A Nightshifter's Dilemma

Greetings. I’m back, and tired.

So what’s been up with me lately? Hrm. Well the blower on the car went out again, and the windows either fogging or needing scraping free of ice has been an issue. This is the fifth time in about a year, so I’ve not been too happy about this. Luckily a gift of a lighter socket powered defogger has been in the car, though it’s very weak. It does little, but enough for just freezing days. Anything more and I’m afraid it would have no affect.

Also, yet again, the engine light came on. YAY. So yeah, today I took it in to have all the issues checked out. I spent around 4 hours at the dealership waiting. Well, reading really. Anyway, after awhile they told me they didn’t have the parts and sent me on my way with a loaner. They said by tomorrow afternoon everything should be good to go. Fingers crossed.

Of course this all means I’ve been awake for a long time and have seen the sun again. Well, not today, it’s raining an awful lot. Good for me, since I didn’t get too sun sick. Though I did go out yesterday morning to try to prepare for today, though it was only briefly to shop for groceries. That was unpleasant. The sun was out in full force and I could barely keep my eyes opened. Ah, the joys of working the night shift for years. I was exhausted by the time I came home, though since the apartment is rather dark, I felt much better quickly. What a weird thing it is to feel ill just because the sun is out. I guess I’ll have to remain hidden, or maybe invest in some sun glasses, heh.

Only seven books read this week. I’m starting to get a little irritable while reading instead of enjoying things, so I did other things now and again. But to get back into the swing of things I hopped around to other authors I like to see if they released anything new, and yup. So instead of the never ending onslaught of wuxia I delved back into other things. That helped. I expect my final count for books read by the end of the year to be rather impressive. Let see if I can keep it up until the end!

I was able to do some writing after I got home today, so there’s that. It’s going well, though since I’m so tired I got distracted easily and it took me a couple of hours longer than usual to get my word count in. Boo tired Steve!

Anyway, that’s about it. I’m a boring guy, with a boring life, who reads way too much. Have a good 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 58% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

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My Holiday Tradition

Hello to you. I hope you all had a nice long weekend.

Here in the states it was Thanksgiving. Now I’ve usually spent it alone, and this year was no different. Such holidays these days have me usually at work, and again this was not an exception. So how does one celebrate alone? Heh, well I can tell you how I spent my very first Thanksgiving by myself.

The year was… I dunno, a decade or so ago, and here I was in my house. All my friends were out doing their own things with their families, and I was alone with little food to tide me over the weekend. A four-day weekend was not something I was used to, let alone being alone without anyone to call upon. So since I was and am a Sci-Fi nerd, I decided to check out a little show called Firefly for the first time.

It was great, amazing, and just fun. The world building was engaging, and I loved the characters. So that whole weekend I spent watching this show, even the movie when I was done, all the while eating ramen, and I think my deluxe meal at the time mac and cheese. I was not a healthy boy back then, heh. Continually smoking my pipe probably wasn’t helpful either. Luckily I don’t do either anymore, though now and again I do grab a box of cheese and macaroni and chow down.

Thus Thanksgivings for me have become one where I try to find a new show to watch the whole day through, if I’m free. Avatar the Last Airbender, and many an anime series have been consumed during those days. But now since I work Holiday’s I’ve not really done it lately. However in my down time before bed I’ll watch an episode or two of something new. Though my new go-to unhealthy meal is even more ridiculous.

Take a flour tortilla shell, crush some potato chips up to fill the insides, and smother it with ketchup. Oh my goodness, I can’t get enough of it. When I tell people about this the responses have been of disgust. But trust me, it’s tasty. But don’t worry, at least this year I had some pumpkin pie, so I haven’t lost all of the normal traditions, heh. Samantha got it for me, so at least she’s trying to keep me a little normal. Though making a pie the entirety of a meal probably wasn’t the intention. Then again I only eat twice a day, so whatever.

Honestly I only have one meal that you can call regular. During the week I mostly make something before work, but when I get home I’m rather tired and can’t be bothered to cook. So that’s where the abomination of tortilla potato chips and ketchup came from. Other wise I just eat a small tub of cottage cheese or something else simple and ready to snack on.

