Big, Big Project Now In-Work

 

So, what’s been going on? I published a new young adult, adult book, “Noah, an Animal Adventure Fantasy.” It is available on Kindle and also in print from Amazon’s subsidiary, Create Space at: https://www.createspace.com/6002277


Now, the biggie…I am now in-work on a massive new project. I am converting all of my 12 “Visit the Zoo” book series into a multimedia DVD that should be available in stages, 3 books per release. The entire project will take about 2 months. Each DVD will include narration of text, original still photos, video clips, audio clips of animals and jungle background, and music background. Check out my dedicated “Visit the Zoo” website at www.zooanimals.info

I will keep you update as I progress on this massive project. I am doing all the work myself so it may take a bit longer than anticipated. But, with 12–14 hours per day it should move along quickly.
Thanks
Frederick Fichman
www.frederickfichman.com

Audiobook – “NOAH”

I am trying something new, starting today. I am laying down audio files to be assembled in chapters by ACX.com and turned into an audiobook by Audible.com, an Amazon subsidiary. All of my digital and print work is published through Amazon. I am recording my latest young adult novel, “Noah.” It will be available on Amazon and Audible. There are 14 chapters in my book, today I recorded 5 chapters. Pix below show some of my tools. I thought I would take all of you along during this first audiobook attempt. The last time I was behind a mic was for my Sunday afternoon shift on the University of Kansas low-watt am student station that barely made it beyond the city limits of Lawrence, Kansas. For 2 hours spinning disks, rip-and-read AP news copy off the wire, and dropping in sponsor ads. That was in 1967…yeah, you can compute that to 50 years ago. Where in the hell did 50 years go? “Noah” as an audiobook will be published sometime in April.

https://www.createspace.com/6002277

 

Frederick Fichman

TravelGearBag.com

I  love to travel to experience the new, fresh, exciting, and beautiful. And throughout those travels I have learned a thing or two, by trial and error, about what to take and not take on those journeys. It’s always been a haphazard chore of getting this here and that there. So, I decided to create a travel store on Amazon that congregates travel items onto one concentrated storefront on Amazon, www.travelgearbag.com.

I hope you will have the opportunity to check out my selections for your next travel adventures. You will find them useful and in many cases necessary. Just click on the image above or the link below. Thanks and Happy Travels.

www.travelgearbag.com

Frederick Fichman

www.frederickfichman.com

And don’t forget to pick up a copy of my Grand Canyon Guide.

Complete Meal Gourmet Cookbook

FREE BOOK PROMOTION ON AMAZON KINDLE 3/3 – 3/7

Go to: www.amzn.to/2lilOWc or click on book cover below.

There Should Be A Law…that some people should be prohibited from stepping into a kitchen to cook. I would like you to read the Preface for my new book, “The Complete Meal Gourmet Cookbook”:

The fateful night came several years ago, when I was walking away from a friend’s house one chilly autumn California evening. It was then and there that I decided I would never put a guest through what I had just been through…a lousy pseudo-gourmet dinner. It was a Chinese dinner attempt. I mean, how could you mess up a dinner with mixed vegetables and chicken. 

It Happened. 

The chicken fried in the wok for 20 minutes. It should have been two minutes. The vegetables cooked for 30 minutes. There is no exaggeration here. It should have taken no more than 30 seconds. The color of the final product was gray. The texture was mushy. The taste…forget it. 

Good eating is made up of these elements: COLOR, TEXTURE and TASTE. Good cooking is the right combination of those three keys. And yet, you the reader, anxiously thumbing through this book will quickly realize you can realized those goals. Cooking like this, as described in this book, can be fun, easy, and oh so impressive. The recipes and techniques herein are no different than the scrambled eggs or hamburgers you are attempting now, just a few more steps and the right ingredients. For you, the ones whose meals don’t seem to have that sharp edge you’ve seen in restaurants or those magnificent gourmet food magazines, well, we will help. 

That story, true, justifies my premise that some supposed chefs or cooks should be barred from preparing food for others.

So, awhile back I wrote this cookbook that tackled not only individual dishes but complete meals as well. From ingredients to table settings, I have put together a primer describing how to put it all together. What I learned managing Food Services, one of my admin departments I ran at ABC-TV in Hollywood, is thrown into this book.

