Netflix has some things, Neat.

Howdy y’all. I’m back again, though a little early for some of you.

So first of all I’ll be working Monday, in the day no less(Curse you sunlight… hiss), so I’m writing this up a day early. Unless you are reading this from my patreon page you might not have even known this as I’ll schedule it for my usual time, but I felt I should mention it.

So, have I read anything this last week? YUP. I finish 5 books since last time I checked in, and I’m pretty close to a 6th, so that’s going well. I’ve kinda held back on playing my MMORPG this last week, and well, while I could subscribe again for another week, I haven’t. Mostly because my sleep schedule is all messed up already as I prepare for a day shift. My co-players are used to us logging in at night, and since I’m not, I didn’t feel like wasting in game currency just not to play. This all means I had a few more hours to read, hence the jump back up in the number of books I completed.

Otherwise what have I been up to? Um, I watched a couple documentaries on Netflix. One about LSD, which was amusing if not informative. The other was about the final Monty Python performance back in 2014. A little heartbreaking to see Terry Jones with his forgetfulness setting in, and the fact that they were doing it so he could get some money for things he needed to pay off. However it was nice to see them all coming back together, and seeming to get along after so many years. I had felt there was a bit of a rift between some of them, but that seemed to mostly disappear. There was a ton of mutual respect flowing around. They all seemed to be having fun, even after all this time and doing the same skits, yet they all laughed and enjoyed the humor they created, and continued to create over the years.

Other than that I noted that Avatar: the Last Airbender was trending #1 on Netflix, and was happy and surprised. I love that show, and have it on DVD. I’ve watched it many times over the years, at one point because I didn’t have Internet for over a month, heh. I couldn’t help but start it up again, and I find it amusing to see so many other people discovering it after so much time since it had originally come out. So if you haven’t seen it already, or you just want to join us all watching it again, hey it’s on Netflix.

Also I’ve continued editing my mostly finished book… I mean finished relatively speaking as it sits at around 70% done, so that’s fun, heh. I’ve really enjoyed reading some of these later chapters as it’s been a minute since I had first written them and am surprised how good they sound… to me. That really helps solidify my own notions that it’s a worthwhile project, and makes me feel justified in continuing writing. It’ll be awhile I’m sure before it’s finished, as my original time-line has gone way off course because of many things, but I’m still making headway.

Anywho, that’s about all I have for you 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

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Outsider Trilogy

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Poetry

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

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

Update: You Must Be Drunk is published. Find it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8KH6WM. I’m 70% into the new novel’s first draft. Samantha is working on some edits for me, and I was able to edit another chapter based on her suggestions.

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Watching Some Stuff

Hello all. Another week, another post.

So, what all have I been up to you ask? Well let me think. I read, obviously, though again only so many books this time. 3 to be exact, though I’m close to finishing a fourth. Most of my waking time is still dedicated to my MMORPG, and the majority of that is just me fishing. I don’t know why, but I guess I feel a bit of satisfaction leveling it.

Anyway, I did spend a bit of time watching some stuff on Amazon Prime. First I watched the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.. movie. It was alright, not great or anything, but it was good enough for what it was. I had been a bit of a fan of the two characters, and I had already watched Jay and Silent Bob strike back, which this is a continuation of that particular story. It had some funny moments, and as expected a ton of call backs. The ability to get these actors, and have them say some of these lines was amusing. I’d say give it a pass if you weren’t a fan of Strike Back.

Another thing I watched, all in one sitting mind you, was Upload. I really liked it, and I couldn’t stop watching it, though the continued anti-vaping theme grated on me. But that aside, it was an enjoyable watch. It’s all about a guy who has an accident, and instead of allowing himself to “die” gets his consciousness uploaded to a virtual retirement home. The place is a bit buggy, and you need money to do most anything. Unfortunately he’s under his girlfriend’s account and can’t do much as she’s paying. Things get a little more complicated as he starts to like his “angel” who is a customer service representative for the virtual world, and there is a mystery behind his accident. All in all I say it was a fun watch, and I would like a second season… PLEASE!

