Cover, Zim, and Jim

Hello you. It’s yet another week into the year, and things are grand.

So first up, as I think quite a few of you are interested… maybe. The book cover is completed! Now for the hard part… yet another hard part. We need to work on they synopsis. I’ve a few ideas, but I need to iron them out with the co-author. So it looks like we will get this thing out before September rolls around. I’m quite happy with the cover, and I’ll let you all see it before I submit the book for publishing, so stay tuned.

Other than that, what else can I talk about? Oh, I know, we watched the new Zim movie, Enter the Florpus. It was like no time had passed, and it truly stands with the original series. As a long time fan it’s always nice to see something new from Jhonen Vasquez. The animation is better, and only one character design wasn’t quite what we were used to, but it wasn’t distractingly so. It was awesome to see Zim and Dib back up to their old antics, and it was an entertaining watch. Any fan of the show will be pleased with this new offering, however I would say anyone new to the show might not quite get it. If you’ve never seen Zim I highly recommend watching it, but start with the series first before you get to this movie. You won’t be disappointed.

Another thing I did was finish watching the little series by Defunctland(DefunctTV) about Jim Henson. I finished the 6 part series late last night. It of course ended with the death of the creator. A sad but hope filled retrospective. It’s probably why I’ve been so obsessed with the recollection of The Storyteller series recently. I had many a long talk with the co-author about our favorite episodes, and the stories they told. I don’t know why, other than it’s a great story, but the one called The Soldier and Death always stands out to me. Before we watched the Zim movie we watched it along with a friend who had come over. I think it’s safe to say we all enjoyed it. It doesn’t hurt(wink) that John Hurt was the storyteller in the first season.

Otherwise I’ve just been reading and writing. I’m up to 136 books for this year. As to writing, I’m almost to the halfway point in the first draft. It’s coming along nicely, though there are times it gets a little hard to fill in the blanks between story beats. That’s always the case for me though. Guiding these characters to specific points I want them to is like wrangling cats at times. One character in particular seems to just grab on to whoever is around and force them to do what she wants. At least she isn’t always around to do so, otherwise I might not ever get this book done, heh.

Anyway, I shall leave you here today. I hope you all have a great week, and look forward to You Must Be Drunk coming your way soon!

TTFN

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

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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 100% edited, and 99% formatted. The book cover is coming finished. And I’m 47% into the new novel’s first draft.

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My Son

Greetings to you. I’m here, as you might surmise by the text you are reading. Now for me to try and write something you’d want to read, or at least list the things that are running through my head.

Today marks an anniversary. A birthday if you will. Ten years ago my son was born. The happiest day of my life, even with many wonderful things having happened before and after. The wonder I felt when I first saw him, and the crushing emotions that filled me when I first held him. I’d never felt anything like that before or since.

That happiness and fulfillment lasted the entire time he was with me. But as this is a tragedy, he was soon lost to me. The details of this I relive everyday, sometimes with such vividness that I find it hard to think of anything else, other times with detachment, touching that memory like a bruise, seeing how hard I can push it before it becomes too painful. But even with how hard it was to live life after, I’m still glad he was in my life, even as short a time as I had with him.

I credit him for my books. I’d always wanted to write, but I’d never taken the time to do so, other than the odd short story or idea that I’d work on in my head, or rarely in random notebooks. I write because it’s something I can create, and because he never will make anything. I write so that even if he never got the chance to do anything, at least he made a change in the world, even if it’s only me that he changed.

This is why I had listed today’s date as a possible day for the publication of my latest book. Even if I knew that wasn’t likely, there’s so much more to writing than just writing and editing, but we grow ever closer to releasing it. The cover is coming along, and the formatting should be finished soon. But in the end, all my books are because my son was in my life. I’m thankful that I had the chance to know him, and that makes the pain easier for me to deal with.

We all deal with loss differently. But we all have loss in our life. Thankfully most of you won’t have to feel the loss of a child, and for that I’m truly glad. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy, even if I had one. But we all lose someone we love. The only thing I can think to offer as a means to get through it would be that no matter what, even if you forget them somehow, they were there. Nothing can take away the past. If you focus on the negative this is a terrible thing to remember, but if you embrace all the good that came from it you can still smile. Smile for all the happy times you had, and make the world better because of it, even if it’s only better in the small corner of the world you call home.

