Getting back into the swing of things

Hello again friends and readers.

Another week passes, and what do I have to show for it? Well quite a bit actually.

The writing is going well, and we’re back at it at full speed. Discussions of plot lines, and of course more actual writing have been done. The book is finally reaching the climax and should be ready for the first pass at editing soon. Of course I’ve been doing a bit of that when I’m not feeling particularly inspired, or if I’m not sure if the agreed upon next part should be written by myself or the co-author. Not that I couldn’t punch out a few thousand words that would be fine, but at times I think the co-author has a better notion of what should happen next, and that we haven’t discussed enough for me to work with for a scene.

That all being said this weekend was productive. Not only were they able to go back through what I had already written, but they added some details I hadn’t thought about. And of course I had to go through that myself and add things, and/or correct a few inconsistencies with the plot. Just little things really. The co-author writes at great speed and some times thinks quicker than their hand will put to page. Good thing that we have our discussions of plot lines. That means I can go back and put into place what they unintentionally missed. I’m sure I do it as well, but they do a good job covering for me as well.

Last week was another week where I was editing, and trying to fill in a bit more of the world. I started from the very beginning because my brain thought of a few lines I wanted to add. As some of you may be aware those first few words you have in a book have to hook the reader. And while I thought what we had was amusing and interesting, a bit of prose wouldn’t be out-of-place to set the scene. Originally the book took off right from the beginning without any setting, and just let the conversation that was happening lead. Now there’s slightly a bit more of the normal, this is the room, here’s what’s going on, this is what you see. That sort of stuff. But with a bit of flair. I’m not sure how else to explain it without actually writing down what we had, but it’s not time for that yet. The co-author I don’t think has even looked at it though we’ve been sharing the same document back and forth.

Another thing we’ve been thinking about is starting up a podcast. It might not even cover writing though, so I’m not sure it would fit the format of this blog.

We both are fans of anime, and we’ve had this notion a few months ago to do a show about it, but time would be a factor. Time being that I work at night and they don’t. We only usually have a few hours a week where we are both awake at the same time, and we spend most of that talking about the book already. We’ll see. I’ve done a bit of fiddling with sound and made an intro, while they were working on the logo. Also we’ve had a few topics that we’ve put together to make themes for episodes. I think we have somewhere over 10 episode topics planned already, but again time is a factor.

I’ve already liked the idea of doing a podcast, but as you can tell if you’ve followed this blog for a while I haven’t been back to do a second episode of the Oakcast. Perhaps having another person who wishes to work on that as well will motivate me to keep at it, if not we’ll likely do at least one episode, which I hope you’ll enjoy.

For now it’s time I leave you for another week. I hope you all have a good one, and I hope to report back again next time with news of these projects, or at least discuss some things I’ve been watching in the days until then.

Be well.

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 115% of first draft complete.

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Bright and Lilyhammer

Hello all, I have returned.

So it’s been awhile since I’ve last posted, and an equal amount of time since I set myself to work on my latest book. Why might you ask did I take leave of such efforts? Well, the winter holiday’s do take a toll, and my sleep schedule had been of course disrupted leaving me in no state to compose appropriate words to tell a tale. Though in that time I was able to passively to consume the visual media.

First I want to talk about a little show called Lilyhammer. With a mixture of Fargo and many a mafia based movie, this series has a charm that is lacking in many a show. Set in Norway, a mob informant is sent to hide from would-be revenge seeking mafia members. There he returns to his criminal ways, though mostly with good intentions of improving the life of those he meets, his most of all of course. His views are challenged, even as he challenges those he meets. I’m currently in the second season, and it still holds its appeal. While “Johnny” is an obvious stereotype, going so far as to quote lines from famous mob movies in most episodes, he has his own charm. If you liked Fargo, and don’t mind subtitles every now and again, I’d say give this a watch. At times it comes off as a parody, but it has its heart in the right place.

I also just watched the Netflix original movie called Bright. I found it to be entertaining, and interesting. Not the most wonderful movie ever, but I don’t think it deserves the hate it seems to be getting from critics. A second movie is in the works, and I will gladly watch it if it is anywhere near as good as this one was. Fantasy meets gritty cop drama in this film, and it does a great job of mixing the genre’s. Give it a watch.