You can take parts and pieces from my suggestions or use the entire “How To” chapters for 10 complete meals. Veal Marsala, Sunday Brunch, or Prime Rib, there is much to chose from in “The Complete Meal Gourmet Cookbook.” You can purchase your copy in Kindle digital form from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XC25JKP/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1488228581&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Complete+Meal+Gourmet+Cookbook     or in full-color print from Amazon subsidiary at https://www.createspace.com/6968405.

Give it a try, you won’t be sorry and your family and guests will love you for it.

Fred Fichman

www.frederickfichman.com

 

 

A Loaf of Bread

Consider the picture above and my description of what you are looking at.

This is a compilation image taken by the Hubble Telescope. This update version called the Ultra or Extreme Deep Field Image was compiled and released in 2009. It shows a portion of the sky near Polaris or the North Star. If you were to hold a pencil at arms length the width of the sky that Hubble was pointed at was no bigger than the pencil point at the end of your arm. That area of the sky seems dark and uninteresting seen with the naked human eye. It’s not.

But what you are looking at is close to 10,000 galaxies that are 13.2 billion years old. Considering the maximum speed of light you are looking at a snapshot of how those galaxies looked 13.2 billion years ago. Two important points: 1.) The Earth is approximately 4 billion years old and 2.) Astronomers estimate our universe, the current universe, there may have been other previously (that’s science fiction, my area) is approximately 13.7 billion years old. So, you are looking back in time at galaxies like our Milky Way at the beginning of the creation of the universe.

Galaxies are cosmic structures that swirl around a central core in many cases surrounded by hundreds of millions of stars. Each one of those stars are suns, many like our sun yellow in color and young in age. And around each of those stars or suns there are probably planets made out of the same material found throughout the universe. That material is building material needed to create planets.

Drilling down even further, our Milky Way, just one galaxy among trillions in our universe, contains anywhere from 100 to 400 million stars. One of those stars is our sun with nine known planets. Extrapolate out and you will see that in that Extreme Deep Field Image seen above their are 10,000 seen/detected galaxies, each one of those galaxies contain hundreds of millions of stars, and each one of those stars might and probably contain planets…you might have trillions of planets in just one galaxy. Just as there are billions or trillions of planets in our Milky Way, just one of trillions of galaxies in our universe.

The universe is so very big and we are so very small. And yet, our somewhat developed minds are able to consider the edge of our universe, who we are in that universe and where we fit in that universe.

You can travel in your mind to those galaxies, stars, and planets to visit other alien and ancient civilizations. Put on your thinking cap now…can you just imagine how far advanced, if they didn’t self-destruct, those ancient alien civilizations might be at this very moment and not as you see them when their galaxies, stars, and planets were just created 13.2 billion years ago. Intelligent creatures who survive on those planets may be nothing more than pure intelligent energy in their evolution or they might me just like us…driving to their nearest supermarket to pick up a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs, and the latest National Enquirer.

Whether you know it or not or whether you think about it or not your are physically, chemically, and psychologically connected to the image you see above…the Extreme Deep Field Image.

The next time  you are gazing up at the night sky, find the Big Dipper and look at the pointing side of that dipper at it shows a trajectory to the North Star, Polaris. Around and near Polaris are those galaxies you see in the above picture 13.2 billion light years away from where you are standing at that moment. And wonder, if there is some creature or alien or intelligence that is looking back at you at the galaxy we call the Milky Way, looking at our far limb location of our galaxy and wondering if intelligent life exists in that galaxy, near that star, surrounded by planets, your planet. Two living species gazing at one another through 13.2 billion light years of space and time considering if the other exists.

Frederick Fichman

Author of “The SETI Trilogy”

www.frederickfichman.com

www.nationalparkjournal.us Now Up and Running

I am reposting, below, because www.nationalparkjournal.us is now up and running:

National Park Journals

My National Park and Cruise journals are the most purchased books I write or design, consistently from month to month. These journals allow people to memorialize their travel adventures. Imagine being able to look back 10 or 20 years from now and reading what you have written in these journals on a trip that you still remember even into old age.

If you do plan any type of travel journey this summer I urge you to purchase one of these inexpensive journals and write down those memories of the fun and discoveries you made on those trips.

I have written and designed journals for the top-ten most visited national parks in the NPS system (in order of attendance):

Great Smoky Mountains

Grand Canyon

Rocky Mountain

Yosemite

Yellowstone

Zion

Olympic

Grand Teton

Acadia

Glacier

Several months ago I made an executive decision to design and write journals for all 58 parks in the NPS system. I made that pledge publically here in an earlier blog. I am going to produce another 48 journals to fulfill that pledge. I can assure you that it will take me an entire year to do the work. I will release these future National Park Journals in blocks.

