LOTR and Star Wars

Date posted: April 23, 2018

 

Hello again friends and readers. Another week has passed, and I’m back.

This last week was spent with me feeling sick. It started with a sore throat, then slowly grew into a runny nose and coughing fits. The worst of it was last Tuesday, as I find the sore throat the worst, but that went away in a day. I just had to put up with coughing for the rest of it. Today I’m mostly better, but I am still snuffling a bit now and again.

Since I had a bit of time to myself at night, I continued to try to find things to fill the time. I watched (omit) a few hours worth of Youtube, most of it from a person who wanted to talk about The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and then the Hobbit movies. Apparently to them LOTR is something like Star Wars to them. Not in tone or anything, but like a favorite set of movies from childhood. I was already in my twenties when they came out, so I guess that’s why I don’t feel the same, though I did like them when they came out. But they also hated the Hobbit movies. I assume in the way I dislike the Prequels that came after the original Star Wars Trilogy. Strange how they have so many parallels, not that they pointed this fact out.

Too much input or influence from the studio, or studios in the case of the Hobbit movies, seems to have hurt what could have been a good set of movies. Originally it was ment to just be two movies, and of course there was a shoehorned in romance with two characters that were not meant to exist, or at least not as they were presented. And of course the move away from focusing on the dwarves, and instead onto elves, or just looking at the lead dwarf. No more was it a journey of a group, it was a journey of a king looking for a kingdom and his gold. Too much CG, and rushed CG at that. There had been two years of work before they set to shoot the first scenes, but that was with another director, and his vision was scrapped when he was replaced with Peter Jackson. They had to start shooting almost immediately, with very little plan. No wonder it’s such a mess.

I can’t say I made it through all three movies. I wasn’t even paying much attention when I watched the second one. I was already disinterested, but I figured I should give it a try, but sadly it wasn’t very good, and I didn’t care enough to watch the third. And now knowing more about the behind the scenes that went on I care even less about doing so. I’ll stick with the original LOTR if I want my fantasy fix from that universe. Luckily I have them on DVD, but I guess I don’t have the same drive to re-watch them like I have with the Star Wars trilogy.

Speaking of Star Wars, I watched the Last Jedi this weekend. I can’t say it was perfect, but it was certainly better in most ways than the prequels. That isn’t saying much, but I don’t hate the fact that I watched it. That may change, but at least there was the scene with Yoda. That made it all worth while for me. Not because Yoda showed up, but because I think he had some great dialogue. The exchange with Luke and him felt genuine, and I can say if I do watch it again I’ll look forward to hearing his words of wisdom again. Mostly though I think it was too full of side plots that didn’t go anywhere, and most of those didn’t feel like Star Wars to me. But that’s just one persons perspective. Perhaps others feel differently, and maybe they enjoyed the spectacle, but to me Star Wars is about learning. Learning about yourself. Learning to control the force. Learning to control your emotions. Right actions, and not letting your feelings control you. But hey, again, that’s me.

But that’s about all I have to share now, so I’ll leave you to have a wonderful week. May the Force be with you, always.LOTR and Star Wars

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

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: An estimated 19% into editing

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Overtime Blues

Date posted: April 16, 2018

I’ve returned. I apologize for my prolonged absence, but things became busier than expected.

Where I currently work, certain hours became available, and I took them to make sure there was no gap in coverage. Some days it was 12hrs, others the usual 8. But by the end of it I worked more than a week straight. It was difficult at times, but I was able to accomplish the task.

Working for so many days left me many hours to think, but not much time for anything else. As such the editing slowed to nothing until today, so I’m a little behind schedule. But fear not, I’m still going to get this book finished, I’m just not certain when. If more weeks come like that, it will certainly push back things again. It never feels like there’s enough time in the day, or more rightly, it never feels like I’m well rested enough to do anything when I’m not at work.

