Help for Hobbyists


I’ve just learned of a website dedicated to hobbies — HobbyHelp. They describe themselves as, “a small team of enthusiasts, looking to share our knowledge and experience with anyone looking to start a new hobby.” Some of the most popular posts are, 10 Most Popular Hobbies in the World, 10 Hobbies That Look Great on Your Resume, and The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Astrophotography. But what brought me to the site was a message from Jenny, one of the bloggers at HobbyHelp. She had seen my post, NASA Image and Video Library, about NASA’s consolidation of its scattered resources into a single archive, and reached out to me with a link to a post of hers, The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Astronomy.

I think HobbyHelp is selling itself short by limiting its audience to beginners “looking to start a new hobby.” I think their site would be useful to people who are already involved in a hobby, too. People who are trying to expand their knowledge, or who are contemplating taking the next step in their experience. That is certainly true of Jenny’s post mentioned above. The depth of her research is plain to see. The care in the writing is obvious. While useful to someone taking their first steps in the hobby of astronomy, her piece would also be useful to people further along.

If you’re looking for a new hobby, visit the HobbyHelp website. If you’re interested in astronomy, visit Jenny’s post. Either way I think you’ll be rewarded for your effort.

rjb

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The Plainsrunner Chapters Have Been Removed

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The OliverOnline Book Club serialization of The Plainsrunner is now officially and irrevocably over. The files containing the chapters have been removed from this site, and the links to them on the OliverOnline site are now dead. Thank you to all who participated and I hope you were able to complete your set of chapters before they were destroyed.

Shameless plug: You can still get the complete set bound in a beautiful book, available for a reasonable price at Kobo Books along with all the other book stores listed in this post.

rjb

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Final Day to Download Plainsrunner Chapters

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This is your last chance to download any chapters you might be missing from our serialization of The Plainsrunner. To get you started, here are links to the opening chapters in each of the four parts of the book, and a link to the last chapter on the OliverOnline website, where the serialization was hosted.

Part One.
Part Two.
Part Three.
Part Four.
Chapter Fifty-Four.

Thank you for participating. Thank you for reading, and I hope enjoying, the book. A special thanks to those who took the time to leave a comment either here or on OliverOnline. An extra special thanks to those who took the time and made the effort to write a review of The Plainsrunner and post it, at one of the book stores or anywhere else. Writing is its own reward, but feedback from readers is gold.

I’m nearly finished recording the book. It should be done in another week, so stay tuned for an announcement.

Meanwhile, last call for downloads. Good luck.

rjb

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Three Days to Plainsrunner Files Takedown

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There are only three days left before the chapter files from the serialization of The Plainsrunner are removed from this site forever. If you want them and you don’t yet have them, then you need to get them now. The links to the files are on the OliverOnline website, but those links will become dead on December 1, 2018.

Here is a link to the post announcing the last chapter on OliverOnline. Unfortunately, the site has no search function.

rjb

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Recording The Plainsrunner

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Jan Mehlich – CC-BY-SA

I’ve been recording The Plainsrunner for a couple of weeks, and it’s going well. There should be about two more weeks of it, then it will be on to polishing it up for presentation. I’m finding these sessions a little easier than the recordings I made of the Green Comet trilogy, which you can find on the Downloads page. I think that mostly comes down to shorter chapters, which are easier to do, and a shorter story overall, which is less daunting.

I always seem to enjoy this part, while also not looking forward to it. People say they like the audiobooks, though, so it’s worth continuing.

rjb

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Review Copies of The Plainsrunner

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Review copies of The Plainsrunner are now available. They can be had from Apple iTunes, Kobo and Google Play Books. This is an open invitation to anyone who would like a free copy of the book. There is no obligation to post a review at any of the online bookstores in return, although I would greatly appreciate it. If you do decide to do one, the review doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just a line or two would be fine. You can find links to the stores hosting The Plainsrunner in this announcement.

Contact me at arjaybe@greencomet.org or through this website for your free copy of The Plainsrunner.

rjb

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VocalID Certificate – 1500


I got another certificate! VocalID has sent me a certificate commemorating my reaching the lofty goal of 1500 phrases recorded for their Voicebank. VocalID is a company that is collecting voices that can be used to build personalized voices for people who need them. See my original post on VocalID.

rjb

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The Plainsrunner Available in Stores

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The Plainsrunner is showing up in stores. I’ll use this post to keep a running list of them. Go ahead and shop around for the best deal. Or go post a few reviews.

Book store availability

Google Play Books.
Barnes & Noble.
Amazon.
Amazon Canada.
Odilo Marketplace (For libraries.)
Apple Books.
Scribd.
Kobo.
24symbols.
ciando.com.

rjb

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The End of The Plainsrunner Serialization

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With the end of the serialization of The Plainsrunner on OliverOnline, it will soon be time to take down the chapter files from the Green Comet website. At that time it will no longer be possible to download them, so if you are missing any now is the time to get them.

I have decided to leave them in place until the end of November to ensure that everyone gets a fair chance to get them all, but as of December 1st they will be gone forever. Thanks again for taking part, and if you know anyone who needs to complete their collection of chapters please let them know of this deadline.

It’s been a fun experiment.

rjb

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Thirty Thousand Downloads

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While we were doing something else — serializing and publishing The Plainsrunner — our download count slipped past Thirty Thousand by a comfortable margin. Interest in the Green Comet trilogy continues even when we’re not paying any attention. Way to go, people. We’re doing fine.

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