Due to the murder of my family and the resulting court cases, police investigations, and FBI investigations, I no longer have time to daily update this website.

Likewise ALL novel, short story, and article writing projects are on hiatus.

All book releases, book signings, workshops, and convention appearances for 2015 (and unknown amount of time after) are on hold while the murder investigation of my family is ongoing.

Writing advice for the worldbuilding, character creation, and other writing how to articles are on hold.

From now on, the bulk of updates here will be about the investigation into the murder of my family.

No, NOT just THIS author website, not JUST the EelKat pename, not just self published books: ALL 15 (fifteen) of my penames are on hiatus, that includes traditional published books as well, newspaper reporting jobs, editing jobs, my work for Harlequin Romance Novels, my work for Disney... EVERYTHING is on hiatus. Every publishing house I work for, every series I write, every penname I write under: they are ALL on hiatus, ALL projects.

There is NOTHING being published under ANY penname, not for ANY series, not for ANY publisher, from 2015 onward. EVERYTHING is on hold due to the murder of my family. I do not know when or even if, any of the projects will be restarted or finished.

Yes, BOTH the magazines I owned are indefinitely shut down because of this as well, with no plans for either magazine to return. The publishing house I own is also closed to submissions from now on, we will no longer be publishing anything. It is unlikely we will reopen the publishing house either.

All book signing tours, workshops, letures, PAX events, ComicCon events, carnival/festival/state fair/car show events are also canceled. I will not be attending ANY of them. If a venue still has my name listed as a guest/speaker/etc it is because they've not yet removed it. I WILL NOT be there, no matter where it is! 


The ONLY thing continuing from this point on, is THIS website, where I'll post updates on the murder investigation, hopefully every week, but, you know how it is when 10 members of your family are beheaded, it's kind of difficult to have a schedule for anything anymore.

What do you look for in a YouTube Let's Play? 

What do you look for in a YouTube Let's Play? 

What do you look for in a YouTube Let's Play? 

It depends.

Sometimes I am just interested in a particular game, usually because I want to buy iit but not sure if I'll like it, so I look for that game and in that case, I'll watch 4 or 5 different videos, each a different random gamer, to see how each played it.

Then I have a few games that I just watch ALL the videos I find, no matter who the gamers is, simply because I love the game and find it fun to watch how different people play it (Don't Starve, Witcher 3, Papers Please, West of Loathing, Reigns, and 60Seconds, are games I do this with most often.)

Then I have certain gamers who I watch all of their videos regardless of the game, simply because I like that gamer's personality (Markiplier for example, falls into this category)

Other times I just go to my recommended videos page and watch whatever videos YouuTube decided to stick there.

So I'm all over the place. I don't really have one specific method I use.

The only thing I don't like, is, I don't like "best of my playthrough" type videos, where they played for 2 hours then edited it down to 10 minutes. I never watch those. I like the see the whole playthrough uncut. Even the grinding and inventory management and everything. I don't care if the video is 2 hours long, I'll watch the whole thing.

Time is the thing I look at.

So, say a new game is just out. I've found 4 gamers who each played it. I don't know any of these gamers yet, so no preference for one over the other yet. Because I don't know these gamers, and each have played the same game, I have to decide somehow which gamer to watch. I look at the time. If one video is 3 minutes, one is 10 minutes, one is 20 minutes, and one is 45 minutes, I'll pick the 45 minute one as I know the longer video has a better chance of being uncut.

Also, I tend to prefer first time players/first time playthroughs, over someone who is an expert at the game. First time players tend to be more relaxed and natural in their commentary style, whereas someone who's already played the game and sees themselves as an expert, tends to come off as arrogant, know it all, and their commentary os often condescending, like they think the viewer is a stupid idiot who never saw the game and has to be talked down to. Not all expert players do this, but so many of them do it that I tend to look for videos that say "first time playthrough" in the title instead.

Also, I don't like the copycaters - you know, all those guys with green hair and screaming, because they are trying to copy Jack. All those guys with blue hair and faking a squeaky voice, because they are trying to copy Ethan. Jack and Ethan I like because they just be themselves. They are who they are. The copycaters annoy me because they are not being themselves, they are trying to be someone else. Be yourself.

Also I prefer long game playthroughs. If you have a game that you made 10 or 20 or 50 or 100+ episodes of and put them all in a playlist, and I like the first episode you made... I'll go get myself a pizza, sit down and binge watch the entire playlist. I once found a guy who did a 60+ episode series of DanganRampa.... each episode 2 hours long... that's 120 hours of video! It took me 3 weeks to do it, but I binged watched the whole thing, going back every night to pick up where I left off. I'd never heard of the game before, didn't know the gamers... but I saw that 60 episode playlist of 2 hour long episodes and I thought: "Damn, this must be a good game if someone can sit and play 120 hours of it!" There was no other incentive for me to watch it, other then it was a huge playlist.

Also, while I do watch a few of the screamers, MOST of the gamers I like are the quiet laid back gamers: CinnamonToastKen, CaptainSauce, Jay from the KubScouts, iHasCupQuake, Keralis, Squirrel, being my top faves. They don't scream and yell and jump around. They often get quiet and focused in thee game and stop commentary at some points, 2 of them don't even use facecams, but, I like that because, that's just who they are. They are not trying to fake anything, they are not trying to scream for the sake of screaming. They just do their own thing.

I'm constantly exploring and finding new gamers to watch. Basically, if your videos are 20mins + and you are not coming off as fake or bossy, I'll watch your videos if they show up in the search results of whatever I'm searching for that day.

So, I was over on Reddit, you like I often am, and found this question. And answered it, like I do. However, the answer I initially gave was a simple generic answer. If you want to read my original answer unaltered, simply click on Reddit's embed feature links which Reddit provides for webmasters to be able to post their answers on their websites, while linking back to the original thread on Reddit (if you didn't know Reddit offered and encouraged the use of this feature, look for it in the "share" features underneath every post, comment, and reply on Reddit).

I am answering random questions today about world building, over on Reddit and decided to take my answers from there and expand upon them even further over here. So that's what this page is. Me rambling on about various aspects of world building techniques I use when writing the Quaraun series. The questions I am answering are embedded here. Clicking the link in the embedded question will take you to the original Reddit page where you can see the original answer along with other people's answers. If you wish to comment, you can do so on the Reddit page where a place to do so is provided.

In any case, as with all of my Reddit answers found on my site here, my original post on Reddit is much shorter then the article here.

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