Dragon Ball and Witcher

Greetings one and all. I’m back, and here’s the scoop.

Seven more books read, and 45 for the year so far. Neat. I think I should be doing other things though, so maybe I’ll get back to messing around in GIMP soon, but I haven’t decided yet. It’s a lot of work, and since I’m not great I’ve not much to show for it when I get done for the day. Oh well, just a passing thought.

Honestly if I want to get back into it I’d want to give Linux a fresh install. I was having quite a bit of issues with crashing, or the programs I was playing around with going wonky after a bit. Sigh, but I’d need to back up some files. Too bad I don’t have a hard drive to back up things. After so many years all of my hard drives I have are already filled up with the random things I’ve collected over the years. That and some of them just don’t work anymore. A sigh for all my lost files.

Anyway I watched a couple of things over the weekend. The first was the latest Dragon Ball movie, Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Well, it was pretty enough at the beginning. Too bad it messes with what we had already for Bardock. Other than that it’s a better back-story for Broly. Instead of wanting Goku dead just because he cried when he was a baby, heh. This time King Vegeta simply wants him gone because his power level, or potential was greater than his son’s(Vegeta). I will say all the way up and into the first fight with Vegeta the movie looked wonderful. After that things got a little wonky. Character design started going off model, and the faces and such were all over the place. Not to mention the music they started playing was more in line with wrestling themes played when a fighter enters the arena. It had some decent funny moments, but the fights weren’t as good as some others in the past. Though when Vegeta and Broly fought at for the first time it looked amazing. Otherwise a decent film if you are into DBZ.

Next I finally finished the Witcher. Awhile ago I watched the first couple of episodes and wasn’t sold. I didn’t find it fun, and there wasn’t much to hook me. However when talking with other people and seeing reviews I decided to keep pushing on. After the third episode I was hooked, and watched a few more episodes. Then I kinda drifted off to other things. But last night I finally watched the rest of the series. I actually liked it quite a bit. Unfortunately I think the last episode felt a bit rushed when wrapping up a couple of story lines, but other than that and the first couple of episodes I’d say it’s well worth the watch. I will say the way the time-line jumps around makes a bit difficult to follow at first when you don’t know when things are happening, but you get used to it after awhile. I will say the only story line that I actually enjoyed was Geralt’s. Watching him on his wacky adventures was tons of fun. I do so enjoy watching a straight man in a crazy world deal with the insane. His use of the “F” word when he’s getting tired of the insane situations was always amusing. I’d say give it a go if you are into fantasy.

Other than that I did my writing. Things are going alright. Had a bit of an issue today getting things together, but it all worked out. Just took a bit more effort. So at least I’m still on track with that.

Anyway, I hope you all have an enjoyable week.

TTFN

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

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

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Outsider Trilogy

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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. I’m 69% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Where to Watch?

Hello again. Heres another weekly update… surprise!

Um, no surprise here, sorry. Anyway, what have I been up to? Not much really. Just reading and stuff. Normal really. Seven books read this week, 38 for the year. I’m doing pretty good. I’ll probably ease off again after a bit, don’t want to get burned out after all, but so far I’m still having fun.

So trolling around Netflix, searching for something silly to watch, I stumbled across Naked Gun. Well, first I tried watching a movie called ZOOM with Tim Allen… only made about 12 minutes into it before we called it quits. Anyway, Naked Gun. What a fun movie. I had watched it long ago, but I say it still stands up pretty well. I could do without all the fart and pee-pee humor, but still a good watch. I do so love a straight man delivering outrageous lines. So it was nice to see something a little ridiculous to watch there on Netflix.

Usually when I want to watch something weird or just so bad it’s good I turn to Amazon. They tend to have taken every movie they can get their hands on and made it available. Good or bad, doesn’t seem to matter too much. And I thank them for that. I do so love watching some of the crazy b films that never caught on. Most of the times the very fact they got made makes you wonder about the sanity of people.

