Wuxia-Lit

Greetings to you all. Again I return to write a post.

So, another week passes, and here I am at a loss as what to speak of. So instead of hunting for ideas I’ll just speak about my week. Heh.

Well, last week on my second scheduled day of writing I woke up with a migraine and felt rather ill. Instead of getting up and beginning to write I lay abed. Hence no additional writing was done. However in the days after I was able to ponder what I felt was missing from my book. It led to several ideas, and instead of simply continuing the story as I’ve usually done, I’ve gone back to make some changes. This will likely be an endeavorer that will take a couple of months to rectify before I can begin to continue the story. However I have high hopes that it will make the book that much more entertaining to read.

Other than that I’ve discovered another genre of books that I enjoy. They are still considered fantasy, but this sub-genre is called Wuxia. Though I’ve heard it also called “Cultivator” by others, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. It takes martial arts and mixes it with fantasy. It tickles the martial artist in me, and my enjoyment of old kung-fu movies. My favorite part of such stories is the same that I was getting from lit-rpg. That being the thrill of a person getting stronger and learning new ways to use that power.

That all being said I’m currently in the third book of a series that was translated from Chinese. Poorly. It’s simply awful how badly it’s written. To me it’s like someone used Google-translate or something and just published it. Even through all the horrible grammar and constant silly use of words I’m still having a good time. Weirdly, it’s really helping me discover what I enjoy about this genre. I’ll likely continue, even if I think it’s so poorly written. I hope it’s not as terrible in its original language. In the end it’s like enjoying a bad movie. Sure it’s terrible, but it’s a ton of fun. I honestly can’t give them good reviews given how poorly they’re written, but I can’t stop reading them.

Well, that’s about all I have to say this week. Nothing much else has happened in my life, I’m simply reading more books and trying to get a handle on fixing up my new book before I continue.

Have a great week.

You Must Be Drunk link to the Amazon store here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

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-safe

Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

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Link to my author page on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. And I’m 57% into the new novel’s first draft. Doing a bit of pre-editing in the book right now.

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Feeling Down

Hello there. Here I am with yet another one of my weekly posts.

So, I’m not sure what to talk about, but I’ll try. I’ve been writing this current book for a little while, and while I think there’s some great stuff going on I feel like I’m not doing as well as I did with You Must Be Drunk. I think the real reason is that I’m not having as much fun. There was humor behind even the most serious idea in that book, but currently I’m writing everything straight. I think it might be time to have some fun with it.

A few weeks ago I did write something amusing, to my mind, and it was fun for me. But the next time I wrote I just went back to writing just the story. No flair, no fun, no anything that couldn’t be just the story. Also I think I need to rely on more time skips, instead of writing everything that a person does in a day. Yes it adds a bit more to my word count, heh, but it isn’t necessary. I’ll probably be getting rid of a lot of that when I start editing the draft, but really it’s not important to the story.

I don’t know why I do this. It’s something that we were able to avoid with the last book, and time skips happened more frequently. Meaning you don’t need to hear about every meal, or if you do it doesn’t have to be more than a line or two. I think it’s an issue with the way my mind works, I need to know all the steps, so I write them all.

Sometimes it feels like there are many things I want to say, and I have everything worked out in my head, but when I sit down to write my brain just goes blank. Then I just write random things based upon what I vaguely remember. It’s frustrating. Perhaps I should find a way to write when I have these ideas. I’ve done it before. Mostly I write an email to myself with a scene or idea in the past, but I’ve not done much of that lately.

Maybe I’m just getting bored. Not with the idea of the book, I still very much like it, but with myself. I think I’m rather uninteresting, even if some eventful things have happened in my life. Yet I cannot seem to get worked up about anything. I’ve noted when I’m angry I write better, maybe I should find a way to illicit that emotion before I write. It focuses me.

That’s what I think I’m missing. Emotion. I’ve been able to put a bit of that in the story thus far, but now and again I’m just void of any feeling, which makes the story humdrum. Or maybe that’s just me, and I can’t feel anything at the time. Heh, I guess I’m just devoid of much feeling most of the time. Or perhaps I’m just down right now. It’s hard to tell. When I’m down I tend to forget how I feel at other times, nor can I really read what I’ve written as anything other than bland. I’m sure the anniversary of my son’s death isn’t helping me.

Sorry that this week’s post is not a happy thing. Rambling about my problems helps me a bit, and maybe it’ll help others. I’m doubtful, but hopeful.

Anyway, I’ll leave you here. I hope you all have a great week, and remember to check out my latest book I wrote with my wife.

You Must Be Drunk link to the Amazon store here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

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-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

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. And I’m 57% into the new novel’s first draft.

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D&D again

Hello to all of you. I’ve returned, as is made plain by this post.

