New Ways to Connect

Recently, I’ve made some changes to my social media platforms and the content that will be posted there. Here’s a summary of where you can find me and what you’ll find there.

Twitter

I regularly tweet about writing, science, and other random thoughts. If you find those things groovy and worth your time, follow @wordsbyfifi on Twitter.

Instagram

I post daily haiku and other updates to @haikubyfifi on Instagram.

YouTube Channel & Podcast

My YouTube Channel, Nanfito Space, hosts my weekly science podcast, Blinded by Science, as well as other videos such as how-to’s for writers and readers. You can listen to the podcast on other services (e.g. iTunes, Spotify), check out the podcast’s website on Anchor to learn more.

Facebook

Lastly, I also recently created a Facebook page to share haiku, blog updates, and news about my writing. Like the page to stay-up-date on my writing.

Podcast Coming Soon!

Hey science nerds & enthusiasts! I’m starting a science podcast dedicated to the appreciation of all things science.

What science topics are you endlessly fascinated by? Send your ideas to the email “nanfitospace (at) gmail (dot) com” with the subject line “Blinded by Science.”

Here’s the trailer for the podcast. First episode drops next week!

For weekly episodes, subscribe to my YouTube channel: Nanfito Space. Or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Visit http://anchor.fm/blindedbyscience/ for more details.

2051: Initiative

The following is an excerpt from my latest short story. This story takes places in the year 2051 and is a prequel story to my debut novel 2149: Emergence. It follows Elizabeth and Alfred Maverik (the parents of Laura Maverik from 2149: Emergence) and their journey to creating the VR and the passing of the VR Initiative in hopes of saving the Earth from environment destruction.

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Elizabeth fidgeted with the button on her blazer. Alfred was sitting at a desk next to the large stasis pod in the center of the room. His eyes were locked on the screen as his fingers tapped the keyboard. 

To say Elizabeth was anxious would be an understatement. The passage of the VR Initiative in the U.S. Senate depended on a successful demonstration of the VR. She was still surprised the representative had agreed to it, but here she was in the VR Corporation’s demonstration lab to show off the groundbreaking technology. 

The laboratory was a medium sized room with a large pod, big enough to fit a person. Attached to the pod was equipment to monitor the user’s vital signs, and to the left of the pod was a computer station where Alfred sat working—setting up the VR interface. 

“You’re going to lose that button,” Alfred said. He had unlocked his eyes from the computer screen and turned toward Elizabeth.

“What?” Elizabeth asked, absentminded. 

“Your button. You’re going to lose it.”

She glanced down. “Oh, you’re right.” She dropped her hands and let them rest behind her.

“It’s going to be fine. We’ve done these demonstrations hundreds of times before.”

“It’s not the demonstration I’m worried about. It’s the senator.” 

“I thought the whole reason he was chosen was because he’s skeptical. Didn’t you say if we can convince the skeptic, then we can convince the Senate?”

Her face cracked a smile. “I did say that, but we also need to have our Plan B ready to go in case we don’t get his endorsement.”

“You really think it’ll come to that?”

Before Elizabeth could answer a voice drifted through the open door.  

“And if you come this way senator, you’ll see the demonstration pod we’ve set up for you.” The disembodied voice of the VR Corporation’s CEO entered from the hallway. Elizabeth straightened her posture and Alfred stood next to his desk. 

A few moments later, four people entered the room: the CEO Adel Lovelace, Senator Jim Braxton, the senator’s aide, and a nurse. The senator was dressed in an all black, skin tight suit—the VR Sensation Suit. It provided sensory input to the user from the VR and for long-term use it helped prevent severe muscle deterioration and atrophy.

“So this is the contraption you want to put us all in?” the senator said, gesturing toward the pod in the center of the room. 

“That’s correct, sir,” Adel responded, “In fact, we have our two strongest proponents of the VR Initiative here with us. This is Alfred Maverik, VP of Development here at The VR Corporation, and joining us from the Better Earth Foundation, we have Elizabeth Maverick, Chief Consultant and Liaison.” An exchange of handshakes followed the introductions. 