I have a few other apps or streaming services that I’ve put up on the old playstation, but really only those two get used. Well, I say that, but the YouTube app is on almost all the time. Most of the time I can find something to sate some weird curiosity I have at the time, or since I’m subscribed to several creators I’ll be able to watch their stuff. Unfortunately it seems things aren’t going well for those said creators… again. Issues keep cropping up, and while you and I might not think that they could make money making these videos, they do. Or have, and are reliant on the service to get paid. I’d say, after about the dozenth or more times that this has happened it might be time to get out. But where to go? Thats the real question. Perhaps there is some service out there that would gladly host all this content, but the real issue is getting us all to follow… that and making it easy to watch. What app would that be on the Playstation for instance? I can’t say right now, but maybe some ingenious individual will make something, and at least there’d be bit more competition for the creators, and better conditions for them as well.

Anyway, I rambled enough. Just random thoughts again, hopefully you all don’t mind too much. Have a great week.

TTFN

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

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

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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. I’m 68% into the new novel’s first draft.

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How to Mock In D&D

Howdy y’all. Been another week if’n ya noticed, and wouldn’t you know, here I am again.

So what have I been up to? Well, I did some writing obviously. I just invented a knew character for the book I’m writing. He just kinda showed up and is throwing monkey wrenches around in spades. So that’s fun. So that part of my life is going well enough.

Also, I finished the last part of Bojack Horseman. Oh man, this show was great. I’m sad to see it go, but I feel a bit happy that it ended before it lost what made it good. It starts off silly, the series, but by the time you really get into it you start noticing how sad everything is. Even while you laugh, you will be crying. At least I did. I can’t recommend it enough. Poor Sarah Lynn.

Anyway, I also had the chance to play a bit more D&D this weekend. So here’s what happened. Or a close approximation based on my memory. I’ll note another player reads my posts and says I get things all wrong, but hey, it’s what I recall.

So last time we’d just taken out the guards to a fortification. Peaking in we only saw three orcs inside, so we partially blocked the door so only one could get at us at a time. One of us attacked, and failed to do much, leaving our three enemies to charge at us. And wouldn’t you know it, I got hit by all three and lost several HP to their attacks. Dang it, why did that Firbolg push me to the front of the fight? I’m the squishyiest.

Anyway, after we all took our turns to attack we finished them quickly. Blocking the door we rested and healed up. I think I was the only one to take damage. I guess I was the meat shield again for that encounter.

After that we heard a voice shouting at us. It said we had passed his test and that he’d like to talk to us. Well, we discussed it for a minute, and let him approach with his two guards. He said he’d like us to come in and talk. Well, my little gnome bard felt it was a little fishy, that and our Monk wasn’t going to go for it since she distrust orcs since they killed her family, so when they got close enough I attacked with my Vicious Mockery. I landed a hit on a couple. Of course the DM asked what I said to mock them so. Thinking quickly, I said that their women look like men. That offended two of them, but their leader didn’t take offense, and said I couldn’t handle their women. Well, since it was a surprise attack I was able to take another move, which I did by mocking him. It landed this time. The DM asked what I mocked him with. Um… well, I said something about him having tiny equipment. That seemed to do the trick. Unfortunately this meant that all three were coming for me, so I hid behind the door, and behind the monk.

We all took turns damaging them, and eventually they all went down. But we saw a trap door in the back of the fortification, and as is our want, the Firbolg took a big rock and placed it over the top of the door.

We left quickly, and headed back to town. It was going to take some time. On our way we saw a dragon fly over head, and we all hid as best we could. It looked like it was heading toward the town. I started singing a song about how we should just leave and head away from the threat. And that was the end of the session.

I think it’s safe to say we all had fun. I got a bit of RPing in while fighting, so I was happy. And the rest got to enjoy fighting. So that was it.

Anyway, I think it’s time for me to go. I hope you all have an enjoyable week.

TTFN

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

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

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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. I’m 67% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Weird Obsessions

Hello readers, of this blog and or my books. I’m back, and here’s what I’ve to say.

So this week I took a step back and read a bit less. Only 5 books completed, though I’m working on a sixth. It’s a bit longer than the others, so it’s taking some time. That and I’ve felt less motivated to read after getting a book a day up until the 23rd day of the year. I wasn’t able to keep it up, so I shrugged to myself and decided to do other things.

