Editing and not Writing

Hello all. Here I am again, and apparently so are you.

So it’s been another week, and things have gotten crazy in this world…. again. Lock-down for yet another week, right?

Anyway, what have I been up to? Well, luckily or not, depending on your perspective, I’ve still gone in for work. Since it’s at night, I’m generally away from others, so that’s good. Otherwise I’ve just been reading and watching random things.

I did get to watch the Konosuba movie. That was fun. Good animation, still zany comedy. A good time. Also just binged the Netflix documentary Tiger King. Wow, not a good person to be found in any of that mess. It was like watching a train wreck, you just can’t look away.

I wound up reading 6 books this last week, so that’s good I guess. Apparently though one of these books hasn’t shown up on GoodReads yet, so you’ll have to take my word for it if your checking. Four out of the Six where harem-lit, or the like. I think I’m getting bored with it as the writing isn’t nearly as good most times as others. Almost as if they are just cranking them out without anyone to really look through them and edit. No real huge errors or anything, just the way things are worded could have used some work.

However I did read a couple of RPG-lit ones, and they were tons of fun. While they may at times suffer some of the same issues, I think mostly due to the lack of affordable availability for editors, they seem to take a bit more time to finesse their words. I’ll likely be searching for more authors to read in this genre.

Anyway, as to writing…. nope. Haven’t been able to focus at all with all the stuff in the world going on. Oops. However I was given the first part of Samantha’s new book to go through. Doing some edits, but mostly making notes for her so she can improve what she’s already written. Also she has taken a look at what I’ve gotten done for my new book. I’ll be looking over her notes and changes when she gets finished. It’ll take her more time for her to go through it that it did me for hers. I had a bit more written than her, so that just makes sense. I’m hopeful that it’ll help spur me on when I get it back. By the way, I’m really enjoying what she’s got for her new book. I can’t wait to read more!

Welp, with that I think I’ve run out of things to say for now. I hope you all have an enjoyable week.

TTFN

You Must Be Drunk link to the Amazon store here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

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Outsider Trilogy

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Poetry

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 70% into the new novel’s first draft.

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D&D in Lock-Down

Hello friends. Here it is, another week has gone by.

I’m still in my personal lock-down, but now it’s semi-mandatory. Ah, the sweet smell of home… and nothing else, heh.

Anyway, this weekend I got together with my usual D&D group…. don’t worry, it wasn’t in person. We all got on a voice chat together and attempted to work on our character sheets. Luckily we had some forms to fill out, which made things a bit easier to share back and forth. However, all of this took a little over two hours, even with help.

I find this part of the game the most tedious. Especially when some people in the group want to try and min-max all of us. Now I understand the temptation to make the best character you can, however the fun I think can come from not having a perfect character to play and to just let things happen. Low charisma, well now you are all sorts of socially awkward. Low Strength, welp you aren’t gonna be doing much heavy lifting, and shucks that door is a little too heavy for you to open. That’s fun, and funny.

Filling out paper work isn’t one of the highlights in my life, so just doing it to play a game seems a bit much. However the customization can be quite fun. Making a weird or amusing back-story, and then building your character to reflect that can be amusing, but dang if you don’t have to think about a ton of minutia. And to make it that much more complicated our DM had decided to change the rules slightly from what our manuals say. Hence why we needed a bit of help to set everything up. Now it’s not so far off that we can’t use our character sheets or anything, but it has changed some things. Not that I know the difference, I’m not a rule lord or anything, I’m just here to RP my weird creations and let everyone else tell me if I can do what I want, heh.

Well, for the most part we all got the paper work out of the way. Next will be to figure out how to play long distance… cheaply… or even better free. So far we got the voice part down, so golden. Next I suppose is dice, or a camera where we can all see our throws. A table to lay out encounters would be nice as well.

