Summer 2020 Plans

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Full disclosure: I’m writing this up on April 7th.  Partially because it’s still the middle of the pandemic in New York and I have no idea what the future holds.  Going to be pretty funny when I forget I wrote this and it pops up today.  We’ll get a comparison of what I wanted to do, what I already did, and what I now plan on doing.  Wonder if future me will be more optimistic . . . Yeah, I’m not holding my breath on that one either.  I’ll just be happy if future me is able to leave the house without looking like he’s going to rob a bank and hide a body.  Then again, it’s hot in the summer, so I might be hiding under a ceiling fan anyway.  Ah, fun to think about the future.

That’s what we’re going to try to do now.  Since I’ve already started writing War of Nytefall: Savagery, I plan on finishing it.  Unless it’s already done.  Definitely going to edit War of Nytefall: Ravenous with the intention of a September release.  I might have tackled this already too and then handed it to a few readers.  It really is hard to do that with Nytefall because some context is needed for later parts of a series.  Anyway, I’ll figure that one out at some point.  My son may only be in camp for July, so that’s the big book writing period.  If I’m up to Anarchy then that may be the July goal and I’ll be saving the fantasy tip book for August.  Easier to do that at night and over weekends when my son is around since the entries will be blog style.

All of that is simply writing.  I need to rest my head and heart a bit.  With me working last summer and the pandemic, I haven’t had much time to think more about the fact that my life changed so dramatically.  I know the divorce started long ago and, as a man, people think I should have gotten over it quickly.  Yet, I still find myself feeling blue.  I remember things that I wanted to do as a family, but those can never happen due to the situation I’ll be in for a long time.  Having to rebuild a lot of my life doesn’t help.  So, I really do need time to feel human and creative again.  Not too much to ask for on that one.  Especially since the Fall is going to be busy.

A final part of the plan is getting my head into graduate school mode.  Once that kicks off, writing is going to be even tougher.  I’ll be using evenings to do school stuff as well as the weekends.  I will try to save one day for writing.  Saturday might be for that, so I can get 1 chapter done every 2 weeks.  It’ll depend a lot on what the workload is.  Some people want me to load up so much that I can only do school, work, and parenting.  That way I’ll finish faster.  As nice as that would be, I think people tend to forget I have fleshy parts and a human psyche.  Unlike the Educator 2000, I break down and I’m not getting any more durable with age.

Guess that’s the overall plan.  Nothing detailed:

  1. Writing
  2. Resting
  3. Parenting

Pretty simple as long as we aren’t still locked in our homes or zombies have been added to the equation.  Past me really isn’t sure what’s coming.  Really hope future me is still able to see this.  Guess we’ll see.

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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4 Responses to Summer 2020 Plans

  1. L. Marie says:

    Those three items are definitely important. Has anything changed since April 7? When do you start grad school?


  2. I like this little time capsule. Yes, the quarantine is still on if one values their life. It looks like your plans are still valid.


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