Kindle Unlimited

Date posted: July 9, 2018

Greetings friends and readers, those not being mutually exclusive. I’m back once more.

So it’s been yet another week, and I’ve finally made the jump into the monthly all you can read option on Amazon. They had a sale, and I couldn’t see a downside considering how much I’m currently reading.

I’d been spending entirely too much of my paycheck every week on yet more books, but now I have an all you can eat option. So far I’ve only grabbed a couple of books, but it will certainly pay for itself by comparison. It’s nice to “own” a digital copy that I can pull up anytime I want, but mostly I’m just here to consume and add to my metal collection.

Previously I’d want to go out and buy a physical copy, but since space is limited now, and I’d already had to pare down the several hundred books I owned, it would be silly to continue that practice. And while I enjoy the reading experience from the Google Play store more, there are benefits to Amazon. One being of course the all you can read option. The other being that it is connected with Goodreads.

When you finish a book it automatically comes up with the option to score what you’ve read. Yes it does so on Amazon, but it also feeds back into Goodreads, which I’ve been using longer than I’ve been downloading digital books. While I may not have every book listed there that I’ve read, it does have a fair amount. More so things I started with and more recent titles. Those that I read in my early 20’s may be lacking, as I don’t think I’ve recalled them all, but there are still a number that I had, and have scored.

I think it makes for an interesting list of data. To me to look back upon, and for anyone interested in knowing my likes and dislikes. Though I don’t think I’ve scored anything I’ve fiercely hated, as I generally stop reading those. I can only recall a couple of books like that though, others I’ve put on my to finish list. Who knows if I’ll go back now as I’m ready to be a glutton with all the books that Amazon can give me now.

Also this will give me an incentive to read new authors. Before I’d only read books from people I knew, and had enjoyed previously. This of course in an attempt to waste money purchasing a book I didn’t like. But now I can grab something new without fear of wasting money. If I don’t like it, it’s not a huge deal, and I can move on to something different.

I’ve been relatively lucky in picking books, and only recently found something I didn’t particularly like. Too late had I spent money on it, but it resides mostly unread. Otherwise, every book I’ve read has been at least decent.

Of course my scoring is from my perspective. It’s a mix of how well written something is, usually how the use of language is utilized. Then how interesting the story is, and lastly how much I enjoyed it overall. Some books can hit the language and interesting elements and get good scores, even if I didn’t enjoy them over much. But if you hit the enjoyment button, well you’re gonna get a good score usually no matter what. But if you hit all three, well you’re going to get a perfect score, aren’t you?

That all being said, I’m feeling good, and this book is getting edited at a steady pace. I hope you have an enjoyable week, and I’ll talk to you next time.

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 55% into editing

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Just a short post

Date posted: July 2, 2018

Hello all. I’m back again.

I’m at a loss about what to talk about today. Sure I’ve done some editing, but there’s nothing much to mention about it. Mostly it was me moving around commas and deleting extra spaces here and there. Other than that and me working additional hours over the weekend there isn’t much to say.

I mean I could say that I had to change my sleep schedule, and I’m still in the process of getting back to my normal night shift mentality because of it. Perhaps that’s another reason I can’t think of much to talk about. It can take me weeks to feel normal again after such a shift, but hopefully I’ll be alright after I take a nap after I finish writing this blog post.

I’ve read a couple of books, watch a bit of Star Trek TOS, continued watching whatever random anime I’m following this season, and watched The Last Action Hero again. All of them good. Strangely good really. I hadn’t seen LAH in a couple of decades, not since I caught it on Satellite at my grandparents house one summer in the 90’s. But I think I liked it better this time around.

Back then I found it amusing, but now I just found it so meta. All the strange amalgamations of other action tropes, and then smashing them all together in humorous ways. The police station stands out, as that place was filled with random characters from other movies and franchises. Heck, later in the movie Ian McKellen makes an appearance as Death. All in all an enjoyable film, as long as you realize that you shouldn’t take anything serious, not even the parts that take place in the “real world”.

