Think I’m Wearing Down Near the Finish Line

This post is coming right after I had a strange lucid dream about not finishing the second War of Nytefall book even though I was going to start the third.  No idea where that came from since I finished editing Lost on Thursday. That took longer than expected because of errands and other events, but I got it done.  I have a cover artist for Quest of the Broken-Hearted too, so I’m really looking forward to that.  I thought I was hiding who the main character would be until a post in late June, but I just realized I’ve talked about this before.  So, I’m looking forward to a fun reveal.  That’s really it on the writing/publishing front for this week.

Non-author life is going to be taking a bigger chunk of my time.  My son learned how to ride a bike last weekend and then earned his purple belt in martial arts, so that took up a lot of time.  Now, he wants to ride whenever he can, but the weather and schedule hasn’t been his friend.  This week is going to have a lot of stuff for him.  Doctor appointment, the usual martial arts classes, the Invention Convention on Tuesday that I’m going to, and then his big recorder concert.  This leads into a weekend with a comic convention (He’s donning his Green Lantern costume again) and a birthday party.  Needless to say, we’re going to have a lot on our plate and I’m just hoping he doesn’t get too tired by the end of it all.  That’s when things get more difficult, but not in the same way people are probably thinking.

With everything going on, I’m not even going to try and tackle War of Nytefall: Temptation.  My plan is still to get it done before my son finishes school in late June, but I’d have to be an idiot to start it on a week that’s so clogged with events.  Best to focus on preparing the July blog posts and finding other small projects.  Otherwise, I’ll stress myself too much and the book will suffer.  Much like Lost, it involves another new vampire turning up to cause trouble for Clyde, but this one is much more malicious.  It’s going to require a truce between the warring factions and have a focus on Mab whose past is rearing up.  That’s not good for someone who has been a thief for a couple centuries, so it should be fun.  That’s the strange thing with War of Nytefall.  As much as they’re having their war, the old-world vampires and the Dawn Fangs are in a stalemate for most of the time.  It’s other figures turning up that break the pause and begin a scramble to either gain more power or prevent a third entity from turning up.  I find this more interesting than every book being a specific battlefield.  Considering I like having my stories more character than event driven, I guess this makes sense.  This is also why I need to make sure I can dive into this at a full click.

Beyond that, I’m trying to figure out what I’ll be putting on the TV for background. I’m watching an anime called ‘Amagi Brilliant Park’, but that’s a short one.  Really strange and silly at times, but it’s fun.  I have Amazon Prime and Netflix, so those give me possibilities.  Except that my wife usually wants to watch them too and that means I can’t touch things like Gurren Lagan, The New Legends of Monkey, and whatever else is on the list.  Not unless I want to watch them again right after I finish.  At least, I have some time today and tomorrow to look over the lists.  I considered Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, but I wouldn’t be able to finish that in the time I have.  Not writing this week gives me 5 weeks to write War of Nytefall: Temptation and that’s not a strong window.  At 3 sections a day, I could do it in 19, but I typically don’t get weekends.  That’s 25 days and I rarely get a full week of 3 section days.  I’d be coming down to the wire on this one.  This is going to do wonders for my anxiety.

So, what are the goals of the week?

  1. Parenthood
  2. July blog posts
  3. List of August topics (suggestions always welcome)
  4. Watch something on TV
  5. Cook dinners
  6. Finish writing this post and get a shower
  7. Possibly watch first Pokemon movie with son
  8. Tinker with another Sin book/outline
  9. Rest

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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16 Responses to Think I’m Wearing Down Near the Finish Line

  1. Chuck says:

    I like your priority #1. Believe me, the years go faster than you want. Although the teen years were tough. Now my little girl is in her 40’s and I’m a grandfather. I have seen my grandson because they live in Turkey. I want to go in the near future before he grows out of the cute stage.


  2. Well done to your son on all his achievements.

    Good luck to you on your goals for the coming week.


  3. I get anxious just reading about a four-week first draft book objective. You are amazing.


  4. Wow, sounds like another busy week for you, good luck getting everything done.


  5. That drafting speed makes me jealous. Six months is more likely for me.


  6. Great goals!!! A recorder concert? …. Good luck with that one! 😉 Just checked out Amagi Brilliant Park. It looks super cute… I’m always torn on anime based off light novels… They always seem incomplete, or take WAY too long to come to completion! It seems to be forever in between seasons.


    • I never find the light novels, so I can only go by anime and manga. Amagi Brilliant Park was fun for a quick watch. I’m rather laid back with anime/manga adaptations too because I know things rarely go the same way in the different mediums. I’m going to give this Fate/Zero anime a try this week, but I know it’s not the first series and acts more as a prequel.


  7. L. Marie says:

    Congrats to your son for two great accomplishments!
    Your goals are great. You will be busy!
    Does your son like Pokemon? I’ve enjoyed the various series. Those are all pretty long.


    • Thanks. Although, he’s still having trouble with the bike due to getting cocky. He’s using it more like a skateboard now, but at least he’s got the balance part down. He does enjoy Pokemon and has several plushies. When we have time, we watch 2 episodes before reading and we just got to the Orange Islands.


  8. You are fortunate to live the life you do, Charles. Our children are only young once. I worked reduced hours until three years ago and I really miss the time with the boys a great deal. Your work plan for the week sounds good in the circumstances.


    • Thanks. Though I’ll admit there isn’t going to be much work going on. Resting up for another project is my best move here. At most, I’ll be getting blog posts set up through August to help clear my schedule.


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