Welcome to the new blog

I’d like to welcome you to my new blog.  My regular readers know me through Jay Dee in Japan and Foreign Dad in Japan.  I started this blog for a few reasons.  For the past few months, I’ve wanted a place where I can write about anything that comes to mind.  This blog will be used to talk about books and writing, as well as to show my own writing and commentary about many issues.

First, I’ll be writing about books I’m reading, mostly posting short reviews.  I usually read science fiction and fantasy, but I also like to read some classics, as well as non-fiction books related to Japan, language and science.

Second, I’ll be showing my own writing.  I have a couple of books in planning stages right now, and plan to self-publish them as e-books in the future.  I’ll use this blog to practice my writing, sometimes taking challenges from Writing.com or writing flash fiction.  I will also write about my own experiences as a narrative.

Finally, I’ll be writing commentary about any issues that I’m thinking about.  I’ll probably be writing about culture, science, social issues, and more.  What you most likely won’t find here is pictures about Japan (see my Japan blog for that) or my adventures of being a foreign father in Japan (see my Foreign Dad blog).  I’ll be quite honest about issues that I’m concerned about.

Now, you’re probably wondering about the title of this blog.  Well, it kind of shows a bit about my character.  When I was around 7 years old, I actually read Encyclopedias for fun.  I still enjoy doing that.  I enjoy learning about new things a lot.  What kind of things does a 7 year old kid read about?  I’m not sure if I was very typical as a child, but I liked to read about science, geography, history, countries, and more.  My passions back then were astronomy and palaeontology.  This is probably pretty typical.  Lots of kids like space and dinosaurs, right?  Well, I studied physics and astronomy in university.  I teach English.  I enjoy history, culture, language, architecture, any kind of science, literature, technology, and more.  When I was a kid, I didn’t really like to read novels.  I rarely read fiction until I started university.  Now, I love it.  I was the science geek in school.  I loved Star Trek (actually, still do).  I was a geek and a nerd.  That’s not to say I didn’t like other things.  These days, I’m busy working, but also enjoy hiking, long distance walking, and mountain hiking.

So, there you go.  Any questions?