1 Year of Blogging

Well WordPress has just informed me that it’s been a year since I started this blogging business. I wish I felt I had enough energy to post everyday as I had been, but I’m a bit drained by the daily grind. So you’ll have to be satisfied with a once a week post. It may grow to a few times a week once I’m situated in my new position, but for now this is it.

Speaking of such things, I’ve noticed a decline in purchases of my books since I stopped posting daily. Perhaps that was the only reason anyone had heard of me, so perhaps if I want to gain new readers I’ll have to go back to making things up daily to talk about. However I’m focused right now in learning my new job, and doing the best I can there.

I think I’ve already made more money working two weeks for them than I had in selling my books, so there is that. However, I didn’t start writing for money. Though I was hopeful I could continue to do so with the funds made. I really only write because I have stories I want to tell, and while I could let other people tell them, they wouldn’t be what I envision. With that in mind, I really need to get back into it. However it will probably be at least another four weeks until I feel I’ll be in a position to do so.

So if you are seeing a post from me for the first time, or if you haven’t already read anything by me, if you would be so kind as to give me a boost of encouragement and purchase one of the three books out there. I would suggest starting out with Deathship, as that’s the first in the series. Though if you are more inclined for poetry, Horizon is another good starting point.

 

What I’ve Written

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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

Update – Pancakes were had, followed by a nap. I stayed up too late last night mourning the loss of Leonard Nimoy, and watching Wrath of Kahn and other such things Star Trek and Nimoy related.

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”
― Leonard Nimoy

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Training, and my new job

Well here I am again, checking in. I’ve completed my first week of training, and without talking directly about what I’m doing, I can say I’ve learned a little more about myself.

This last year of being mostly away from people has not left me as bereft of interacting abilities as I had feared. I’ve already made a few new friends, and our teacher is someone I formerly worked with, so I’m well pleased. I still find myself becoming nervous in certain situations, but I feel I’m handling them well.

My social phobia seems to have taken a back seat to this new-found ability to interact almost casually with others. I even find myself becoming more extroverted, and it is an interesting change. What might life be like had I been more outgoing with others? I’ve even had plans made to meet with my new companions outside of work, though they fell through at the last-minute. We will more than likely being rescheduling for next week sometime, and I’m actually looking forward to it.

As for the class material itself, it is of course a little dry. Though the teacher does well enough to engage, and brings humor to each section of the material. It is at what I consider to be a slow pace, but it is not designed just for me, it’s for everyone there. I think if I were given one on one time with a person well versed in the material I could easily grasp the basics in a day or two. After all I learned how to write cursive in a week when I was in third grade, just as an example. And at a previous job I learned a new program I believe in a single day, though it was only well enough to navigate and then teach myself the rest as I used it. That is my preferred method anyway. Give me a basic working knowledge of a system, and I will become an expert, and learn new ways to utilize a tool. People who had been using these said tools often came to me to show them how I utilized them, and I find that encouraging.

Interestingly, as this is a new operation I’ll be working for, they have hired several former, or currently serving, military men and women for leadership roles. I’ve not worked for a company before that had so many in place, and I find it slightly unusual. Not because they are there, but because of the apparent quantity. I’ve nothing against these people, that is not at all what I’m trying to illustrate, more that it seems there is something about them the company wanted or needed. Leadership roles are suitable for the appropriately trained military-minded individuals, and I look forward to seeing how each of them implement their new positions.

In the end though I’m most encouraged by the people I have met. Not only my classmates, but those who are in positions above all of us new hires. We are treated well, and even encouraged to jump into leadership positions ourselves. Apparently opportunities abound in this job, and I find myself taken with the idea of advancement. Something that has not occurred to be in the past. Before it was all about doing the best job I could at whatever position I was in, and if asked I would move on to new positions and placements. Now I feel I want to lead.

Depending on how Monday goes, I may even ask about advancing. I know it’s only been a week, but I know my own abilities, and the potentials I can bring out in others. There are several who are discouraged already, but they are fearful of failure. Failure happens to us all, it’s not something to hurt yourself over, it’s merely a tool for us to learn from. I want to help these people advance, and know they have value. This is my team, and I want to be there for them, as they have already been there for me.

This all being said, I’m still wishing to continue to write. However I believe I will take a brief hiatus until my schedule is more regular. Though I’m feeling the itch right now. Until then I hope you can gain some enjoyment from what I write here, or from what I’ve already published. I think I’m happy today.

 

What I’ve Written

poems_front2Deatship - Book 1 of the Outsider SeriesStarship - Book 2 of the Outsider Series

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

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Update – No pancakes for breakfast this day, But another food beginning with “P” served cold, and it was wonderful.

