I’m Just Complaining Again

Howdy folks. I’m back again.

So what have I been up to? Well I’ve mentioned the fact that my phone was trying to kill me, again. I also mentioned that I swapped it out for an old phone that I had. One who’s microphone didn’t work, who had a dead spot on the screen, and who’s charging port didn’t work. Well guess what? Now the screen keeps blinking, and randomly pressing buttons all over that place. So if I have your contact information it’s likely you may have received a random text, email, or whatever the phone happened to feel like doing at the time.

Time for the next back up phone. This one is even older, and has so little memory that it can barely run half the time. But it will make calls, the screen while small will allow me to read, and it works with wifi and 4G. That being said I can’t install many apps. I just have the kindle app installed, the rest is taken up by android and all the apps that come with that. So if you have tried to contact me this last week with anything besides texting and calls I probably didn’t get it. Heck, even using the built in browser doesn’t work half the time. I have to keep clearing the cache on the phone and browser to keep the phone from lagging so much that I can’t use it at all. Luckily I have an old tablet, that while has its own issues, tends to make up for the phone’s short comings. Though it is a hassle to lug both of them around.

That being said, I’m still waiting on my actual replacement phone to make its way to me. According to tracking it’s still in China, but I knew it would take forever to get here. I just didn’t think my backup phones would keep going to crap. Had I known that I might have paid a little more for the luxury of getting it here faster. Oh first world problems, how irritating you are.

I know I’m spoiled when it comes to having these devices, but man is it frustrating to have conveniences disappear. Perhaps that’s a sign I’m overly attached to them. Then again I’ve always been one to try to adopt the latest and greatest thing. Maybe not the bleeding edge, as my wallet can’t sustain such things, but within a few years time I tend to find myself desiring them.

Without the use of all those social media apps I’m feeling a little less stressed. Certainly the first few days I was craving them. I felt lonely. But then again, loading up a page with all the people you follow isn’t the same thing as talking to them. Now though, I’m not anxiously awaiting the next post. I’m more interested in what I’m reading.

And that’s the thing. I still can use this old phone for reading. Heck, if I really needed to I could use the tablet for that, though these days it seems a bit big for the task. I’d just load it up before I leave to a place without wifi, and I’d be golden. Unless I happen to finish the book. That’s happened, but before I had the option of downloading a new one while on the go. Now, not so much.

There are issues with the old phone, and one of them is the kindle store sometimes refuses to work. I don’t mean it won’t let me read. I mean the store just won’t load correctly, or it crashes when I try to purchase something.

Okay okay, enough complaining for one day. Truly we live in a future world. These issues are really not all that bad. If I really wanted to I could carry around one of the hundreds of actual physical books I own. It just wouldn’t be convenient. But that’s the name of the game these days. And when such things aren’t available to us, we tend to get a little upset.

Moving on. I’ve just gotten through my third pass through of the book. It’s looking good. The co-author was able to do some work on it this weekend as well. Looks like they took a dislike to a chapter and rewrote a bunch of it. So I’ll be checking that out the next time I edit.

Another thing, I finally used the spelling and grammar check for the whole document instead of simply as I went along. You’d figure I’d do that when I was going through it the first time, but I’ve found that tends to mess me up. I like to get to know the story before I start accepting what a computer thinks things should be. And it looks like I was right to do so. I didn’t find anything I didn’t expect. It mostly didn’t like the Norse names I’m using. Other than that, it looks golden. So one more pass through and we should be ready.

Until next time, I hope you all have better luck with your phones.

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 75% into editing

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How I Keep Writing

Hello all.

It has been four years since I published my first book. In that time I’ve released four other books. One of course is the poetry book, which isn’t the usual fare I put out. However the other three were novels. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished in this time, and I’m taking great effort in getting this latest book finished.

At least to me this shows my commitment to writing. I had a few times where I wasn’t sure of myself, and I couldn’t think of another thing to write. Those times I doubted I’d be able to write another book. Fortunately I’ve read of such things and took action to make sure I didn’t quit.

One way I’ve found that keeps me actively writing is to write something else. Whenever I feel I have nothing to add, and I’ve really tried at it many times, I switch to a different book. This has led to several partially started books that I go back to now and again. Some are further along than others, and one was a novel I was really focusing on before the co-author suggested writing this latest book together. I feel I’ve grown as a writer since then, so that book will have to be worked on before I really get back to writing it.

