Almost ready, and a new thing for me

Editing is basically finished on my next book. I’m still going to go through once more just to double-check, but I’m very close to releasing it.

I’ll still need to format it properly. Surprise, there are chapters this time. Which means I’ll have to make a table of contents for it. Last time I did that was when I released my poetry book, and that took a bit of effort to figure out how to get it working properly, and having it look decent.

I’ll also need a cover, so I’ll be waiting on that now as well. I’ve high hopes it’ll be sooner rather than later, but you must never rush an artist. They’ve already told me they have idea’s, and I’ve seen some of the sketches they’ve done for the idea’s. I’m looking forward to seeing it, and I look forward to revealing it as well. They’ve always done wonderful work for my covers, so I don’t have any doubt it’ll be fantastic.

And another new thing. I have a car now. Yes, it’s been since January when I lost my Honda, but I finally took the plunge. I purchased a low mileage VW Beetle, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s from this decade even. Who knew I’d be happy with something so modern? I mean all I have to do is walk close to it and it opens for me. I don’t even have to worry about those pesky analog aux cables to play my music on the stereo. It sees my phone, and automatically will play whatever song I have ready. I can even skip a song from the steering wheel, and it’ll play the next one.

Perhaps I’m sounding like some old guy getting their first computer, but I’d been driving something from the early 90’s for over a decade. I’m not used to all this new fangled fancy tech that cars have these days. Heck, it drives like a dream. I look forward to driving it everyday since I got it. I mean, I want to go out right now and go on a cruise. But I’ll stay in today. Probably work a bit more on the book, and maybe watch a movie if I can convince friends to visit. We shall see, but right now I’m very happy.

 

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: No writing for the latest book today, too busy finalizing the next one to be published.

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― Adam Rex

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The Visitor

Well it’s been a few weeks, so perhaps it’s time to talk about what’s going on in my little apartment.

I live in a larger city now. There are apartments everywhere, and apparently wild cats, or semi-wild, that roam the streets with raccoons(Trash Panda’s) in search of food. Recently one such cat, barely out of kitten-hood, has begun to stop by and visit. Of course since I have a problem, I feed it. It’s very friendly and likes to be pet often while here, but I noticed something about it almost immediately. It’s pregnant. Had it not been I may have tried to convince it to remain here so I might at least look after her, but she seems pleased with the arrangement of food for the attention she gives me while she visits.

Then while I was out for a walk this last week, as it has become pleasant, I saw her doing the same thing with someone else. That cheater! Hah, no really it’s alright. I was prepared to host her while she gives birth, and if anything arose to complicate her delivery I would have taken her over to the local veterinarian hospital. But since she at least has one other person looking out for her, her and her kittens should be well taken care of.

I am aware that cats running wild are the leading cause for local populations of wildlife to go missing, aka being hunted, but they seem to be keeping the rodent population at bay. I’ve not seen one rat, and very few insects for such a wooded area I’m in the middle of. It may be that they are allowed to roam freely in this apartment complex because of this benefit. I’m not sure why they let so many Trash Panda’s run around, but at least they get along with the cats. Sometimes you can see them all gathered at one place with the cats, as if they are having a meeting, and I personally find that amusing.

The cat I currently reside with dislikes all other of her kind, so it probably wouldn’t have worked out if I took in this kitten, but it was a pleasant thought. I wouldn’t have minded another as they always seem to keep small insects at bay, and I hate waking up to having things crawling on me. Luckily it hasn’t happened since I became room-mates with at least one feline. So I have that going for me, which is nice.

Otherwise things have been pretty much the same with me. I go to work, do what needs to be done that day, return, and if it’s nice out, go for a walk. On weekends I try to get as much writing done as I can with the little free-time I give myself. The newest book is coming along nicely, and the one being edited is nearly finished. It may even be completed this afternoon or tomorrow. Next will be my final review of it, which usually is quicker, and getting a cover for it. I suppose I’ll have to get it ready for upload as well, formatting can be taxing, but that shouldn’t take more than an hour or two.

So with any luck you’ll see my latest novel in a couple of weeks! I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of it. I think it’s my best work yet, but that is as it should be. We hopefully only get better with time. I wish you all well in your endeavours!

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: 1,000 words of a new book written today. Several pages edited for the yet unnamed novel. It won’t be too much longer now.

“Whatever it takes to finish things, finish. You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished.”
― Neil Gaiman

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What I’m watching

I do apologize for my absence. As I said in my short post I was enjoying company when usually I would be writing. Fortunately I had fun.

Let’s see. What have I done? I suppose I watched a movie, and continued my SG1 addiction. I’m unsure I’ve talked about it here, but recently I’ve gotten into the habit of watching at least an episode of SG1 a night. SG1 being Stargate:SG1 the television series. As luck would have it, it’s one of the shows Amazon has in their Prime catalogue.

It may actually be better than I remember it. Certainly there have been a few cheesy episodes, but for the most part it’s a rather straight forward telling of what a military minded organization might do with travel being possible between different planets. Currently I’m in the third season, but nearing the end.

I also was watching a show called Erased. In Japanese it’s called Boku dake ga Inai Machi. Basically it’s about a guy who sometimes gets sent back to his past where he tries to change the outcome of an action. Usually it’s only a few moments in the past, but sometimes it’s a little longer. After a large tragedy he’s flung back to his childhood, in his own younger body. With his adult mind he tries to help his classmates avoid the tragedy that he faced when he lived this life the first time.