With that, I shall leave you. I’m sorry it wasn’t a cheerful story to tell, though I hope it can help a little for anyone going through loss. I’m not the best at talking about emotions, but I wished to share in hopes that my story might help others.

May your week be filled with happiness, and if it’s not, then remember the good times, and try to make the world one in which you wish yourself and others to live.

TTFN

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safe

Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

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

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 100% edited. And I’m 39% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Reading, Finalizing, and Aging

Greetings y’all. Time for another installment of “I don’t know what to talk about.”

So this week was filled with fun. And by fun I mean yet again a tire went flat on my car. Yay, right? Well luckily the spare was holding air this time, and while I did have to drive much slower on my way to work it didn’t impede me too much. The tire was eventually replaced, though that apparently is a hassle when it comes to getting them. They had to be ordered specially before they could be installed. And of course the price is always high for such things as tires, especially when you aren’t expecting it.

Otherwise it was just a normal week for me. I read… way too much I’m sure. Ten books since last Monday, a bit much I think. My appetite is voracious I suppose, which has gotten me up to 104 books read this year so far. I wonder what my final count for the year will be. I love Kindle Unlimited…

So anyway, the book is basically done, as I’ve said before. The cover is looking good so far, though the artist is thinking of going a different direction as the last time I spoke with them they were worried it wouldn’t look good as a thumb nail, though I think it looks outstanding in its full resolution. The synopsis still needs to be worked on, though I’ve run through a few things myself. The co-author and I need to finalize that, and maybe I can persuade them to do their own author’s note, mine already being mostly finished. I kinda need to have all of the written things together before I can finish up on formatting, but it’s all almost ready to be published. However the way things are I’m thinking August for the release now.

Side note, my hair is growing thin… Sigh, the troubles of being a guy. I’ve had long hair since around 2000, but it looks as though it’s about time for that to change. Though I’ll be keeping the long beard, the shaved head look will be upon me shortly. I hope I don’t have a weird shaped skull underneath all this hair. But luckily I like hats, so even if I look like some odd alien under my head of hair, a hat should hide that. Ah, aging, why must you do this to me? At least I had a couple of decades to enjoy having long hair, even if it was a hassle now and again, I thought I looked good with it. Ah, to be able to be vain for life. If only, heh. Oh well, change is the only constant.

Anyhow, I hope your week has been wonderful, and may you have yet another glorious one.

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 100% edited. And I’m 37% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Just Another Week

Howdy to you all. I’ve returned to report on my week… I guess.

So what has little old me done? Well, I’ve read a few books. D’uh, I suppose to all of you who follow along here, or over at Goodreads. Uh, what else? I dunno, I worked, I wrote, and I edited. Just a standard week I suppose. I guess I’m boring.

I did watch Ralph breaks the Internet. I thought it was fine. I even could say I enjoyed a bit of the humor, but it wasn’t outstanding. I don’t have much to say on the matter, so I guess that’s it. I also watched a few episodes of the latest season of Jessica Jones. Same fare as the previous season, so decent.

The only thing new is one of my friends moved closer to me. So what’s so different about that? Well, his wife and him want to start running a frequent DnD campaign. I’m excited by this. I’ve only played a few sessions in the past, but it sounds like tons of fun to me. I’ve played many a video game based on the rule set and universe of the Forgotten Realms, and I’d like to try my hand at the true pen-and-paper experience. I understand that many an author has started from such game-play. Heck, the book I’m working on with the co-author has its origins, at least in part, from one such game. Our protagonist, along with another character, are based on the characters we played as. At least a little bit. I think it’ll be fun to see what we come up with next.

Oh, another thing I’ll share, though it’s not yet finalized, is the co-author/cover artist is working on a new cover for my Deathship book. They wanted to have some fun with it, and I can say it’s quite amusing. I’ll likely change the old one, though I like the original very much. But it’s neat to see what they’ve done. They’ll be doing our cover as well, and have already started on it, though it’s not yet finished.

Speaking of our book, we did do some editing, but with my sleep schedule being a little messed up this week due to longer hours at work, and life getting in the way as usual, we only did a small amount. Usually we can get a few sessions in a week, but I think we only did it once. We might work on it later tonight, but it just depends on if we have time. There’s always something going on, and we both find ourselves tired when we have time together. They’re part of the usual day shift, and I’m of the night. So when I’m awake they are readying themselves for bed, and I’m usually just getting up. Or vice-versa. This wasn’t an issue while writing, as we’d give it over to the other to work on as we never were working on it at the same time. Like handing off a shift, heh.

