The Nature of the book

Greetings and salutations friends.

I have just finished writing the final scene, and put the last words to this book. Well, my own final words, besides editing in a few when I go back through a few more times. There also is a scene the co-author wishes to write in, and we’ll see how many more words that’ll be.

This book is different from my earlier ones. How you might ask? Well, it’s not science fiction. Indeed, it is written in a fantasy motif. One that relies heavily on the mythology of the Norse people. I’ve for many years delved into the historical documents one might find of this culture, the best one being the Poetic Eddas. Compiled by a Christian monk in Iceland, who seemed to have been fascinated by their way of composing their epics, and relying on oral traditions to make sure they are passed on to the next generation. He took it upon himself to be one of the first to compile all the poems he could into a book.

There have been some issues historians put upon the accuracy of the book, since the author was a man of Christian faith. He would sometimes inject his particular view upon what he put to page, however once you realize that it isn’t difficult to find where those changes are.

The Poetic Eddas, along with many other sources, hopefully helped me write accurately about the perspective of the people of this world, and the many others that exist in such a universe. We took as few liberties with the source material as we could, but of course their will be some changes that those who are knowledgeable about the subject will notice. However as there are many missing poems, due to the nature of oral history. That being the case I think much of what was written by us could easily be allowed to pass as appropriate.

So now will come the time of making this first draft into the final one. No longer will I be spending my free hours writing new lines, save where they might be needed to smooth out the plot. Some have said this is their least favorite part of writing, but I find it fun to re-read a story I’ve written. There certainly can be days where it seems tedious, especially when it’s my fifth time starting from the very beginning. But in the end I find it easier than making up whole new plot points, or trying to write those final words.

It can come as a bit of a downer when you realize the characters that you’ve spent so much time with, or at the very least the world you built, their time is over. There’s nothing left to be said about their adventures, at least in terms of where the plot was heading from the very beginning, and you are done. Fortunately I can always imagine writing another story, even if it isn’t in this world that I’ve made, or we’ve made in this case. But I always miss these people I’ve imagined.

But that’s all I have for you today. My ramblings about finishing up a draft, and the nature of this book. I hope you all have as good fortune to work on something you love in this life as I. I’ll talk to you next time. TTFN

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

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Outsider Trilogy

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Click 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: 129% of first draft complete.

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An End, and working on one

Hello again friends.

This last week has been a challenging one. The place I had been working announced to me in the middle of the week that this would be the last one I would be working for them. I wasn’t shocked by this or anything, as when I started I was lead to believe that I likely wouldn’t be there very long. So here, a year and a half later, they’ve finally decided that it was the occasion for my time there to end.

I’m glad I had the opportunity to work there, as it gave me the chance to exercise to my fullest, at least insofar as walking goes. My daily rounds were around twenty miles, and I can tell you after a few days of that it grew difficult. As my weeks came to an end, I was left with sore feet and legs. So sore in fact that walking was difficult on my day’s off. But, as time went on I grew stronger, and here at the end, while sore, I was not nearly left so weak by the time they decided my time there was over.

I lost weight, which I only finally was able to start doing when I decided that I should only eat two meals a day. My two dinners I called them. One right before I went in, and one soon after I returned home. I cut out almost all sugar, as I no longer had the sweet tooth that I used to have when I woke up to eat my breakfast. I only craved savory things, so that is what I ate. No cereal, no pancakes, no oatmeal. None of my normal morning meals. Sure, now and again I’d have an egg or sausage, which I consider breakfast foods, but very little in the way of grains. I can’t say this is something that others would benefit from, but it certainly did me good.

Now to the book. The final scene is perhaps half way finished, maybe more, maybe less. It’s hard to tell when you aren’t finished. There’s little in the way of it left from what the co-author and I discussed, but I haven’t gotten to the final line yet. That much I’m certain of. I’d like them to check it out, and perhaps add what I may have left out, or what they feel it needs. Then we can discuss further on how to conclude it to completion. I’m unsure where to leave the story, as I like the world built, and I like the characters, so it’s almost a shame to close their story. But of course it must be done, otherwise I’ll just be writing on it forever. Writing lives that would not end until my own does. Not a bad thing to spend time on, but there are other things I’d like to work on too.

So thus ends today’s post. I hope to have the first draft done by next week, then it’s onward to the editing. A job that can take just as much time as writing a draft, and sometimes longer. But we shall see. Since this story was bounced between two of us for this last year or more, we’ve already been editing as we went. But that is not a true edit, that’s merely reading and progressing.

Until next time, I hope you 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-safe

Click 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: 127% of first draft complete.

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So very close to the end

Hello all. I’ve come back once more.

