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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Edits Done, and some D&D

Well hello there. What brings you by? Oh, it’s just been another week. But wait, I have things to tell you.

So, first off, I’m happy to report that the book the co-author and I’ve been working on for the last two years, and several months, is finally finished. I should clarify, the edits are done, therefore no more of that anymore. We still need to format, get a cover together, and work on any afterword or such. From what I know, I believe it will be out sometime in late July or early August. If I have my way I’d say August 5th, for reasons, heh. Or if everything comes together quicker than I expect, July 22nd. Sorry for the vagueness, but the co-author and I have other things that take our time. But don’t worry, when we can we’ll be working to make sure you all can read it soon. It’s been a long journey, but I think it’ll be worth it.

Synopsis forthcoming, but for now the Title- You Must Be Drunk-

That’ll be your teaser.

Anyway, the other thing I wanted to talk about was my first real D&D experience. This weekend I was invited over to my friend’s house. He DM’d, and along with his wife, another friend of mine, and the co-author we set out on our journey. Of course it all started in a tavern, but things didn’t play out like I think anyone expected.

The tavern-keeper had a rat problem in the basement, a traditional first quest, and was offering a reward for clearing them out. I, being a bard, really didn’t feel like fighting, as I was already set up to get free room and board for playing some music. The anti-social Firbolg cleric, the Timid Teifling Monk, and the haughty elven wizard on the other hand were looking for some coin. Unfortunately the Firbolg took the request literally, and went to the basement and used his animal speaking ability to tell the rats that they should leave or they’d be killed by someone soon.

They rushed out in an understandable hurry, but unfortunately for them the Elf didn’t want to lose out on the reward, as no one was in a party yet, and rushed after them, cutting them off with a summoned familiar, a cat, and cast burning hands, roasting the majority of them. Thus earning the name Chaos Angel, or Fire Elf, by yours truly, the gnome bard.

However the tavern-keeper was overjoyed, and rushed out to collect the burnt bodies. Then offered us all some stew and coin as a reward. All the while making it obvious to my character that he’d make sure I’d get the best food and room, implying heavily that the stew he was serving to the others was made of rat. Why was he being so friendly to me? Well, I might be overly charming to barkeeps, and having exceedingly high charisma didn’t hurt either, heh. I think he was on the verge of inviting me to bed.

Anyway, another elf showed up and tried to give us a quest to kill the mayor of a town nearby, but none of us were really having it. Save the Tiefling, who accepted when she was told he was a bad man and tyrant. She’s very trusting. The Firbolg on the other hand simply wasn’t having it, and went to bed. The Elf and I wanted to get paid first, and after some very poor charisma rolls, we eventually got him to give us 40% of the reward up front, which we split between us two, without letting the others know.

For some reason though, the Firbolg started casting spells in the night towards the Teifling, and a disembodied voice kept speaking quietly in Infernal to her. Which since she is afraid of her demonic nature taking over, started scaring her into believing she was going mad. As the night went on he kept it up, and the poor monk, who really is just a sweet and innocent thing, blamed herself.

Thus enriched, we went to bed, only to set off the next day towards the town. We all decided to travel together, though none of us have yet to party up. Arriving in town, I of course headed to the closest tavern, and set myself up as entertainment, enjoying free room and board again, while the others wandered about trying to figure out the lay of the land.

While that’s not everything, that’s basically what happened. I didn’t mention the Elf stealing the Teiflings map that she’d been working on, only to return it and receive thanks for finding it. That Teifling really is too innocent for this world. But yeah, it was a ton of fun, and I’m looking forward to the next session.

It took more than an hour before we were ready to play, even with us all rolling characters before we arrived, but now we should be able to jump right into it. I think this’ll be a fun campaign.

Well, that’s about it for now. I hope you all have a good week. Until next time,

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 35% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Reading, Writing, and Gaming

Howdy folks. I’m back again, as usual. Aren’t you just all plum excited?

Nothing much to report, save the co-author and I are relatively close to finishing up our final edits. We’ll likely finish up with another session or two, so things are right on track. Afterwards we’ll need to finalize the cover, and format the book itself. Shouldn’t take too much, at least formatting. It’s been mostly done as we went. Ah, and then we need to work on the hard part, the description. Not something I can say I’m good at. I’ll likely lean on them a bit. It’s hard for me to write one, as I don’t want to spoil anything at all, and yet you need to know what you’re getting into I suppose, heh.

