Anybody Notice I’m Doing Mostly Health Updates Here?

First of all:

Last full week to get
for 99cents!

There we go, so now let’s get on to the update.  I really do think my physical and mental deterioration is getting more attention here than me being an author.  At the very least, I’ve proven that pity sales aren’t a thing.  Not that I would want that.  Just to get this subject out of the way:

  • Started seeing a therapist for my anxiety last week.  It’s going and I think it will be too personal to share.
  • I get the permanent crown this Friday, which ends the root canal saga.
  • My legs are looking funny, so it’s off to a dermatologist.  Why shouldn’t a new issue appear as an old one ends?

Let’s get to the writing part of things because that’s what the blog is about.  At least for the most part.  I’m almost done with Raven’s Wrath, which will be the final installment of the Dawn Addison saga.  That’s the horror story I post throughout October that more people came out saying they weren’t into over the last two weeks than I expected.  Well, I’ve come this far and it’s the last time, so bear (bare?) with me for one more year.  I’m still trying to decide on if I’ll do the Monster Maker stuff too.  It won’t be that long after War of Nytefall: Lost debuts, so I kind of want to do something special that incorporates the vampire thing.  This is where things can go haywire.  Character interviews get a lot of cheers, but very little interactions.  I can only post so many teasers, especially with the story being done every day.  Last year, I saw that people left the blog if it was only the story, so I need to keep something going on Mondays and Fridays.  Thursday should still have the anxiety stuff and Saturday has these posts.  Maybe I can hand the Monster Maker thing off to Lost and have her host it once a week?  I could do a poll of Nytefall characters and try a Monday interview since I’m a glutton for punishment.  Feel free to voice opinions in the comments here.

I haven’t touched any outlines or the superhero stuff like I’d expected since my time has been really limited.  My son is only away for 3 hours a few days a week and he’s determined to do stuff with me.  I don’t mind, but it means I have less time than I expected.  August will be less because camp ends next week.  So, I’m aiming to edit Derailing Bedlam and War of Nytefall: Rivalry using nights and weekends if I have time.  It’ll be a trickle of progress, especially with his birthday next weekend.  The party is bigger than we expected, so I’m going to focusing on that this week.  Maybe I’ll do the future idea stuff at times when he’s willing to play with Legos and only wants me in the room.  He can entertain himself, but he definitely likes having an audience.  I can try to make sense of the superhero stuff at least . . . Okay, it’s been 18 years since I started that idea, but it has to congeal at some point.  Was I putting it back into Windemere or keeping Super Earth?  Uh-oh.

Side-note:  I just dusted that dresser!  How is it dusty again?

I really don’t know what else to talk about here since the week was all writing and parenting.  My son got a lot of praise from his gymnastics teacher, which caught me by surprise.  He’s usually easily distracted there, but he’s been very focused and his handstands are improving by the day.  Just need to remind him to NOT do them when he’s eating.  A possible disaster that loomed over his birthday party has been dispelled, but I still need to figure out how to do pizzas for 40-50 people.  The following week will probably be filled with Legos and preparing for a family trip.  So, I’m already thinking ahead to that.  Those are the big events, I guess.  Again, I notice it’s not really writing related.  At least I don’t go on about sales and promotions, which see to be beyond my control (and wallet) these days.

Only other thing I’m doing is reading manga because I can stop to answer questions in the middle of a page.  I’m working through ‘Bleach’, which has a lot of stretched out fight scenes.  I think Dragonball Z the anime was bad.  How can all these people be using swords and rarely cut flesh?  At least the characters are fun . . . Although, my favorite seems to be ignored.  I’m switching between this an ‘Yu Yu Hakusho’, but that’s only 19 volumes.  So, I’m going to have to figure out another manga to act as my secondary.  That way I don’t get bored and just go through the motions like what was starting to happen with ‘One Piece’.

Did I lose everyone on that last paragraph?  Okay then lets get to goals:

  1. Finish birthday party preparations.
  2. Gymnastics show!
  3. Finish writing Raven’s Wrath and schedule on blog.
  4. Start editing Derailing Bedlam.
  5. Poke at either the Sin story or superhero stuff.
  6. Various doctor appointments.
  7. Eat something green.
  8. Have a drink tonight.

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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15 Responses to Anybody Notice I’m Doing Mostly Health Updates Here?

  1. I’ve noticed such an increased interest in my short stories’ collections since I started publishing my stories on my blogs, that I’ve decided to publish my entire new book there. Perhaps something to consider, especially for older works. Had you noticed anything similar when you were publishing Bedlam here? I know I became hooked to them after reading a few chapters here, so you had at least a couple of sales from that 🙂


    • Bedlam got a lot of attention when it was on the blog, but it didn’t move the other books. The teasers help at times though. Since my books are in KDP, I can’t post too much of them on here. Those page reads are turning into a better income source than the sales these days. Anyway, it is hard to do a full novel on a blog from what I remember. You lose people after a bit and many won’t come back because they feel they fell too far behind. Short stories work a little better because there’s less time. That’s just my experience. Maybe I’ll make Ichabod Brooks ‘blog only’. Not sure that will help any of the other things. I mean, bills have to get paid.

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  2. I vote for the drink first. Kids are a huge distraction, but there are no do-overs there. Enjoy it while you can. My daughter can still eat up a writing day like no other, and I’m okay with that. The tooth part is over, focus on that for a day.


  3. Sounds like you have a busy week coming up. My advice, either have pizza delivered, or if there are other adults, send them to pick it up.
    Good luck with your week, I hope your leg is okay.


  4. I can’t speak for everyone, obviously, but I actually like hearing about more than just your writing. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be disappointed if we never got any writing updates. But I like hearing about the rest of the goings on in an author’s life. Maybe I’m just nosy? Although, I asked my own followers about this towards the end of last year, and they said much the same thing as I just did, so… *shrugs*

    Though it’s not great for your writing progress, at least you’re making memories with your son. You’ll be glad of that one day, even if it’s a bit frustrating right now. At least he will entertain himself sometimes, even if you have to act like you’re watching.

    Good luck with the last of the dentist stuff. Hope the therapy sessions help, and hope the leg issue is something that can be resolved easily.

    Well done to your son in gymnastics. Hope the show he’s involved in goes smoothly.

    Hope the coming week is a good one, and the pizza party goes well.


    • Way back when, I got a lot of requests for personal life posts. It did get a little intrusive since one or two people wanted pictures of me and my son. Not for any reason other than to see him. Still, there has to be some bridge in blogging to show I’m human over here.

      We’ll really be testing the entertaining himself levels this week. Going to be rather stormy, so not much outside stuff for us to do. At least it will mean I can lie down though.


      • Yes, it’s nice to know there’s a human the other side of the machine we’re connecting through. Not that I have anything against other species, aliens, or even robots. 😉

        Potentially getting a chance to lie down is a good thing, especially given how much you’ve been dealing with lately.


      • I don’t know. Robots can be kind of rude on the Internet. They lack an understanding of personal space. At least going by my spam filter here.

        Lying down is the dream. A very faded one at this time. Maybe I’ll get lucky and be able to rest on Thursday after all the appointments. Should have my project done by then too.


  5. I hope that as your therapy progresses, you’ll have a better time with your physical symptoms. Make that mind/body connection work in your favor for once. Hopefully that will give your writing a push, too.


    • Thanks. Fingers are crossed that fixing one will help the other. As for the writing, I think that needs time more than a push these days. Hard to carve out even an hour or two most days until I’m already exhausted.


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