A Week of Storms, Twitter, Vampires, and Invisible Anacondas

First, some good news and a promo.  I did an interview with Lisa Burton over at Entertaining Stories and it caused a really big jump in sales.  Biggest one I’ve seen in a little over a month.  To be fair, it was Baron Kernaghan who did the interview, which is why this is a unique experience even if you do it a few times.  You pick a character to be interviewed by Lisa Burton the Robot Girl and do a fun back-and-forth.  I really recommend this for authors who are looking for a fun and free promo.  JUST CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

A lot has happened since the last goal post.  We bought a Roku for our TV since it doesn’t have an Internet connection.  So far, only my son has used it to start in on the original Pokemon cartoon, but now my wife and I are back to using this TV.  We were using the other one to watching ‘Castlevania’ (Awesome!), Full Metal Alchemist Live Action Movie (meh), and start Sword Art Online (Interesting).  I spent most of last Saturday and a few random hours on Sunday figuring the whole thing out and making watch lists on Netflix and Prime. Honestly, I found more on Netflix than Prime in terms of anime and old TV shows.  Was hoping to find the live action Rurouni Kenshin movies for free since I’m finishing up the manga.  Sad to say good-bye this one and DBZ mangas are next.  Seem to be reading this quicker than before, but I’ll get into why later.

Some rough patches did appear.  A Nor’Easter hit on Wednesday with the dedication of an ice cream man who had just been fired.  Seriously, it was a little rainy and very windy in our area for most of the day.  My son made it through school and my only had to come home an hour early.  Why?  Because mid-afternoon saw snow start to fall on top of the rain and create a few inches of icy mush.  Good thing I didn’t have to drive through that . . . Is what I would have liked to say.  My parents had been in Iceland for a week and the storm didn’t stop their pilot.  Plane wasn’t even late.  I had to meet them at a train station, which was a little stressful getting to and from.  The storm also created a 2-hour delay for school on Thursday, so I lost my morning writing to my son acting like it was a holiday.

Friday saw a strange Twitter event for me.  I woke up to find that my account had been locked and I had to prove I was a human.  Seems I got swept up in a Bot Purge.  Once my account was back, I had nothing under the ‘Following’ section.  The people who followed me were fine, but I’d been pushed down to zero.  I tried my best to go through the 19.6K followers to get the other list, but it was too daunting a task.  Thankfully, nearly everything came back just after lunch with no warning.  I’m guessing the people who didn’t return were never real to begin with.

I’m going to touch on the vampires before the anaconda.  To put it simply, I made some progress on War of Nytefall: Lost.  Didn’t hit the mark I wanted, which is a problem because I want to spend the week before my son’s break doing a final edit on War of Nytefall: Loyalty.  The issue I’m having is that Clyde is starting off restrained because you can’t punch a mystery in order to solve it.  I just reached the point where he can flex his muscles, but it’s been a lot of encounters with some new characters that leave the established ones confused.  I will say one of the newbies has come out ridiculously good and I’m terrified that I’ll screw him up.  At first, he was supposed to be a psychopath, which he still is.  Yet, he talks a lot and has this incredible level of arrogance that makes even the stronger villains think twice about him.  I think I’m channeling all the insane villains I read about in comics because he’s giving me a Joker/Carnage vibe.  Going to be fun seeing where he goes.

This brings me to the invisible anaconda.  People may remember my revelation last weekend.  The anxiety attacks haven’t gone away and I’m slowly learning more about them. Breathing exercises work most of the time unless somebody starts grilling me on why I’m doing it, which ruins the whole thing.  Reading manga is helping because they’re quick and I can stop easily once I’m doing better.  Again, this gets undone if someone steps in to interrogate me.  For the love of Metroid, people should step back as soon as they’re told someone is having an anxiety attack.  Not push harder to help.  This also tends to build up over time, so Fridays might be the roughest.  The sensation makes me think an invisible anaconda is wrapped around my upper body and half-heartedly crushing me.  I figure it could always be worse since the serpent isn’t going full strength.  Still, I did notice yesterday that I get a little twitchy if the stress remains for too.  Mostly in the arms, but this went away after a few steady breaths.

So, what’s the plan for next week?

  1. Write more War of Nytefall: Lost
  2. Finish taxes
  3. Start reading DragonBall Z
  4. Try to relax a little more
  5. Possibly watch Lego Ninjago Movie tomorrow
  6. Start thinking of June post ideas.  How do you hype a spin-off of your main series without doing spoilers of both?

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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24 Responses to A Week of Storms, Twitter, Vampires, and Invisible Anacondas

  1. Gotta get a stylized rendition of the invisible Anaconda. Maybe even a tattoo.( I know, I know against the religion) Once it takes tangible shape it may be less effective. Just a thought.

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  2. Jennie says:

    Seems #2 and #4 are at opposite ends. Ha! I hope your snow is gone. We still have quite a bit on the ground. Glad the breathing is helping. Have a good week.

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  3. Got my taxes ready today. Now it’s beer and pizza on date night. So excited that Lisa Burton Radio did that well for you. Come back any time, we had Dracula’s daughter on once, how bad could Clyde be?

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  4. Sounds like quite a week you had. Glad you didn’t get the brunt of the storm, I saw highlights on the news and wondered if you had been hit hard.
    Hope you keep getting your stress under control and good luck with your goals next week.

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  5. Good call on your son’s choice of TV show… I love Pokemon!

    I’m glad you’ve found anxiety relieving methods that work for you, and hope people learn to leave you alone so you can use them.

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    • I’m just hoping he doesn’t want to watch all 1,004 episodes. I’ve seen some recent Pokemon episodes and it doesn’t seem to have the same feel as the originals. A lot of ‘save the world’ stuff instead of battling and adventuring.

      Getting people to learn to leave me alone is always a tough one. I think people are more inclined to push a person into medication instead of changing themselves.

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      • I haven’t seen much of the newer stuff, but I do agree… Based on what I have seen… That it doesn’t have the same feel to it. Still good, but not as good.

        Yeah, I’ve noticed that. People keep trying to get me on medication for my anxiety issues too. Personally though, I find medication to help one thing only causes problems with something else, and since I know the theory behind how anxiety medication works, and how it fiddles with the chemicals in your brain… Yeah, no thanks. The chemicals in my brain are already messed up enough, without me having pills to mess them up even more.

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      • My son will probably last as long as Charizard and Squirtle are around. Once they leave, he might bail.

        My issue with medication here is that it feels like it’ll only mask the issues. The same stress will exist, but I’ll simply b numb to it. At least that’s how it feels to me.

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      • Maybe… Unless he finds another favourite before he realizes those two are gone.

        That makes sense about the medication.

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      • We’ll see. I think it’s going to get a little tougher in the later seasons when I no longer know what’s going on.

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