Writing my new book is going well. I’m a third through the first draft, for one. However, as I write and think about this book I realized I was missing something. Motivation. Not for myself, I want to write, but for the characters. Now I’m not saying that I didn’t have a goal in mind for each character, I just mean that something was missing.

While reading, which I’ve said before I’m doing an awful lot of, I noticed that there were emotional scenes that really got to me. As to the reason they did, well, they were based upon what the character was going through, and their emotional core. Heh, whoops. I seem to forget that people have them, and was writing a logical minded individual, mostly without emotion. The kind of person that I present myself as, at least in public. I forgot there’s usually some emotion going behind each action. But luckily I’m taking that into account now as I write, and will be doing a bit of reworking on the first part of this book. Don’t worry, the co-author made sure these emotions were taken care of in the book we’re editing, I just don’t think to write them on my own… I guess.

So I guess what I’m saying is, don’t forget the emotional attributes your character will have. Otherwise your main protagonist won’t be entertaining… or at least they’ll be a boring emotionless robot. I got a big list of motivations now for mine, and the side characters too. Yay me. Of course they’ll have goals, but they’ll be set by their emotions. So remember that. It’s important. But I’m sure you all knew that, I’m just the weird one that tries to not let them rule me.

Um, hrm… I finished 6 books since last week, so there is that. Not sure if that means anything to anyone, but I think it’s neat. The only thing is that it’ll likely get harder to find new books to read here soon, since I finished reading everything yet another author has written.

When I try to explain that reading, at least the way I do it, is an addiction, anyone I talk to seems to wave it away. They mostly say things like, “Isn’t reading a good thing? How can it be an addiction?” Well, I’m not really doing anything else, save writing. I’m not even watching shows I kind of want to. I wanted to finish up Jessica Jones, and yet I’ve mostly haven’t felt the desire to. It’s not a bad show or anything, I’d just rather be reading. But since there’s a game I have on my phone, one that I’ve been playing for years, that has events that renew early in the morning I tend to put up an episode while I do my daily’s. Since I read on the phone, I can’t read and play the game at the same time. Unless I break out the tablet, which I’ve done a few times. Mostly I run the game and do dishes or make some food instead of watching anything, as it only takes a half-hour or so to work on the events.

I don’t even know why I keep playing. I’m already max level, but there’s so many other things to do in the game. Just in case you’re interested the game is called Summoners War. I like the art style, and the gameplay can be left to itself while you run around doing other things, especially at higher levels. Took me awhile to realize that. I like it, but it could just be because I invested so much of my time into it. I’m not the best, but I’d like to think I’m decent… heh. But it’s mostly up to your monsters and how you rune them.

Anyway, enough of all that. I hope you all find something new and exciting in your life. May you all find things you love doing, and enjoy working at it. 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 93% edited. And I’m 33% into the new novel’s first draft.

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I Read Too Much

Hello to you. I’ve returned, and I’m here to do this blog thing. I’m sure you’re all very excited.

So the question is again what have I been up to? The book nears the end of it’s editing, and my other book is progressing. Everything is right on track.

Again I did more reading. That’s mostly what I’ve done with my free time. I did watch another episode more of Jessica Jones, and some random Youtube videos, but mostly my nose has been in a book. Or books I should say. I think I finished six books since last I posted, so yeah, been really getting into reading again.

When I was younger I remember reading only three books a week at most, and that was during summer vacation. I think the speed in which I read has really improved, heh. Of course that memory is from middle school, so I guess that’s not really a surprise. And yet the years just fade away so quickly, it’s hard to comprehend how much time has passed. Though thinking about it more, there’s a chance that those books were slightly longer. It’s hard to compare an actual book’s length to that of a digital version without having the word count, or some other means that can be illustrated.

Oh dear, I just checked, I think I’ve read somewhere around 30 books since last month. Oh Goodreads, you reveal my addiction to the world. I thought I was bad last year, but I’m almost to the same number of books read as I did all of last year. Admittedly I had a bit of a late start, and I also wasn’t reading as much. Still, I think it’s neat.

I’m sure no one really cares how many books I can put away, but I’m proud of it. Even if all these books aren’t masterpieces, I’d like to think I’m learning as I consume them. Sure, they’re fiction, but to me there’s so much to discover in them.

First of course is finding what I like about each one and try to put such things in what I write. I’m always trying to improve myself, and discovering different ways to tell a story helps that. The second is somewhat seeing into the mind of the author. Yeah, I know, just because we make a character doesn’t mean they are us, but it gives a glimpse into how you perceive people, and the world, even if it’s a fictionalized one.

