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Our Time in Japan Comes to an End

We’re leaving Japan soon, but I have a lot of work to do related to Japan over the next couple weeks. I’ve recorded a lot of video, and there will be videos uploaded to YouTube for almost every day we’ve been here in Japan. But that’s not all. There are some other things I have planned (not related to work, that is):

  1. Edit and upload all Japan vlogs.
  2. Catch up on comments on this blog.
  3. Star a Star Trek blog for my episode reviews.
  4. Write and record science videos.
  5. Read!
  6. Write!
  7. Resume the Read the World series.
  8. Resume Worldbuilding blog posts and videos.
  9. And play SimCity 4. Just because I really want to.

There are a lot of other things to do, but these are the big things. I probably forgot some things, though. They’ll come to mind!

Canada, here we come!

Science Channel – What’s Going On?

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.

Let’s Break Our Resolutions

It’s inevitable that my New Year Resolutions are broken. It always happens. What have I broken?

Nothing yet. However, there are some personal goals I didn’t mention that I haven’t been able to do. This is what I wanted to do:

  • Make two posts a day again. I actually went back to one a day and I even missed a day.
  • Write a bit every day.
  • Read a bit every day.
  • Start my science videos in January.
  • Do some book reviews in January.
  • Keep up on comments.
  • Keep up on social media.

Well, I failed all of those. Maybe February will be better. I’m going to push myself to do it!

Have you broken your resolutions yet?

Authors Answer 114 – 2017 Writing Plans

It seems to be tradition to talk about our plans for the upcoming year after the New Year. Why stop? This week, we’re talking about what we plan to do in terms of writing this year. Are we going to publish? Write? Find out!

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 114: It’s 2017. What are your goals for the year in terms of writing?

Cyrus Keith

This year I want to do three things:

1.) Finish my current WIP

2.) Find a home for my currently-finished WIP. Tempus Fugitive has been with some larger publishing houses, and requires a polite follow-up, because some things happened that interrupted the standard flow of business.

3.) Get a start on my next one. I have another installment on the docket for my published series, that I need to hit ASAP.

H. Anthe Davis

My goals for 2017 are to publish at least one book.  I have Book 4 waiting on its cover, needing nothing more than a final skim and formatting; I also have Book 5 about 1/4th through its rough draft stage, so that it’s possible it could be done by the end of the year.  I didn’t get anything published in 2016 because of delays, so to put both in-progress books out this year would catch me up nicely.

Paul B. Spence

My goals for the coming year are to finish the books I started in this last year. If all goes well, I’ll have two books out this year, one novel only distantly related to the others, and another Hrothgar Tebrey novel. I may have a surprise for everyone, also, but we’ll see…

Tracey Lynn Tobin

My main goal is simply to keep writing, and preferably write more than I have been in recent years. Despite continually claiming that I’ll do better my overall yearly word count has gone steadily down the last three years in a row, so I’d really like to rectify that.

Additionally, I plan to force myself to finish some of the dozen-or-so projects I’ve had floating around me for months now, even if it means ripping out a quick-and-dirty first draft that is the worst thing I’ve ever written. I just want to get this stuff down and out so that I’m not constantly thinking about multiple different stories all at once. That can’t possibly be good for the thought process.

Gregory S. Close

I have three major goals. (1) Make significant progress on End of Dreams (sequel to In Siege of Daylight), 150k-200k words. (1) Finish Greyspace, about another 80k words. (3) Complete some short fiction, just a few thousand words here and there.

I am so far behind in my projects, I really need to set and reach pretty aggressive goals this year.

Elizabeth Rhodes

My main writing goal in 2017 is to get the rough draft of at least one project finished. I’ve narrowed the projects down to two for now, and both are fantasy novels. I at least want to get to 100 thousand words before I can consider it a workable first draft.

Jean Davis

This year, I’d hope to publish two more novels. One is contracted, but edits are overdue, so I’m not sure where that puts the publication date. The other I’d like to self-publish. I’m halfway done writing that one and it’s moving right along. I’d like to get a few more short stories out there as well, but I seem to be only able to concentrate on either novels or shorts and the novels have it right now.

Linda G. Hill

If you’d asked me last year, I’d have said my main writing goal was to publish the first novel of my Gothic paranormal romance series, “The Great Dagmaru.” If you ask me this year… it would be the same goal. But I’m much closer!! I hope to have the first out this spring, and the second before the year ends. The second is just awaiting editing, and the third is three-quarters written. My other goals are to finish writing it and the NaNoWriMo novel I failed at in November. … I refuse to be a failure this year! 😀

D. T. Nova

The same ones I failed to achieve last year. I’m planning to get that novel published, and hopefully make some progress on the next one.

At the same time, I also want to be more active as a blogger, and probably write about serious topics more often because being silent sure isn’t helping anyone.

C E Aylett

Oh, lots. I will be revising a novel and hope to have finished that by Christmas next year. I’ve also promised myself I will take more time out to make submissions, even though I hate the whole process (who wants to be trawling the internet for magazines and agents when we could be writing, after all?). Plus I’ve got a few short stories I want to finish up and the rest of my online class series at Skillshare on plotting and writing story arcs. I definitely plan to be more productive this year.

Eric Wood

My goal for writing in 2017 is to post consistently all year. I’d love to write a post a day. But I know when my schedule gets busy this won’t be realistic. Perhaps this will be the year I get my children’s book written!

Jay Dee Archer

Write. Just write. That is my most basic goal. 2016 was a terrible year for writing for me. This year, I plan to spend at least 15 minutes a day writing. If I can keep up that pace, then I can finish projects. I’ll be able to finish Journey to Ariadne and get started on my debut novel. It’s a very simple goal, but I have to start somewhere.