Another way to make sure I keep up writing is routine. I write in the same place, same time, and listen to the same music. Does that sound boring? Well there is a reason for it. I learned this from talking to people about meditation. When you want to return to the same frame of mind, such as in meditating, you make sure to do it in the same way you did last time. That way you aren’t distracted by any newness. This has helped me focus only on writing, and not on anything else.

Speaking of distractions, leave your phone elsewhere. Those constant notifications can take you away from your flow. And if you have a way of doing it, stay away from social media and email if you are writing on a computer. Yes I usually have a browser open when I write, and a huge amount of tabs loaded and ready to dive into, but I mostly use it for streaming my music playlist. Those other tabs are for emergency thesaurus use or checking up on some things you’ve looked up before. Don’t go into the black hole of looking things up in the middle of writing, that’ll take you away from the flow. I generally only research things well in advance of a writing session, then I leave the tabs open to go back for notable things and double checking my memory. Taking notes might be better, but having a tab dedicated to one topic tends to help instead of looking at a list of things I want to include.

Now this is for me personally, but having a window to look out of helps me think. I’m lucky to have always had tree’s and nature to look at, even though I currently live in a city. Just watching the leaves bounce in the wind distracts me and lets my mind build onto the story I’m working on. If I’m ever stuck on a scene all I have to do is glance out at nature and let my mind work. It’s very relaxing to me. Yes distractions are bad, but since it’s just a relaxing scene I don’t have to focus on anything really going on. It’s just nature doing it’s thing. Personally I like a nice sunny day, but rain and snow are good for me too. Though I admit any type of storm can exhilarate me too much, and I have a hard time sitting still.

Mostly I’m saying keep a routine, and don’t let yourself get distracted. That’s what works for me, and maybe it can work for you.

With that I leave you. I hope you 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-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 72% into editing

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Attempted murder by phone

Oh dear, it seems I’m back.

So what will I talk about this week? How about phone troubles.

So a little over two years ago I replaced my phone, as it was failing. The microphone wasn’t working, so I couldn’t talk on calls. The screen had dead spots, so texting was a huge hassle. And the speakers were extremely quiet. So of course it was time to find something new.

I did some research, and looking at my finances decided on getting the Samsung Note 4. When it worked it was a great phone. However when it arrived the battery it came with wouldn’t charge, nor would it allow the phone to boot all the way. That should have been my first clue.

So I purchased a new battery. It worked after that, until the phone eventually started acting funny a few months later. Random reboots, some apps not working, and of course the GPS just failing altogether. After removing the case to see if something had come loose inside, I noticed the back of the phone bulging.

Thinking that couldn’t be good, I took off the back cover and noted the swollen battery inside. Oh dear, I nearly let this phone kill me, or at least burn me. So another battery was purchased, and that seemed to resolve most issues. The GPS was still flaky, but I wasn’t using it most of the time anyway.

A little while later a bulge appeared, and another battery purchased. Even after that the phone still would crash randomly, but for the most part it was working. But yet again the bulge appeared, and those batteries that didn’t, as I was given a few batteries from friends and co-workers from their old phones, wouldn’t hold a charge anymore. And even when they did it was only a fraction of what they should. And even more apps started failing. Email no longer would work half the time, and texting would crash. Even opening the kindle app now slowed the phone to a crawl.

So what to do?

Well for now I’m back to that old phone whose microphone doesn’t work, and texting is a hassle. However it runs well otherwise. But this is only a stop-gap, simply so I don’t have a little explosion in my pocket waiting to happen.

It’s weird to go back to such a small phone though. All the icons seem to take up way more real-estate than they should, and since the dead spots on the screen react strangely any press of a finger could send a text or email, or delete everything I’ve written.

So looking at my finances once more, I ordered something from China. It’ll take a long time to get here, as anyone who has ordered from that country can attest. So until then, I’m on a phone that I can’t take calls on, and whose texting abilities are difficult at best. But at least I can read books on it, and listen to podcasts. Well, listen is a bit of a stretch, but at least it has blue tooth that works in the car and a headphone jack that seems to still work!