Now I’ve looked into a few different things, but this was awhile ago before my friends moved a bit closer and we could actually play together on a consistent basis. However, depending on how long we are told to not really go out or things, we may not be able to play in our usual fashion. I’m sure we could rig something up to work, talks of using Minecraft have come up, but I don’t feel it’ll have the same energy. Especially when microphones cut out, or when we talk over each other because of lag or whatnot. D&D VR I SAY. Heh. Or just play some sort of dungeon crawler I guess.

Well, that’s about it for me. Haven’t been too active with anything, been feeling a bit anxious about the future and all. I’m sure you can relate. Motivation has gone way down. I think I need to be more physically active, then I’ll feel better. However I can only play so much of BeatSaber before I get bored. I keep thinking I’m going to draw something, but I just haven’t. I guess I’ll make myself, though my computer is starting to behave poorly. I need a fresh install soon, but that’ll take time as I need to back up my stuff, and I don’t really have a way to do so right now.

Sorry, rambling again. I hope you all have a good week, and try to stay positive. I’m doing my best myself… we’ll see what this week holds.

TTFN

You Must Be Drunk link to the Amazon store here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

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Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 70% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Rambling Perspective of the Night

Hello everyone. Another week has passed, and here I am yet again.

Well, there’s a bit of a quarantine going on these days. For me not much has changed. I don’t say this to brag or belittle the effect on anyone else. I say this because I can empathize.

There is something to working night shift. At least for me. I don’t go out, as anything that I’d want to do traditionally is a day thing. Hiking, shopping, heck even going out to eat at a restaurant that serves your favorite food. While we can still go out for a walk, it’s been recommended not to even leave our homes unless absolutely necessary. Restaurants are closing, stores are running short on supplies… so I’m told, though from others I’ve been informed that’s not true.

This is why I’ll talk a bit about what it’s like to be cut off from the world. I suppose self-imposed as I’m introverted, and also very tired when the sun shines and most things are open. You can feel isolated and alone when you can’t go out and socialize. Little things like someone saying hi are huge when they should be just a simple greeting. So make sure when you are around others to enjoy it, and greet them as well. If you live with someone take time and talk with them. See how they are doing. If you don’t, well we can communicate via the Internet or phone these days, so don’t be a stranger and talk with your friends and family.

And let’s talk about boredom. When you can’t do many things, you can become stuck in a rut. Everyday becomes the same, and eventually distractions like reading, or watching movies or TV shows just won’t cut it. But, it also can mean you have a lot of time to play with. Now this can drown you in choice. Choosing an activity or such to explore can be difficult. There are so many things you can do. I tend to go towards the creative ones, such as writing. Though I find just zoning out while I’m drawing and listening to strange music can really eat up the time. That’s me though, and perhaps there are other things you’d like to do.

Exercise can be difficult in the home, but it also can offer benefits. It can really help shake the blues if you can get your heart rate going. I like Beat Saber for that personally, though I still get plenty of walking done when I go to work. In the end though, focus on one thing at a time. Don’t worry about what comes next, just pick something and do it. If it doesn’t satisfy you, then move on to another thing. Though I say find something that excites you, or that you love to do even when you don’t usually have the time.

And remember, fear is the mind killer. Panic, stress, loneliness, boredom, these things can eat at you. They don’t help if you stew on them overlong. Talk to people. Conversation can really help. Luckily I have a few people I can rely on if I really need to talk to someone, though usually when I’m awake most people are asleep, and yet I still can rely on someone to be awake when I’m through the night. At one point I would recommend chat rooms, or forums if you don’t happen to have anyone else, but I’m unsure what the climate of conversation is at the moment. You don’t want to just be reading more and more panic inducing words if that’s what is going on there.

There comes a point, at least there was for me, when silence, the silence of being truly alone in the world, becomes a comfort. Quiet is peaceful. When the world is still, and all around the only thing you can hear is the hum of a furnace, the hiss of a/c, or just your own breath. That can drive you mad at first. At that point, when you can stand it no longer, music or podcasts can help. Hearing people talking or singing, even if you can’t join in with them can really alleviate some loneliness.

