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

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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 58% 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 Nightshifter's Dilemma

Greetings. I’m back, and tired.

So what’s been up with me lately? Hrm. Well the blower on the car went out again, and the windows either fogging or needing scraping free of ice has been an issue. This is the fifth time in about a year, so I’ve not been too happy about this. Luckily a gift of a lighter socket powered defogger has been in the car, though it’s very weak. It does little, but enough for just freezing days. Anything more and I’m afraid it would have no affect.

Also, yet again, the engine light came on. YAY. So yeah, today I took it in to have all the issues checked out. I spent around 4 hours at the dealership waiting. Well, reading really. Anyway, after awhile they told me they didn’t have the parts and sent me on my way with a loaner. They said by tomorrow afternoon everything should be good to go. Fingers crossed.

Of course this all means I’ve been awake for a long time and have seen the sun again. Well, not today, it’s raining an awful lot. Good for me, since I didn’t get too sun sick. Though I did go out yesterday morning to try to prepare for today, though it was only briefly to shop for groceries. That was unpleasant. The sun was out in full force and I could barely keep my eyes opened. Ah, the joys of working the night shift for years. I was exhausted by the time I came home, though since the apartment is rather dark, I felt much better quickly. What a weird thing it is to feel ill just because the sun is out. I guess I’ll have to remain hidden, or maybe invest in some sun glasses, heh.

Only seven books read this week. I’m starting to get a little irritable while reading instead of enjoying things, so I did other things now and again. But to get back into the swing of things I hopped around to other authors I like to see if they released anything new, and yup. So instead of the never ending onslaught of wuxia I delved back into other things. That helped. I expect my final count for books read by the end of the year to be rather impressive. Let see if I can keep it up until the end!

I was able to do some writing after I got home today, so there’s that. It’s going well, though since I’m so tired I got distracted easily and it took me a couple of hours longer than usual to get my word count in. Boo tired Steve!

Anyway, that’s about it. I’m a boring guy, with a boring life, who reads way too much. Have a good 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 58% 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 Tired Tale

I have returned for yet another blog post.

In this week I’ve done little of note, at least to my own eyes. Yes, I’ve read many more books, only six this time though I’m almost done with a seventh. As for any other thing, I finished the latest season of Bojack Horseman. Sadly this will be the last, and the final episode won’t be out until the end of January next year. I still love the show, so that’s good. It also means they won’t run until the show is no longer any good. Already the show is enjoyable upon rewatching, so there’s that.

Other than this, the only thing of note was my car telling me that one of my tires was low on air. All of them appeared fine, and I assumed it was just the weather growing cooler making the pressure lower. Attempting to fill them with air, and noting their pressure, all but one seemed fine. However one tire refused re-pressuring. The nozzle didn’t let any air in, and some escaped. At the dealership they said everything was fine, and refilled the little amount that it needed. Still that doesn’t help the issue of not being able to do anything personally if it runs low. But as the years go by I’ve noted that the sensors are rather sensitive to such things, and it makes a light appearing on the dash not as immediately concerning. I suppose that’s better that way as apposed to it waiting until the last moment to warn us.

Now as to the book I’m working on, I’ve found little this week that I want to change. Small little things such as using the wrong word here and there did show up, but that’s an easy fix. However the story seems well in place now. Perhaps it’s time to return to writing instead of editing, I’ll have to see how I feel the next time I sit down to work. But as time goes on I have started to like how I’ve written things again, I guess it was a moment of doubt. Or perhaps it was that what I had been reading affecting me, and making me want to try other things. But now it all looks correct again, so there’s that.

Well, sorry for the short post, but I can’t think of anything else to tell. So, for now, I shall leave you. I hope you all have a wonderful 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

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. Doing a bit of pre-editing in the book right now.

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The Little Troubles in Life

Howdy folks. Again I’ve returned. I’m sure you’re all surprised and all that.

So, another week, and more writing complete. My latest book is a quarter of the way finished, at least the first draft. Neat. I’m quite happy with it, and there’s some stuff in it that I quite enjoy. It’s been awhile since I’ve been on my own, writing wise, and it’s nice to see, at least to my eyes, I’ve still got it. It’s already about 5% longer than the other book I was working on a few years back, and I’m much happier with where it’s at than I was that book. The old one, when I go back to it, will likely have to be almost completely re-written. It’s a rambling mess, and has very little direction. Though when I went back to look at it I was at least happy to see some of the more visual descriptions I was using. Something I think I was lacking in the first few books I wrote. So at least it has that going for it.

