Happy October by the way, and it’s my favorite month since I turn 28 this week. It’s hard to believe I’m that old at times. I graduated college in December, and got a full time job it’s retail though. Still something and it can take time for my books to take off and even find a better career. I hope to release the first Scarlet book by the end of the month, and it’s close to being done. Just need to put some details in, and in doing so book 2 has to be reworked. The Killer Contract Agency is introduced in book 1 now, and stuff will be explained more in book 2. I also have more plans for other series in the works, and I want to write books for the rest of my life. I have finally came closer to finishing then I have in a while, and I hope to publish more books. Besides books I also play video games and record gameplay for them too. I love video games. I play role playing games, horror, simulation, and even hidden object ones.
I created a Discord account, Twitch, Mixer, and I’m trying to publish more MRE videos on my Author channel. Here are all the links:
Facebook Fan Page:https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicasamuels
The Facebook Group to discuss my books and ask me questions about them: on.fb.me/1QgNlWc
My Youtube channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2LUoqPcFHmkV3pQFVFFDQ
My game channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI3Ymy1sVC1SYeRYvalbJWQ
Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/wolfdreamer25
School is over leaving me to focus on finding a full time job, and it also means I can focus on other projects. AngelWtich rough draft is also done, and since it was by hand I have to put all the changes in the word doc. I also pulled Tales from Behind the Counter from Kindle Unlimited and I left The Killer Contract Agency there since it might do better. I’m at a cross roads in my life since I’m out of school it gives me time to focus on the stuff I want to do. I’m also uploading gameplay videos to a separate Youtube channel then my author one. My plan is to write books full-time and make Youtube videos full-time too, but those take time.
Life after college is way different when you are used to going to school. You now have the option of just working and that is it. It’s also hard to get a job right out of the gate too. In the meantime I’m just applying places and hoping something comes up. The other thing going on is my boyfriend Chris and I are doing gameplay videos together. I play hidden object games, horror, and roleplaying ones. Even a few first-person shooters like Bioshock.
I have time to do more Youtube videos thanks to school being done, and time to read and review my favorite books. I also sent A Witchy Beginning to readers to see if it really does need to be new adult instead of young adult, and they said it doesn’t need to be changed. I won’t and when I get the feedback I will go over it again. It may actually be closer to publication then I thought. I’ll update my blog more, and let you know the progress of my books. I’ll also tell you the story behind AngelWitch too.
I started my Youtube channel in 2012, and my first video was me recording my guinea pig eating at the time. I didn’t post an intro video till 2014, and that is when I’ve been more active on Youtube. I didn’t come up with a consistent schedule either. And to this day I have 56 subscribers not that much. And lately I’ve been doing so much research that I want to film more videos, and become successful with it since I love gaming I created a gaming channel. I made a Youtube banner, and even created a logo with the logo making software. So far I’ve filmed 68 videos about my books, author stuff, and I was even in the Giant Authortube Collab last summer! I first started out with my HP laptop, and used the webcam built in. I used the program Youcam to film videos, and adjusted everything. I upgraded to a Logitech Webcam, and I still use Youcam to record. I put all the footage in Cyberlink Powerdirector, and then upload it to Youtube once it’s an MP4 video. I even got a gaming headset for my gaming channel videos, and got the program Bandicam to record gameplay. Of course, if you have Steam and use a controller it allows you to record gameplay by just hitting the middle button on the controller.
My Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2LUoqPcFHmkV3pQFVFFDQ
I will add more videos to both channels, and upload more regularly. I am planning on talking about the journey to publication and the self-publishing process on my author channel as well as doing videos on my favorite books. I also plan on filming more hidden object game walkthroughs for my gaming channel.
The Killer Contract Agency is republished, and I’m almost done with the rough draft on AngelWitch.
I’ll keep you updated on everything since school is over. I might even talk about my college experience too on my authortube channel.
For Journalism class I had to create a personality profile, and I’m glad I did since I got to interview Syndal Haun. It was a fun piece to write since she co stars with her best friend Caroline Phipps in the comedy series Girls Aren’t Funny. Here is the end result of the piece:
RICHMOND, Va.(4/15/15) –Syndal Haun, 20 is a 5’6 hazel eyed, blonde and brown haired, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) college sorority girl, but you would never guess she has a web series called Girls Aren’t Funny on Youtube, along with her best friend Caroline Phipps. The whole interview she was relaxed and answered the questions with ease. She is a positive person and is especially strong since she went back to school after her brain injury that happened in September after two severe concussions while part of the VCU club soccer games.
