D&D again

Hello to all of you. I’ve returned, as is made plain by this post.

So what have I been up to this week? Well I attended another session of D&D. Fun was had, but I do think my character suffered greatly, and may have become a bit unhinged.

So after gathering a few supplies from the town, my little gnome borrowed a crossbow from the Firbolg. Now the group set out to hunt goblins in a cave, in the hopes that they could clear it out.

After a short ride on a wagon that someone was using to transport goods to town and back home, we found the cave. There were several crows eating the corpses scattered about the entrance, and the teifling decided to try to make friends with one. She rolled a natural twenty, and it became her pet. A vanity pet, not something that helps in combat, but it rests either on her shoulder or in her antlers now.

Because my gnome had antagonized the Firbolg, he cast a spell on me. I now glowed, and he picked me up to use me as a lantern. The gnome thought it was funny, so let it happen. He apparently likes being carried. It makes a bit of sense, his legs are too short, and likely gets tired easily trying to keep up with the larger folk in the group.

Of course stepping into the room, while playing a song, goblins spotted him. He tried to persuade them that he was just a lamp, but of course that failed and they shot him a few times with their bow. Since my gnome is the weakest character they chased after him, even as the others tried to guard me. I healed myself a bit, and the elf, firbolg, and teifling all set about destroying all the goblins easily. I tried to help, but I failed to do any damage with my crossbow.

Onwards! The elf scouted ahead to look for traps, and we found a number of them. Spikes launched from the ground each time, but since the Firbolg decided to carry the corpses of the goblins he just threw them on top and we were able to get over them without injury.

Soon enough we found another room. This one was filled with goblins and kobolds. Well, not good for me. The goblins of course would attack me first even if there were others in the way since I’m the weakest, and the kobolds would do the same, since they hate gnomes. Yay fun, I’m going to take damage!

Since I’m a bard, I cast inspire. And the others took care of the room, while I attempted to use my crossbow again. Luckily, after a kobold was already weakened by someones attack, I was able to kill it. Everyone else did huge damage, good rolls, while I ran away until I couldn’t be hit again. I’m not built to tank.

After the fight, my gnome decided he’d leave, but wound up being too afraid to go on his own. Since the others wanted to continue, he was given no choice but to stay. The Firbolg took the corpses and stuffed the stairwell at the end of the room to make sure nothing would attack us from that direction. There was a hole in the middle of the room, so we went back and grabbed a door to place atop it.

Taking a long rest to heal our wounds, we settled about. My gnome was too frightened to lay down by himself, and the tiefling took pity on him and allowed him to sleep in her lap. When waking up I heard what I took to be a voice coming from the hole in the room, and upon inspection we found someone claiming to be a wizard.

The rest of the group decided to get him out, but my gnome was suspicious, and frightened. As he talked, someone asked if he had a spell book. He said yes, and for some reason my gnome decided we needed to get it away from him. Maybe to help them not die, maybe to stop the wizard from attacking them, and so he stalked forward and pulled his dagger. Aiming it at the wizards kidneys he demanded the book. The teifling seeing the situation was about to come to a fight, she grabbed me and pulled me away to try to calm me down. She said I could ride on her shoulders, so I did, but I pulled my crossbow and rolled intimidation and rolled a 19. Thus threatened, he gave me a book, and I gave it to the elf in hopes she might be able to use it. It didn’t give her any further insight. Oh well.

The firbolg lifted the wizard, and we decided to head down the stairs, only to find another room filled with goblins. The wizard seeing he was about to be attacked, as he was being held in front of all of us, cast a spell that caused an illusion of whatever the goblins feared most. They all ran away, though the elf was able to kill one of them.

Letting the wizard go now, the elf was able to charm him enough to get his autograph, and the location of where he would be later.

Noting another door at the end of the room, and after I cast Inspire again, the Firbolg rolled for sneaking, and was able to enter the room unnoticed. Then casting Thunderwave he killed two of the three goblins there. The leader was much weakened and started pleading for his life, offering to work for him. This wasn’t persuasive enough for the group, and he was easily dispatched by the elf.

We gathered and separated the loot, this was it for this little area. We were much richer, though the gnome is now scarred by this adventure. He never wanted to do anything but play music and enjoy his life in taverns. He desperately wants to get out of here and drink something strong.

But that’s were we left off. We killed a bunch of monsters. Intimidated a prisoner, and freaked out the gnome. All in all a fun time. We’ll see if someone can convince the gnome to go out adventuring again.