But all of this is just from my perspective. Perhaps some of you will not suffer anything like this, or perhaps this will all blow over relatively quickly. Or perhaps it’s not as bad as it’s being reported. I can’t say. I’m in an isolation of my own making. What I know of the daylight world is through others, and I get conflicting perspectives. But even if it is bad, and you must stay home, don’t let it make you suffer. Let your time away become an occasion to explore your self. Be creative, or be active, but do not let yourself stagnate in idleness. When not moving or doing that is when depression can get you. So outrun it, heh, and get something done you’ve always wanted to. Starting something new can be hard, but the rewards are profound.

With that as my rambling blog post, I’m done for now. I do hope you all have an enjoyable week, whatever it is you do.

TTFN

You Must Be Drunk link to the Amazon store here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safe

Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 70% into the new novel’s first draft.

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End of a D&D Campaign

Howdy y’all. Back again, and things to say.

So just to start, only read the four books this time since last week. Better than two, right? These were ones that I just couldn’t put off or down, so I assume that’s why they were finished. Otherwise it might have just been the two again.

Welp, I suppose it’s time to tell you about the end of part 1 of our campaign.

First I need to mention I did forget something from our last adventure. Our elven mage had sent her familiar, a cat, imbued with acid, down to see about finishing off the orcs underground after we trapped them. It didn’t get them all, but it certainly did some damage before it finally was overwhelmed and destroyed.


Anyhoo, after we had left we had seen a dragon. It apparently attacked the town we’d been staying in, and the smoke filled the sky as it zoomed back overhead towards its home.

At this point we started our session again. This time we had two more players with us, and they rolled up a couple of characters. A human artificer, and his guard, a tabaxi barbarian. We ran into them on the way to town, with the artificer’s little metal hippo following along.

After my bard(gnome) decided he liked the look of the tabaxi and began ruthlessly hitting on her, much to her displeasure, we finally made it back into town. Devastation and smoldering smoke abound. Many guards had died, and many more were injured. Seeing a particularly well armored guard(dead), my gnome decided his name was Jim, and rushed forward to bemoan his loss. He was told it was not in fact Jim, but a guard named Frank. Appearing surprised, he bemoaned not knowing him better, all the while frisking the dead man for any items he might steal. Luck was with the bard, and he got away with a ring and some gold.

At this point the party split, the two newbies went off the the bar, to deliver illegal goods that were hidden in the artificer’s hippo. While that was going on we were informed that Anders the mayor and elven mage of the town had gone to face off against the dragon to make sure the town wasn’t attacked again.

We were asked to go and assist in the dragon’s defeat. Eventually, after some convincing, we added the two new players to our group and went off to track down Anders. Finding footprints, we followed until we saw an Ettin. Instead of fighting it, the artificer sent his metal hippo off to run past it, leading it towards the dragon.

After a time we made our way to the dragon’s lair. It was sitting there, after an apparently running the ettin off. However off to the side we spotted Anders preparing spells for his coming battle.

Instead of rushing to his side, we waited until he began his attack. Watching the exchange between the powerful mage and mighty dragon, we noted how evenly matched they were. All of us apparently growing bored, decided we might as well attack, so we did.

Rolling extremely well, 20’s, our Firbolg and new Tabaxi got two attacks in before the rest of us. At first the Firbolg used shatter, and it did some damage, but his second time he critted amazingly well and knocked off a fair amount of hp from the dragon, which Anders looked impressed by. However the tabaxi threw her javelin and missed.

At this point bardy mcbardenson mocked the dragon, doing some damage, but leaving him weakened. The dragon seeing that she was being attacked from the side decided to turn away and face us, but before he could attack Anders used an attack of opportunity to hit the dragon with his staff. Not expecting much from this we were all surprised he critted, causing the dragon to trip and fall upon the javelin that had landed short, piercing her heart.

Victorious most of our group rushed forward to harvest dragon scales and the like, while my bard talked with Anders. He thanked us, but looked a little off-put by the enthusiasm and single-mindedness of the rest of the party chopping up the dragon. He also said we could retrieve the treasure of the dragon in yonder cave.