And finally, yes I’m still working on a book. I’m nearly through the edits and re-reading as I wanted to do before finishing my first draft. I know, I probably should finish it before I do any editing, but I find doing it this way relieves any kind of doubt I might have in the ending I planed, and I think it tightens the story more. So I’m going to do it anyway, might as well have a better understanding of everything I’ve written. Since I’m not just writing, I have a job, it takes me awhile to get a book done, so I find it’s kind of necessary to go through things a couple of times in case I’ve forgotten something.

Anywho, that’s all I’ve got for you this week. I hope you have a good one.

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 70% into the new novel’s first draft. Samantha is working on some edits for me, and I was able to edit another chapter based on her suggestions.

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Trying to Figure out an Ending

Hello all. I’ve returned for another weekly update. Yay?

Anyway, this week I read some books. How many? Well only 3, but two of those books were as long as 3 books themselves, so there’s that, heh. Of course part of why there wasn’t more read by myself was because I’m still playing way too many hours of this dang MMORPG. I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about it, but it’s what I’ve been up to.

Otherwise I’m still going through what I’ve already written, editing before the first draft is completed. It’s what I’ve always done. Either when I feel stuck on some point, or unsure where to go with the story, I’ve generally felt going through what I’ve already written helps clear things up for me. And as I do this the world keeps moving and I generally find some inspiration in it, or in reviewing what I’ve already put to ‘paper’. As far as I can tell, and with feedback from Samantha, the book so far is readable and entertaining. I just need to figure out how I want to tell the ending. Only another thirty-thousand words or so to go, heh.

Endings are the hardest part for me. You’ve got to wrap up everything, and make sure all threads that you’ve put down come together and make sense. If there’s a series, you can tease a bit more at the end, or leave some threads behind to get your readers interested in consuming another story, but there still needs to be a satisfying conclusion for each books ending. And since this book has a bit of mystery and detective work being done, I have to double be sure to have all the clues in the book be correct. You can mislead, but it still has to be pertinent to the ultimate conclusion. This all is the difficulty I’m experiencing with getting the ending worked out for this book. But I’m getting there, and as the days go by I’m figuring it all out.

Anyway, Dofus… heh. Well, mostly I want to talk about how nice it is to have (a) friend(s) who you can talk to daily. During this time of isolation… well that’s my life most of the time, it’s really cool that I can pop on to Discord and have someone to talk with. And of course it doesn’t hurt we have an activity to work on. And fun enough, for me at least, I’ve finally gotten my new character up to the same level as the old one. And that old one took years to get there, however this time around it only took a few weeks. Crazy how working together with someone can really help you raise your levels. Dungeon running every day I have free has really helped out. And now I’m even making a little bit of in-game money by selling off all the things I make or get from completing these dungeons. Meaning I seem to be able to get enough currency to pay for my subscription, though I’ve had to borrow a bit this last time. I’ll get better though I’m sure.

Alright, I think I’ll leave off here. Otherwise I’ll just go on about this silly MMORPG until no one reads these posts anymore. 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

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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 70% into the new novel’s first draft. Samantha is working on some edits for me, and I was able to edit another chapter based on her suggestions.

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Distance D&D

Greetings and Salutations. Um, and hello? Another week, another post. Here we go.

So what have I been up to… uh, yeah, you probably guessed it. Reading! Well, a little of that, only 4 books, and lots and lots of hours on that MMORPG that I keep talking about, Dofus.

You see, apparently if you make enough in game currency you can trade it in for the subscription fee. Well I’m not that good at making money in-game, but my friend apparently is. He was able to gather enough to get myself and Samantha a weeks worth of subscription for us to play the full game. And let me tell you it was a good weekend to do that. Double XP for professions, which I’m apparently obsessed with. Right now I’m just fishing all over the place, and I’m the highest level fisherman in the guild… heh, apparently no one else wanted to fish. I find it relaxing… and I can feed fish to my pet cat… in-game of course. Makes him stronger, and therefore me.