I’ll say this is how I remember it, but I’m sure I’m missing things that the others in the group remember. But that’s just how it is, we tend to remember things differently, or mostly from our perspective.

Anyway, I’ll leave you here. I hope you all have a great week, and remember to check out my latest book.

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

TTFN

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

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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 publishedFind it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. And I’m 55% into the new novel’s first draft.

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The Book is Out, and Things I’m Watching

Howdy folks, I’m back.

You Must Be Drunk is published and ready to purchase. I’m happy to see several have already done so, and I look forward to hearing what people think. It’s the best thing I’ve written to date, in my opinion, and also the longest I’ve taken to work on a book. So hopefully it shows and you all enjoy it.

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

So what else is going on with me you might ask? Uh, I dunno. I watched the first couple of episodes of The Dark Crystal. I liked it, but if I were to have a complaint I find it a little slow. Don’t get me wrong it’s entertaining, but I found myself doing other things while I watched. That could just be down to having drank a couple of cups of coffee before hand. That tends to make me a little more irritable and distracted, unless I’m focused on writing.

What I’m really enjoying lately is a couple of anime. They work in tandem in a way, though one really is a weird mix of perviness and inventiveness. Are You Lost is something of a mixed bag. A group of girls are stranded on an island. Partial nudity and perverted shots abound, but that’s not why it’s worth watching. One of the girls is a survivalist, since her father was into it and trained her since she was young. Watching her explain things to the others is what makes it worth your time. I’ve learned several things I wouldn’t have thought of about living off the land.

The other anime that works in tandem with it is Dr. Stone. Our modern world is suddenly swept with a curse, or something, that turns everyone into stone. Thousands of years pass and eventually a few people are freed. The world has changed, of course. One such person freed is a scientific minded young man. He wants to bring our modern conveniences back, and each episode goes into detail about his inventions and the like. It’s quite enjoyable, and I find the episodes go by quickly. Watching both I learn something each time, and interestingly certain things that I learn in one play into what the other does. Such as with lightning rods. I won’t spoil it, but it was fun to see what each one did. I will say watching both has lead to long conversations with Samantha, and we are always excited to watch the next.

I’m of course watching other anime, as is my want, but nothing else is as entertaining. However my reading lust might be overshadowing my enjoyment. Instead of watching several episodes of anime when I get off work I tend to read. It might be why I’m sleeping better, as I can more easily find a stopping point rather than waiting for an episode to end. Of course sleep still isn’t perfect, likely due to the time I am in bed. That being the day time.

I’ve read seven books since last week, and I’m up to 157 books for the year. We’ll see if I make it to 200 by the end. I’m not sure why I’m aiming for it, but it gives me something to work towards. I like giving myself little goals, and this one seems doable. It’s how I get any writing done as well.

Each time I sit down to write I make sure I get my word count for the day, and the book grows. Speaking of which, I’m more than halfway through the first draft. As expected I got discouraged, especially as I compare my own writing with things I read, but as is the case, the next time I sat down to write those worries disappeared and I was able to continue. My advice to writers, or to other creators, don’t give up. Just keep pushing. You may not think it’s perfect, but nothing is. But the more you do something the better you get.

Anyway, I’ll leave you for now. Remember to give You Must Be Drunk a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

TTFN

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safe

Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is publishedFind it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. And I’m 53% into the new novel’s first draft.

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You Must Be Drunk(Published)

Welcome one and all. Today is the day. That’s right, You Must Be Drunk is published.

Well, it’s being processed for publishing. It takes awhile. It’s my fault really that it isn’t exactly available as I write this. I could have started to put it up last night, but I hesitated. I wanted to give Samantha time to put any changes in place, or add things. She didn’t, so I suppose that was just me being hesitant as it’s not just myself who is responsible for this book.

Likely the book will be ready to download in a few hours after I put this blog up, though perhaps if we’re all lucky as soon as I hit publish on this it’ll be available. Wouldn’t that just be my luck, I’m complaining about myself being hesitant, and in the end it isn’t even noticeable to anyone else?

Anyway, here’s the synopsis.

Midgard, a land made by the Norse Gods, filled with legendary heroes and monsters. A realm where the brave can carve their name into the pages of history.

Sig, the wandering drunk, has no such ambitions.