Having done so, we all made our way back into town and were welcomed as true hero’s of the town. Celebration and a jovial environment was met upon our arrival, and we were informed that the rebellion that had been slowly forming had been wiped out, and those involved were executed.

This was the end of this part of our adventure, and instead of trying to oust Anders who ruled with an iron fist, our party got paid, and helped him stay in power. Woops, or whatever, but the townsfolk seemed to like Anders rule well enough, so we wound up helping him. Though the bard and our elven mage were the only ones who had received the quest to kill him. We never felt secure enough to attempt the assassination, and we didn’t think the others would have helped us, so we just ignored it, though my bard did attempt to convince them otherwise, but failed.

I would say we all had a good time in this campaign, and it was fun to have a couple more players show up, even if it was right at the end. So if you can find yourself a good group to play with, go out and play some D&D.

And with that, I shall leave you for now. Have a great week.

TTFN

You Must Be Drunk link to the Amazon store here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safe

Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 70% into the new novel’s first draft.

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A New Bed, and Phone

Hello again. I’m back. Yay?

Anyhoo, this weekend a grand new thing has entered my life. A new bed. Some of you might ask yourselves why is this such an interesting thing to me. Well let me tell you, I’ve never had a new bed. My entire life it has been hand-me-downs when it comes to having a place to sleep. And what a grand thing it is to have a mattress that is still perfectly in shape. No divots left by someone else, or yourself after years of lying down. I’m still not entirely used to it yet, I kinda miss my hole I dug out for myself in the old mattress, but I’m sure this is better all around than lying on something that sank nearly to the floor when I laid down, heh.

Another “new” thing in my life is a phone. I loved my old phone, but recently it had been giving me issues. My watch was no longer connecting consistently, apps were running very slowly, and it was telling me I was running out of memory constantly. Also it wasn’t charging as fast anymore. So I took an entire night to set up another phone (thanks Dad). Loading up all my music took an hour or so, and it kept updating. So after several hours of making sure I had transferred over everything I wanted, I opened it up to swap out the sim card. Low-and-behold my old phone had gotten a little fat on one side. I knew what that meant, I’ve seen it before. The battery had started to expand. This has happened to me several times before with an old phone, so much so that swapping out batteries had been a thing. Unfortunately my most recent phone had no way to do that as it was built in. So I’m glad I caught it in time. The only reason I hadn’t noticed was the case I had it in. I thought the reason this kept happening to my old phone was because I kept charging it, and kept it plugged in overnight. I hadn’t done that with this last phone, so I don’t know what’s going on. Maybe I’m just too hot to have things in my pocket, heh.

Other than that, I did a bit of writing. I hadn’t in a couple of weeks, last week I was too tired, and the week before… I can’t recall why I didn’t. Maybe I was just upset over something…. I don’t know. Anyway this week’s writing session went by quickly, so yay. Otherwise I started thinking about another book I wanted to write. I almost started on that instead of continuing where I was. However I felt I should work on what I’d already started, though had I had any issues writing I would have gone ahead and worked on something new just to refresh myself.

Oh yeah, I took a look and it looks like I’m up to 53 books read this year. However this means I only read two books last week. I blame the fact that they were a little longer… that and I had decided to watch things on amazon instead of reading. That and Beat Saber is a thing, heh. I wonder if this is the end of my mass consumption of books. I assume I’ll still be reading a few books a week or so, but maybe not as much as before. Ah well, I still got several under the belt this year already.

Alright, that’s enough out of me. I hope you all have a great week.

TTFN

You Must Be Drunk link to the Amazon store here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

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Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 70% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Hamish Macbeth, and Dayshift

Hello again everyone. Here I am, and here is another post.

So I only got around to reading 5 books this past week. Wound up watching a bit of a show on Amazon instead. Hamish Macbeth. Outstanding show, I really love it. It’s quite a comfort, and the town this character resides is quite quaint. It’s about Hamish, a small town(single road) constable. It’s a Scottish town, and all the folk are always up to something. As constable he goes about making sure things work out, even if the locals are breaking some sort of law. He really doesn’t want to arrest anyone, so he looks the other way, and at times helps them out with their shenanigans just so he doesn’t have to write up a report. He loves the town, and never wants to leave, so he makes sure he looks just competent enough that he can stay, but not so excellent at his job that he’s promoted to another town.