Nothing else is really coming to my mind right now. I mean I’ve been writing a weekly blog for years, eventually I’m going to run out of new content, especially since I live such a boring life. I generally don’t go out and do things, partly because I work nights, the other reason being I’m a bit of an introverted homebody.

Though I did finally get to visit my friend’s new house this weekend. It’s a nice enough place, though it’s vastly different from their previous home’s. They’ve generally lived out in the country somewhere, but now they are smack dab in the middle of a housing complex. Heck, there’s even a home owners association. I’ve never liked that idea. My house, my property, leave me alone. I can’t see myself living in such a place, even if they usually don’t have too many unreasonable rules. But who am I kidding, I live in an apartment. Plenty of rules here, though since I don’t have to worry about a yard or what the place looks like outside it’s less invasive than a HOA. At least here if I have any issues I can call up maintenance and not a plumber or whatever and have to pay directly from my pocket.

Back to my visit. We’d talked of starting a DnD campaign, however we never got around to it. It had been months since we’d seen each other and we had stories to share. That and rolling up a new character takes time, so I think I’ll suggest we make them before hand next time. Then we can just get to it. Apparently selling and buying their new house was a long drawn out process. Of course it was. It was a real hassle for me last time too. But at least they got through it, and seem happy with the new place. Though it’ll take time to get used to it, but at least they’re closer and we should be able to see each other more often.

Anyway, enough rambling. Maybe I’ll try to be more interesting this week so I have more to tell, but I don’t think I can keep from reading long enough to do that, heh. I hope you all have a good week, until next time.

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 80% edited. And I’m 31% 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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Harem-Lit?

Hello again. The random blog generator is here. So what shall it be this week?

Well, I will start with saying there’s been some editing done on the book. It went well enough, though a certain word that described a building had to be changed as it didn’t match what we’d chosen earlier. It was rather frustrating for the co-author, and we had to decide which way we wanted to go with it. Luckily that was resolved quickly. And another thing, discussions on what someone was wearing, or what items they acquired, had us go back a little ways to make sure we’d written it correctly. We had, so yay.

So what else is there? Well I watched Good Omens. I really liked it, but generally for the angel and demon’s relationship. I would enjoy a series just on them through the ages. One observation I haven’t seen anywhere else is on David Tennant’s accent. I’m not complaining at all, as I loved every moment he was on screen, but mostly upon how similar it was to another British actor. Bill Nighy has a particular way of speaking, and of holding his lips while talking, and to my ears and eyes Tennant was a near match. The strange things I notice I suppose.

Other than that I’ve kept busy writing my other book. It’s going well, as I think I’ve said before. I’m enjoying writing, so that’s nice, but even better I like what I’ve written. I’ll have to flush it out a bit when I go back after the first draft, but I think it’s coming along nicely. It’s a bit of a “Who done it” in a fantasy setting. Kinda fun to write, especially when I’m trying to make it an enjoyable read, and leaving enough clues that you might be able to figure it out without me plainly stating who it was. We’ll see if my editors can figure it out before the end.

I’ve grown bored of just watching shows on my down time, so that means I’ve been reading more. While I can’t say that these current books are the best thing in the world, they’ve continued to be able to hold my interest through the hours. While they have an interesting story, they also tend to be more erotic than I usually read. So that’s different, but mostly those parts I skim through. They happen at random times, and I find it kinda slows the plot down, but apparently there are enough people out there that want it that their author keeps them in. Of course such things are par for the course when they are written in the genre they are. Harem-lit… a strange sub-genre that I just stumbled into.

Apparently there’s an audience for it, which doesn’t surprise me as an anime fan. Harem tends to be a big one from Japan, and I’ve watched my fair share starting with Tenchi Muyo back in the day. So I guess I don’t find it shocking that English writers have finally caught on to the trend. But luckily the ones I’ve read thus far also happen to incorporate other elements, such as fantasy, or urban fantasy. I don’t think I’d enjoy these harem-lit books otherwise, as the erotic nature isn’t what I find compelling, though it does lead to different things. Rather than boy meets girl, something that most books want to tell, it’s boy meets girls, or girl meets many girls or boys… so that’s something… new. Luckily it isn’t just them hooking up with random people, and then moving on, I don’t think I’d like that. I’d rather see relationships blossom over time, and then finding love.

Love is always good in my opinion, though it is strange to see several people share that together… but I suppose it’s nice, though I’ve found it to be a bit male centric. I suppose such things could happen, but it can come off as a bit… creepy. Though I’ve read other books, written by women, who’ve had similar ideas, though not as erotically written… for the most part. I guess I’ll read anything. I’ve only a few more books in this series, so I’ll finish it up, and hopefully find something else to feed my reading hunger.