So what might catch my interest as much as reading? Oh, just another random thing that no one else would care to do. Heh, I’ve been watching a guy on YouTube repair matchbox cars. Yeah, I’m not sure why I enjoy it so much, but there it is and I do. Marty’s Matchbox Makeovers. He’s fun, and sometimes has little skits with a koala puppet. But I find it fascinating to watch someone take some beaten down little toy and make it look like new. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart when it comes to Australians, so it’s a bonus that Marty is one. There are a few people from that place down-under that I watch from YouTube, and I’m happy I get to add yet another one to my list.

In the past I’ve found a few people repairing these old toy cars, and I watched them for awhile, but I find Marty’s channel much more entertaining. Though I’ll admit I learned a few things like metal plating from the others. However there are even more things to learn from this gentleman.

This sort of thing happens to me. I find a random thing on YouTube or the like that for whatever reason takes my interest and then I gorge. If you were to ask Samantha I’m sure she could list all the strange things that take my fancy, but a couple of the others have been Steve1984 and his MRE channel, and something I think called tiny cooking. I’ll just watch these for hours, for no reason other than I find them extremely relaxing and entertaining. It could be in part because I’m usually exhausted after not getting enough sleep, and I just want something calming to watch. Reading sometimes just doesn’t cut it for me.

Anyway, another thing I did over the weekend was watch a film called Lighthouse. It started Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. It’s all in black and white, and has a feel like many older films I’ve watched. Examples being The Seventh Seal and for the life of me I can’t remember the name of this other film. Bah, I just spent 20 minutes searching for it. I think it was set during WWII. A soldier of some sort finds himself stranded on an island, and begins to lose his mind. Imagining an entire populace he rules over them. He’s the only actor on screen the whole time, though you hear the voices of the people he imagines. Anyway, Lighthouse. I liked it. Both Willem and Robert do an amazing job, and it just gets crazy. By the end I didn’t like either one very much, but it was interesting to watch them spiral into madness.

And that’s about it for what I’ve done save for a bit of writing. So I suppose I’ll leave you all for now. Have a great week!

TTFN

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

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. I’m 67% into the new novel’s first draft.

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D&D with a Chaotic Neutral Bard

Hello again to all of you. I return, and this time I actually got out of my home for once. Heh.

First, lets do my usual update. Eight books read since last week. YAY. Also I did some writing and things are coming along nicely.

Enough of that, here’s what you are all here for… maybe. Dungeons and Dragons!

So our little party returned from clearing out a grove full of goblins and their like. We got our reward from the elf we had talked to, and everyone just decided it was time to go out to the stronghold filled with orcs.

My character never one for a fight decided it was the right time to start asking everyone what their motivation was. Everyone but the teifling monk said it was all about money. So my bard, being chaotic neutral asked why we didn’t just kill everyone in town for money. He wasn’t serious, but he was trying to figure out the group. No one seemed to want to do that, but he continued to push, implying that orcs were just people too.

That was until the tiefling monk said that she didn’t like orcs because they killed her family. Well, that didn’t sit well with the bard, as he seems to like her. She’s been the only one that has been nice to him, even if she tends to treat him like a little kid at times.

They all decided we should take a rest before we headed out, and went back to their inn. The bard made a less than stellar performance, and then they all went to bed.

Waking up they all found their usual ride, the farmer that seem to come to town every day. They tried to get information about the stronghold, but he didn’t have much to say. Once they got near the fortification, we all wandered around to see what was going on. There were two orcs and a couple of wargs watching the only entrance to the place, but there was an opening in the back that allowed our elf to take a peak in. It was filled with orcs, but no other wargs were seen.

We decided we should take down the guards, and see about trapping the orcs inside, at least for awhile. We all charged, but rolled very poorly for our initiative.

The orcs ran towards us and chucked their javelins, missing everyone. Our Monk threw hers right back at them, but missed as well. Now I’m a bit iffy on exactly who did what, but I know I finished off at least one orc with Vicious Mockery. And also I know our monk took enough damage to faint, but I got her back up on her feet with healing words. But eventually we took all four monsters down.

The monk took exception to one of the wargs and skinned it, thinking to make something out of it.

We took a short rest to heal up, and with my song of rest everyone was healed and got back some spells. But that’s where we ended.

