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Posting Frenzy!

Tonight I posted a few clips of Gregg and I just having fun. This one I think is especially funny. But it got me thinking… what the heck, Crissy?! Since when are you a youtuber?

And the answer is; I’m not. Well, I suppose I am in the fact that I do post videos on my youtube, but I’m not as serious about it as other youtubers. I don’t post regular content. I don’t have a weekly list of things I do. I don’t even know when I will have a chance to record since I live in a small house with a large family, and no one is going to be quiet for me to record most of the time.

But I do love recording. I love gaming. I love talking about the things I’ve done. So it seems natural to vlog, and record the games I play. To have discussions around it. And to share it online.

I don’t claim to be good at it. In fact just the opposite, though I am getting better. Gregg and I have a lot of little funny moments that I think are great to share. My gaming… Now that has been an interesting exercise in self discovery.

As I said, i love to game. I love building things in Minecraft, hunting dragons in Skyrim, and in general exploring and seeing new worlds. I think some of this stems from the fact that I love traveling in real life too, but it isn’t really possible very often. Travel takes money,but exploration of a new shore in the world of Skyrim, or building an epic castle in Minecraft isn’t that expensive and can be done over and over again.

I think I’ll keep doing the youtube and twitch channels. I hope I even make some new friends thorugh both mediums. For now it’s more for myself then anything. If you’d like to view them then please, stop by. Say hi. Tell me where I could be more entertaining. I’d love that.

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Posted by on May 31, 2015 in On Writing

 

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Around the Web

Welcome to the world wide web. Pull up a chair, view a few pictures, and enjoy the view. I’ve got articles, photos, videos, and more. Enjoy.

Penguin to publish the “lost” Schönwerth fairy tales.

Rowling release 12 new short stories for Christmas. Sign up for Pottermore to find them.

Thousands of Einstein documents now open source, and just one click away.

Beautiful redesign of the Harry Potter books.

Books made into beautiful art

Scientists translate monkey language

DC’s comics parody famous old film art.

First underground park. (Inspiration for you Sci-fi authors.)

Also, my boyfriend Gregg and I started doing a new project. We’re calling it Nano-Files, and it is us telling some crazy stories using a deck of cards. You can check out it out here. You can also catch up on my semi daily vlog here.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2014 in News, Video

 

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Vlog a day?

Last month I took up the challenge of NaNoWriMo, so this month I set a challenge to Vlog every day. I’ve done alright so far. I lost one days video, and yesterday I was sick and slept my day away.

So, if you’d like to watch them here they are.

I’ve been trying to read a short story every day and talk about that short story, as well as discussing my writing a little bit, or what’s been going on in my life.

They are short, mainly because I’m still very awkward in front of a camera, but I think I’m getting more comfortable. I don’t stare at the camera as though it were an alien trying to eat me for four minutes before I press record. I also don’t bother editing anymore because it just makes it that much harder for me to record.

So, enjoy. Maybe have a laugh. Maybe hope I get better or wish me well. Thanks again.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Personal Notes

 

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Indie News Bites: Episode 1

The first episode of “Indie News Bites”, your bite of news in the indie spotlight.

I am breaking away from Self Publishing Round Table to do bite size news chunks. This first episode isn’t that long, but in the future I hope to fifteen minute segments with three or four stories.

But you should definitely go check them out at http://selfpublishingroundtable.com/ for some great interview shows.

Now… It’s my first episode, so I made a few mistakes, and redid this several times before getting it to…. mostly… where I want. But I have confidence I’ll figure it out eventually.

Today I discuss the new masters degree available at University of Central Lancashire. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/feb/05/first-self-publishing-ma-university-of-central-lancashire

Find more information about me at http://www.crissymoss.com
Find my books at http://www.amazon.com/author/crissymoss

If you’re interested in more episodes please like and subscribe. And if you know of any news I should cover add a comment below.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2014 in Video

 

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This morning I watched “Teens React to CaptainSparklez“, and I have to admit… I’m aCaptainSparklez fan. He, along with YogsCast, are the reason I bought Minecraft, and why I come back to it more then any game I’ve ever played.

At the end of the video they asked why people might watch CaptainSparklez, and other play throughs on youtube, and most of the teens didn’t know, even those who watched them. But I know why I watch them.

I don’t watch sports, because I have no interest in watching sweaty guys running back and forth on a field/court, playing an intricate game of “keep away”.  I don’t understand all the fine rules of most sports, not because “you’re a girl”, like most people would assume, but because I didn’t grow up with sports in my home. My dad didn’t watch football, and never sat beside me cheering on his favorite team. So it doesn’t bring me any nostalgia, or happiness to watch grown men playing the game I was forced to endure during PE ever school year for three weeks.

I don’t watch much TV anymore. Not because I have some moral issue with TV, but because I remember when TV was good. When every channel made you feel something, either laughter, love, fear, or awe as you watched your favorite actors and comedians in the shows you loved. Or the documentary about going to space. Or the show with an amazing woman fighting dragons, vampires, and/or gods, and showing girls every week that there was more to life then being a house wife.

Now, TV is 80% fake reality TV. Not just fake, but they take the worst elements of our society, and parade them around for everyone to see.

Watching channels like CaptainSparklez, YogsCast, or NorthernLion give me a real look at someone. I get to watch them actually react, jump, cheer, or laugh because of something in the game I want to play.

Watching Let’s Plays is just another form of voyeurism, but it’s on my terms. It’s far more realistic. The people are people I like, and would often love to be friends with if I met them IRL.

Now, I do think Pewdiepie is half show, and half reality. I think he, like me, gets easily scared and is just more willing then I am to confront that fear. (No, I am not installing Amnesia on my PC again, F*CK THAT!) But he does ham it up for the audience. And yet he is the most subscribed channel on youtube. Because he’s an all around interesting guy.

If TV execs would stop working so hard to make reality tv interesting, and just let it be itself, or put interesting shows with good story, drama and feeling back on… we’d probably watch a little more. Especially if you stopped trying to force us to pay $70 a month to subsidize sports channels.

People love good stories! They flock to the theater to watch epic, 3 hour long narratives. They buy books in hordes, listen to tons of audio books, and still they clamor for more.

But they also crave honesty. Something, or someone they can relate to, admire, be inspired by, or just teach them more about how the world works.

It saddens me that almost all of the great science and education shows have been replaced by crap. That science fiction, one of the most inspiring genres ever, has practically disappeared.

But I still have youtube.

 

 

PS! Thank you to Simon who helped me save the post I had accidentally deleted. You are AWESOME!

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2013 in Commentary

 

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Around the Web

“Around the Web” has taken a new path. I use to gather a bunch of articles I found interesting and just share them here. But now… I have a whole podcast to share and talk about them on!

So, here are a couple things we did not get to, and a couple that came up this morning:
Literary agent wish list.

6 things only writers understand (I found this list hitting really close to home.)

How to write action that won’t show you’ve never thrown a punch.

And here is the show. A lot of great info this show, and some awesome websites.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2013 in On Writing, Updates

 

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Geeks Ahoy!

I made an appearance on “A Game of Geeks” tonight.

We were suppose to be talking about a Battle Star Galactica episode, but we ended up talking about the ethics of asking celebrities to retweet stuff.

We did talk about some geeky stuff too. All in all a funny conversation.

I show up about 24 minutes in (due to some computer issues.)

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in On Writing

 

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