Bah, I’m just talking about food now. But isn’t that the real meaning behind Thanksgiving? Heh. Gorging all day until you can’t stay awake let alone stand up? I almost had that problem when I went to work Thursday. Samantha had the day off, so she made my favorite meal. Masala. Oh goodness, I can’t get enough of it, so I ate until I could barely walk. Then I went into my job that requires walking around for hours. I hadn’t even finished digesting when my shift was over, all thirteen hours of it, and I was still bloated. Fun times to be sure. But that’s me, feed me enough in one go and I don’t eat until the next day.

Anyway, enough rambling today. I hope you enjoyed your time off, and have a wonderful 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

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 58% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

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Writing, Silly or Otherwise

Hello all. How are you? Me, oh I’m just fine. Just writing a blog post about my week.

So what’s been going on? Hmm… not much really. Just reading mostly. Though I’ve been keeping up with the random YouTube channels that I watch. Besides the usual content, what I’ve learned is that once more YouTube is changing things. While I understand why most having jumped ship, I can only think that the nails keep getting hammered in the coffin. Unless things change I imagine another harbor for video media will spring up, or become popular. There’s a bit more restrictions than many can deal with. Perhaps everything will be hosted on Patreon going forward, as that was the first thing all these channel makers went to after the last batch of changes YouTube put into place.

Anyway, enough of that. I did some writing, it went very well. I’m liking the book, and it seems to be easy to put words to page again. I’m glad, I got a little worried there. Perhaps because I switched back to tea instead of coffee today it felt easier. Coffee makes me irritable and anxious. Tea wakes me up, but keeps me calm. But man, do I love coffee.

Oh, and um… heh. Samantha and I had another brainstorming session. This was an unplanned one. While we should have been trying to sleep, both of us tired from our day, her more than me, we started talking. And what do you think we talked about? Why Sonic the Hedgehog of course. Ah man, it was fun. Hilarious scenarios ensued. Now I want to write some fan-fiction, heh. It was so stupid and wonderful I can’t get the ideas out of my head. Maybe we’ll write something up together, I can’t imagine doing it without her input. But yeah, that’s how most things we do happen. A stupid idea comes to us, we take it to extremes and have a great time. Then later work it out into a story. Mostly we accidentally turn something stupid and fun into an almost serious story, so we’ll see if and when we write this thing if it’ll be something serious or not.

In the end Samantha makes it fun to write. I write, it’s what I do. But to find someone who can make such things enjoyable, well that’s magic. And I appreciate it so much when we just throw weird scenarios back and forth, and come up with something wonderful. Usually wonderfully weird and stupid, but oh so enjoyable. At least to me, and us most of the time. Admittedly we probably have a weird sense of humor, but it’s great for us! Heh. So what I’m really saying is find someone, or a group of someones, to bounce ideas off of. Sure you can write by yourself, and you will be most of the time no matter how many people you know, but man is not an island. The world and its people are where the stories come from. From interacting and learning from each other.

Anyway, that’s it for this week. I hope you all have a good one, and I’ll see you next time. Tell stories to each other, no matter how weird.

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

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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 58% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

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Just “B” things, and back to writing

Hello all, and welcome. I return again, as is obvious, and I’m filled with amusement.

So before I regale you with what has tickled me, I shall talk about my new book. I’ve finally returned to writing. After taking so long to scour through what was already written in hopes of fixing up certain things I wasn’t pleased with, I’m back on track. It feels odd to write again, and I probably shouldn’t have just stopped all together. One must flex your muscles if you hope to keep them. Fortunately I don’t feel like I’ve lost much, it just took a little longer than previously to write the amount I wanted to.

Anyway, I’ve read another 8 books since last week. Yay fun. And this is what has me all sorts of amused. Not the count, but a certain book. Now, I’ve been reading Wuxia novels… I can hear the groans from here. Sorry I talk about it so much, but I find them fun to read. But what makes them so much more than a good read, is the crazy translations. First, while reading Book 4 of the Ultimate Martial Divine King, there was a part that made me laugh uncontrollably. Here is the snippet that had me crying.

“Brother Chu Hen, what is that broken spirit artifact of yours?”

“Clang!” Chu Hen answered without hesitation.

“Bell?” Everyone was stunned.

Hilarious. The translation for bell sometimes is “CLANG”… hahahahaha. And even weirder they sometimes call it a “clock”. I’ve no idea why, but it’s hilarious. Another thing, one of the chapters is titled “A Dead Horse, A Dead Horse, A Dead Horse.” Oh man, I couldn’t contain myself. There was no horse, dead or otherwise in the chapter. This just cracked me up. I think they were saying something about beating a dead horse, but it came out weird. I had to tell Samantha immediately the next time I saw her. I think she thought it was funny to, but maybe she was just being polite. Either way, I’m just loving reading this stuff. I enjoy the story, but the translation makes it so much more fun. Like watching a “B” movie, you never know what weird thing they are going to put in here.