I think it was one of the better anime I have ever seen. Well animated, and well paced, each episode left me wanting more. The ending was very good, but as always with a good show, it left me longing for another episode. Apparently a live action movie was released shortly before the last episode. I’ve not seen it, but apparently those in charge of such things thought the story was good enough to try to market via other means.

Otherwise my life has been enjoyable. I was able to get a nice long walk in Wednesday, and Thursday I went out for a short bike ride. I’ve a new helmet, yay, but I’m not a fan of wearing them usually. But since I have to ride near motorized vehicles it’s probably for the best.

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: 1,000 words of a new book written today. I did get some in last Sunday. It was close to 1,000 words, but as usual, I had things to do that day. Several pages edited for the yet unnamed novel. It won’t be too much longer now.

“Fear is not evil. It tells you what you weakness is. And once you know your weakness, you can become stronger as well as kinder.”
― Gildarts in Fairy tail

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I got busy.

I will likely post something further on here later. Unfortunately, or fortunately I am hanging out with friends today and have been unable to find the time to write. I’m writing this while they’re occupied briefly. If I don’t get back until next week I wish you all a wonderful day.

My life online

I’ve a new phone. It works. Yay… I suppose. Just another piece of technology that will eventually fail. Already its battery didn’t function when I got it. I quickly got a replacement and now everything is fine, so I suppose there is that.

Anyway, I woke up early and was able to catch a certain individual online that I hadn’t spoken with in a long time. We had a nice chat, and I hope to hear from them soon. Apparently in my focus on writing, and then having a job I’ve lost track of time. It had been more than six months since we caught up, and that was likely six months after the last time. It didn’t stop us from talking like we always do. It’s always like that with them, no matter how long it’s been we are able to pick up where we left off. A valuable friend. One I hope to see again in person one day.

So today I would like to talk about friends we meet in this virtual space we call the internet. When I first started communicating with others online it was all just in text. I’d hop from chatroom to chatroom looking for interesting topics I might be able to have a conversation about. Back then it was all yahoo chatrooms for me. I kept myself mostly in the anime rooms, though from time to time I’d head over to the science fiction sections.

I never made many friends in any rooms save the anime ones. Everyone was role-playing as some character, and you never knew who they really were or what they looked like. We all were using Cheetachat back then, and were able to use customized icons. So you could only go by what they said and maybe what icon they chose. It was an interesting time, and I made quite a few friends, though after loosing my password I never found them again save for the few I had added on IQC or AIM. Though after a system crash, and having a poor memory for passwords I lost them as well.

After that I spent a few years away, but I came back with a new account, and found many people using microphones to talk back and forth, while others would just type. That was the first time I had heard a remix for TANK which was the opening theme to an anime called Cowboy Bebop. So for a few months I kept popping back in, though never saying much. I’d be just hanging out to hear what the next best anime was, or to listen to whomever was streaming music to the rest of us.

At that point I think I realized I was ageing out of chatrooms. Everyone there were teenagers, and I had just entered my twenties. Probably why I didn’t say much. I just wanted to talk about anime, but an adult in such rooms were shunned, and rightfully so. So I stopped. It was many years until I went looking again for such a space. At that point MMORPG’s and other virtual words had taken off, and I had just gotten high-speed internet for the first time.

I played WoW for a while, and it was fine. I just didn’t like the idea of having to pay for a game, then pay for the subscription monthly. So after a couple of months I stopped. But I will always miss my hunter and his owl. Then I got really into Linux, or at least trying out several different distro’s. I recalled how excited I always was when installing a new Windows version, so I went wild and tried a dozen or more on an old machine I had lying around.

Turns out Linux was useful as a browser, but had few games. I then started buying magazines about Linux that had distros, and came across an article about a little game called Dofus. I played that game on and off for nearly five years. I got my then wife and her friend addicted and we ran dungeons weekly, if not daily at points. We made a friend there, and I still talk to him now and again to this day.

Another virtual world was found, and I made a dozen or so friends. We talked for hours, and it was great. We outlasted that world, and we still talk now and again. It’s mostly my fault that I’ve lost contact, but I’m accepted back whenever I make the time.

What I’m trying to say is, it doesn’t matter where you find your friends. In fact at times it’s easier when it’s online. Not because there’s anything worse about live interactions, but you are where you are online because of an interest. The more niche the interest, the more likely you’ll find people of a similar mindset.

I haven’t played a game where I’ve met anyone I keep in contact with in many years. But I suppose it would be possible again. And I certainly haven’t been to a chatroom in about fifteen years, but I think there’s a place for people who wish to interact out there. Fun can be had in these new virtual worlds, and friendships built on the hours you spend fighting together, or just making things is well spent in creating long-lasting bonds. My longest lasting friendship wasn’t built on games, but the majority of my others are.

So thank you to those I’ve chatted with. Thank you to those I’ve gamed with. And thank you to those of you I spent hours talking about the random things I’m likely to drone on about. You’ve made my online time worthwhile.

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: 1,000 words of a new book written. Several pages edited for the yet unnamed novel.

“True friends are always together in spirit. (Anne Shirley)”
― L.M. Montgomery

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