And here is where I complain a little again. Nothing to do with books I’m reading this time, more to do with car trouble… again. So a couple weeks back my poor little beetle lost a battle with another pothole. Nothing too serious, but it did pop a tire. Unfortunately the spare tire wasn’t holding air either, so I was without a car for a couple of days. They apparently didn’t have the tires in stock I needed. But luckily a loaner car was available, but just not that first day. So I lost out on a whole day of work since I couldn’t make it in. So with both loosing those hours and the cost of repair, that was a bit of a hit to my bank account.

The next thing that happened in the amazing adventure of my life was the refrigerator went out. The request for repair was sent in, and a message left on the apartment’s emergency maintenance line. Sadly they were apparently having phone problems and didn’t get it until the next day. So I lost a bit of sleep, I was awake for 24hrs in a row, and I lost quite a bit of food. Another hit to the old bank account.

But there’s a bit of good news. The co-author is mostly better and we were able to do a bit of editing on the book. We’re more than halfway through, so we are mostly back on track. They made an attempt earlier in the week, but all the coughing had us quiting early. We only got a few paragraphs in. But this last session we knocked out a few chapters, so that’s nice.

There’s always something going on it seems. But change, good or bad, is the only constant we can be assured of. I just hope more good things start to happen. If things keep going this way for much longer I’m going to find myself at a loss.

Heh, maybe I should work on my patreon, or set up something else. Maybe even push my other books a bit more. Not that many are out there who can help little old me, but I appreciate those that do. Perhaps I’m just stubbornly working on writing too much, and should do other things that bring in a bit of cash. But I guess my passion for writing wins in most arguments with myself. I hope that my selfishness doesn’t get me into too much trouble.

In the end I just want to be content if not happy, and with where I am at now I am. If not a little poorer than I could be otherwise. I hope you all have such a passion, and can make enough to be contented.

Have a great week, and perhaps make a little time for your interests. It really does make life worth living when you have something you like doing.

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: The book is 60% edited. And I’m 25% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Car Maintenance, and an update

Howdy folks, I’m back.

So this past week I had to take my car in for service. As some of you know I have a new VW Beetle, and I happen to love it. The issue I had was that some console lights started coming on. One was for low tire pressure, which I attempted to resolve by putting more air in the tires. This was not affective. Another was that when it started to get cold a low oil light would come on, until I started driving it for a bit. Eventually it didn’t go away, and another light came on that said I wouldn’t be able to go above 4,000 rpm’s. Of course this all meant it was time to take it in to be looked at.

As I work at night, and I can’t be bothered, or even force myself to do anything when the sun is up, it took a few days for me to actually get it in. Dropping it off before I fell asleep, and then waking up way to early, for me, to pick it up. A rather expensive transaction as I had to get tires replaced, and almost every other maintenance thing done to it as well. Not a cheap transaction, though it was a couple of hundred dollars cheaper than the original estimate, which is good, still my poor bank account took a large hit. But the car is running well now, and all lights have returned to their off position.

Also, I finished Lillyhammer last evening. I can say that the show kept getting better as the series went along, and I recommended it. Johnny kept doing what needed to be done, and continued to stick his nose into everything. As a Mafia guy you’d think it all be intimidation and pay outs, but to me it always seemed he was just trying his best for his new home in Norway and his new-found friends. Sure he isn’t always attempting to help others, and does things that would befit himself, but in the end he isn’t going about things using force without first trying to resolve issues peacefully. You could do worse than having Johnny as a friend, though you might not want to get too close or he might call upon you to do something you might not otherwise do.

I’ve additionally been reading the Bobby Dollar series by Tad Williams. It’s somewhat like a detective noir series with the main character who happens to be an angel. I enjoyed the first book, and that led me to reading the second. I’m still not sure about it though. Instead of being set on Earth/the mortal realm, our protagonist is now searching through hell for the girl he fell in love with. While it does an interesting job of describing the “hell-scape”, and how you really don’t want to wind up down there, I’ve found myself somewhat bored with it. It’s missing some of that noir aspect that I enjoyed from the first, and I’m unsure if I’ll continue the series after this book. Though I still will recommend the first book, The Dirty Streets of Heaven.

