A Good Old Case Of Writer’s Block

Or just a lack of creativity

I don’t know what it’s been lately, but I’m really struggling to put projects together. I was working away on my YouTube channel doing “let’s plays,” but lost motivation for gaming and started vlogging and doing sketches. I’ve also been trying to think of specific topics to write about. I want to start one of those fancy “niche websites” everyone is talking about and really hone in on what my YouTube channel focuses on. Like I said I’m just at a bit of a loss right now. I did some magic tricks the other day (it’s been a while since I performed) and it was pretty fun.

I wasn’t really sure where to voice my frustrations. I’m still here. Still trying to figure things out. I just want to create the best content I can, but I’m against a wall at the moment.

Coffee Brewing

If it isn’t obvious yet…

I really love coffee. Honestly it keeps me going most days haha *insert semi-depressing overly sarcastic joke here*

Just thought I’d share a little satirical piece I put together this morning. I don’t really have much else to say at the moment, love all of you and I am looking forward to putting more stuff here for you to read!

https://youtu.be/lanyPx8V4i8

Something Valuable to Share

Two posts in one morning?

So I’m sitting here on break, once again drinking coffee. I wasn’t going to write anything because that age old adage of “only write in your blog if you have something valuable to share or teach people” came to mind. Then once again I decided “screw it.” Talking to myself on break would be weird. Talking to you is not weird, and I hate silence so here we are.

On the radio this morning I heard about Apple’s failed technology demonstration and that made me laugh. *I’m not going to toss a link here because I’m confident in your ability to use Google* Classic tech companies failing at technology the irony abounds. We all fail at things we “specialize” in…except me I never fail at the things I do *insert shifty eye movement to cover blatant lie because I fail consistently*

Anyway, my break is done now so I’ll talk to you later. Bye for now.

Attempting to Research Niches

So…

I’m sitting here sipping my morning coffee waiting to start work (yes I have an actual job, though like everyone I wish I could escape it entirely). I was surfing the web looking for “niches” to write about to transform Read N’ Butter into. Finally I decided “screw it, I’m just gonna say good morning to you. Forget the whole niche crap.” So with that… Good Morning!

I’ve Neglected You

My Apologies

I haven’t been keeping up with Read N’ Butter at all recently. I’d love to blame work, building my YouTube channel, or a busy life, but those are just excuses. The truth is I haven’t really been able to figure out what to write about here. A collection of topics just as chaotic as my ADHD is what I’ve been presenting to you. I don’t want to keep doing that. I want to try to narrow down and streamline what Read N’ Butter is actually about. It’ll take some soul searching I’m sure.

What’s Next?

I know a lot of people swing by here for the puzzle I put together a while back (happy to say 11 people have solved it out of the hundreds that have tried). Perhaps I’ll build a few new puzzles for you here. Maybe I’ll talk about fitness. Perhaps we’ll have a look at everything going into making a YouTube channel. Anyway, until I figure out what I’m doing with my life here is a video of everyday things…but in reverse.

Take care everyone! Love you all!

HDML Cloner Box Review – 1080p Game Capture Card

A Review? What is this nonsense Shane?

I know it’s not my typical post, but like I said in my earlier post today, “Read N’ Butter is all about random things.” I have always dreamed of having a let’s play channel on YouTube, but never motivated myself to do it. I had a random YouTube channel where I would post random videos that weren’t really about anything in particular. It took some time, but I finally decided to buy a game capture card. After doing some research I settled on the HDML Cloner Box by ClonerAlliance.

Footage from in-game (also some shameless self promotion)

Check out my YouTube play through of Little Nightmares if you are interested in seeing the Cloner Box in action. (Also note I had to downgrade the quality so my computer could export it in under 4 hours #mycomputerisancient).

My Impressions

I was thrilled with everything about this product. It took no time at all to set up, literally just plug the HDMI from your console into the HDML Cloner Box, then plug a HDMI from the box into your tv (they also supply you with the extra HDMI). From there all you need to do is toss in the 16GB memory stick (also provided to you) and press the on button. I couldn’t believe how simple everything was. When I want to start or stop recording I just press the record button (how much easier can it get). I didn’t need to set up my computer, it just saves directly to the USB. It is capable of recording both 720p and 1080p (just hold the record button to switch between the two, blue = 1080, green = 720). Really I can’t say enough about this product. If you are looking for a super simple, affordable (costs like $130 Canadian on Amazon), and quality product for your game recordings then the HDML Cloner Box is probably right for you.

