A Week That Didn’t Go As Planned

The week before I got 5 chapters of War of Nytefall: Rivalry done.  This week, I got 3 done, which has me worried.  The last full day of school is a few weeks away and then some half-days with an hour day at the end.  I only have 9 chapters to go, but that still feels like I’ll be cutting things close.  Memorial Day was a planned day off, but the weekend before didn’t go very well.  I got one section done overall, which didn’t counter losing a whole day and then I had some schedule cannonballs strike home.  This stirred a few nasty anxiety attacks that slowed me down.  My hope is to get one chapter done before Monday, but I’m already hearing grumbling about me being anti-social.

Being a full-time author makes people think I have all the time in the world to get my books done.  Yet, I have other things like getting someone ready for school, grocery shopping, and various appointments.  This week had the wrinkle of something falling off my wife’s car.  Don’t worry because it was only a protective cover for part of the muffler or something.  The real problem was finding out that the brake system was on the verge of putting in for retirement.  That was money and required driving her to work then my son to school, so I was sprinting through my mornings.  Thankfully, this was solved before Friday, which had a school drive rainstorm.

I can’t even say a morning one because it hit about 30 minutes before we had to leave with enough force to flood some of the roads and was over by the time I was nearly home.  By the way, I mean flooded to the point where I was praying for my car not to stall and wishing I had two of every animal to get a little divine protection.  The fun part was my son and I getting out of the car to find ourselves in ankle-high water.  I was smart though and packed extra shoes and socks for him . . . I had squishing feet during the drive home that involved a lot of detours caused by cars that were doubling as buoys.  Have to admit, it made for an amusing story.  Don’t worry though because Friday was a day where nothing went write including the homemade pizza I made that was sickeningly sweet.  You know it’s bad when pizza turns on you.

On the plus side of things, the cover for Quest of the Brokenhearted will be revealed tomorrow.  It was done by Sean Harrington who was recommended by C.S. Boyack and Lisa Burton.  Going to say right now that I love the cover because it really captures the story and the influence.  Anyone who has played a certain video game series might recognize it.  I wanted to do an homage since it was a big inspiration to the structure of the story and it hits the target perfectly.  This book is going to be released July 2nd barring anything going wrong with a trip I’m taking that weekend.  My plan is to set it all up for publishing and then hit publish before I head home.  As usual, volunteers are always welcomed.  Not sure if a standard blog post or specialized ones will work.  The latter would be ones that are sent out a day or two after the debut.  I’ll let people decided because summers are always a tough one.

Still not sure what to do about Bedlam . . . That’s all there.

Tomorrow is also a day where I won’t really be around.  The 13th anniversary is Monday and we’re doing a matinee/lunch date.  It’s going to be ‘Deadpool 2’ and the Cheesecake Factory.  Nothing too complicated this year, especially since things have been rather stressful.  I probably won’t be around until the evening to tackle comments and anything on social media.

Speaking of social media, is it just me or is there very little traffic on most sites?  I don’t see much happening, which might be because I filtered out all of the political stuff.  A few slip in at times, but I really don’t see much happening.  Makes me wonder if there’s any promo movements these days.

Could have sworn there was something else I was going to add, but my mind has gone pretty blank. So, let’s get to the goals:

  1. Write more War of Nytefall: Rivalry
  2. Read more of the Kindle book.  Almost done, so I might get up a review next Sunday.
  3. Anniversary
  4. Consider buying another pair of shoes.  Think the rain really did a number on my current pair.
  5. Set up a haircut appointment . . . Look, not all of the goals can be interesting.
  6. Eventually have another Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter.
  7. Seriously, what did I forget?
  8. If time constrained then look over outline for War of Nytefall 4.
  9. I really wish I had ice cream in the house.

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 A Week That Didn’t Go As Planned

  1. My blog traffic has plummeted since GDPR kicked in – I’m hoping that didn’t cause a lot of regular followers clicking NO / DENY or UNSUBSCRIBE on their email notifications, or similar on the GDPR and EU Cookies pop ups that WP required me to activate 😳


  2. John howell says:

    Happy anniversary, Charles. Hope the week goes well.


  3. L. Marie says:

    Happy anniversary to you and to your wife. I’m sorry you didn’t get more done on your book.


  4. Now I want a chocolate peanut porter too. So glad Sean’s work turned out good. Can’t wait to see it. He’s pretty fast. I’m up for whatever you want me to host.


    • Thanks. I had a lot of trouble thinking up blog post ideas, so I’m not sure what I would do for guest posts. Probably doesn’t help that I’m verging on burnout.

      One thing I have to figure out is the title too. ‘Quest of the Brokenhearted’ is the main one, but I wonder if I should add (A Legends of Windemere Tale) to make sure people know it’s connected to the other series. That or a ‘From the pages of Legends of Windemere’ at the beginning of the blurb.

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  5. Congratulations to you and your wife for thirteen years, I hope it’s a happy day for you both.
    It sounds like you had a rather fun week, with the rain and everything. Good luck with the coming week.


  6. Sorry your week didn’t go as planned, and caused more stress and expense you could do without.

    Glad nothing bad happened to you during that bad rain, and that you had a change of shoes and socks for the kid at least.

    Happy anniversary… Enjoy your movie and meal.

    I’m happy to volunteer to put something up for you for the new book. I’m dealing with some medical stuff that has me back and forth to the hospital – sometimes for overnight stays – so depending on the situation at the time, there may be delays in me dealing with anything that’s sent to me, sharing my post once it goes up, or whatever. Just putting that bit in here so you have a heads up in case I look like I’ve disappeared.


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