It’s Hard to See a Pet Grow Old

My sister’s dog is 16 years old. I watch him sleeping most of the time, and when he is awake, he needs to eat, pee, or poop. He doesn’t really play much anymore, though he does at times. Sometimes he acts like a puppy. But most of the time, he groans and cries as tries to lie down and sleep. He wears a cone right now because he keeps licking a growth (it’s actually an oil gland) and making it bleed. He’s partly blind and mostly deaf. He has trouble going down the stairs, but seems to have no trouble going up quickly. He can still run and be active, so he’s physically reasonably healthy for his age.

But we wonder how long he’ll last. It’s hard to think about it. But it makes me think about three and a half years ago when our dog, Biscuit, died. You can read about it here.

What are your experiences with losing a pet? Let me know in the comments below.

No Man’s Sky and Worldbuilding – Part 2

I already talked a bit about No Man’s Sky and worldbuilding in a previous blog post, but I decided to talk about it on video, as well. However, I go into far more detail in the video. You can watch it right here.

I mentioned that I’ll be putting up images from the game here on this blog. Consider it inspiration for worldbuilding. There are some fantastic landscapes and very interesting animals to see. Expect some posts about that soon!

Let me know what you thought of the video in the comments below. It really has me thinking a lot about what to do with developing the landscapes, animals, and plants of Ariadne.

Gifts for Authors – Authors Answer #7 on Video

A little bit late, but we had a busy weekend, plus a headache put this off a bit. But here it is! The original post is right here. My answer has changed a bit, considering that my circumstances have changed quite a lot. The original question was this:

Question 7: Christmas is coming! In your opinion, what would be the perfect gift for a writer?

Obviously, it’s not Christmas now. I just answered in general. Watch the video below. It’s fairly short.

What do you think would be a good gift for an author? Let me know in the comments below.

The Star Trek Project Video Digest 3 – Not Clickbait!

Sorry about missing last week. But you get two videos this week! I’d like to do these at a faster pace, but the videos tend to take longer to do than my other videos.

So, the first episode I have for you is episode 3, “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” You can read the original review here.

How do you like the video thumbnail? I’m supposed to have silvery eyes like Gary Mitchell.

The next video is for episode 4, “The Naked Time.” You can read the review here. I’d like to say something before I show you the video. Someone commented on the video saying that it was click bait. That was it. I responded that the thumbnail was very relevant for the episode. And then he responded that I was wearing a shirt for the entire video. You see, for each of the videos, I do an impression of a character in my thumbnail. This time, I did crazy fencing Sulu. It’s a very famous scene. Check it out below, as well as the video.

Yeah, so I took off my shirt to do this. And the title is “The Naked Time.” Looks like clickbait, but it isn’t. I even talk about this scene in the video twice!

Anyway, what did you think of the reviews? Do you agree? Disagree? Find out something that you didn’t know? Let me know in the comments below.

Week in Review – August 21, 2016

I’m sorry, I missed last week. No Man’s Sky has been getting a lot of attention from me. And I’m still going strong with YouTube.  That’s something that’s certainly not stopping.


I’ve made some good progress. I’m at 63% in Redemption Ark, and hopefully will finish by the end of the month.


Nothing yet.


I’ve done 12 videos over 2 channels, and another video coming tonight. I’ve started calling my main channel “Jay Dee’s Journeys.” So, please subscribe to my main channel and my vlog channel.


Nothing yet. I’m thinking of doing a rework of this and more promotion of it, as I’ve done very little.


I’ve done a bit more French and Esperanto, but I’ve also worked on some Japanese review.

The Blog

I think the biggest thing is the call for some more contributors for Authors Answer. Well, I’ve received the responses, and I’m hoping to have them join the team. I look forward to next month’s Authors Answers.


Not so much me, but my daughter has been practicing writing.

The Next Week’s Goals

I’ll be starting something with No Man’s Sky on this blog. There will be pictures! Lots of beautiful planetary pictures. I’m really enjoying the game despite many people getting upset that it doesn’t match the advertising exactly.

Also, I want to get Authors Answer index page updated and The Star Trek Project main page added. I need to work on that.

How was your week? Let me know in the comments below.

The 2016 Hugo Awards

The 2016 Hugo Awards have been presented! I’ve been interested in seeing how this went because of the Puppies movement. Well, there were a couple awards that weren’t awarded, and Space Raptor Butt Invasion did come in third place for Best Short Story.

The categories I was most interested in are Best Novel and The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. They were won by The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin and Andy Weir respectively.

These days, people question the validity of The Hugo Awards because of various reasons I won’t be going into. However, I am curious about people’s reaction to the winners. What do you think of the results? Let me know in the comments below.

A Day in the Country

Today, we spent the day at our close friends’ house east of the city, and their home is surrounded by trees. We had hot dogs for dinner, and we cooked them over a fire. But I took a few pictures, since we don’t get out of the city often.

Leaves are already starting to change colour
A new trail that they created.
A young peacock that they have as a pet.
A male turkey and a chicken.
This female turkey seemed to like me.
The tree is looking at you!

Do you live in or near the country? Or do you spend most of your time in the city?

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