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:
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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
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
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.