The sun, it burns!

 

Greetings all. I’ve returned, a day late, but still I’m here.

The reason for my late arrival lies with work. For coming on nearly two years now I’ve worked only night shifts. But a need for me to work in the light came this last weekend. I was asked to work two 12hr shifts in the day, and I did. Luckily I had a day before, and a day after to try to alter my sleep schedule back and forth. Tonight I’ll be returning to my usual habits, but it was interesting to see the sun for so many hours.

Now on occasion I’ve woken up in the daylight, and have taken in the beauty that is the day. Never for longer than an hour or so at most, but this weekend was different. Saturday never turned truly bright, but Sunday with the ground being covered by the snow of the day before made the sunlight blinding. I like to think I utilized my time well, and took in as much of it as I could. If only it had been perhaps a little warmer. I would have liked to have basked in the sun, and perhaps finally gotten some naturally produced vitamin D into my system.

Now as to editing, I did a large portion of it today. Lately I’ve taken a couple of days to do as much, but because of my altered schedule I simply put in a few more hours today to work. As to what was needed, mostly tenses were changed. A bit of descriptors were added, but it seems the co-author and I have done a decent job so far. Of course I tend to edit the previous day’s writing before I start writing anything new, so that probably has something to do with it. But of course this is just my first pass, and as I’ve said I’ll likely be a bit harsher next time around. I’m just looking for spelling and proper word usage for the most part now. Of course I’m looking for consistency, but that’ll be my focus next time around, then I’ll be back to word usage for the third time. The fourth time will be for consistency again, and if that passes, I should be done with my editing. Then it’ll be time for others to take a look through the story.

Otherwise that’s about all I’ve been up to. I’ve read a couple of books, watched some movies and television shows, but that’s about all. The day to day isn’t all that exciting, so unless someone clamors for those hours I while away at nothing, I’ll leave it at that.

Until next time, 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 – http://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: An estimated 12% into editing

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Another week of editing

 

Hello to you all. I of course have returned.

Tired again, as I worked another 12hour shift over the weekend. Filled with walking, as is usual, and nothing much else to be done. From a sunset to a sunrise with only my own council to entertain me, I grew ever tired as the hours slipped by.

However, today I awoke earlier than my body wished, and set to editing once more. Currently it seems I might be getting around an estimated 4% edited each week, so it is going faster than writing had. Though I think it shall slow down in the next pass, so that percentage will stop ticking by so quickly in future weeks. Perhaps not for a month, but certainly when I start from the beginning once more.

I’m enjoying the story, which I have with other things I’ve written and edited in the past, but I find it’s lacking the frustrating feature that I had noted with my other books. I’m not finding places where I had been unable to fully explain, or illustrate some emotion, or to describe the world correctly. The co-author does a very good job of doing so, and now all I find I’m changing are tenses, or perhaps slightly misspelled or misplaced words. It’s enjoyable instead of frustrating editing this, and I think there is little in the way of huge changes that will need to be made. But of course this is only the first pass.

So, as I’m still rather tired, I think I shall end this here. Perhaps a nap will do, or perhaps I shall just attempt a relaxing evening. Either way, I hope your week greets you, and that it is a pleasant one.

 

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 – http://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: An estimated 8% into editing

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Beginning Editing, and a movie

Hello again. I’ve returned.

So what shall I talk about this week? Well, first off I’m working my way slowly through this latest book. Yes it’s basically done, though there is still a scene the co-author wants to put in, but that’s much later into the book than where I’m currently editing. So far I’ve only caught a few issues with tense, and added in a bit more descriptions where necessary. As this is the first pass through, I expect the next to be a bit more in depth. Currently I’m just trying to clear a few things up without changing anything drastically.

When talking with the co-author this last week we’ve come up with a couple more idea’s for books we’d like to write together. This happens to us from time to time, but before we usually tried out those ideas in the book we have been writing. But now that this one is basically finished it leaves us free to start thinking about other things we could collaborate on. We aren’t sure if they’ll be whole novels or not, but they could be at least short stories that we might put into a single release at some point. Nothing is decided yet, as we are more focused on getting this first book finished, but it’s nice they still want to work with me on more things.

We’ve both gone back over the first part of this book a few times. I think we both find it helps when we’re looking at motivation, and how the character has changed as we’ve written. That being the case it was already fairly polished, though it hasn’t hurt to add a few words here and there to clarify a few things. We’ve talked about making character sheets for all the characters for fun, and to use as a means of keeping track of who they are, but so far nothing seems to be off to me. Perhaps other things we work on will start off with such things, but currently it doesn’t seem to need it. Though perhaps it would help with any kind of cover art, if we go the route of having characters illustrated there.

