Friday, September 25, 2015

I Need a New Computer

I don't need one right away, but it would be nice.

Rendering animation and video almost requires an excellent computer because it takes up so much processing power to do. It took my computer over 5 hours to make a 45 minute video file, and it was the only thing it could do while it was working on it as well. I got by with minor tasks in between, but basically my work was halted during this time. I'm thinking it's better to just do it overnight instead.

I have to wonder if it was always like this, because my computer is not that bad, and video editing hasn't changed that much over the years. Is the process so taxing that back in the day you had to wait a whole day to make a short video, or is it similar to how things that just grown with the times and the need is greater like inflation?

I don't really know, but I want a new computer. It would make things a lot easier.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Creating An Audience Instead of Waiting For One.

Today I set up a P.O. Box

The reason for this was because I need one for what I'm planning. I'm setting up an email mailing list for my novels so that I can do direct marketing to fans. Part of anti-spam regulations in the U.S. means I'm required to show my address in the email. I don't really feel like people having my real address, so everything is going to point to my P.O. Box instead.

The first step is building that list though. What prompted this was a set of videos from another struggling author just trying to make a living off his books. One of the things he did was create a mailing list for his fans, which is ingenious.

If you don't provide a direct line to your audience, who will? If you don't tell your fans that a new book is out, how will they find out?

You can't wait for your fans to make forum posts and talk about your book, you need to build that audience and make it grow yourself. You can't rely on other people to do this for you.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Being a Court Stenographer Must Be Insane

I recently did a recording of a podcast with my editor Ethan over skype which will be posted online next month. One part of the process which I read online is a good thing to have is a transcription of the podcast because it can be useful for search engines.

Transcribing sucks.

I have voice to text software and that sucks too.

So, I've had to go through and listen to the audio at half speed and type out everything by hand, and even at half speed I can't keep up. It's not fun.

As the title says, I imagine being a stenographer is a pretty intense and stressful job. Not to mention that you can't let yourself be inattentive for even a moment. Nowadays there's probably really good software that can be used to minimize a stenographer's need to be there, but there is still a need.

Certain specialty jobs will never die as long as there are people to enjoy them. It's probably because on one side, machines just aren't capable of making something of the same quality yet, and we have a longing for the way things used to be. Tailors will never go out of business, calligraphy will always stand the test of time, and there will always be books on paper.

How much of those are left in 10, 50, or 100 years depends on how much we care for them. It's up to us to keep up that legacy.