Speaking of “B” movies, I watched Phoenix the Warrior. Jeez it was bad. The acting was terrible, but the set design was actually pretty good. However the camera work was just awful. Chase scenes would swap angles from right to left, then left to right. It just made it confusing. However there was a scene with a group of decrepit people who worshiped old TV’s that didn’t work anymore, and would chant old TV titles or quotes from old shows. That was fun. Otherwise not really worth your time to watch, though Samantha and I got some amusement out of it. It just makes me appreciate Samantha more when we watch these terrible movies, we have so much fun making jokes about them while viewing. Our own personal MST3K.

Anyway, that’s about it for now. I hope you all have an enjoyable week. Why not go out and watch something bad with friends. You might have a good time.

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 58% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

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Playing with Phones, and more Wuxia

Hello again. I have returned.

So anyway, just to update you on my reading journey I was able to read another 10 books this week. Yay fun. Of course all of them were in the wuxia/cultivation genre that I’ve become taken with recently. And again all Chinese translated. While I finished the most recent book in one series I tried out another. If anything the translation is even worse this time. Gender pronouns are all over the place, and switch constantly in this series. Men are either him or her, and the same for women. Also sometimes when others are referring to another person they sometimes use “I” even when it’s obviously not in reference to themselves. Also names are all over the place, switching between what I think are titles or affectionate names without reference, causing me difficulty in deciphering who is being referred to. And yet I persevere. I think I might just like reading so bad it’s good translations. That and the story isn’t half bad, if you can make out what’s going on, heh.

Other than this Samantha had some phone issues. Either her phone was no longer able to read her sim card, or the card itself was going bad. Luckily my father had a few phones lying about, and was generous enough to let us have them. She was able to get one to work for her, and seems well satisfied with it. I on the other hand am having fun playing around with different phones. That and since my tablet stopped charging I have another screen I can read from when I have my phone occupied with playing a game for an hour. This game is something that’s become habit for me to play a couple of times a day, and has been this way for three years. I can’t stop, and I even sacrifice reading to do so, but now I don’t have to anymore. Yay for another phone!

I still haven’t decided if I want to swap to this other phone either. The specs are rather similar, though the new one offers the benefit of being able to use an SD card for additional storage. I do miss having all my music with me at all times, though I’ve grown out of the habit of listing to anything in the car. Mostly it’s just podcasts and I can’t see myself listening to anything else, even if I love music. Though this new phone is supposed to work only on Verizon, with experimentation I was able to get it to work with my carrier, though I think the Internet is slower on it. Not that I ever use it for anything other than to look up things quickly or download a book when I finish one now and again. Either way, unless something goes wrong with my current phone I might keep it around for backup. I’ve had issues in the past with phones dying on me for no reason, and being without a functional way to communicate is unacceptable these days.

Anyway, the current book is coming along nicely. I’m nearly back to where I was before I decided to go over it and change things a bit. I hope that by next week or the following one I’ll be back to simply writing instead of fleshing things out. Since it’s been awhile, I’m excited to return to storytelling.

And with that, I shall leave you to your day. I hope you all have an enjoyable week. Until next time.

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. And I’m 57% into the new novel’s first draft. Doing a bit of pre-editing in the book right now, though I’m nearly finished.

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D&D continues

Howdy folks. I’m back.

So this week I’ve read thirteen books. Nice, heh. Really, twelve of those books were rather short, so not really that amazing. They are in another series translated from Chinese, and it holds the same awkward translations, though not nearly as terrible as the last. As it is, I still hold the Coiling Dragon Saga as the best. Even if it’s weirdly worded in places, it has the best power progression I’ve ever seen. As to the new series, “The Supreme God of Martial Arts”, it’s not nearly as satisfying. Mostly he keeps coming across powerful cultivators who have died, and takes their stuff. Amusing, but not as rewarding as having someone work out their own way to become stronger.

Other than that I was able to meet up with my friends again, and we continued our D&D campaign.