Otherwise I’m still editing. And the co-author has been able to do some editing as well. They’re fleshing out the story as they go too, so there will be new things for me to look at when I get back to the spot they’ve gone over.

So with that, I’m off again. I do hope you have a good week, and may your phones not attempt to kill you.

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 68% into editing

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Reading More

Howdy folks. I’m back once more.

Well, because I was curious, I took a look back at Goodreads to see how many books I’ve read recently. Since February I’ve read around 27 books.

Now you may ask why such an arbitrary date. Simply put that’s when I got back on the bandwagon of reading every week. With a new job/position I felt invigorated to read again. Admittedly before then I was still reading things, articles and even manga, but only once in a while would I pick up a book.

The two years before this February I only read around 16 books in total. A huge slow down for me. Though it had been that way for a while. Once I sold my house and moved into an apartment, I wasn’t buying books often. I still longed for the touch of a physical book, so I didn’t go out of my way to read a purely digital version. But now that’s over.

Even without the Kindle Unlimited offer I took I’d still be consuming the written word. I can’t get enough, and I’m excited to find interesting stories I’ve never read before. Of course now and again I’ll peruse some old favorite, but right now I want something new and exciting.

Luckily I’ve been able to find quite a number of lovely books. Some are well written and interesting, others are simply interesting. I may not agree with the messages some are obviously fronting, but still it’s always fascinating to see how some people justify, or reason their way into believing such things. So I’ll keep reading.

A book, at least to me, is a glimpse into another persons mind. It may not be what they think about our world, but it does show how they think. Or at least how they think other people think given the stimuli they write into a story.

This is very valuable. It helps me write, and it helps me try to understand everyone I talk to. There are so many ways we can think, and if we can all see those paths we have a greater chance of understanding one another.

It’s my wish that all problems can be solved with conversations, but that of course depends on the disagreement. Living in a world of resource scarcity can lead to violent outcomes when things can’t be shared in a way that both sides can survive, but anything else should be handled via dialogue. But unfortunately most strife is due to the limited nature of our production, if not simply resources. If that could be solved we’d have a greater chance at a utopia. Though I’m doubtful of that, since at least in my opinion, we are a people who grow in strife.

But all that aside, the book is going well. I’m nearly done with my third run through of edits. At the end of this run I may start work on another book, while I let the co-author have a go. I’ve a few books I want to get back to, and a few more that I want to start. We’ll just see which one strikes my fancy at the time.

With that I leave you once more. 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 – 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 64% into editing

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Formating

Hello all. I’m back once more. Here we go.

So as you may know, if you’ve been following this blog, I’m editing the latest book. As I do so I’m also working on formating it for readability, and attempting to match it to other books. Not so much because I’m trying to conform, though I am, but more to make it match up with other books in the genre I’m writing in for readability purposes.

I’ve only noticed that it’s not always such with other genre’s of writing because a friend of mine wrote a book as well. When I was reading it I noted how it did not follow the rules that I had been using, and wasn’t like anything else I’ve read. Now this could be because I’m used to a certain style, or it could be that I’m unfamiliar with other was of writing a story. But to each their own.

I bring this up simply because I happen to find the formating that I’m used to more readable. Hence why I tend to use said formating in my own books. Of course I’m not infallible, but I do my best to make sure the audience can understand who is speaking, and what is going on around said character(s).

But of course there are times when the intent is to mislead the audience. Doing so to give them more of a sense of tension, or to confuse them because of narrative necessities. It also matters what tense or perspective you are using.

As is the case in the genre I write in the most common perspective is 3rd person, with 1st person being a close second contender. Those often times are the easiest to write for, as you know who is telling the story, or you are given an all-seeing eye that can talk about multiple perspectives. Not often are they mixed, nor is any other style usually employed. But of course all things are left up to the writer.

I’ve seen such mixings used to share information, but not as often. Mostly when a story is being told inside a story. Flashbacks can, and often do use this type of shifting narrative. But if it is not outlined to the reader, it can lead to confusion.

But back to formating, mostly I’m referring to breaking the story apart into readable paragraphs. If they go on too long the reader may lose interest, even if they easily read the same number of words if they were broken apart. I’ve noticed this in myself, and have noted how my eyes only want to scan a few lines at a time. Though, amusingly enough there are books composed of a single run-on sentences. Though I wouldn’t recommend. I assume you’d have to do so with the first person perspective if you were to do so, but as usual, it’s up to the writer. You’d certainly increase your words per page if you were to only write using a single sentence.

