Winter Break Has Begun!

Well, this is starting off well.  Been staring at the screen for 5 minutes, but my brain has decided it’s done.  Can’t say I blame it since it was a crazy week.  Let’s start with the newest injury.

So, I have had a lot of stressful, frustrating things happen this week.  None of them I’m able to talk about in public.  The part I can share is that I got driven to a point where I snapped and screamed at everyone to ‘shut the FUCK up’.  It was one of those primal yells that shocked everyone, but it also caused an odd ‘pop’ in my throat.  Now, I’ve got a hoarse voice because I many have strained my vocal cords.  There’s no pain and the lemon/honey tea is helping a lot.  Anyway, that was the highlight of the week and pretty much tells you all you need to know.

As I said in the title, Winter Break has started.  This means a week off from school and work.  My son will be with his mom, so I’m going to try to edit Slumberlord Chronicles: Darwin & the Fate Bracelet.  This is going to be a hand edit to avoid getting distracted by websites.  I won’t be able to finish it since I want to get together with friends, get a little time with my son earlier in the week, need to sleep, and want to play a little solo video gaming.  It’s just ‘Pirate Warriors 3’, which is ‘Dynasty Warriors’ meets ‘One Piece’.  Pretty sure nobody gets any of those references, but it’s a semi-mindless 1 vs 1,000’s game.  It will be a nice break from the editing, which is going to be stressful.

Let’s talk about the editing.  I’m really nervous about diving into this book.  One reason is that it’s been so long since I touched a book.  I feel rusty.  Darwin makes me nervous too because I want to get him right, so I don’t want to rush.  I know I’m going to have to add a lot and make sure his quirks are consistent.  There are the supporting characters as well who I need to make sure come off right.  This book really comes off as soft and light when compared to its heavier predecessors.  The characters are odd and the adventure is less straightforward because Darwin doesn’t know what he’s gotten into.  So, I’m sensing that I’m out of my comfort zone even though I can’t tell why.  Maybe I’m freaking out for no reason and the jitters will vanish when I started editing today.  I made sure not to start last night to see if a good night’s sleep would help.

I finished scheduling the April posts and did the Tuesday and Thursday posts for May.  I might do a few more on the days I have my son since I won’t be able to edit.  Found some interesting holidays on Tuesdays in May, so I hope they work out.  I’m having fun with the National Holiday thing even though sales haven’t changed.  I got a 2 sale blip after everything went to $2.99, but that was it.  Oh well.  I didn’t expect it to really change much anyway.

Not much else to talk about.  I watched the new episodes of ‘Disenchantment’ and loved them.  Working my way through ‘Merlin’, but I might stop after season 3 to watch either ‘Peacemaker’ or an anime.  We’ll see how I feel since I’m going to be editing a lot.  TV might come much further down the list as far as priorities.

Goals of the week:

  1. Start editing Slumberlord Chronicles: Darwin & the Fate Bracelet
  2. Enjoy time with son when he’s hear.
  3. See a friend who is visiting from out of state.
  4. Visit a friend who I haven’t seen in a while.
  5. Make hot sauce with another friend.
  6. Play video games.
  7. Sleep.
  8. Biking.
  9. Maybe do a few May posts.  Having trouble thinking of subjects.  Any writing topics people have seen that are interesting?

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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13 Responses to Winter Break Has Begun!

  1. Jim Wingrove says:

    cool…I have arthritis in my neck that can get pretty bad..maybe better than in my knees?..take care


  2. Sounds like some fun next week. Maybe a whisper, “Shut the fuck up,” next time.


  3. C.E.Robinson says:

    Charles, I use the scream method, too. When things pile up in my mind. Never thought about the vocal cords. I’ll temper it next time. Some fun in your life will balance out the stress. Can’t get rid of that so take breaks with what makes you happy. 📚🎶 Christine


  4. Victoria Zigler says:

    Hope the week long break and some solo gaming helps you recharge a little.


  5. I get it. Unless it’s the bad stuff, there is no stuff in my life. I need some fun, some good entertainment, or something. It just hasn’t shown up for weeks. I finished one of my manuscripts, but it’s shorter than normal. Another 4K would make it similar to the others, but might decrease the story. I should probably leave it alone for a week, which gives me nothing to do.


    • Totally right. I’ve found a lot of the good stuff is tough to write about too. Kind of have to be there. I mean, I got together with two friends from high school tonight. We talked and had a few drinks. Not much else to say about that.

      I did a long wait for the one I started editing today. I think it helped clear my head. Not sure since I’ve only done 2 chapters. The doubt is still there too.

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  6. Oloriel says:

    Hope you get to enjoy all the activities you planned for yourself for the break!


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