The book is going extremely well, and we are very close to the end of the first draft. There is only the final scene to write, though of course the editing process will likely take some time. We might have to fill in certain areas, and take away a few things as we go along, but I’m feeling very good about this book.

It’s been a fun ride, if not a long one to get this book finished. At first it was just a joke idea, then it transformed into something more. Certainly I think this one is a little more jovial than my previous works, but that’s in large part thanks to the help of the co-author. I can be rather straight forward, though I do try to put in little humorous things as I go along, but mostly it’s self-referential. That may not be the best kinds of jokes, but they make me smile. They on the other hand have a sense of timing that I cannot compare to, and an eye for the strange things that make life more amusing than humdrum. I’m very lucky to have been able to work with them more completely on this book than my previous ones.

The co-author had been an editor on my first few published works, but since we came up with the idea of this particular book together, I almost forced the idea that we work together on it. Luckily they agreed, and we’ve been taking turns at the project over the last year. I’d write a beginning, and they’d continue. And we’d both bounce back and forth correcting each others mistakes, and rewording scenes to fit what each of our vision of the story was.

Working more closely with another writer can be difficult, especially for me. I tend to write stream of consciousness, but you can’t do that when you have another person who had idea’s for how the book should come along. I’m not frustrated by this, as we’ve been able to meet and discuss future scenes, as that can make it easier to write towards. However since it’s not just my book, I can’t take my wild tangents without first reflecting upon what we both agreed upon previously. In the end though I think that makes this book more concise, or at least focused on a goal, as opposed to my natural tendency to let the characters do whatever they want. Since it’s two minds working to make these fictional people, we occasionally have different interpretations as to how they’d react. But to my mind that makes them seem perhaps more natural, as they all aren’t just my own interpretation of how a person should react. I’m more focused on the logical side, though I try to throw little nonsensical reactions in if the situation calls for it. Again luckily the co-author is better at reacting with other feelings in mind.

In the end I think this collaboration is helping me become a better writer. I think I might ask them again to collaborate on future works, as we seem extremely compatible. The other books I had been working on before starting this book are calling me though, and unless they want to help more closely than editing as they’ve done in the past, I shall return to them when we finish with this one. I’m encouraging them to work on the books they told me of previously they had in mind, so we may go our separate ways to work on them when we finish with this one. But I think we’ll wind up helping edit those books together.

Until next time, I hope you have a great week. Talk to you again soon!

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safe

Click 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: 125.8% of first draft complete.

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The first draft nearly done

Again I return.

The book is coming along nicely. We’re nearly there, as the first draft nears completion. The co-author wrote a nice chunk over the weekend, and today I did my best to continue. The final big fight is nearly over in the story, though there are a few things that need to be done for the last couple of scenes, but I have a good feeling that I’ll be able to announce the first drafts completion shortly.

It was good to talk to the co-author again. We did quite a bit of it, and generally worked out how things will turn out. Though the final moments I think need a bit more fleshing out. Of course those moments haven’t been written yet, but as it comes to us getting there, we have worked out everything. In fact a thousand words or so more and we’ll be there. But researching the historical, or mythical personalities and areas takes a bit of time, and in writing what I did today took a fair amount of time. Hopefully it won’t be so difficult in later portions, but we’ll see. I’m amused by our tentative ending, and I can’t wait to get there.

Nothing much of note happened over the week. I started reading another book, or series of books, but I can’t get into it. I got it for free on the GooglePlay Bookstore, and the clunky way of writing is putting me off. The first several chapters are one scene, but through the eyes of multiple characters, and the way time keeps bouncing back and forth isn’t helping. Perhaps the author thought it would be an interesting writing device, but I find it hard to want to relive these things over and over again without getting anything too exciting as extra information.

I did rewatch Christine, as the co-author hadn’t watched it before. I still think it’s a very well done movie, at least the music and any shots done with the car. Editing wise it’s a little clunky between scenes, but otherwise a very good movie about a car that kills.

Unfortunately I didn’t do much else. I did get into a kick of watching old commercials from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s, and was amused. But nothing else especially. A bit of Devilman Crybaby humours videos as well, but mostly I was killing time. My schedule doesn’t leave me much energy as the week goes on, and I was especially tired this weekend, so that left me zoning out for the majority of time. Luckily the co-author had time to talk, and also watch a couple of movies, the other being Hudson Hawk. Nothing much to say about it, save I still find it an amusing movie, if not as funny as I recall.

I’m hoping to have the last fight down by the time I post next week. I’ll keep you all posted on how things are going, but for now I think we’re almost there. The editing will take time too, but we are one step closer to getting this book out to you.

I’ll talk to you next Monday, until then, 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-safe

Click 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: 121% of first draft complete.

Steven Oaks

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