Other than that I’ve watched a few movies, a few anime, and read a few books since last I reviewed anything. The last being Valerian. Unfortunately I didn’t much care for it. There were some interesting things in the movie, but it all seem disjointed, and I didn’t have a sense of connection with any of the characters. As it was, I was watching it with the co-author, as we watch movies together from time to time, and the only thing that kept us going was making up amusing stories, or alternative situations to what we were seeing on screen. Both of us also were getting frustrated at how poorly the narrative was being handled, and how we might have edited the movie into a more cohesive whole. Though we both agreed it would have needed a re-write to make it a better movie. The acting was fine, and it looked okay, it just didn’t come together into anything more than just being a movie. It wasn’t even bad enough to be a good ‘B’ movie. So like it’s name, it left us both drowsy.

That’s it for now. I’ll keep editing, and keep thinking of new stories to write about. I hope you all have a good week, and wish you all to find something you enjoy doing.

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 – http://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: An estimated 4% into editing

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A little work history, and inspiration

 

I have returned, more tired than ever.

This weekend I worked two 12hour shifts, and that was something. In my younger days I worked a couple of jobs for nearly two years, and it was for a little longer than 12hours total, but I wasn’t walking nearly as much at the time. Well I can tell you this was a bit much for me. Would I do it again? Sure, if the money was right, and this time it was pretty decent.

One of the previous couple of jobs was at a martial arts school, where I took care of making sure everything was clean before students showed up, and taught classes when the regular instructors were late, or sick, or just couldn’t make it in. Also I took phone calls, and assisted in getting people signed up for classes. So yes, there were a few days of exhaustion. That and I was regularly participating in classes. My Sensei and his family became like a second family to me, and we still are close. Since I moved we don’t see as much of each other as we had (I lived just a few blocks away from them for years) but they still visit often. It was a really fun job, and I miss it.

The other was at a hotel. This was overnight work, as the previous one was afternoons. This job had me checking in guests, doing laundry, and getting the breakfast area stocked. Some nights were non-stop guests, other nights there was nothing to do. Winters were especially dead, save near holidays. It was a nice enough job, though it didn’t pay all that well. But one of the perks was that I was able to have visitors. My friend who was a night owl would sometimes show up, and we’d play cards or just talk. Also being married at the time to my ex-wife who also worked at a hotel owned by the same people, she’d visit. And if it got too busy she’d help out if I was off doing something else when guest would arrive.

But since I was working both of these jobs, and only had a few hours to catch some sleep, I was exhausted at all times. Sleeping in the day can be difficult, especially when you don’t have much time to wind down before you need to get into bed. I don’t think I had many days were I was able to get 8hours of sleep. I was lucky to get 5. I don’t know how I was able to keep it up as long as I did.

So when a new job presented itself, one that paid better and had normal 8hour days, I went for it. I had to give up two fun jobs for this call center work, but I did it. After only around half a year of doing that they moved me elsewhere in the company to handle a new account. And I stayed there until the company moved the position out of the country.

But even as long as it’s been since then, I still at times long for the days when I was constantly training in martial arts. Certainly I work on what I’ve learned even today, but it isn’t the same. But once a martial artist, always a martial artist. When my Sensei and his family come over, and maybe we watch a movie together, we all laugh when we see moves we learned in class being used in weird ways.

Working at the Dojo is where I came up with the idea for the outsider series in the first place. Though I was calling it Leviathan at the time. It changed over the years, and I even lost my original first draft, but the idea never went away.

I’d always wanted to write a book, and when the call center moved their jobs to India and gave us all a decent severance, I decided right then to get to work. Though I had been writing little things before, short stories and poetry, this time I set myself a daily work load, and that first draft was finished in a month.

It sounds like such a small amount of time, but that book had been in my head for years. When I just let it come out it already was almost fully formed. Though certain things changed, like it wasn’t an epic that spanned centuries like I first planned, much of the world was already there when I was writing. The main character though, that just wound up being a mix of myself and a close friend, instead of the world weary immortal I had planned.

So that was a little background about where I worked, and perhaps a hint at were some of my ideas came from. I didn’t even mention the huge amount of reading I was doing at the time, but that certainly inspired me as well.

Until next time, I hope you 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-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: 129% of first draft complete. Editing begins

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