With that I’ll leave you until next time, and hopefully it won’t be weeks from now.

 

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 113.9% of first draft complete.

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The Ed Wood Movie

Friends and readers, I have returned. Welcome.

This week I suppose I’ll talk about another movie I watched over my weekend. Ed Wood.

There’s something wonderful about a story where your main character has such a passionate vision that they can’t help but succeed in at least producing what they wished. Not to say that what they make is amazing, but what is amazing is the fact they were able to make anything at all. However, after watching this film about a notorious film maker, I went ahead and watched his most well-known movie. Plan 9 From Outerspace. What an awful piece of work. But amusingly enough it matches with what they showed in Ed Wood.

Now Ed Wood the movie may not be accurately portraying the person Ed Wood, but that almost doesn’t matter. It in itself is an entertaining thing on its own. Johnny Depp is very good at being a quirky but passionate character, but the person who stands out is the actor portraying Bela Lugosi.  Martin Landau is incredible in this. He plays the two sides of Bela so well, and adds much-needed gravitas to such an interesting person from film. In the end I highly recommend this movie, especially if you want to see one of the best, and possibly last good Tim Burton films.

As for the book, it has way over shot where I thought I wanted the word count to be. Then again that isn’t all together awful. It just means that I can trim it down with edits if it needs it easier than if there were fewer words and still reach the size I envisioned. Then again, since this will likely published as an e-book, it really doesn’t matter how long it is, as long as it isn’t dragged down by those words. But as it is now there are still at least 3 important scenes, and a few in-betweens that need to be written up. So who knows when that’ll be finished as I’m waiting on one scene from the other author, and want some input before I begin where I left off today. But it is growing, and I’m liking what we have so far.

Until next time, that’s all I have for you today. Have a good week.

 

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 113.5% of first draft complete.

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The Handmaiden

Howdy folks. I’m back again for your weekly update.

So what should I talk about? How about yet another movie I watched.

I watched a movie called The Handmaiden. It’s a South Korean movie set in a Japanese occupied Korea. A Japanese woman is given a new Korean handmaiden, who unbeknownst is there to make off with her fortune at the behest of yet another Korean man. It’s rather adult, and is in three parts. It can get rather adult in places, but all in all I found it to be an intriguing look into how elaborate a caper could be. I’d say give it a watch, but go in knowing you’re going to see some pretty explicit sex scenes. Fortunately I watched it with a person who has my own sense of humor and we were able to joke about everything, though there was no need, as the film is entertaining on its own. But it’s nice to be able to talk about things that are brought up in any movie.

Also I’m all caught up with the Orville. Rather enjoyable show, and I’m now always looking forward to the next episode. It’s the best Star Trek airing right now, that’s all I can say.

Alright, I’m off for now. More writing was done if you were curious, but I’ll be back next week. Have a good one.

 

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 112.5% of first draft complete.

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Phone goes boom?

Greetings readers and friends. I’ve once more come back.

So for a couple of weeks I’ve been having phone issues. When a co-worker was having an issue with their phone, we realized we had the same phone. Taking my phone out of its bulky case I noticed the back of it was bulging. Oh dear, that can’t be good I thought. When I opened the back it was apparent that the battery had expanded and was ready to explode. Well, that means I’d been without a phone for a bit, but luckily another friend of mine had a battery that they let me have as they weren’t using it in their old phone. Now I’m back.

Also, I watched Beastmaster II this weekend. Oh dear god, it’s so bad it’s amazing. And it just kept getting better as it went. I’m hesitant to watch the third one now, because how can anything live up to that?

 

Well, that’s all I have time for this week. I’m running a bit behind today, but I’ll catch you all next time.

 

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 111.5% of first draft complete.

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Go Speed Racer, GO!

Howdy y’all. I’ve returned.

