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Authors Answer Contributors’ YouTube Channels

Right now, we have eleven Authors Answer contributors (plus more in September!), and four of us have YouTube channels.  Of course, I’m one of them. I made a video about the 2,000th blog post and I introduced my viewers to some Authors Answer contributors’ channels. Here it is:

In case you’re wondering whose channels I mentioned, and you didn’t watch the above video, here they are:

But before I forget, since this is all about Authors Answer, I also posted a video on Question 8! However, there are some big differences. That one was about New Year’s resolutions. But it’s August now! I changed the question. Now it’s this:

What are your plans for the rest of 2016 in terms of writing?

I answered it in this video:

This post was a bit all over the place, but it’s all about Authors Answer. Any comments are very welcome!

Commentition Jocular June 2016

It’s that time again. The past month has been an interesting one for me, but I’ve been focusing a lot on social media and YouTube. I haven’t forgotten about the blog, and I certainly won’t. But with the summer months coming, I can see a slowdown in the views and comments. But we’ll see! This month’s top commenters are all people who have been on the list before. There’s been some shuffling in the ranks, though. So, how much did it change? Let’s look!

The top six commenters are based on the previous 1000 comments, nearly half of which are mine.  The rest go to all of you commenters.  462 were my comments, the rest went to others.  So here are the top six:

1. In first place, we have an old, but very frequent leader. Back in the top position is stomperdad with 77 comments! No change in the number, but the ranking has gone up. Check out his latest post, which is an experimental chain of stories of one hundred words each: The Perfect Spot.

2. In second place, we have the previous first place commenter, the person without any blog posts, my sister, leeannarcher. She has 71 comments. Check out her blog, which has nothing much to see yet.

3. Coming in third place is someone who went up one place. From down under, it’s Miriam with 41 comments! Her most recent blog post is about her Gratitude Diary. Please read Grateful for a Kind Life.

4. Down one place is our fourth place commenter, Gradmama2011 with 38 comments! In her latest post, she shares a poem about Cyprus that she read on another blog: Carpe Diem 974 Cyprus, a poem.

5. In fifth place, we have a returning commenter to the list. It’s only her second time in the ranking. Welcome back The Shameful Narcissist with 33 comments! Her most recent blog post is a review of a George R. R. Martin book. Check out Dreamsongs: Volume II (Dreamsongs #2).

6. Down from fifth, we have another regular. It’s Tracey Lynn Tobin with 31 comments! She’s been focusing a lot more on her YouTube channel, Tracey’s Basement. Her latest post is no different. Take a look at Pac Man Funko Pop Haul.

And that is this month’s ranking. Thanks to everyone who’s commented! I really enjoy reading your comments, and I always look forward to them. I wonder how next month’s ranking will look.

Commentition Magnifique May 2016

After being in Canada for more than a month, I have been able to catch up on comments, and I will stay caught up. With that being said, the standings are pretty interesting this month. We’ve had a couple regulars drop out of the top six to be replaced by another couple of regulars (Authors Answer contributors!). Who are they?

The top six commenters are based on the previous 1000 comments, nearly half of which are mine.  The rest go to all of you commenters.  458 were my comments, the rest went to others.  So here are the top six:

1. We have a new top commenter! And while she has a blog, she hasn’t made any blog posts. She really needs to. With 93 comments, it’s my sister, leeannarcher. Her blog is here.

2. Coming in second place is a regular who hasn’t moved at all this month. With 77 comments, it’s stomperdad! His latest post is a great one. Some nice photography of the moon! Check out To the Moon and Back.

3. In third place, we have our previous first place commenter. Gradmama2011 may have moved down a bit, but she still had 68 comments! Her latest post shows you some natural beauty (I love nature photography). Take a look at Floral Beauty.

4. Dropping down from third place, with 54 comments, it’s Miriam! Her latest post features the colour green. It’s more nature photography! Looks great. Check out Green in Nature.

5. Returning to the fold in fifth place is one of our regulars, Tracey Lynn Tobin! She had 29 comments. She loves unboxing things, and she’s got a new video. Check out her post and video, Pop in a Box Unboxing #4.