And with that random list of ideas I’ll leave you. I hope you enjoy your week, and find fun things to fill your time.

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 69% edited. And I’m 27% into the new novel’s first draft.

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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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Oh, I’m just reading and Complaining a bit here

Hello. Once more it’s me. That guy you sometimes see Mondays with a new blog. That’s right. So here we go.

Well, here’s the bad news. Remember last week when I said the co-author was sick? Yeah, that continues. They think they’ll be able to do some edits this evening, but unfortunately we weren’t able to progress from where we were the last time I talked about this. As such, the book remains the same, but we were a little ahead of schedule anyway, so we’re still on track.

So, what else have I been up to? Well, I’ve read. Not too unusual, but I did find another author to peruse. Now I can’t tell if it’s because I’ve been editing and such for quite a bit, or if they really have issues, but this new authors books are riddled with formatting issues. Missing quotation marks, and words. Incorrect words litter the books, and I find it distracting. The other thing, which I’m not entirely sure is an issue, is the giant paragraphs explaining fights. I’ve really no idea what’s going on half the time, and generally I just scan through it and just try to find when such things end. I don’t find it exciting so much as frustrating.

Also, in the first book in the current series I’m reading the author forgot to describe the main character at all, at least physically. We don’t know until the second or third book he’s a redhead, let alone how fit or unfit he is. Really somewhat of a disappointment, but luckily the books themselves are enjoyable otherwise.

If I recall correctly, it’s been years, my first book was a little light on that aspect as well. Though I had a reason to be a bit vague on the protagonists description. You’ll know what I mean if you read Deathship. However here it doesn’t appear to be for any reason other than forgetfulness.

I hope this isn’t taken as huge criticism. I know how difficult it is to write a book. But now I’m getting a little worried someone will take a look at the book I’m editing now and find all sorts of errors. Though I’d like to think we’re doing a good job stomping out any mistakes. Heh, with the number of times I’ve read this book I’d hope so. And it shows, at least when editing side-by-side with the co-author. Mostly we’re changing things, when we do, based upon word selection and less on errors.

I’m also continuing to write another book. It’s going well, and inspiration just keeps coming. There were a few things I thought of the other day, and I wrote those down. However I have to stop myself from going too far with a joke that I had in mind. While it made me laugh, I’m not sure it fits the mood. Though I didn’t cut it out completely. I chuckled quite a bit today as I wrote the little scene, so there’s that.

So yeah, that’s basically it. I’m reading. I’m writing. No arithmetic as such, though I did do a little research on the conversion rate of currency. When you’re talking copper, silver, and gold, you gotta at least have some sort of idea what you’re doing, otherwise it’s just a bunch of nonsense. Of course, now you might suspect this next book is fantasy, and you’d be right. So there’s that little hint, or such, for you.

Alright, it’s time for me to go. As always, I hope you 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 55% edited. And I’m 23% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Perfection, nah.

Howdy folks. I’m back, as per usual, and I’m gonna be writing a blog post, imagine that.

So what have I been up to? Well, writing of course. As often is the case I struggled with sleep, though I attempted many things that have worked in the past. But in this restlessness I began thinking about my story. I lingered for several hours in bed, pondering and pondering, and finally came up with an idea that would fill in a section that I had left for later. And today I wrote what I had conceived. Yay for me.

Unfortunately I didn’t do my writing as I thought of it, as I struggled a bit with the wording and world building unlike I did while lying in bed. Sigh, such is the case when idea’s come to you, and you try to remember them instead of utilizing inspiration when it strikes you. However, my excuse is I was actually trying to sleep, and such rest is hard to come by for me.

As for the other book, the one being edited for release this year, we took a bit of a hit in its production. Sadly the co-author was sick, and being the good person I am(heh) I didn’t feel I should push them to edit while they coughed their lungs out. Honestly though, who would force someone to work when they’re sick? Oh yeah, most places who employ people. Of course I do the same to myself when it comes to most things, though when my thoughts are clouded I tend to not write… a fault perhaps on my part as who can say what strange and unusual things I’d write while under the influence of influenza? (heh)

Luckily we got to some editing earlier in the week, so we aren’t too far behind. I can see this book easily coming out in the next few months, but I won’t set it in stone. The cover still needs to be completed even if we get the editing done. And I should probably look over my afterword/author’s note again. Things may have changed, and I know me, I tend to get excited and write things down and think they’re fine even if they aren’t if I don’t review them several times.

