Once Upon a Time VIII

Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting another reading event.  I’ve participated in the last two of their sci-fi events, but this one is for fantasy.  It’s called Once Upon a Time VIII.  That’s 8, not Vee I I I.

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What’s nice is that this event is 3 months long, spanning the entire season of spring from March 21st to June 21st.  Plenty of time to get some good fantasy reading done!  What I find interesting is that I hadn’t even heard of it before!  I didn’t know about it last year, yet I still participated in the Sci-Fi Experience.  Well, I’ll rectify that and participate in this now.

I have some books to contribute, I’m sure.  I’m currently reading Terry Brooks’ Angel Fire East and M. R. Mathias’ The Sword and the Dragon. I should be able to get to Terry Pratchett’s Moving Pictures and George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords during this time, and maybe even Brian Kittrell’s The Circle of Sorcerers. If I can dedicate myself to reading all of that, I’ll be surprised, though.  I have plenty of science fiction in the mix, so it’s not all fantasy.

There are some challenges in this event, and it looks like I’ll only be going for Quest the First.  That is, read at least five books in the four categories.

I encourage you to check out the main page and the review page. I’m going to enjoy reading all that fantasy!

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My Presence on YouTube

Did you know that I have a YouTube channel?  You didn’t?  Well, here it is.

I haven’t done much on YouTube recently, but I have plans to use it quite a bit in the near future.  So far, I’ve mostly put up some rather unimpressive videos I took, such as fireworks, the sound of cicadas, some not very exciting typhoon videos, and so on.  I’ve been going back over my videos and thought I’d showcase some of them here, just so you can get a taste of what I’ve taken.

In honour of the blooming of the cherry trees, let’s start with this one.  It was taken three years ago.

Four years ago, I attended all three sumo tournaments that take place in Tokyo every year.  Here are a couple videos from one tournament, starting with a Yobidashi singing, and then followed by a fan cheerleading.

Five years ago, I went to Odaiba in Tokyo to see a museum, but there was also a full-sized Gundam model.  Of course, I had to take a video.

So, what am I planning to do with my YouTube channel?  I may actually do some vlogging.  The topics will include Japan, books, and nature.

Comments are always welcome!