Lots of Progress

Hello dear readers. I have returned again, and news do I bring.

 

This week has been a good one for writing. Almost five-thousand words were written in just a couple of days, or two sessions, and the story is progressing well. I had gone ahead from where the co-author wanted a scene, and they left notes for me about that. However I think I’ll let them handle that part, as I was interested in telling another, future, part of the story. I made great headway with that today, and I outdid my usual output simply because I enjoy the character I’m writing here, and have a bit of a preference to them in the mythos of the world. Going through what the co-author contributed last I was able to a bit of flourishes where they needed it, and of course re-reading the last several thousand words helps me get in the mood to write the next scenes. So all in all a productive session for me and them.

Nothing much else to say here, save I’ve watched more of the show Orville, and find it very much in-line with a Star Trek style of story telling. Yes there are moments of 3rd wall breaking, or at least language that wouldn’t be used in a usual episode of Star Trek, but for the most part it stands as a decent continuation of that style of universe. I’ve yet to watch Discovery so I can’t speak to it, but again I’ve only caught snippets of the show and it looks to be more in line of with a JJ Abrams kind of show. More violence and action than usual to the universe, which might be good, but I haven’t given it a chance to charm me yet.

As it is I’m happy with most things. Progress is being made, and surely, hopefully?, we are only a few more sessions like this away from completing this book’s first draft.

I’ll be back next week at the latest. I hope you all have an enjoyable 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: 106% of first draft complete.

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Relics of War

Greetings friends, I’ve made it back again.

Another day of writing was completed, and we grow closer to the conclusion of the first draft. We’re actually making quite a bit of progress, even if there were a few weeks of me simply returning to the beginning and reading through what we already had. We’re finally right at one of the final two big scenes, so I hope to see this draft done within the next couple of months, that is if nothing else comes up. Which of course something will, but I’m hopeful.

As to what else? I returned to my roots, at least in a sense. I read a book by an author that was one of the first I branched out to after I had gotten into reading. Lawrence Watt-Evans. He’s written some interesting things in the past, and this book was set in one of those universes. The only change I see in his writing after all these decades was that he seems to have begun streamlining everything, and it’s all in simple easy to read sentences. Yes it helps if you’ve read other books in this series, but it isn’t necessary. There are little inside hints that might make you smile as he reminds you the world is still there and growing, but if you haven’t read anything else in the series you won’t be missing out on the story. By no means is he bad at writing, and I’ll likely go back and read more, but it didn’t give me the feeling like his other books had. No huge world shaking sense of dread like the Black Dagger, or the Unwilling Warlord. But Relics of War was an easy read, and enjoyable. If you’ve liked other books by this author you won’t be hugely disappointed. But like I said, this author has done better work before, and I look forward to seeing him come back to that.

So I’ll leave you with that. Have a great week, I’ll see you 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: 102% of first draft complete.

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Bicentennial Man

Hello all. I return.

If you know me you will already understand that my favorite movie is Groundhog Day. I watch it every year without fail at least once. Of course I make it a habit to do so on the holiday, but occasionally I’ll watch it near Christmas, as for some reason I feel it fits that season as well. However I shall not be talking about this movie, but instead I’ll be adding another movie to my favorites list.

Bicentennial Man is an amazing film. I have seen it before. In fact I watched it years ago when it had first come to theaters in 1999. It’s based on a story by Isaac Asimov, though it takes some liberties with the story. Only until a few years ago I held off on reading it, perhaps only because I had other things I wanted to read, and I had enjoyed the movie so much that I thought it would change my opinion. Now that I have had the chance to check out both, I can say that I think perhaps the movie is better, but only slightly. The book focuses more on the world, which is great, but I think the movie does a better job because it instead looks at how everyone interacts as the focal point.

Now why did I mention Groundhog Day? Well I think I may have found another movie that I’ll be watching on a yearly basis. I have seen Bicentennial Man several times before, and each time I gain something from the viewing. Much like I do when I watch the film that I have so memorized that any sequence of words that line up to the script will set me off into a scene. Robin Williams is such a fine lead in this I can’t imagine who else they could have gotten to be so dead-pan and yet hilarious as he tries to understand what it means to be human. His acceptance of his world in the beginning, to his frustration when he goes so far to be a part of us at the end. Who else could portray that?