It was a shorter session, as we wound up talking and eating for a bit before we got down to playing. Yet it was another enjoyable visit, and I think we all had a good time, though we’re probably late enough into this campaign that we should start thinking about taking on the big baddy so we can move on to our next campaign.

Anyway, that’s all I have for you this time. I hope you all have an enjoyable week.

TTFN

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

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. I’m 66% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Another "B" movie, and things

Howdy folks. I’m back again, so here we go.

Well, what can I say about this last week? Let me think… hrm. Well as usual I read some books. Only 6 this time, I’m attempting to slow down a bit after that year of gluttonous reading I did. At least I’m still finding things that I’m interested in reading after all that. Since I added quite a number of authors to the list of people I like reading it has helped. However even then I still have to find others to read. No matter how quickly someone can put out a book I still read faster than anyone, or any 20 can produce. And that’s if I’m not being too picky.

Anyway, the book is coming along smoothly. Already 18 chapters written, and I’m in the middle of the 19th. I expect something like 30 chapters by the end, depending on the length of each, so I’m better than half way done with the first draft. I’ll probably be looking for input from Samantha soon enough, though I should wait until she isn’t so busy. We’ve both jobs, and it’s been rather hectic for both of us recently. So we’ll see.

Anyway, we watched a movie this weekend. Oh dear, what a movie it was. First I’ll say it was better shot than some of the other movies we’ve watched recently. A 1982 movie, and it looks wonderful. I think I just have a love for films of this era, at least well shot ones, so there’s that. But that doesn’t tell you anything, so here’s the title. Sorceress…. oh man. I don’t even know why it’s called that, it’s about twin warrior women. Lots of topless shots, so if you’re in to that sort of thing, or you can ignore it, there’s that. The writing is off the wall, and the acting, especially the main villain is…. well, unique. His delivery reminded me of Norm Macdonald, so not especially threatening even when he’s suppose to be. Maybe it’s just the company I keep when watching these “B” movies that I get enjoyment out of them, so keep that in mind. MST3K this, meaning watching with a group of people not afraid to have fun. Don’t take anything seriously, because really you can’t, it’s dumb. But in my mind an enjoyable way. I think we’ll be quoting this movie for awhile. It’s Vital.

We also watched a few different anime, or at least their first episodes. I don’t think anything grabbed our attention, but there were a few lines that were amusing. I’m guessing we won’t go back to finish any of them. We might just be burnt out, it happens from time to time. I will say I went back and watched an anime called Outbreak Company from an earlier season, and thought it was amusing. Otaku in another world trying to proselytize otaku culture to a fantasy world. Silly, though as with such shows a little ecchi. Meh, it was something stupid to have on while I did other things, and it make me chuckle a few times. The sports episode was especially amusing.

Well, I think that’s it for this time. I hope you all have an enjoyable week.

TTFN

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

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. I’m 65% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

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Religious Dinosaurs?

Hello again, and Happy New Year!

So, first of all let me get it out of the way. I wound up reading 262 books last year. Heh, and looking back the year before I only did 80. Whoops, seems I went a little overboard. That being said, I think I got about 8 more read since last week’s update. Likely since I finished yet another of Martha Wells Murderbot Diaries books. They’re short, but really fun. I just wish they weren’t so expensive, or were in the Kindle Unlimited section. I bought them as a little gift to myself this year, and because I got a coupon from Amazon for getting a Kindle.

Speaking of the Kindle, I love reading on it, but again I have to say I hate looking for anything to read on it. The store is all messed up, and even when I select something to read it sometimes doesn’t update on the main page and I have to go back and look for the book in the store again to read it. When I want to find anything new I still go back to the phone to search, and even after adding it there I have to find it again in the store on the Kindle. Bah, what a hassle.

Anyhoo, I watched a few movies this weekend. The first was called The Two Popes. I found it interesting, though at times weirdly shot. You get an interesting history lesson, but really what stood out to me was how Anthony Hopkins eats pizza. It’s madness I tell you.

The next was 1977’s Dinosaur Planet. Terrible movie made better by RiffTrax. But only just. You might get by watching it without their antics if you have a large group of friends to make fun of it with, but man was it boring. They mostly just walk around and take rest breaks. The music on the other hand was pure insanity. Someone was going crazy on the synth the whole time, and apparently thought fart noises were musical.

