Goal Post: A Week of Food, Fun, and a Harsh Anniversary

This was a busy week because of Thanksgiving.  It meant there were only three school days, which was primarily spent preparing for the Wednesday feast.  That was a lot of fun, especially when the little ones from the other schools showed up.  Great way to end the work week and enter a 4-day weekend.  Didn’t gorge myself either because I was busy hanging out with a kindergarten who didn’t want me to get off the couch.  He was using the same goofy tactics as my son, so I let him get his way.  Honestly, I really did need that kind of day because the rest of the week was a different type of exhausting.

Quite simply, I don’t have a lot of good memories revolving around Thanksgiving.  I’ve lost two grandparents within a week or less of the holidays.  Those weren’t the ones that had me twitching a bit.  It was exactly a year from this Thanksgiving (Thursday) when I was told that I was about to go through a divorce.  Tomorrow will be a year since the ex-wife moved out and this stage of my life began.  The wound kind of reopened because of the realization, so I had to fake a lot of smiles and happiness.  Glad that my family wasn’t doing the Thanksgiving feast until today, but I’m sure I’ll have to be fielding questions that I don’t want to.  Nothing I can do about it, especially since I don’t want to put a damper on other people’s fun.  My son will be coming home today too, which means I put my strong face back into position.

All of that aside, I was hoping to do some work on War of Nytefall: Ravenous.  It didn’t happen because I wrote myself into an issue.  The Vengeance Hounds had run into a threat that they knew they couldn’t handle.  This was expected, but not to the extent that it turned into.  It meant that the chapter I finished last weekend had very short action scenes and absorbed the opener for the next chapter.  This left me with a shrimp chapter that felt empty, so I had to re-outline it.  Turned it into a villain section, which should help since the baddie hasn’t been seen since the prologue and this is chapter 6.  Unlike Jewelz and the threat in Eradication, Desirae Duvall is trying to keep a low and stationary profile until she is ready for a monster like Clyde.  I plan on having her become more active right after this chapter, but she’s going to be a tough one because she isn’t a warrior like previous foes.  She’s closer to a darker version of Chastity than anything who would go toe-to-toe with Clyde.  Anyway, I had to spend the week figuring this out.

(Why does Duran Duran music make me cry these days?)

I did make some progress with my hype plan for War of Nytefall: Eradication. I will use February and March to do posts that involve the story or series.  It will be more the series as it progresses to avoid spoilers, which will be a similar problem to what Ravenous will have to deal with.  I can discuss the new villain, his path, his weapon, and touch on some things about Clyde as well.  I’ve received a few questions about the characters, so I can use that for posts.  Hoping that a two month span of stuff on vampires, Windemere, and writing in general will be accepted.  Tuesdays will be teasers and Thursday will be my high school book.  Saturday will be goals and Sunday will be used for whatever.  It could be a future idea, a guest post if someone wants a book promoted, or just pictures.  This is the plan for now.

By the way, feel free to pose any questions about War of Nytefall if you have any.  I’m always looking for post topics that will connect to my stories.  Being the author, I can never tell what people will be interested in learning more about.  For example, I have a post in February that will be about the relationship between Clyde and Xavier Tempest.  It will delve more into both of their personalities to explain how they are bitter enemies, but have repeatedly worked together.  Of course, I’m going to be starting it all off with a post about how this is the first book I wrote after the divorce started and how it made it difficult to do the Mab/Clyde relationship.  Need to clear the air on that one.

Well, I’m off to get ready for company and return of the little one.  My next two Sunday posts should be about Project Phoenix and most of the other superhero series.  I have a few that are still in limbo like Jack and Child of the Hunt.  I’ll probably designated April to the superhero stuff though.  Give myself time to sort through the papers and come to the table with clarity.  Enjoy the weekend.

Goals of the week:

  1. Fun with son.
  2. Sort through ‘Project Phoenix’ files.
  3. Schedule posts for February when I have time.
  4. Continue working on puzzle.
  5. Write 1-2 chapters next weekend.
  6. Start watching ‘Altered Carbon’ since I finished ‘Glow’.
  7. Stay warm because it’s cold.

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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11 Responses to Goal Post: A Week of Food, Fun, and a Harsh Anniversary

  1. L. Marie says:

    Holidays can be so difficult due to the expectancy of family time. But it’s hard when your family has difficulties. I spend Thanksgiving with friends, rather than family and enjoyed the day.

    I’m glad you had made some progress in your plan. How many Nytefall books are you going to write?

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  2. Glad the Thanksgiving stuff at work/school was fun, you’ve got your post stuff figured out (sort of) and that you’ve made some progress with the book (even if it was more outlining than writing).

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  3. Jennie says:

    Holidays are often sad for people, Charles. I hope you have a good week ahead.

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  4. Charles, I know what you mean about the anniversary. My fiance left me at Christmas and let’s just say it was a long, cold winter after that. People might not see how you’re hurting because it’s an emotional injury rather than physical, but it’s still a wound. Take the time you need to recover.

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