Anyway, I’ve really not much else to talk about right now. I wound up having to take a couple of shifts over the weekend, daytime, so I’ve not slept very well. As I expected the daylight didn’t do me any good, felt a bit ill all day. However it wasn’t all bad. I got a lot of steps in so was able to evolve a Pokemon, and I lost a few pounds.

The weekend shifts are bit harsher on the old body, quite a bit more walking in the day. However it’s nothing compared to what I was doing to myself at my last position. Even with the extra hours on shift I don’t get close to the mileage I was putting on myself there.

Anyway the place was buzzing with activity, extra shifts for everyone, so there was the addition of conversation constantly surrounding me. Not something I’m used to anymore, so that was yet another vector in my overall wellbeing. I tell you, working in silence and darkness for so long has really worn away my ability to ignore what people are saying around me. My poor mind constantly is trying to work out any conversation. If it had only been one group of people talking that would have been no issue, but since it was multiple groups, all working hard at solving issues, my brain kept trying to understand everything all at once. Quite a headache. I wish them all luck.

So, I suppose that’s it for this week. Sorry it wasn’t much, but I’m rather tired as I’ve mentioned. I do hope you all have a great week.

TTFN

You Must Be Drunk link to the Amazon store here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safe

Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 69% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Dragon Ball and Witcher

Greetings one and all. I’m back, and here’s the scoop.

Seven more books read, and 45 for the year so far. Neat. I think I should be doing other things though, so maybe I’ll get back to messing around in GIMP soon, but I haven’t decided yet. It’s a lot of work, and since I’m not great I’ve not much to show for it when I get done for the day. Oh well, just a passing thought.

Honestly if I want to get back into it I’d want to give Linux a fresh install. I was having quite a bit of issues with crashing, or the programs I was playing around with going wonky after a bit. Sigh, but I’d need to back up some files. Too bad I don’t have a hard drive to back up things. After so many years all of my hard drives I have are already filled up with the random things I’ve collected over the years. That and some of them just don’t work anymore. A sigh for all my lost files.

Anyway I watched a couple of things over the weekend. The first was the latest Dragon Ball movie, Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Well, it was pretty enough at the beginning. Too bad it messes with what we had already for Bardock. Other than that it’s a better back-story for Broly. Instead of wanting Goku dead just because he cried when he was a baby, heh. This time King Vegeta simply wants him gone because his power level, or potential was greater than his son’s(Vegeta). I will say all the way up and into the first fight with Vegeta the movie looked wonderful. After that things got a little wonky. Character design started going off model, and the faces and such were all over the place. Not to mention the music they started playing was more in line with wrestling themes played when a fighter enters the arena. It had some decent funny moments, but the fights weren’t as good as some others in the past. Though when Vegeta and Broly fought at for the first time it looked amazing. Otherwise a decent film if you are into DBZ.

Next I finally finished the Witcher. Awhile ago I watched the first couple of episodes and wasn’t sold. I didn’t find it fun, and there wasn’t much to hook me. However when talking with other people and seeing reviews I decided to keep pushing on. After the third episode I was hooked, and watched a few more episodes. Then I kinda drifted off to other things. But last night I finally watched the rest of the series. I actually liked it quite a bit. Unfortunately I think the last episode felt a bit rushed when wrapping up a couple of story lines, but other than that and the first couple of episodes I’d say it’s well worth the watch. I will say the way the time-line jumps around makes a bit difficult to follow at first when you don’t know when things are happening, but you get used to it after awhile. I will say the only story line that I actually enjoyed was Geralt’s. Watching him on his wacky adventures was tons of fun. I do so enjoy watching a straight man in a crazy world deal with the insane. His use of the “F” word when he’s getting tired of the insane situations was always amusing. I’d say give it a go if you are into fantasy.