This all being said, I’ve only done some editing and adding to what has already been written for this new book of ours. Just going back is letting me see how well the narrative has been worked, and I can say that I find it all coming together quite well.

Until next we meet, 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-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

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

Update: 115% of first draft complete.

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Almost ready, and a new thing for me

Editing is basically finished on my next book. I’m still going to go through once more just to double-check, but I’m very close to releasing it.

I’ll still need to format it properly. Surprise, there are chapters this time. Which means I’ll have to make a table of contents for it. Last time I did that was when I released my poetry book, and that took a bit of effort to figure out how to get it working properly, and having it look decent.

I’ll also need a cover, so I’ll be waiting on that now as well. I’ve high hopes it’ll be sooner rather than later, but you must never rush an artist. They’ve already told me they have idea’s, and I’ve seen some of the sketches they’ve done for the idea’s. I’m looking forward to seeing it, and I look forward to revealing it as well. They’ve always done wonderful work for my covers, so I don’t have any doubt it’ll be fantastic.

And another new thing. I have a car now. Yes, it’s been since January when I lost my Honda, but I finally took the plunge. I purchased a low mileage VW Beetle, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s from this decade even. Who knew I’d be happy with something so modern? I mean all I have to do is walk close to it and it opens for me. I don’t even have to worry about those pesky analog aux cables to play my music on the stereo. It sees my phone, and automatically will play whatever song I have ready. I can even skip a song from the steering wheel, and it’ll play the next one.

Perhaps I’m sounding like some old guy getting their first computer, but I’d been driving something from the early 90’s for over a decade. I’m not used to all this new fangled fancy tech that cars have these days. Heck, it drives like a dream. I look forward to driving it everyday since I got it. I mean, I want to go out right now and go on a cruise. But I’ll stay in today. Probably work a bit more on the book, and maybe watch a movie if I can convince friends to visit. We shall see, but right now I’m very happy.

 

What I’ve published

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

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

Update: No writing for the latest book today, too busy finalizing the next one to be published.

“Sneaky would be a lime-green Volkswagen. Nobody would suspect the assassins in the lime-green Volkswagen.”
― Adam Rex

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And another week passes

The new week brought similar challenges to the last. This time I felt more comfortable, and things went much smoother… for the most part.

Edits now are being done Saturday night, and or Sunday morning for one of my books. It’s going well, and we should have it all wrapped up within the next few months. I’m not sure of an exact time as some days we go through so much, but other days we can only get a few pages done. However it is progressing.

Work is still interesting, and I’m feeling more confident in the position. Nothing else to be said about this, save I’m getting along with all I work with… which seems to be normal for me these days.

I still haven’t found a vehicle in my price range that appears reliable enough that I’m willing to part with the hard-earned money I’m saving up for this venture. But at least I haven’t wasted it on junk. Perhaps in the next few months I’ll have enough to afford something better than now, I just hope my ride continues to be so reliable.

I’m getting an idea for something else to do on here, but I’m unsure if I’ll have the time to do it. I don’t want to have it eat into the time I spend editing and creating these posts. Nor am I sure I’ll have the time during the week. We’ll see if I can work something out. I know I’m being vague, but I don’t want to dash hopes if I can’t make it work. Lets just say I may have more to say.

In the end I spent today writing some interesting scenes, this time with dialogue for the first time in this book. It’s not complicated or anything, it just feels right. I can’t wait to have someone read through it. But it might be awhile before I have the first draft ready for some editing.

 

What I’ve published

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

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

Update: 1,000 words of a new book written. Several pages edited for the yet unnamed novel.

“Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.”
― Zig Ziglar

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Hello new position, goodbye old car

It has been an interesting week. I’m now working in another building preparing material for analysis. I suppose I was doing this before, but the material has changed, and I’m now considered to be in charge of my area. As always I report to others, but as far as I can tell this is my space.