So what have I been up to this week? Well I attended another session of D&D. Fun was had, but I do think my character suffered greatly, and may have become a bit unhinged.

So after gathering a few supplies from the town, my little gnome borrowed a crossbow from the Firbolg. Now the group set out to hunt goblins in a cave, in the hopes that they could clear it out.

After a short ride on a wagon that someone was using to transport goods to town and back home, we found the cave. There were several crows eating the corpses scattered about the entrance, and the teifling decided to try to make friends with one. She rolled a natural twenty, and it became her pet. A vanity pet, not something that helps in combat, but it rests either on her shoulder or in her antlers now.

Because my gnome had antagonized the Firbolg, he cast a spell on me. I now glowed, and he picked me up to use me as a lantern. The gnome thought it was funny, so let it happen. He apparently likes being carried. It makes a bit of sense, his legs are too short, and likely gets tired easily trying to keep up with the larger folk in the group.

Of course stepping into the room, while playing a song, goblins spotted him. He tried to persuade them that he was just a lamp, but of course that failed and they shot him a few times with their bow. Since my gnome is the weakest character they chased after him, even as the others tried to guard me. I healed myself a bit, and the elf, firbolg, and teifling all set about destroying all the goblins easily. I tried to help, but I failed to do any damage with my crossbow.

Onwards! The elf scouted ahead to look for traps, and we found a number of them. Spikes launched from the ground each time, but since the Firbolg decided to carry the corpses of the goblins he just threw them on top and we were able to get over them without injury.

Soon enough we found another room. This one was filled with goblins and kobolds. Well, not good for me. The goblins of course would attack me first even if there were others in the way since I’m the weakest, and the kobolds would do the same, since they hate gnomes. Yay fun, I’m going to take damage!

Since I’m a bard, I cast inspire. And the others took care of the room, while I attempted to use my crossbow again. Luckily, after a kobold was already weakened by someones attack, I was able to kill it. Everyone else did huge damage, good rolls, while I ran away until I couldn’t be hit again. I’m not built to tank.

After the fight, my gnome decided he’d leave, but wound up being too afraid to go on his own. Since the others wanted to continue, he was given no choice but to stay. The Firbolg took the corpses and stuffed the stairwell at the end of the room to make sure nothing would attack us from that direction. There was a hole in the middle of the room, so we went back and grabbed a door to place atop it.

Taking a long rest to heal our wounds, we settled about. My gnome was too frightened to lay down by himself, and the tiefling took pity on him and allowed him to sleep in her lap. When waking up I heard what I took to be a voice coming from the hole in the room, and upon inspection we found someone claiming to be a wizard.

The rest of the group decided to get him out, but my gnome was suspicious, and frightened. As he talked, someone asked if he had a spell book. He said yes, and for some reason my gnome decided we needed to get it away from him. Maybe to help them not die, maybe to stop the wizard from attacking them, and so he stalked forward and pulled his dagger. Aiming it at the wizards kidneys he demanded the book. The teifling seeing the situation was about to come to a fight, she grabbed me and pulled me away to try to calm me down. She said I could ride on her shoulders, so I did, but I pulled my crossbow and rolled intimidation and rolled a 19. Thus threatened, he gave me a book, and I gave it to the elf in hopes she might be able to use it. It didn’t give her any further insight. Oh well.

The firbolg lifted the wizard, and we decided to head down the stairs, only to find another room filled with goblins. The wizard seeing he was about to be attacked, as he was being held in front of all of us, cast a spell that caused an illusion of whatever the goblins feared most. They all ran away, though the elf was able to kill one of them.

Letting the wizard go now, the elf was able to charm him enough to get his autograph, and the location of where he would be later.

Noting another door at the end of the room, and after I cast Inspire again, the Firbolg rolled for sneaking, and was able to enter the room unnoticed. Then casting Thunderwave he killed two of the three goblins there. The leader was much weakened and started pleading for his life, offering to work for him. This wasn’t persuasive enough for the group, and he was easily dispatched by the elf.

We gathered and separated the loot, this was it for this little area. We were much richer, though the gnome is now scarred by this adventure. He never wanted to do anything but play music and enjoy his life in taverns. He desperately wants to get out of here and drink something strong.

But that’s were we left off. We killed a bunch of monsters. Intimidated a prisoner, and freaked out the gnome. All in all a fun time. We’ll see if someone can convince the gnome to go out adventuring again.

I’ll say this is how I remember it, but I’m sure I’m missing things that the others in the group remember. But that’s just how it is, we tend to remember things differently, or mostly from our perspective.

Anyway, I’ll leave you here. I hope you all have a great week, and remember to check out my latest book.

You Must Be Drunk link to the Amazon store here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

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-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

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: You Must Be Drunk is publishedFind it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. And I’m 55% into the new novel’s first draft.