After the traumatic events of battle, my gnome bard was distraught, and sought the comfort of alcohol at the tavern we all were staying at. Unfortunately it wasn’t helping. Seeking relief, I went to find the town wizard to see if he had anything that could help. The wizard being a crazy person, kept talking about demons, and gave me a spell scroll without any explanation except to say all my troubles would go away if I read it. Fearing the worst, I simply took the scroll and headed back to the bar, hoping the cleric or our wizard could identify it. Unfortunately they didn’t have a pearl needed to use an identifying spell. We needed to go to an abandoned fort to get a crystal for the town wizard so he could find things in his shop before we could get such supplies.

The barman noting my continued anxiety offered to buy some powerful drugs for me for some gold, and I agreed. So before heading out to the fort, my character headed up to the room with the drugs, only to come down awhile later. Behavior now erratic and bizarre when he reappeared, he and the rest of the party headed out to the fort.

The wizard and the cleric decided to walk around the crumbling structure to see if they could find different entrances before we entered the obvious one. Unfortunately they ran into two groups of bats and were attacked. Our monk had stayed with my bard, and having heard the attack picked me up and ran towards the battle.

Things were not going well, and everyone was rolling poorly. Our attacks failed, or did little damage, but luckily the bats only got in a few hits. I tried to fire my crossbow from a distance, but a bolt hit the monk when I failed a roll. Fortunately the wizard succeeded with burning hands a couple of times, and nearly killed one group. The monk finished it off. Everyone took a step back, and I fired again. This time it hit and finished off the second group. All of this took much longer than we expected, and though I was able to heal one party member, we were all tired and had used most of our spells.

We took a short rest, with me using my song of rest, we healed up and headed into the fort. We found a trap door. Not wanting to enter without knowing what was down there, the cleric launched an attack into the darkness. We heard noises, and a kobold finally peeked out from the trap door.

Not wanting to fight, as our only reason for being here was to get a crystal, the bard noting that kobolds hate gnomes, took out his disguise kit and make himself look like a halfling and began to haggle. The kobolds wanted 50 gold for it, but after many minutes of conversation, and confusing words on his part, the kobolds finally settled for 10 gold and a mirror. The mirror having been spelled by the wizard in an attempt to help shined brightly for the moment. Having excepted the exchanged, we made ourselves ready to leave. The cleric not feeling too safe in the situation, felt it necessary to grab a boulder and block the trap door behind us. Being a Firbolg he was strong enough to move the giant rock.

We went back to town, and apparently had received enough XP to level up. So at the end of our evening we worked on our characters. And by we, I mean everyone else helped me, since I’m a lost cause when it comes to doing the actual pen and paper work.

It was a fun evening, filled with pizza and jerky, and even key-lime pie. I didn’t even mention the fact that our wizard, an elf woman, tried to question another female elf in the bar. Her attempt, with her poor charisma didn’t go as expected, and instead of being pleasant and convincing, her attempts at conversation sounded threatening, and a little bit like a sexual advance. And our monk trying to help, scared her away as well. Also the Firbolg cleric had gone shopping at the beginning of the night. He’d even brought a list of things he wanted to buy. It was quite a long list, and puzzling. Ball bearings and caltrops were on the list, and many a sack. It was an amusing exchange, and the wizard was there asking for a lock-picking tool. She just seems like she wants to be a thief after all.

Anyway, that’s all I have for you today. I hope you have a great week.

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

TTFN

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. And I’m 57% into the new novel’s first draft. Doing a bit of pre-editing in the book right now.

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A Tired Tale

I have returned for yet another blog post.

In this week I’ve done little of note, at least to my own eyes. Yes, I’ve read many more books, only six this time though I’m almost done with a seventh. As for any other thing, I finished the latest season of Bojack Horseman. Sadly this will be the last, and the final episode won’t be out until the end of January next year. I still love the show, so that’s good. It also means they won’t run until the show is no longer any good. Already the show is enjoyable upon rewatching, so there’s that.

Other than this, the only thing of note was my car telling me that one of my tires was low on air. All of them appeared fine, and I assumed it was just the weather growing cooler making the pressure lower. Attempting to fill them with air, and noting their pressure, all but one seemed fine. However one tire refused re-pressuring. The nozzle didn’t let any air in, and some escaped. At the dealership they said everything was fine, and refilled the little amount that it needed. Still that doesn’t help the issue of not being able to do anything personally if it runs low. But as the years go by I’ve noted that the sensors are rather sensitive to such things, and it makes a light appearing on the dash not as immediately concerning. I suppose that’s better that way as apposed to it waiting until the last moment to warn us.