Oh, yeah I edited several chapters of my book this week as well. I’m making my way back. It’s unfortunate that this whole global pandemic has set me back, but I think it has for many of us. I’m just trying to get back to normal as best I can. So I apologize for taking longer at this than I thought I would.

Not much else has been going on. Most of my attention has been taken over by online game-play. Speaking of which, we once more played a bit of D&D these weekend over the Internet. Roll20 and Discord to the rescue. It was all combat, so not much for me to talk about. Mostly my Tabaxi obsessed with killing all things fish related, and just simply fed up with everything attacking. He did suggest burning down the forest where the lumberjacks had been attacked, and simply be done with it. Odd for a druid I suppose, but in his own words, fire is a natural cleanser, and sometimes things need to be purged so life can start again fresh.

This suggestion was not met with much applause by the rest of the party, but our resident dragon man did take it under advisement while burning any monster that attacked us. Which apparently was super effective against these Blight creatures that we found inhabiting the woods.

Eventually we found the supposed source of the problem. A giant tree that apparently spewed blights after consuming whatever living creature was around it. Being the cautious bunch that we are, we attacked at range and easily defeated it, along with the two giant Blights guarding it. That being finished we of course looted the bodies, and found the remains of the poor lumberjacks that had been assumed dead before our venture into the forest.

All that was left to do was distribute the loot, and head back to town. But with the night growing rather late… 3am, heh, we all headed out before we did anything else. And thus another session of distance D&D was finished.

Anyway, that’s all I have for right now. 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

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 70% into the new novel’s first draft. Samantha is working on some edits for me, and I was able to edit another chapter based on her suggestions.

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More Dofus, and a Movie

Salutations friends. Another week has passed, and here I am again.

So, what can I say about the week that I just lived? Well, I continued playing Dofus. I suppose the old addiction is back and well in place. I’m still playing it for free, or unsubscribed as you can with some extreme effort earn enough to pay for the subscription with in game currency. Mostly since last I spoke I’ve been leveling my professions in hopes of doing so, though some professions I’ve been helped along by my friends copious hording.

This is because to grow in power in such activities one must either harvest items, and or make things in the different professions. He gifted myself, and Samantha with items to do so, along with equipment for our levels. This makes running around at our levels much easier, and our ability to defend ourselves or attack different mobs mostly effortless.

In fact just last night/this morning he took me through a dungeon multiple times so that not only could I acquire items needed, but enough spill over for us to give Samantha things she needed to level as well. It didn’t hurt that because we were running together our “prospecting” was higher so he could get things he needed as well, heh. Admittedly he has multiple accounts and could have done it himself, but he was nice enough to drag me along. Though eventually even he grew tired of doing the same thing over and over again, but it was after several hours. Growing tired myself of the repetition I logged out many levels higher. I had burnt out before because of such things, and I’d rather not have that happen again. That would lead me to not playing again, and perhaps for another decade, heh.

But enough about a random game that few of you will play. How about I talk about a movie I watched on one of my breaks between sessions?

Hail to Caesar was wonderful. I hadn’t noticed that it had dropped to Netflix, but Samantha called attention to it last week while I was at work. A short text, and the recollection that it was made by the Coen brothers, and I was sold. It’s filled with an all star cast, such as George Clooney. However what I found amusing was we have both Christopher Lambert and Clancy Brown. Why do I find this so amusing? Well, it’s a Highlander reunion of course. They never share a scene together, but I just looked over to Samantha when I noticed and proclaimed that this was a Highlander movie, laughing the whole time. And not only that, Tilda Swinton was there. My favorite actress by far, and once again she plays twin sisters. She’s done so before. In Okja she was a pair of crazy siblings, and this time it’s no different. Ah, such a wonderful film, and I couldn’t help but profess my love for it even before it was over. If you’ve liked other Coen brother films before, you are in for yet another fun time.