I have also recently obtained the url for www.nationalparkjournal.us. I am going to build a website specific for those national park journals. I will finish that job within the next month and will populate that new website with my National Park journal selections published and available on Amazon and Amazon subsidiary Create Space. If you go to www.nationalparkjournal.us you will just see the GoDaddy holding page. But the website and landing page should be up soon.

If you want to see ALL of my journals now available for purchase then go to:

http://www.JournalsCentral.com

2017 – What’s Planned

Happy New Year everybody. I hope you all have a fun and prosperous and most importantly, a healthy New Year.

If you are on Instagram, and I assume most of you are, you may have gotten an Instagram message from Instagram HQ today suggesting you tell your followers what you are planning this year. Instagram is suggesting this look forward would be a good way to engage your followers. I really try not to plan because Life often intrudes/interrupts and I don’t want to disappoint myself by not following my planned out life. But, I thought maybe this one time I will make an exception.

So, below is a rough idea of what I hope to accomplish in 2017. But you have to promise me that if there is something I fail to complete, or even start, you won’t be angry with me a year from now when something doesn’t get done…or even get started. I just think that there is pretty good possibility that I will be able to get most of this done. Okay, here we go…this is what author Frederick Fichman plans to do in 2017:

PODCAST

I have been threatening to do this for almost a year. But like I said above life got in the way, we moved and only just today did I put the finishing touches on my mini-recording studio. In my prior full-time career, lasting a lifetime, I worked in and around studios, radio-network TV stations, in and around Hollywood and other locations. So, I know what is necessary to produce clean professional-sounding audio. Without building a full room-size recording booth this is about the closest I can get. I have installed sound-deadening foam to prevent bounce of sound back into the mic. I just finished that New Years Eve…yes, I worked New Years Eve. I installed a new MXL brand BCD-1 dynamic microphone which sounds great. It has excellent side and rear rejection which means you really have to get close to the front or business end of the mic for good pickup. The mic plugs into a small 4-channel Mackie Mixer which then plugs into a dbx 286 mic gate and audio processor which will further suppress exterior noises leaking into my office-studio from outside. I am laying down tracks on a Tascam DR-680mkII digital recorder and editing final output to Audacity software application. When finished I will be hosted by Libsyn then uploading to Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher and several other podcast hosts. It is possible I may also shoot video to upload to my YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/fjfichman.

That’s the technical side, so what is it I am going to podcast? I am going to talk about my writing and discussing the subject matter of some of the 93 fiction and non-fiction books I currently have up on Amazon Kindle and on the Print On Demand Amazon subsidiary company, Create Space. I am going to talk about space, science fiction, nature-wildlife, and finally adventuring in our National Park System. That is a wide pattern of subject matter but it is what I personally love to write about. I may even drop in some entertainment, TV, and Movie subjects…I did work in the “business,” mostly in Hollywood, so I do have some insight and experience in that area. I hope to snag a few interviews along the way and I will be handing out a lot of free information and content that I hope you will find useful.

SETI IV

I have actually written the first three chapters to continue the work I did on “The SETI Trilogy.” Last summer in a wild and productive 24-hour period, I outlined the story lines for books 4-9. Yes, you understood me correctly, I will be writing 6 more SETI books. The storyline will add another alien species with a surprising ending for the aliens and the humans which will take competing alien species and earth humans to the edge our galaxy, The Milky Way.

Over the years I have heard from readers who continually ask me, “…what happens next.” I thought it was all going to end at the final paragraph of book III. As I began to surmise of what could have been possible with the continuation of the saga I learned that I was anxious to find out myself what was going to happen to the characters in my books and the planet Earth. After outlining the direction I want to take, I know now what is going to happen with my story and characters and in the next couple of years I am going to let you know as well.

If you want to read those first three chapters for book IV “SETI, Integration,” go to wattpad.com/fredfichman to read these sample chapters.

The Feather

So much to do, so little time. I really really really want to finish this book. Like “SETI IV” I have already written the first three chapters. You can find those as well at wattpad.com/fredfichman

This is a fiction book, a fantasy tale about some strange additions to the Corps of Discovery, the men and one woman in Lewis and Clark Expedition. I am fascinated by this 2.5 year expedition in northernwestern tier of land in the United States, 1804-1806. The approach I am taking with the telling of this early “space exploration program” suggested by President Thomas Jefferson and staged and funded by the early U.S. congress is totally unique. This approach I am taking describing what happened in intimate detail during that adventure is completely unique and has never been tried before.

