Goals: 3 Day Weekend Might Be a Wash

So, I’ve got a 3-day weekend, which should mean that I can get a lot of writing done. I can dive into War of Nytefall: Eradication without a problem.  Except that the life event going on hit a really bad note this week, so now I’m just stressed.  I’m supposed to go hang out with a friend tomorrow, but the storm might kill that.  Not fun to wander around in the rain and snow.  So, I might lose today to my mood and Daredevil on Netflix.  I’ve got the outline to finish anyway, but that shouldn’t take long.  Maybe I can gather the mental mojo by the afternoon/evening.

It’s been too long since I wrote anything new, so I need to be in the right mindset.  If I do something and throw it out or tear it down then I know it’s going to make me feel like I’ve lost whatever talent I had.  This might work for other authors, but it isn’t the way I do things.  I have more than enough people tearing me apart in my life with some ranging to helpful and others being malicious.  Doing it to myself would be a psychological mistake at this point.  This is fairly frustrating because I can’t actually tell people why I’m the way I am right now.  I’ve told a few people in private and things kind of clicked as to why certain areas of advice won’t work.

On a more positive note, work has been going well . . . sort of.  There are challenges that I can’t talk about because of confidentiality.  Yet, I look forward to going every day and happy at the end of the day.  I’m still trying to figure out if I can use a program I finished in Florida to get a 5-year teaching certificate, but I have time.  I should settle into what I have now for a bit and focus on TA Level III instead of rushing.  There’s too much going on in my life and piling more stress will only make things worse.  I’m not some Herculean figure who can carry more stress and punishment than your average person.  I have limits and I’m too close to mine because of the life stuff.  Need to take my time and get to the next stage instead of skipping ahead.

I did get War of Nytefall: Rivalry blurbs written and am working with my cover artist to get things ready.  I’m hoping for early April, but we’ll see what happens.  I’m moving slow here, so it might change as I figure out my scheduling.  Did a promo for War of Nytefall: Lost too and found that nothing happened.  Has anybody else run into this issue?  You pay for a promo and then it flops?  If so, what do you find actually works for a promo?  I might take a page from C.S. Boyack’s book (if he’s okay with it) and try to create unique posts for bloggers.  I’d have to start now to fit in the posts and figure out how to reach more people since I’m not as social as I used to be.  Feels like I have to rebuild a lot of things in my life.

Geez, this post is a downer.  Doesn’t help that half of what I do shouldn’t be shared because it involves students’ lives and the other half involves a situation that I can’t legally talk about.  It’s going to be a long time before things improve.  I’d love to catch a break somewhere, but I don’t know what that would even look like.  Sorry that I don’t have much to share.  So, I’ll just get to the goals:

  1. Start writing War of Nytefall: Eradication.
  2. Finish outline of War of Nytefall: Eradication.  (Kind of ass backwards there.)
  3. Get better about biking at night.
  4. Finish Daredevil Season 1.
  5. Prepare any individual posts that might get requested.
  6. Try to relax when I can.
  7. Do an impromptu book promo:

Check out Voyage of the Lanternfish by C.S. Boyack! (Seriously, check out this awesome cover.)

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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21 Responses to Goals: 3 Day Weekend Might Be a Wash

  1. I used to love three day weekends. Hope you are refreshed after it is over.

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  2. I hope you enjoy the 3-day weekend in spite of the weather and other stuff. I have Voyage of the Lanternfish to read soon.

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  3. Do what you can, then stop. I’ve always had more luck with tours I put together myself. The paid ones are chances to reach a new group, but mine have never paid off. It’s a lot of work, but i still reach a few new people, and unique posts keep my regulars happy. I’m willing to host something for you too. Thanks for the cover and link to Lanternfish.

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  4. L. Marie says:

    Would love a guest post from you, Charles. Do you need for me to suggest a topic?

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  5. V.M.Sang says:

    Just remember that we have to have down times to appreciate the ups. It’s hard, I know, but nothing lasts forever. You’ll come out the other end soon.

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  6. I’ve found the thing Craig’s doing with the different posts seems to get more interest in people actually checking out the posts, and sharing them, which can sometimes result in good sales. Nothing’s guaranteed, but the best chance you can give your book, the better, right? Anyway, whatever you’re doing, you can count me in for a post of some kind when the book is released.

    I think that’s a good idea about not adding to your stress. You’ve got enough to deal with right now. Just keep the goals simple, and do what you can. Try to enjoy your free time, even if it doesn’t end up being productive. Good luck with the goals.

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  7. Every vampire book needs a victim on the first page, right? So make your aggressor into Clyde’s first victim in this book! *evil chuckle*

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    • It’s not that type of vampire book. Clyde isn’t the monster going around killing humans. All of the characters are vampires and it’s about their society in Windemere and the civil war that occurred. So, the opening victim tends to be a vampire, which reveals the newest threat to Clyde and the Dawn Fangs.

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