Other than all that, I read only three books this week. I started on a fourth, but as you might be able to guess I was distracted by Dofus. I did get some editing in, and I’m all caught up with where Samantha had gotten through my book. So while things are coming along, there’s not much more for me to do with it until I’m ready to continue where I left on in the story. I have some thoughts, but nothing concrete. So I’ll be waiting until I get back edits for all of what I’ve already written.

And with that, I’ll leave you here. 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

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 70% into the new novel’s first draft. Samantha is working on some edits for me, and I was able to edit another chapter based on her suggestions.

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Playing Dofus… Again

Hello there you. I’ve come back, as might be obvious to anyone reading this.

So, this week I did my usual reading, only 4 books this time. The ones I read were interesting and fun, however there is a reason I didn’t read more. I started to do something that I was addicted to around a decade ago.

What is this thing you ask? Well it’s a game called Dofus. Many years ago I wanted to play an MMO. At the time, as currently, I used Linux. So what I could run was limited. Reading a Linux focused magazine, as was my want at the time, they had listed off a number of games that could be accessed in Linux. The one that stood out was a little French game called Dofus. It was turned based, not my favorite, but it was in a fantasy setting, and you could play with friends. So I convinced a couple of people to play with me. After about 5 years of playing on and off I grew weary of the game, so in 2011 I simply stopped. I played for too long one weekend, probably all my waking hours, and very little sleep, I just said, enough, and left never planning to come back.

Well, in this time of isolation I decided to check it out again. Calling back to one of my old Dofus companions, who had continued to play on and off, I asked if he’d like to play again. He jumped at the chance, and we even were able to convince Samantha to join us. Of course these days we aren’t playing in the same room with our laptops arranged on our laps. No, instead we are using Internet voice chat as we go about our varied quests. It almost feels like old times, though the game has updated and looks very little like it once did. The things I missed, such as the sounds of our favorite monsters has fallen away, but the game is even larger. Fortunately the free-to-play area has expanded as well, and my old friend was able to find enough quests to get up to level 70 and receive one of the titular Dofus eggs. Now that’s how you hook a person.

In this game you can level up nigh indefinitely, though the number will only grow up to 200, but there are other side levels you can grow forever. So it’s really a game that never ends, even if you are like me and play simply to watch your numbers grow. I’m currently sitting at level 50, but I’m also lucky to have a friend that never went away for too long and has equipment to share. Otherwise I’d be hunting down things to wear in game to help me play almost every five levels.

He’s taken me through five dungeons, and we’ve done advanced challenges like not moving during a fight, or killing off the mobs in certain order, and doing so has given us even greater XP that just completing the dungeon itself. This is really why we’ve leveled so fast.

It’s exciting, but certain quests can be a real pain, but when you have friends who can commiserate with you on how long and arduous certain quests are it makes it a bit more tolerable. Right now I’m trying to get samples from mobs, and the drop rate is so low I spent two hours just killing them, and have only received 3 out of the 5 that I need. So I suppose I’ll have to jump in and keep going, heh.

But when your quest align, and you can work on them together it’s quite a thrill. The whoop of happiness at the end of a quest when you see how you’ve leveled, and the cheer of getting that hard to get award, it makes all the struggle and time worth it.

Can you play by yourself? Sure, I did for quite a while. However I think the game really comes into its own when you find someone who is near your level, or is working on the same quests as you. You can help each other beat enemies that you might not have been able to do on your own. At least until you level up more. It doesn’t hurt that everything in the game is hilariously named, like the boss in the Foam Dungeon. Sponge Mob… hilarious.

Anyway, I think it’s time for me to go. I’ve got Gobballs to collect samples from. 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

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 70% into the new novel’s first draft. Samantha is working on some edits for me, and I was able to edit four chapters based on her suggestions.