His tale begins in a tavern, as most good stories do. Begging the locals for a drink, he finds himself seated across from a strange, smiling man. He speaks of a wondrous drink, the rainbow mead of the Gods. Enticed by the bounty, Sig undertakes the quest for the perfect brew.

Heading out into the fantastical world of old Norse lore, lacking in supplies, skills, and good sense, he stumbles his way through the realms of Yggdrasil. He’ll drink with fairies, elves, dwarves, magical beasts and Gods along the way, traveling to the end of the universe to find his treasure.

With that, I’ll leave you. Take a look at the book, and if it sounds interesting, give it a read. I’d love to hear your reaction! Have a great week.

Update: the book is out. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM

TTFN

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safe

Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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: You Must Be Drunk is 100% edited, and 100% formatted. The book is finished, and should be available shortly. And I’m 51% into the new novel’s first draft.

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You Must Be Drunk Cover

Hello everyone. Gaze upon the glorious cover for the book.

You Must Be Drunk Cover

Okay, now that you’ve done that, perhaps you’ve guessed that the book will be out soon. How soon? I suspect at latest next Tuesday. I say this with the knowledge that it can take some time for Amazon to approve a submission. At latest I think I’ll submit next Monday afternoon. So if you don’t hear from me by then, go ahead and check my author’s page on there and you might see it before I get a notification that we’ve been approved.

It’s been a long journey, and I think well worth the time and effort. I hope you all enjoy the book, I know we do. And I think you might agree that the cover is perfect. Once you read the book you’ll note all the references that are given there. Ah, but heck, I’m just super excited to finally put this out into the world. It’s some of my best work yet, and it’s only enhanced by the tireless effort the co-author put into it. And I think we’ve only grown more excited about writing together again.

Though we have our own books that we are both currently working on, I think it’s only a matter of time before we start our next joint project. Then again, as things stand, whatever book we write on our own will be scrutinized by the other before we publish anything, so it’s not like we’ll ever be without each other. It’s wonderful to have someone to rely on, especially when they know what they’re doing. So thank you Samantha for being with me since the beginning.

With that, I’ll leave you here. I hope you have a wonderful week, and look forward to You Must Be Drunk coming to you soon!

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 99% formatted. The book cover is coming finished. And I’m 49% into the new novel’s first draft.

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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

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

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Shave and a Haircut, DND

Howdy folks. I return.

So first off, just to get it out of the way, I shaved my head. If you don’t care about that sort of thing, go ahead and skip ahead because I’m gonna talk about this for a little bit.

I had long hair. I began growing it out years ago, and after twenty years of having enjoyed such things it is now gone. Had it never grown thin I’d probably just let it keep growing, but age has its price. As is normal for my family, eventually the baldening began to happen. So, not wanting to go for the Benjamin Franklin look, I shaved my head. There is nothing quite like a shorn…. oh wait, no. Um, it feels wonderful. No longer does my hair snag on everything, nor do I have to worry about brushing it out, let alone taking forever to wash and condition. However it does take time to shave. I’m still undecided if I’ll ever let any hair grow out again, but now I look like a rather tall dwarf with my long beard, heh.

The downside is that my head feels cold. Not too much of a problem during summer, but it does make sleeping with the a/c on rather interesting. I tend to pull my head under the covers now, and it tends to help. That and I “think” I’m sleeping better. I still don’t feel rested until I get some coffee into me, but that may just be my addiction to caffeine.

Oh, yeah, and now I have a new habit, I rub my head constantly. I love the way it feels right after shaving. So smooth! Heh, when it comes in a little it also feels nice. Like sand paper against my fingers. I’m convinced I’m sanding down my finger prints doing this, but I can’t help it.

I’m not sure they read this, but I will mention something else. I have a knitted cap that someone made for me years ago. I think I received it for Christmas. I’ve been wearing it every time I write, or when I’m cold. Now it functions as my hair, keeping my head warm. I call it my thinking cap, heh. So a very big thank you to them. I hope it lasts a long time. I’d feel lost without it, as it’s a part of my writing process, and now it replaces my hair, at least around home.

So anyway, I played some more DnD this weekend. Sigh, we got into another fight while trying to rescue a tavern owner’s son. He’d been kidnapped by goblins, and our group attacked. And by our group, I mean everyone but me. I was going to, but I was afraid one of them would turn around and bash my head in.

