Thursday, October 1, 2015

Announcement: Zero Does Mathematics

Hi everyone,

As I may have implied or said outright, I'm no longer happy with the way Zero's Mathematics is turning out. I've grown so much as an educator and curriculum writer in the last two years that looking back at the first two ZAM are unsettling.

I will eventually return to ZAM and start over, making it bigger and better than ever, but in the meantime, I've been kicking around creating a resource for students that is entirely example problems from a variety of subjects, done the way I would do them, with discussion on problems and strategies on the fly.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Gate the Anime: C1 Review — Is this the end?

The anime known as "Gate" (by the way, what the eff were the marketers thinking on that one? Let's name our anime after a common everyday object so that we're guaranteed to be buried in any web search) is one whose premise is completely fucking awesome.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Doctor Who: The Witch's Familiar

This episode dovetailed with episode 1 of the series (Magician's Apprentice) and really reinforced my earlier opinion that they should have been a 2-hour premiere.

"The Witch's Familiar" successfully fixed most of the issues from the first episode and didn't suffer from the same pacing issues either.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Doctor Who Series Premiere

So, my trepidation over another episode of Doctor Who finally ended last night with my watching the DVR'ed episode.

It was alright.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

When a student gives up [rant]

I'm in the (un?)fortunate position of teaching a terminal level technical calculus course. I find the material very interesting, and it's nice that this course incorporates features from Calc 2, Calc 3, Differential Equations and Linear Algebra (because I don't usually get to teach Differential Equations or Linear Algebra), but it's bad in the sense that I'm not teaching the first technical calculus course and up until this semester, I wasn't teaching any precalculus courses.

Which means that my students are in no way prepared for the course they are taking.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Doctor Who Review delayed until Sunday

The title says it all, I know there is a new episode this week and I am super-stoked for it, but I won't be able to watch it on time, so I will be off the internet until I do and the review will be a day late.

Thank you for reading,

Monday, September 14, 2015

Successful writing

The way I see things now, I can start to strongly supplement my lifestyle with my writings.

My writing had already led to me getting the greatest job I've ever had, and even though it's ended, I feel that there is more I should take away from the incredible opportunity I earned. I currently am earning royalties on two books that I myself authored, have published and are available for sale. People all over the world buy my books. But all of those people combined aren't going to keep buying the same books over and over again just to give me a couple dollars a month. I need to continue to produce material for the people that do call me one of their favorite authors or for the people that my writing has positively affected.

Being able to buy pizza from my royalties or paying a bill or two is no longer something that I am happy about. To jumpstart my life, I've estimated that my goal should be to write the equivalent of 6 novels a year.

This is all writing mind you, including the writing you're reading at this very second, along with rewrites and edits and everything else. Everything helps after all, and if I'm not producing purchasable material, I am at least writing and practicing my craft.

6 fantasy novels would be about 600,000 words on average (although novels in general tend to clock in around 50K, fantasy is regularly 100K+), so 600,000 words a year.

50K a month, which is NaNo's goal also.

For someone writing as their job, this should be nothing. 50K a month is about 1700 a day, which is no more than 210 words an hour.

Now, I know there is writer's block and research and everything else. But I think that's more than reasonable as long as you allow some days will be writing more and some days will be writing less.

For instance, if you subtract weekends right off the bat, then that leaves about 260 days in the year. That bumps us up to 2310 words a day and 290 words an hour.

And if we assume we can only dedicate 20 hours a week instead of 40? Then that's 580 words an hour, which is all of a sudden manageable in short bursts, but probably not consistently if you count research, marketing, editing, page design and all the rest that goes into writing that is not itself the act of putting words to paper.

But I've just written about 500 words in twenty minutes, so then maybe that's not too much to ask?

I've come out of a long tunnel and I am starting to see again. It may be that I will fail, but I won't fail from not trying. I will keep on.

Thank you for your support,