the body, very little speaking, and signs that one would normally associate with fear.  When he was crying before his eyes opened, I had a feeling this was worse than we thought.  So, we used this week to see if he’d try on his own.  Before anyone asks, we tried rewards of all types, both of us walking him to the bus, and every other trick.  Nothing worked and I had to drive him to school every day.

It isn’t too bad a trip and me changing my bike schedule to 15 minutes every day instead of 30 every other means I can do that and shower before we leave.  Am I happy about this?  No, but I’m not angry either.  He’s already easing up on the food battles to the point where he’ll eat most of his breakfast at home on a school day instead of all of it at school.  He still takes the bus home because it’s only the morning bus that he’s scared of because he thinks he’ll throw up.  We’ve cancelled the morning bus until he’s ready to face his fears, which I feel is the best because the situation was steadily getting worse as we pushed.  Maybe we’ll get lucky and find that this was the cause of all the behavior issues or at least a bigger factor than we realized.

War of Nytefall

I finished the editing and got a few sketches of the cover.  Totally forgot to ask if I could post one of them, but maybe I’ll do that on Thursday.  As far as the book goes, I’m a little more confidant about it.  The story isn’t messy like I thought and I cleared up a lot of continuity issues.  It’s much harder than Legends of Windemere because there’s more intrigue and manipulation among the characters here.  So, I had to have a lot of characters act one way while they were really wanting to act another, but couldn’t because it would break their cover.  Future volumes will be easier since this one was all about Clyde being set off by the manipulations.  The villain problem is kind of fixed too since I set them up a little better than I realized.  Character profiles are going to start going up on Thursday in February, which might turn that day into War of Nytefall day.

I’ll admit I’m still nervous since this is going to be a fantasy vampire adventure.  That middle part is tough because everyone has their own thoughts on what a vampire should and should not be.  It’s what’s given me pause about getting a bunch of beta readers here too.  I’ve had some people read it on this side of the computer because I’m physically here to talk about it on a chapter by chapter basis.  Beyond that, I keep wanting to keep this close to the vest, which could end up being self-destructive.


I’m not doing a Bedlam story this year, but the one for next year is written.  This part is mostly because I’ve had people suggest that I publish Protecting Bedlam with or instead of Derailing Bedlam.  After thinking about it and jumping around the idea, I think I’m going to leave the blog story there.  It’s for two reasons:  1)  Some of the influential material has changed so much that it doesn’t feel right any more.  2)  I think it would be funny to have an adventure that Lloyd and Cassidy don’t really remember because it might not be canon.  This feeds Lloyd’s belief that they’re fictional characters and the move seems oddly right for this series.

Quest of the Broken-Hearted

I really need to decide on a hyphen or not here.  This is the story that I”m going to start writing on Tuesday.  It will hopefully be a summer release as long as I get all of the writing and editing done.  This one is hard to talk about because it’s a spin-off of Legends of Windemerewhich means its existence is a small spoiler.  This makes beta reading and teasers really tough.  I probably won’t even do a lot of detailed promos for it until we’re a month away.  You won’t learn about everything that happened in the finale, but you’ll get an idea of the fate of at least 3 champions.  Guess we’ll see how this goes in general.  If it comes out bad then I have no summer release because I still haven’t finished outlining the next Ichabod Brooks collection.

Goals for the week?

  1. Drive kid to school.
  2. Keep up morning biking.
  3. Start writing Quest of the Broken-Hearted
  4. Write profile posts for War of Nytefall.
  5. If time, do a few posts for March.
  6. Cooking and sleeping when I can.
  7. Drink more water.
  8. Eat less Taco Bell.
  9. Finish reading Trigun Maximum
  10. Get last 14 volumes of One Piece and start on that.

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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18 Responses to Buses, Books, Bedlam, and Bloodsuckers

  1. Sounds like a trudge, but you are moving forward. Like I always say, “If you’re going to fall, fall forward.”

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  2. Best wishes for next week

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  3. Jennie says:

    Thinking of you at the bus stop. I know what that’s like. You have a great list of goals for the week. Onward!

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  4. Sounds like a tough week for you. I hope next week goes better… it is probably a good idea to eat less fast food in general, I’ve heard way too many fast food horror stories lately.


  5. I hope driving him to school helps, and things calm down.

    Crossing my fingers that next week is a better one for you.


  6. Yeah, people can have strong opinions on what a vampire is or isn’t, their abilities, etc. But, there ought to also be an awareness that authors handle this individually and — gosh! — sometimes try to be unique in their approach. If you’ve already established what vampires are in your first series, then hopefully you can just stick with it.

    As for your son acting afraid of the morning bus, you’re confident that all staff have been appropriate with him?

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    • I noticed that even when established, vampires get criticized. In fact, I’ve seen it more from other authors than readers, which is weird.

      Staff on the bus have been great. It revolves more around a fear of car sickness that hit him a few times months ago. There have also been a lot of changes in the last two months that may have gotten to him.

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  7. Wishing you and your family well in the week ahead! Make vampires what you want them to be, as an author, that’s your story so follow your rules. Good luck with your goals!


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