And finally the last movie I watched was Velocipastor. Oh jeez. A pastor, mourning the loss of his parents, travels to China and is infected by a tooth there. Now he’s a weredinasaur. Yeah, it’s crazy. Decently shot, but the effects are just cheap as all heck. On purpose, as it’s a comedy, I think. The music is actually fun too. It all sounds mid-90’s, so that’s neat, and Voltaire makes an appearance. Don’t take it seriously, the film maker didn’t, and it’s a decent enough movie to have fun watching.

Also I watched a show called Nobody’s Looking. Continuing the religious theme, a bunch of redheaded angels are going about their mundane grind of making sure humans don’t kill themselves when a new one arrives. He doesn’t quite understand the bureaucracy of things, and goes rogue rather quickly, trying to help anyone he sees instead of who he’s assigned. It’s a ton of fun. If you don’t like subtitles though, maybe take a pass. Such things don’t bother me as I tend to watch quite a few foreign movies and shows, but I know a few people who are turned off by it.

Alright, the last thing. Really quick. Yes I’m still writing, and the book is coming along. It slowed down there for a couple of weeks, but I’m back on track. I’m thinking September the first draft will be finished, but we’ll see. I know, slow, but I don’t see myself writing any quicker with the time I have free. Sorry about that. If this was my only job I could probably knock it out in a month, but such is life.

Anyway, I hope you all have a great week.

TTFN

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

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. I’m 63% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

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A Year of Reading

Howdy folks. I’ve returned again, and boy do I have nothing to say, so here comes the rambling.

So this past week I worked. Oh yes. My schedule was all over the place, and things didn’t get set in stone until the last minute. Not really anyone’s fault, it’s just things have changed a bit at work, and their needs are not what they once were. But I still had several more hours than usual due to the holiday. And yes, I work holidays. I think all of them. Been doing it for years. Yay Holiday pay!

Due to my walking I hatched quite a few eggs in Pokemon Go, as per usual, so there’s that at least. And yes, I still play. Unfortunately I’m reliant on others to get me eggs and the like since walking is what I do at work, and I’m very unlikely to want to do it on my days off to hit up any pokestops. So, thanks to my friends in the game who do. If I do go out I immediately send off gifts to those friends, but since I so rarely leave my home this means they get the short end of the stick in this relationship. I think a few of these friends have realized this, since they don’t send me anything anymore, heh. Oh well, I still have a couple who do. Of course when they don’t go out and play because of the weather and such I wind up with nothing, though at least I can still get candies to level up those Pokemon I already have.

Enough of that. Now to reading. With only a couple of days left in the year I’m probably only going to be able to read another book before it ends. So here’s the count for the year so far. 259. So that means 260 will likely be the final count. NICE! I tried really hard to make this year count, and I think I did a decent job. Had I started earlier in my crazy reading spree I’d likely have quite a few more, but already this is very close to one book per day for a year. That’s madness. Hopefully I haven’t burned myself out. There has been a couple of times when I started getting upset with a book I was reading. But I can’t tell if that was because it wasn’t entertaining, or if I was just done reading. If I took a nap I could get back into it, but eventually I would grow just as irritated. Maybe I need to expand my horizons and read different genre’s, though I kinda did this year.

For the most part it’s been a fantasy year. Though I did explore sub-genre’s in fantasy. Harem-lit, rpg-lit, wuxia, and a few more that I’m having a hard time placing. Not so much in the sci-fi realm, though I did read a few of those as well. Mostly in sci-fi was the wonderful series by E. M. Foner called EarthCent. I think I’ve talked about it before, but it’s a relaxing read about humans joining an intergalactic group of species and their day to day. Like Star Trek, and not because of battles? Give it a read.

Wuxia, now that’s a crazy little genre. I still say the Coiling Dragon Saga is the best, but that might be because it was the first Chinese translated one I read, and the fact that it’s complete. Most others are still on going. Since then I’ve read a few by Chinese authors and English speaking ones. Some are pretty good, others started out well enough, but became stagnant. But it’s still fun to see what these authors do.