6. And finally, in sixth place, we have another regular who’s returning to the top six. That’s Linda G. Hill with 23 comments! Take a look at her latest post: One-Liner Wednesday – Watch Out!

Thanks to everyone for commenting. You make it a lot more fun to blog, and it’s great to interact with you. If you didn’t make it to this list this month, you may next month. Just keep commenting! I wonder what June will bring us.

Sleepy Middle-of-the-Night Rambling

Interesting night it’s been so far. I really have no topic for this post, since I’m dead tired and have had nothing but trouble for a couple hours. It’s 2 in the morning and I just finished eating my dinner. Luckily, it’s my day off tomorrow.

As usual, I got home, and I needed to put my daughter to bed. She has this ritual where she takes three stuffed animals/dolls to bed with her and has a book read to her before she sleeps. She needs to cuddle with me. Normally, there’s no trouble getting her to sleep. But tonight, she had other plans. For about two hours, she kept trying to kick the blankets off of her, while I kept putting them back on. It’s not hot in here. It’s actually quite cold. You can thank Japanese insulation for that. The blankets are very important. But she would have none of them. I wrestled with her for two hours, trying to get her to stay asleep and stop uncovering and freezing herself. I didn’t get to eat dinner until 1 am.

This has also delayed my planned upload of a video, which is the beginning of a vlog about our move to Canada. I recorded it while I was on my way to work, but I need to edit and upload it first. And I had also planned to write a book review tonight! But I’m so tired, I think it’ll have to wait. I’ll do it sometime tomorrow.

While I ate, I watched a video on YouTube made by some guy in Edmonton who records himself driving to catch bad drivers (and presumably for insurance purposes). He drives a truck. It seems almost every Edmonton dashcammer I’ve watched on YouTube is driving a truck. Ugh. And I realised I could easily tell if he was from the city or country. He was definitely from the country, because he had that Canadian countryside twang that’s somewhat of a mix between midwestern US, Texan, and Atlantic Canada accents. People who were raised in the city or a town near a major city don’t have that accent. They have a more standard North American average TV news accent, if that makes any sense. But while watching the video, I also realised how much space there is in Edmonton. Everything is so wide, buildings are incredibly low and rather unattractive/utilitarian. I mean commercial buildings. The buildings in Japan aren’t any better, but at least there aren’t huge parking lots everywhere. Oh well, it’s easier to drive there, I think. I look forward to that. From what I remember, drivers in Canada tend to be a bit more lawful. There are red light runners all the time in Japan.

And I saw this post by S. R. Carrillo. Welcome her back to blogging. She needs to get her spot back in Commentition. I also noticed that Tracey Lynn Tobin has rebooted her YouTube channel, now called Tracey’s Basement. Here’s a post with one of her first reboot videos. I think I’m going to spend some time reading and leaving comments on her blog tonight.

At work, a student told me that when I talk about sushi, I look very happy. Do I really love sushi so much that it affects how I talk? Wow. Now I feel self-conscious about it.

And finally, my daughter’s been saying weird things. A couple nights ago, she was drawing a picture, and she started making kissing sounds. She said, “Kiss party! Kiss party!” and made more kissing sounds. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

Well, that’s it for tonight. How was your day? Anything exciting?

Commentition Jovial January 2016

It’s a new year, but are the commenters new? Or are they regular fixtures in Commentition? Well, the holidays can do strange things to commenting patterns, some people have more time, others are too busy. Let’s find out who’s at the top this month.

The top six commenters are based on the previous 1000 comments, nearly half of which are mine.  The rest go to all of you commenters.  460 were my comments, the rest went to others.  So here are the top six:

1. Retaining the top spot with 83 comments is our always epic commenter Eric, aka stomperdad. His latest blog post is an epic one: Epic Awesome. See how awesome he is!

2. In second place, with 77 comments, is the always prolific commenter Joanne Corey! But not all was well with her in her latest post: What I didn’t want to spend time on today. Sometimes technology sucks.

3. Third place is also an unchanging one this month. It’s the always amazing S. R. Carrillo with 42 comments! It looks like 2016 is a big year for her, just as it is for me. We both have lots of changes. Find out about hers in Times, They’re a-Changin’.

