Goal Post: A New Set of Outlines . . . Also Life

I’m writing this Friday night after going out to a late birthday dinner with a friend.  We delayed it to allow me to have more time with my son.  Anyway, that means I’m really tired, but still writing this to make sure I can sleep in.  That or get on my bike without worrying about making the goal post.  Either way, I’m sleepy and going to be rambling at times.

Work and life were chaotic.  Schedules got rearranged.  This was actually the last week of the quarter for me, so it was really busy.  My son is having trouble in school as things get more complicated.  If I wasn’t juggling work, helping him with homework, or interacting with the ex-wife, I was trying to figure things out.  We may have found the problem and he passed his latest test.  Hopefully, it can carry over into other subjects and we see him pull out of this downward slope.  It’s been rough because he does great with studying and homework, but tests are an issue.  Frustrating that kids can be really smart and know things, but they’re simply bad a taking tests.

It’s been a week since War of Nytefall: Savagery came out.  Thank you to everyone who helped promote the book and bought a copy.  At this point, I’ve sold 5 copies at 99 cents each.  So, it’s not moving, but I shouldn’t be surprised.  Don’t have thousands of dollars to drop into promoting or hours of free time to do things.  I’m struggling to maintain this blog and a slight Twitter presence.  I’ll be happy if I can sell 15 copies by the end of the month.  I will say the 99 cent price drop gave me a little movement, but not enough to do more than buy a weekly pack of Twizzlers.  That’s author life these days, I guess.

The big plan for the weekend is to start outlining Tales of the Slumberlord.  I think I have 8 books here.  There’s a trilogy I have after this with the same hero, so I’m dancing between leaving it alone or making it a book in the series.  Thankfully, all of these tales are self-contained since Darwin’s shtick is to wander from one adventure to another.  He’s the connector with the main plot going over his head while he involves himself in the destinies of others.  It’s only the first and final book where his own tale is in the spotlight.  I don’t know if this makes it any easier.  Guess I need to tackle the first book and move on from there.  I have to read over the general synopsis too because I can’t remember if it takes place in one city or several.

The outlining has me nervous because I haven’t made one of these since . . . Well, I was still married when I made one from scratch.  I’ve done some short stories, but those are quick scenes.  These are the 3-4 section chapters.  Might take me all weekend to get one finished, which is fine.  I don’t know if Darwin stories will be as lengthy as previous tales, but I’m going to have to think things through.  He can be random in the direction he goes in, but also things are ‘black/white’ to him, so he can end up walking right to the finish line.  Think of someone who is so ‘black/white’ that mind games depending on nuance don’t even register.  Darwin is starting to become more of a challenge than I though in terms of personality.

Wish I had more to report, but I don’t.  TV was me getting through the original ‘Tenchi Muyo’ episodes.  The series isn’t as good as I remembered.  Can’t put my finger on why I kept losing interested either.  Thinking of tossing ‘Ranma 1/2’ on to get through more of that while I outline this week.  The big series I want to watch are looking more like summer things when I have more viewing time.  I need something that are practically mindless, so ‘Ranma 1/2’ may work best.  Been a while, but I remember it being fairly repetitive and predictable.

I think I’m posting about the Poetry Month tomorrow.  Not 100% certain since I’ve been moving stuff around.  I don’t like the new look of WordPress when it comes to looking at my posts.  I can’t choose a category and look at only that grouping, which is what I used to help keep track of Teaser Tuesdays and Immortal Wars.  The whole thing looks fairly ugly too.  I’ve had to use the block system to make a few posts too.  A few volunteers looked to  have trouble with it as well, so War of Nytefall: Savagery took a hit from the clunky interface.  Not like anything will change.  The new system is here to stay whether we hate it or loathe it.

Goals of the week:

  1. Get sleep.
  2. Biking.
  3. Outline Tales of the Slumberlord
  4. Watch a little TV
  5. Puzzles
  6. Get some fresh air
  7. Wheeze due to fresh air having pollen
  8. Get more sleep

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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7 Responses to Goal Post: A New Set of Outlines . . . Also Life

  1. If you want t return to Classic, here is a way. Open your WP, click on your face (or whatever image you use) in the circle at the top right in the black bar. Right beside the bell.
    Once you have clicked there, it will bring you to your profile. On the left side, choose account settings.
    Scroll down until you get to Interface settings, and there is a slide bar under Dashboard Settings. Click on that, go below the color options, and save.
    Then, you will have the same admin page as before. Just like the last time when they pulled this nonsense! You can then click on posts and then add new and choose classic.


  2. John gave you some good advice. I released my last two a 99¢ for a month before putting them at full price. I don’t see where it helped at all, and any profits I gained as a result were lower. I’ll publish at the regular price from now on.


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