Since I’m in the process of learning this new craft I have had a couple of people showing me things ever so often, but for the most part I’ve been left alone after my initial orientation. This is fine for me, as if you show me once I generally know it. And luckily I can usually work out the rest, or I can go to another for any answers I might need. Thankfully I have co-workers who do a very good job of doing the things I’ve yet to be trained on.

It’s an interesting, if not complicated arena of things going on at work, but it’s been a positive experience. I feel I’ve offered value to the position, and hope to gain more as I learn. Unfortunately the workload can be a bit overwhelming at times, with a dearth of it at others. This is mostly due to meetings that are required as we will be moving to a new facility soon and logistics need to be worked out. But all in all, as always, I enjoy my work.

Now to talk about my poor little Honda again. I saw it for the last time this week. I went to remove my personal items, and parted ways. I suppose it’s strange to feel so attached to a car, but it saw me through many a day of commuting back and forth to work. It was always there, but it wasn’t something I ever went out of my way to enjoy.

I miss the freedom ownership of a car gives you. I’m now trapped wherever I am, at least during the winter months. I suppose I could walk places, but living in a city instead of a town now limits that a fair amount. I’m closer to certain things, but further away from others.

I do own a bike, but again it being winter having one does little good. Especially when routed out it appears my trip to work would be an hour and a half by bike. That and I don’t think it would be safe for anyone for me to use a bike on these roads. They aren’t designed with bikes in mind and I might cause an accident, though unintentionally.

I’ve looked at buses, but none appear to travel from my apartment to the stop near work. I don’t think this is correct and must be my misunderstanding the system. I suppose I could exert more effort into learning about public transportation, but so far I’ve been able to get rides. Though I’ve been warned if I have to stay over at work certain days I might be on my own. The need for a car rises!

Unfortunately money has been in short order. It is of course my own fault. Living for almost two years without any income save what my books brought in left my bank account drained. Another reason why the house was sold. It had grown too expensive to maintain, but now I’m starting to grow my savings again. Again unfortunately there are still bills to be paid, so it can be slow going.

The cars I’ve looked at are affordable, and are from this century, so that’s good, but I’m nervous about throwing down so much money on a gamble. Craigslist can only offer so much, so I might be forced to go through a dealership at some point. I’m not looking forward to another monthly bill though, hence why I’ve been looking at cars sold directly from owners. I’m not a fan of loans or the like and rather get it out of the way. I know that’s strange in this day and age of credit cards and mortgages, but that is my preference.

But the times they are a changing. Time will change me, but I can’t change time, so I’ll just keep moving forward.

 

What I’ve published

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

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

Update: 1,000 words of a new book written. Several pages edited for the yet unnamed novel.

“Change is the end of something you know and the beginning of something else that you don’t know. Something new that holds opportunities.”
― Kholoud Yasser

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Monday Mourning, and a week of sadness

What a rough week it has been. I woke up to the news on Monday morning that David Bowie had passed, and that was the start of it. We also lost Alan Rickman, an acting treasure later on in the week. I’ve no words that could do either man justice, but I will say they will be missed.

But let’s continue talking about Monday. I made my way out to my little reliable ’94 Honda Civic, and found all the doors frozen shut. It took awhile but I eventually freed it from the icy grasp, and using my wonderful ice scrapper I cleared the windows. I had it running for awhile, so most of it melted cleanly away, but the build up of snow had taken a grasp of many of it’s surface. I had just recently gotten some maintenance done on it, mostly just an oil change and other fluids, but also it turns out some lights had been out. Those had been replaces, and last Friday I filled it up with gas. Not too much money to do these things, especially considering gas prices around here have been very reasonable.

I made my way to work without incident. Though the roads were slick, most people were driving safe distances away from each other, and being as cautious as I am whenever I drive. There at work we all exchanged our tales of frozen doors, and how each one was able to gain entry through various means. One person had poured hot water over their door, and it worked. Me, I wouldn’t have done that because of the temperatures outside. I would be afraid ice would reform and trap me inside once I got to my destination, but it worked well enough for them.

We had received quite a bit of work the proceeding Friday, so of course there was much to do when we got there, and these tales were exchanged while trying to get it all done. Then even more work came in, and we were busy with things until late in the day. I worked a little over 9 hours, and then it was time to go home.