4. On to fourth place, I’m beginning to sense a pattern. There is no change to the ranking so far. Yet again, it’s Thomas Weaver with 24 comments! His most recent posts are reblogs of Authors Answer, but before that, he posted about something that has become a trend with big publishers, even British ones, improper use of commas! Check out Beyond the Oxford Comma. I love the Oxford comma, by the way.

5. Change! And this is a return to the top six rankings for one commenter after a few months. Welcome back, SD Gates! That’s 21 comments. Her most recent post is about that lottery in the US with the crazy jackpot: The Powerball – $2.00 per ticket to dream.

6. More change! And another return to the ranks. With 18 comments, it’s Tracey Lynn Tobin! Her most recent post is something I’m dealing with as well. It’s about children and reading. Take a look at Raising a Reader.

That’s it for January. Thanks for all the comments in 2015, and I hope to see a lot more in 2016! Who will dominate this year? Who will join the ranks as a newcomer this year? Exciting, isn’t it? I’m looking forward to sharing with you all these wonderful commenters.

Got a Book Vlog? Try These.

Oh look, it’s Authors Answer regular and one of my top commenters, S. R. Carrillo!

And there’s another Authors Answer contributor, Tracy Lynn Tobin!

You can even check out my channel, here.  But I haven’t really done much in the way of book videos. I recommend subscribing to all three channels above.

If you have a book vlog on YouTube, let me know in the comments below so I can subscribe! And others can subscribe, too.

What Will You Write? #1 – The Winner

Thank you to everyone who joined in the first What Will You Write?  It was a wonderful success, and there were a total of 10 entries.  I had a great time reading them all.  Please read the original post.

I must say that this was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make.  There were so many very high quality entries, and many were deserving to win.  There was a common theme in many of the entries, a twist at the end.  Some were quite humourous, and I found one of them quite touching.  Some looked like they could be expanded further with a longer story.  I had one in mind to win until I read the eventual winner.

Before I show you the winner, I’d just like to say why I chose this entry.  I think the main thing is that it has great potential for a much longer story.  It was a great start and it had me hooked.  That’s the thing, it was the one that made me want more.  Several of them made me want more, but this one just seemed like the best.  Congratulations!

The winning entry is Tracey Lynn Tobin’s story.  Here’s the full story:

Conrad opened his eyes to a view of a massive blue globe.  He jerked back and twisted around in the microgravity.  He touched something solid in front of him.  A window.

He pushed against the window and turned around.  Conrad scanned the small room, no larger than a public bathroom stall, and empty except for an EV spacesuit and door.  He studied the view through the window.  Neptune, he thought.  How did I get here?

His head was ringing, and his body was covered only by his boxer shorts and a loose white t-shirt. He tried to think back, but the last thing he could recall was sitting in that little coffee shop on Mars. Had he even finished his coffee? The memory was hazy, as though it had happened a lifetime ago.

“What happened to me?” he whispered to himself. He was surprised to find that his throat was hoarse and croaky…a sign of lack of use?

With few options available to him, Conrad reached for the spacesuit and manoeuvred himself into it. Even with the microgravity working with his body, he felt achy and weak. He didn’t want to think about it, but the evidence thus far caused him to believe that he must have been unconscious for quite some time. Or perhaps he had been drugged and the effects hadn’t worn off. Either way, he was concerned.

The door didn’t have a handle, but it slid open at his touch, moving as quietly as a baby’s breath. Conrad peeked out into a vast white hallway. It was silent as a grave, and empty save for the dozens of identical doors that lined both sides of it. The end of the hall nearest Conrad appeared to be a dead end. The opposite end was so far away that he couldn’t tell if there were any turns from here. All he could see were the doors. He thought there must have been a few hundred of them.

Tentatively, nervously, Conrad stepped out into the hallway. The door to his room slid shut behind him. He immediately began to shiver a bit. There was something truly frightening about this completely white hallway, but he couldn’t put his finger on it. He almost reached for the door to his room, intending to return and hope that someone would come to him, but when he turned to it he noticed a tiny white placard on the wall next to the door. It was so small that he might never have seen it if it hadn’t been at exactly eye level. It blended into the wall, but the small black letters were what had caught his eye.