As for tired, I’m still exhausted. I’m not sleeping properly at all, and wake up at most every four hours. Tossing and turning is no way to stay abed, and I usually get up for an hour or so and do something, productive or not. I suppose it’s hard to stay asleep when you do that, but I just can’t get comfortable. My muscles ache, but bones crack, apparently I’m getting older. Though when I talk about what I do, most people just say I’m pushing myself too hard. But that’s the job, and how can I expect to be paid if I’m not doing what I’m paid to do?

Honestly I don’t have much else to say today. It was just a very long week, and now hopefully things are back to normal. I’ll be able to get back into my normal sleep schedule(fingers crossed), and get back to writing/editing on my normal weekly basis. If I do, hopefully these last few days of troubled sleep will be resolved, and things will be as they were. A weekly post by me after I edit, with my random thoughts on things I’ve read/watched, or things I’ve thought about.

Until next time, may it be next week, have a good day.

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

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Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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: An estimated 21% into editing

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My history with reading

Date posted: April 2, 2018

 

Hello friends and readers. Once more I’m back.

So what have I been up to you might ask? What can I say, not too much. Another week passed, and more books were read. More things were watched, and not much else.

Since I live in a world that is mostly devoid of human interaction, due mostly in part to my work schedule, I spend most of it alone. But I don’t feel lonely, at least most of the time. I have books, of course, and things I can use to fill the void that is the lack of human voices. Be it movies or television series, or even a podcast now and again, I still am keeping language apart of my day-to-day.

You’d be surprised at how quickly the skill of interaction fails you when you don’t use it. The same can be said about anything really though. Hence why I keep reading. At least there I’m not just sitting around waiting for the time for bed to come. I can, at least, continue to learn how a story is told. Some I find with greater ability to do so than others, but even ones that aren’t exactly perfect I can attempt to find what is lacking. And in so doing try to weed out anything like that from what I’m writing.

When I first started getting into reading I was in grade school. The selection was limited to me in those days, as I’d yet to declare to the world that reading was important to me. I read a few things because they were assigned to all of us in school, but a few times I continued when the assignment left off. I received a few other books as gifts, or from the scholastic catalog that would show up at school now and again. But it wasn’t until I noticed a few others reading on the bus ride to and from school that it was something others might do more often.

I gained their friendship, and they let me borrow a book. This was what I would call my first novel, though that is probably just what I think of it. It was longer than those that came before, and instead of reading it off and on, not really caring when I finished it, I consumed it quickly. It might have been because I was borrowing it from someone, and I didn’t think I should hold on to it for long that I finished it in a week.

I had never read anything like it before. Mostly the books that came before it were either fantasy, or some pseudo historical tale. But this, this was Science Fiction. It had elements of fantasy, but what really caught my interest was the blend of both. I couldn’t put it down, and I sought time to read instead of watching the afternoon cartoons. I may have even rushed through some assignment I can’t remember just so I could read.

When I finished it, and had returned it, I was informed it was merely the first in a series. I gladly excepted the offer of borrowing the others, and I devoured them just as quickly. But after three books, that series was done. I wanted more, but I didn’t know where to look. My friend said he had more by the same author, and I once more gladly excepted. I read everything I could get a hold of by this author, and after a year had nearly finished everything I could find. There were a few that weren’t in the library, and a few that I couldn’t find at the bookstore, but my mother took up the challenge then. She found these lost titles in used bookstores, and began bringing home books from other authors. And I read those too. But all too soon they’d be finished, as the speed of my reading had continued to increase.

One summer, maybe a year after finishing those first three novels, my grandmother took me and my sister to a bookstore. There on the shelf were four more books that apparently continued the story from the first three. I begged her to get them for me, and after a bit of back and forth, she bought them. I read all four in a week.

I was addicted. I couldn’t go a single day without a book in my hand. The worlds they transported me. The lives of these characters. They moved me like nothing ever had before. Some were better than others, and some I re-read often.

My father offered me books that he read when he was younger, and I read that series quickly as well. My family seemed to realize that I wanted more, and many of them purchased me a book or two over the years, and I read them all. I never once left a book unfinished, though some I didn’t find nearly as entertaining. Even now I find it hard to stop, even if I realize that they may not all be good.