The similarities between these movies might only be that the lead actors are comedians first, or at least first known as such. However I think both tell a story about becoming human, or at least accepting themselves or being accepted. They both have a laid back feel, and nothing is overly exciting or explosive. Almost slice of life in nature, though there are moments that are stressful. However they don’t rely on the trope of over the top situations that most movies these days tend to lean upon to make up for perhaps scripts that aren’t reliant on dialogue. But that isn’t the case here. Each word is placed in such a way that it draws you into the world of our protagonist. Allowing you to feel their struggles.

I recommend you go out and find Bicentennial Man. Watch it when you just want to relax, and enjoy the 200 years that this machine desiring humanity lives.

With that I leave you. I have written more, as has the co-author, and more editing was done. So until next week, 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-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: 101% of first draft complete.

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More Trek, and an update

Hello all. I return.

Nothing too important to convey today. Rather I’ll continue to talk about my latest interaction with Star Trek Continues.

I watched the final few episodes that were produced, and I can say they still feel mostly like the original series. The writers of such episodes did a respectable job of recreating the feeling of the show, as did the set designers and camera operators. The colors were correctly calibrated to capture the feeling of the older episodes, save for a few spots where they didn’t feel completely correct. There is one character, the councilor they’ve added, that doesn’t seem quite right. I’m not sure what it is, but it might just be the facial expression’s she uses. But it isn’t so bad that it takes me out of the show, but it always gives me pause when she’s on camera. Other than that I find this completion of the original’s five year mission to be a good continuation, and I look forward to the announced two part conclusion to the series.

As for the book I’m working on completing I’ve fallen into re-reading/editing. I’m not completely stuck on where we’ve come to, I just wish the co-author to have a look at what was written, and have them add on to where we’ve left off before I add too much. We’ve talked about where we’re going, and they seem to have a firmer grasp on how to continue. That being said going through the beginning of the book has been interesting. There isn’t too much to complain about, but I have found a few spots that needed a bit more words to convey the story, and have done so. A few tweaks here and there have made it more enjoyable, at least for me. When we finally go back through it all together I think we’ll find much less to change. I tend to do this when I get near the end of the first draft as I find it makes a book feel more cohesive, but this may just be what I do. I grow every time I write, and as I write if I fail to return to the beginning as I write the style of writing tends to change from one end to the other. So I’m just smoothing things out before we wind up completing this tale.

Other than that I’m not sure there is much more to say. I’d like to get back to doing the podcast, which I’ve only made an episode or so. I’m unsure the nature of the show would take at this point, and would like to have another on it to complement what I have to say, or at least have someone to talk with. Having only one person doing a show can be good, but it can also be boring. Having someone to explain things too helps as well, so we’ll see if I can find another, and if I can find the time to make more.

That all being said, I shall be off now. I hope you have a good week, and I’ll see you 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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The State of Star Trek

Hello friends and readers. I have come again.

So what should I talk about today? Well for one based on the percentage below it may appear as though I did no work on the book. That would be a mistake as this previous week was all about straightening a few things up in the first draft. So while it may appear as if the percentage hasn’t grown, truly it was that it shrank, and was built up again to that point.

Now onto something that I just discovered while looking into the latest Star Trek series that CBS has recently released. First of all I haven’t watched any of it, merely listened to a few people who review such things. I can’t say whether it’s good or not, merely that it doesn’t sound like Star Trek to me. It seems more inline with the recent Abrams movies. Which certainly entertaining, I wouldn’t call truly Star Trek. Of course that could be said about the majority of any of the Star Trek movies.

Now I have watched a few episodes of The Orville, and I think it aligns more with what Star Trek was doing, though there certainly are things wrong with it. The tone/humor for one. Star Trek can be funny, but not the rude type of humor that is displayed in this Macfarlane parody. I can say I liked it for the most part, but I think it will easily wear out itself with the style of humor that it is going for.

This all being said I discovered something on YouTube that up until this point has escaped my radar. It is something called Star Trek Continues. This is a fan produced production of Star Trek that continues where the original series left off. And surprise surprise they have an amazing cast, and guest stars you might find hard to believe. They even get certain people back from the original series, and many other celebrities to join in on the fun. The recasting of the original people is for the most part competent, though I have certain reservations about a few of them. That all being said it is shot perfectly to match what was made previously in TOS, and while I’ve only watched three episodes I am excited to see where else they take us. If you are a fan of TOS then I highly recommend giving this a look. It’s the best we’ll ever get until we can digitally clone the original cast with high enough fidelity that we can’t tell the difference.

Until next time, I’ll be watching Star Trek, by whatever means we make in this day and age.

 

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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