Final Goal Post of 2019: Ending on a Break

(Maybe I used this video before recently, but I really like the song. Began rewatching the series during lunch this week.)

Well, here we are. Staring at the end of the 20 teens and about to step foot into the 2o twenties.  Is anybody else at a point where the change from one calendar year to another isn’t as exciting?  It isn’t that I don’t have high hopes for 2020, but it isn’t like New Years Eve will end and my life will get reset.  Be nice if that did happen though because I wouldn’t made the chance to leave some stressors behind without having to do more than buy a new calendar.  At least I’m ending 2019 on a better note than it started.  I’d have to work hard to make it worse.  Eh, I’ve got all that stuff for another post I should really double check after doing this one.

Events were rearranged, so all of the room painting and moving stuff around was done last weekend.  Big thanks to my dad for getting half the room painted while I was at work and then the other half while I was running errands. He only has enough brushes for one and my job was more heavy lifting.  Spent Sunday carrying all of my books and dvds back up from the basement.  My room is on the second floor, so you can imagine how exhausted I was by the end.  Really hoped that I could get it all done by lunch, but I’d only succeeded in getting the books upstairs.  Refueled with . . . I know I ate something before I finished everything else off.  Reorganized too, which took me until dinner time, so that whole day was given up to getting my space back to what I wanted.  I had my son for Monday too, so I didn’t want to start anything that would be paused.

My son was with his mom for the rest of the week until Friday night, so I was on my own for the most part.  That meant I had plenty of time to work on War of Nytefall: Ravenous, which I feared wouldn’t be the case.  For a while, it looked like I wasn’t going to be able to touch my book because of the painting, errands, and other events.  By Sunday, I’d cleared a lot of that up.  A few grocery and clothes shopping trips slipped in, but I fit those between writing sessions.  In the end, I managed to finish 4 chapters and start another one.  I might use a few nights to get that 5th one under my belt and I’m on my own for New Years Eve until the evening when I get my son.  Next weekend he’s with his mom, so I might be able to bring the whole story to the beginning of the third act, which is amazing considering how crappy my year has been.

Speaking of War of Nytefall: Ravenous, one of the things that drove me forward so quickly is that a big part of what I wrote involved the villain.  She’d been staying away for a while and I finally got to put her in the action.  This character isn’t a fighter and she’s fairly manipulative, which was fun to write.  Especially when she came across someone who she couldn’t trick and demonstrate why she’s . . . a threat?  That’s the other thing.  She threw me a curve and revealed a surprising origin that may alter what her ultimate goal is.  I had her pushing for power, but then she began talking about only wanting to survive.  This might require some alterations to her earlier chapters, but it may still work.  She’s also the most sexual character I’ve ever written, so the blunt innuendo was fun to write.  Not sure I can call it that either because she was very clear on what she was interested in from both male and female characters.  This is why I call her a less restrained version of Chastity Sullivan.

In other news, I began watching ‘The Witcher’.  I never played the games or read the books, but I heard the series is based on the latter.  Definitely saw a lot of strong opinions on this show.  I’m halfway through and really enjoying it.  Great fight scenes, good amount of humor, excellent world-building, and fun characters.  There are weak moments, but what series doesn’t have that?  From what I’ve seen, two common complaints are things that I didn’t run into.  One is that it ‘Is Not Like Game of Thrones!’ because it was billed as ‘the next one’ by media idiots that thing all fantasy is alike.  ‘The Witcher’ and ‘GoT’ are nothing alike in terms of story.  One is a dark adventure and the other is a dark historical fantasy, which means they run different narratives.  People probably expected tons of main character deaths too.  Another issue I saw mentioned was the confusing timeline because Geralt, Yennifer, and Ciri are each running at different periods.  I assume these combine at the end and understand that this season is based off the first collection of short stories that introduced the characters.  It isn’t easy to tell that kind of story, but I haven’t had any trouble figuring it out.  To each their own, I guess.

Nothing else to really say about last week.  This coming week is going to be a lot of son time since he was away for so long.  We have presents to give, games to play, and movies to watch.  Promised to introduce him to ‘My Hero Academia’ on New Years Eve when he tries to stay up for the ball drop.  Today is potato latkes with friends and family while tomorrow is resting with toys.  He’s accused me and his mom of telling Santa not to bring him any LEGO sets, so we might fudge that rule since he’s been good.  (Screw you, Pandora, for playing ‘Love Walks in’ by Van Halen.)  Nights will probably be for setting up some March posts or locking down whatever book chapter I got stuck in the middle of.  Really hope the weather works with us and we can hit the zoo.  That’s the only real trip we have planned since it’s cold out.  Fingers crossed.

Goals of the week:

  1. Fun with the munchkin.
  2. Read more ‘Black Clover’ while he uses his new drum set.
  3. Watch more ‘The Witcher’.
  4. Slip in some book writing when I can.
  5. Cooking dinner with my little assistant
  6. Need more nice shirts for work.
  7. March post scheduling if possible.
  8. Sign up for Hulu to get access to ‘My Hero Academia’.
  9. Sleep at some point.
  10. Stay up for New Years Eve ball drop even though it’s still a little uncomfortable when I see couples kissing on the TV.

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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29 Responses to Final Goal Post of 2019: Ending on a Break

  1. Reboot or not, I hope the new year brings back everything the previous one took from you… and more!


  2. I hope your weather holds for the zoo. Happy New Year.


  3. I always like a zoo trip. Hope yours works out. Glad you’re enjoying Witcher. I thought of you when I watched it. I’m one that did not care for the timelines, but like you said, nothing’s perfect.