And then one day, my uncle gave me my first Heinlein novel. Nearly a thousand pages long, he didn’t start me with one of his juveniles. I was in eighth grade. I remember pouring over the pages in-between classes, or during breaks. It was so unlike anything I had ever read before. This was something new. After that I had to get everything by this author.

That’s how I read though. I read everything I can find by any author whose book I like. I collect. Of course it took me years before I had all Heinlein’s novels and short stories, but I finally did it. I had done the same with that first author, and many that came after.

Since I was so single-minded, it made it hard to find new authors. Without my family simply buying me books they thought I might like, not focusing on the author, I would never have found anyone else to read. I thank them, and my friends who let me read what they enjoyed. And now, even after pruning because of lack of space, I still have several shelves filled with books.

And now it’s time for me to leave again. I shall see you next time.

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

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Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

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

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: An estimated 15% into editing

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The sun, it burns!

Date posted: March 27, 2018

 

Greetings all. I’ve returned, a day late, but still I’m here.

The reason for my late arrival lies with work. For coming on nearly two years now I’ve worked only night shifts. But a need for me to work in the light came this last weekend. I was asked to work two 12hr shifts in the day, and I did. Luckily I had a day before, and a day after to try to alter my sleep schedule back and forth. Tonight I’ll be returning to my usual habits, but it was interesting to see the sun for so many hours.

Now on occasion I’ve woken up in the daylight, and have taken in the beauty that is the day. Never for longer than an hour or so at most, but this weekend was different. Saturday never turned truly bright, but Sunday with the ground being covered by the snow of the day before made the sunlight blinding. I like to think I utilized my time well, and took in as much of it as I could. If only it had been perhaps a little warmer. I would have liked to have basked in the sun, and perhaps finally gotten some naturally produced vitamin D into my system.

Now as to editing, I did a large portion of it today. Lately I’ve taken a couple of days to do as much, but because of my altered schedule I simply put in a few more hours today to work. As to what was needed, mostly tenses were changed. A bit of descriptors were added, but it seems the co-author and I have done a decent job so far. Of course I tend to edit the previous day’s writing before I start writing anything new, so that probably has something to do with it. But of course this is just my first pass, and as I’ve said I’ll likely be a bit harsher next time around. I’m just looking for spelling and proper word usage for the most part now. Of course I’m looking for consistency, but that’ll be my focus next time around, then I’ll be back to word usage for the third time. The fourth time will be for consistency again, and if that passes, I should be done with my editing. Then it’ll be time for others to take a look through the story.

Otherwise that’s about all I’ve been up to. I’ve read a couple of books, watched some movies and television shows, but that’s about all. The day to day isn’t all that exciting, so unless someone clamors for those hours I while away at nothing, I’ll leave it at that.

Until next time, have a good week.

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-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: An estimated 12% into editing

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Another week of editing

Date posted: March 19, 2018

 

Hello to you all. I of course have returned.

Tired again, as I worked another 12hour shift over the weekend. Filled with walking, as is usual, and nothing much else to be done. From a sunset to a sunrise with only my own council to entertain me, I grew ever tired as the hours slipped by.

However, today I awoke earlier than my body wished, and set to editing once more. Currently it seems I might be getting around an estimated 4% edited each week, so it is going faster than writing had. Though I think it shall slow down in the next pass, so that percentage will stop ticking by so quickly in future weeks. Perhaps not for a month, but certainly when I start from the beginning once more.

I’m enjoying the story, which I have with other things I’ve written and edited in the past, but I find it’s lacking the frustrating feature that I had noted with my other books. I’m not finding places where I had been unable to fully explain, or illustrate some emotion, or to describe the world correctly. The co-author does a very good job of doing so, and now all I find I’m changing are tenses, or perhaps slightly misspelled or misplaced words. It’s enjoyable instead of frustrating editing this, and I think there is little in the way of huge changes that will need to be made. But of course this is only the first pass.

So, as I’m still rather tired, I think I shall end this here. Perhaps a nap will do, or perhaps I shall just attempt a relaxing evening. Either way, I hope your week greets you, and that it is a pleasant one.

 

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: An estimated 8% into editing

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