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Apparently I Don’t Like Things

Howdy y’all. I’m back again. Surprise surprise surprise.

First off…. unfortunately Dracula on Netflix fell pretty hard on it’s face in the third episode. Dang, that was a shame. Snarky Nun was the only thing that carried that show, and while a part of the whole series… the last time jump… terrible idea, and bad character writing. Oh, and what a surprisingly terrible twist ending. BAH… watch the first episode, and the second one is decent, but totally skip that final one, it was awful.

Speaking of disappointments, I finished watching all of Picard. WOW, what terrible writing, what poor world building. Throwing away all Star Trek lore just to make an action adventure show. I can’t even explain how upset it made me to watch such a beloved Icon of my youth become this waste of space. Now I’m no fan of every series that’s come out from Star Trek, and I didn’t give Discovery much of my time, but this was just some of the worst writing I’ve seen in any television show, let alone coming from such great heights as TNG. Now, I think I know some of the issue, and that they took more from the TNG movies than from the series itself. Sigh, you know, the ones where Picard screams for revenge against the borg, after in the TV show he had dealt with the trauma for the most part? Yeah, they took all the bad parts of the movie franchise and somehow made it even worse. Heck even 7 of 9 turned into an emotionally filled revenge killing machine. STUPID.

Now, had the show not had Picard, and did away with the main plot, I think it could have been alright. I did enjoy an episode that was self-contained. Essentially the new captain has a series of holograms that do all the things a crew would do on his ship. In this episode they, with the help of one of the other characters, are trying to figure out what had happened in the past. Neat idea. But mostly that was the only one that I felt was at least decent.

Anyway, here’s my reading update. 7 books. So yay… Nothing too mind blowing, but they were good enough to keep my attention and not leave me overly irritated… save one that was really poorly written, and I just finished it to get it off my too read shelf.

So, I hadn’t realized it was going to be Easter Sunday this weekend until I was leaving work Friday and someone wished me a happy Easter. Whoops, I mean I guess it might be normal for most of us these days to lose track of time, but it really caught me off guard. I’m pretty fastidious about my dates, however I guess all the things going on compounded to distract me.

Now I had planned to have Samantha watch the 10 Commandments with me, as it used to be my Easter tradition… thanks broadcast television. However we never got around to it. Instead we kept getting sleepy and waking up for a couple of hours and watching yet another episode of MST3K on Netflix. Oh boy, what fun. We only watch 3, but we did get to watch one called Time Travelers, and heh, those weren’t scientists, they were just magicians. Hilarious, and hard to look away from. Great effects for the day, and well, just weird enough that it kept us entertained.

Other than all that, it was mostly YouTube as usual. There’s nothing that I can recall off the top of my head to talk about, so I suppose that’s it folks.

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

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 70% into the new novel’s first draft. Samantha is working on some edits for me, and I did a bit of work based on what she’s gone through.

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D&D at a Distance

Howdy all you cool cats and kittens. It’s me. I’m back for another week of whatever this is.

So I got a bit more reading in this week. I suppose I’m starting to get used to the stress of a world pandemic, so there’s that. 8 books… neat. A decent number I’d say, considering there’s only 7 days in a week, heh.

So what all happened in this time. Well, I watched Detective Pikachu on HBO Now since they had it where you could watch some of their catalog for free. It was fun, but not a great movie or anything. Some of the pokemon were rather creepy, but otherwise it was an amusing enough watch.

Also I watched the Violet Evergarden movie that just dropped on to Netflix. As usual there was at least one moment that had me crying. Par for the course for this series, and the movie didn’t let me down on that front. Animation was beautiful as usual as well. I’m glad it was able to be completed after the attack that left the studio short-handed and mourning. They should be proud to have made such a show.

Then right after that we began to watch the newish Dracula series that appeared on Netflix. Um, can anyone not enjoy the snarky nun? She’s great. Without her I don’t think I would have enjoyed that first episode so much. I hope that sort of irreverent attitude continues throughout the show, otherwise I’d probably drop it.

