Welcome to the Weekend! Why Are You Awake So Early?

Man, what a week . . . Such a . . . There was the . . . Uh . . . Line!

This might be a shorter post that I realized because I’m not remember much of what happened this week.  The usually schoolwork and meetings, so there’s nothing exciting to talk about there.  Monday was gardening day for my parents and son while I was in a remote learning session.  I went out to join them later, but my allergies made that a really bad decision.  Was probably an hour before my head felt like a lead weight and my throat was itchy.  Thank you, oak trees, for your respiratory contribution.

I might have more writing than life news this week.  I’ve finished writing War of Nytefall: Savagery and have already started doing the outline for the next volume.  It was looking really rough as a penultimate, so I’ve had to add a few chapters and streamline some things.  I considered a plot twist, but realized that I had the same one for the finale volume.  So, I adjusted and will hopefully tackle this one in June/July.  I’m finishing up the chapter titles for Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Fantasy Writing Tips) and will try to make them a Sunday post next weekend.

I’ll be starting the editing of War of Nytefall: Ravenous either tonight or tomorrow.  Trying to decide on if I should do that or tackle another outline since I just finished the other book.  It’s 20 chapters, so I could feasibly edit it all by the end of May if I do my usual 3 chapters a day or 1 chapter at night system.  There are probably people out there turning up their noses at this idea.  After all, how can I trash 80% of my manuscript and rewrite it at that rate?  Well, I don’t do that.  My preparation methods are where all of that happens.  I have a general idea that I flush out with a synopsis then I do a chapter-by-chapter outline.  I do this for the entire series before tackling Book 1, so the outlines get the rewrites as I get a feel for things.  As I write the book, I adjust sections that aren’t working in my head and do that type of editing.  By the time I hit the traditional editing stage, I’m only looking for continuity and typos.  I might flush stuff out, but I go over things after I finish for that too.  It makes the horrors of editing a lot easier to handle because I feel like I’ve got a great handle of the concept before I even start.

In other news, I’ve slowed down a bit on the puzzles.  Main reason is that I’ve hit one that might be missing at least 2 pieces.  They’re edge pieces too, so I’m trying to put it together while it’s shifting a bunch.  I don’t know if I’m going to preserve this one like the others, especially if more are missing.  Unfortunately, you can’t contact the company and get the missing pieces because these things happen.  Took me this long to get one that had the issue and I know they didn’t disappear.  I made the edges as soon as I opened the box and I searched everywhere for them.  Hoping that they’re simply in the mix and I’ve been too exhausted to notice them.  It’s a Batman TV Series one too, which I thought was really cool.

Anything else to talk about?  I haven’t watched much TV.  I got Funimation Streaming, so my son and I can continue watching ‘Fairy Tail’ and ‘My Hero Academia’.  Finished a BBC show called ‘Blackadder’, which was funny.  Now, I’m slowly making my way through season 4 of ‘The Magicians’ on Netflix.  I’ll probably hop over to Hulu to watch ‘The Great’ when I’m done with that.  After that, I’ll go with another anime.  There are some massive ones that I’m holding off on until I get the smaller ones done.  Adding Funimation to the mix has given me access to ‘One Piece’, which is nearing 1,000 episodes too.  Love the manga, so that’s a difficult series to avoid.  Just not ready to give up my entire existence to it.

Well, I’m spinning my wheels here.  Seeing it getting harder to access things on WordPress at times.  I show up to a post and it has me log in to comment or like, but then it still doesn’t go through.  Been like that for a while, which is frustrating.  Social media is wearing me down anyway.  Best to move back a bit, I guess.

Goals of the week?

  1. Schoolwork!
  2. Classwork!
  3. Fun on Memorial Day with my son.
  4. Editing War of Nytefall: Ravenous
  5. Finish outline of War of Nytefall: Anarchy
  6. Chapter titles for Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Tips to Writing Fantasy)  I’m noticing that I’m really bad at that subtitle.
  7. Watch TV and rest when I can.
  8. Try to get allergies under control.
  9. Look into releasing War of Nytefall: Ravenous in September.  Not sure how to promote it since nothing works and I’m going to be immensely busy with grad school, parenting, and work.  Can’t take 2 years off from publishing when I’m near the end of a series.

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 Welcome to the Weekend! Why Are You Awake So Early?

  1. L. Marie says:

    Yep grad school will keep you even busier than this schedule already says you are! Congrats on finishing War of Nytefall: Savagery.


  2. Wishing you a super week and great holiday.


  3. V.M.Sang says:

    Sounds like hard work, Charles. Enjoy your TV shows. I’m a Brit, so I’ve seen all the Blackadder series, and I agree. They are hilarious.


  4. Congrats on finishing your latest book!
    One time, I had a puzzle out near a window, for better light. My beloved cat jumped down from the window in the middle of the puzzle, and scattered the top quarter to the winds. I’m still finding pieces of that puzzle…


  5. Sounds like you’re winning right now. Never feel bad about resting after you finish a book. I have one of those in my future, too.


  6. Sorry about the allergy issues, but it otherwise sounds like it was a pretty good – if exhausting – week. Enjoy your TV shows and time with your son.


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