Another "B" movie, and things

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

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

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

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

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

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

TTFN

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

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

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Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 65% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

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Religious Dinosaurs?

Hello again, and Happy New Year!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anyway, I hope you all have a great week.

TTFN

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

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

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Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 63% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

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A Year of Reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TTFN

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

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safe

Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 63% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

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Kindle reading, and me writing

Hello there internet. It’s me, Steven.

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

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

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

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

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

TTFN

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

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safe

Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 63% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TTFN

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

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safe

Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 58% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

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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

poems_front2

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 58% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

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My Holiday Tradition

Hello to you. I hope you all had a nice long weekend.

Here in the states it was Thanksgiving. Now I’ve usually spent it alone, and this year was no different. Such holidays these days have me usually at work, and again this was not an exception. So how does one celebrate alone? Heh, well I can tell you how I spent my very first Thanksgiving by myself.

The year was… I dunno, a decade or so ago, and here I was in my house. All my friends were out doing their own things with their families, and I was alone with little food to tide me over the weekend. A four-day weekend was not something I was used to, let alone being alone without anyone to call upon. So since I was and am a Sci-Fi nerd, I decided to check out a little show called Firefly for the first time.

It was great, amazing, and just fun. The world building was engaging, and I loved the characters. So that whole weekend I spent watching this show, even the movie when I was done, all the while eating ramen, and I think my deluxe meal at the time mac and cheese. I was not a healthy boy back then, heh. Continually smoking my pipe probably wasn’t helpful either. Luckily I don’t do either anymore, though now and again I do grab a box of cheese and macaroni and chow down.

Thus Thanksgivings for me have become one where I try to find a new show to watch the whole day through, if I’m free. Avatar the Last Airbender, and many an anime series have been consumed during those days. But now since I work Holiday’s I’ve not really done it lately. However in my down time before bed I’ll watch an episode or two of something new. Though my new go-to unhealthy meal is even more ridiculous.

Take a flour tortilla shell, crush some potato chips up to fill the insides, and smother it with ketchup. Oh my goodness, I can’t get enough of it. When I tell people about this the responses have been of disgust. But trust me, it’s tasty. But don’t worry, at least this year I had some pumpkin pie, so I haven’t lost all of the normal traditions, heh. Samantha got it for me, so at least she’s trying to keep me a little normal. Though making a pie the entirety of a meal probably wasn’t the intention. Then again I only eat twice a day, so whatever.

Honestly I only have one meal that you can call regular. During the week I mostly make something before work, but when I get home I’m rather tired and can’t be bothered to cook. So that’s where the abomination of tortilla potato chips and ketchup came from. Other wise I just eat a small tub of cottage cheese or something else simple and ready to snack on.

Bah, I’m just talking about food now. But isn’t that the real meaning behind Thanksgiving? Heh. Gorging all day until you can’t stay awake let alone stand up? I almost had that problem when I went to work Thursday. Samantha had the day off, so she made my favorite meal. Masala. Oh goodness, I can’t get enough of it, so I ate until I could barely walk. Then I went into my job that requires walking around for hours. I hadn’t even finished digesting when my shift was over, all thirteen hours of it, and I was still bloated. Fun times to be sure. But that’s me, feed me enough in one go and I don’t eat until the next day.

Anyway, enough rambling today. I hope you enjoyed your time off, and have a wonderful week.

TTFN

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

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safe

Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 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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Writing, Silly or Otherwise

Hello all. How are you? Me, oh I’m just fine. Just writing a blog post about my week.

So what’s been going on? Hmm… not much really. Just reading mostly. Though I’ve been keeping up with the random YouTube channels that I watch. Besides the usual content, what I’ve learned is that once more YouTube is changing things. While I understand why most having jumped ship, I can only think that the nails keep getting hammered in the coffin. Unless things change I imagine another harbor for video media will spring up, or become popular. There’s a bit more restrictions than many can deal with. Perhaps everything will be hosted on Patreon going forward, as that was the first thing all these channel makers went to after the last batch of changes YouTube put into place.

Anyway, enough of that. I did some writing, it went very well. I’m liking the book, and it seems to be easy to put words to page again. I’m glad, I got a little worried there. Perhaps because I switched back to tea instead of coffee today it felt easier. Coffee makes me irritable and anxious. Tea wakes me up, but keeps me calm. But man, do I love coffee.

Oh, and um… heh. Samantha and I had another brainstorming session. This was an unplanned one. While we should have been trying to sleep, both of us tired from our day, her more than me, we started talking. And what do you think we talked about? Why Sonic the Hedgehog of course. Ah man, it was fun. Hilarious scenarios ensued. Now I want to write some fan-fiction, heh. It was so stupid and wonderful I can’t get the ideas out of my head. Maybe we’ll write something up together, I can’t imagine doing it without her input. But yeah, that’s how most things we do happen. A stupid idea comes to us, we take it to extremes and have a great time. Then later work it out into a story. Mostly we accidentally turn something stupid and fun into an almost serious story, so we’ll see if and when we write this thing if it’ll be something serious or not.

In the end Samantha makes it fun to write. I write, it’s what I do. But to find someone who can make such things enjoyable, well that’s magic. And I appreciate it so much when we just throw weird scenarios back and forth, and come up with something wonderful. Usually wonderfully weird and stupid, but oh so enjoyable. At least to me, and us most of the time. Admittedly we probably have a weird sense of humor, but it’s great for us! Heh. So what I’m really saying is find someone, or a group of someones, to bounce ideas off of. Sure you can write by yourself, and you will be most of the time no matter how many people you know, but man is not an island. The world and its people are where the stories come from. From interacting and learning from each other.