Anyway, we were able to play a bit of D&D this Saturday. After a bit of cajoling we all got on roll20 to start our first session at a distance. We still had to finish up my least favorite part of D&D, character creation, but that only took an hour… blah. Anyway we wound up only using roll20 for some dice rolls, and randomly drawing things while things happened in-game.

I apparently rolled best, so I showed up in the town first and headed to a bar where I was greeted by a gnome with Gilbert Gottfried’s voice. That was annoying… and highly amusing. My Tabaxi character hates fish, and has a thing about pure water, so when asked if he wanted a drink an argument about the purity of the water when using it to make alcohol commenced.

Then our female human Artificer joined me, and started trying to explain how all water at one point in time had contact with fish… and that set my Tabaxi off. Feces in the water conversation started, and didn’t end.

Then our Genasi joined us, and simply ordered a drink… and proceeded to try to get drunk. I think she was trying to ignore the conversation.

Then the Dragonborn Sorcerer walked in, and began arguing about the cost of things, and taking note how my Tabaxi was already upset by the idea of animal waste in the drinking water took that as a chance to have me join up with him and walk to another bar.

The other bar was filled with lady lumberjacks, and half-elf men. So there’s that. Cheaper prices as well, so the Sorcerer was happy about that, and paid for my drink as well. Asking around we found out the lumber mill was shut down due to attacks by so called shrub covered goblins. So we two decided to check on the mill and ask further questions.

Back at the original bar, the Genasi and Artificer talked to the bartender’s wife, who was an alchemist, and tried to learn some chemistry because the prices of her potions were too high. Instead they learned that people were afraid to set foot in the woods where her components were collected, and heard of the shrub covered goblins as well. Hearing such things they decided to head to the mill as well.

We all arrived, and while the Artificer tried to explain again how the water cycle worked to my Tabaxi we noted a note on the door saying that the lumber mill was closed, but that the owner was over at the bar nearby… Alot of taverns for a small town… weird, heh.

Anyway we went over there and found the bar owner also ran the lumber mill, and he was unhappy with his employees refusing to head out to chop down trees. He figured that goblins were no big deal, and that his men were just being overly afraid for no reason. He asked us to go investigate, so we headed out to do so.

That’s where we ended it for the night. I left some things out, such as how much conversation was dedicated to the Tabaxi about animal and human waste in the water… he just can’t understand, and is really disturbed by the idea.

Also we basically used roll20 for us to roll a few dice, and all of us to draw random things. Such as me drawing a fish with a red circle and a line through it, indicating my dislike for fish. And the same thing for a bushy goblin. It was amusing, and had us all laughing as we played.

So I say all in all it was a success, but since we haven’t gotten to combat yet I can’t say it works completely yet for us. But we’ll see next time, whenever that’ll be. However I think we all had a good time, so that’s good.

Anyway, that’s all I have for you this time. I hope you all have a great week, and stay safe out there!

TTFN

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

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

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Outsider Trilogy

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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 70% into the new novel’s first draft.

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Editing and not Writing

Hello all. Here I am again, and apparently so are you.

So it’s been another week, and things have gotten crazy in this world…. again. Lock-down for yet another week, right?

Anyway, what have I been up to? Well, luckily or not, depending on your perspective, I’ve still gone in for work. Since it’s at night, I’m generally away from others, so that’s good. Otherwise I’ve just been reading and watching random things.

I did get to watch the Konosuba movie. That was fun. Good animation, still zany comedy. A good time. Also just binged the Netflix documentary Tiger King. Wow, not a good person to be found in any of that mess. It was like watching a train wreck, you just can’t look away.

I wound up reading 6 books this last week, so that’s good I guess. Apparently though one of these books hasn’t shown up on GoodReads yet, so you’ll have to take my word for it if your checking. Four out of the Six where harem-lit, or the like. I think I’m getting bored with it as the writing isn’t nearly as good most times as others. Almost as if they are just cranking them out without anyone to really look through them and edit. No real huge errors or anything, just the way things are worded could have used some work.

