Working Nights

 

Hello all. I’ve returned. Another week older, and hopefully wiser, but who’s to say?

Anyway there isn’t much to talk about. As usual I’ve completed my assigned writing for the week, which isn’t much really. We grow the book each time we write, and we are still a ways away from completion. Again the percentage that I put at the end of each post is related to the word count goal that was set for the book. We are certainly going to go beyond that as there are many things that need to be written. That is a good thing really, as there will be things edited, and likely cut to make the story flow better. My previous books went through the same thing, though perhaps they needed pruned a bit more. This one will likely be getting more attention for that reason, but we aren’t there yet.

The previous week was filled with less sleep, and more things that needed to be dealt with in the day. I’m not one who sees the sun often, and it left me exhausted most of the week. Luckily I was able to eventually get some rest, though it was spotty even over the weekend. It’s hard to maintain contact when everyone else in the world, or at least the majority, are asleep when I’m awake, and awake when I’m asleep.

When I first began this night-time journey I felt isolated and alone most nights, but I think I’ve gotten mostly used to it. I’m still a little sad that the people I used to be able to talk with are no longer something that I can look forward to most weeks, but this is just my life now. I still have a few who I either see or message every now and again, and for them I’m thankful. Of course it’s partly my fault that I don’t contact more friends, but I feel like I might either wake them, or seem unresponsive if I don’t reply immediately, so I mostly don’t. I’m either too tired when I see a message, or I have nothing to add. So to any of you who try to contact me throughout the day, I’m sorry. Also I generally don’t get messages at night, as there is no signal where I am most times.

So what do I do with my life, you might ask. Mostly I read, write, or watch movies/television programs. I don’t play many games, so that isn’t taking up much of my time. Perhaps I should focus more on writing when I’m free, but again, I’m tired. The only day I feel rested has been Monday’s, as I can get to bed early, and wake up relatively early to put in the time before work. This is why this blog only really gets updated then. As it is I’m a little behind today, so I’m probably going to stop here.

I hope you all have a great week, and I’ll see you here next time.

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

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: 99% of first draft complete.

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Things I’ve Watched

Greetings and salutations. Once more I’ve returned, and of course I’ve written more.

First off let me say that Made in Abyss is way way darker than it first appears. Once you get in a few episodes you realize that it isn’t going to be this happy-go-lucky children’s adventure, though it has all the appearances of being one. With its cute character design and Ghibli-esque art style for the backgrounds you’d think you’re in for a happy little romp. You’d be very wrong. Death is everywhere, and they don’t shy away from showing you. Tragedy at every turn isn’t an uncommon thing, and when you learn a bit more about the female protagonist you realize that things are much much worse than they let on at the beginning. I’d say give it a watch, but don’t let your children view it unless you want them to be scarred.

Now while I’ve let Dragon Ball Super fall into the background, not that it’s terrible, I just got bored, I’ve gotten back into watching My Hero Academia. This show is tons of fun, and I think I like all the characters. They put a lot of effort into going into each person’s motivation, and even their personalities. Certain ones we are still waiting on a bit more development, but I’m sure it’ll happen soon enough. That all being said, Froppy is my favorite. Frog girl for the win.

The latest season of Bojack Horseman was just as funny as previous seasons, and just like usual it took things to dark places. I found myself crying every other episode. To me this means they are doing it right. While the setting is ridiculous, as are the characters, it still invests you in all of their personal journeys, and gives you things to worry about and think on with each tragic reveal.

As to the book, well it still grows. I did my writing, and we are pushing ahead to the end. Again the percentage at the end of this post isn’t exact, but it’s still showing how the first draft is growing.

Until next time, have a great week.

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

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: 98% of first draft complete.

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Getting really close to the end

 

Hello. I’m here again, and the book grows quickly.

So we are almost to our word count I wanted for this book. We’ll likely go beyond it before too much longer as there is quite a bit more to add to this tale. So my percentage that I add to these posts will likely be irrelevant to what I mean when I say how close we are to the end of the first draft. That being said editing will whittle away at the number of words used when we get to it, so it’s a good thing to over shoot.

The co-author was very busy this past week, so that’s why we have so much more this time. I was able to go through what they wrote today, and was even able to add on my usual thousand words. Good stuff in here, we just need to get to a couple more big events, well maybe three, and we are golden.

My previous week of work had its difficulties, and I’m not just talking about walking as much as I do. Emotional events and all happened, more so than usual, and that kept me from being able to focus for a few days. Unfortunately I have a hard time processing certain things, but I think I’m doing better today. We’ll see when I get back to work. If you have empathy you’ll understand where I’m coming from.

Other than that I’ve been keeping up with this season’s anime, and most of it is decent. Nothing is really standing out as a masterpiece, but I’m getting my entertainment. Though I will say Made in Abyss is certainly something. Other shows aren’t pushing the boundaries anymore. 18if, though not as good as the first few episodes, is still doing alright. This last episode looked as though a different art team worked on it, and I can’t say I was a huge fan, though it was fine. It’s still one of the shows I look forward to week to week.

Oh, I should mention something. I watched Journey Quest. It was on YouTube several years ago, but it’s now all on Amazon Prime Video. At least three seasons. I watched it with friends this Saturday, and I think it’s great. Might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like DnD you’ll have a good time.

Anyway I’ve got to go and do things. I wish you all well, and I’ll be back next week with an update. Have a good week.

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

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: 97% of first draft complete.

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Thoughts on some things

Salutations all. I’ve returned, as is usually the case on Monday’s.

So what shall we discuss today? I’ve no notion as I begin this weekly task I’ve set myself.

Another day/week of writing has passed, and I think it goes well enough. It was with a bit of difficulty I wrote the last couple of thousand words as it was to be an emotional scene, but now it’s time for my little group to move on to other things.

That’s always the difficulty for me. Moving these character pieces to different area’s. They always want to hang around and talk about something, and it’s usually important. But they have greater things to do out in the world that was created. If only they realize that they have things to do. Oh, but that’s my job. Give them reasons and they’ll move just fine. I have found a bit of time jumping does the trick, otherwise it’s just a stream of consciousness, which is why my first few books don’t have any breaks, save when the main character sleeps. Do I dislike that about them? Not really. It was just my style at the time, but I’d like to think I’ve grown a bit.

I hear many a writer is embarrassed by their first book, and I can see why they might feel that way. They’re just starting out. It’s new and they’re finding their voice. It can be a difficult thing, but if they finish a book they didn’t let it get to them. Truly the hardest part isn’t writing, or even editing. It’s releasing it for a wide audience to see. While it can take weeks or months, or even years to finish a book until you’ve gone over it hundreds of times, it’s those few minutes or hours you agonise over it being published. Eye’s you don’t know will read what you worked on, and it can be nerve-racking. Then you have to hope you’ve worked hard enough on exposing what you’ve written, otherwise it will just linger there with few who go out to find it.

Just because you’ve written a book, and it doesn’t sell doesn’t necessarily mean it was a bad book. There are hundreds and thousands of new books every year, and there is an ever-growing catalogue of them. It is a hard thing for people to find a new author, and the only thing they can depend on is the reviews from those who have come before, that is even if they see your book.

So again I thank all of you who have written reviews. It’s a small portion of all those who have read my books, but that is always the case. New readers keep coming likely because of you.

Well, that’s about it for now. I’ll talk to you all later.

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

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: 89% of first draft complete.

Steven Oaks

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