Tuesday, July 19, 2016

More future plans (and just ranting in general I guess).

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of post last week. I went out of town over the weekend and when I got back I didn't feel well for a couple of days. So rather than just post the picture of the sick guy again, I just decided to wait till I was feeling better. So yeah, sorry.

Typical youtube video length for me...what am I editing,
web videos or movies?
Anyway, I just wanted to take it easy today and let you guys know what I'm planning to do for the future regarding this blog, Youtube, and my writing. Like I've said in a previous post, I feel like my Youtube channel is taking up more and more of my time than I want it to and its got me feeling as if what little creative writing ability I have is slowly liquefying and sliding off the cliff into the bottomless abyss below. Needless to say, this is something I find unacceptable. As hard as it might be to accept for some people, writing fantasy and genre fiction is my life, and I have millions of little ideas in my head that are wailing and beating the sides of my skull with giant robot fists to be let out. Now, I know this is my fault. My time management skills are poorer than the hobo living off the grocers' dumpster and it's something I actually want to improve and be more productive. So with that in mind, with future Let's Plays (I.e: after I finish Dark Souls and Bloodborne) I've decided to do what I was doing before I got my capture device and go back to making shorter episodes, about 20-30 minutes or less (not counting the recap section or the visual novel machinima bits, the latter of which I'm considering cutting down on as is). I say "after I finish" those games because I'm a few bosses away from beating them anyway, and I don't want to drag them out any more than I have to.

I'm also going to try and do more live commentary (that is, talking and reacting as I'm recording) in my videos to cut down on production time. I wasn't able to really do this before because the two microphones I was using at the time (one on my USB gaming headset and the other a generic USB microphone) produced this overwhelming 'buzz' sound (and picked up radio signals) that I couldn't fix without a separate sound editing program like Audacity. I recently bought a new microphone that uses a traditional 3.5mm jack instead of a USB connector and that seems to have solved this problem, at least for now.

My new Microphone.
I'm also seriously considering doing a lot more streams over on my Twitch page. For those who don't know, Twitch is a website that lets users broadcast live gameplay (and other things as well) over the internet. You can think of it kinda like watching live TV, only that people can actually comment on what you're doing as you play, so it allows for more interaction with your fanbase. It's much easier to do than recording and editing videos for hours on end, and it gives me more time to relax and enjoy what I'm doing. So, I might start doing that more.

As for the Blog, Nothing really new to report on that. The schedule I have right now for it (updating it every Tuesday), is working out pretty well for me. It fits in with what else I want to do and writing whatever pops into my head is admittedly kinda cool. Granted, I would like to see it grow and reach a wider audience, but that will come with time, I think.

As for the writing, well as I've said. I have a completed the first draft of my book and I need to get back to marking it up. But I still need beta readers, but no one I've asked has the time to do it (and I do understand why). A friend of mine, one Vanna Smythe (whose books you should totally check out by the way), suggested that I join a website that was all about Literary Criticism called Critique Circle. I did sign up, but I haven't been able to post anything on there. because.....I don't have enough points to do so...Ya know, I can understand having a premium membership option, websites don't pay for themselves after all. But how does it make sense for a site about critique to have something as arbitrary as a point system? I'm here to get feedback on my book, not play fricken Space Invaders. The way you get more points is by reviewing other people's work, and the author you're reviewing has the option to reject it, and that means you don't get any points. I don't enjoy doing reviews very much anyway, at least not anymore, so you can imagine my frustration here. but if that's what I gotta do, then, well, donkey work first, right?

Well anyway, that's all from me for now. Thanks for reading and putting up with me. See you later guys.  


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