However I did read a couple of RPG-lit ones, and they were tons of fun. While they may at times suffer some of the same issues, I think mostly due to the lack of affordable availability for editors, they seem to take a bit more time to finesse their words. I’ll likely be searching for more authors to read in this genre.

Anyway, as to writing…. nope. Haven’t been able to focus at all with all the stuff in the world going on. Oops. However I was given the first part of Samantha’s new book to go through. Doing some edits, but mostly making notes for her so she can improve what she’s already written. Also she has taken a look at what I’ve gotten done for my new book. I’ll be looking over her notes and changes when she gets finished. It’ll take her more time for her to go through it that it did me for hers. I had a bit more written than her, so that just makes sense. I’m hopeful that it’ll help spur me on when I get it back. By the way, I’m really enjoying what she’s got for her new book. I can’t wait to read more!

Welp, with that I think I’ve run out of things to say for now. 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 70% into the new novel’s first draft.

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D&D in Lock-Down

Hello friends. Here it is, another week has gone by.

I’m still in my personal lock-down, but now it’s semi-mandatory. Ah, the sweet smell of home… and nothing else, heh.

Anyway, this weekend I got together with my usual D&D group…. don’t worry, it wasn’t in person. We all got on a voice chat together and attempted to work on our character sheets. Luckily we had some forms to fill out, which made things a bit easier to share back and forth. However, all of this took a little over two hours, even with help.

I find this part of the game the most tedious. Especially when some people in the group want to try and min-max all of us. Now I understand the temptation to make the best character you can, however the fun I think can come from not having a perfect character to play and to just let things happen. Low charisma, well now you are all sorts of socially awkward. Low Strength, welp you aren’t gonna be doing much heavy lifting, and shucks that door is a little too heavy for you to open. That’s fun, and funny.

Filling out paper work isn’t one of the highlights in my life, so just doing it to play a game seems a bit much. However the customization can be quite fun. Making a weird or amusing back-story, and then building your character to reflect that can be amusing, but dang if you don’t have to think about a ton of minutia. And to make it that much more complicated our DM had decided to change the rules slightly from what our manuals say. Hence why we needed a bit of help to set everything up. Now it’s not so far off that we can’t use our character sheets or anything, but it has changed some things. Not that I know the difference, I’m not a rule lord or anything, I’m just here to RP my weird creations and let everyone else tell me if I can do what I want, heh.

Well, for the most part we all got the paper work out of the way. Next will be to figure out how to play long distance… cheaply… or even better free. So far we got the voice part down, so golden. Next I suppose is dice, or a camera where we can all see our throws. A table to lay out encounters would be nice as well.

Now I’ve looked into a few different things, but this was awhile ago before my friends moved a bit closer and we could actually play together on a consistent basis. However, depending on how long we are told to not really go out or things, we may not be able to play in our usual fashion. I’m sure we could rig something up to work, talks of using Minecraft have come up, but I don’t feel it’ll have the same energy. Especially when microphones cut out, or when we talk over each other because of lag or whatnot. D&D VR I SAY. Heh. Or just play some sort of dungeon crawler I guess.

Well, that’s about it for me. Haven’t been too active with anything, been feeling a bit anxious about the future and all. I’m sure you can relate. Motivation has gone way down. I think I need to be more physically active, then I’ll feel better. However I can only play so much of BeatSaber before I get bored. I keep thinking I’m going to draw something, but I just haven’t. I guess I’ll make myself, though my computer is starting to behave poorly. I need a fresh install soon, but that’ll take time as I need to back up my stuff, and I don’t really have a way to do so right now.

Sorry, rambling again. I hope you all have a good week, and try to stay positive. I’m doing my best myself… we’ll see what this week holds.

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 70% into the new novel’s first draft.

Steven Oaks

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