Anyway, that’s it for this week. I hope you all have a good one, and I’ll see you next time. Tell stories to each other, no matter how weird.

TTFN

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

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

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Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 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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Just “B” things, and back to writing

Hello all, and welcome. I return again, as is obvious, and I’m filled with amusement.

So before I regale you with what has tickled me, I shall talk about my new book. I’ve finally returned to writing. After taking so long to scour through what was already written in hopes of fixing up certain things I wasn’t pleased with, I’m back on track. It feels odd to write again, and I probably shouldn’t have just stopped all together. One must flex your muscles if you hope to keep them. Fortunately I don’t feel like I’ve lost much, it just took a little longer than previously to write the amount I wanted to.

Anyway, I’ve read another 8 books since last week. Yay fun. And this is what has me all sorts of amused. Not the count, but a certain book. Now, I’ve been reading Wuxia novels… I can hear the groans from here. Sorry I talk about it so much, but I find them fun to read. But what makes them so much more than a good read, is the crazy translations. First, while reading Book 4 of the Ultimate Martial Divine King, there was a part that made me laugh uncontrollably. Here is the snippet that had me crying.

“Brother Chu Hen, what is that broken spirit artifact of yours?”

“Clang!” Chu Hen answered without hesitation.

“Bell?” Everyone was stunned.

Hilarious. The translation for bell sometimes is “CLANG”… hahahahaha. And even weirder they sometimes call it a “clock”. I’ve no idea why, but it’s hilarious. Another thing, one of the chapters is titled “A Dead Horse, A Dead Horse, A Dead Horse.” Oh man, I couldn’t contain myself. There was no horse, dead or otherwise in the chapter. This just cracked me up. I think they were saying something about beating a dead horse, but it came out weird. I had to tell Samantha immediately the next time I saw her. I think she thought it was funny to, but maybe she was just being polite. Either way, I’m just loving reading this stuff. I enjoy the story, but the translation makes it so much more fun. Like watching a “B” movie, you never know what weird thing they are going to put in here.

Speaking of “B” movies, I watched Phoenix the Warrior. Jeez it was bad. The acting was terrible, but the set design was actually pretty good. However the camera work was just awful. Chase scenes would swap angles from right to left, then left to right. It just made it confusing. However there was a scene with a group of decrepit people who worshiped old TV’s that didn’t work anymore, and would chant old TV titles or quotes from old shows. That was fun. Otherwise not really worth your time to watch, though Samantha and I got some amusement out of it. It just makes me appreciate Samantha more when we watch these terrible movies, we have so much fun making jokes about them while viewing. Our own personal MST3K.

Anyway, that’s about it for now. I hope you all have an enjoyable week. Why not go out and watch something bad with friends. You might have a good time.

TTFN

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

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safe

Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 58% into the new novel’s first draft. My review over the first part is now done, and I’m back to writing.

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Playing with Phones, and more Wuxia

Hello again. I have returned.

So anyway, just to update you on my reading journey I was able to read another 10 books this week. Yay fun. Of course all of them were in the wuxia/cultivation genre that I’ve become taken with recently. And again all Chinese translated. While I finished the most recent book in one series I tried out another. If anything the translation is even worse this time. Gender pronouns are all over the place, and switch constantly in this series. Men are either him or her, and the same for women. Also sometimes when others are referring to another person they sometimes use “I” even when it’s obviously not in reference to themselves. Also names are all over the place, switching between what I think are titles or affectionate names without reference, causing me difficulty in deciphering who is being referred to. And yet I persevere. I think I might just like reading so bad it’s good translations. That and the story isn’t half bad, if you can make out what’s going on, heh.

Other than this Samantha had some phone issues. Either her phone was no longer able to read her sim card, or the card itself was going bad. Luckily my father had a few phones lying about, and was generous enough to let us have them. She was able to get one to work for her, and seems well satisfied with it. I on the other hand am having fun playing around with different phones. That and since my tablet stopped charging I have another screen I can read from when I have my phone occupied with playing a game for an hour. This game is something that’s become habit for me to play a couple of times a day, and has been this way for three years. I can’t stop, and I even sacrifice reading to do so, but now I don’t have to anymore. Yay for another phone!

I still haven’t decided if I want to swap to this other phone either. The specs are rather similar, though the new one offers the benefit of being able to use an SD card for additional storage. I do miss having all my music with me at all times, though I’ve grown out of the habit of listing to anything in the car. Mostly it’s just podcasts and I can’t see myself listening to anything else, even if I love music. Though this new phone is supposed to work only on Verizon, with experimentation I was able to get it to work with my carrier, though I think the Internet is slower on it. Not that I ever use it for anything other than to look up things quickly or download a book when I finish one now and again. Either way, unless something goes wrong with my current phone I might keep it around for backup. I’ve had issues in the past with phones dying on me for no reason, and being without a functional way to communicate is unacceptable these days.

Anyway, the current book is coming along nicely. I’m nearly back to where I was before I decided to go over it and change things a bit. I hope that by next week or the following one I’ll be back to simply writing instead of fleshing things out. Since it’s been awhile, I’m excited to return to storytelling.

And with that, I shall leave you to your day. I hope you all have an enjoyable week. Until next time.

TTFN

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

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safe

Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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

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

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