However, the best piece of advice that I’ve ever received, and still work on today, is breaking my paragraphs up. Early on in this blog I would write perhaps a paragraph or two. The post would be something around 1,000 words, and would look like a huge chunk of text. A friend took a look at them, and complained that it wasn’t readable, and explained that there was no need to keep them in such large chunks.

Taking note of his complaint, I scoured the Internet, and reviewed in my head many things I had read up to that point. And he was correct, I too didn’t want to sit down and read a paragraph that went on for pages. And from then on I did my best to break things up. Finding spots where my subject changed, or where I had changed from one side of an argument to another.

And this is where you find me today. Still remembering that lesson, and still attempting to make what I write into readable chunks instead of large run-on paragraphs. I thank them for that lesson, it has made a world of difference.

And with that, I shall leave you until next time. I hope you all have a good week, and may your stories be readable.

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 60% into editing

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Kindle Unlimited

Greetings friends and readers, those not being mutually exclusive. I’m back once more.

So it’s been yet another week, and I’ve finally made the jump into the monthly all you can read option on Amazon. They had a sale, and I couldn’t see a downside considering how much I’m currently reading.

I’d been spending entirely too much of my paycheck every week on yet more books, but now I have an all you can eat option. So far I’ve only grabbed a couple of books, but it will certainly pay for itself by comparison. It’s nice to “own” a digital copy that I can pull up anytime I want, but mostly I’m just here to consume and add to my metal collection.

Previously I’d want to go out and buy a physical copy, but since space is limited now, and I’d already had to pare down the several hundred books I owned, it would be silly to continue that practice. And while I enjoy the reading experience from the Google Play store more, there are benefits to Amazon. One being of course the all you can read option. The other being that it is connected with Goodreads.

When you finish a book it automatically comes up with the option to score what you’ve read. Yes it does so on Amazon, but it also feeds back into Goodreads, which I’ve been using longer than I’ve been downloading digital books. While I may not have every book listed there that I’ve read, it does have a fair amount. More so things I started with and more recent titles. Those that I read in my early 20’s may be lacking, as I don’t think I’ve recalled them all, but there are still a number that I had, and have scored.

I think it makes for an interesting list of data. To me to look back upon, and for anyone interested in knowing my likes and dislikes. Though I don’t think I’ve scored anything I’ve fiercely hated, as I generally stop reading those. I can only recall a couple of books like that though, others I’ve put on my to finish list. Who knows if I’ll go back now as I’m ready to be a glutton with all the books that Amazon can give me now.

Also this will give me an incentive to read new authors. Before I’d only read books from people I knew, and had enjoyed previously. This of course in an attempt to waste money purchasing a book I didn’t like. But now I can grab something new without fear of wasting money. If I don’t like it, it’s not a huge deal, and I can move on to something different.

I’ve been relatively lucky in picking books, and only recently found something I didn’t particularly like. Too late had I spent money on it, but it resides mostly unread. Otherwise, every book I’ve read has been at least decent.

Of course my scoring is from my perspective. It’s a mix of how well written something is, usually how the use of language is utilized. Then how interesting the story is, and lastly how much I enjoyed it overall. Some books can hit the language and interesting elements and get good scores, even if I didn’t enjoy them over much. But if you hit the enjoyment button, well you’re gonna get a good score usually no matter what. But if you hit all three, well you’re going to get a perfect score, aren’t you?

That all being said, I’m feeling good, and this book is getting edited at a steady pace. I hope you have an enjoyable week, and I’ll talk to 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-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 55% into editing

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Just a short post

Hello all. I’m back again.

I’m at a loss about what to talk about today. Sure I’ve done some editing, but there’s nothing much to mention about it. Mostly it was me moving around commas and deleting extra spaces here and there. Other than that and me working additional hours over the weekend there isn’t much to say.

I mean I could say that I had to change my sleep schedule, and I’m still in the process of getting back to my normal night shift mentality because of it. Perhaps that’s another reason I can’t think of much to talk about. It can take me weeks to feel normal again after such a shift, but hopefully I’ll be alright after I take a nap after I finish writing this blog post.