But sadly that’s about all I have for you this week. Just know that I’m still working on the book, and it’s getting there. 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 53% into editing

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Editing and Splitting things into Chapters

Date posted: June 25, 2018

Well hello there. I’m Steven, I write this blog.

So, it’s been another week, and it has been pretty good. I’ve gotten to 50% for editing, which means I’ve read through the book twice. I didn’t have to change much, other than some things that I discussed with the co-author. They’d written a scene with a character that needed to be explained a bit for it to make sense, and the first time I read it I corrected it the wrong way. Of course while I had read the story already at that point, because I go back and read when I write, I had mistaken certain things. Instead I was trying to make things consistent, but this time I had to change the world instead of the character to make the story make sense.

But what I can say for now is that there are 33 chapters thus far. There maybe more, or fewer by the time the book gets published. I was just trying to space out things a bit this time, finding break points in the story. I think some are a little short, and one in particular is rather long. The long one should be at least two chapters, but it’s long enough for three if I’m honest about it. However, finding a point that made sense was rather difficult. I’ll have to take a look at it with the co-author and see what they think.

As of now though I have a number of chapters that they worked on to go back and look at. Starting at the beginning once more, I’m actually looking forward to reading it again. It’s happened each time when I edit this particular book. The beginning is rather amusing, and I find it fun to see where everything started again after just finishing the end.

Watching the characters grow into their own as I read the book is interesting. Starting at one point in their life, and by the end how different they are while remaining the same person, that is fun. All the while watching each choice they make, logically getting them to that ending point. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of it.

Of course because I’ve given myself the task, I’ll keep reading over it until we’re both satisfied, but I think it’s rather close right now. But as I’ve said many times before, while I may think it’s all corrected, another round will probably find other strange errors that my eyes missed last time. That and I can work on chapter formatting a bit more.

Perhaps I’m a bit strange, but I tend to like editing. Writing is fun as well, and the feeling of accomplishment is huge, but being able to read through something you made is quite pleasurable. I’ll be spending several more weeks working on this, and having some fun while doing so.

Until next time, I hope your week is a great 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 50% into editing

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Try Hard, but know when to stop

Date posted: June 18, 2018

Howdy folks. I’ve returned.

This last week went by in a blur, but I was able to edit a decent chunk in that time. I’m almost done with my second pass through of the book. Things are looking really good, and the co-author keeps adding to it as well. So while I cut away, or change things, the story still grows.

There’s a bit that one of us needs to add, but it’s been difficult to find an appropriate place to put it. We both know where it belongs, but it’ll involve a bit of work. It will change the pacing of this certain part of the book, and we’ll have to expand on things later to show consistency. It almost might be better to write it as a separate piece, then paste it in and work around it. We both agree that it should be there, and I’ve already added a bit to this section to make way for it, but somehow I didn’t feel the fit for the expanded narrative that we want there. Perhaps I’ll have to wait until they catch up with me.

They are taking their time, being very thorough, as is needed. Since I have more time to work on the book I just run through it rather quickly because I know I’ll be back through it again and again. They on the other hand may only have enough time to see it a couple of times through. As I have more time, this is as it should be. I’ll be doing my best, and I’m grateful they have any time to spare on this part. Two sets of eyes are better than one, and since our strengths are in different things, I’m very lucky to have them.

This particular run through for me has found little things I apparently missed the first time. A space that needn’t be here, or a word that while spelled correctly was the wrong one to be used. I supposed I rushed a little on that first read through. But since I’m catching more this time perhaps I’ve found the correct pacing. Then again we’ll see when I start at the beginning again.

It’s always surprising finding things you’ve missed. You think you have it perfect, or at least readable, then suddenly you see so many things that need correcting. I suppose that’s the way of things. If you don’t take a little time away from your book you’ll just see it as you meant it, and not as it was written.