***A quick note on the links***

I know you aren’t dumb and realize the links are affiliate links. I’m honestly not trying to sell you the product, I was just really impressed with it. The affiliate links cost no extra for you to use (basically I get a bit of what would normally go to Amazon). If you are adamantly against affiliate links for whatever reason just go on Amazon and search “HDML Cloner Box” to find it.

Five Tips To Help You Rock Your Magic Show

I’m back from a short hiatus

Hey there everyone, I’m back. It’s probably pretty clear that I’m not entirely sure which direction I want Read N’ Butter to take, but that’s okay. People seem to have been enjoying reading my post about Gaston (thank you everyone over at Pintrest). A very select few of you solved the massive puzzle I posted on here (I think we are at only 11 completed out of over 1000 who have worked on it, mostly Redditors). I say all this simply because I enjoy random things and this is a reminder that Read N’ Butter is all about random things. Today I will be offering you some tips to dominate your magic show, these are my “magic show tips.”

Today’s random topic is: Magic

I was given the honour of performing a magic show for the Children’s Aid Society last night. The kids were all amazing (kids also are the loudest hecklers you’ll ever get, but it makes it fun).

Hurry up Shane and get to the reason we clicked on this page in the first place….

Without further adieu, here is my brief list of tips that will help you rock out you magic show (or any other live performance for that matter).

1. Have a game plan

Be prepared, know what you are going to include in your set and have a path you want the night to follow. This one is super obvious, but I need to include it because of reason number two.

2. Be willing to toss your game plan out the window

A lot of being a live performer, especially a magician, is your ability to adapt and improvise. The show is never about how amazing you are, but rather the feeling people get when watching your show and interacting with you.

***a quick example from my show last night***

I had previously given myself a story line, a rough script, and a set of routines that I would be doing for this show. The kids were loving it, but at about the 35-40 minute mark I performed a “mind-reading trick” and everything changed. They loved it and every person in the place wanted their mind read. This is where I broke the magicians code and repeated a trick (multiple times, but with a different reveal each time). The show quickly turned from a stage show into a simpler, less formal event. They just enjoyed having things done that couldn’t be explained. I ditched the story and we just sat around doing close up magic, and ended up going way over our time limit.

This brings us to point number 3.

3. Make a connection

People enjoy performing arts because of the connection. Human connection is something we crave. Be willing to connect with your audience. Actually I retract that statement don’t “be willing” but chase it. Your entire goal is going to be connecting with your audience, but how do you do that consistently?

4. Have fun

If you want to connect with your audience simply have fun. People can sense when you are stressed, but they can also sense when you are confident and having fun. Relax and enjoy your time performing. Between both magic and stage plays I always make it my number one goal to make people laugh. When I reach out and force them to laugh there is an instant connection. There will always be a group of people who want to talk to you after your show. When you stand before a group of people and illicit an emotional response, especially one of humour people will connect with you in a massively positive way. You immediately take the place of a “long-time friend” in their mind.

5. Talk to them after the show

If people want to spend time with you after your show then take the time to do it. I’m not saying to forcefully start an awkward conversation by any means, but never turn away a 5, 10, 20 minute conversation with someone who appreciated what you did. One very obvious reason is you’ll hear things like “that performer took an extra 20 minutes of his time to spend with us, we are going to recommend him to everyone.” A slightly more subtle reason for this is actually to benefit you. When you take the time to engage your audience outside of the “stage” after a performance you will get some much desired affirmation, but more importantly it should remind you of why you are doing the whole “entertainer” thing. Talking with people and getting to know what they enjoyed and how everything made them feel should remind you of why you bear the very privileged badge of “entertainer.”

That’s all for now

Hope everyone has an amazing day! Remember it’s an honour and privilege to be an entertainer, if you only take one thing away from this post let it be that. We have the power to influence people and play with their emotions, make sure what you are doing is for their betterment.

Riddle me this

A riddle a day keeps the doctor away

(Why are we trying to keep doctors away? What have they ever done to us?)

For a little while I want to offer a daily riddle or puzzle on my blog here. The answer will come out a week after the riddle is posted. Also if you haven’t noticed based on past posts, I kind of have attention problems. I’m hoping this series lasts a little longer than my Shane vs Phobias YouTube run of 4 episodes.

Your first riddle:

I hide what is not yet hidden. I am a tool for those in secret pain. Dancers adore me, yet I am a friend to thieves.