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Introducing my YouTube channel

AUTHOR’S NOTE: All of the sound effects that I use in my YouTube videos have been obtained without charge from ZapSplat, whose web address is https://www.zapsplat.com.


I apologize for not writing a new blog post on here in a month and a half, but, since my previous blog post, I have successfully launched my new YouTube channel where, in the coming days, weeks, months, and years, I will be providing my advice and opinion on matters related to writing, editing, outlining, publishing, and other writing-related topics. I’m proud to be part of the AuthorTube community on YouTube!

Here’s the trailer for my YouTube channel:

Sound effects obtained from https://www.zapsplat.com

Not counting my channel trailer, I’ve uploaded two videos to my YouTube channel so far. The first of these videos is about why I believe that “describe, don’t explain” is better writing advice than “show, don’t tell”. The second of these videos is about my three-step outlining process for novels and novellas.

Sound effects obtained from https://www.zapsplat.com
Sound effects obtained from https://www.zapsplat.com

From this point forward, I will begin uploading new videos on Tuesdays, aside from some occasional Thursday uploads. While I won’t necessarily upload new videos every single Tuesday, I’ll do everything possible to avoid going more than a few weeks between uploads. I chose Tuesdays and Thursdays as upload dates as a courtesy to fellow AuthorTube members Sarah Sutton and Meg LaTorre. Sutton, whose YouTube channel can be found here, uploads new videos on Mondays and Fridays, with writing sprints livestreaming on Wednesdays, and LaTorre, who runs the popular iWriterly YouTube channel, uploads or livestreams new videos on Wednesdays.

A helpful feature of my YouTube channel is my Best of #AuthorTube playlist, where I feature videos from fellow AuthorTube members that I find to be helpful, insightful, and interesting. Unlike my other YouTube playlists, which I use to categorize my own videos, my Best of #AuthorTube playlist features YouTube videos from others, not me.

I use the built-in webcam on my HP Stream laptop, which runs Microsoft Windows 10, to record my YouTube videos, and I use a computer program called Shotcut, which includes a YouTube preset for video exporting, to edit and format my YouTube videos. Shotcut is a free-to-download, open-source program for Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOS, and Linux, and Shotcut’s website can be found here.

I hope you enjoy my YouTube channel. Feel free to follow this blog and subscribe to my YouTube channel!

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What is the proper plural form of “encyclopedia” or “encyclopaedia”?

Over the past week, I ran a non-scientific poll on my recently-launched, writing-themed Twitter page to determine what my Twitter followers thought was the proper plural form of the singular “encyclopedia” or “encyclopaedia”, and here are the final results of the poll:

With a total of 13 votes cast, seven votes were cast for “encyclopedias”, three votes were cast for “encyclopediae”, two votes were cast for “encyclopaediae”, and one vote was cast for “encyclopaedias”. Ten votes were cast for either “encyclopedias” or “encyclopediae”, and three votes were cast for either “encycopaedias” or “encyclopaediae”, which indicates a majority preference for plurals based on the “-pedia”-suffixed form of the singular “encyclop(a)edia” over the “-paedia”-suffixed form. Eight votes were cast for either “encyclopedias” or “encyclopaedias”, and five votes were cast for either “encyclopediae” or “encyclopaediae”, which indicates a majority preference for the “-s”-suffixed plural over the “-e”-suffixed plural.


I prefer to use “encyclopedia” in the singular. However, I do not regard “encyclopaedia” to be a misspelling, as I regard “encyclopaedia” as a valid alternate spelling of the same word. I almost never use “encyclopaedia”, except when I need to acknowledge that there are multiple acceptable spellings of “encyclop(a)edia”, such as this blog post or the poll that I ran on Twitter. Usage of “encyclopedia” is commonplace in American English, but some other English dialects may use “encyclopaedia” as the common spelling.

Regarding whether I prefer to use the “-s”-suffixed plural or the “-e”-suffixed plural of “encyclopedia”, I regard the “-e”-suffixed plural to be more formal than the “-s”-suffixed plural. I will generally only use “encyclopediae” as the plural form of “encyclopedia” to express formality within formal writing, otherwise, I use “encyclopedias” in the plural.