In the end I think readers will be captivated by being able to be a part of the day to day wondrous discoveries and arduous challenges this group of explorers faced. I can tell you that the research is fascinating and I hope to transmit as much of that anecdotal information to you my readers as is possible without killing the story.

National Park Journals

My National Park and Cruise journals are the most purchased books I write or design, consistently from month to month. These journals allow people to memorialize their travel adventures. Imagine being able to look back 10 or 20 years from now and reading what you have written in these journals on a trip that you still remember even into old age.

If you do plan any type of travel journey this summer I urge you to purchase one of these inexpensive journals and write down those memories of the fun and discoveries you made on those trips.

I have written and designed journals for the top-ten most visited national parks in the NPS system (in order of attendance):

Great Smoky Mountains

Grand Canyon

Rocky Mountain

Yosemite

Yellowstone

Zion

Olympic

Grand Teton

Acadia

Glacier

Several months ago I made an executive decision to design and write journals for all 58 parks in the NPS system. I made that pledge publically here in an earlier blog. I am going to produce another 48 journals to fulfill that pledge. I can assure you that it will take me an entire year to do the work. I will release these future National Park Journals in blocks.

I have also recently obtained the url for www.nationalparkjournal.us. I am going to build a website specific for those national park journals. I will finish that job within the next month and will populate that new website with my National Park journal selections published and available on Amazon and Amazon subsidiary Create Space. If you go to www.nationalparkjournal.us you will just see the GoDaddy holding page. But the website and landing page should be up soon.

If you want to see ALL of my journals now available for purchase then go to:

http://www.JournalsCentral.com

Personal Journals

I don’t even have the covers prepared as of yet but I am also going to release 10  books in my Personal Journals category. I also plan to work on those journals as well this year, 2017

Vids, Photos, & Book Trailers & My Grand Canyon Guide

I will never forget the first time shot, developed and printed one my first ever photographs in black and white, a vanishing perspective picture of the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri (I grew up and lived the first 21 years of my life in nearby Prairie Village, Kansas.) I was hooked on photography from then till now. I will shoot more stills, video and record more audio for my YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/fjfichman in support of my writing and publishing. The stills and video will be used in future book trailers and the sound I capture will be used for my podcast and other social media.

To that end I will be doing another update to my Grand Canyon Guide to the North and South Rim:

(click on cover to go to Amazon.com for my Grand Canyon guide)

I have quite a few short videos I’ve already shot and uploaded to YouTube for the east and west viewpoints along the South Rim that you can see on my youtube.com/fjfichman channel. But I think it will be time again for another update to my Grand Canyon Guide in 2017. This time I will be shooting video in 4K and capture a great deal more sound as well for my podcast.

Social Media

I will continue to update all of my social media throughout the year for my author platform:

Author Website                                     www.frederickfichman.com

Author Blog Site                                    www.authorfrederickfichman.com

Journals                                                                          www.journalscentral.com

Grand Canyon Guide Landing Page      www.grandcanyonguide.info (coming soon)

Visit the Zoo Website                           www.visit-the-zoo.com

Visit the Zoo Landing Page                  www.zooanimals.info

Twitter                                                   @FredericFichman

Tumblr                                                   www.frederickfichman.tumblr.com

Google+                                                 www.google.com/+fjfichman

Instagram                                               www.instagram.com/fjfichman

Pinterest                                                 www.pinterest.com/FredericFichman

LinkedIn                                                www.linkedin.com/in/frederickfichman-10006458

Vimeo                                                    www.vimeo.com/FrederickFichman

Clammr                                                  www.clammr.com/app/fredfichman

Snapchat                                                fjfichman

YouTube                                                www.youtube.com/fjfichman

Facebook                                           www.facebook.com/writerfrederickfichman

Wattpad                                                 http://w.tt/1RQujk9

Podcast                                                  Thru iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud (coming soon) 

National Park Journals                                           http://www.nationalparkjournal.us

Somehow and somewhere with all of that going on, I plan to eat, sleep, walk, take care of family duties, take care of certain body requirements and functions, and just take time to smell the coffee, roses, and sniff the clean desert air of southern Arizona where my wife and I currently live.

There you have it. That is what author Frederick Fichman is going to be doing in 2017. I am certain your plans are as full and exciting and I wish all the best to accomplish your goals as well in 2017.