I’ve read a couple of books, watch a bit of Star Trek TOS, continued watching whatever random anime I’m following this season, and watched The Last Action Hero again. All of them good. Strangely good really. I hadn’t seen LAH in a couple of decades, not since I caught it on Satellite at my grandparents house one summer in the 90’s. But I think I liked it better this time around.

Back then I found it amusing, but now I just found it so meta. All the strange amalgamations of other action tropes, and then smashing them all together in humorous ways. The police station stands out, as that place was filled with random characters from other movies and franchises. Heck, later in the movie Ian McKellen makes an appearance as Death. All in all an enjoyable film, as long as you realize that you shouldn’t take anything serious, not even the parts that take place in the “real world”.

But sadly that’s about all I have for you this week. Just know that I’m still working on the book, and it’s getting there. 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 53% into editing

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Editing and Splitting things into Chapters

Well hello there. I’m Steven, I write this blog.

So, it’s been another week, and it has been pretty good. I’ve gotten to 50% for editing, which means I’ve read through the book twice. I didn’t have to change much, other than some things that I discussed with the co-author. They’d written a scene with a character that needed to be explained a bit for it to make sense, and the first time I read it I corrected it the wrong way. Of course while I had read the story already at that point, because I go back and read when I write, I had mistaken certain things. Instead I was trying to make things consistent, but this time I had to change the world instead of the character to make the story make sense.

But what I can say for now is that there are 33 chapters thus far. There maybe more, or fewer by the time the book gets published. I was just trying to space out things a bit this time, finding break points in the story. I think some are a little short, and one in particular is rather long. The long one should be at least two chapters, but it’s long enough for three if I’m honest about it. However, finding a point that made sense was rather difficult. I’ll have to take a look at it with the co-author and see what they think.

As of now though I have a number of chapters that they worked on to go back and look at. Starting at the beginning once more, I’m actually looking forward to reading it again. It’s happened each time when I edit this particular book. The beginning is rather amusing, and I find it fun to see where everything started again after just finishing the end.

Watching the characters grow into their own as I read the book is interesting. Starting at one point in their life, and by the end how different they are while remaining the same person, that is fun. All the while watching each choice they make, logically getting them to that ending point. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of it.

Of course because I’ve given myself the task, I’ll keep reading over it until we’re both satisfied, but I think it’s rather close right now. But as I’ve said many times before, while I may think it’s all corrected, another round will probably find other strange errors that my eyes missed last time. That and I can work on chapter formatting a bit more.

Perhaps I’m a bit strange, but I tend to like editing. Writing is fun as well, and the feeling of accomplishment is huge, but being able to read through something you made is quite pleasurable. I’ll be spending several more weeks working on this, and having some fun while doing so.

Until next time, I hope your week is a great 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 50% into editing

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Try Hard, but know when to stop

Howdy folks. I’ve returned.

This last week went by in a blur, but I was able to edit a decent chunk in that time. I’m almost done with my second pass through of the book. Things are looking really good, and the co-author keeps adding to it as well. So while I cut away, or change things, the story still grows.

There’s a bit that one of us needs to add, but it’s been difficult to find an appropriate place to put it. We both know where it belongs, but it’ll involve a bit of work. It will change the pacing of this certain part of the book, and we’ll have to expand on things later to show consistency. It almost might be better to write it as a separate piece, then paste it in and work around it. We both agree that it should be there, and I’ve already added a bit to this section to make way for it, but somehow I didn’t feel the fit for the expanded narrative that we want there. Perhaps I’ll have to wait until they catch up with me.

They are taking their time, being very thorough, as is needed. Since I have more time to work on the book I just run through it rather quickly because I know I’ll be back through it again and again. They on the other hand may only have enough time to see it a couple of times through. As I have more time, this is as it should be. I’ll be doing my best, and I’m grateful they have any time to spare on this part. Two sets of eyes are better than one, and since our strengths are in different things, I’m very lucky to have them.

This particular run through for me has found little things I apparently missed the first time. A space that needn’t be here, or a word that while spelled correctly was the wrong one to be used. I supposed I rushed a little on that first read through. But since I’m catching more this time perhaps I’ve found the correct pacing. Then again we’ll see when I start at the beginning again.