Then again if you never finish editing because you aren’t satisfied, even if everything looks right, and you strive for perfection, you’ll never put out a book. No book is perfect, though some come close. There’s always a word missing or misused. A space that doesn’t belong, or a sentence that doesn’t make sense to anyone but you. Of course you try your best to look out for such things, and hopefully have multiple people help, but we’re all human. Mistakes will happen. But to limit such things, having people review your work that aren’t in your clique can help.

Imagine that the only people that look at your book before you publish are people who share your way of speaking or writing. They won’t notice that perhaps that what you put to page was a way to express something that only your group of friends understands. Sure they’ll get it, but what of those that don’t? What are they suppose to do? Perhaps they’ll understand via context clues, but it’ll puzzle them more than necessary. Especially if it is a very obscure reference, or way of speaking. Hence why some people tell you not to publish a book that was written for the American market for say the UK’s.

Spelling is different for them, as are way of expressing. Then again I’ve enjoyed books marketed for the UK as an American. But perhaps that is because I grew used to such things watching their television, and reading their books when I was younger. That and I have friends from around the world. We’ve found we can communicate well enough, though now and again a word confuses one of us. But luckily we tend to have the Internet these days. As such we can look things up that puzzle us. Not that I think that’ll be necessary, especially with this latest book. But one can never tell. I’ll just try to make the story as clear as I can.

In the end, work hard to be clear. But don’t become overly obsessed with perfection. Nothing is perfect, not in this world. Try hard, but don’t fall into the trap of never finishing. You have to let go at some point. Like children, you have to let them go to make their own mistakes at some point. Otherwise you’ll never publish.

So with that, I’ll be finished today. I wish you all well, and may you 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 45% into editing

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Reading Renewed

Date posted: June 11, 2018

Hello all, I’ve returned.

So what shall I talk about this week? I’m not sure I’ve much to say. The only thing I’ve done is edit and read books.

It has been said if you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write. I’ve taken that to heart, though I did drift away from traditional books for a few years. Mostly I was reading manga; Japanese comics. However I started noticing myself loosing interest after a few months of that. But then I’d read a book, and find I didn’t have much time for the long form written word. I should have gone on to short stories, but I’ve never been a huge fan, though I like the big ideas that can be implemented rapidly.

I drifted from book to book, not really fully invested. Only having a few minutes here and there didn’t help. So I’d bounce back to manga. Even they started to lose my interest. Eventually I just forced myself to read books. At first it was slowly, but now I’m back to near full strength. I’ll finish a book in a week or two now instead of one taking nearly a month.

The only downside to that is I’m never sure what to read next. I’ve been looking to award winners, and for the most part I’ve enjoyed those. Though to be sure I think some of them win either because the author is already famous for something else, or the ideas in them are so interesting they can’t be ignored. Even if they aren’t as well written as they could be. But hey, I’ll like what I like, and other people can like things differently.

Also I’ve implemented a fix for being bored. At least for me. I’ll read science-fiction, and if I feel bored of that style I’ll switch to fantasy. Those being my two favorite genres. Mostly I like science-fiction, so I tend to read more of that these days, but it’s nice to relax in fantasy for a bit. Maybe to get the feeling of wish fulfillment, before treading the waters of possible futures. Fantasy also seeming to be better suited for comedic writing, though I’ve read a few sci-fi that were more humor than science.

Then again that may just be my own preference when it comes to sci-fi. I like it more realistic, and serious, though I’m not opposed to funny quips here and there. But again, fantasy can be serious as well, like Wheel of Time, or Song of Ice and Fire. But after those I’d try to read something more humorous. Again, that’d be mostly fantasy, and usually written for a younger audience, though not always.

As it is, I hope if you are having a difficult time plodding through a book, maybe take a break and read something else. Something different and fun. Or if you are tired of comedy, try something serious. I find bouncing back and forth alleviates the boredom, and things seem more original.

Until next time, go out and read something. Anything really. Just don’t stop. A book is a portal to another world, and a different perspective. The more you read, the better you are at finding things to think about.

 

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 40% into editing

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