If you have any thoughts or comments or would like to send me an email, just go to my main website at www.frederickfichman.com and use the Contact Form to send me a message. Thank you again for following me and my work. And again, Happy New Year.

 

Frederick Fichman

www.frederickfichman.com

 

 

Same Ole…Same Ole-A Movie Review of “Rogue One, Star Wars” (…stinking like a dead carp at the end of a pier)

Did you read or hear about this news story:

Man falls asleep during ‘Rogue One,’ awakens to empty theater in the middle of the night

by KATU News

Saturday, December 24th 2016

 

This image released by Lucasfilm Ltd. shows Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in a scene from, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” (Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm Ltd. via AP)

CORNELIUS, Ore. — “Rogue One” is a standalone Star Wars film, and one Oregon man found himself sitting alone in an empty theater after he fell asleep during the movie.

According to Washington County Sheriff’s deputies, the man awoke around 1 a.m. Christmas Eve to an empty theater. Confused, he attempted to leave the building but triggered a motion sensor alarm in the lobby. He then called 911 to get help, because unfortunately, his Jedi mind tricks weren’t working.

“Help me, Washington County Sheriff’s deputies, you’re my only hope!” he (probably) said.

He was rescued shortly after via an emergency exit. Deputies say the incident likely wasn’t crime-related and theater staff had just forgotten to check for customers at closing time.

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Yep, that about says it all about this movie.

I saw it last weekend. I didn’t fall asleep but I almost walked out.

Let me put it to you this way…if you saw the very first “Star Wars” movie created by George Lucas and released May 25, 1977 then you pretty much know the storyline of “Rogue One, Star Wars.”  The storyline 40 years ago in the original “Star Wars” was about the retrieval of secret plans for the Death Star. The storyline in December, 2016 is about the retrieval of secreat plans for the Death Star. Both movies separated by a generation introduces new characters. “Rogue One” does bring back a few old favorites like Darth Vader but the story is EXACTLY the same. Very little difference.

Of course the graphics are a helluva lot better. There is a better sound, color, pacing. But so what? The same action sequences plotted out with similar stilted dialogue were included in the new film. The major difference is that the two main characters in “Rogue One” get killed off in the end in a strange similar fashion I have seen in other sci-fi films about destruction of the earth. This new Star Wars franchise film is derivative all the way through from beginning to end in its construction and look and feel.

Yeah, I gave away the ending but so what? Look at it this way, I am doing you a favor. Save your money. Soon enough it will be on Pay Per View, then HBO, then eventuallyfree on FX.

There nothing more I can say about this stinker. Out of five stars, a ONE…only for the technical crafting of the film. The rest of the above-the-line work is old and predictable.

And who am I to be such a hoity-toity expert…if you are just joining me on my blog adventures? I write science fiction and I am a voracious sci-fi reader. So, I know about story development, dialogue, and action-adventure. “Rogue One” has none of that.

It sits on the end of the pier stinking like a dead carp.

I think the absolute best part of the movie was seeing the CGI created Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in the very last scene lasting only seconds. That elevated the entire venture. Rest in Peace Carrie, you were funny, smart, beautiful and talented.

Frederick Fichman

www.frederickfichman.com

Book Giveaway for “My Cruise Journal”

I am giving away 5 copies of “My Cruise Journal.” To see how this new Amazon feature works and for a shot at one of my journals for free, click on: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/4fc108c3e22065d5

 

See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: My Cruise Journal: A Day-to-Day Diary of my Cruise (Travel Journals) (Volume 2). https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/4fc108c3e22065d5 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Dec 26, 2016 11:59 PM PST, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/4fc108c3e22065d5

 

Frederick Fichman

www.frederickfichman.com

www.journalscentral.com

 

 

36,373 Miles Per Hour

Ya know, I was thinking about the planitessimal Pluto today, that is what Pluto is called now…a planetessimal. I write science fiction…so it happens with my imagination some times. I drift away to the stars. The New Horizons spacecraft was launched by NASA on January 19, 2006. It travelled 3 billion miles at 36,373mph to get there on July 14, 2015. To me, I think it is an indescribable feat for the human species to accomplish such a thing. Just think, only one hundred years ago travelling over 45 miles per hour in automobile was considered life-threatening. Several pictures from the Pluto close encounter just 7,800 above the surface of Pluto, below. Last picture is of the Pluto moon Charon.
Thought I would just share my musings with you.
Pluto’s moon Charon
Frederick Fichman
www.frederickfichman.com