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Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Vlogs | 30 comments

Vlog: Braden’s First Book

Vlog: Braden’s First Book


This week I’m having a great time with my One Year Adventure Novel family at the annual winter workshop in Kansas. Since I don’t really have time to get a normal blog post all fixed up for you folks, I thought I’d post this video instead. Enjoy!

PS: I was going to upload this video to my regular channel, but I decided it might not be quite as funny to everyone who subscribes there… So currently it’s just an unlisted video for your eyes only. Before you click that little play button, take a moment to bask in your awesomeness and exclusivity.



Happy New Year, everyone! I’ll see you in 2015. πŸ™‚


  1. Oh my goodness! That was so funny. (Mostly because of the dramatic reading of it.) πŸ™‚ I would love to see you do this again. (And now I want to do one myself, except I don’t think I can. Too many hobbits underfoot, for one thing.) πŸ™‚

    • Haha, hobbits are definitely a problem when it comes to videos and stuff…

  2. The video made me alternately laugh out loud and cringe … why? Because of my own first novel(s).
    Seriously, though, I would be way too embarrassed to read my first novel aloud on a video; I applaud you for your courage! I was reading it with two of my sisters a few months back and aggghhh, it was so AWFUL. I’ll never get rid of it, of course, but it was dreadful. And the next one, while better, was incredibly boring after a few chapters.
    I think it’s possible to nod weakly … if you’re feeling weak with fear, then your nod might be weak … maybe? Sometimes stuff sounds good on paper that isn’t actually possible in real life (I’m looking at all the people who describe stuff about character’s eyes, lol).

    • Thank you! And I’ve found that making fun of your own stuff is a surefire way to feel better about its awfulness. You might try it sometime! πŸ˜‰

  3. *grins* Thank you for providing me with some much-appreciated amusement today, Braden. Definitely a high point for my day. πŸ˜€ You have a hilarious way of doing dramatic readings, and the way you interrupt yourself made me think of Alcatraz in Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians. And, even though, being a first novel, your story definitely has weaknesses, I can see a lot of potential in your storytelling, even there. So, if anything, you’ve made me want to read your eventually-to-be-published stories even more. πŸ™‚ I’d love to see more videos like this; it entertained me for sure!

    • Very welcome! And any comparison to Brandon Sanderson in any capacity is appreciated. πŸ˜‰

  4. I don’t know about everybody else, but I, for one, am left with a great feeling of satisfaction.

    • Glad to hear that this story accomplished SOME good, even if it was posthumously.

  5. Hahahahaa! Awesome! Definitely do this again! I really liked the part when you pulled out your pocket-knife. πŸ˜€

    My first novel is terrible, just so know. πŸ˜‰

    • Thank ya!
      That does seem to be a common problem among first novels. πŸ˜‰

  6. *giggles* I love it! Yes, please do another one.

    I hope you have a lot of fun at Winter Workshop.

    • Thanks! I sure did!

  7. Braden, this was HILARIOUS. And way funnier than mineβ€”I actually laughed out loud. I totally loved it. Thanks for the shout out! Happy New Year!

    • Thanks, Ava! Happy New Year to you too!

  8. Oh, wow. That was great! I ought to do this myself, except that my first “Novel” was a script … that would be interesting though …

    • Hey, that works out even better, though.

  9. Oh yes you really should do this again!

    • Thanks! I’ll see what I can do…

  10. Wow I loved that! Also that is the cutest pocket knife ever :p
    Also you made me snort from laughing so hard at the “nodding weakly” XD

    • How dare you insult my weapon.

      • Not an insult! Where can I get one! hehe

  11. This was hilarious. Thanks so much for sharing. I think more vlogs are definitely in tall order for the future! And as for awkward vlog endings, you just need to come up with a cheesy signature ending. πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks, Dani! Any suggestions? :p

  12. I love how this is in a sci-fi world, and yet the evil dude’s best weapon is a knife. A knife that can reach farther than you think it can, of course. But still just a knife.

    This was great. I laughed a lot, and would definitely be interested in hearing more of this. If I were braver about making videos featuring myself, I might do something similar. But I have a pretty pathetic camera presence. πŸ˜›

    • That knife can reach sooooo far…
      You should go for it! πŸ™‚

    • As well it should be. :p

  13. Hey, if you are taking suggestions for future stuff please pretty please with a cherry on top do something on character names. These can be so hard for me.

    The name is not my real name but I like it because of the sense of mystery that goes with it. The name itself is a puzzle.

    • Character names? I’ll see what I can do.

      • Thanks! Right now I am at a rut because I have a hard time giving my characters personality and working on their story if they don’t have a name!

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