Throughout the day we had all seen out through the various windows snow continue to fall and cover the ground, and when we all finally left the roads were not much better, or perhaps worse, than that morning. So being the cautious person I am I continued to stay many car lengths away from people driving home.

That didn’t seem to help, and I was involved in an accident. My poor little Honda tried its best afterwards, and took me to the nearest parking lot where information was exchanged, and a very nice policewoman took it all down. My car was towed away with little ceremony, and I was left shivering in the cold until my ride picked me up.

I had hit my head, but I felt no pain at the time, so I simply wanted to get home and try to make sense of all that had happened. I did everything possible for something like this to never happen. Heck, I was excited to see how long my Honda would last. Those V-Tech engines are supposedly nearly immortal. I suppose it still ran afterwards, but as it is it isn’t drivable. At least not for far.

Now I’m dealing with insurance and the like, and have been very anxious about everything for this entire week. It wasn’t until last night that I was finally able to relax even just a little. Also it wasn’t until the next day of the accident that I noticed a sore spot on the top of my head. I thought I felt blood, but there was none to be seen. But there was a large red welt beginning to grow. Luckily I wear a hat to work, and no one noticed it. Not that it would affect anything, I just don’t like going around broadcasting my own vulnerability to the world’s harshness.

As it is I’ve been very lucky to have a ride the rest of the week to work, but it is a strain on them. I hope to find some other vehicle to purchase soon, and I’m not too picky about the date. Since my car was 21 years old and I was very much in love with how it got me everywhere I wanted to go, I think something similar will please me just fine. However financially it does become difficult to scrounge together something on the fly like this.

So my search begins again for a nice Honda. Nice being that it has a V-Tech engine that runs. I suppose four wheels would help, but I think we all know that I’m just looking for something functional that gets me from point A to point B.

Even with all this my record stands at work. Never late, always early, and I’ve never missed a day. I’m proud of that, and I hope very much to continue with it.

But this has left me very distracted, and today while attempting to write I was unable to focus properly. I did get some written, but eventually I let Craigslist distract me enough that I simply saved what I had and looked for a vehicle.

Goodbye my little Honda. We had some really good times, and you’ve always been there for me. You not only made sure I got to work on time, but you’ve helped others as well when they had car issues. You were always something I could rely on, and now that you are gone I feel there is just a little less stability in this world.

 

What I’ve published

Outsider Trilogy

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Poetry

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Update: 700 words of a new book written. Several pages edited for the yet unnamed novel.

“In a sense the car has become a prosthetic, and though prosthetics are usually for injured or missing limbs, the auto-prosthetic is for a conceptually impaired body or a body impaired by the creation of a world that is no longer human in scale.”
― Rebecca Solnit

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Reviews, and random explanations

Excellent! A few more people last night took it upon themselves to review my book up on Amazon. They sing their praises, but of course as a human I focus on what negatives they seem to linger on. I can explain everything with a few words. First being, this is written in the first person and they don’t necessarily know what the motivations of others are. Perhaps characters have interactions behind the scenes, which is the case if I am guessing what they are talking about. And as for the robotic way some people speak, other than the main character who should speak a bit like that because of their introverted nature, again it is their telling of a story. They may misremember things, and shape others in their own image, which we all do. Unless you happen to have a perfect memory of a conversation, do you not have to reword it, somehow trying to retain the feel for what was said? Michael is so damn uptight and rigid when it comes to conveying information they can’t help but come off a bit machine like. I myself am that way, which is why they would to. They are an imperfect vehicle for the conveyance of any other form of dialogue, so everything must be shaped the way. When I begin my next book(s) I will keep that in mind, but for now it is in first person, and it is simply how they talk. Of course this could all be me trying to explain away flaws, but I think I’ve made mostly the correct decisions when it comes to their voice permeating the entire story. So if you haven’t already, go check out the book, or at least see what others have to say.

 

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Update –  1,000 words written for the third novel today. I’m happy I found it easy to get back into the groove. It has been some time since I left it to go review what I have already written.

“[A]lways get to the dialogue as soon as possible. I always feel the thing to go for is speed. Nothing puts the reader off more than a big slab of prose at the start.”

― P.G. Wodehouse

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