“Yes, I remember you,” Senator Braxton said of Elizabeth, “you’re the one that’s been hounding my aides to see me.” 

Elizabeth smiled. “My apologies for any inconvenience but this is an important issue and we need your attention.”

Braxton snorted. “Well, it got me here, didn’t it?” 

Elizabeth said nothing but a look of content settled on her face. Indeed it did, she thought to herself. 

“Now, you there,” Senator Braxton pointed to Alfred, “how the hell does this contraption work?”

“Well, senator, it starts with the suit you’re wearing …” Alfred jumped forward from the desk and moved between the pod and the senator. The remainder of the group circled around and listened to Alfred’s explanation. He pointed out various parts of the machine. The connection between the sensation suit and the pod, the equipment to monitor vital signs, the neural interface embedded in the headset, the seal on the pod to create an independent environment. At one point he attempted to explain the AI software used to manage the VR, but the senator objected that it was too complicated. 

“And how many people do you have in there right now?” the senator pointed to the pod. 

“We currently have 4 billion registered users with 15 million of those as full-time active users, but we’ve recently completed our upscaling project to support up to 15 billion, and in theory 20 billion,” Alfred answered. 

“I see, not very high usage with only 15 million out of 4 billion users making use of it.” Braxton responded, unimpressed. 

Elizabeth chimed in, “Correct, sir, but not all of those users have access to the proper equipment. They have to rent it, which is expensive. That’s why the VR Initiative is so crucial, it will give wider access to the VR stasis pods like these so a majority of the world’s population can have access to it.”

Braxton nodded with a neutral expression and turned back to Alfred. “And what controls? AI, you said? 

Alfred nodded. “Yes, We have a sophisticated set of software designed for each component of the VR—vital sign monitoring, nutritional deployment, stasis pod monitoring, virtual reality creation—and it’s all maintained by QUIA.”

“Quia?” Braxton asked.

“Query User Interface Assistant. It’s the AI that monitors and maintains all components of the entire system and acts as an interface for users.” Alfred grabbed his tablet from the table and tapped it several times, then flipped it around to reveal a computer generated image of a blonde female. “This is QUIA”. 

Braxton adjusted his gaze to view the image through the lower section of his glasses. “And you want to put me in there? And trust that she won’t mess up my head?”

Elizabeth interjected again. “Yes, senator. It’s our belief that if you could see a demonstration of the world the VR is capable of creating, then you could see how we can use it to save the one we live in.” 

“Yes, you and my counterparts across the aisle have said as much. I still have my doubts, however the Senate Majority Leader—a good friend of mine from the opposing party—requested I try it.” 

“And we greatly appreciate your willingness, senator.” Elizabeth smiled with some difficulty. Why is he so stubborn?

He grunted in response and then said, “So what’s next? Do I just lie down in the damn thing?”

“That’s the idea.” Elizabeth continued to force her smile.

Adel stepped forward. “Senator, if you’re ready, Nurse Stanley here can assist you.”

The senator nodded his approval and the nurse stepped up to assist the senator into the pod. She helped him pull himself into the pod, then she attached the equipment to his suit and initiated the vital sign monitoring. 

At the same time, Alfred began setting up the VR interface. Adel and Elizabeth stood off to the side watching the spectacle. 

Alfred handed Senator Braxton the large black headset. “Alright senator, slide this over your head and align it with your eyes. Similar to wearing a set of scuba goggles. Yeah, just like that. Perfect.”


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How to Leave a Review on Goodreads (with Video)

When someone does a good job on something, it’s great to let them know. In the age of the Internet, some of the best ways to do that are to give them a shout out on social media or leave a review. In my case, as an author, I love hearing readers’ thoughts about my book. Especially when they share on social media and tag me in it.

But the best way to help author (or anyone who sells a product/service) is to leave them a review. You can often leave a review wherever you purchased the product (e.g. Amazon) or sometimes on the creator’s website. This is important because it helps other readers (i.e. buyers) learn about the book (i.e. product) and those reviews are used in algorithms to help boost books/products that are selling well.