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The Book is Out, and Things I’m Watching

Howdy folks, I’m back.

You Must Be Drunk is published and ready to purchase. I’m happy to see several have already done so, and I look forward to hearing what people think. It’s the best thing I’ve written to date, in my opinion, and also the longest I’ve taken to work on a book. So hopefully it shows and you all enjoy it.

You Must Be Drunk link to the Amazon store here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

So what else is going on with me you might ask? Uh, I dunno. I watched the first couple of episodes of The Dark Crystal. I liked it, but if I were to have a complaint I find it a little slow. Don’t get me wrong it’s entertaining, but I found myself doing other things while I watched. That could just be down to having drank a couple of cups of coffee before hand. That tends to make me a little more irritable and distracted, unless I’m focused on writing.

What I’m really enjoying lately is a couple of anime. They work in tandem in a way, though one really is a weird mix of perviness and inventiveness. Are You Lost is something of a mixed bag. A group of girls are stranded on an island. Partial nudity and perverted shots abound, but that’s not why it’s worth watching. One of the girls is a survivalist, since her father was into it and trained her since she was young. Watching her explain things to the others is what makes it worth your time. I’ve learned several things I wouldn’t have thought of about living off the land.

The other anime that works in tandem with it is Dr. Stone. Our modern world is suddenly swept with a curse, or something, that turns everyone into stone. Thousands of years pass and eventually a few people are freed. The world has changed, of course. One such person freed is a scientific minded young man. He wants to bring our modern conveniences back, and each episode goes into detail about his inventions and the like. It’s quite enjoyable, and I find the episodes go by quickly. Watching both I learn something each time, and interestingly certain things that I learn in one play into what the other does. Such as with lightning rods. I won’t spoil it, but it was fun to see what each one did. I will say watching both has lead to long conversations with Samantha, and we are always excited to watch the next.

I’m of course watching other anime, as is my want, but nothing else is as entertaining. However my reading lust might be overshadowing my enjoyment. Instead of watching several episodes of anime when I get off work I tend to read. It might be why I’m sleeping better, as I can more easily find a stopping point rather than waiting for an episode to end. Of course sleep still isn’t perfect, likely due to the time I am in bed. That being the day time.

I’ve read seven books since last week, and I’m up to 157 books for the year. We’ll see if I make it to 200 by the end. I’m not sure why I’m aiming for it, but it gives me something to work towards. I like giving myself little goals, and this one seems doable. It’s how I get any writing done as well.

Each time I sit down to write I make sure I get my word count for the day, and the book grows. Speaking of which, I’m more than halfway through the first draft. As expected I got discouraged, especially as I compare my own writing with things I read, but as is the case, the next time I sat down to write those worries disappeared and I was able to continue. My advice to writers, or to other creators, don’t give up. Just keep pushing. You may not think it’s perfect, but nothing is. But the more you do something the better you get.

Anyway, I’ll leave you for now. Remember to give You Must Be Drunk a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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-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

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: You Must Be Drunk is publishedFind it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. And I’m 53% into the new novel’s first draft.

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You Must Be Drunk(Published)

Welcome one and all. Today is the day. That’s right, You Must Be Drunk is published.

Well, it’s being processed for publishing. It takes awhile. It’s my fault really that it isn’t exactly available as I write this. I could have started to put it up last night, but I hesitated. I wanted to give Samantha time to put any changes in place, or add things. She didn’t, so I suppose that was just me being hesitant as it’s not just myself who is responsible for this book.

Likely the book will be ready to download in a few hours after I put this blog up, though perhaps if we’re all lucky as soon as I hit publish on this it’ll be available. Wouldn’t that just be my luck, I’m complaining about myself being hesitant, and in the end it isn’t even noticeable to anyone else?

Anyway, here’s the synopsis.

Midgard, a land made by the Norse Gods, filled with legendary heroes and monsters. A realm where the brave can carve their name into the pages of history.

Sig, the wandering drunk, has no such ambitions.

His tale begins in a tavern, as most good stories do. Begging the locals for a drink, he finds himself seated across from a strange, smiling man. He speaks of a wondrous drink, the rainbow mead of the Gods. Enticed by the bounty, Sig undertakes the quest for the perfect brew.

Heading out into the fantastical world of old Norse lore, lacking in supplies, skills, and good sense, he stumbles his way through the realms of Yggdrasil. He’ll drink with fairies, elves, dwarves, magical beasts and Gods along the way, traveling to the end of the universe to find his treasure.

With that, I’ll leave you. Take a look at the book, and if it sounds interesting, give it a read. I’d love to hear your reaction! Have a great week.

Update: the book is out. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

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-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: You Must Be Drunk is 100% edited, and 100% formatted. The book is finished, and should be available shortly. And I’m 51% into the new novel’s first draft.

Steven Oaks

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