Otherwise, my new book is progressing at my normal rate. It looks as though it’ll be another thirty or so weeks until the first draft is finished, unless I get into a mood and write much more than I usually do for my sessions. Could happen, but not likely. So on average, if nothing changes, my books will be coming out every couple of years, as editing can take just as long as writing a first draft due to me not only fixing mistakes, but also fleshing out the story. Slow even by my own standards, but with work and a life I think that’s all I can handle without going crazy, or losing even more sleep.

I suppose that’s it for now. I urge you to create even if you only have a small amount of time to do so. Life will get in the way many times, but give yourself some time for yourself. Make something, even if you never show it to anyone else. It’s fun, and creating is its own reward. Have a great week.

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 74% edited. And I’m 29% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Movies, mostly about Aliens

Salutations to you all. I am back again.

This weekend I watched a few different movies, so I suppose I’ll talk about them a bit.

First off I watched Arrival. That was actually a really decent film, and the fact that I might have been spoiled on one of the plot points awhile ago didn’t even register in my mind while I watched. It’s about alien ships landing all over the world, and us humans trying to communicate with them. I do enjoy first contact stories, and I think this did a better job than most illustrating how “Alien” aliens really would be.

Next was Spiderman Homecoming. This movie was great. It didn’t try to restart from the beginning with how he got his powers or anything, it just kinda threw you into the middle of it. A high school Peter Parker as well this time. I enjoy this more than I thought, and I had a great time as it is probably one of the funnier Marvel movies to have come out. That and the villain was understandable, and not just out to do bad things because he’s the bad guy. Good movie, give it a watch.

Then I watch My Stepmother is an Alien. Um, I don’t even know what to say about this. It is totally a product of the 80’s, and it was nice to see the actors they had in the film. Even Seth Green makes a short appearance, and boy is he tiny. All in all I found it amusing, and a good movie to watch if you really want to see the strange things we were making back in the 80’s, and some actors we don’t see much of anymore.

Oh boy, then I watched My Favorite Martian. This movie was simply awful. I wanted to like it, as I watched the original television show when I was younger, but it wasn’t very good. However a cameo of the original actor who played the Martian did make an appearance, and that was enjoyable, but it didn’t make up for the bad story. It started out alright, but then quickly went downhill. I can’t tell if it was simply bad writing, or if Christopher Lloyd playing the martian was a poor choice. Again interesting actors are seen in this movie, but it felt as if this movie was quickly slapped together to bring in some money from whatever was happening at that point in time. But what that is escapes me as this came out in 99. I’d give this a miss, and watch something else.

Aliens apparently was the theme of my movie watching this week, save Spiderman, and I’m glad I watched them. Well, I’m glad I watched all of them save My Favorite Martian. I didn’t even plan for a theme this weekend, though I usually do. Mostly by actor, but I think a looking at these as a serious movie, a quirky movie, and something trying to be funny and missing the mark is how I would describe them. And Spiderman was simply just fun. The only thing it was missing was Jonah Jameson, and there’s only one actor who can play him, J. K. Simmons. I hope they bring him back, he was excellent.

With that I leave you to have a wonderful week. I’ll see 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-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: 109% of first draft complete.

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An older anime, and a newer parody

Hello to you. I’m back again.

So what have I been up to? Well this weekend I went back and watched a couple of things. Now I had in the past watched an anime called Magic Knights of Rayearth, the tv series. It was okay for what it was back in the day, but I didn’t get into it. I really only watched perhaps five episodes or so, and decided to move on to other things. However this weekend I watched the OVA. It is three episodes long, and each one is around 45 minutes long. So it took nearly three hours to watch. I did so with another who was a fan of the OVA from when they were younger, and was the reason years ago we watched, or attempted to watch the original series. It turns out the OVA is significantly different from the show, and is much darker and better animated. Perhaps because it was made after the original series had aired. Now I enjoyed the first episode the best out of the three, but all were good. However my opinion of it may be tainted by the amusing words that my fellow anime fan and I used to make simple scenes funnier. An example would be, there was a guy, a mage? standing on top of what looked to be Tokyo Tower, and we made up a little story for him. We thought it would be funny if he was stuck up there for years and couldn’t figure out how to get down, and was waiting on someone to help him. That of course wasn’t the case, but it was amusing to think of the logistics of a person standing there in the cold wind for years, with no bathroom or food.