It’s always surprising finding things you’ve missed. You think you have it perfect, or at least readable, then suddenly you see so many things that need correcting. I suppose that’s the way of things. If you don’t take a little time away from your book you’ll just see it as you meant it, and not as it was written.

Then again if you never finish editing because you aren’t satisfied, even if everything looks right, and you strive for perfection, you’ll never put out a book. No book is perfect, though some come close. There’s always a word missing or misused. A space that doesn’t belong, or a sentence that doesn’t make sense to anyone but you. Of course you try your best to look out for such things, and hopefully have multiple people help, but we’re all human. Mistakes will happen. But to limit such things, having people review your work that aren’t in your clique can help.

Imagine that the only people that look at your book before you publish are people who share your way of speaking or writing. They won’t notice that perhaps that what you put to page was a way to express something that only your group of friends understands. Sure they’ll get it, but what of those that don’t? What are they suppose to do? Perhaps they’ll understand via context clues, but it’ll puzzle them more than necessary. Especially if it is a very obscure reference, or way of speaking. Hence why some people tell you not to publish a book that was written for the American market for say the UK’s.

Spelling is different for them, as are way of expressing. Then again I’ve enjoyed books marketed for the UK as an American. But perhaps that is because I grew used to such things watching their television, and reading their books when I was younger. That and I have friends from around the world. We’ve found we can communicate well enough, though now and again a word confuses one of us. But luckily we tend to have the Internet these days. As such we can look things up that puzzle us. Not that I think that’ll be necessary, especially with this latest book. But one can never tell. I’ll just try to make the story as clear as I can.

In the end, work hard to be clear. But don’t become overly obsessed with perfection. Nothing is perfect, not in this world. Try hard, but don’t fall into the trap of never finishing. You have to let go at some point. Like children, you have to let them go to make their own mistakes at some point. Otherwise you’ll never publish.

So with that, I’ll be finished today. I wish you all well, and may you have a good week.

 

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

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 45% into editing

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Reading Renewed

Hello all, I’ve returned.

So what shall I talk about this week? I’m not sure I’ve much to say. The only thing I’ve done is edit and read books.

It has been said if you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write. I’ve taken that to heart, though I did drift away from traditional books for a few years. Mostly I was reading manga; Japanese comics. However I started noticing myself loosing interest after a few months of that. But then I’d read a book, and find I didn’t have much time for the long form written word. I should have gone on to short stories, but I’ve never been a huge fan, though I like the big ideas that can be implemented rapidly.

I drifted from book to book, not really fully invested. Only having a few minutes here and there didn’t help. So I’d bounce back to manga. Even they started to lose my interest. Eventually I just forced myself to read books. At first it was slowly, but now I’m back to near full strength. I’ll finish a book in a week or two now instead of one taking nearly a month.

The only downside to that is I’m never sure what to read next. I’ve been looking to award winners, and for the most part I’ve enjoyed those. Though to be sure I think some of them win either because the author is already famous for something else, or the ideas in them are so interesting they can’t be ignored. Even if they aren’t as well written as they could be. But hey, I’ll like what I like, and other people can like things differently.

Also I’ve implemented a fix for being bored. At least for me. I’ll read science-fiction, and if I feel bored of that style I’ll switch to fantasy. Those being my two favorite genres. Mostly I like science-fiction, so I tend to read more of that these days, but it’s nice to relax in fantasy for a bit. Maybe to get the feeling of wish fulfillment, before treading the waters of possible futures. Fantasy also seeming to be better suited for comedic writing, though I’ve read a few sci-fi that were more humor than science.

Then again that may just be my own preference when it comes to sci-fi. I like it more realistic, and serious, though I’m not opposed to funny quips here and there. But again, fantasy can be serious as well, like Wheel of Time, or Song of Ice and Fire. But after those I’d try to read something more humorous. Again, that’d be mostly fantasy, and usually written for a younger audience, though not always.

As it is, I hope if you are having a difficult time plodding through a book, maybe take a break and read something else. Something different and fun. Or if you are tired of comedy, try something serious. I find bouncing back and forth alleviates the boredom, and things seem more original.

Until next time, go out and read something. Anything really. Just don’t stop. A book is a portal to another world, and a different perspective. The more you read, the better you are at finding things to think about.

 

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 40% into editing

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