I make a lot of videos these days. I appear on camera for people to hear what I say. My top video that I appear in screen has almost 800 views. That many people have watched me talk about fantasy novels I’m anticipating in 2017.
But think about this. How would you feel if people you know are watching your videos? They could be friends, family, and even coworkers. A few years ago, I would have said there’s no way I could do that. But now? It’s not a big deal for me anymore. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I don’t think about it. Even though I’m thinking about it now, I’m so used to it that I really don’t care if people have a negative opinion. I do it for those who enjoy that type of video.
I also do a lot of public speaking now. 15 years ago, I couldn’t do it. Then I became a team leader in a call centre. I spoke to groups of up to 50 briefing them on projects. Then I taught English for 11 years to groups of up to 8-10 people. Now I speak to groups of up to 40 several times a day at work. And I have no problems doing it. I would’ve had terrible stage fright several years ago. Now it’s not a big deal.
How do you feel about speaking in front of groups?
In the process of updating it. Actually, I’ve done a bit of work on it already, but I still need to put up the new reward levels and a main information post about the Patreon page. It’s now for my science channel, as it will require better equipment and supplies for the videos.
I didn’t study anything, but I saw that Swahili is now available.
The usual has been happening, but it’s turning out to be a very slow month for the blog. It may be the first month in more than two years with fewer than 2,000 views.
The Next Week’s Goals
A lot of effort will be put into videos this week, especially the science channel, as well as a new world building video. I’ve already recorded that one. I also aim to have a new start with the blog at the beginning of March. I need to get my priorities in order.
Finally, just two days before the end of February, my science channel has gone live. Science: Not Just a Theory now has its first video, a 30 second channel trailer. And here it is:
This video may only be 30 seconds long, but it took me a long time to edit. I did the title screen by itself (it’ll be reused) and instead of end card annotations, I used an old-fashioned annotation for the subscribe button.
In case you’re wondering, here’s a little information about what to expect. I will make regular uploads every Monday and Thursday. Mondays will be a video based on a science topic each week. Thursdays will be weekly science news. I’ll also upload the occasional video about urgent news. This week, expect a channel intro video on Tuesday, then a news video on Thursday.
If you haven’t subscribed yet, and you want to see my science videos, then click here and subscribe! I also started a Facebook page for the channel. You can check it out here.
Things are starting to come together for both of my channels. I only published one video, and it’s a really short one, but I did the largest amount of editing and effects of any videos I’ve done.
For my main channel, I made a new channel trailer! I used Filmora for this one, and I even added an end card using picture in picture for the first time ever. It also has a very bold thumbnail. Check it out!
As for my science channel, I’ve recorded the channel trailer and a channel intro video. They’re different. The channel trailer is less than a minute long, while the channel intro video is a few minutes of me talking about what to expect on the channel.
I’ll be busy again over the next week, but I have a couple days in which I can record a lot of video. I have my first science news video to record (most likely on Wednesday). I’ll have a lot of videos for my main channel, as well. I’m planning on the regular review and Authors Answer videos, as well as the next World Building video. I’m going to do a wrap-up/TBR video, too. I’m hoping to have them all up this week!
Let me know what you thought of the channel trailer in the comments section below.
The Parting of New Shores, a fantasy story set on a tropical island.
A survey crew shipwrecks on an island not marked on any known maps and populated by a yet unknown race of people. They quickly find that these people wanted to remain unnoticed, and why – their island is a wellspring of magical power that civilized nations could only dream of, and can harness this power to make just about anything happen. The people are none too pleased with their new guests, but they’re also reluctant to allow them to go home. And when one of the crew falls in love with an island native, the situation is complicated even further.
The Parting of New Shores (from The Nine and Ninety Tales)
The Padrah Imesxh has issued a challenge to the people of Isht’in: “Go forth, and part the shores of the unknown! For the man or woman that can reach the faraway Eastern Realms and return with alliances in trade and knowledge, the reward shall be a Royal Charter of land, coin and a seat among the Wise.”
There is no war to win. No Dark Lord to defeat. But power, riches and respect are there for the taking, and Ahtma Ku has need for all three. With her father’s mare, her mother’s lucky copper coin, and an indomitable will, she sets out to find the eastern end of the world, and all the adventure between.
Summary: Valarie and John met on accident. They didn’t mean to fall in love; they didn’t mean to get married; and they certainly didn’t mean to turn into vampires… it just happened that way. Now they will spend eternity in Love’s Happy Bliss, always seeking the next pair of Young Lovers lounging on the night beaches – after all, teens are easy, delicious prey.