How about you?

What are your goals for 2017? If you’re an author, let us know what your writing goals are in the comments section below.

2017 Resolutions

Although it’s now the second day of 2017, here are my “resolutions” for the year. Actually, I don’t do resolutions, just rough ideas I’d like to achieve. And they are:

  • In terms of reading, read 24 books, or two per month.
  • In terms of writing, finish Journey to Ariadne and start Knight of Ariadne.
  • As for my booktube channel, continue to improve my editing and make a lot of videos.
  • For my new science channel, make high quality educational videos that people find interesting and entertaining.
  • Get a car.
  • Work full time.
  • Go on a trip to the west coast with my family.

I think they’re all pretty doable. Nothing extreme. What are your plans for 2017?

Three Days Until a Big Change

Today, I went to the police. I didn’t see any police officers, though. I went to the police information check office to get my criminal background checked. You see, I start a new job on Monday!

But why do I need to have my background checked? I’ll be working with children, the elderly, and disabled. Since I have a lot of experience with children, that’s no problem.

But that’s not what I want to talk about. I have three days until I start work. So, what will I do? Of course, there’s a lot of work around the house this weekend. But other than that, I want to focus a lot on doing a few things:

  1. Watch a lot of Star Trek. That means a lot of posts coming about that.
  2. Work on updating the Authors Answer index.
  3. Contact some people about a special event coming at the end of October on this blog.
  4. Play SimCity 4.
  5. Record as many videos as I can, including a new format for The Star Trek Project.
  6. Start work on an end card for my videos.
  7. Start working on new playlists for my channels.
  8. Start working on updating video descriptions, titles, and tags for search engine optimization.

Is that too much? Anything you’re interested in seeing? Let me know in the comments below!

150 Subscribers on YouTube!

Well, I have a milestone to share. I now have more than 150 subscribers on YouTube! Feels like I was celebrating 100 not too long ago. Actually, it’s at 153 now. And I have another milestone coming soon, but it’s about this blog. More on that when it happens. It will be soon!

So, of course, I made a video talking about making 150 subscribers, but I talked mostly about future plans for my channel. I have a lot I want to do, and I hope to do something very important: increase audience retention. My goal is to get to the point and make things faster. No rambling at the beginning. Stop with introductions about what different series are about. I’ll mention that at the end of the video. And I need to inject some humour into my videos. The worst performing videos are my Star Trek ones. They have poor audience retention, so I need to do something that’ll make them more entertaining. Maybe more cut takes with some poor acting on my part.

Anyway, here is the video! And please watch to the end. My daughter has a very profound message for you.

If you’ve been watching my videos, do you have any feedback for me? I’m always looking to improve them, increase audience retention, and increase subscribers. And if you haven’t done so, please subscribe! Comments in the comments section below, please!

A Month on Booktube!

Well, my big experiment is going pretty well. I think I’m getting better at speaking in front of a camera. I’ve found it surprisingly easy to make and edit a video within half an hour or so. Sometimes, the biggest wait is just the video compiling on my computer.

I made a video about my first month on Booktube. It’s been an adventure, one that I see going on for a long time. So, check out my reflection on my first month on Booktube!

Some things I hope to improve are my editing, thumbnails, and adding end cards when the new end card annotation feature is public. I can’t wait to use that!

Anyway, let me know what you thought of the video. Thanks!

What’s Coming to My Videos

I have plans. Lots of plans. I made a video on YouTube outlining my plans. One of those plans includes Author Answer! Watch the video to find out what I’ll be doing.

There are a couple other bloggers who are answer the questions. But now, I’m hoping some other YouTubers will be answer the questions. Let’s see what happens!

Comments and questions are definitely appreciated!

Taste of Japan – The Videos to Come

I have a lot of videos to edit and post to YouTube. They were mostly taken back in October while my sister was visiting for two weeks. You’ve been waiting a long time for the videos to come out, so I thought I’d give you an idea about what you’ll see. So, here’s the grand list of videos I will post.

  1. Enoshima – This will be a long video
  2. Enoshima Aquarium
  3. Hamarikyu Garden
  4. Tsukiji Fish Market
  5. Ginza
  6. Tokyo Skytree
  7. Miraikan (The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) and Odaiba
  8. The Railway Museum
  9. Ofuna Kannonji Temple
  10. Tokeiji Temple
  11. Jochiji Temple
  12. Meigetsuin Temple
  13. Hasedera Temple
  14. Kotokuin Temple (Daibutsu)
  15. Dinosaur Restaurant
  16. Oyama (hiking to the top of a mountain)
  17. Shinjuku Gyoen (gardens)
  18. Meiji Jingu Shrine
  19. Shibuya Crossing and Hachiko Statue
  20. Tokyo Station
  21. Imperial Palace East Gardens (this will be a big video)
  22. Tokyo International Forum
  23. Marine Tower
  24. Yamashita Park
  25. Hikawamaru (an old passenger ship)
  26. Yokohama Chinatown and Chinese food
  27. Motomachi (shopping district)
  28. Yamate and Berrick Hall
  29. Samukawa Shrine

And there will be another video from Izu. Or maybe more than one. We’re supposed to be going there later this month to see the kawazu zakura, which is a kind of early-blooming cherry tree. They’re bright pink. The area we’re going to has other attractions, as well.

Any of those look interesting to you? Let me know which ones you want to see in the comments below.

And just for a little taste, here’s the last Taste of Japan video. It’s a ride on one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels. It’s also the world’s largest clock. The view is amazing!