School’s Out and the Summer Begins

The last week of school was a little more chaotic than I expected.  There were a lot of errands and chores along with stress in getting things ready.  Not the least of which was helping to get some dead branches out of an old oak tree.  This had to be done and it was a two many job.  Wish it was a hired two man job, but we did have the tools to get at someone of them.  Not as many as we’d hoped, which brought us to this scenario that I should have seen coming.

We needed to set up a guide rope to make sure the branches didn’t fall on us.  This could have been done several ways, but we chose to tie a rope to a heavy screwdriver.  Then we threw it to get it over the branch and let it come down far enough that we could grab both ends.  It worked, but getting it up there was the hard part.  My dad throws it like a baseball, which makes sense.  I was hurling it like a throwing knife, which killed my already weak shoulder.  Still, it did seem to hook what we needed more often.  Of course, then we found the problem that many of the branches were too far away for the poled chainsaw to reach even with a ladder.  So, we yanked them down.  Not fun for my author hands, but at least it was over and my car is no longer at risk of getting hit by a falling branch.

There isn’t much else to say about what happened.  I’m going to be more parent than author throughout the summer.  My presence will be predominantly on my blog since I can see social media slowing to crawl already.  Has anybody figured out how to improve sales during this time without taking a loan out on your house, selling a kidney, and robbing a bank?  It’s frustrating to say the least.  I scratched my head a lot this week to see if there was anything I could do.  Came up blank, but the plus side of things is that all of my MWF posts are scheduled through September.  Teaser Tuesdays, Anxiety Journal, weekly updates like this, and whatever I do on Sunday are still open.  I’ve been wondering if there are any authors who would like to promote a book.  I can do Sundays for that after next weekend.

Speaking of the future, I should mention that I’ll be away next weekend.  Might not be the brightest idea since I’ll be releasing Quest of the Brokenhearted as soon as I get back.  In fact, I plan on hitting publish before I get on the plane home and do all the marketing stuff that night.  The reason for this is because my son starts a special summer program that Monday and I want to get the work out of the way.  It’s only a half-day 3 days a week thing, but I’d like to use the 3 hours for writing Raven’s Wrath.  That’s the finale for Dawn Addison that I’ll post section-by-section in October.  This paragraph is really coming off as a condensed version of my summer.  Well, that’s probably because all three of those things are going to hit at the same time.  So, there will be a few days of chaos.  Not to mention I have no idea how I’ll be feeling after the trip.

Quick question:  Would it be a good idea to release Quest of the Brokenhearted the Sunday I get back?  I already have the announcement post in a draft waiting for the links and I won’t be able to post anything else on Sunday.  It’d be an evening announcement, which I’ve never done before.

It’s just me and the little guy for most of the week, so I don’t know what’s going to be happening.  We have a pack of 100 water balloons and a plastic baseball bat that may cover the hottest day of the week.  Beyond that, we have the video game, but I want to go somewhere with him.  All of the nature walk areas have big tick warnings and it’s going to be a little too warm for jeans.  I know of one place that’s in a marsh area, so that might be an option.  It’s tough trying to find cheap or free things to do.  We’ve also been given a hint that ‘Incredibles 2’ needs to a family outing instead of father/son.  Maybe I’ll find a way to negotiate that into the plans.

Oh, I did stumble onto one problem with my future plans that I’m going to have to post about tomorrow.  I can already imagine what some people are thinking.  I sat down to count how big an idea was going to be in regards to the release plan. The two things didn’t add up at all.  More on that tomorrow then.

So, what are the goals for this week?

  1. Make sure Quest of the Brokenhearted is ready to go.
  2. Make final decision on pricing.
  3. Entertain the child while not going broke or insane.
  4. Possibly start writing Raven’s Wrath to make sure I finish before August.
  5. Get ready for trip.
  6. Read more of Marchen Awakens Romance and Bleach.  Think I’m juggling 3 manga series at once here.
  7. Handle dinners.
  8. Prepare posts for the following week since I’ll only have time for the Saturday post before I leave.
  9. Try to get biking done.

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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12 Responses to School’s Out and the Summer Begins

  1. Glad you got the branches dealt with, even if it was quite a chore, and hard on your hands.

    Sounds like you have a busy Summer ahead. Hope the trip goes well, and you manage to get everything done before it that you want/need to do before you go.

    If you’re ready to announce the book on the Sunday, do so. If you’re concerned about the fact it would be an evening announcement post, plan it for a Monday announcement instead. This is just a round about way of saying you should do whatever you want. The important thing is that you get it ready, get it published, and get it announced.

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  2. Wishing you the best for next week.

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  3. L. Marie says:

    Hope your release goes well!

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  4. Sounds like you’ve got quite a week and summer planned out, I hope everything goes smoothly for you.
    (Still having periodic trouble liking some blogs)

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  5. Son, let’s go pull branches off the tree. It’ll be so much fun. I’ll bet you can’t karate them off…

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