– Summary: Humanity finally accomplishes what it has been dreaming of for millennia: discovers intelligent life on a distant planet. All seems well at first, as the two species’ curiosity in each other takes precedence, but soon a grave event sets in motion the beginnings of the greatest war the universe has ever seen.
Synopsis: The big quake finally hit, and California has separated from the mainland and is moving north rapidly. It wouldn’t have been so bad for Jill and Tom, except that the zombie plague erupted out of the fault, and now they are trapped on a large island, moving into an uncertain future, with zombies trying to eat their brains.
Summary: A billionaire has a dream, in which he receives orders from God: “Leave this place, and go to another planet I will show you, a land flowing with milk and honey.” He overcomes resistance, bureaucracy, and sabotage to build and launch the first colony ship, destination unknown. But among those who join him are some who are determined to make him fail, at all costs.
The Parting of New Shores is dramatic story set in New England. Newlyweds, Jim and Sandy Shores return from their honeymoon only to learn that marriage is a lot tougher than it looks. Divorcing is even harder. Amidst angry parents, opinionated friends who hire hitmen, and a war over the wedding china, the one-time lovebirds must amicably sort things out before death parts them forever.
The Carvalians fought a three hundred year war that saw no end. The Gods had no other solution: separate the warring nations. The continents of Shandar and Torollen were born. Kendar Dragonspur lost the love of his life, a new sea forcing them to live apart. Can he find a way to cross the waters and find the woman he loves?
How about you?
Now it’s your turn. Choose a book that you think should be written. Which best fits the title “The Parting of New Shores” in your mind? Vote below, then leave a comment explaining your choice.
One of the things I need to do for the new science channel is to keep reading science news. I would like to do a weekly video on science news featuring a few stories from various fields of science. They will be brief, meant as more of a summary of the science news. I will do additional videos about news stories that’ll take a closer look at the news and may or may not be included in the weekly news video.
One of the first stories I will talk about is TRAPPIST-1, which I’ve already talked about on this blog. But where will I find the news? Of course, I’ll keep watching for stories on science news websites, as well as some of the major news websites. There are a lot of science “news” websites out there that I won’t touch, though (Natural News, for example). I want to use legitimate resources that cite the original sources. NASA, for example, is a good source I will use often. I’ll also use Planetary Society, Discovery, LiveScience, Space, Nature, and so on.
I’d like to know what your favourite science news websites are. Let me know in the comments section below.
The announcement that NASA hinted about being a major discovery related to planets orbiting another star turned out to actually be pretty major. In many cases, we’ve seen announcements of huge planets, single Earth-sized planets, or a super-Earth in the habitable zone around a star. This time, it’s even more significant.
TRAPPIST-1 is a very cool and small red dwarf star 39 light years away. Not only does it have one Earth-sized planet, but it has seven. And it’s not just one of them in the habitable zone, it’s three. How’s that for amazing?
Two were originally discovered by The Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) in Chile, then confirmed by NASA’s Spitzer Telescope. But Spitzer discovered a further five planets. When the James Webb Space Telescope is in operation, it will be used to study these planets even further. We may be able to discover the atmospheric composition, determining if they’re potentially habitable.
As these are planets orbiting a red dwarf, they are close to the star, with the outer planet having an orbital period of only 20 days. This means that they’re likely to be tidally locked, with one side of each planet facing the star. They don’t have enough information about the outer planet to determine its exact size, but scientists guess that it may be icy.
NASA released this video on the planets:
What do you think of this news? Let’s talk about it in the comments section below.
I remember saying I’d start my science channel around the beginning of February. It’s three months into February already. So, what’s going on?
Don’t worry. It’s coming. In fact, I have a couple videos already recorded, and they’ll be going up this week! But not until Thursday and after. The delay has everything to do with the name of the channel. I’ve finalised the channel’s name: Science: Not Just a Theory.
What you’re going to get this week are the channel trailer and an introductory video about who I am and what the channel is all about. I discuss what kind of videos to expect. I also mention things like Patreon, which I’ll be refocusing on the science channel. Of course, the channel will be renamed and the vlogs will be made private.
Some of the videos to expect include:
Weekly science news
Videos on specific topics every week (The one scheduled for March 11th will be about earthquakes, as it’s the sixth anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami)
Occasional vlog-style science news updates whenever there’s big news that can’t wait for the weekly science news.
26 shorter videos in April featuring a different science topic based on the alphabet
I also have future ideas, including visits to science-related places in the area, experiments that are easy to do at home or outside, and Q&A videos where I answer science questions asked by the viewers.
What would you like to see? It’s your chance to ask some questions. You can ask them in the comment section below.
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