Nostalgia Morning.

I woke up from a dream about my house being torn down. In the dream I was so grieved by its loss that I was in tears. In reality it was torn down, and sold, but I don’t feel bad about it.

The house was merely where I lived for 7 or so years. Yes I have some fond memories of the place, but as with most things it will never truly be gone as long as I remember it. I liked living there for the most part, though it could be quite a distance from places I’d like to go. Now being more centrally located I can go out and do more, but I usually don’t take advantage of such things.

Following the dream, I wound up in the living room listening to nostalgic anime openings and closings. If you’ve not experiences such emotions before the best explanation I can give for it is that it is a mixture of happy and sad. Happy that these memories can be stimulated simply by a song, but sad they are in the past. You can never re-experience the first time of anything. And I think that’s what I am mourning when tears fill my eyes.

While I’ve gone back and watched some of these shows again, sometimes multiple times, it’s not the same as when I had no idea what was going to happen next. The only ones that really get to me each time are Katanagatari’s ending, and Angel Beats. Katanagatari starts off slow, and has moments of rapid dialogue that at times outshines even the beautiful, if not old style, animation. But that ending. Man, it gets me every time. However Angel Beats, that destroys me each time. The tears that are ripped out of me at that ending can effect me for days, hence why I don’t watch it often. But if you are in the mood for being obliterated by a story, take a watch. It’s silly, it’s sad, it’s amazing.

What I’ve published

Outsider Trilogy

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Poetry

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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

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

Update: Still editing. I’m doing it in larger chunks now, and I’m in the middle of it as I write this. So my update is that things are moving forward.

Some days it’s tough to get motivated, but when I hear the music play I’m ready for the day.

Steven Oaks

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I’m Still Here

When I am not next to you, you can be sure I’ll still be with you.

When I am gone, I surely won’t be if you remember me.

When you leave the room, I still think of you.

All I know of you is with me, so you are too.

Family and friends who never forget, and who I never will either, live on.

If I’ve touched your life, I’m there too.

Just recall who I am, and I’ll always be with you.

What I’ve published

Outsider Trilogy

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

Poetry

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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

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

Update: Still editing. I’m doing it in larger chunks now, and I’m in the middle of it as I write this. So my update is that things are moving forward.

Some days it’s tough to get motivated, but when I hear the music play I’m ready for the day.

Steven Oaks

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A talk

Words exchanged

a common past contemplated

tears shed

somehow there remained a bond

What I’ve published

Outsider Trilogy

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Poetry

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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

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

Update: Taking today to read through the book again. I don’t know how far I’ll get

“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.”
― Kiran Desai

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Comma Slayer, and Supernatural

Last Sunday I decided I would spend the rest of the day finishing up my first pass through of my latest book. I had some good tunes playing, and got to the end. Many a comma was slayed upon the way, but I fear many were missed.

Today I went back and edited the prologue and first chapter again. Some of my wording was a little sloppy to my eyes, so I redid a few sentences to suit my tastes. Apparently having three people go through it wasn’t enough to catch all these little snags, and I still found many misuses of commas. This looks to be another full edit pass for me.

Usually it takes at least three passes by myself before I find that I’m just reading the story. Now once I get an editor or two to go through the entirety I find it easier going, as they’ve done much of the cleaning, but I still give it a couple more passes. I’m not saying I alone am a perfect editor, especially of my own work, yet I like having the final say. Even if the final product could have been better with a few more eyes.

So this means until I have a consistent editor I’ll be doing this each Saturday. Since the book is 13 chapters long, and I usually do only a chapter each week, it could be awhile. Perhaps I’ll just have to make more time during the week. It’s only an hour or two of my day to do so, yet I find I’m fairly exhausted when I return from work. That wouldn’t be the best mindset to be in while editing. We shall see. Maybe I’ll dedicate Sundays for a larger block of such effort.

Anyway, to change the subject let me talk about a show that I love. This year I started watching Supernatural. I watched all 10 seasons that were out, and have fallen deeply in love and can now count myself among the fans. It was only a matter of time since I was already a Doctor Who fan from way back in the day, having watched from Pertwee on. And also since I loved the BBC’s latest interpretation of Sherlock Holmes. Having spent some time on either Tumblr or Pintrest you see all three shows smashed together into SuperWhoLock. Really that was the reason I started watching. The first season had some gems, but I didn’t think myself invested until a few seasons in. Then I was addicted.

Thanks to places like Hulu I’ve been able to start watching the 11th season as well. It may not be the best show ever(to someone else), but I can’t get enough of the comedy that they’ve included into such a dark story. Two brothers against the demon world. What could be better? Now I want an Impala even more!

What I’ve published

Outsider Trilogy

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

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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

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

Update: Back to the start, edits begin again. Ready for chapter 2.

 This is why. This book. This is Dad’s single most valuable possession. Everything he knows about every evil thing is in here. And he’s passed it on to us. I think he wants us to pick up where he left off. You know, saving people, hunting things. The family business.

-Dean Winchester

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