So I’ve heard of the Speed Racer movie for a while now. Now mostly I’ve only heard negative things, and I was hesitant to watch it because of that. I’m not old enough to have been alive during the era when it was broadcast on television, or at least broadcast for the first time, but it is something I’ve been aware of since I was very young. The rapid fire of speech and repetition of words are notorious for the show, as is the catchy opening song. So when I went into this film I was prepared for that sort of interpretation. Instead we got vivid colors and rapid fire edits. And I’d have to say after the first few minutes of Speed’s back story, I started to really enjoy myself. By the end of the movie I was cheering wildly while laughing with joy at the final race. While I can see why there are people who didn’t enjoy it, as it is a very strange movie indeed, I feel it captures the heart of the show, while expanding on the narrative. I kept getting flashes in my mind from an anime that I really enjoy, “Redline”. Both have to do with racing, and the joy of it. While I wouldn’t say Speed Racer is better, it still has a ton of heart, and I haven’t enjoyed a movie like that in a while. Give it a watch, especially if you liked the original series, or if you liked Redline.

And, well, the next thing I watched was Beastmaster. This is certainly not the first time I’ve watched this movie, nor is it the fifth. I tend to get something different out of this movie each time I watched it, and since I watched it with someone this time, this is what we came to. The eagle is the bad guy. Yeah there’s an army that destroys the protagonists village. And yeah there’s a guy that sacrifices children to his god, but come on. That eagle just wants to eat everyone’s eyes. That and he has a cult of monsters that eat people at his command. How evil is that? Heck they show up at the end and eat an army, all at the beckoning of this eagle. Sure the tiger kills a few people, but maybe he was just trying to cuddle them and was a little too violent about it. And those ferrets? They just wanted to steal things. Yeah, a little bad, but they aren’t trying to kill anyone, and heck one of them sacrifices them self to take down the nominal bad guy at the end. It’s such a b-movie I can’t help but love it. When the movie ended, and the credits were rolling, I mentioned that I would like to see a sequel, and the person I watched it with said, “Yeah, like one where the Beastmaster travels to modern-day California to fight evil.” I laughed at this, and said, “Ha ha, yeah I’d watch the heck out of that.” because I love a stupid movie. Turns out she wasn’t joking, and Beastmaster II takes place in California. It was far too late in the night to watch it, and I refuse to watch it alone, but I’ll have to give this horrible idea of a movie a watch at some point.

And with that I’ll leave you for now. I’ll catch up with you all next week.

 

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 110% of first draft complete.

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Movies, mostly about Aliens

Salutations to you all. I am back again.

This weekend I watched a few different movies, so I suppose I’ll talk about them a bit.

First off I watched Arrival. That was actually a really decent film, and the fact that I might have been spoiled on one of the plot points awhile ago didn’t even register in my mind while I watched. It’s about alien ships landing all over the world, and us humans trying to communicate with them. I do enjoy first contact stories, and I think this did a better job than most illustrating how “Alien” aliens really would be.

Next was Spiderman Homecoming. This movie was great. It didn’t try to restart from the beginning with how he got his powers or anything, it just kinda threw you into the middle of it. A high school Peter Parker as well this time. I enjoy this more than I thought, and I had a great time as it is probably one of the funnier Marvel movies to have come out. That and the villain was understandable, and not just out to do bad things because he’s the bad guy. Good movie, give it a watch.

Then I watch My Stepmother is an Alien. Um, I don’t even know what to say about this. It is totally a product of the 80’s, and it was nice to see the actors they had in the film. Even Seth Green makes a short appearance, and boy is he tiny. All in all I found it amusing, and a good movie to watch if you really want to see the strange things we were making back in the 80’s, and some actors we don’t see much of anymore.

Oh boy, then I watched My Favorite Martian. This movie was simply awful. I wanted to like it, as I watched the original television show when I was younger, but it wasn’t very good. However a cameo of the original actor who played the Martian did make an appearance, and that was enjoyable, but it didn’t make up for the bad story. It started out alright, but then quickly went downhill. I can’t tell if it was simply bad writing, or if Christopher Lloyd playing the martian was a poor choice. Again interesting actors are seen in this movie, but it felt as if this movie was quickly slapped together to bring in some money from whatever was happening at that point in time. But what that is escapes me as this came out in 99. I’d give this a miss, and watch something else.