Other than that I did my writing. Things are going alright. Had a bit of an issue today getting things together, but it all worked out. Just took a bit more effort. So at least I’m still on track with that.

Anyway, I hope you all have an enjoyable week.

TTFN

You Must Be Drunk link to the Amazon store here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safe

Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 69% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Where to Watch?

Hello again. Heres another weekly update… surprise!

Um, no surprise here, sorry. Anyway, what have I been up to? Not much really. Just reading and stuff. Normal really. Seven books read this week, 38 for the year. I’m doing pretty good. I’ll probably ease off again after a bit, don’t want to get burned out after all, but so far I’m still having fun.

So trolling around Netflix, searching for something silly to watch, I stumbled across Naked Gun. Well, first I tried watching a movie called ZOOM with Tim Allen… only made about 12 minutes into it before we called it quits. Anyway, Naked Gun. What a fun movie. I had watched it long ago, but I say it still stands up pretty well. I could do without all the fart and pee-pee humor, but still a good watch. I do so love a straight man delivering outrageous lines. So it was nice to see something a little ridiculous to watch there on Netflix.

Usually when I want to watch something weird or just so bad it’s good I turn to Amazon. They tend to have taken every movie they can get their hands on and made it available. Good or bad, doesn’t seem to matter too much. And I thank them for that. I do so love watching some of the crazy b films that never caught on. Most of the times the very fact they got made makes you wonder about the sanity of people.

I have a few other apps or streaming services that I’ve put up on the old playstation, but really only those two get used. Well, I say that, but the YouTube app is on almost all the time. Most of the time I can find something to sate some weird curiosity I have at the time, or since I’m subscribed to several creators I’ll be able to watch their stuff. Unfortunately it seems things aren’t going well for those said creators… again. Issues keep cropping up, and while you and I might not think that they could make money making these videos, they do. Or have, and are reliant on the service to get paid. I’d say, after about the dozenth or more times that this has happened it might be time to get out. But where to go? Thats the real question. Perhaps there is some service out there that would gladly host all this content, but the real issue is getting us all to follow… that and making it easy to watch. What app would that be on the Playstation for instance? I can’t say right now, but maybe some ingenious individual will make something, and at least there’d be bit more competition for the creators, and better conditions for them as well.

Anyway, I rambled enough. Just random thoughts again, hopefully you all don’t mind too much. Have a great week.

TTFN

You Must Be Drunk link to the Amazon store here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

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Outsider Trilogy

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Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 68% into the new novel’s first draft.

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How to Mock In D&D

Howdy y’all. Been another week if’n ya noticed, and wouldn’t you know, here I am again.

So what have I been up to? Well, I did some writing obviously. I just invented a knew character for the book I’m writing. He just kinda showed up and is throwing monkey wrenches around in spades. So that’s fun. So that part of my life is going well enough.

Also, I finished the last part of Bojack Horseman. Oh man, this show was great. I’m sad to see it go, but I feel a bit happy that it ended before it lost what made it good. It starts off silly, the series, but by the time you really get into it you start noticing how sad everything is. Even while you laugh, you will be crying. At least I did. I can’t recommend it enough. Poor Sarah Lynn.

Anyway, I also had the chance to play a bit more D&D this weekend. So here’s what happened. Or a close approximation based on my memory. I’ll note another player reads my posts and says I get things all wrong, but hey, it’s what I recall.

So last time we’d just taken out the guards to a fortification. Peaking in we only saw three orcs inside, so we partially blocked the door so only one could get at us at a time. One of us attacked, and failed to do much, leaving our three enemies to charge at us. And wouldn’t you know it, I got hit by all three and lost several HP to their attacks. Dang it, why did that Firbolg push me to the front of the fight? I’m the squishyiest.

Anyway, after we all took our turns to attack we finished them quickly. Blocking the door we rested and healed up. I think I was the only one to take damage. I guess I was the meat shield again for that encounter.