And that leads me into the second thing I watched. Now I say I watched, but the anime fan accompanied me for the majority of the viewing. There is an abridged series, made by some of the same people who do the DBZ abridged series. Team Four Star is fairly well-known for making the Dragon Ball Z parody, and I of course watch that from time to time, and await further episodes. But the one that I decided to watch in full again was their Hellsing Abridged series. Ah, there is nothing better than a all powerful character who is just there to have fun. They’ve changed categorically what Alucard was from the original show into something completely different. An amusing jerk, who is just there to have a good time, instead of a vampire that just does as he’s told. Even if you haven’t watched the original show you should go watch this. They do a fantastic job of editing, and it gets even better as they’ve grown more skilled over the years. Mind you there are a couple of episodes without Alucard, and those are the least enjoyable, but when he returns it’s with a vengeance. All in all I say give this a watch, especially if you think DBZ abridged is good.

Other than that I did some writing, and we are well on our way to finishing the first draft. It was another productive day, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, though we have gone way past where I thought we’d be with the word count at this point. However that will make it easier to edit and cut things when we get to it without diminishing the length of the book.

Until next time, I wish you a fantastic 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: 108% of first draft complete.

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Lots of Progress

Hello dear readers. I have returned again, and news do I bring.

 

This week has been a good one for writing. Almost five-thousand words were written in just a couple of days, or two sessions, and the story is progressing well. I had gone ahead from where the co-author wanted a scene, and they left notes for me about that. However I think I’ll let them handle that part, as I was interested in telling another, future, part of the story. I made great headway with that today, and I outdid my usual output simply because I enjoy the character I’m writing here, and have a bit of a preference to them in the mythos of the world. Going through what the co-author contributed last I was able to a bit of flourishes where they needed it, and of course re-reading the last several thousand words helps me get in the mood to write the next scenes. So all in all a productive session for me and them.

Nothing much else to say here, save I’ve watched more of the show Orville, and find it very much in-line with a Star Trek style of story telling. Yes there are moments of 3rd wall breaking, or at least language that wouldn’t be used in a usual episode of Star Trek, but for the most part it stands as a decent continuation of that style of universe. I’ve yet to watch Discovery so I can’t speak to it, but again I’ve only caught snippets of the show and it looks to be more in line of with a JJ Abrams kind of show. More violence and action than usual to the universe, which might be good, but I haven’t given it a chance to charm me yet.

As it is I’m happy with most things. Progress is being made, and surely, hopefully?, we are only a few more sessions like this away from completing this book’s first draft.

I’ll be back next week at the latest. I hope you all 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-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: 106% of first draft complete.

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Relics of War

Greetings friends, I’ve made it back again.

Another day of writing was completed, and we grow closer to the conclusion of the first draft. We’re actually making quite a bit of progress, even if there were a few weeks of me simply returning to the beginning and reading through what we already had. We’re finally right at one of the final two big scenes, so I hope to see this draft done within the next couple of months, that is if nothing else comes up. Which of course something will, but I’m hopeful.

As to what else? I returned to my roots, at least in a sense. I read a book by an author that was one of the first I branched out to after I had gotten into reading. Lawrence Watt-Evans. He’s written some interesting things in the past, and this book was set in one of those universes. The only change I see in his writing after all these decades was that he seems to have begun streamlining everything, and it’s all in simple easy to read sentences. Yes it helps if you’ve read other books in this series, but it isn’t necessary. There are little inside hints that might make you smile as he reminds you the world is still there and growing, but if you haven’t read anything else in the series you won’t be missing out on the story. By no means is he bad at writing, and I’ll likely go back and read more, but it didn’t give me the feeling like his other books had. No huge world shaking sense of dread like the Black Dagger, or the Unwilling Warlord. But Relics of War was an easy read, and enjoyable. If you’ve liked other books by this author you won’t be hugely disappointed. But like I said, this author has done better work before, and I look forward to seeing him come back to that.

So I’ll leave you with that. Have a great week, I’ll see 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-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: 102% of first draft complete.

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Bicentennial Man

Hello all. I return.