You can see that in my blog posts here, several mistakes that I generally don’t fix because either I don’t have time, or because I think it’s a more honest look into how a writer really does need to go back and edit no matter how right they think they got it the first time. Remember that fellow writers, while if it isn’t broke don’t fix it, but it’s always going to be a little defective the first time. And don’t be afraid of change, even if it makes you go through the whole story again fixing little things. Don’t be satisfied with it being fine, make it good. Perfection on the other hand will allude you, but you can still try, just don’t go crazy chasing it.

Some will tell you, if it takes years make sure everything is perfect, but I won’t. I’ll tell you to make it readable, and wipe out any mistakes you can, but hand it off to someone else eventually. They’ll find things you wont, and after that you can make some changes to fix it, then you can be done. Well, make those changes, hand it back, then if it gets the all clear, take a look again, then you can be done.

You can, if you want, spend your whole life attempting the impossible thing of writing the perfect story, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Unless it’s the only story you ever want to write, and on your death bed you can reliably hand it off to someone to publish. Because nothing is perfect. There is no author that will tell you that they are completely satisfied with what they write. If I didn’t force myself onwards I’d still be on my first book. Maybe it’d be better by this time, but I wouldn’t have grown as much as I have at working on other stories.

Still, don’t just think the first thing you write is good enough. You have to find the right balance. Either give yourself a time limit, or a number of times you go through your book editing. That’s a little more difficult when you have a co-author, as what either of you consider reasonable may differ. But either way, find that balance.

Anyhoo, I’m gonna get outta your hair, and let you all get back to living your life. I’ll see ya next week, have a good 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 55% edited. And I’m 21% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Writing, but Unsure

Hello all. I have returned for yet another weekly post for the blog.

So what’s been going on with you? Me? Well the edits are continuing smoothly. We are halfway through, and we’ve not run into any show stopping problems. Though we did find a little continuity error, but it was easily fixed with an additional sentence and a bit of restructuring. I guess I wasn’t reading as carefully as I thought when I was editing by myself. I suppose that’s down to me mostly looking for grammatical and formating errors.

As to my next book, well I keep having doubts. They all go away when I read what I wrote in previous writing sessions, so there’s that. However, I wind up feeling unsure if I’m writing the correct story. You see, I’m making a bit of an origin story for a new character that I’ve been interested in writing. I have them already fully formed in my head, but now I’m trying to tell the tale of how they got that way, instead of focusing on what I plan for them in a future book.

My brain keeps going back to a series written by Will Wight, and how they intertwined an origin story with what was currently happening. Every other chapter bouncing back and forth. Now I’ve thought of doing this, and I think it would be fascinating, however I keep going back and writing more of this origin story.

If done correctly, this chronological juggling can be quite good and entertaining, and I’d like to try my hand at it one day, but I’m not completely sold on it for this book yet. Who knows, maybe when I’m around half-way through writing I’ll see that I’m going to be short, and start down that path. But currently, since things keep going so smoothly I’ll probably wait. If I get to that point, then I’ll go back and see about filling the book in with another story.

Complicated I know, but I know myself. I tend to write an entire story a bit shorter than my planned word limit. I don’t just want to pad things out with things that don’t contribute to the story. However, I feel I’ve learned quite a bit about writing in my team-up with the co-author, and even now, with only 19K words, I can see that advancement in the way I write.

Since I’m so boring, there’s really nothing else to speak of. I watched a few things, and I’ve read a few things, but unless you have as well I’m not sure it’s even worth talking about. It’s funny how much YouTube I watch about random subjects, at times for research, other times just because I find things amusing.

Since I’m still working with the co-author on this book, I get the chance to discuss what they are writing next. So there’s that. I’d like to think I’m helping out, even if I’ve yet to read what they’re writing, as I’m rather focused on my own book and finishing our edits before we publish our collaboration. But each time we talk, I get an infusion of excitement for writing. I’m glad I helped encourage them, and they encourage me. It’s nice to have someone there that understands the hardships faced by writing.

Luckily I haven’t run into writers block, as I generally force myself to write. That seems to take care of any issues, even if there are times when I stare at the screen blankly for ages. If I just think of my characters as people, I usually am able to figure out what someone like them would do, and another sentence pops into existence.

And now I’m going to stop rambling, and let you get back to life.

I hope you all 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 50% edited. And I’m 19% into the new novel’s first draft.

Steven Oaks

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