So, we got to a clearing, and several goblins surrounded the kidnapped dwarf. The Teifling and Elven Wizard went out ahead to look at a boulder that was hanging dangerously over the group. The Firbolg at this time decided he’d cast a spell that made him look like a tall goblin and walked forward to confront the ones holding their hostage. I asked him to wait while I used my disguise kit so I’d look like a goblin as well, but he ignored me. While I applied my make up and outfit, he confronted them. Not knowing how to speak goblin, he acted unintelligent using grunts and dim-witted expressions. They lept at him, attacking the unknown goblin before them. He easily killed two of the three, while the tiefling killed two, and the wizard cast burning hands, as she is wont to do. The ones not killed ran away, but not before pushing the boulder down at the dwarf and firbolg. He picked up the hostage, and ran away, while I took off my disguise, again afraid I might be attacked. Unsure if we were going to be attacked I cast inspire at the Firbolg, and sang “Carry On My Wayward Son” to everyone’s amusement, but to no point, the fight was done.

The party came back together, all the while the dwarf mistook the firbolg as a golem of some type, and me as its master. I went along with it. It became apparent this dwarf was annoying, as he kept asking to join our group, and saying the dumbest things. I decided I’d just play some music to shut him up, and it worked.

Once back in town we delivered him to his father, and were rewarded. The other three decided to turn in the ears they collected for a reward and went to the town hall. I stayed behind to flirt, but once the woman I targeted began to talk I realized how crazy her eyes were, and decided against it and went back to share a drink with the tavern owner.

The other three turned in their ears, got some gold, and were making ready to leave. That is when a man came out and asked them into his office. Trying to be subtle he asked for their help to kill his supervisor. The Tiefling being the good and innocent person she is called out, shouting that the man was trying to kill someone. He made his escape out the window as the guards came rushing towards the group.

They were praised for their loyalty, and were ready to leave. Unfortunately the elven wizard decided she’d try to loot the room of the would-be assassin. While everyone was turned away she re-entered the room, and found a chest. Apparently overcome with greed, or simply wanting to find knowledge about the assassin, she had found a chest and tried to open it. Using a pen she found she attempted to unlock it. It failed spectacularly and loudly exploded alerting everyone to her presence.

Now, in this town there is a rule. The rule is if you break a law you are to be executed. She had been found trying to steal, so she was about to be taken away to prison, and was facing death. This stumped everyone there for quite awhile. They didn’t want to die, so the Firbolg Cleric decided he’d try something, and shouted to the room that she was possessed by a demon, and attacked her with a spell. Eventually causing her to pass out, he then claimed the demon was gone. Now the whole town thinks there are demons running around possessing people.

In the end everyone returned to the tavern for sleep. I noted the passed out Elf, and asked what happened. I was told she was possessed by demons, and remarked I wasn’t surprised. Her use of burning hands for no reason other than to kill things for no reason before obviously not something a person would do if they weren’t possessed. Now only the Firbolg and Elf know she was never possessed. And that was it for the evening. Another fight, and I do nothing but stand in the background, and everyone else does things. Ah well.

And that is it for this time. 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 100% edited, and 99% formatted. The book cover is coming along. And I’m 45% into the new novel’s first draft.

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I’m Older Than I’ve Ever Been

Hello to you all. I’m back once more. Isn’t that just nifty?

Well today is my birthday. Good for me, I made it through yet another year. So how do I celebrate the anniversary of my birth? Uh, I don’t know. I’ve nothing planned. I’ll probably read a book or something, that tends to be what I do these days.

Speaking of reading, it was another week where I read 10 books. Yay me. It’s nice that I feel like I’m accomplishing something when I read, and I do like how the time flies right by when my nose is in a book. Makes the days pass easier. I don’t feel this way when I watch a show, for some reason, maybe it’s because reading engages more of my mind, rather than the passive way a show can be watched. I have to imagine all the things described as the words scroll by, instead of being spoon fed everything. I don’t know my dudes, I enjoy it. You all can enjoy whatever else takes your fancy.

Here’s your update for the new book. Everything is completed… but the cover. The artist keeps making different ones, or at least the beginnings of ones, but hasn’t been satisfied by any of them. Me? Yeah, I don’t get to give an opinion of them. I’ve only seen a couple at the starting phase. I like them, but what do I know? I’m not an artist. Just to clarify a bit, the artist is also the co-author, so it’s no wonder that they want to make it something to be remembered, so it’ll take them a little more time. I’m still hopeful for an August release, but it won’t be today like I’d thought. I could try to make a cover, but no one would be happy about that. I’ve got a middle school talent for drawing, so unless you all want something terrible we’ll have to wait patiently.