Now as to the book I’m working on, I’ve found little this week that I want to change. Small little things such as using the wrong word here and there did show up, but that’s an easy fix. However the story seems well in place now. Perhaps it’s time to return to writing instead of editing, I’ll have to see how I feel the next time I sit down to work. But as time goes on I have started to like how I’ve written things again, I guess it was a moment of doubt. Or perhaps it was that what I had been reading affecting me, and making me want to try other things. But now it all looks correct again, so there’s that.

Well, sorry for the short post, but I can’t think of anything else to tell. So, for now, I shall leave you. I hope you all have a wonderful week.

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

TTFN

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. And I’m 57% into the new novel’s first draft. Doing a bit of pre-editing in the book right now.

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Reading, and Reworking

Greetings again. I’m back to write another post.

So this week nothing much of note happened. The plan had been to visit and play some D&D with my friends, but most of us were sick. Not myself of course, I don’t do that, it’s unpleasant, heh. Okay, really I just don’t get sick all that often, I feel bad enough when I get up in the morning so I wouldn’t be able to tell anyway.

Yeah, I figure it’s because I drink so much coffee that if I don’t have a bit I feel rather grouchy and out of it. Could be something else, but this is what I have. Also, I’m grouchy when I drink it, so maybe I’m just a grump. Or maybe I drink too much when I do imbibe, and when I don’t my body just needs it even more. Who can say, I’d rather not stop drinking coffee, I love the taste, even black as I take it. I suppose I could switch back to only drinking tea, but I burn through it so quickly the cost would go up for me. Coffee is cheap, and my particular desire for earl grey isn’t.

As for my reading habit, I finished only five this week. I blame my disinterest in a series I was able to hop back into because the later books just became available for kindle unlimited. I had liked the first few, but now I’m getting bored. I’ll try to finish the book I’m in the middle of now, but I’m not sure if I’ll continue. I eventually had to switch to something else because my mind would wander off and think about other things even as my eyes continued to scan the page. I’m not sure what is making me disinterested, but I just can’t seem to care about anyone in the book anymore.

However I’m still hopeful that I’ll reach my personal goal of 200 books read this year. There have been moments when I didn’t feel like reading, but they don’t happen often. The issue I’m running into is simply trying to find something interesting to read. It hasn’t been an issue the last few months, but here I am again. There’s so much out there, and while I limit myself most times to those books available in the kindle unlimited section, it can be difficult to find something that catches my interest without being by an author I already trust.

As for the book I’m currently working on, I’ve made it back to the halfway point, and I’m actually quite satisfied with it. As I have said, there are little things that I felt needed to be tweaked before I felt I should continue, and it’s coming along nicely. I have about sixteen chapters written already, and currently I’m working on chapter eight, simply reworking as I go back over things. It’s taking about as long as I assumed it would, so I guess I’m on track on that front. The inclusion of a particular character really helps, but I’m still thinking I need to rework the main one for story telling reasons. They aren’t terrible, but either they need to change a bit, or have a better foil as a companion. Real life influences aside, sometimes personal motivations just don’t mix well. Having them be too similar, at least emotionally just makes things too bland, at least for me. We’ll see how things go from here.

Anyway, I suppose I should leave now. Otherwise I’ll just ramble about things that no one finds interesting, heh. Have a great week.

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

TTFN

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. And I’m 57% into the new novel’s first draft. Doing a bit of pre-editing in the book right now.

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Just Some Thoughts about Books

Hello there, I have returned.

Another week has passed, and I was able to read a few books. Only six for this week, but I will claim it’s because the Coiling Dragon Saga books are a bit longer than the others I usually read. However, I finished the series, and can say it was pretty good, if a little awkward.

The strangeness I would say comes from it being translated from another language, but what makes it a little unpleasant is the way women are treated. While there are relationships between men and women, claims of love and the like, women are almost treated like property. They can become powerful “Cultivators” as well, however if they are in a relationship they are generally seen as subservient to their partner. I’m not a fan of this, but perhaps others will just see it as a cultural difference. Besides such unpleasantness the books are well crafted, and the ending is satisfying.

As I’ve said before I enjoy reading a book that deals with power growth, though I mostly enjoy the beginning rather than the end of the journey. Mostly because when you get too powerful it takes a bit of the excitement away, especially when challenges can seem forced at that point. However the series never felt that way to me, as each confrontation was reasonable to the world. I won’t spoil the ending, as I think it’s at least worth a read, but what you are left with is an ending that fits exactly into the type of story these books were going for.