“Though it may feel otherwise, enjoying life is no more dangerous than apprehending it with continuous anxiety and gloom.”
― Alain de Botton

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Back to work update

Well it looks like I’m working again. Sorry for the lack up updates. They may have to wait until the weekends now, but I just wanted to thank all of you who continue to read what I write. It means so much to me, and I wish I could talk with each of you one on one. Maybe one day I’ll sit down and answer your questions. But for now, I’m tired, and I need to relax so I can get some rest to start the day all over again tomorrow.

 

Titles from Steven Oaks

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Update – And I’m trying to work out the time to write, so far, no time.

“Time is the longest distance between two places.”
― Tennessee Williams

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Horizon: A Year of Poems – published

My words from the year, sorted and listed.

Made into a book, for you to purchase.

This is not my last, but it may be awhile

until a fresh work, has been compiled.

I hope you enjoy what I have made.

Without all of you, it wouldn’t be the same.

Horizon: A Year of Poems

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Additional titles from Steven Oaks

Deatship - Book 1 of the Outsider Series
Starship - Book 2 of the Outsider Series

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

If you want or need to buy anything from Amazon, please use my Amazon Affiliate Link – http://www.amazon.com?_encoding=UTF8&tag=steoakautpag-20

 

Update – Time to do taxes, a horrible chore, but maybe I’ll receive some money, that I might enjoy.

“So many books, so little time.”
― Frank Zappa

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Cover Art for Horizon

Today I announce the title of the latest book. It’s called ‘Horizon: A year of poems’. I’ve written a number of them here on the blog, but I added more to the collection in the book. We shall see if anyone is interested in this sort of thing.

Really this is an experiment for me. I’ve no idea if poems appeal to anyone these days, but I seemed to get the most notice on here and other places when I posted them. So I guess I’ll find out. The book should be available on Amazon later today.

And last, let me show you the cover. I love it, and I thank Samantha Hartsock for her hard work on it. I tried my best to do it myself, but it did not look nearly this good. If you ask her nicely she might even have time to make something for you as well.

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Additional titles from Steven Oaks

Deatship - Book 1 of the Outsider Series
Starship - Book 2 of the Outsider Series

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

If you want or need to buy anything from Amazon, please use my Amazon Affiliate Link – http://www.amazon.com?_encoding=UTF8&tag=steoakautpag-20

 

Update – I’ve a new phone, and it works very well. Thanks to my father for this. I spent all morning trying to get the book ready, and now I am waiting for Amazon to review it.

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The next published work is nearly finished

I finally figured out how to get the Table of Contents looking the way I wanted it to. It wasn’t as complicated as I initially thought, but it is still a quagmire of silly steps to accomplish. Luckily YouTube has some video’s that helped me figure out what I needed to do, though none of them showed me the exact steps I needed to take.

Also the artist was able to create a wonderful cover for this new book. I spent a couple of hours making something yesterday, and it looked… well it looked okay. Not great, and maybe not even good, but it was alright. But using what I had made as an example, she expanded upon the idea of it, and now there’ll be a wonderful cover for this book.

All of this means that I should be able to put this newest creation of mine out before next Monday. I’m a little nervous, this is not something I ever thought to do before, and I’m unsure if anyone will care to view it. However, I’m happy I’m able to have a third book out there. It will now take a bit longer to make the third book in the Outsider Series available, but I assure you I will still be working on it when I can. That and the latest novel will still be receiving some love from me.

 

Deatship - Book 1 of the Outsider Series
Starship - Book 2 of the Outsider Series

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

If you want or need to buy anything from Amazon, please use my Amazon Affiliate Link – http://www.amazon.com?_encoding=UTF8&tag=steoakautpag-20

 

Update – Thanks to my father, I may be getting a replacement phone. I’m going to meet him today, and maybe I won’t be cut off from the world when I leave the house anymore.

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”
― Cassandra Clare

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Phone isn’t charging, and Formatting is hard

Formatting this new project is giving me a headache. I want the Table of Contents to hyperlink to particular sections, of course, but it’s not doing it the way I want to.  I’m guessing this is going to take more time than I expected.

I talked to the artist, and she’s willing to do some work for the cover, though I might play around today and see what I can come up with. I’ve a title in mind already, but I keep wanting to tweak it. I’ll set it in stone over the next few days. I do hope I can get it out before Monday comes.

Also it seems my Android phone will no longer charge. It’s not the battery, it’s the charging port. I’ve tried a dozen or so plugs, but each one has limited success. Today I was able to find one that works, but only if I set it down in a certain way. I’m looking for something to replace it with, but I don’t have any old phones that’ll take an AT&T micro sim. Dang it. I may be without a phone shortly, as I’ve no money to run out and get a replacement. I’ve a friend who has a few phones, and I’ll meet with her again to see if one of them will work, but from the pictures she sent I’m not getting my hopes up. I just need it for texts, as I have an old Verizon Android phone I can carry around for wi-fi browsing and the like. If I was assured wi-fi everywhere I went I wouldn’t worry about it too much, but sometimes you need to call or text someone for emergencies.