Hrm, what else? Um, I got some Dungeons and Dragons related things for my birthday. A large deck of spell cards for a bard, a starters set, and a stack of character sheets. Which makes me well prepared for my next session which should be coming up shortly. I’m really looking forward to it, though I think the first part of that night will be trying to figure out how to level my character. We all got just enough points to make it to our next level, and while I have an app on the phone that “could” level me up, it isn’t working correctly. So manual pen and paper it is. Luckily our DM is helpful in all regards to us beginners. Though he stated when we finish this campaign he’d like someone else to DM so he can play. He’s never done anything but DM, and well, that doesn’t seem fair if he wants to do something else. I don’t think I’d want to DM, so it’ll probably fall upon my other friend. He’s rather taken with DND right now, and has a knack for storytelling, so it’ll at least be interesting to play what he comes up with.

And I think that’s about it for now. I should have something else for us all next week to talk about, but right now I haven’t done much. At least now with DND I’ll have something to report at least once a month, look forward to that soon.

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 100% edited, and 99% formatted. The book cover is coming along. And I’m 43% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Anime, and Our Loss

Hello again. Here I am, writing another blog post. What a weird thing to do, though I suppose it’s something like a journal. Every week I write down what I’m thinking about, and I suppose I could always look back upon it. I rarely do, so maybe it’s just another thing that helps me write.

Anyway, what have I been up to? Hrm, I’ve read another eight books since last Monday. I think when I read ten books it was because a couple of those were of the shorter variety, still eight is a decent number.

I formatted the book, for the most part. The only thing that remains on that front is to link chapters to the index. A frustrating task sometimes, especially with the number of chapters we have in this book, at least in the way I did it last time. I think I found an easier/quicker way to do it this time, as last time I built a table to do it automatically, but it was a bit janky. This time it should be a little better looking, if not as functional.

As for the other book I’m working on, it’s moving along at a good pace. I’ve had no delays with it, which is nice. It grows, and thankfully I find inspiration each time I sit down to write. I’m sure it helps that I’m consuming books daily. It has been said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write.” Well, all my free time is for reading now, for the most part.

I haven’t really watched anything, or at least my consumption of such things, like anime, is way down. At least on my own. The co-author and I, when we aren’t working on things, have taken it upon ourselves to watch a number of anime. Dr. Stone has taken one of the highest spots for us, but that may just be because we are both fascinated by the idea of where one would start if you were dropped off into a new world, and yet had the skills and knowledge from our modern society. After watching the first few episodes we talked for several hours about what was done in the show, and what their next steps should be. It’s tons of fun.

Fire Force is gorgeous, so there’s that. We’ve also been watching the remake of Fruits Basket, and boy have they done a great job of it. I think there’s only been one episode where we weren’t entirely enthralled, but all I can say is that so far is Arisa Uotani is best girl, at least for me. Former delinquent, and all around tough girl. She loves Tohru, and is her best-friend. Her back-story is filled with emotion, and it was quite fun to find out more about her. I am looking forward to finding out more about her other friend Saki Hanajima, the goth girl with psychic powers. These two are my favorite from the show. I liked them immediately when they showed up in the first episode. Also it doesn’t hurt that the show has great character design and animation.

And now to this part. I’m not sure if I have much to add to the conversation, but there was a tragedy that happened to an animation studio. Kyoani, or Kyoto Animation. I won’t go into it, you can look it up if you don’t know already, but it was shockingly terrible. The reason I mention it, besides myself being an anime fan, is because some of my favorite shows have come from this studio. Violet Evergarden, a show that made me cry nearly every episode, was one. And just last night I watched A Silent Voice, a movie they made, and it was excellent. We lost many people who worked on many amazing animations, and it’s devastating to know they won’t be able to bring their visions to us anymore. A part of anime is gone with this loss, and that will affect us anime fans for a long time, not even mentioning all the family they leave behind. There’s nothing we can do, and that’s the hardest part. They’re gone, but I will strive not to forget, and I will continue to enjoy what they’ve made. Thank you Kyoani.

With that sad note, I think I shall take my leave. I continue to wish you all well, and hope your week is filled with happiness.

TTFN

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

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Outsider Trilogy

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Poetry

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

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 along. And I’m 41% 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

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 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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