RPG-lit. Now this one spans many authors. I’d find it very difficult to think of what I consider the best this year, but I’ll try. Hmm, ah, I got one. The Completionist Chronicles by Dakota Krout. There are a number of good ones in this sub-genre that I loved, but this one has a humor that tickles me like none other. Give it a read.

Harem-lit. Oh dear. This one is hard to recommend. While it can be tame, I’ve found it’s mostly erotica. Not that it’s a bad thing per se, but it’s not something you’d want to talk to your parents about, heh. The best author out there in my opinion is William D. Arand/Randi Darren. Same guy, different names for reasons. Heh. The William name is for a tamer version of Harem. But if you want to read something erotic, yeah, go for Randi. He’s a great writer, and even if you aren’t a fan of the genre the world building is amazing. All his books exist together, even if they are different worlds or universes. It’s fun to see what he’ll do, and who from other books might show up. If you are up for a little bit of the erotic, you can’t do better than him.

With that I think I’ll leave you for now. I gave you a few books or authors to look at. I hope the coming year is fantastic, and get to reading!

TTFN

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

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

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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. I’m 63% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

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Kindle reading, and me writing

Hello there internet. It’s me, Steven.

So what have I been up to? That’s a question I ask myself all the time. Mostly I can confidently say I’ve been reading. So much so, this year I’m up to 253 books read. Go me… I guess. Since last week I’ve chewed through six books, though I’ll be finished with this next one soon enough. It’s a little longer than most, so there’s that.

Anyway, like I said last week I have a kindle. I only had a couple days with it last time, so I didn’t have much to say. Now I can talk a little more about it. First of all, reading on it is fantastic. While it does have a light, if you want, as long as you are in a room that has a light source, enough to read by normally, it’s very easy to read without turning it on. I also feel it’s much less harmful to my eyes than staring at my phone. As for battery life, even with my continued use, it will last several days. I think you can easily call me a heavy user, so most everyone else will likely be able to go without charging for a week or more.

Now there is a downside, at least for me. I find the interface, at least when it comes to finding your next book to be inferior to the app on the phone. Of course it’s slower, it’s an e-ink display, but that isn’t the issue. The store looks different, and I find it hard to navigate. Of course that may just be me being used to the app, but I’m not sure yet. Also when using the kindle, and then the app on the phone there seems to be a bit of disconnect. It isn’t smoothly tracking my reading between them, and I’ve had to manually get back to my place in a book. Also, if you use the app on the phone to find a book, it won’t always show up on the kindle, and I’ve had to add it manually again. I guess it’s just not made for jumping back and forth, but I’ve never had this issue before when I was switching between different phones, or back to my old tablet. My tablet of course having died, hence loving having the kindle now. Heh.

Anyway, the other thing I’ve done was write. Last week was difficult. My schedule was a little messed up, and when I attempted to write it was rather difficult. I was only able to do a few hundred words before my brain just said, “ENOUGH”. But this week I was back into the swing of things. Of course that might just be because in my down time I thought of several things I wanted to add to the story, and having thought about it for days it was easy to write them all down. Of course there was a week of me thinking I’d lost it, and wouldn’t be able to write anymore. Doubt that it was even worth it to keep trying. Bah, not fun. I’ll blame my increased inability to sleep. Luckily I feel better now, but these moods apparently will always follow me. At least I’ve read that many authors, successful or otherwise, have the same feelings now and again, so I guess at least I’m not alone.

Well, I think that’s about it for what I’ve done. I could talk about eating chili, different than what I’m used to, but I don’t think anyone is really interested in that. So I’ll leave you all for now. Have a great week.

TTFN

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

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. I’m 63% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

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D&D again, and a little bit about a Car

Hello you. I’m back, and it’s been a week. A week indeed. Seven days really, so wow.

Heh. Anyway, what have I been up to? Well first my car was at the dealership last time I talked. I didn’t get it back until Friday either. Luckily they allowed me a loaner car, so nothing was disrupted because of it being in the shop. Anyway, things are all fixed up now, save the cruise control has stopped working after they worked on the wiring to fix the blower. Yay. I’ll hold off for now, but I already miss it.

So, after working an additional day this week, I headed over to a friends house to play yet another session of D&D. Fun.