Syndal is a junior studying public relations, and she is a member of the sorority Tri Sigma. Why public relations for a major? She loved to write, and she received validation when she continued taking public relation classes. The comedy show she created on Youtube is called Girls Aren’t Funny and it is a recent show which was created in January inspired by Saturday Night Live Skits. It is comprised of random sketches and random things they create, and things they think VCU student might like. She uses it to, “Take my mind off things.”
In a phone interview her mom Marcy Klar, 43, said when asked about her showing an interest in it before, “that she was more into comedy once her teenage years hit, and that is when she started to show interest.” Her mom couldn’t be more proud of her for putting herself out there for the comedy show, and loved the idea since she is a natural at it. Klar was not sure about her joining a sorority at first, but after meeting the members she was proud because of how supportive they are toward Syndal. Klar was the most proud of her when Syndal pushed herself to go back to VCU after her brain injury and wanted to better herself. Some words Klar used to describe Syndal are, “Independent, funny, charismatic, family oriented, she has a passion to help others, and unselfish.”
Caroline Phipps, 21, one of her best friends is also a member of her sorority and a public relation major at VCU. She also is the co star of Girls Aren’t Funny too. Syndal met Caroline during the fall of 2012 during their freshman year at VCU. They met sometime during their new New Member process in Sigma and joined at the same time. Caroline said in an email interview. “I remember the first time I really wanted to be her friend was at a party, on her birthday (which is in Sept). We talked in the bathroom about how we were nervous and didn’t know many people. She also did the dance move ‘the worm’ that night and I knew she had to be my best friend.” She works with Syndal and it’s great because, “she is open to any weird and crazy ideas. We have compatible personalities and are respectful of each other. We’ve only had a few creative differences so far.” They worked on a series together because they have a love of comedy and Saturday Night live.
The next step for Girls Aren’t Funny is doing more live shows and gaining more publicity in the future. She plans to stay in Richmond after she graduates college and find a good job in the area. The last thing she wants to add is, “People need to be more aware of the effects and long term issues that come from a traumatic brain injury.”
Here are the extra questions and answers I never put in the story:
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read a lot. Reading inspirational stories and positive readings. I enjoy helping people out of bad funks.
Mac or PC?
Mac for sure
Dog named Bella who is a black lab. Adopted a lab and pointer mix named Mosby who is only 7 months old.
Favorite time of day?
Morning time. I like to get up early, get coffee then go to the gym.
Kevin and I went to Sunday Park to reconcile, and I saw two shooting stars in a span of ten minutes. I’ve never seen one it was cool. It was a good validation that it was meant to be.
Favorite places to shop?
TJ Max Home Goods, Francescas
If you could have a super power what would it be?
To fly duh. I’ve always wanted to fly.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
People should strive more to obtain internal happiness.
There you have it my first interview for journalism class, and it was fun too. You can find the link to her Youtube Channel here:
I have had a Youtube channel for a while, but I just didn’t really do anything with it except put up animal videos or the occasional author one. I recently learned about Booktube which is a community on Youtube about reading books. I’ve been watching videos for a while now, and I want to make my channel all about my ebooks, writing, and reviewing fiction and non-fiction ebooks and books. I’ll even throw in a series that’ll let me rant about retail too while I’m at it. My last exam is May 6th. After that besides writing I’ll have time to focus on the things I want to do. It’ll help me get over my fear of putting myself out there, and I’ll be more comfortable in front of a camera. I can film a video about my writing process and the fiction and non fiction books I can read over and over again. I can film videos talking about my ebooks and even reading them out loud so they can get a taste of my work. I can talk about how they are created too. I can make a series making fun of retail, how stupid it can be at times, and the things I hate that customers do. It’s not all bad but I feel like a lot of people can relate to it. I will be blogging more during the summer even doing story updates. I even have the option to film a typical writing day. There are tons of possibilities with my channel and I can’t wait to begin filming more videos to make this channel as successful as I can. I’m still waiting on a reader, but at this point I might have to go ahead and rewrite The Killer Contract Agency again. I’ve even made a back story for Carter who is the head of it after he defeats Adam. All I have is four more scenes to write then I’ll have a rough draft done of Being an Empathic Witch in Retail Spells Trouble.