 

Deatship - Book 1 of the Outsider Series
Starship - Book 2 of the Outsider Series

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

If you want or need to buy anything from Amazon, please use my Amazon Affiliate Link – http://www.amazon.com?_encoding=UTF8&tag=steoakautpag-20

 

Update – Libre Office, you have some weird ways of doing things.

“I remember my first cell phone number still. I may call it and ask to speak to myself from eight years ago. If they say I have the wrong number I’ll tell them, No, right number, wrong time.”
― Jarod Kintz

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New Project

I’ve set aside the two other books I’m working on. That being the third in the Outsider Series, and the latest novel I’m writing.

Why would I do such a thing, especially since I’ve only this week left to work on them unhindered by having a job? Because I have something that is almost ready to publish. I’ve been working on it for a year, in the background, and all I need now is a cover. I might work on that tomorrow myself, or if I can convince my artist to do so, I may just have a new book out by next week.

It won’t be a novel, and it isn’t sci-fi, so don’t expect anything like I’ve written for those. It is based upon a side passion of mine. It’s extremely personal, but many before me have published such things. We’ll see if anyone is interested soon enough.

 

Deatship - Book 1 of the Outsider Series
Starship - Book 2 of the Outsider Series

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

If you want or need to buy anything from Amazon, please use my Amazon Affiliate Link – http://www.amazon.com?_encoding=UTF8&tag=steoakautpag-20

 

Update – Spent today compiling what I have for a new book. I also did some editing as I worked. I wonder if anyone will like it.

“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.”
― Marie Antoinette

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Change is at hand

And so my last week without work, and without only responsibilities I put upon myself, is upon me. It has been a year since I’ve had to work with others in such an environment, and I go forth with a bit of excitement, and a sense of dread. I don’t regret that I have to go back to work, I merely am a little let down in myself.

I feel I could have done more, or maybe that I should have done more. However, as I’ve stated before, I’m unsure what else I could have done. I’ve written three complete books, and have started a fourth. Perhaps I should have focused more on advertising myself, but I’m not a fan of such things. Perhaps I was too hopeful that others would enjoy what I’ve written. No one care guarantee a story will take off, and doubly so if you are completely unknown and new. Which makes me think perhaps I should have done something to let people know I existed.

In the beginning I pushed very hard at doing things besides writing, and it is the real reason behind this daily blogging that I do. I wanted any who read it to get a sense of who I am, so they could feel comfortable in setting forth to read what I’ve written in book form. It has had some success, but not nearly enough to afford me to live by. I am very thankful to all those who have purchased or have read what I’ve written, so don’t go thinking that I’m upset with any of you. Even if you’ve had bad things to say about my books, I know you don’t mean it in any way other than to tell me what you didn’t like. No one person can please all the people all the time. I’ve merely written what I liked, and also what I wanted to tell.

The Outsider Series has been in my mind for around a decade, and I recall writing down an outline that I lost many years ago. I should perhaps have started writing the books then, but I lacked the drive at the time. Now forcing myself for a year to write, I don’t think I can ever stop. If more stories pop into my head, you are almost guaranteed to see them come out sometime in the future.

Of course now it will be a slower process, as I’ll be working, but I foresee my free-time to be filled with writing. It seems finding time for my editors will also me more difficult now, as they have their lives to deal with. But this won’t stop me. I sacrificed a year to this, and it would be a waste to quit.

So enjoy this last week of my daily rambles, they will begin to happen less often.

 

Deatship - Book 1 of the Outsider Series
Starship - Book 2 of the Outsider Series

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

If you want or need to buy anything from Amazon, please use my Amazon Affiliate Link – http://www.amazon.com?_encoding=UTF8&tag=steoakautpag-20

 

Update – Starship reviewed once more with grammar check, and the changes will be available tomorrow on Amazon.

“Sacrifice is a part of life. It’s supposed to be. It’s not something to regret. It’s something to aspire to.”
― Mitch Albom

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Relax, that is life

Relax when you can

there’s no telling when

life will begin bustling

and you’ll need to work again

So take days of leisure

and live them to the fullest

because that’s when your truly alive

those days are our dearest

Work hard when you have to

but don’t when you don’t

the stress of life would bring you down

if you won’t

So take my advice

and enjoy a day off

do it for yourself

relax, and float aloft

 

Deatship - Book 1 of the Outsider Series
Starship - Book 2 of the Outsider Series

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

If you want or need to buy anything from Amazon, please use my Amazon Affiliate Link – http://www.amazon.com?_encoding=UTF8&tag=steoakautpag-20

 

Update – No pancakes today, I ate too much pizza celebrating yesterday. I’ve a job, and it starts soon. Money!

“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”
― Jane Austen

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