The Good, The Bad, and The Bleeding Week

Been a while since I wrote one of these on Saturday instead of the night before.  I’m not really sure where to start, especially since so much happened.  Maybe I should just go day-by-day:

Halloween

I spent most of it sitting at home writing part of the final War of Nytefall battle.  Keep in mind that Eulogy won’t be published for over a year, but I was doing so well this year that I decided to finish everything off while I was on a roll.  Anyway, I got my son around mid/late afternoon.  We went trick-or-treating, but only to houses with bowls or boxes left out.  Still got a nice haul.  It was about the same size as last year, which he was very happy about.  Sadly, we also had to do homework while we ate dinner because of a project we didn’t notice.  It was reading and we picked 3 poems to do.  I read ‘The Raven’, ‘Jabberwocky’, and ‘The Tyger’ with him before we watched ‘Gremlins’.  Pizza was for dinner and a cartoon or two before he fell asleep, so he got to stay overnight.

Sunday

Did Dunkin Donuts with my son before I dropped him off with his mom.  I tried a Ghost Pepper Donut, which was surprisingly good.  Just enough of a kick to be noticed and not overpower the sweet.  The rest of the day was spent writing and watching ‘The Slayers’.  I got up to the final chapter of Eulogy at this point, but I was going a little slow, so I couldn’t dive into it.  Been very sleepy since the weather got colder.

Monday

Work!  We’re heading into the end of the quarter, so things have been getting a little chaotic.  Not sure I’ve explained this, but I work a lot in the Testing Center of the school, which is where kids who need accommodations go if they want.  Due to limited space, we have to go by reservations and things get pretty hairy.  All problems have worked themselves out though, but it can be slightly stressful when I’m trying to sort all of the requests and tests.  This is a big reason I get so tired by the end of the day and don’t stay near a computer once I’m home.

After work, I got to have my son for a few hours as usual.  It wasn’t the typical Monday outing with dinner and cartoons.  We had a lot of homework to do, which he wasn’t very happy about.  We got through it though and he got everything done before his quarter ended on Friday.  I know what to look out for next quarter too, so we won’t have any sudden rushes.

Tuesday

Election Day!  That’s enough of that since I had virtual meetings and training for school.  I had enough time before and after to finish writing War of Nytefall: Eulogy, which means I’m sort of without a project.  More on that later.  This is also where the bleeding from the title comes in:

Simple version:  I was shaving and sneezed while the straightedge razor was on my sideburns.  My head moved aside while the razor stayed in place, so I sliced my right earlobe.  So much blood and even paper towels weren’t helping.  Genius that I am, I finished shaving and then had to get help bandaging it.  That was the rest of my night too.  Watching ‘The Slayers’ while trying to ignore the itchy pain in my ear and repeatedly checking for seeping.  Yum!

Wednesday and Thursday

There is anything to report on these days because they were work with nothing really noteworthy here.  I finished blog posts for January and began looking at what I have ready for writing next.  My choices were The Longbow of Ichabod Brooks and Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Fantasy Writing Tips). I made my decision, which we’ll get to in a bit.

Friday

Work!  End of week!  There were some work shenanigans and situations that were scheduling-based.  The real story of this day was hitting Happy Hour with coworkers afterwards.  I really need that type of outing after the rough week and before one that looks rather busy.  Tried a bunch of Mule varieties, which involve ginger beer and being in a metal cup.  Didn’t get to try all of the ones I wanted before the discount period ended, but that’s how it goes.  Got pizza before heading home (I wasn’t the one driving) and then went to bed after talking to my son.  That was really it for that day even though I had hoped to do more.

The Future

This coming week is the end of the quarter, so work will be busy.  I’ve got more training on two days as well.  My son will be here and needing help with school.  Wednesday is Veteran’s Day, which we both have off.  I’ve already promised video games will be played on that day.  Need to pick up some motion sickness pills because my son causes the camera in LEGO Harry Potter to go everywhere.  Got the entire Mega Man X series as well.  8 games for $31?  That’s great even though I’ve heard 5-8 aren’t very good.  It’s going to really be a parenting/working week.

As far as writing goes, I think I’m going to start on Do I Need to Use a Dragon? (Fantasy Writing Tips) this afternoon.  I keep avoiding it because I’m nervous about writing something that is kind of non-fiction and has me as a character.  Mixed signals on if people think this is a good idea isn’t helping.  I might post the first part on the 17th since I’m out of Teaser Tuesday things as of this coming week.  Not sure what to do about that day, which is a post for tomorrow that I hope gets some responses.

I’ll be doing more outlining for a few books as time moves on, but I should get this one off the docket.  It will clear my head enough that I can tackle either Ichabod Brooks or the next Bedlam book in a better mindset.  I won’t be killing myself on things since I have enough books written to publish either 3 next year or 2 next year then 1 in 2022.  Hope the world is still around by that time.

One thing I’m still trying to figure out is if I should use future stories as examples in the tip book as well as stuff I published.  Before anyone says anything, I can’t use other author’s works without causing legal issues.  Not enough public domain fantasy for me to work with, so I’ve only got my own stuff.  That’s how it goes though.

Goals of the week:

  1. Parenting the munchkin.
  2. Video games with my mini-me.
  3. Work and training.
  4. Do I Need to Use a Dragon? sections.  With this being blog-style entries that I’ve already done notes on, I can probably work on this at night without a problem.
  5. A few outlines when I have free periods.
  6. Finish watching ‘The Slayers’.  Start watching . . . the other set of ‘Slayers’ episodes?  I don’t know.  Maybe ‘Yu Yu Hakusho’?  Think it’s time to wrap this up.

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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8 Responses to The Good, The Bad, and The Bleeding Week

  1. I think you have enough stuff to use in your tip book. Not sure why you would want to use future stories unless you have a tip that is only demonstrated in a story you haven’t published yet.

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    • I’m not using blog posts for this. It’s going to be fresh material. Even if I do blog style, I should expand more since it’ll be published. Not as goofy too. The future stories may have some aspects that fit such as my next series having more comic relief hero stuff than previous ones.

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  2. Sounds like a busy week. You’re brave for going out with friends. I will go to lunch with a coworker next week, but it scares me a bit.

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  3. Ouch! That shaving cut sounds painful.

    Glad you got lots of fun time in with your son between all the homework, and were able to have a bit of an outing.

    Awesome job on finishing writing Eulogy.

    My suggestion when it comes to using stuff to illustrate points in Do I Need To Use A Dragon? is to use already published work of your own. Using work you have yet to publish is potentially an option, I suppose. But then you run the risk of people wanting to check out those books and being unable to do so because they aren’t out yet. OK, so the chances of that aren’t all that high, but it’s possible. Although, if you’ll be publishing them very soon after the fantasy writing tips book is released, so can at least give a publication date you know will happen and say something like, “Coming in November 2022,” when referencing it (and know you’ll deliver for that date, as long as you and the world are still around for that to happen) that might work. Personally I think it would be best if you’ve already released whatever you’re referencing though. But that’s just my opinion, and ultimately you should do what you think is best.

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    • The thing is still healing too. Looks gross and no way to hide it.

      The books not being published yet is what stops me. Yet, they will one day and this book will still be around. That’s what has me on the fence. As I add books to my catalog, this book could be picked up and it only touches on my first 3 series. Feasibly, I could add to the published works list on there since I’m an indie. That doesn’t cover the meat of the book. I’m looking primarily at the two series after Nytefall for this too. It’s something I’ll have to figure out, I guess.

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