If you know me you will already understand that my favorite movie is Groundhog Day. I watch it every year without fail at least once. Of course I make it a habit to do so on the holiday, but occasionally I’ll watch it near Christmas, as for some reason I feel it fits that season as well. However I shall not be talking about this movie, but instead I’ll be adding another movie to my favorites list.

Bicentennial Man is an amazing film. I have seen it before. In fact I watched it years ago when it had first come to theaters in 1999. It’s based on a story by Isaac Asimov, though it takes some liberties with the story. Only until a few years ago I held off on reading it, perhaps only because I had other things I wanted to read, and I had enjoyed the movie so much that I thought it would change my opinion. Now that I have had the chance to check out both, I can say that I think perhaps the movie is better, but only slightly. The book focuses more on the world, which is great, but I think the movie does a better job because it instead looks at how everyone interacts as the focal point.

Now why did I mention Groundhog Day? Well I think I may have found another movie that I’ll be watching on a yearly basis. I have seen Bicentennial Man several times before, and each time I gain something from the viewing. Much like I do when I watch the film that I have so memorized that any sequence of words that line up to the script will set me off into a scene. Robin Williams is such a fine lead in this I can’t imagine who else they could have gotten to be so dead-pan and yet hilarious as he tries to understand what it means to be human. His acceptance of his world in the beginning, to his frustration when he goes so far to be a part of us at the end. Who else could portray that?

The similarities between these movies might only be that the lead actors are comedians first, or at least first known as such. However I think both tell a story about becoming human, or at least accepting themselves or being accepted. They both have a laid back feel, and nothing is overly exciting or explosive. Almost slice of life in nature, though there are moments that are stressful. However they don’t rely on the trope of over the top situations that most movies these days tend to lean upon to make up for perhaps scripts that aren’t reliant on dialogue. But that isn’t the case here. Each word is placed in such a way that it draws you into the world of our protagonist. Allowing you to feel their struggles.

I recommend you go out and find Bicentennial Man. Watch it when you just want to relax, and enjoy the 200 years that this machine desiring humanity lives.

With that I leave you. I have written more, as has the co-author, and more editing was done. So until next week, 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-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: 101% of first draft complete.

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More Trek, and an update

Hello all. I return.

Nothing too important to convey today. Rather I’ll continue to talk about my latest interaction with Star Trek Continues.

I watched the final few episodes that were produced, and I can say they still feel mostly like the original series. The writers of such episodes did a respectable job of recreating the feeling of the show, as did the set designers and camera operators. The colors were correctly calibrated to capture the feeling of the older episodes, save for a few spots where they didn’t feel completely correct. There is one character, the councilor they’ve added, that doesn’t seem quite right. I’m not sure what it is, but it might just be the facial expression’s she uses. But it isn’t so bad that it takes me out of the show, but it always gives me pause when she’s on camera. Other than that I find this completion of the original’s five year mission to be a good continuation, and I look forward to the announced two part conclusion to the series.

As for the book I’m working on completing I’ve fallen into re-reading/editing. I’m not completely stuck on where we’ve come to, I just wish the co-author to have a look at what was written, and have them add on to where we’ve left off before I add too much. We’ve talked about where we’re going, and they seem to have a firmer grasp on how to continue. That being said going through the beginning of the book has been interesting. There isn’t too much to complain about, but I have found a few spots that needed a bit more words to convey the story, and have done so. A few tweaks here and there have made it more enjoyable, at least for me. When we finally go back through it all together I think we’ll find much less to change. I tend to do this when I get near the end of the first draft as I find it makes a book feel more cohesive, but this may just be what I do. I grow every time I write, and as I write if I fail to return to the beginning as I write the style of writing tends to change from one end to the other. So I’m just smoothing things out before we wind up completing this tale.

Other than that I’m not sure there is much more to say. I’d like to get back to doing the podcast, which I’ve only made an episode or so. I’m unsure the nature of the show would take at this point, and would like to have another on it to complement what I have to say, or at least have someone to talk with. Having only one person doing a show can be good, but it can also be boring. Having someone to explain things too helps as well, so we’ll see if I can find another, and if I can find the time to make more.

That all being said, I shall be off now. I hope you have a good week, and I’ll see you next time.

 

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

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click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

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Poetry

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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: 99% of first draft complete.

Steven Oaks

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