After that we heard a voice shouting at us. It said we had passed his test and that he’d like to talk to us. Well, we discussed it for a minute, and let him approach with his two guards. He said he’d like us to come in and talk. Well, my little gnome bard felt it was a little fishy, that and our Monk wasn’t going to go for it since she distrust orcs since they killed her family, so when they got close enough I attacked with my Vicious Mockery. I landed a hit on a couple. Of course the DM asked what I said to mock them so. Thinking quickly, I said that their women look like men. That offended two of them, but their leader didn’t take offense, and said I couldn’t handle their women. Well, since it was a surprise attack I was able to take another move, which I did by mocking him. It landed this time. The DM asked what I mocked him with. Um… well, I said something about him having tiny equipment. That seemed to do the trick. Unfortunately this meant that all three were coming for me, so I hid behind the door, and behind the monk.

We all took turns damaging them, and eventually they all went down. But we saw a trap door in the back of the fortification, and as is our want, the Firbolg took a big rock and placed it over the top of the door.

We left quickly, and headed back to town. It was going to take some time. On our way we saw a dragon fly over head, and we all hid as best we could. It looked like it was heading toward the town. I started singing a song about how we should just leave and head away from the threat. And that was the end of the session.

I think it’s safe to say we all had fun. I got a bit of RPing in while fighting, so I was happy. And the rest got to enjoy fighting. So that was it.

Anyway, I think it’s time for me to go. I hope you all have an enjoyable week.

TTFN

You Must Be Drunk link to the Amazon store here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

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Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 67% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Weird Obsessions

Hello readers, of this blog and or my books. I’m back, and here’s what I’ve to say.

So this week I took a step back and read a bit less. Only 5 books completed, though I’m working on a sixth. It’s a bit longer than the others, so it’s taking some time. That and I’ve felt less motivated to read after getting a book a day up until the 23rd day of the year. I wasn’t able to keep it up, so I shrugged to myself and decided to do other things.

So what might catch my interest as much as reading? Oh, just another random thing that no one else would care to do. Heh, I’ve been watching a guy on YouTube repair matchbox cars. Yeah, I’m not sure why I enjoy it so much, but there it is and I do. Marty’s Matchbox Makeovers. He’s fun, and sometimes has little skits with a koala puppet. But I find it fascinating to watch someone take some beaten down little toy and make it look like new. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart when it comes to Australians, so it’s a bonus that Marty is one. There are a few people from that place down-under that I watch from YouTube, and I’m happy I get to add yet another one to my list.

In the past I’ve found a few people repairing these old toy cars, and I watched them for awhile, but I find Marty’s channel much more entertaining. Though I’ll admit I learned a few things like metal plating from the others. However there are even more things to learn from this gentleman.

This sort of thing happens to me. I find a random thing on YouTube or the like that for whatever reason takes my interest and then I gorge. If you were to ask Samantha I’m sure she could list all the strange things that take my fancy, but a couple of the others have been Steve1984 and his MRE channel, and something I think called tiny cooking. I’ll just watch these for hours, for no reason other than I find them extremely relaxing and entertaining. It could be in part because I’m usually exhausted after not getting enough sleep, and I just want something calming to watch. Reading sometimes just doesn’t cut it for me.

Anyway, another thing I did over the weekend was watch a film called Lighthouse. It started Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. It’s all in black and white, and has a feel like many older films I’ve watched. Examples being The Seventh Seal and for the life of me I can’t remember the name of this other film. Bah, I just spent 20 minutes searching for it. I think it was set during WWII. A soldier of some sort finds himself stranded on an island, and begins to lose his mind. Imagining an entire populace he rules over them. He’s the only actor on screen the whole time, though you hear the voices of the people he imagines. Anyway, Lighthouse. I liked it. Both Willem and Robert do an amazing job, and it just gets crazy. By the end I didn’t like either one very much, but it was interesting to watch them spiral into madness.

And that’s about it for what I’ve done save for a bit of writing. So I suppose I’ll leave you all for now. Have a great week!

TTFN

You Must Be Drunk link to the Amazon store here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safe

Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 67% into the new novel’s first draft.

Steven Oaks

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