For authors, one of the best places you can leave a review is on Goodreads. Goodreads is a social media platform (purchased by Amazon in 2013) that allows readers of books to share what they’re reading, discuss with other readers, connect with authors and readers, and, you guessed it, leave reviews for books.

To help make the process of leaving a review easier for you, I’ve put together a four step guide and a tutorial video.

How to Leave a Book Review on Goodreads.com
  • Step One: Go to http://www.goodreads.com/
  • Step Two: Use the search bar that the top to search for the book you want to review. (e.g. 2149: Emergence by Anthony Nanfito)
  • Step Three: Once you find the book you’re looking for, go to the book’s product page. 
  • Step Four: Scroll to the bottom and leave your review. 

There are TWO main reasons why you should leave a review:

  1. It tells other readers what to expect and helps them make their choice about a book.
  2. It helps (new & experienced) authors build their careers. Reviews are viewed by potential readers and used in algorithms for search. 

In terms of leaving reviews, here’s a simple rule to follow: If you enjoyed reading a book, leave a review and tell the world! 

Happy reading!


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How to Leave a Review on Amazon (with Video)

When someone does a good job on something, it’s great to let them know. In the age of the Internet, some of the best ways to do that are to give them a shout out on social media or leave a review. In my case, as an author, I love hearing readers’ thoughts about my book. Especially when they share on social media and tag me in it.

But the best way to help author (or anyone who sells a product/service) is to leave them a review. You can often leave a review wherever you purchased the product (e.g. Amazon) or sometimes on the creator’s website. This is important because it helps other readers (i.e. buyers) learn about the book (i.e. product) and those reviews are used in algorithms to help boost books/products that are selling well.

To help make the process of leaving a review easier for you, I’ve put together a four step guide and a tutorial video.

How to Leave a Review on Amazon
  • Step One: Go to http://www.amazon.com/
  • Step Two: Use the search bar that the top to search for the book/product. (e.g. 2149: Emergence by Anthony Nanfito)
  • Step Three: Once you find the book you’re looking for, go to the book’s product page. 
  • Step Four: Scroll to the bottom (Not there yet? Keep scrolling! On Amazon, it’s WAY down there at the bottom) and leave your review.

There are TWO main reasons why you should leave a review:

  1. It tells other readers what to expect and helps them make their choice about a book.
  2. It helps (new & experienced) authors build their careers. Reviews are viewed by potential readers and used in algorithms for search. 

In terms of leaving reviews, here’s a simple rule to follow: If you enjoyed reading a book, leave a review and tell the world! 

Happy reading!


Did you find this guide and video helpful? Share in the comments.


How to Download the Amazon Kindle App (with video)

We’re living in a truly wonderful age. Not only are ebooks sold just about everywhere but you can read them on multiple devices. That means information, stories, and ideas can be shared (and are being shared) with more people than at any other time in human history. That’s something marvelous and to be celebrated.

For the Amazon Kindle users of the world, they have some extra perks where they can can start reading a book on their Kindle Device, then go to their computer and read it on the Kindle Desktop, AND THEN they can even go to their mobile device and read it on the Amazon Kindle App. Thanks to Amazon’s whispersync technology, the reader never loses the place they left off at in their book. They just keep reading.

In case you don’t already have the Amazon Kindle App downloaded to your device, here’s a four step guide and tutorial video. These instructions are for Apple iOS users but the instructions are similar for Android OS users.

How to Download the Amazon Kindle App for Apple iOS
  • Step One: Visit the App Store on your Apple device (Android users visit Google Play)
  • Step Two: Search for Kindle App & download it to your device.
  • Step Three: Open the app and login into your Amazon Account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one at http://www.amazon.com/
  • Step Four: Use the search bar at the top to search for the book you want to read (e.g. 2149 Emergence by Anthony Nanfito). Once you find the book you’re looking for you can download it directly to your device. Happy reading!

Once you finish reading a book, please consider leaving a review. Remember:  If you enjoyed reading a book, leave a review and tell the world!


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