Aliens apparently was the theme of my movie watching this week, save Spiderman, and I’m glad I watched them. Well, I’m glad I watched all of them save My Favorite Martian. I didn’t even plan for a theme this weekend, though I usually do. Mostly by actor, but I think a looking at these as a serious movie, a quirky movie, and something trying to be funny and missing the mark is how I would describe them. And Spiderman was simply just fun. The only thing it was missing was Jonah Jameson, and there’s only one actor who can play him, J. K. Simmons. I hope they bring him back, he was excellent.

With that I leave you to have a wonderful week. I’ll see you next time.

 

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 109% of first draft complete.

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An older anime, and a newer parody

Hello to you. I’m back again.

So what have I been up to? Well this weekend I went back and watched a couple of things. Now I had in the past watched an anime called Magic Knights of Rayearth, the tv series. It was okay for what it was back in the day, but I didn’t get into it. I really only watched perhaps five episodes or so, and decided to move on to other things. However this weekend I watched the OVA. It is three episodes long, and each one is around 45 minutes long. So it took nearly three hours to watch. I did so with another who was a fan of the OVA from when they were younger, and was the reason years ago we watched, or attempted to watch the original series. It turns out the OVA is significantly different from the show, and is much darker and better animated. Perhaps because it was made after the original series had aired. Now I enjoyed the first episode the best out of the three, but all were good. However my opinion of it may be tainted by the amusing words that my fellow anime fan and I used to make simple scenes funnier. An example would be, there was a guy, a mage? standing on top of what looked to be Tokyo Tower, and we made up a little story for him. We thought it would be funny if he was stuck up there for years and couldn’t figure out how to get down, and was waiting on someone to help him. That of course wasn’t the case, but it was amusing to think of the logistics of a person standing there in the cold wind for years, with no bathroom or food.

And that leads me into the second thing I watched. Now I say I watched, but the anime fan accompanied me for the majority of the viewing. There is an abridged series, made by some of the same people who do the DBZ abridged series. Team Four Star is fairly well-known for making the Dragon Ball Z parody, and I of course watch that from time to time, and await further episodes. But the one that I decided to watch in full again was their Hellsing Abridged series. Ah, there is nothing better than a all powerful character who is just there to have fun. They’ve changed categorically what Alucard was from the original show into something completely different. An amusing jerk, who is just there to have a good time, instead of a vampire that just does as he’s told. Even if you haven’t watched the original show you should go watch this. They do a fantastic job of editing, and it gets even better as they’ve grown more skilled over the years. Mind you there are a couple of episodes without Alucard, and those are the least enjoyable, but when he returns it’s with a vengeance. All in all I say give this a watch, especially if you think DBZ abridged is good.

Other than that I did some writing, and we are well on our way to finishing the first draft. It was another productive day, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, though we have gone way past where I thought we’d be with the word count at this point. However that will make it easier to edit and cut things when we get to it without diminishing the length of the book.

Until next time, I wish you a fantastic week.

 

 

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 108% of first draft complete.

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Lots of Progress

Hello dear readers. I have returned again, and news do I bring.

 

This week has been a good one for writing. Almost five-thousand words were written in just a couple of days, or two sessions, and the story is progressing well. I had gone ahead from where the co-author wanted a scene, and they left notes for me about that. However I think I’ll let them handle that part, as I was interested in telling another, future, part of the story. I made great headway with that today, and I outdid my usual output simply because I enjoy the character I’m writing here, and have a bit of a preference to them in the mythos of the world. Going through what the co-author contributed last I was able to a bit of flourishes where they needed it, and of course re-reading the last several thousand words helps me get in the mood to write the next scenes. So all in all a productive session for me and them.

Nothing much else to say here, save I’ve watched more of the show Orville, and find it very much in-line with a Star Trek style of story telling. Yes there are moments of 3rd wall breaking, or at least language that wouldn’t be used in a usual episode of Star Trek, but for the most part it stands as a decent continuation of that style of universe. I’ve yet to watch Discovery so I can’t speak to it, but again I’ve only caught snippets of the show and it looks to be more in line of with a JJ Abrams kind of show. More violence and action than usual to the universe, which might be good, but I haven’t given it a chance to charm me yet.

As it is I’m happy with most things. Progress is being made, and surely, hopefully?, we are only a few more sessions like this away from completing this book’s first draft.

I’ll be back next week at the latest. I hope you all have an enjoyable week.

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 106% of first draft complete.

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