As I said last time, we leveled up and all got new abilities. Level 3 baby.

So we left off after finding that crystal those Kabolds were holding on to. We needed it to give to the wizard shopkeep in town so he could find things in his store. Giving it to him he shoved it inside his golem and we were able to make some purchases. I tried asking for musical instruments, but everything he had was either cursed, or had a murdered ghost or demon lurking inside. Not something I was really looking for. Our wizard still had a book that we’d “persuaded” the wizard we found in the hobgoblins lair to give us. She asked the storekeeper to look at it, and he just laughed and shook his head before giving it back. So I guess we really don’t know what it is, and it probably isn’t helpful.

Our Firbolg cleric got supplies for potion making and headed back to the tavern to brew some up, while the rest of us wandered the town to look for more quests. At the other, poorer, tavern we all took turns asking everyone in the room what they knew. Nothing much it turns out, though they all spoke highly of the mayor for saving them years ago from the goblin attacks, even if every crime is now punishable by death. A little harsh we all think, but the town from what we can tell is fine with it.

The wizard we found imprisoned by the hobgoblin was at the tavern, but after seeing me he wasn’t so happy. Our Elf Wizard tried to talk to him to smooth things out, and while it went well enough he eventually went to hide in his room. No side quest from him after I threatened him I guess.

Going outside, we happened upon an elf on her porch, and because apparently we are rude, we approached and asked her questions. Apparently there was a sacred grove that was overrun with goblins, and she wanted us to clear it out. We figured we’d do so, and headed back to our tavern for rest and a meal. I played for my supper, and apparently rolled well enough to make a decent performance. Yay free food and booze… not to mention a room.

Anyway the next day we snagged a ride from the same farmer we keep using to go out exploring the area and arrived at the grove. Walking closer we saw it was filled with garbage, and one of us spotted movement. The firbolg used a spell to change his appearance to look like a hobgoblin and approached. A bugbear and two goblins challenged him as he walked closer, but not knowing their language he was silent. We he got close enough he used Thunder Wave, killing a goblin, and damaging the bugbear. I ran closer, tried to use my crossbow again, and failed. The wizard ran forward and I think used firebolt and hit for some damage on the bugbear, while our monk Tiefling ran closer, though was too far to do anything. I cast Vicious Mockery and killed him with a hit of three, and the other goblin ran away. The firbolg ran after him and killed him quickly, though I don’t remember what he used.

Apparently the grove wasn’t too overrun, as we likely killed most of them when we had entered their lair earlier. So successful we headed back to town.

I’m very sure I’m forgetting some stuff, but that’s what I remember. Our Tiefling Monk was of course her usual innocent self and somehow made friends throughout even though her charisma is in the negatives, as is everyone but myself. But she’s just so sweet and innocent, and very lawful. So in a town where death is the punishment for all breaking of the rules she seems to be thriving. She did walk me through town like a little child, holding my arms over my head to drag me around. I let her, but mostly only because the bard really doesn’t care. I think he thinks she’s cute so he lets her get away with things.

The cleric is still the same antisocial hermit, so really only interacts with others for his own ends. He shook me down for some gold to pay the farmer to carry us out to the grove, but the wizard paid me back. I see us coming to blows soon. I’ve not been very nice to him either, though he did use me as a lantern and caused me to get shot a few times. Not very nice.

The Wizard elf didn’t go all rogue this time, nor did she set everything on fire, though there was a small one in the grove. Not her fault that her spell caught the garbage on fire. Nor did she harass someone too much while questioning people. Then again they didn’t have much for us to learn.

As for me, I think my bard after this last fight is feeling more confident. His spells are worth something now, and he may forgo the crossbow in favor of them. Weapons don’t seem to be his friend as he misses more often than not. But since we’ve all leveled up since our earlier fights we aren’t as squishy or weak.

Oh, another thing. I have a kindle now. Wow, I didn’t know my phone was hard on my eyes until I started reading with this. I love it! More reading for me!

I could say more things, but I figure this has already ran long enough so I’ll leave you here. I hope you all have an enjoyable week. Back to writing!

TTFN

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

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. I’m 58% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

Steven Oaks

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