Another author I’d like to talk about, one that isn’t in this same sub-genre, is William D. Arand and his more explicit alternative pen name Randi Darren. All his books are well written, and I’ve read all of them, but what makes them more interesting beyond being fun is that they all are in the same universe. While things take place in different worlds or the like, you can expect to see someone from another of his series pop up randomly. It reminds me of how Heinlein’s books at the end all came together to form one universe, or multi-verse. While his books might not be for everyone, they are in the harem-lit genre and can be explicitly erotic, they at least are a fascinating look into how you can write several series in different worlds and yet somehow make them all apart of a larger story.

Other than this, I’ve not done too much else this last week. I’m still going through the current book I’m writing, trying to fix the narrative a bit. I like what I have, but sometimes I feel like scrapping it all and starting all over. Not because it’s necessarily bad or anything, but I keep getting flashes of ideas. Thoughts about how else I’d like to tell the story, and concerns about the personalities of the characters I have being too similar. I’ve two that while not exactly the same, might as well be with the way they talk to each other. Luckily I have a fun one that I’ve thrown into the mix, but she isn’t always around. I think I’ll have to work on the protagonist a bit, and perhaps age him up. Thirteen and introverted might not be exactly the best idea for him. I suppose I’ll decide when I get to the part I thought needed fleshing out. I’ve mostly gone back to make sure the previous chapters line up with the changes I was thinking of. So far I’ve not had to do too much, but it still takes time. Ah well.

Anyway, I think I’ll leave it at that this time. I hope you all have a great week.

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

TTFN

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. And I’m 57% into the new novel’s first draft. Doing a bit of pre-editing in the book right now.

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The Coiling Dragon Series

Hello. How are you? I’m fine. Oh, so yes, I’m here to write yet another blog post so let’s begin.

Another week has passed, and I’ve read a few more books. I’d have read more, but each book in this poorly translated Chinese series are fairly long. I think it’s mostly because they repeat things rather often, for unknown reasons. I’ve really no grasp of the original language, so I can’t tell for sure if this is something common for them, yet it is apparent that pronouns aren’t really a thing. Meaning they tend to repeat an entire title of a person or place each time they are mentioned.

Another thing I’ve noticed that irritates me slightly is that the way they break things into chapters is very different than I’m used to. Almost in the middle of a thought they’ll randomly start a new chapter. Two people will be talking, and all of a sudden in the middle of their conversation it becomes another chapter. It makes it hard to find a stopping point for reading, and lately I just try to find my own break.

At times I wonder why I continue to read, and yet I find it fascinating. It can be a little hard to follow at times, but I can’t stop. I’m in the middle of the sixth book now, and I figure I might as well finish it. Of course I’ve read other books that have been translated from Chinese, but they didn’t seem to have this problem. Perhaps this is due to the person(s) behind the translation. Again, to my eyes, I think they are just using software instead of relying on a person who understands both languages for this translation leading to the awkward way things are worded. And yet, I’m coming to think of this series fondly.

I enjoy reading stories that talk about growth, either in skill or power, and this one certainly handles it fairly well. The issue I tend to have with other series happens when an individual becomes so powerful that there are no further threats, and yet they continue. Or the threats they give seem artificial. However the way this book continues, even after reaching the heights of power, the protagonist still has challenges they have to face. And these challenges don’t seem forced, it’s just they become more aware of the wider world and the powers that reside there that are hidden from the weaker people he came from. If it weren’t for the clumsy way it’s written I’d proclaim it a great series, but as it is I can only call it a fascinating challenge to read, even with the interesting things they talk about.

So as you can tell this series must have something to it as this is yet the second week I’ve talked about it. Though before it was mostly about the genre it comes from. I do enjoy the genre, but now the thing that is so charming is the way it’s written. I often bring up the little awkward moments with Samantha. I’m sure she’s tired of hearing about it, but I can’t stop. It’s so weird. And even if it’s not a great series I’m getting something out of it. Perhaps if you are into wuxia and want to read a blundering example of poor translation(my guess) give the Coiling Dragon Series by Wo Chi XiHong Shi a read.

Anyway, I’ll leave you here for now. I hope you all have a great week.

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

TTFN

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. And I’m 57% into the new novel’s first draft. Doing a bit of pre-editing in the book right now.

Steven Oaks

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