Conrad Skye
3 Counts of Premeditated Murder
Lifetime Sentence

Conrad felt his heart constrict. He reached out with a shaking hand to touch the words, praying to ever God that ever was that he was imagining what he saw. But no. He could feel the indentation of the words drilled into the placard.

“You’re new,” a gentle voice spoke. Conrad nearly jumped out of his skin. He whirled around and found the source of the voice. A girl – no older than 15 – was standing in the open doorway of her own room across the hall. She had been pretty once, Conrad thought, with her long blond hair and bright blue eyes. But her hair was hanging limp, and her eyes had very dark circles around them that gave her the appearance of having not slept in a very long time. “You’re new,” she repeated.

Conrad opened his mouth, closed it, and opened it again, but he wasn’t sure what to say. He stared at the girl, confused, upset, angry, before his eyes found the little placard next to her door.

Eliza Ratchford
5 Counts of Kidnapping and Child Endangerment
30 Year Sentence

Conrad’s eyes returned to meet Eliza’s. His mouth felt dry. “I didn’t do it,” he found himself saying. His hand seemed to move of its own accord to point at the placard with his name on it. “I didn’t do it,” he said again. “I never killed anyone.” He licked his lips. He felt as though he was listening to his own voice from a far away place. Surely this had to be a dream. “I’ve never even been in a fist fight,” he added, as though that meant something.

Eliza smiled a little, but her eyes were sad. “We’re all innocent here,” she told him. “But that doesn’t seem to mean much to the politicians whose crimes we’ve been chosen to pay for.”

Panic was setting in. All of a sudden a thousand images were flowing into Conrad’s mind. His wife and daughter, whom he’d left sleeping in bed when he decided to visit his favorite coffee shop. His sick father, who would be needing his medication soon. His mechanic job at the interplanetary travel agency, where his closest friends would be wondering where he’d gone. All the things he’d planned to do and not yet done. All the things he’d never known he wanted to do, but were suddenly filling his mind and body with desires.

“I can’t be here,” he croaked. “This isn’t right. I have a family, a life. I haven’t done anything wrong. I haven’t done anything wrong!” By now he was screaming, and all up and down the long, white hallway, other heads were starting to peek through their respective doors. Some of them had begun to walk toward Conrad, and it was making him feel like a small, trapped animal. He tried to back away, but Eliza had moved in front of him and had her hands on either side of his face.

“I’m sorry,” she whispered. “But unless you think you can jump to Neptune from here, the life you left behind is over. Welcome to the Intergalactic Government’s robotic, automated prison for completely innocent scapegoats.”

Great work by everyone, and congratulations to our winner!

Here are the rest of the entries in order of submission.

Mark Morris – The first of several with plenty of humour.  I quite enjoyed the twist at the end.

Tara Southwell – The prompt was rewritten, but the result was incredible.  I really enjoyed this one.  It was a great submission I would say gets honourable mention.  Definitely read this one!

S. R. Carillo (Sierra) – Ah, here’s another one I want to know more about.  What happens next?  I really liked this.

C. K. Rich – For a first time writing sci-fi, I think she did a great job.  There was romance throw into this one.  Very nice job.

Tony Dingwell – Great twist at the end.  I should’ve seen it coming, but I didn’t. It got me.  I should expect the twists, considering how many stories had them.  Nice job.

Veronica Haunani Fitzhugh – This was very funny!  Great humour in this story.  Enjoyed it immensely.

Steven Erickson – This was pretty unexpected.  Plenty of sexual innuendo and humour.  And also another with a great twist.  Enjoyed it a lot.

Winter Bayne – The twist theme continues with this!  Although this one may be expected, I love how it was done.  Very enjoyable to read it.

Katie Robles – And our final entry had a big dilemma at the end.  I’m really interested in what his decision is.  Nice job.

I’d like to thank everyone who joined.  Later this week, I’ll have the second challenge up, and to give you a hint, it’s my other literary love.  You can probably correctly guess what it is.

On a final note, I’d like to recommend everyone to read all the entries.  You won’t regret it.  Some fun stories and great ideas.