    • I saw you saying you didn’t like it and enjoyed the new Star Wars. I’m the opposite. Think The Witcher is great and Death if Skywalker is a jumbled mess that hurts the entire storyline.

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      • I liked both in their own way. Neither is perfect, but nothing ever is. I prefer The Mandalorian to both of them, but it has a couple of small issues, too. Star Wars movies are all disappointing in some way, but I also love them. What does that mean?


      • I haven’t seen the Mandalorian because I don’t have Disney+. Call me stubborn, but I refuse to give that company more money after they’ve unimpressed me with their movies the last few years. Not sure what you mean by all Star Wars movies being disappointments. I guess one could say all movies are that in some fashion too. Everything is flawed.

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      • Sometimes, the idea is so big we tend to come up with fan ideas. These franchises don’t belong to us, and the writers have the right to take them where they want. I wrote something similar about GOT as it was ending. The plot doesn’t go the direction we wanted, and there is a level of disappointment. However, it does not mean the actual plot is bad. The trick is to get over my preconceptions and simply enjoy what is presented. This is hard to explain, but it doesn’t mean I disliked something. I don’t think I’m doing a good job getting this across.


      • While the franchises don’t belong to fans, they are a factor as you reach later books. An author needs to retain continuity and be aware if they’re heading in a direction that it’s clear nobody wants. Not that they can’t continue, but it means they need to alter the path and ease things into the finale instead of just plopping it down. You also run into a problem when you have multiple authors behind a franchise. It’s too many cooks in the kitchen with each one trying to leave a bigger mark on the final product.

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      • I can see that with film. Rowling wrote all the Potter stories, but different producers had different directions. The settings and clothing were different in the later films. They had to tell a darker tale at the end, but there was some inconsistency from film to film.


      • This is why I think the Star Wars sequels came out fairly weak. You had two people with different visions on the same trilogy. It was almost three. Since the bridge movie didn’t carry over enough of the first guy’s plan and the second guy wasn’t doing the third, you get a mess. Unfortunately, a common movie fix these days is to hide weak storytelling with fast-paced scenes and action to prevent real-time analysis. At least that’s how I’m seeing it.

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      • That’s a good observation. Good trick though. When the action is fast and furious, viewers don’t have time to ask questions before the next plot point. It can be years later before someone asks, “Why didn’t the eagles just fly the ring to Mt. Doom in the first place?”


      • Yeah. I’ve heard that one and it’s been explained. The eagles are giant targets band noticeable by the Eye of Sauron. They’d be knocked out of the sky and the ring would be recaptured by Mordor. The movie trick is actually different than something one can explain by thinking. This makes it that you can’t fill the plot point once you start thinking unless you rewrite the reality of the world.

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      • I presented that jokingly. Any of our spec fiction will have things like that if you pick it apart. The easy ones to find are usually time travel stories. Yet nobody ever questions how the cops can have a gigantic car chase, with helicopters involved, and just lose the main character. Or the fifteen minute shootout scene where the cops never arrive.


      • Ah, I’ve had a lot of people bring up the eagles/elves/Gandalf doing the job as a serious argument. Time travel is always a risky choice and brings up too many questions. I’ve only seen it work out once or twice when the writers factored in paradox and inconsistencies.

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      • I’ve reconciled the idea that speculative fiction isn’t for everyone. Some want magic to solve everything after you introduce it. That doesn’t make for a great story. Advanced technology has the same problem. I think it’s okay to be critical, but I will always love speculative stories. They are my escape from the horrors of real life.


      • People seem to look for easy fixes and complain when it happens. Just can’t win at times.

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  4. L. Marie says:

    I wish the media would stop billing something as the next anything. ☹️ Why can’t it stand on its own merit, especially since it is a popular video game and book series? Still at least you’re enjoying it. And I hope your zoo trip is great too.

    Happy New Year!


  5. I’ve never really seen the big deal about New Year’s Eve. I thought it was a huge deal right up until the first year I was allowed to stay up for it, and then couldn’t see what all the fuss was about, even with the small sip of wine I was allowed to toast the new year with. The whole thing seemed a bit stupid to me, and I remember wondering what the point of staying up was, because nothing even happens. I did often stay up when the family was after that, but it was more because trying to sleep when people were having a party downstairs wasn’t about to happen, and anyway it was sort of expected after my parents decided I was old enough (hence them not bothering to keep the partying noises down after that point). Once I was on my own though, I stopped bothering, and am only up at midnight on New Year’s Eve if I happen to be because that’s what my current sleep pattern has me doing, or I’m reading a good book, or whatever. I mean, the calender will still change if I go to bed, I can still make goals or whatever either before that or when I get up on New Year’s Day, I’m not a big fan of parties, and I don’t drink alcahol (and even when I did, I didn’t see why it was important to have a drink for midnight, since you can toast the year just as easily at another time). So… *shrugs*

    Anyway, I’m really glad you got so many of the errands and things done that you could get a decent chunk of writing time in. Hope you get to finish the chapter. Enjoy the time with your son.


  6. So glad to hear you were able to catch up with the chores and get a little writing time. It’s such a stress reliever.

    Don’t you love it when your characters surprise you?


  7. Glad you got some writing time in again! Enjoy your time with your son and your family! You never know what the new year will bring, Charles. Don’t give up hope. Happy New Decade!


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